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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Debby Downer

Tropical Storm Debby was an unwelcome guest but appears to have spared the Key major damages. Photo courtesy of Mary Lou Johnson

Charlie, the Weimaraner

+ Dog finds a nice home On Memorial Day weekend, Bill and Mary Lou Johnson’s daughter and sonin-law fell in love — with a dog. Andrew and Randi Mackintosh went to Shop and Share at Lilly Pulitzer, an event benefiting the Big Dog Ranch Rescue, in Wellington. They played with a purebred Weimaraner, named Charlie, and decided to adopt him. He is adapting well to his new life. The Johnsons’ other daughter, Erica, adopted a shar-pei mix the year before. Both grand-dogs visit Longboat Key regularly.

+ Welfonder secures book contract Longboat Key resident and USA Today bestselling author Sue-Ellen Welfonder signed a new four-book contract with Grand Central Publishing/GCP (former Time Warner Books). This historical romance novel series will be written and produced within 30 months. In addition, a related e-novella to promote the new series will be launched prior to the first title’s release. For more information, visit welfonder. com.

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The Longbeach Village neighborhood saw flooding in the streets beginning Sunday. Tropical Storm Debby flooded Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub once on Sunday, twice on Monday and again Tuesday morning. She was like an unruly guest who just kept coming back. In her fury she even destroyed wine-and-beer coolers and tore about 20 boards from the restaurant’s dock. “We had about a foot of water in the restaurant,” said Anthony Cucci, manager of Mar Vista. “We had water, seaweed, fish.”

Cucci said Tuesday afternoon that he hoped to reopen for dinner that night. In terms of her wrath, Debby has been lenient. She brought tropical-storm strength winds but most of her damages were fairly mild. According to Town Manager David Bullock, high tide was a major issue because it hit at the same time that flooding peaked. But the slow-moving Debby still wasn’t done with the Key on Tuesday afternoon.

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At press time, a National Weather Service tropical storm warning and flood warning remained in effect. Forecasts called for a 70% chance of rain Wednesday, which would make for the fifth consecutive day of showers. More than 100 FPL customers on the Key were without power on Tuesday. Many streets in the Village and other low-lying areas remained flooded, with waters receding


A tree at the Longboat Key Club and Resort was damaged due to winds from the storm.

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Firefighters contribute pension proposal Turtle tracks Week of June 17 through June 23

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Firefighters say they’re willing to accept changes that could reduce their pension benefits but will reject any 401(a) plan. Imagine this: You’re trapped on the ninth floor of a high-rise condominium that’s on fire. Elevators aren’t working, but you know that a firefighter is climbing the stairs, ready to carry you to safety.

Now, imagine this: That firefighter is 65 years old. Currently, that’s unlikely to happen because firefighters usually retire in their 50s. But firefighters told town officials during Friday, June 22 contract negotiations that it could be a real consequence of

freezing their pension plan and transitioning them to definedcontribution 401(a) plans, as proposed in May by Town Manager David Bullock. They said that they would have to work longer in a high-risk job to get them to the age at which they

could collect Social Security and Medicare benefits. “Do you want firefighters out here at 65 years of age?” asked firefighter/paramedic Keith Tanner, who serves as the Longboat Key Fire Rescue District vice president. Tanner told the town that firefighters aren’t willing to accept the


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DEBBY / FROM PAGE 1A slowly. And residents, business people and town officials were left with the hope that Debby would, finally, leave them alone.

Emergency response

Debby made her presence known on the Key Saturday, bringing rain, wind, sand loss and the first floods. By 2 a.m. Sunday, Public Works utility crews were on-scene responding to power outages. That afternoon, the department’s street crews were clearing debris from the roadway. They’ve been working nonstop ever since, with some crew members pulling 24-hour shifts. “They’re very tired,” said Public Works Director Juan Florensa. “Obviously, it’s stressful, getting through the water, and it’s dangerous, but they’re doing a great job.” Debby’s waters flooded multiple homes, many of which were in the Village, although town officials couldn’t estimate the number. Longboat Key Fire Rescue Chief Paul Dezzi said Monday afternoon that firefighter/ paramedics were driving around areas that were flooded, such as the Gulfshore and Twin Shores mobile-home communities but hadn’t had any major emergencies — most calls were minor cases, such as fire alarms going off. On Sunday evening, firefighters transported a family, who was staying in the Longbeach Village and was concerned about flooding, to the north fire station so that other family members could take them off of the island. Although some residents chose to leave the island, officials didn’t order evacuations. On Tuesday morning, Acting Police Chief Pete Cumming said that the department had gotten a spike in calls over the past few days, but most incidents were minor, such as false burglar alarms. Police also responded Sunday night to a string of about a dozen break-ins, almost all involving unlocked cars, in the Longbeach Village, in which cash was stolen. On Monday night, police added an extra patrol on

Photo courtesy of Mary Lou Johnson

On Saturday, the waters of the Gulf of Mexico began pounding the beach. The number of turtle nests lost in the storm is currently unknown.

Photos by Mallory Gnaegy and Robin Hartill

The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort sign lost its letters in the storm.

the north end and found no indication of related incidents. “When the standing water gets to a point where ordinary vehicles can’t access neighborhoods and you have people walking in and blocked into homes, it increases the opportunity,” Cumming said of crimes.

Disruptive force

Although Debby wasn’t especially destructive, she sure was disruptive. Pattigeorge’s dining room flooded Sunday, forcing the restaurant to close for the evening. But after multiple go-arounds with a dry vacuum, Manager Sandy Wooten re-


The flag as Beachplace shredded in the tropical storm. ported Monday night that the restaurant would be open for dinner. Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant remained closed Tuesday afternoon. A message at the restaurant said that owners hoped to reopen Wednesday. Sandra Rios, director of communications at the Longboat Key Club and Resort, said that the rain had flooded both golf courses, sending more guests to the resort’s fitness center. Otherwise, resort operations were generally not impacted. “I would say it’s business as usual,” Rios said. “But it’s a little wetter than usual.” At Casa del Mar, General Manager D.M.

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Williams estimated that between eight and 10 families checked out early because of the weather. Williams didn’t seem too worried. As long as the weather clears up by June 29, bookings will stay strong for the Fourth of July, he said. The real storm shocker for Williams came in the form of as many as five cabbage palms that completely blew over, along with other plants in the resort that were ripped out by forceful winds. “I’ve never lost a cabbage palm or even had one blow over,” he said. Debby’s wrath also means that Casa del Mar’s 32-foot plant that holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the world’s largest cotton plant is probably a “goner,” according to Williams, because of massive salt spray. But, he isn’t worried about someone else taking the title. He’s never been challenged and doubts that anyone can beat 32 feet. Debby even made her presence known at the shuttered Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, where the last guests checked out in August 2010. Winds blew away the words “The Colony” from the resort’s historic sign. Speaking to the Longboat Observer Monday from what he dubbed “Lake Colony,” longtime owner, Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber said that he planned to paint over the sign with its signature green color, for now, leaving only the “1620” — i.e., its address on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Debby also took with her an unknown number of turtle nests and a black skimmer colony of birds, along with the last remaining sand from a $4 million emergency beach project deposited last year at the north end. According to Florensa, it’s impossible to assess Debby’s impact on the shoreline until after storm surges recede. But, he said that the sand was intended as “sacrificial sand,” put in place to do just what it did — erode, protecting nearby structures, as a result. Debby will be more like a dress rehearsal for the town, according to Bullock. Town department heads will meet later this week to determine what went smoothly and what could have been done better. “This was a little bit of a practice run for a more severe storm,” Bullock said.



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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Cellular discussion eats up minutes Bullock to The commission was hesitant to devote 20 minutes to a wireless discussion but got that and more — 43 minutes’ worth. Jim Eatrides wanted 20 minutes. He asked the Longboat Key Town Commission last month to put him on the Thursday, June 21 workshop agenda so that he could respond to TE Connectivity Networks Inc.’s study of island-wide wireless communications. Eatrides and his business partner, Kevin Barile, of Ridan Industries II, who want to develop a 150-foot cellular tower on the Longboat Island Chapel property, disagreed with the report’s conclusion that a Distributed Antenna Solutions (DAS) network would be a viable choice for the Key. Commissioners put Eatrides on-hold, saying they wanted town staff to draft policy recommendations first. They discussed the possibility of a single-subject workshop to address the issues. Eatrides still appeared before the commission June 21 and asked to speak during the “public to be heard” portion of the meeting — the time when any

person can speak about virtually any subject for three minutes. Four people accompanied him, each of whom signed up to speak and wanted to give him their three minutes. That request raised other policy issues. Even Mayor Jim Brown wasn’t sure if members of the public were allowed to give their time to another speaker. Town Attorney David Persson said that, historically, the commission hasn’t allowed one person to amass time but suggested that, if it were “the will of the commission,” commissioners could be “liberal” in their interpretation of three minutes. “What’s the will of the commission?” Brown asked. “No,” several commissioners said. Attorney Michael Furen, representing residents Gus Sclafani and Doreen Erickson, who oppose a cell tower and own a home adjacent to the proposed


site, described the requests as an “attempt to subvert the open-to-the-public comment process and concept.” “This is opening, I think, a very bad door to this commission to allow, effectively, presentations that this commission had previously determined would not occur … ” Furen said. Eatrides wanted to address the report before the commission took its two-month summer hiatus. Eatrides spoke for his three minutes and took issue with technical issues, saying that he believed a DAS network would require more nodes and money than depicted in the report and that the visual impact of DAS equipment wasn’t shown to scale in the drawings. Then, Tom Giacomo, manager of performance and design engineering for Verizon, told the commission that the company conducted a NextG study of a DAS network on the island last year. He described a tower as “the most viable solution.” Furen objected to Giacomo’s reference to pending applications, leading Persson to ask speakers to avoid site-specific

references until the town could have properly noticed meetings. The commission then heard from attorney Mary Solik, who represents Ridan Industries II; Barile; cell-tower opponents Ron Platt, Gene Jaleski and Bob Craft; and attorney Charlie Bailey, who represents Grand Mariner owners Ralph and Sheri Trine. Furen spoke again, saying it was inappropriate for the discussion to take place without other stakeholders, including a TE Connectivity consultant to defend the report. Commissioner Jack Duncan asked Persson to return to the commission with comments about the process that unfolded. “I feel like a lot of taxpayers never saw an agenda item about this discussion and they’re not here,” Duncan said, describing himself as “very uncomfortable” with the process. Persson said that a singlesubject workshop made sense because it would allow the commission to make an informed decision on policy and put it into writing with the public notified in advance. The discussion got more than 20 minutes — 43 minutes, to be exact.

by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Overlay passes; discussion not finished The commission must pass an ordinance to the town’s zoning code to implement the change. Developers will have to go through the outline-development plan and site-plan processes. It took 24 public hearings and 19 months. But at a Thursday, June 21 special meeting, the Longboat Key Town Commission voted 6-0 to adopt a Comprehensive Plan amendment, allowing for an overlay involving seven properties in the Whitney Beach area. The state approved the proposed changes Dec. 28, which began a 180-day shot clock for the town to make the changes. At the June 21 special meeting, just seven days remained in the six-month window. At the beginning of the meeting, Planning, Zoning & Building Director Robin Meyer explained what the changes would mean. It would allow a developer flexibility to seek a mix of uses but wouldn’t require a property owner or developer to do anything with the properties. “The beauty of an overlay is you don’t have to use it,” Meyer said. “It provides the opportunities if property owners within this areas wish to use it if they choose to take advantage of it.” But Larry Grossman, a retired planner for the city of Alexandria, Va., questioned the value of the previous public hearings. (Throughout the meeting, the number of hearings was cited at 22, because a slide stated that 22 public hearings occurred between November 2010 and May 2012. A 23rd hearing took place at the June 4 regular commission meeting, and the June 21 special meeting was No. 24.)

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Although the Town Commission voted 6-0 to adopt an overlay district in the Whitney Beach area, developers can choose not to use the overlay. “Those 22 public hearings would have been better spent with the citizens from the beginning in working things out and including some analysis and information and not just words that are cycled endlessly … ,” he said. Grossman worried that the overlay lacked specifics. “You’re trying to get a certain result,” he said. “You can’t control the economics, but the public policy should be very, very clear as to what you’re trying to get.” But Mayor Jim Brown, a retired architect whose office was across the street from Grossman’s office in Alexandria, pointed out the differences between Longboat Key and Alexandria. “We’re trying to give a developer some flexibility,” he said.

“I’m fully aware that the city of Alexandria and Fairfax County used to pick a corner and say, ‘We want a 7-Eleven there, and they zoned it so that you couldn’t do anything else.’” Craig Walters, who with other Longbeach Village residents developed a “Village in the Park” concept for the Whitney Beach area, also spoke out against the overlay, saying that better solutions were available. “Rushing to fix this is not going to serve the community, the public … ” Walters said. Commissioner Jack Duncan asked for Meyer’s opinion about residents’ concerns. “When you have strong markets, you can dictate a lot more as to what you want to see done and how you’d like to see that developed,” Meyer said. Those strong markets don’t

seem to exist, Meyer said, pointing to the current state of the shopping center as evidence, and said that the overlay would provide flexibility if someone sees opportunity. The commission initially voted to remove Whitney Beach references in the amendments on first reading in May, quashing the possibility of an overlay, after hearing from many opponents. However, many supporters spoke out in favor of the overlay during the June 4 commission meeting, which led the commission to add Whitney Beach back to the amendments but delete language that would have allowed for some structures up to 55 feet. The commission continued the public hearing to a June 21 special meeting to address concerns that the public wasn’t properly notified of the forthcoming vote. And, if you didn’t get your fill of overlay discussion during the 24 public hearings, you’re in luck: If any developer opts to actually use the overlay, he or she will have to go through the outline-development plan and site-plan processes. But, even with the overlay still a hypothetical, the public process will continue. Whenever changes are made to the Comprehensive Plan, the commission must pass an ordinance to the town’s zoning code to implement the change. “That, again, will go through public process and review,” Meyer said. “We’re not done by a long shot.”

enter into three-year contract

Changes to the town manager’s current contract not only extend its length but increase the severance provision. David Bullock isn’t making plans for the first Monday night of any month, other than August, any time soon. That’s because he’ll be spending those Monday nights in the town-manager seat in commission chambers for Longboat Key Town Commission meetings. The commission reached consensus at its Thursday, June 21 regular workshop Bullock to direct Town Attorney David Persson to draft a contract allowing for a three-year extension of Bullock’s contract, which gives the commission and Bullock the option to extend the contract for an additional three years at the end of the agreement. Persson wrote in a June 13 letter to commissioners that Bullock had suggested a three-year contract that would contain the option for two subsequent one-year renewals. Commissioner Lynn Larson said that she would prefer an arrangement that allowed for continuity and suggested a three-year contract that would be followed by the option for a three-year renewal. “If the people who are on the commission today run for election and are re-elected, in three or four years, all of the sudden there’s going to be a complete turnover and possibly a void of institutional knowledge at that time,” she said. “I think that it’s very important — even more important, then — that we have leadership that would know what had been going on and that had continuity at that time.” But Commissioner Phill Younger said that the contract is more for Bullock’s protection than for the commission’s benefit; he compared the agreement to a football coach’s contract. “If he wants to go someplace else,” Younger said, “he’s going to go someplace else before the three years is up, but he’s comfortable by the security that is given by this.” Bullock said that he was fine with what was discussed but stressed a provision in the contract that allows him or the commission to end the agreement with 90 days’ notice. “I’m not a young guy, anymore,” Bullock, 61, said. “ … If I decide, at age 66, that it’s time for me to let someone younger or smarter or more energetic or whatever come into place … I want to give you adequate notice, so that the transition can be smooth and reasonable and so that it makes sense for everybody.” Persson said that the changes could be added as an amendment to Bullock’s existing contract, extending the length of the contract and increasing the severance provision from its current 30 days’ to 20 weeks’ salary if terminated without cause. Bullock will continue to earn $180,000 annually.

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Utilities crew member Ron Thornton was recognized as the Longboat Key Public Works Department Member of the Year at the Thursday, June 21, Longboat Key Town Commission regular workshop. Thornton has worked for the Thornton town for four-and-ahalf years and previously worked for Manatee County. Public Works Director Juan Florensa described Thornton as “one of those invisible guys,” whom you don’t see when your faucet turns on or your toilets flush. Thornton received a plaque on behalf of the commission. Public Works employees choose one of their peers each year for the honor.

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at 10:39 a.m. Friday, June 22, in the 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Police say that Michael Curry, 17, of Longboat Key, was driving a Chevrolet Blazer and struck a Ford E150, driven by Roderick Schwartz, 56, of Bradenton. The Ford then struck another Chevrolet Blazer driven by Kyra Coates, 32, of Bradenton. Each vehicle sustained damages ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. Curry, who told police he was blowing his nose at the time of the crash, was cited for careless driving.

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Commissioner Hal Lenobel was hospitalized more than a week ago but is showing signs of improvement. Commissioner Jack Duncan reported Thursday, June 21 that Lenobel had been moved out of intensive care and had a big smile on his face. He is expected to be discharged this week, according to Duncan. Lenobel is a former Longboat Key mayor and is currently on his seventh term as a commissioner. He holds one of two at-large seats.

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Cumming likely choice for long-term police chief For now, the town isn’t looking anywhere beyond Acting Police Chief Pete Cumming for the permanent top-cop position.

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Tropical Storm Debby prevented construction work on the new Publix, Monday.

Key store tops other Publix locations Publix has never held a topping-off party; Longboaters seldom meet a milestone that isn’t topped off with a party.

Drainage pipes await installation, outside of the new CVS. the workshop. Town Manager David Bullock said that he signed off on a request, with which he struggled, from Publix for night construction that would run from 3:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. July 2 to July 3 and July 5 to July 6 to allow it to do an internal pour for its floor. But, he also pointed out another success in the project: No noise complaints since construction began. — Robin Hartill


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Mayor Jim Brown contacted Publix corporate officials about the possibility of a “topping off” event to celebrate the roof going up on its new store. Representatives of the 1,052-store chain agreed — but told him that they had never done a toppingoff event before. “It had always been low-key,” Brown said of other stores. But, this Key doesn’t do low-key, and a topping-off celebration has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12. Town Manager David Bullock told the Longboat Key Town Commission that both Publix and CVS are ahead of schedule. He shared two additional pieces of Publix news: It turns out the flooding outside of Town Hall wasn’t the result of an early Tropical Storm Debby deluge. Hawkins Construction Inc., the project contractor, was pumping water out of the site, but pipes hadn’t yet been installed. Water was already subsiding by the end of

Longboat Key Acting Police Chief Pete “After the initial shock, we all spent Cumming appears likely to get the posi- some time talking and coming to terms tion on a long-term basis. with the tragedy,” he said. “We focused Cumming told both the Kiwanis Club on the task at hand to keep the departof Longboat Key and the Longboat Ob- ment running. The morale is high, but I server that he hopes to be appointed to think that everyone still grieves in their the role permanently. own way.” Town Manager David Cumming began his caBullock confirmed that reer in law-enforcement What I’ve always the town isn’t currently in patrol with the Sarasota said is, if I understand County Sheriff’s Office in advertising the policechief position. 1980 and later became a what is expected of “Pete’s in there in an detective, then a corporal, me, I will exceed acting role, and if he then an undercover narthose expectations. does great, we’ll keep cotics smuggling agent him right there as chief for the Florida DepartPete Cumming, until he wants to retire ment of Law Enforcement Longboat Key Acting … ” Bullock said. “My (FDLE). Police Chief expectation is that he’ll In the mid-1990s, he do a great job.” was also sworn in as a Cumming had no time to prepare for U.S. Deputy Marshall for the Federal the role. Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crime He was serving as a Longboat Key Task Force, before heading to FDLE’s police captain, a position he had held Fort Myers Regional Operation Center, since April 2008, when Police Chief Al where he opened a fictitious pawnshop Hogle died in a motorcycle crash May to create an outlet for stolen goods. 14. Cumming, along with Capt. KrisNext, he worked to find and convict tina Roberts and Sarasota Police Chief absconded sexual predators in a fiveMikel Holloway, Capt. Lucius Bonner county region, from Manatee to Collier and Capt. Paul Sutton, drove that day counties. to Sarasota to notify Leslie Hogle of her Cumming applied for the Longboat husband’s death. Key position in 2008, after Hogle asked Later that day, Bullock asked him if he him if he would be interested. LBK - 2010 - I would take on the role of acting police Cumming said that he is adjusting to chief. the role and has received advice from LBK - 2010 - I Cumming said that taking on the role many sources. at the time was a challenge but said “What I’ve always said is, if I underthat officers are coping with the loss of stand what is expected of me, I will exHogle. ceed those expectations,” he said.

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Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, here I am at camp: Florida Studio Theatre Summer Camp Today is Tuesday, June 26, and it’s Meatball Day at Florida Studio Theatre. Every camper in sight is wearing a sticker that reads, “Happy Meatball Day,” along with a photograph of an adorable white-haired woman who just happens to be related to FST’s director of education, Beth Duda. Duda has been serving up her Grandma Dorothy’s secret meatball recipe at camp for

the past 10 years. It’s a recipe she’ll never divulge, and it’s a dish that keeps campers coming back for more. This week marks the camp’s show week, and all campers are busy rehearsing everything from monologues to dances. The culminating recital, free and open to the public, takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, at FST. Call 366-1350 for information.

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‘Education is a shambles’ Few people view public higher education as a welfare program. In its design, however, it is like any other “collectivist” program in which people participate involuntarily; individual benefits in no way reflect costs; subsidized prices distort the decision-making process; and collective public political consensus is substituted for the private judgment of individuals. William G. Stuart,

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GOV. SCOTT’S UNIVERSITY GOALS Florida Gov. Rick Scott last week issued the following statements regarding tuition increases and his goals for Florida’s universities: “I’m disappointed to see the Board of Governors’ decision on tuition increases today. Tuition rates have risen 71% over the past four years and graduates are facing unprecedented levels of debt. We can’t continue on this path. On Tuesday, I addressed the board and outlined five goals Florida’s university system should aspire to that would give us an edge over other states for job creation: 1. Be No. 1 in university affordability. 2. Be No. 1 for graduates finding jobs in their fields of study. 3. Be No. 1 in the percentage of students receiving STEM degrees. 4. Have Florida university graduates be ranked No. 1 in preparation for the workforce, as named by Florida employers. 5. Be the No. 1 place where taxpayers feel they are getting a good return on their investment in higher education. “It is my priority to keep the cost of living low for Floridians and have an education system that produces the most competitive, highly skilled workforce in the world. And I expect our universities and the Board of Governors to seek those same goals.”

It doesn’t matter how much Florida Gov. Rick Scott sticks to his election campaign promises — making Florida the top state for business in America; accountability at every level of Source: Southern Regional state government; lower taxes; Education Board lower cost of government; fewer The above table shows Florida charges the least amount regulations that irrationally per student for a state college and university education inhibit economic growth. among Southern and Southeast states. At the same time, The sad truth is he is trying to Florida ranks ninth out of the 17 states in terms of the move too many people’s cheese, percentage of annual tuition per student that is subsidized and they don’t like it. by taxpayers — 55% of the cost is subsidized. Last week’s confrontation of Scott and the state university system’s board of governors over Annual Tax Dollars Appropriated proposed tuition hikes was yet per State College Student, 2010-11 another vivid example of the wide gap in reality that exists between the statists and Scott’s agenda for taxpayers. Once again, the statist establishment cannot believe Florida’s governor would not support higher taxes and fees to raise more money for Florida’s universities. As usual, they trotted out the cliches that Florida charges less per student than other states (see box). As if that is the primary measurement by Source: Southern Regional which Florida and its universiEducation Board ties should be judged. Perhaps it should be a point of pride that Florida’s universities The above table shows Florida taxpayers contribute the manage to do more with less. fourth-lowest amount per year to subsidize students in For instance, among the states state colleges and universities. in the South, Florida has the highest percentage of college students (35%) who graduate with baccalaureate degrees in only three years. Gov. Scott reminded — that tuition rates have the monopoly, state-run education system; and the declining levels of student achieveBut for the establishment statists, what risen 71% over the past four years. ment at all levels — you should be able to see Scott articulated as his top five goals for Now put those tuition increases against the real picture. As economist Williams put Florida universities is an anathema (see box this backdrop: Increasing data are showing it: “Primary and secondary education is in at right). So many of the elite have the notion that politicians’ efforts to make taxpayershambles.” that taxpayers should pay willingly whatever subsidized college accessible to everyone Even though Gov. Scott is trying to bring it takes to create universities that are on the are a huge waste. Acclaimed Ohio University more accountability and affordability to all cutting edge of scientific research or to have professor Richard Vedder wrote in author of Florida’s public education, the governor is wide-ranging liberal arts programs whose Charles Murray’s book, “Real Education” in following the traditional path to nowhere. We courses in multiculturalism have no limits on 2008, “The number going to college exceeds wish he (and everyone else) would acknowlbizarreness and little practical usefulness. the number capable of mastering higher But let’s be realistic. What business do levels of intellectual inquiry. This leads to col- edge what our opening quotation states. Under its current rubric, the university system you know that, in the midst of this nation’s leges to alter their missions, watering down is a form of state-controlled welfare. As such, economic malaise, would have the gall to an- the intellectual content of what they do.” it — and all public education — is destined to nounce that it is increasing its prices 15% or Economist Walter Williams reports 45% of perpetual failure, mediocrity at best. 17% as Florida’s universities sought to do? college freshmen require remedial courses. Everyone knows by now public welfare is Their justification was to make up for the Taken altogether — the incessant rising not the path to prosperity. Dare we suggest tax dollars state legislators declined to alcost of college tuitions; the role of politithe obvious alternative? locate to the universities. Never mind what cians (incluing Scott and all legislators) in

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JUNE 15 RIDING OUT THE STORM 5:34 p.m. — 100 block of GMD. Missing Person. A woman reported that three people rented paddleboards from her Sarasota company and hadn’t returned, causing her to worry that they had encountered bad weather. The group returned while police checked nearby shorelines. One of the women said that her father, who was out on his boat, gave them a ride back.

CORNER JUNE 16 NOTHING’S FISHY HERE 12:56 p.m. — 2200 block of GMD. Fishing. Police responded to a report of illegal snook fishing but were unable to find anyone fishing.

JUNE 16 WANT IT IN WRITING 3:01 a.m. — 4600 block of GMD. Disturbance. A resort manager and security guard reported that a guest had friends visiting, who were being unruly on the beach until the early morning hours. The visitors left after the manager asked them to, but the manager wanted the incident documented. GIANT LEAP 3:17 p.m. — Off the Key. Juvenile. Police warned a teen seen jumping off of Longboat Pass Bridge to Beer Can Island and also warned a group of approximately eight others against jumping.

JUNE 17 THAT WILL GET YOU NOWHERE 9:05 a.m. — 400 block of North Shore Road. Property Found. A man found a bicycle with two flat tires at an intersection. A Public Works employee picked up the bike and delivered it to the police station. SLEEPING IT OFF 5:57 p.m. — 400 block of GMD. Pub-

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proposal and are willing to go to impasse over the issue. “We will not accept a 401(k) or a 401(a) or a 401 of any type,” Tanner said. “This is not a threat. But we simply cannot do that.” Instead, firefighter/paramedic Jeff Bullock presented an alternative pension proposal to the town on behalf of firefighters. He asked that the town have both the 401(a) plan and their plan professionally evaluated to determine each proposal’s cost to taxpayers. The firefighters’ proposal would reduce the current pension multiplier to 3% from the current 3.5% and cap the percentage of salary (currently calculated by averaging the five highest of the last 10 years’ of service) at 85%, a reduction from the 100% currently allowed. Firefighters would agree that unused sick and vacation time would not be counted toward their average final compensation, which could also reduce benefits and to receive a 3% cost-of-living adjustment every seven years, instead of every five years. Firefighters presented the town with a scenario in which a firefighter retired at 56 after 27 years of service with an average final salary of $72,000 and $18,000 in unused vacation and sick time. That firefighter could currently retire with 94.5% of his salary. That would drop to 81% under the multiplier reduction and elimination of comp time in final salary changes proposed by firefighters. The firefighters’ proposal would reduce the number of years of service needed to receive full benefits from 25 to 20, which they said was key to the proposal. A firefighter who retired at 20 years with a 3% multiplier would receive a pension benefit of just 60% of his final salary. After 20 years, a firefighter would have to decide whether he would enter the Deferred Retirement Options Program (DROP), in which employees are effec-

tively retired and receive their pension benefits but have their current pension payments placed in a separate savings account. The maximum allowable period for DROP would increase to seven years from the current three years, which firefighters say would allow them to earn approximately $302,400, based on 60% of a $72,000 salary for seven years, to make up the reduction in benefits, while also saving taxpayers money. The firefighters also propose reducing their required contribution toward the plan from 10% to 7%. Town Manager David Bullock said that the current pension plan is unsustainable when presenting his proposal to firefighters last month. In the 2012-13 fiscal year, the town’s required firefighter pension contribution will be 60.27% of payroll. The town manager credited firefighters for the thought they put into the proposal and agreed to look at it. But he challenged some of the firefighters’ premises that relate to issues bigger than the numbers. He said that at 57 — the age of the retiree presented in the firefighters’ scenario — an employee is still viable in the workforce even if he is no longer a firefighter. Jeff Bullock, however, said that many of his firefighter friends are no longer healthy enough to work at 57. “Firefighters who are retired are very viable employees,” David Bullock countered. “Most of them that I know have availed themselves into successful careers.” David Bullock also addressed improvements, such as stringent codes, sprinkler requirements and better technologies that have lessened risks to firefighters. “I’m not diminishing your role, but I’m trying to put it into perspective,” he said. He also discussed a different kind of risk: that of the markets. “We’re trying to manage the risk of the market and determine where that risk should be placed,” he said. “That’s a public policy question that the country is struggling with.”





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Grab your red, white and blue streamers and decorate your bikes, strollers, wagons and, yes, your dogs for a patriotic stroll down Longboat Key's Main Street — Bay Isles Road. Join Longboat Key dignitaries, Uncle Sam, the Cannons Marina boat and all your neighbors for an old-fashioned, All-American parade. Lineup begins at 8:30 a.m. between Bank of America and SunTrust Bank on Bay Isles Road. Parade starts at 9 a.m.


American flags will line Bay Isles Road in a tribute to the red, white and blue of American patriotism.


Head to Longbeach Village on north Longboat Key for the third annual Longboat Key fireworks show in Sarasota Bay behind Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Bar and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant. Call Mar Vista (383-2391) or Moore’s (383-1748) for special dining and VIP packages at the restaurant. TIME of show: Around 9 p.m., Monday, July 2, weather permitting Viewing open to the public around the restaurants


Fun games for kids of all ages in Bicentennial Park (next to Longboat Key Town Hall) after the parade, with loads of fun prizes for everyone. Kids can also take tours of Longboat Key’s biggest fire truck and rescue unit. At 10:30, kids will get to release dozens of butterflies, supplied by the Longboat Key Garden Club, into the park.


The morning parade makes it a great time for your breakfast favorites: waffles from Blue Dolphin Cafe, plus sausage from the Longboat Key Club & Resort, soft drinks and more. Enjoy your food on picnic tables at the beautiful and shady Bicentennial Park.

FREEDOM FEST SPONSORS The Longboat Observer Cannons Marina • Casa del Mar Beach Resort Town of Longboat Key • Longboat Key Kiwanis Club Blue Dolphin Cafe • Longboat Key Club & Resort Hosted by: Longboat Key / Lido Key / St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce


FREEDOM FEST: 9 to 11 a.m. • Wednesday, July 4 • Bicentennial Park on Bay Isles Road FIREWORKS SHOW: 9 p.m. • Monday, July 2 • Behind Mar Vista/Moore’s Stone Crab


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Tammy Halsted takes a break at the Touch Corporation office on St. Armands Circle. young girl. Her father worked for a beverage company and his position relocated the family frequently. Moving could be responsible for the travel-bug in her: Halsted has visited 49 of the 50 states. She has ventured

all over the Caribbean and every resort destination in Mexico. She has been to Uganda in East Africa twice, on mission trips working with orphans. The orphans would teach Halsted songs in their native tongue and she would trade

them American songs such as, “This Little Light of Mine.” Halsted has never been to South Africa, but it is next on her bucket list. The itch has been especially strong since she has been working for Touch Corporation, a retail company and travel agency that specializes in South African destinations. “I try to keep my passport from getting dusty,” she says. Besides travel, her other passion is theater. She came out of her shell at a young age. “As a young child, I went to six grade schools in six years. I had the choice to be the wallflower that no one remembered or be the girl that no one forgot,” Halsted says. She chose the latter. Halsted has been acting since she was 12 but has been singing “since the moment I came out of the womb,” she says. She has performed numerous shows with the Sarasota Players, including “Mousetrap,” “Dracula,” “Showboat,” “Oliver” and “The Full Monty.” She has been rehearsing for the Summer Sizzler “Stay” that will play from Aug. 9 to Aug. 12. And, sitting in the audience, just like at every other show, will be her Sarasota family: The Christensens, Chris and Ethna Lynch, Andrew Vac and her coworkers at Touch Corporation. “I am finally home,” she says. — Mallory Gnaegy

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Tammy Halsted is in the process of moving into an apartment on St. Armands Circle — it happens to be the exact apartment she lived in for threeand-a-half years before she moved to Texas for a job opportunity in 2006. She returned to the area in March. “I love the beach, I love the theater, I have wonderful friends here … business owners on the Circle to my family on Longboat — it’s just, it’s home!” she says. “I really missed it!” She even has what she calls her “Cheers Bar” — Lynches Pub and Grub. It’s a place she goes where everybody knows her name. And when she first moved back, the sisters gave her a temporary job waiting tables until she found something more permanent. They were her lifelines. The first time she lived here was after Sept.11; she was living in Tampa but layoffs in her retail-entertainment district moved her south to Sarasota “to start over again.” Plus, her family (the Christensens, of Harry’s Continental Kitchens) lived on Longboat Key. After her move, Halsted got her realestate license and a place in the historic Village on Longboat Key. She was selling real estate for Andrew Vac, until 2006 when she accepted a marketing position in Texas. Moving is something Halsted is used to: She has moved a total of 34 times in her life. “This is my last one and I’m not moving again,” she asserts. Some moves were because of her marketing and sales job for Marriott, but many happened when she was a

Tammy Halsted has moved 34 times but says this area feels like home.

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Friday, June 29 Longboat Key Invitational — takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 8:30 a.m. registration and a 10 a.m. shotgun start at the Longboat Key Club Islandside Course, 301 Gulf of Mexico Drive. This Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce golf tournament is sponsored by the Longboat Key Club and Resort, West Florida Golf Tour and Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. Cost is $125 for a single golfer, $400 for a foursome. Call 383-2466 for information.

Saturday, June 30 Sea Turtle Walk — starts at 6:45 a.m. at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort pool area, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Take a leisurely hour-and-a half, 1.5mile walk on Longboat Key to learn about endangered green sea turtles and threatened loggerhead sea turtles. Free. Call 388-4441 for more information. 10th Annual St. Armands Boat Show — takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Park, John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. This boat show is sponsored by MarineMax of Sarasota and features boats and the latest boating technology. Free. Call 388-1554. Bridge Street Night Market — takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at historic Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Bridge Street merchants have extended their market season to include a night market featuring approximately 35 vendors. Free. Visit bridgestreetmerchants. com for more information.

Sunday, July 1 Free Bird Barbeque — takes place from noon to 8 p.m. in front of Pastimes Pub, 6540 Superior Ave., Sarasota. The proceeds from this event will benefit Save Our Seabirds. Activities include a dunk tank, water-balloon fights, a Jimmy Buffett karaoke contest, a

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St. Mary, Star of the Sea, has night of reel fun

Freedom Fest What: This year’s Freedom Fest will commemorate the life of the late Police Chief Al Hogle. His wife, Leslie Hogle, will be the parade’s grand marshal. Mayor Jim Brown will make a presentation about Hogle’s dedicated service to the town following the parade. A parade of town commissioners, Uncle Sam, the Cannons Marina boat, Longboat Key fire truck and neighbors of Longboat Key will take place on Bay Isles Road. A celebration with games and the annual release of butterflies will follow the parade in Centennial Park.

Sister Monica Paul, Barbara McKee, Msgr. Gerry Finegan and Jean Lynch

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church members didn’t let Tropical Storm Debby get them down, instead, they gathered indoors and watched “The Way” with Martin Sheen, Thursday, June 21. The film is about a father who goes overseas to collect the body of his late son who died on a pilgrimage. They celebrated the get-together with good company, popcorn and wine.

Frank Cerullo, Jim McGuire, Sean McGrath and Justin Tracy

Connie Pieloch and Linda Dunaway

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Where: Bay Isles Road When: Parade lineup will begin at 8:30 a.m. between Bank of America and SunTrust Bank on Bay Isles Road; parade takes place starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 4. Info: Call the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce for more information, 383-2466


pulled-pork cook-off, an ’80s rock dance-off, carnival games, prizes and live music. Tickets are $10. For more information contact, Kate at 400-3071.

Mary Ann Ruff

Mary Ann Ruff, of Longboat Key and formerly of Columbus, Ind., died June 22. She was 81. Mrs. Ruff grew up in Springfield, Ill., and attended the University of Illinois, where she graduated in 1952 with a degree in education. One of her outstanding accomplishments was leading her Chi Omega sorority to victory in the highly prestigious University Vocal Competition. She was married to Robert T. Ruff in 1952. She taught kindergarten and third grade for several years following graduation and became a full-time homemaker in Columbus for almost 30

Monday, July 2 Boom Boom on the Bay — dinner starts at 7 p.m. and fireworks start at 9 p.m. at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub, 760 Broadway St. This annual fireworks display will be sure to come with plenty of “oohs” and “ahhs.” Reservations are $35 per seat for dinner. Call 383-2391 for more information.

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years. After retiring to Longboat Key, she became active in the University of Illinois Alumni Club, serving as president for 10 years. She was also involved with Alums and Sequel, the Sarasota Symphony and the Sarasota Opera Guild. Music always had a strong influence on her life. Mrs. Ruff is survived by her husband, Robert T. Ruff; two daughters, Katheryn Ruff and Elizabeth Rutledge; and four grandchildren. A memorial celebration will be held July 2, at the Longboat Key Club and Resort for family and friends. Mrs. Ruff will be buried at a private graveside ceremony in Springfield, Ill. Instead of flowers, donations may be sent to the Sarasota Opera Guild, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, Fla., 34236.




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10 OR FEWER EMPLOYEES NOMINEES Jack Dean, general manager of G. Fried Flooring, has it all (and the floor) covered. G. Fried Flooring has been located off of Tamiami Trail for 40 years. From this location it has provided the community with specialty tile, laminate, vinyl, hardwood and carpeting. Although the retail group has 500 stores nationwide, each store is locally owned. G. Fried provides flooring for residential and commercial businesses throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties.

when you got started in business? Probably to have gotten more involved in the bookkeeping and finances of the business more than the sales aspect, because the information I used to get from CPAs was about two months old. If I did it myself, I would have had instant information. Favorite way to spend a day off: Fishing.

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much what any manager would probably do. Business idol: Warren Buffett, because

he’s got his fingers in everything.

Where do you see your business in five years? With at least one more location.

Right now there are three locations in Florida. Number of employees when started: Two

Start date: 1972

Biggest challenge: Dealing with the economic depression … the amount of business and people buying flooring isn’t nearly what it was in 2005; the industry is down 60%.

First job ever: My first job, ever, was as a

Typical day on the job: I help my sales

boat Key Chamber is a (great one). It has been a pleasure being an ambassador for the chamber.

Location: 4608 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota;

servicing Manatee and Sarasota counties

dishwasher for Uncle Otey’s Starlight Restaurant and Pancake House/Truck Stop on Tamiami Trail in 1963.

What is something you wish you knew

staff figure out their jobs, look at their plans, go over their orders. I network in the community at different functions and (spend time) meeting people. I also do housekeeping around the store — pretty

Sunglass Express Optical / 18A

Number of employees today: Nine On winning 2012 Small Business of the Year, 10 employees or fewer: The Long-

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Founder of Elite Family Care, Debra Fortosis, takes a break from arranging nanny and sitter services.

ELITE FAMILY CARE Elite Family Care, founded by Debra Fortosis, provides nanny and babysitter services to local and visiting families. The company’s mission is to facilitate safe, reliable and caring caregivers for both children and seniors. The services provided range from nanny and babysitter placement to nonmedical senior companion care and even hosting children’s parties. Fortosis has 20 years of experience from raising two children and four grandchildren; she also has background in corporate business. Location: 3947 Clark Road, Suite D, Sara-

sota; servicing Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, Fort Myers, Naples, Siesta Key and surrounding areas.

Start Date: November 2010 First job ever: At age 15, I was a cashier at

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What is something you wish you knew when you got started in business?

Knowing more about starting a business. I had never owned my own business, and I had a lot to learn. I do all of the writing for my website and all of my own marketing … and I had to learn how to do that. Favorite way to spend a day off:

With my grandchildren; I love being with my grandchildren; I have four — almost five — of them, all under the age of 7. Biggest challenge:

The hardest thing is balancing the work and knowing when to add people. I’m really big on using the same people all the time, and I have to keep them busy; we’re really busy right now.

Typical day on the job:

It varies every day. I have people who go out and do jobs, but my daily work is marketing, answering phones, sending out caregivers, following up with families, meeting with families and planning events. I do a little bit of everything every day. I do it all. Business idol:

I really like Michael Saunders. I met her and admire her knowledge so much. She gave me so many little business tips. I admire her and what she has done for her company.

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Where do you see your business in five years?

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Number of employees when started:

I started with two people and a sitter. Number of employees today: Now we have

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On winning the Rookie category:

The Longboat Key Chamber has been a huge help to my business, and I feel very honored to be apart of the chamber. The (application) process has taught me so much … I see where I need to go from here.

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Mike and Sheila Lewis, of Siesta Sports Rentals, will rent what you need to have fun on the beach.


Mike and Sheila Lewis, owners of Siesta Sports Rentals, bought the equipment rental store in ’95 from the British couple who started it. They rent bikes, kayaks, scooters, beach wheelchairs, paddleboards and baby equipment. They also host kayak tours and run deliveries and pick-ups. Their main clients are vacationers, but they have a lot of local customers, as well.

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Owner of Sunglass Express, Yvonne Schloss, has been “seeing” customers for 19 years.


Sarasota, Tampa, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Longboat Key Start Date: 1993 First Job Ever: I worked at 5-7-9 in a mall. The store isn’t even around anymore. What is something you wish you knew when you got started in business? It

takes a team and it takes good relationships. You can’t be everything. You have to find the right people to help you along your journey.

Favorite way to spend a day off: Doing

absolutely nothing at home with my husband, Rob.

Biggest challenge: Having enough time in


the day to do everything you want to get

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Typical day on the job: Meeting great

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people and loving what I’m doing. I help people see better and feel better, and sometimes just a smile and a hello makes someone’s day. In a day I do everything from sell glasses, make glasses, clean toilets and paperwork — I do anything and everything that has to be done.

Key; servicing as far north as Anna Maria as far south as Englewood and Pine Island.

Start date: Bought in 2005; established in


First job ever:

Sheila: I was a secretary at an engineering firm when I was 18. Mike: I was moving bricks in a brick factory.

Business idol: My parents — they worked

so hard, showed me so much and always told me I could do anything I wanted to do.

What is something you wish you knew when you got started in business?

Where do you see your business in five years? (I see us) continually growing.

Mike: It takes a year or two to realize how seasonal it is (here) and how suddenly it switches on and off. I remember that first Christmas (we were here), we didn’t have enough bikes. You hear tales, but you don’t believe it until you’re in it. Sheila: We’ve doubled our inventory since we started.

There are no big plans. I’m hoping to work toward having more time off. Number of employees when started: Two Number of employees today: Four

Info: Call 388-5115, visit sunglassexpres- or follow Sunglass Express Optical on Facebook for more information.

Favorite way to spend a day off:

Sheila: I do wildlife photography. Mike: It depends on the time of year,

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Biggest challenge:

Sheila: Keeping everyone (staff) happy. Mike: We’re very fortunate at the moment; we have a lot of good staff (members). Typical day on the job:

Sheila: I’m behind the desk serving the customers, taking reservations and organizing pickups, deliveries and kayak tours. Mike: I’m doing the kayak tours, fixing bikes, running kayaks about and (doing) deliveries. Business idol:

Mike: Richard Branson. He has remained completely ethical as well as being a very good businessman. You never hear any dirt on him, because he’s always done things correctly. Where do you see your business in five years?

Sheila: We could do with a bigger store, but we like the location we are in now. Mike: Business-wise, it would be nice to have more time off. Number of employees when started: Four Number of employees today: Six Info: Call 346-1797, visit, or follow Siesta Sports Rentals on Facebook for more information.

— Mallory Gnaegy

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by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor



Always Home is a licensed real-estate brokerage; but the founder of the company, Brian McCarthy, doesn’t sell homes or lease properties — he provides home management to the community and second-home owners. As a key-holder to the property, Always Home visits properties weekly and inspects the home for everything from water leakage to pest issues. Always Home also contracts with personally recommended service providers, which have all been interviewed.

Consider It Done founders Steve Sweney and Kim Kern will do just about anything. The errand- and personal-assistance company provides companionship for elderly, property monitoring, errand-running, grocery shopping, home-arrival preparation, island tours, appointment scheduling, bill paying, pickups, deliveries and more. Location: Northwest Bradenton; service to Longboat Key and Anna Maria Start date: December 2010 First job ever:

Location: Services from Anna Maria to Port Charlotte Start date: January 2012 First job ever: I ran four newspaper

routes because I wanted a motor scooter.

What is something you wish you knew when you got started in business?

Everything costs three-times more than you thought, and it always takes you 10 times longer. Favorite way to spend a day off: Kayak-

ing with my wife, Valerie. Biggest challenge:

I think telling our story and getting it out there … People aren’t aware of our service and that we are out here. Word-of-mouth seems to be working well for us, but it takes a while to develop that client base. Typical day on the job: I spend my day working with service providers, working with home-care specialists, working with realtors (helping sellers get homes ready) and working with buyers to improve properties and maintain them after they make the purchase. Business idol: I don’t have just one, but

my service providers have built their businesses up over 40 years in this community and they have weathered the

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Brian McCarthy, founder of Always Home, will make sure no pests or problems happen when you’re away.

Kern: I co-opted for a lawyer in high school. Sweney: I was a grocery-store bagger. What is something you wish you knew when you got started in business?

economic cycles and have maintained their customers with quality and integrity. I admire these men and women in this business community who have been able to sustain themselves through these turbulent times, such as Dehart Alarm Systems and Aqua Heating and Air. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I would like to be known for fulfilling a need in the Sarasota market for secondhome owners in management needs and to expand the concept into other secondhome markets in Florida … (with the) ultimate goal to be successful in franchising this market outside of Florida with Sarasota as the headquarters. Number of employees when started: Two Number of employees today: Eight plus 23

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Info: Call 404-1011, visit gotoalway- or follow Always Home on Facebook for more information.

Kern: We were unfamiliar with our capabilities and what we could do to help others. We started out with just a few things and have added to our list. Sweney: I think the main thing is that we are brand-new here, and we didn’t know many people down here. Favorite way to spend a day off:

Kern: Hanging out at the beach or poolside. Biggest challenge:

Kern: I would think the biggest challenge is being so new to the area and getting to know the people out here. Sweney: We continue to network every day — like crazy. Typical day on the job:

Sweney: It depends, really. I would say it starts with some time in the office … usually a couple of grocery runs for pre-stocking condos or houses, but it just depends — every day is different. Business idol:

Kern: My old boss. She was a professor at

Mallory Gnaegy

Kim Kern and Steve Sweney, founders of Consider It Done, will check off your to-do list.

a college … I just looked up to her because she taught me everything I know and she was a pretty great gal. Sweney: A former co-worker with Chevron Chemical. Where do you see your business in five years?

Sweney: Hopefully, we will have some employees and we will be well-known and well-accepted in the area. We have to earn everyone’s trust, and that takes time. Number of employees when started: Two Number of employees today: Two Info: Call 896-4089, visit, or email consideritdone@


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LITTLE SLICE OF AMERICANA DOWNTOWN W/DIRECT BAY VIEWS! 3-4Br/3Ba/2CG w/pvt elevator, detailed & high ceil, crown molding, marble, builtins, gas fp, granite, imported cabinets, MBa w/jetted tub & bidet, state-of-theart sys, 2 balconies in secure bldg w/ amenities! MLS#A3943537 $1,375,000

on Longboat Key! Charming 1BR/1BA home located in the popular 55+bayfront community of Gulfshore. Perfect for beach retreat or full time home. Kelly Belisle #M5829396 $105,000

FURN W/PANORAMIC BAY VIEWS! Downtown/2-3Br/2Ba/1CG w/faux & artisan finishes, crown moldings, wood cabinets, ceramic tile, granite, plantation shutters, walk-in closets, open-air balcony & pvt laundry in secure building w/ amenities! MLS#A3929596 $450,000


Gated boating community just across the street from the beach. Deeded boat slip. Build your dream cruise pad all for $183,632---lot only. Jerry Cunningham #A3950841 $183,632


9th FLOOR WITH BAY VIEWS - DOWNTOWN! Custom remodeled 2Br/2Ba/1CG w/ wood laminate flrs, tile, modern cabinets, built-ins, crown moldings, 2 pvt balconies, hurricane shutters & personal laundry in secure building with full service amenities! MLS#A3951357 $775,000

GATED BAY FRONT COMM! FUR 3-4Br/3.5Ba/3CG w/views, Lr/Dr, eat-in kitch., MBa w/jetted tub, elevator, bonus rm, plantation shutters, sec & cent vacuum sys, balcony & heated lap pool in exceptional location next to CC amenities & IMG academy! MLS#A3955851 $750,000

Incredible opportunity to own 2 adjoining lots west of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Conrad Beach boasts timeless architecture, com. pool & clubhouse. Purchase separately or w/M5815731. Peter Uliano #M5815734 $260,000

SIESTA KEY, REMODELED & FURN! 2Br/2Ba/1CP w/bonus rm, den, raised ceil, tile, plantation shutters, granite, crown moldings, wood cabinets, & w/d included in Island Reef w/resort-like amenities; pools, tennis courts, docks, beach access & more! MLS#A3943588 $389,000


A nice condo on the first floor overlooking tranquil blue waters of the Gulf. Ten unit complex, open floor plan, private lanai. Can be rented by the week. Jerry Cunningham $344,700 #A3955953


water front condo w/a great view of the bay! Deeded 30’ boat slip, updtd. bath, kitchen & nicely furnished. Tennis, large heated pool, spa & comm. boat ramp. Turnkey furnished. Marcia Bayard #M5818101 $389,500 BAY VIEWS FROM EVERY ROOM! Downtown 2Br/2Ba/2CG w/9Ft ceil., tile, crown moldings, wood cabinets, granite, SS appls., & pvt balcony in secure bldg w/ amenities; concierge, theatre, fitness ctr, pool, spa & more across from bayfront cultural distict! MLS#A3960414 $415,000

MODERN DOWNTOWN BAY FRONT! 2Br/2Ba/1CG w/marble, granite, Corian, tile & bamboo flrs, furniture quality cabinets, built-ins, architectural elements, fp, updated eat-in kitch. & baths, pvt balcony & laundry, secure building w/ amenities! MLS#A3942652 $400,000

LAKE & GOLF COURSE VIEWS! 3+Br/3.5Ba/2CG, custom wood details, crown moldings, built-ins, wood flrs, diagonal tile, granite fp, wood cabinets, Corian, SS appls., surround sound, central vac, jetted pool, open-air porches, option of Oaks Membership! MLS#A3961057 $800,000


overlooking Sarasota Bay. This home is one of a kind. A kayaker’s dream. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Watch dolphins & manatees from your living room or your private dock! Debra Ibasfalean $549,000 #M5826754

PENTHOUSE W/WATER VIEWS! 3-4Br/3.5Ba/2+CG w/travertine & marble flrs, high ceil., crown moldings, plantation shutters, built-ins, furniture quality cabinets, granite, Corian, MBr w/lg walk-in + 2 baths & pvt balcony in gated comm. w/amenities! MLS#A3958973 $925,000 77499


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Boost Studio

Boost Studio, founded by graphic designers Steve Boris and Christine Koch, is a brand design-based business that creates and manages brands. They have national and international clients. Most recently, the group put together packages for the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce and Michael’s On East.

Location: 4753 Compass Drive, Bradenton;


services span locally, nationally and internationally.

Start date: June 2010 First job ever: Boris: I worked at Marino’s Pizza. Koch: I worked for my mother’s organand-piano business when I was 8 years old. What is something you wish you knew when you got started in business?

Koch: Strangely enough, it was our own marketing that was our weak point. Everything was word-of-mouth, and we never marketed ourselves. When the economy changed and we made a move here; we needed to make ourselves known.

BIRD KEY - 4 BR/3.3BA Location! Location! This beautiful custom home has it all - fabulous downtown views across Sarasota Bay, granite kitchen with milk-glaze cabinetry, “Morning Room” with 8 Step crown molding, gorgeous pool, dock & lift. The first floor master suite has stunning Bay views and the second floor “Great Room” has “forever” Bay views from the terrace.$3,690,000


Favorite way to spend a day off:

Koch: Exploring our own backyard. Siesta Key — walking on the beach, having breakfast at the Sun Garden Café; St. Armands Circle and finishing up the day at Anna Maria. Boris: We try to get out in the kayak, too.

LONGBOAT KEY TOWERS harming Elegance with Breathtaking Gulf, Bay and City Views from this 3BD/3BA Penthouse residence. This was the home of Mr. Arthur Ferrante of Ferrante & Teicher fame now being sold by his wife. Soaring ceilings, open floor plan and oversized windows welcome the sun and the sea. $2,275,000

ST. ARMANDS Spacious 4BD/3BA custom built home

Biggest challenge:

with elegant marble entryway set on a wide canal, just steps to shopping and dining in world renowned St. $1,899,000 Armands Circle!)

Koch: Educating our clients about what branding is and how important it is to them. A lot of people throw that term around; it is your company’s personality. It isn’t just a logo or identity — it’s connected to every marketing piece.


Typical day on the job:

Koch: We start first thing in the morning, and we always have a networking event to attend at some point.

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Founders of Boost Studio, Christine Koch and Steve Boris, take a break from branding at their home office.

Koch: Then, we’ll meet with our clients or vendors, talk about a new job or something that’s in progress. Boris: There are creative days when we sit and throw ideas around, and there are production days when we have our noses to the grind. Business idol:

Boris: We admire (Richard) Branson quite a bit. He’s not in the same industry, but he has a good reputation. Koch: He’s someone who really understands branding, and he’s extremely creative. Where do you see your business in five years?

Koch: I think we’d like to be well-known in Southwest Florida and on a national stage. We aren’t sure if we want to stay small and boutique or actually have a small studio with more people involved day-to-day. Info: Visit, call 748-0915, email and follow Boost Studio on Facebook for more information.

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PLAYERS CLUB – Wonderful Gulf views from the 30’ long open balcony; w/southern exposure. Tastefully furnished 2BD/2.5BA $649,000 condominium.

LONG BEACH - Beautifully remodeled 3BD/3BA, 1,350 Sq. Ft. home in Longboat Key’s Historic Village of Long Beach, renovated in 2006 with new kitchen and baths, tile flooring, hurricane shutters, tropical $369,000 landscaping, and more.

A condominium that lives like a house on the bay. Breathtaking wide bay views and superb design details in a gracious floor plan. • Over 3500 sq ft of gracious open floor plan, 3 BR, 3 BA • Low density, 60 unit, “know your neighbor” complex

SEAPLACE – Completely remodeled and beautifully furnished, 2BD/2BA with NW gulf views and spectacular sunsets. Every creature comfort is waiting for you, just $479,000 bring your bathing suit.

SEAPLACE – Recently updated kitchen with warm pecan cabinetry and granite counters in this 2BD/2BA condominium home with Southwest Gulf and bay views and miles of sand and beach. $399,000

CASTILLIAN - Direct Gulf views from this 2BD/2BA fully furnished condominium home with beautifully updated lobby, tropical grounds, secured entry, pool and tennis for your pleasure. $489,000

• Pool, pavilion, fitness studio, outdoor grills, tennis courts on site • Longboat Key Moorings for yacht dockage • Private Bay Isles Beach Club • Incomparable amenities of Longboat Key Club membership • Impressive renaissance of entire complex • #314 Professionally Renovated

LONGBOAT HARBOUR – Long SAND CAY – 2BD/2BA with Gulf & views down the canal from this Bay views, fully furnished, great rental charming 1BD/1BA fully furnished property! $324,900 condominium home on the bay with $184,900 deeded beach access.

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by Mallory Gnaegy | Community Editor

LLSA Chamber gives big awards to small businesses The Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2012 Small Business Awards Breakfast Tuesday, June 26, at the Lido Beach Resort. Before awards were given, Boost Studio made a presentation of the easily navigated new website and new logo for the chamber. And William Watrous presented a video review of the 2011 award winners to

see what they have accomplished in the last year. Chairman of the Small Business Council Larry Bierman spoke about this year’s nominees and gave a summary of each nominee’s unique approach to business. Bierman said this year is different in that many nominated business partners are also couples; he said all were high-quality applicants.

2012 Small Business Nominees Rookie:

• Elite Family Care, Debra Fortosis (winner) • Always Home, Brian McCarthy (runner up) • Boost Studio, Steve Boris and Christine Koch • Consider it Done, Steve Sweney and Kim Kern

10 employees or fewer:

• G. Fried Flooring, Jack Dean (winner) • Siesta Sports Rentals, Mike and Sheila Lewis (runner up) • Sunglass Express Optical, Yvonne Schloss

Judges: Mike and Sheila Lewis accept the certificate for Runner Up in the 10 and fewer category from President Tom Aposporos and Chairman of the Small Business Council Larry Bierman.

• Larry Bierman, Accommodations Solutions •*Brian McCarthy, Always Home • Dennis Hassell, Dennis Hassell and Associates • Ginya Carnahan, Dattoli Cancer Center •*Yvonne Schloss, Sunglass Express Optical *Judges didn’t participate in a review for the category in which they were nominated.

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Boost Studio has designed a new logo and new website for the Longboat Key, Lido Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce. The new website design will go live July 1. Visit

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Wende Webb, with Servpro Bradenton, and Kit Bond, with Save Our Seabirds

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Longboat Shores home sells for $950,000 The following residential real-estate transactions took place between June 11 and June 15. A home in Longboat Shores tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Joseph and Jacqueline Salvino, of Bradenton, sold their home at 3350 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Robert Branham, of Longboat Key, for $950,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,410 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,404,000 in 2005.

The Castillian

838151 Ontario Limited sold the Unit 206 condominium at 4525 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Joseph and Susan Vicari, of Rockford, Ill., for $680,000. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,738 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $320,000 in 1993.

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Paul and Lisa Giusti, of Pittsburgh, sold their Unit 516 condominium at 2110 Harbourside Drive to Ronald and Barbara Archbold, of Longboat Key, for $638,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,031 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $515,000 in 2000.

Country Club Shores

Stanley and Janet Levsky, of Bradenton, sold their home at 537 Gunwale Lane to Charles Simmons, of Cherry Hills, N.J., for $550,000. Built in 1965, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 1,932 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $375,000 in 1998.

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Unit 206 at The Castillian, 4525 Gulf of Mexico Drive, has three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths and 1,738 square feet of living area. It sold for $680,000.

Bethesda, Md., sold the Unit 302 condominium at 6701 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Brien Stackhouse and Susan Stackhouse, of New Brunswick, Canada, for $300,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 990 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $153,000 in 1990.

Longboat Shores

Peter and Jane Shea, of Elberton, Ga., sold their home at 626 Buttonwood Drive to Carolyn Wedekind, trustee, of Northbrook, Ill., for $285,000. Built in 1963, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,161 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $184,500 in 1998.

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William Ross, trustee, of Eaton, Ohio, sold the Unit 204 condominium at 5320 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Joel and Leon-


BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of June 15 through June 21, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address Permit Applicant Amount 1115 GMD Alteration Otto Holdings LLC $260,000 2450 Harbourside Drive Alteration John Walters $142,745 545 Sanctuary Drive Alteration John Vorel $80,000 Alteration Patricia Wermuth $73,429 2018 Harbourside Drive Salty Acres Alteration Condominium Association $62,135 5621 GMD Alteration Anthony Scott $49,260 560 Golf Links Lane Alteration Vernon Chalfant $35,994 591 Golf Links Lane Alteration Maureen Long, trustee $34,000 3235 GMD Frances Cucci, trustee $32,141 775 Longboat Club Road Alteration Re-roof Keith Charles, trustee $23,000 530 Birdie Lane Alteration Yoram Ariely $21,000 700 Lands End Drive Alteration Christopher McGuigan $20,000 2020 Harbourside Drive Alteration O. Wayne Rollins III $15,000 6327 GMD Alteration Richard Parr $13,000 834 Jungle Queen Way Alteration Geneva Holdings LLC $10,000 537 Outrigger Lane Alteration Steven Schield $9,600 780 St. Judes Drive N. St. Judes Alteration Condominium Association $8,451 707 St. Judes Drive S. Alteration Ellen Rothbaum, trustee $5,500 3542 Fair Oaks Lane Alteration Morton Skirboll, cotrustee $5,400 3549 Fair Oaks Lane Alteration Maureen Savaiano, trustee $4,316 3625 Fair Oaks Place Alteration Mary Ramsey Life Estate $4,260 620 Halyard Lane Alteration Patricia Ihlenburg $4,188 3436 Mistletoe Lane Alteration Elizabeth Schad $2,739 1925 GMD Alteration Alwyn and Nadine Dekoker $2,400 537 Outrigger Lane Thomas Baron $1,965 3330 Bayou Sound Road Alteration 3740 GMD Alteration Gloria Sica $1,400 Alteration Lois Snyder $1,330 760 Old Compass Road Alteration Town of Longboat Key Lessor $970 555 Bay Isles Road Alteration Blair Hunter, trustee $612 1000 Bogey Lane

ard, of Ocala, for $260,000. Built in 1981, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,323 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $135,000 in 1992.

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Luanne Benson, trustee, of Bargers-

ville, Ind., sold the Unit 506 condominium at 1701 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Anne Swengel, trustee, of Bargersville, Ind., for $234,500. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,615 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,000 in 1999.

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360 NORTH - North end Longboat 3BR townhome overlooking the gulf. A3956001 $995,000

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PAMPER YOURSELF and live on the beach at the Beach Residences, a Ritz Carlton managed property. This 4100+ sf residence has 3 bedrooms, a family room, formal living room and dining room. It is exquisitely finished and decorated and has remarkable views of the Gulf, the Bay, and downtown Sarasota.....................................................Furnished $3,895,000 WINDWARD BAY - 2 penthouses with amazing bay views, tennis, 2 pools, boat docks, deeded beach access. 2 pets allowed ........................................................................................................................ $269,000 and SOLD $239,000 MARINA AND BAY VIEWS at Bay Harbour on the south end of LBK – just minutes to St. Armand’s Circle. 2/2 with screened porch ...................................................................................................................................................................................$315,000 WhItNEY BEAch - a 1/1 with views of Bishops Bayou and a 1 bedroom, 2 bath with a view of the beautifully landscaped grounds. Beach, bay, tennis, boat docks, fishing pier. Pets allowed.......................... $225,000 and $185,000 BANYAN BAY - a very relaxed atmosphere for this ground floor 2/2 designed for island living. Tennis, pool, beach, fishing pier, pet friendly. .......................................................................................................................................... SOLD $259,900 BRADEN RIVER - 1/2 acre lot with majestic oaks and stately palms on the river. Build your dream home or vacation home and enjoy a relaxed lifestyle kayaking, canoeing, or fishing. This unique location is secluded yet minutes from shopping and dining............................................................................................................................................................................. $95,000 LONG BEAch - 2 charming homes in historic Longboat Village. This is truly a family neighborhood in walking distance to the Art Center, beach, fishing pier and restaurants................................................................. $395,000 and $399,000 BAYPORt 2/2 in beach to bay community with tennis, Olympic size pool and 27 acres of tropical landscaping..$339,500 WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 2/2 updated lakefront villa in wooded setting. 15 minutes to the beach.. ..........$117,500


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University Park - Custom Lakefront Beautifully maintained 3BR + Den home with 10ft ceilings, his & her bath, quality built-in’s, & expanded great room overlooking the pool/spa and lake. Two car garage. $449,500

The Bougainvillea House - Tudor Revival Renovated in 2006 on 3 lots with 4BR/3.5BA + separate guest house totaling 4,857 square feet. Home exudes old world charm while offering today’s modern conveniences. Wood floors, marble, pool, & 2-car garage. $1,290,000

Longboat Key – Direct Beach Front “The Johnson Estate” Gated privacy on 2+ acres w/150 ft. of Gulf front. 10,000 SF. 7BR/6.5BA with attached guest wing. New in ‘07. $11,500,000

Siestas Bayside – Deep Water Canal SHORT SALE, Gorgeous waterfront updated home. 2,641 sq. ft., 3BR/2BA, large tropical patio area with pool/spa, boat dock with lift & floating jetski dock. Includes 12 sunset cruises! $699,000

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Lido Shores - Direct Gulf Front Palazzo 200 ft. of sea-walled Gulf front with private Dock and Beach access. This 7,415 SF residence has 5BR/8BA, his and her bath & studies, 50 ft. pool/spa & 5-car garage. $7,900,000

Ritz Tower – Bay & City Views PENTHOUSE residence with 4,704 Sq. Ft., 4 BR plus family room and 4.5 bathrooms offers incredible views, wood & marble floors, granite & stainless gourmet kitchen, 10’ ceilings. $3,595,000

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San Remo Shores - Deep Yacht Basin On Prestancia – Villa D’Este Beautifully updatedhastwo5BR/5.3BA bedroom& plus 160’ of waterfront 7,582den SF maintenance freetheater, villa featuring paintroom & carpet, of luxury. Home office,new media and high ceilings, bamboo rooftop widow’s walk.flooring, Privateupgraded dock &kitchen 4-car & master bath. 2-car garage. Golf community. garage. $ $3,995,000 349,000

Coral Cove - Bay Front Beauty Mainland Mediterranean Perfection with 130’ of waterfront, 5BR, theater, library, family room, infinity edge pool/spa, dock, jet-ski lift and 4-car garage. $3,195,000

Ringling Pointe – Stunning Direct Bay Front On 145 feet of deep water with 5BR/3.5 BA, a 2,200 SF master suite, 1,000 bottle wine room, private dock, wading & lap pool & 8-car garage. $3,950,000

Ritz Hotel Residences - 12th Floor Water views from all rooms! 2,011 SF w/ wood floors, custom-fitted closets, & unique Venetian plaster walls. Large master suite with sitting $1,098,500 area & marble bath.

Sleepy Lagoon - Direct Gulf Front Beautiful Hampton Style 4 bedroom/3 bath home on 100 ft of pristing beach front. Renovated, down to the studs, in 2007. Wood & marble floors, outdoor jacuzzi and 2-car garage. $3,690,000

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ACROSS 1 “Hemmed” partner 6 Loren of “Two Women” 12 Hanker for 17 Dresses with a flare 19 Thick cornmeal mush 21 Cleveland resident 23 “Whoa, not so fast!” 25 Gentlemanly 26 Witnesses 27 Rollicking good time 28 Burro 30 Free-for-all 31 Declare untrue 32 “Do the Right Thing” actor Davis 34 Abraham Lincoln feature 35 Cosmetic item 39 Healthy bread type 42 Group that might strike 43 “Purple ___” (Hendrix classic) 44 Louse-to-be 45 Badmouth, in slang 48 Encroachment 50 Rejuvenates 52 Illustrious 55 Lobster eggs 56 Pill-popper’s risk, briefly 58 ___ in “yummy” (elementary school lesson) 60 Dog found in the Outback 61 Time to crow 63 Accomplishing 66 Pacific nation’s capital 67 Indefinitely, to a milkmaid? 71 Boundaries 72 Musical “repeat” sign 73 Be a stoolie against 74 Fireplace remnant 75 Gobbled down

76 “You can ___ horse to water ...” 78 “Four score and seven years ___ ...” 81 “Kissing” aquarium fish 83 It’s treated in a plant 86 Candle material 89 Free-throw score 90 Important time in history 92 British “Bye-bye!” 93 Certain photo finish 94 Selected personally 97 Paneling material 99 Fixed chicken? 102 Dentist’s directive 103 “Physician, ___ thyself” 104 Egg producer 105 “Despite that ...” 106 All eyes and ears 108 Type of insurance 112 Bone tissue 114 Very best 118 It may be worn on a beach 119 Seriously sincere 120 Narrow body of water 121 Weighed down 122 Bakers’ rising agents 123 Unloads, as stocks

dOwn 1 Sounds of triumph 2 Skin cream additive 3 ‘Toon predator ___ E. Coyote 4 Airs the final episode of 5 Susan of “L.A. Law” 6 How to apply perfume 7 They accompany aahs 8 Novel idea? 9 “I’ve Grown Accustomed to ___ Face” 10 “Outs” partners 11 “Relax, soldier!”

12 Police officer 13 Certain parallelograms 14 “Annie” star Quinn 15 “Presto!” cousin 16 “Peter, Peter, pumpkin ___” 18 Not loaded 20 Give, as homework 22 Can’t live without 24 Wrist-to-elbow bone 29 Ongoing TV show 31 “The X-Files” agent Scully 32 Move like molasses 33 Bumped off, Biblically 35 “The Ghost and Mrs. ___” 36 The A of A.D. 37 Stud farm stud 38 Affectionate murmur 39 A question of timing 40 Abject, as an expression 41 24-hr. bank feature 45 Sturdy fabric 46 Fireplace, in England 47 Covered walkway 49 Do’s and ___ 50 Most likely to fall from a tree 51 Match audio and video 53 Boise’s state 54 Sheer fabric 57 Moron’s comment 59 Greek meeting places of old 61 More cagey 62 Prefix with “sonic” or “violet” 64 Hold the title to 65 Cut off 66 Used as a rendezvous 67 The meerkat in “The Lion King” 68 Suffuse, as with

color 69 So-so grades 70 Like Wonderland’s hatter 71 Toy building-block brand 75 Hang out on the line, e.g. 77 Oldtime oath 78 Range of some saxophones 79 “___ Jail” (Monopoly directive) 80 Was obligated to 82 “Real ___ Don’t Eat Quiche” 84 Abbreviations meaning “And so on” 85 Rouse from slumber 87 ___ nitrite (vasodilator) 88 What the police enforce 91 Individually 94 Exceedingly bad 95 “Volunteers?” 96 Where office work accumulates 97 Smart-alecky 98 Wood strips 99 Hair neatener 100 To no ___ 101 Arctic Circle wear 103 Lifts, as dead weight 106 Iowa college town 107 Misplaced 108 4,047 square meters 109 River to the Caspian Sea 110 Work up a sweat 111 Gets off the metaphorical fence 113 Take the gold 115 Homophone for “air” 116 Santa ___ winds 117 Area 51 guests, so they say

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales OUTSTANDING ESTATE SALE FRIDAY JUNE 29 & SATURDAY JUNE 30, Numbers out at 8a.m. Doors open 9a.m.-4p.m. 5906 Willows Bridge Loop, Ellenton, FL 34222

JULY 4TH HOLIDAY EARLY DEADLINES for July 4th Edition CLASSIFIED ADS Deadline Friday, June 29, 2pm SERVICE DIRECTORY Deadline Thursday June 28, 12:00pm The Observer will be CLOSED Wednesday, July 4th for the July 4th Holiday. We will reopen Thursday, July 5th at 8:30am. To Place Your Ad: Call 941-955-4888 or online at

Gym Equipment, Bowflex Machine, Treadmill, Free Weights, 48” Flat Screen TV, Yard Ornaments, Oil Paintings, Table & Floor Lamps, Clocks, Cedar Chest, Electronic Keyboard, Sidetables, (2) Marble Pedestals, Corner Cabinet, Yard Fountains, China Cabinets, Service for 12 Royal Doulton China, Antique Chinese Crocks, Wall Art, Sofa & Chairs, Big Area Room Mirror, Duck Decoys, (2) Faux Fireplaces, Banister Bed, Boxspring & Mattress, Vases, Crystal, Dragon Figurines, Remote Control Toy Cars, Plants, Service for 12 Billcroy & Boch Flatware, Billcroy & Boch Stemware, French Ladies Writing Desk, Waterford Crystal, Harlequin Mugs, Kirch & Company Bronze Sculptures, Bird Cages, Lots of Bric-a-brak! For information and pictures, visit: look under Sarasota and Antiques & Chatchkes

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale FOR SALE OR RENT, fantastic high and dry boat slip, superb S. Longboat location. Call 941-371-1866. LONGBOAT KEY Moorings Boat Slip for Rent. Yacht Club Slip N-7, accommodates up to 45 ft. Boat with Electric, Water, & Wi-fi. $400/mo. 941-928-1542.

Boats Boats are selling very well. So well, I’m sold out of boats, seriously. Let’s talk about selling your boat. “Business on a Hand Shake”. I buy boats too. Island Boat Sales. 941-228-3489.

Furnishings DEMILUNE CABINET: Zebra pattern. White stripes are real fossilstone. 40x20x36. 3 drw/2dr. $485. 941-739-5109.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales HUGE SALE!!! Thousands of items!! Collectibles, Tools, Antiques, Clocks, Binoculars, Nick-nacks, Accessories & much more!! Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9AM-3PM, 1060 Bogey Lane, Longboat Key. Info: 941-383-2222.

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Help Wanted CAREGIVER FOR Longboat lady: live-in 2 days per week, or 12-hour day shifts. Experience in healthy cooking, personal care, wheelchair transport. Seeking patient, intelligent individual, college degree preferred, pet friendly. Clean driving record, no smoking, references. Start $13+/hour. (941)780-4284 or

Condos/Apts. For Rent BEACH-TO-BAY CONDO at Bayport BTC Newly decorated 2bed/2bath. First floor, end unit. Free local phone, cable, Wi-Fi. Monthly rentals beginning May 2012. Contact owner at 615-376-9448. LONGBOAT KEY - ON THE BEACH AT THE PIERRE: Fabulous views. 2,410 sq/ft. 2 bedroom plus den/convertible 3rd bedroom. 3 baths. Available 5/1/2013. LONGBOAT KEY Towers Condo For Rent Gulfront. Behind gates of Longboat Key Club. 2BR/2BA. Furnished with incredible views of Gulf and bay. W/D. 24-hr. security. Pool & fitness center. Available now. Call (717)968-2001.

Condos For Sale GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! Premier rental community on LBK on the Gulf of Mexico. Can rent 52 x's a year. Beautifully renovated condo, TKF, tastefully remodeled, soft Caribbean theme with new granite counter tops, cabinets, lighting, all new furnishings, plasma TV's, window coverings, the list goes on. Resort style community, beautiful gardens, rental history provided. $418,500. Contact Kim Freiwald Remax Alliance Group - 941-256-6775. GULF FRONT LONGBOAT KEY Full Bay & Gulf Views, 11th Flr. 2BR/2BA Condo. Located behind The Gates. Lots of amenities, $899,000. Call 941-896-2810. LEASE PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY PLUS OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE! Almost like new (built in 2003) this manufactured home is nestled between the Bay and the Gulf in a waterfront complex with deeded beach access. Tile throughout with open contemporary feel. Boat slips available for rent $25-$50/mo. Turn key furnished. Worth a visit. 55+ community. Call Kim Freiwald - Remax Alliance Group - 941-256-6775.

SEAPLACE CONDO LBK, BEAUTIFUL TOWN HOUSE, 2 BEDROOMS, 2-1/2 BATH at the 2 1/2 miles white sandy beach, offering maximum privacy, nicely furnished, master bed room with king size, visiters’ bed room with 2 single beds, both with large bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, equipped laundry, large living, dining area, spacious screened lanai+ terraces, direct access to tropical garden, 2 parking spaces, 2 swimming pools, 1 kiddy pool, free beach club (library, sauna, gym, tennis, w/pool, breathtaking sunsets, barbecue grills). Ask for pictures if interested. Minutes to Ringling circle or Sarasota City. Rental: Jan-May US $3,790, June-Dec US $2,950, 2 mo. min. rental, add 12% tax, $100 admission fee, 400 US$ security deposit, US $80 final cleaning, ask for conditions of 3 month or full year rental, more information with


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SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

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Estate Sale conducted by Antiques & Chatchkes 941-356-3318

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Classified Ads Bring Results 941-955-4888 WEEKLY RENTALS. Luxurious, fully furnished 1 - 4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117.

“INTENTIONALLY BETTER” Direct Gulf Front LBK. 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Full Gulf views from every room. Pool, Tennis Court, washer & dryer. Summer/Fall 2012, July 15 – Nov 30, 1 month min. Winter Season Dec. 10, 2012 - May 1, 2013, 3 month minimum. No Smoking. No Pets. 201-694-9222. Exceptional Vacation Rentals Since 1994 Homes & Condominiums Studios to Six Bedrooms Beachfront, Intercoastal or Garden Excellent Service & Staff

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LBK BEACHFRONT 1BR & 3BR condos, heated pool, furnished. Starting at $900 weekly. Outrigger Resort, 941-383-3844.

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LBK BEACHPLACE Condo. Beachfront, 2BR/2BA. Elegantly furnished, heated pool, tennis court, covered parking, exercise room. Available Sept, Oct., Dec. 2012 only. Non-smoking/ pets. By owner. 941-383-1884. LBK SEAPLACE - Available January-April. Lovely 2BR, fully equipped, W/D in unit, lanai, garden view, steps to beach, pool, tennis, full clubhouse amenities. Great! Non-smoking/pets. 770-314-6321. LBK/SEAGATE Gorgeous Gulf views; 2bd, 2 ba, 2 balconies; Steps from beach, pool, tennis, other amenities. Available July 15-Oct., 2 month min., $3500 + tax/mo; Call 941-383-5469 or email LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May through January. $1600/mo. 351-5101.



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MEDICAL ASSISTANT/NURSING ASSISTANT CERTIFIED - FT or PT. Light cooking & housekeeping, doctors appointments, shopping, free to travel anywhere, personal care. Overnights available. Own vehicle. Non-Smoker. References available. 4 languages. Kati, 941-228-4183. RN EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER Excellent references. $12-15 hourly rate, as discussed at interview. Call Joan at 941-747-7660.

EUROPEAN HOUSE CLEANING Honest, Hard working, Experienced. Weekly, Biweekly, Year round. References available. Call Renata at (941)328-2347.


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by Heidi Kurpiela | A&E Editor

“There’s no new-kid-on-theblock feeling with Kristofer,” says Venice Theatre Executive/Artistic Director Murray Chase, of Kristofer Geddie. “It feels like he’s always been here.”

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A year into his post as director of diversity at the Venice Theatre, actor Kristofer Geddie is finding his place in South Sarasota County and discovering he can make a difference through community theater.

It took Kristofer Geddie years of poundIt was in Venice, inside a building that ing the pavement as an actor in New York used to be the gymnasium for the KenCity to realize his stage wasn’t on Broad- tucky Military Institute, at a commuway, off Broadway or even in New York. nity theater that was so hard-pressed to

find a local black actor to play the part of Coalhouse in “Ragtime,” it had to do something it rarely does — hire outside talent.




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“I never in a million years thought that I would be here,” Geddie says, surveying the quiet second-story lounge in the Venice Theatre. “Yet, here I am.” When he arrived in September 2010 for “Ragtime” rehearsals, he had just wrapped a NASCAR comedy in North Carolina and was thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in arts administration. Fed up with the commercialization of New York theater, Geddie, 35, was itching to make a change — a change in his own career and a change in the industry. “In New York, it’s all about the all-mighty dollar,” Geddie says. “This is why we see less-thanstellar shows on Broadway. Producers need to make seven figures a week to keep a show open and please the masses. They think with their wallets and not with their hearts.” He found the heart he was looking for at the Venice Theatre. The positive energy of the cast and crew of “Ragtime” brought him back to his roots. In the company of a mostly volunteer cast, Geddie was reminded of why he wanted to be a performer. Actors would arrive for evening rehearsals still dressed in their work uniforms or business attire. Geddie would often catch them nibbling out of takeout boxes because they had yet to eat dinner. “These people work eight-hour shifts then drive to the theater for rehearsal,” Geddie says. “To them, it was more than just a gig. They were here because they loved it. It was really quite refreshing.” He wasn’t the only one who felt refreshed. Executive/Artistic Director


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“People think of diversity as just a racial thing,” Kristofer Geddie says. “We need more children in here, too. We need a lot more of everything.” Murray Chase was just as invigorated by Geddie’s presence. “He was the most-liked person in the ‘Ragtime’ cast,” Chase says. “He brought the show to a higher level. He was the guy who made sure we got it. He made sure outside rehearsals were scheduled. He helped people when it was needed. He was a steadying influence.” The actor not only came with countless stage credits, he exhibited leadership qualities at a time when Chase was looking for someone to implement a diversity program. When “Ragtime” wrapped, he asked the actor to stay on for the run of “Falsettos.” When “Falsettos” wrapped, he applied for a grant to cover the cost of Geddie’s salary, should he be interested in becoming the theater’s full-time diversity director. “He was the perfect person for the job,” Chase says. “He’s fearless. He has management experience, and he can see the

broader picture.” In April 2011, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice awarded Venice Theatre a $30,000 grant to hire Geddie as its director of diversity. As far as Geddie is aware, he’s the only person in Sarasota County with this position at a theater. He’s also the only African-American on staff at the Venice Theatre, which explains why people recognize him everywhere he goes, notoriety he rarely experienced during his 10 years in New York City. “People are so much more receptive here,” he says. “People I don’t even know are coming up to me to show their support. They’re like, ‘Hey, we know what you’re up to and it’s cool with us.’” A soft-spoken native of Fayetteville, N.C., Geddie grew up in what he describes as an “artsy, no-sports” family. A trumpet player and choir singer, his earliest memories are of going to the theater with his

parents and two sisters. “I remember I was terrified the first time I saw ‘Hello, Dolly,’” Geddie says. “The train was so loud, I felt like it was coming after me. I was maybe 3 or 4 years old, too young to realize what I was hearing was a sound effect.” By the time he saw “The Great White Hope” as a curious middleschool student, he was hip to the magic of sound effects and, consequently, hooked on theater. “I always wanted to be a performer,” Geddie says. “And then I got to college and decided I needed to know how it all worked.” In 1998, he graduated from Mars Hill College with a bachelor’s degree in musical theater and a concentration in arts administration. His first job was brief, but fiery: a short-lived run in the “Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue” at Universal Studios. His recollection of the experience is clouded by smoke — literally. In summer 1998, wildfires scorched large portions of Central Florida, driving Geddie back home to North Carolina. “I vowed I’d never come back to Florida,” he laughs. “I’ve since had to swallow my words.” Last month, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation renewed the organization’s diversity grant, in essence buying Geddie another year in Venice. Says the actor: “Florida has been good to me.” His work with the Venice Theatre has really only just begun. In addition to networking with leaders in African-American communities, Geddie spent the season developing outreach programs for area schools that were

focused on the theater’s productions of “Big River” and “The Phantom Tollbooth.” He also helped facilitate an internship partnership with Berea College in Kentucky and select repertoire for next season, including “Crowns,” a play about African-American women in church hats that Geddie is slated to direct. “I’m not here to force anything or change the theater’s mission statement,” he says. “I’m just trying to make people more aware. It’s going to take time … and trust.”

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY ON STAGE Kristofer Geddie lists his favorite open-minded plays and musicals. ‘Ragtime’ – “It’s really about the coming together of America at the turn of the last century. It’s about that melting-pot era, when the music of ragtime was a symbol of changes in America.” ‘Intimate Apparel’ – “It’s a love story set in the early 1900s that sweeps across different classes.” ‘Hairspray’ – “It teaches us that despite our racial and social differences, we’re really all the same.” ‘Angels in America’ – “It takes the AIDS epidemic and puts a face on it. We see that these people are human and loved.”

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+ Cigar-box guitar craze spawns a band Last week, I touted the ingenuity of The GarbageMen band that came out of Pine View School’s 10th-grade class. This week I’m tooting the horn of another crafty musician: Steve Cinnamon, a Nokomis retiree, who after recovering from a heart attack in 2009, shook himself out of a funk by building cigar-box guitars. You heard right. Cigarbox guitars. They used to be all the rage when jug bands first cropped up in photo by Heidi Kurpiela the 1920s. Steve Cinnamon Well, guess what? They’re all the rage again. Just ask Cinnamon, a 65-yearold former advertising exec from New York who continues to rack up press, both nationally and locally, for his homemade instruments. In February, Cinnamon was the focus of a long St. Petersburg Times feature. Last month, “A Gulf Coast Journal” picked up the story. According to Cinnamon, host Jack Perkins and his film crew were so taken with the instruments they each purchased one at the end of the three-day shoot. The next step for the entrepreneur: forming a cigar-box band with local musicians Eddie Wright and Steve Arvey. The group will go by the same name as Cinnamon’s company: Cotton Pickin’ Blues. Cinnamon says he won’t be playing with the band. Despite his dexterity at building cigar-box guitars, he claims he’s “no musician.” “I’ve got to learn how to build a bass guitar for Steve,” Cinnamon says. “I better get the move on. They already booked something in August.”


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After eight seasons, nine Suncoast Emmy Awards, 33 Suncoast Emmy nominations and two Griot Drum Awards, WEDU has canceled “A Gulf Coast Journal.” Fans of the monthly PBS news magazine are bummed, to say the least. Hosted by Casey Key resident and former A&E “Biography” host Jack Perkins, the program was born out of a $178,000 programming grant — the largest programming grant in WEDU’s history. Perkins signed off the air May 31, with an episode devotCourtesy of WEDU ed to Jack Perkins Steve Cinnamon’s cigar-box guitars, shark teeth, teen court, Lakewood Ranch lacrosse and baby owls. The veteran journalist is working on a book, “Finding Moosewood, Finding God: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life on an Island.”

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but, to the best of our knowledge, Carmel Café is the only one that’s up and running with one right now. The MenuPad is fun to use. It delivers all the information a diner could possibly want; it is nonintimidating; and it is accessible to virtually any level Molly Schecter of computer savvy Executive Chef Steve Cook, Manager Nina — all reasons it is quickly finding Teschberg and founder/owner Terry Ryan acceptance. Carmel Café has paper menus more control and a new and difavailable, but Terry Ryan, also a ferent restaurant experience. The food at Carmel Café is every founder and owner, reports, “We bit as promising as the ordering haven’t put any out. As soon as system. The aptly named Steve they see the pix, that’s it. Sarasota Cook, executive chef, reports that has been even more receptive the steak frites are a big seller. It is than our Tampa location.” Not ina culotte steak (“the top of the top cidentally, the food looks appetizsirloin”) served with Béarnaise ing on the screen. aioli and Carmel fries seasoned The MenuPad has far-ranging with the Mediterranean signature implications. You order dishes a blend of sumac, herbs and sesacourse at a time in whatever sequence you want. You put your me, called za’atar. Basil-grilled salmon comes with own modifications on your orquinoa and kalamata olive tapder — “dressing on the side,” for example. There is no chance of enade and, like many offerings, miscommunication between the is available as either a small or customer and the kitchen be- large plate. There are vegetarian cause the order goes straight from options and some nifty desserts, the diner’s fingertips to the chef’s including a toasted strawberry hands. Instantaneous ordering pound cake deemed “luscious” should result in faster service. The by a foodie friend and a no-wait system really gives the diner much chocolate lava cake invented by


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VEGETABLES 1 large eggplant, peeled and diced 1 inch 2 cups red pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and cut (roast your own or buy canned; cut into large pieces) 2 cups plum tomatoes, diced 2 inches 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon za’atar seasoning 2 teaspoons salt once (about three to four minutes per side). VEGETABLES: • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. • Combine the cut vegetables in a roasting pan and roast for 20 minutes. • Remove from oven and toss in a mixing bowl with olive oil, salt and seasoning. • Serve hot or chilled. Makes a great summer salad option. seating plus an informal lounge area with couches. The restaurant is in the sometimes-hard-to-navigate Shoppes at University Center directly south of BJ’s and across from Leroy Selmon’s. N.B.: The MenuPad is also a functioning iPad and gives diners access to the Internet and games as well as that intriguing, modern Mediterranean menu.


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MIXIN’ IT UP: Bill Mixon is supposed to be retired. “Whenever a tractor goes missing, we know that he’s got it and is out there doing something, whether pulling up trees, planting or spraying,” says his daughter-in-law, Janet Mixon, who co-owns Mixon’s Fruit Farms with her husband, Dean. “You can’t keep him out of the grove. It’s in his blood.” Mixon’s is also famous for its orange-and-vanilla swirl ice cream, which Courtney Schultz took advantage of while visiting with her brother, Colton, and their parents. Also make sure to stop by the garden, which Janet Mixon says is home to the largest koi pond in the country.


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TEAM EFFORT: Sarasota Crew campers and counselors head out into the bay to demonstrate the rowing skills they learned on land in the water, at Bay Preserve. Bay Preserve is one of the two facilities that the Sarasota Crew uses, and it is where it holds summer rowing camps for middle- and high-school students.

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A HORSE, OF COURSE: Polo Grill owners Jaymie and Tommy Klauber live at the Sarasota Polo Club with their two dogs and a barn full of horses. Just last week, Jaymie loaded eight horses into a trailer and set out on a quest to Virginia with her friend, Lydia Kolbas. The horses will spend their summer grazing in the cooler temperatures before making the trip back down to Sarasota for polo season.

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MARKET VALUE: People have a look at the produce underneath Brown’s Grove’s tents at the Sarasota Farmers Market. Brown’s Grove has been in Sarasota since 1915. Established in 1979, the Sarasota Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday. Janet Carlock and Wanda Strickland search for the best pieces of okra from Kinsey’s Produce. Mira Carpenter, 4, smells a red carnation.



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QUICK THINKING: Steve Turrisi is attacked by zombies during “Movie Critic,” one of the many improv games performed by the cast of FST Improv during rehearsal, at the Goldstein Cabaret. FST Improv, “Sarasota’s original antidepressant,” has been around since 2001 and includes a cast of nine men and women, a pianist and is directed by Rebecca Hopkins.

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CITY OF PALMETTO JULY 4 CELEBRATION — The city of Palmetto will feature Three Dog Night as its featured artist during this year’s July 4 Celebration at Lamb and Sutton Parks, Palmetto. The concert begins at 5 p.m. with Louisiana-based Zydeco Band “Touts Les Soir.” Three Dog Night will perform at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks off of the Green Bridge fishing pier at 9:30 p.m. Visit or call 723-4988.

MANATEE DESOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY CRASH AND BASH — Celebrate the Fourth of July with an action-packed night of racing beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Desoto Super Speedway, 21000A S.R. 64 E. Events include School Bus Figure 8s, Boat Trailers, Puck Race, Enduro, Demolition Derby, Flag Pole Race and Skid Car Race. Fireworks will close the show. Cost is $30 for adults, free for kids 12 and under. Call 7483171.

Monday, July 2 LONGBOAT KEY FOURTH ANNUAL BOOM BOOM ON THE BAY — Come by boat or car and watch the fireworks show under the buttonwood trees or covered deck Monday, July 2, at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and the fireworks show starts at 9 p.m.; reservations are best. Price per seat for dinner is $35. Call 3832391.

Tuesday, July 3 MANATEE COUNTY PRIMROSE SCHOOL’S RED, WHITE AND BLUE CELEBRATION — Students at Primrose School at Lakewood Ranch Town Center will don red, white and blue attire during the school’s Fourth of July celebration at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the school, 9127 Town Center Parkway. Parents and families are invited to celebrate patriotic pride with their children. Call 373-6363. LAKEWOOD RANCH NIGHT AT MCKECHNIE FIELD — Join Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Corp. for an amazing night of patriotic fun as the Bradenton Marauders take on the Blue Jays Tuesday, July 3, at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Gates open at

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LONGBOAT KEY FREEDOM FEST PARADE — This annual Fourth of July parade takes place Wednesday, July 4, on Longboat Key. Come decked in your finest red, white and blue and decorate your bike or wagon and take part in the patriotic parade. Parade lineup beings at 8:30 a.m. between Bank of America and SunTrusk Bank on Bay Isles Road; parade takes place at 9 a.m. Following the parade are food, games and a butterfly release. Call 3832466.

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Siesta Key Community Fireworks Celebration — The VIP party begins at 5 p.m. July 4 and includes reserved, on-site parking, gourmet picnic dinner, beverages, live entertainment and ideal viewing area for the fireworks display. VIP Package cost is $150. The fireworks display begins at 9:15 p.m. Call 349-3800.

Tropical Fourth of July: A Star-Spangled Celebration — takes place at 6 p.m. July 4, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens, and stay for the bayfront fireworks. Cost is $17 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Free for children ages 11 and younger. Call 366-5731. FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION BENEFITING PLATO @ THE GOLDEN APPLE — takes place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the Sarasota bayfront residence of a PLATO patron. The night features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, friends and fireworks. Cost is $40 per person. The event is an Arts Lover’s League (ALL) fundraiser to support PLATO’s student education programs. Call Kelly at 358-8998 to make a reservation.

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28th annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival The 28th annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival runs from June 23 through July 4. Money raised from the events benefits Suncoast Charities for Children. Last year’s festival drew more than 100,000 race fans to the week-long festival and made an estimated economic impact to the area of more than $12.7 million. Visit for more information.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29 ‘THE FRIENDLIST CATCH’ OUTING FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY CHALLENGED — This by-invitation-only event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Sarasota Outboard Club, 1604 Ken Thompson Parkway, City Island, Sarasota. Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. POWERBOATS BY THE BAY — See powerboats on display and enjoy food, vendors and live entertainment. This event takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Centennial Park, 10th Street and U.S. 41. The entertainment schedule includes The Messengers from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and the Toler Tucci Band from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Free admission; no coolers or pets allowed. Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. PRE-PARADE PARTY — The pre-parade party takes place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, at The Broadway Bar, 1001 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota. Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. ‘BOATS BY THE BAY’ DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY — The block party takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight at Gulfstream Avenue at the end of Main Street. The event includes vendors, food, race boats on display after the parade and live entertainment in J.D. Hamel Park. The entertainment schedule includes The Garbage-Men from 5 to 7 p.m. and Chameleon from 9 to 11 p.m. Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. FESTIVAL PARADE OF BOATS PUBLIC VIP PARADE VIEWING — The public VIP viewing party takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Gator Club, 1490 Main St. Price is $15 plus a service charge, which includes a private reserved room, second-floor cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Call 3718820, Ext. 1800. FESTIVAL PARADE OF BOATS — The parade of boats

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30 ‘MEET & GREET WHO’S IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT’ — Participating race teams will be signing autographs and providing giveaway items to guests. The meet-and-greet takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 30, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota The Tropics Room. Cost is $5 for adults; children 12 and under get in free. Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. POWERBOATS BY THE BAY — See powerboats on display and enjoy food, vendors and live entertainment. This event takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Centennial Park, 10th Street and U.S. 41. The entertainment schedule includes Matt Gerhardt Band from 10 a.m. to noon; Shotgun Justice from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; bikini contest from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; Matt Facciolla Band from 5 to 7 p.m.; and Soul Purpose from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free admission; no coolers or pets allowed. Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. POWER CASH BY THE BAY — This motorcycle charity ride takes place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, beginning at Linger Lodge, 7205 85th St. Court E., in Bradenton, and ending at Powerboats by the Bay Centennial Park, at 10th Street and U.S. 41, in Sarasota. Registration takes place from 11 a.m. to noon at Linger Lodge. Suggested donation is $10. Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25 at participating locations; pre-raffle tickets are available until noon Friday, June 29. Ten cash prize winners will be announced at 2 p.m. Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. CORNHOLE COMPETITION — The cornhole competition takes place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Centennial Park, 10th Street and U.S. 41. Boards are available or bring your own for a discount. Cost is $50 per team; $40 per team if you bring your

‘MISS SUPER BOAT GRAND PRIX’ BIKINI CONTEST — The bikini contest takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Centennial Park, 10th Street and U.S. 41. Cash prizes range from $100 to $1,000. To register, email: Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800.

SUNDAY, JULY 1 VIP SUPER BOAT GRAND PRIX RACE VIEWING — The VIP tented area will be located across from the start/finish line on Lido Beach Sunday, July 1. Tables, chairs and a designated beach access area along the shoreline will be provided. A private concession area will offer cash food and beverages. No coolers or pets allowed inside the tented area, which is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $30, plus a service charge. Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. VIP SUNDAY BRUNCH AND RACE VIEWING — Holiday Inn Lido Beach offers a Sunday brunch buffet and view of the start and finish line of the Super Boat Grand Prix Race Sunday, July 1. A full brunch will be served in addition to one hour of complimentary beverages. Ticket price includes bus transportation to the Holiday Inn from the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium; buses leave the auditorium at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. Tickets are $120 and must be purchased by June 29. Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. SUNCOAST SUPER BOAT GRAND PRIX BOAT RACE — The boat race takes place in two heats at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, July 1, on Lido Beach (between New Pass and Big Pass). Call 371-8820, Ext. 1800. RACE TEAM AWARDS CELEBRATION — takes place at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, under the big white tent at Powerboats by the Bay, Centennial Park at 10th Street and U.S. 41. Celebrate with the winning teams. Food and beverages available for purchase. Call 3718820, Ext. 1800.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular — takes place at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Sarasota Bayfront Park. The event generates proceeds for Suncoast Charities for Children. Donation drop points are located at Island Park, Marina Jack.

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IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE: Jungle Gardens was never meant to be a tourist attraction. What started out as a swampy banana grove nearly 70 years ago has evolved into a botanical garden filled with lush tropical plants and native species, in addition to hundreds of abandoned, abused or unwanted animals. A blue macaw named Roxanne lets trainers hold her in their arms like a baby. Two parrots have become expert opera singers. Birds at Jungle Gardens love performing for the public on mini scooters and roller skates, and in honor of the Fourth of July, some birds are learning how to raise the American flag.

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WEDDED BLISS: Beth Fouse Snoke and Kyle Snoke share their first kiss as husband and wife on the beach at the Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort. The couple met three years ago as camp counselors in Ohio. The wedding was a destination wedding officiated by Jennifer Moore, of Notary to Go. Kyle proposed two years ago on Lido Beach; the couple wanted to get married in the same area where they had gotten engaged.

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THE incredible journey: On the afternoon of June 7, Millie Somers peered out of her window as a black limousine pulled in front of her house. Thinking the driver was lost, she opened the door, only to hear him exclaim, “Mrs. Somers, I’m here to pick you up!” It was Millie’s 60th anniversary with her husband and high school sweetheart, John, whom she met at a football game in Michigan. Her children had organized the anniversary celebration, which included the limo ride, photos at Lido Beach and dinner at The Columbia Restaurant, on St. Armands Circle. “The kids outdid themselves,” Somers said. “We had seven days of nothing but celebrations. It was like getting married all over again.”


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POOCH PALS: Beth Macaulay gets a kiss from Everitt, an 8-yearold hound mix at the Sarasota Humane Society. Macaulay has been volunteering with the animals at the Sarasota Humane Society for three-and-a-half years. The Sarasota Humane Society has many volunteer opportunities such as K9 Companions, K9 Coach, Feline Coach, Cat Cuddler and Match Making.

PeOPLE MOVERS: While vacationing from Colorado, Chandra Roehrs and Gary, Toby and Carla Russ decided the best way to tour Sarasota was not by car, bus, boat or bike — but rather a Segway. Their tour guide, Nancy Guangzhou, of Pleasure Florida Guided Segway Tours, led them all around town, pointing out notable historical landmarks, natural attractions and, of course, the beaches.

WATER BABY: Janine Poppa helps her granddaughter, Makenzie Poppa, 2, swim in the Gulf of Mexico, at the North Shell beach access on Siesta Key. Makenzie is still learning how to swim on her own but loves being in the water, so Poppa helps Makenzie by using noodles to keep her afloat.



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THURSDAY, june 28, 2012





THURSDAY, june 28, 2012

Mosaic proudly helps grow the food we need from the land we love. The Mosaic Company is dedicated to helping American farmers grow the food our


nation needs. And as Florida’s largest producer of crop nutrients, we’re honored to provide thousands of jobs to help keep our communities thriving. This Independence Day, we celebrate the opportunity to promote prosperity for America’s proud citizens.



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