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Siesta sees population decline over past decade U.S. Census data for the barrier island in 2010 reported 6,565 residents, a drop of slightly more than 8%, with almost 52% of them age 62 or older.
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A snowy plover mother with her chick. Top: Two chicks nestle close to a black skimmer mother on Longboat Key.
Six snowy plover chicks made it to the flight stage this year on county beaches, but more than 80 black skimmer chicks achieved viability. Six snowy plover chicks this year reached the fledgling stage, the point of flying on their own, Sarasota Audubon Society volunteers reported. That tally is just one fewer than the 2010 number for the county. The black skimmer population saw even greater success, with more than 80 chicks becoming fledglings. The endangered beach-nesting birds were divided among Siesta, Lido and Longboat keys, said Bonnie Samuelson, manager of volunteers assisting with the 2011 nesting effort. Altogether, nine snowy plover chicks hatched in three different locations, she said. In a quiet area on the Sarasota side of Longboat Key, 80 black skimmer chicks fledged. One of the managers of the property and a nearby resident especially helped watch over those chicks, Samuelson said. This was the first year the local Audubon chapter had hired project managers to help watch over the birds, which typically nest on the beaches from February through Au-
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Siesta Key’s population was recorded at 6,565 during the 2010 census, and the median age for an island resident was 62.7. Data snapshots provided by the U.S. Census Bureau show an 8.18% decline in population from 2000 to 2010. Female residents barely outnumber the males, 3,404 to 3,161. However, the female population dropped 9.32% from 2000 to 2010, while the male population had a smaller drop, 6.92%. The statistics also show that Siesta Key residents made up not quite 2% of the total Sarasota County population of 379,448 recorded for the 2010 census. The median county age was younger: 52.5. Moreover, the county population increased by 53,491 people from the 2000 census figure of 325,957. During the Siesta Key Association annual meeting in March 2009, thenPresident Lourdes Ramirez told the audience the Key had about 3,000 full-time residents in about 10,000 housing units. She was surprised, she told the Pelican Press Tuesday, when she saw the latest census figures. “We have so many rentals,” she said, referring to short-term housing on the Key. Kevin Cooper, executive director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, said Tuesday he had heard in the past couple of years that the full-time resident number was about 7,000; therefore, the 2010 census figure was not surprising. For Ramirez, though, another curiosity with the population figure is that the Key has more than 7,000 registered voters. According to the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Office, the total number of registered voters for the Key’s four precincts is 7,211. Cooper did agree with Ramirez in hoping that census-takers counted appropriately rental property. Still, he said, numbers can vary according to
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A Snowy plover mother pauses with one chick beside her and another under her, with just its legs visible. The babies fledged just before July 4.
BIRDS/PAGE 1 gust. Samuelson worked with Ruth Ellen Peipert to coordinate volunteer efforts and educational outreach. Both women have been volunteering for many years to aid endangered species nesting in Sarasota County. Samuelson said she and Peipert had help from Jerris Foote, a biologist with Sarasota County Parks and Recreation. Jeanne Dubi, president of Sarasota Audubon, solicited for donations last spring to pay for part-time managers. Samuelson said funding came through not only from community residents but also from grants. Together, Samuelson said she and Peipert worked with about 50 volunteers. Weekends and holidays were the most important times for volunteers to be on the beaches, Samuelson said. Although Sarasota County Parks and Recreation did not have to close
any Siesta beach access to pedestrian traffic this year, volunteers kept a lookout for people approaching the nesting areas, which were marked with yellow tape. Whenever an individual came close to one of those buffered areas on Siesta beach, she said, volunteers were quick to take the opportunity to explain about the birds. Moreover, she said, volunteers worked hard this year again in the “chick trail” effort. They followed baby birds on the beach as the chicks scampered away from nests to explore their surroundings. “(The chicks) may go walking … with hundreds of people out there who have kites and balls” and items that could pose a danger to the baby birds, Samuelson said. “We’re building that beach steward program.” Samuelson pointed out that the chicks “are a little bigger than your thumb.” When they are frightened, “their defense is
to hunker down in the sand and hide,” which makes it more important to have someone watching out for their safety, especially when a lot of people are around. Catherine Luckner, president of the Siesta Key Association, and her husband, Bob, were among the volunteers again this year on Siesta Public Beach. Luckner also emphasized the plovers’ nesting success but said the birds did suffer this year because of dogs. Although county regulations forbid dogs on the public beaches, Luckner said: “People still don’t get the dog issue. They let ’em off leash, and (the dogs) run.” Dogs, experts say, can be detrimental to the birds’ success. “There’s a good chance that bird won’t come back (if dogs scare them),” said Dr. Allan Worms, a retired wildlife biologist who also served again as a volunteer this year. Additionally, Luckner said, the thousands of people who flocked to the Siesta Public Beach after it was ranked No. 1 in late May left lots of garbage behind them, which attracted crows — one of the biggest plover predators. “We’ve got to work on the trash and the crows,” she said. “Crows are so smart; they never forget a nest site.” Worms said the county’s relocation of garbage cans to the beach accesses last year helped, because people do put the bulk of their trash in those cans. Along with the snowy plover success, Samuelson pointed to the fact that a pair of black skimmers nesting on Lido managed to raise three chicks to the fledgling stage. “To me, that was one of the
Snowy plover chicks have been likened to Q-tips on legs. most wonderful success stories,” she said. The nest was near the Helmsley Sandcastle Resort, which was a big gathering spot for people watching the Suncoast Offshore Super Boat races over
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By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor
By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
Dedication marks 9/11 anniversary The morning of Sept. 11, the city of Sarasota is welcoming the public to a dedication of a World Trade Center beam that has been erected in front of the police department.
Interim Sarasota County Administrator Terry Lewis says a sense of humor is crucial for good working relationships.
Lewis enjoying interim post Interim Sarasota County Administrator Terry Lewis says he doesn’t have the breadth of knowledge to handle the job full-time, but he’s feeling good about the challenges he’s been able to meet, including boosting morale. With less than three months in office, interim Sarasota County Administrator Terry Lewis confesses he’s been tempted to think about keeping the position longer than the six months he agreed to after taking a call in June from County Commissioner Joe Barbetta. “My heart says, ‘Boy, I would love to be here longer,’” he said. “But then, my mind kicks in, and I realize I don’t have the depth of knowledge to sit behind that desk. There’re a lot smarter people out there than me.” After a 27-year career at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, followed by stints as police chief then interim city manager in North Port, Lewis said he needs help with decisions about sewer rates, for example, along with economic development, environmentally sensitive lands and chickens. “Sarasota County government has chickens,” he said. “I wouldn’t have known that.” Because sitting behind a desk also isn’t his forte, Lewis said he made it a point Aug. 19 to visit the county facility on Pinkney Avenue, where the chickens are housed. They are “sentinel chickens,” and their role is to alert county officials if mosquitoes carrying encephalitis are in the area. Lewis said he learned about those chickens during his first three days on the job, when the county commissioners engaged in discussions about the upcoming fiscal year budget. And although sitting through those sessions was not how he had hoped to settle into his latest job, ultimately, the experience proved beneficial. “Those three days were the best way to start this interim period, because it gave me a countywide perspective of things,” he said. Since he was hired June 8, Lewis considers rebuilding trust among county employees as his biggest challenge. “That’s going to take a while,” he said. “It takes a long time for you to get it and you lost it in the snap of the finger.” Lewis said he first “had to stop the bleeding, which we have done,” referring to the procurement scandal that ultimately led to long-time County Administrator Jim Ley resigning May 24. Lewis has been working through the 151 recommendations offered
‘Bosses’ offer words of praise Even in email, interim Sarasota County Administrator Terry Lewis exhibits a different style from former County Administrator Jim Ley. Lewis doesn’t hesitate to start off an email with “Boss” if he is directing it to a specific county commissioner, or even “Boss x 5” if it is going to all five. His management style has won raves from those bosses. Joe Barbetta: “I find him refreshing, conscientious, dedicated to doing what’s best for the citizens of the entire county, and very fair in his approach to governing. He has hit the ground running, not being afraid to make key decisions, shake things up where necessary, listening to all sides and considering the facts before making decisions, and all in all, an absolute pleasure to work with.” Carolyn Mason: “He is doing an outstanding job. … He’s thorough; he’s fair; he’s approachable; he’s just good. … I’m sorry he won’t apply for the perby a national consulting firm to correct deficiencies in how the county handles procurement matters. Among the steps already taken, he points with pride to the county’s new financial transparency website, www.scgov.net/transparency/transparency.htm. He sees it as a major resource to help restore public faith in the process. “You can look at every pencil we buy,” he said. Lewis also was pleased he had been able to hire a procurement manager, Mark Thiele, who started this week. “I relied on people inside and outside the community … to help with that selection,” Lewis said. Additionally, Lewis has eliminated six county positions, in part to free up funding so the county also can hire an ethics and compliance officer. He hopes to have that position filled within a few weeks. He has been spending a lot of time talk-
manent job, but I truly respect retirement. … (When he does retire) he will be greatly missed.” Nora Patterson: “I really like Terry. … He’s got a great sense of humor and a very upbeat attitude. He definitely is not one to stay indefinitely. God knows what he’ll end up doing next.” Christine Robinson: “He’s doing a great job. He has a big job in front of him, and he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, which is really refreshing. … He’s cutting through the weeds of bureaucracy. … I really feel like (the county is) getting a lot done with him. … I have nothing but good things to say about him.” Jon Thaxton: “I think it was most fortuitous for Terry to have been available at a time we most needed him. He has worked out beyond my expectations. … He just fit the prescription to a T. … “It’s pretty hard to argue with (his) transparency and openness.” ing with county employees, too. “I’m finding the folks that work here … want their time with you,” he said. “Everybody’s got something to share (and) they all deserve to be listened to, and at the end of the day, we’ll do what we think is right.” Because it is impossible for him to talk with all 2,000 employees, Lewis said he periodically sends out what he calls “Terrygrams.” After he started work in June, he said, he took three or four days to craft his first “Terry-gram.” “I needed to make sure it didn’t sound clichéd and canned,” he said. He also wanted employees to learn early on that he had a sense of humor. “The feedback I got from that ‘Terrygram’ … was beyond anything I expected,” he said. “That’s what people are looking for: Somebody to sit and listen and allow you to laugh a little bit.”
On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, the city of Sarasota will dedicate a 2,550-pound steel beam in front of the Sarasota Police Department. That beam once was part of the structural support of the World Trade Center. The 14-foot long piece, which twists to a jagged point on one end, has been mounted on a pedestal at an angle in front of the police headquarters at 2099 Adams Lane. Just before 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11, the city will begin its ceremony to honor the hundreds of first responders who lost their lives helping to evacuate more than 20,000 people from the twin towers before the structures collapsed. The beam will become a memorial to the 2,753 people who died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, including 403 first responders — 343 firefighters and 60 police officers. Another 371 civilian, military and emergency services personnel died at the Pentagon, in a field in rural Shanksville, Pa., and aboard the four airliners the Saudi Arabia-born, al Qaeda-trained terrorists flew that day. Sarasota Police Capt. Paul Sutton, the department’s public information officer, is quick to point out that the beam is being placed at an angle on purpose. “We want everyone who walks by the beam or into the police station to see the monument and realize the steel beam is falling just like it did 10 years ago,” Sutton said. “We will never forget what happened that day.” The rusted artifact, which will face Payne Park from the police department’s southeast corner, has been sprayed with a clear coat to preserve its natural state and to prevent its corrosion and damage to two plaques that will be mounted on it. Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Police Chief Mikel Hollaway will address the attendees as they dedicate the beam. Then, a moment of silence will be observed at 8:45 a.m., the time of day the first plane hit the World Trade Center, exploding in the north tower. During the ceremony, the city also will dedicate a new memorial to Officer Warren Jones, the only city of Sarasota police officer to die in the line of duty. A memorial for Jones had stood at the old police station. The free event is open to the public. People are encouraged to park for free, as well, in the county parking garage off School Avenue.
The World Trade Center artifact was erected in front of the Sarasota Police Department Monday, then covered with a red, white and blue tarp. It will be unveiled during a Sept. 11 ceremony.
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+ Sarasota offices to close for Labor Day City of Sarasota administration offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. Solid waste, yard waste and recycling collection will be handled as they would on an ordinary Monday, city officials said.
+ Sarasota County to hold focus groups Sarasota County will hold five focus group sessions to receive public comments on the characteristics and qualities that are important in a new county administrator. The meetings also will explore opportunities for the county’s future. Representatives from The Mercer Group of Atlanta, which is conducting the administrator search for the Sarasota County Commission, will facilitate the sessions. Each of the meetings will be held in a Sarasota County Commission district: • Sept. 8 — 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Selby Library, 1331 First
St., Sarasota; 2 p.m., in the Keith Mansion, Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 6 p.m., Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. • Friday, Sept. 9 — 10:30 a.m., North Port Library, 13800 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port; 2:30 p.m., North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota. For additional information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center, 8615000.
The grants are administered by the Arts and Cultural Alliance. Grant panelists should have a broad range of expertise in the artistic and management areas of the arts, such as visual and performing arts, arts and cultural administration, business, finance, marketing or tourism. The panel especially is in need of performing and visual artists as well as representatives from South County. Typically, an overview session is held in October to assign projects, with an in-depth orientation in March and applicant interviews in April and May. Panelists also must be able to attend a variety of arts and cultural events throughout the year. Applications are available online at www. SarasotaArts.org. For more information, contact Brittany Norwood at 3655118 or by email bnorwood@SarasotaArts.org. The deadline for applications is September 16, 2011.
+ Sarasota alliance seeks grant panelists The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is accepting applications for individuals interested in serving on the panel for Sarasota County’s Tourist Development Cultural/Arts grants program. About $1.2 million is distributed annually through the program to Sarasota County arts and cultural organizations that meet the criteria for artistic excellence and tourism appeal.
Meetings & agendas Siesta Key Association — 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Room F, Siesta Key
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County Commission Budget Workshop — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6, County Administration Building, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Third Floor Think Tank, Sarasota
Sustainable Sarasota Community Partnership — 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 6, County Administration Building, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Second Floor A/B Conference Room, Sarasota
City Commission Regular Meeting — 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 6, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota
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By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor
Enrollment higher than expected District officials last week counted 480 more Sarasota County students than projected for the 2011-12 school year. Sarasota County School District administrators last week were pleased to see their first official enrollment count higher than projected, unlike the 20092010 school year, when the district lost state funding because of lower enrollment. Deputy Chief Financial Officer Al Weidner, who has been with the district more than 25 years, said although the official count in October will determine how much state funding the district ultimately receives per student, the five-day count, as of Aug. 26, for the regular district schools — excluding alternative and charter schools, for example — was 35,903. The projected enrollment was 35,420, so the district had 483 more students enrolled so far for the 2011-12 school year, he said. With every type of school in the district counted, the enrollment figure was 41,201 as of Aug. 26, compared to the 41,088 projected, giving the district a total of 113 extra students. Weidner said he planned to present the figures Monday to other district administrative staff during their regular cabinet meeting. The weakened economy
had resulted in smaller student counts since 2007, and this year’s numbers don’t necessarily represent growth. “We’re more or less flattening out now,” he said. “We’re not really growing.” North Port schools have recorded the biggest increases in student counts this year, he said. Previously, the district had seen a sharp decline in enrollment in that community, he added. Glenallen Elementary School, for example, reported 51 more students Aug. 26 than projected, for a total of 688; Cranberry Elementary had registered 48 more students, with a five-day count of 731; Atwater Elementary had 36 more students, with a total of 687; and Toledo Blade Elementary had an extra 14, for a total of 629. Among the North Port elementary schools, only Lamarque had fewer students (62) than expected, with a total of 939. Among North County schools, Riverview High School had 101 fewer students than projected, with a five-day count of 2,654. Still, it has the highest student count of the district’s six high schools. North Port High, in second place with 2,340 students, had 64 more than projected. Riverview Principal Linda Nook, who is marking her 11th year at the school, said the student decline actually is related to Riverview’s popularity. Of all the district high schools, she said, Riverview was the only one for which officials elected to go with the status quo from the 2010-11 school year, instead of projecting lower enrollment.
BY THE NUMBERS Projected Student Enrollment for 2011-12 School Category Total Elementary Middle High Schools Other Schools Alternative Charter District Totals
15,001 6,042 10,422 4,559 194 4,870 41,088
Five-Day Enrollment for 2011-12 School Category Total Elementary 15,114 Middle 6,095 High Schools 10,488 Other Schools 4,498 Alternative 105 Charter 4,901 District Totals 41,201 Three factors that had contributed to the smaller five-day count, she said, were the closing of the school to ninth-graders in the school choice program; the acceptance of fewer students in the highly regarded International Baccalaureate Society program for intensive study; and the decision not to make it automatic for a family with a child in the 10th or 11th grade to be able to enroll another child in ninth grade. “We’re at capacity,” Nook said. Additionally, the CYESIS program for student parents, which has been allied with Riverview for the past two years, saw its highest graduation rate ever in May. “We’re real proud of that,” she said. With 100 fewer students than projected, Riverview has been able to meet state class-size standards with no penalties. “Literally, last year, we were sharing classrooms,” she said.
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City budget options stark
Things could get much worse for the city of Sarasota. Soon. It appears that however bad the financial crisis of the last few years, the city’s most recent planning documents rely on overly optimistic revenue projections combined with avoiding the paring of employee costs. The results, if the plans are enacted as proposed, will assure a financial crisis for the city of Sarasota as soon as 2013. The crisis can be avoided. But it will take the courage to face a reality not common among politicians, but desperately needed now. City Manager Bob Bartolotta proposed a $174 million budget that uses two-thirds of the city’s rainy-day reserves in 2012, proposes tax increases and expects revenue increases in many areas because of a rebounding economy and unwarranted hope in financial generosity from the state. There is always a stronger urge among government managers to go with tax increases over tax cuts; it is easier in their daily workings. They have to deal with fewer headaches by getting more money. It’s understandable this would be a tendency, but elected officials must resist the same bias. In a list of possible further cuts for the 2012 budget requested by the commission, staff has included tax increases and fund transfers totaling 25% of the “cuts.” Here is a truism too often manifested once someone has been an elected member at the state or local level for a long time: They start seeing government employees as “their” employees and subjugate the needs of the public to the needs of the public employees. This will come into play strongly when the city faces the urge to increase taxes next year. In fact, Bartolotta’s budget depends on a tax increase for 2013. But such a move avoids dealing with the structural problems that will remain.
The base of the city’s problems can be shown in personnel costs from 2007 through the proposed budget in 2013. Personnel expenses increased 5.5% in that time, even though the city has cut 183 employees. The city has done a respectable job cutting positions to balance the budget in recent years, avoiding the tax-increase option, but it just cannot get ahead of the wave of increasing benefit and pension costs. The problem at this point is not necessarily too many employees. It is employees who are paid too much or, more importantly, provided health and retirement benefits that are too generous. This charge understandably raises objections among city workers who do not feel as though they are living in luxury — and they are not. But the facts are indisputable in the city’s own documents. In 2007, personnel expenses took up 72% of city revenues. In the proposed 2012 budget, after 183 positions have been cut, personnel expenses now take up 83% of city revenues. It is painfully obvious that Sarasota cannot afford the contracts it has negotiated
ROSY ASSUMPTIONS Here are some of the assumptions in the proposed city budget, all of which rely on a healthy rebounding economy next year. • State revenue sharing will increase 9.64%. • Sales tax receipts will go up 3.6%. • Building permits will increase 24.1%. • Red-light citations will go up 62.5%. • Parking meters will generate $847,000. • The proposed budget also calls for an 18.6% increase in property taxes between 2012 and 2013, from a small property-value increase and a large millage-rate increase.
CUTBACK OPTIONS Although it is still government at the margins and does not tackle the structural expenses related to personnel costs, here are some suggestions for immediate spending cuts. • The $463,241 budgeted for television/ audio visual services is up 14.8%, or $59,600 from this year. That is a lot of money to record and transmit City Commission and planning commission meetings. It probably cannot be eliminated, but it can be trimmed and certainly not increased. • Connected with that one, eliminate closed captioning for commission meetings to save $40,000. No one else in the county offers that service. • Suspend the take-home car policy for police and non-police employees, and suspend the reimbursement for fuel on those take-home vehicles to save $241,250. • Suspend step-pay increases to all employees, union and non-union, to save $145,000. • Eliminate the divisive and unproductive police panel to save $120,000. • Eliminate funding for SCOPE to save $29,000. • Eliminate funding for Sarasota County Economic Development to save $55,645. • Eliminate funding for a city lobbyist in Washington to save $42,800. Every city in the United States does not need its own lobbyist. • Cut the environmental sustainability specialist to save $27,787. • Eliminate the citizen survey. Save $22,000. • Eliminate the sister cities program funding to save $10,000.
with its two unions. Unfortunately, the city just locked itself into a three-year contract with the Teamsters union that continues to guarantee all current employees full pensions backed by tax dollars — expensive pension plans long unavailable in most of the private sector. The union gave up some on how benefits are calculated, but then got employees vested after five years, instead of 10 years. The deal was painted as both sides giving
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up a lot. But given the economic environment in which we live in, the union came out with an unexpectedly strong contract for its employees. It was too generous and for too long. In this climate, one-year contracts should be the norm. More important, the city needs to get out of the pension business. Commissioners missed that opportunity to fix part of the foundational cost problem. Now all city taxpayers, many struggling with their own budgets, must fund that contract and the ongoing, expensive pensions. The city, like all governments in Florida, has complete authority to implement a contract with union members. It is currently in negotiations with the police union on its contract and is going through the “impasse” process. That involves a special magistrate who attempts a Solomon-like solution when two sides cannot come to agreement. But if either side objects to that recommendation, then it goes to the City Commission, which makes the final choice. The city must make the right decision for residents of the city, not just employees, and impose a contract that is affordable for the future, not one that just gets through another year or two and pushes off the hard decisions. Everyone deserves that.
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So the city of Sarasota has a structural spending problem. Due in large part to union contracts that were far too generous, the city has essentially four methods for avoiding municipal bankruptcy: • Raise taxes; • Cut employees; • Cut salaries/benefits; • All or some of the above. Raising taxes should be a non-starter. But that is on the table for this year and more for next year. There are a few big problems with it. First and foremost, raising taxes to keep employee pay and benefits generous is sacrificing the many to the few. It’s just wrong. A close second is that it will not fix anything, just delay what inevitably needs to occur. We’ve all seen the damage that comes from postponing the tough decisions. See Washington, D.C. Third, the Sarasota County School District has already signaled its intention to go for a tax increase next year to avoid more cutbacks, and the Sarasota County Commission may do the same thing. So city taxpayers could get a triple tax whammy — and that is not right. Taking tax hikes off the table leaves cutting employees or cutting salaries and benefits. The city’s employee count now stands where it was in 1987. While that sounds terrible, let’s not forget: The city’s population is about the same size as it was 15 years ago, meaning employee numbers may not be out of line. If the city does not fix the pension and benefit costs with the police union in this negotiation — and plan to do the same with the Teamsters — it will be left with no alternative but to cut more employees. Probably next year and the year after that. It really is that stark.
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Bachmannâ€™s visit resonates in Sarasota Sitting across the table from Michele Bachmann, the first thing you notice is that she is not the wild-eyed nut job that she is portrayed as in the mainstream media. She is sincere in her Christian beliefs that drive some of the social positions ROD THOMSON the media finds â€œcontroversial,â€? and she can expound on free-market economics, federal regulatory intrusion and complicated federal-tax code with a detailed comfort just short of actual eloquence. But she does her expounding with enthusiasm and intensity â€” she believes what she believes and believes it deeply. To those easily swayed by the next clever idea conjured by some professor with too much time on his tenured hands, this is seen as crazyville. She is not crazy. She deeply believes some basic tenets about this country and is undoubtedly closer to mainstream American thought than many in the media and on the left who deride her positions as polarizing. During her weekend swing through Florida, the Minnesota congresswoman met with The Observer. Bachmann may be sinking in the polls since the entrance of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but some-
one forgot to tell that to nearly 1,000 people in Sarasota who stood in sweltering August heat on a Sunday afternoon to get into the Sahib Temple and listen to her. Raucus, loud, cheering. She certainly struck a chord within the Republican base in Sarasota. Bachmann played a crowd ready to be played â€” a metaphor, perhaps, for the country as a whole â€” ready for â€œchangeâ€? that has some â€œumphâ€? behind it. She may be stretching to reach 5 feet, 2 inches in height, but she brings the â€œumph.â€? Because of her socially conservative positions, she attracted the prerequisite college-kid protesters across the street. Interestingly, it does not seem to be her strong pro-life positions triggering the animosity. Is it possible the heat of that issue is slowly dying on the left as more scientific evidence mounts as to what that â€œfetusâ€? really is? The most virulent opposition is on the gay issue, and the two dozen or so New College kids protesting with a â€œkiss inâ€? â€” donâ€™t ask â€” across the street were focused almost exclusively on the gay issue. There were a few inside the event, too. They blended in nicely with the beards, pony tails, tie-dyed shirts and sandals. To their credit, they didnâ€™t heckle, just mostly looked agog at all those strange creatures around them generally known as conservatives. They donâ€™t see such things on cam-
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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, spoke to a crow of about 1,000 supporters Saturday, at the Sahib Temple, in Sarasota. pus. And by way of observation, they hung out with the media covering the event. That is their comfort zone. Asked on her campaign bus about how she handles the hate she gets, particularly from the gay community, her answer is disarmingly humble. â€œI ascribe honor and dignity to every human being. Iâ€™m not better than anyone else. If a person calls himself a gay or a lesbian, I donâ€™t see him as any less than myself.â€? Inside the campaign bus, we asked her about privatization, a growing trend in local gov-
ernment for saving taxpayersâ€™ money. She gets that there are so many things that private organizations can do better than government. For instance, in response to Hurricane Irene, she pointed out churches and many private groups that already were responding and asked somewhat rhetorically how long it would take for FEMA to respond. Perhaps the folks in New Orleans could best answer that question. Some of her ideas appear to be far outside the Republican mainstream â€” or what was once
the Republican mainstream, before the Tea Party was awakened. But getting rid of the EPA and the Department of Education is gaining credibility. No one wants air pollution, and education has done nothing but decline since President Carter created the DoE. Nominated or not, she is putting an exclamation point on the ongoing dissatisfaction with Washington, D.C. Rod Thomson is Editorial Pages Editor of the East County Observer and can be reached at email@example.com.
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City mulls interactive wayfinding system A Delray Beach-based mobile media company is proposing to install a free downtown Wi-Fi system in exchange for its purchase of new interactive wayfinding signs or kiosks. The city of Sarasota’s Downtown Improvement District is investigating a new free downtown Wi-Fi service that would act as an electronic wayfinding application to help pedestrians find the shops they want to access and where deals are taking place. DID Operations Manager John Moran and city officials met with Delray Beach-based Blueweb Mobile Media CEO Daniel Kinney Tuesday to discuss the system. Moran said the meeting was encouraging and said the DID had a tentative handshake agreement with the company if issues with the city’s sign code can be addressed. Although the Wi-Fi service would be set up and built for free by Blueweb, the city would have to pay for interactive wayfinding screens that would look like 42-inch, flat-screen televisions mounted to the front of merchant buildings. The wayfinding screens cost $12,500 each, and 6-foot-high information kiosks are also available for $11,500 each. Kinney’s company recently installed a similar system in Delray Beach. He said the system would act as a virtual wayfinder through the use of a touch screen and by means of a free mobile application visitors and
residents could access from their cell phones. “People can come up to the signs and touch them like a virtual iPad and find where they want to go,” Kinney said. The city’s sign code, however, wouldn’t allow the signs on downtown buildings to be flashing and constantly changing. To avoid creating an amendment to the city’s sign code, Moran said the city could work with Kinney to create virtual signs that would only move once they are touched. When the signs aren’t being used, the city’s logo could be displayed. The wayfinding screens would include sponsorship branding with downtown merchants. “The point is to set up a WiFi network for free via means of mobile advertising with merchants,” Kinney said. Kinney called the concept “a win-win for everyone.” “The city will receive a revenue share of whatever we bring in for wayfinding advertisers, the public gets free Wi-Fi, and we (Blueweb) win by collecting revenues for assets sold onto the website.” The website, Kinney said, will be similar to a Groupon site, in that it would allow users to view local downtown deals and interactive advertising.
Moran said the DID will also be investigating whether it can receive income from Blueweb, which has tentatively agreed to give the district a 20% interest in the profits. Kinney is proposing 25 interactive signs throughout downtown but said the system could include as few as one-dozen signs and as many as 36 signs. A 25-sign system would cost the city approximately $312,500, and a 12-sign system would cost approximately $150,000. Kiosks are also an option and could replace those that exist on each quadrant of St. Armands Circle. “The signs and kiosks draw crowds to the merchants who allow them to be installed and direct downtown visitors to both the deals of the day and all of the downtown shops,” Kinney said. “They are virtual directories that also draw visitors to those (merchants) who participate in advertising agreements.” But the Sarasota City Commission will have the ultimate approval on the proposed system. The city of Sarasota had tentatively approved in January 2010 a $1.4 million wayfinding system for downtown that would have included eight non-virtual kiosks. But the new group of commis-
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The Sarasota Ministerial Association (SMA) this week reports progress in its attempt to reach an amicable solution regarding organizations that feed homeless people in Selby Five Points Park. The SMA approached city officials along with business leaders and groups in July in an attempt to serve as a facilitator for residents who live near the park. SMA President and Goodwill Industries of Sarasota Chaplain Tom Pfaff said that during its Aug. 24 regular meeting, the SMA approved the discussions being held with all the parties focused on the matter. “The association affirmed our progress, and we are now identifying organizations providing care (feedings) in the downtown area … to establish a dialogue with them,” Pfaff said.
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“I had a guy call me crying from New York and start quoting some of my movies to me,” Sage Hall says. “He and his girlfriend had been together 25 years. After he saw my website, he decided he wanted to get married. They got married at the Longboat Key Club, and I shot their wedding.”
Wedding videographers may need to step up their game. This behind-the-camera wonder woman is turning those magical ‘I do’ moments into epic cinematic feats.
age Hall is watching corpses fly through the air. She’s on location in Port Charlotte, directing a Vegas-style, musical-magic show featuring one of the world’s top Luciano Pavarotti impersonators. An effervescent videographer with an eye for detail, Hall is gushing over the special effects — girls
materializing from gondolas; flowers appearing where an audience would sit; and heads falling off of bodies. “A fantastic opera singer is doing all of the music,” says Hall, founder of StarFruit Productions. “He hired me to shoot a commercial, but thought I had the polish to bring his show to the next level and he hired me on as director.”
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The show features Playboy Bunny Lyn Sky, also a stilt walker with Universal Studios, as the magician’s assistant. “I get to shoot a wedding tonight after I’m done with my musical magician,” Hall says. “I’m heading straight from corpse land to wedding land. There’s a wedding in this film, too. Of course, the bride is 20 feet tall.”
HALL from 13 Hall shoots with a photojournalistic style and always looks for natural events to unfold. She never poses her subjects. Location and detail shots are important and are shot cinematically with sliders and steady cams. “I’m down on the ground; I’m in the bushes; and I’m up in trees,” Hall says. “I sneak into things that say ‘no trespassing.’ When I have a camera in my hand, I feel like I can do anything.” Two months ago, Hall discovered that The Disney Wedding Blog had named StarFruit Productions the winner for Best Wedding Film of 2010, for a wedding video in which a fairy-tale princess arrives at her wedding in a horsedrawn carriage and walks down an aisle guarded by “Star Wars” storm troopers. It was a full-fledged production — a 15-hour shoot with five cameras. “She had everything — the Cinderella coach, two dresses and Mickey and Minnie; he had storm troopers and seven ‘Star Wars’ actors,” Hall said. “I spent 100 hours editing that thing.” Hall always knew she was destined for the theater. Growing up in Alabama, she started acting as a child and was instantly drawn to theater the first time she stepped on stage. When she turned 16, she spent one year in London studying Shakespeare. Her
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SAGE HALL ON GETTING HITCHED “My fiancé (Grady Reinagle) and I are having a black tie hoedown. It’s not a day that you want to be generic — it’s got to be personal. It’s going to be real easy.” hunger to learn every facet of theater — from lighting and directing to acting — inspired her to pack up her car at age 20, and with $2,000 in her pocket, head off to Los Angeles to be an actress. There, she found her love for film and approached it the same way she did theater, even studying under the same teacher as Robert De Niro. Seven years later, in 2007, with her mind set on saving some money before making a move to New York, she moved back home to the Sarasota area. “When I left Los Angeles, I thought my life was over,” Hall says. “I knew I was an actress, that I wanted to tell stories and make people feel something and be a catalyst. That’s always been so deep inside of me, and I thought by leaving I was giving that up — that’s why it’s been such a wonderful, happy surprise to me that I’ve been more successful in my career since I left.” Her first short film, “Candy,” was a five-minute funky Halloween piece in which she played the lead. When she made the film, which cost less than $500, she didn’t think it would surface anywhere. When the Screen Actors Guild Foundation announced
While living in Los Angeles, Sage Hall was a dog walker for Drew Barrymore’s pup. “It was a great way to stay in shape,” she says.
that it would feature the film at its Short Film Showcase in February, Hall immediately booked tickets. “I flew myself, my honey, producer and writers (to New York City),” Hall said. “New York City had 19 inches of snowfall in the city. We’re all there together to see my movie and it gets canceled. There were three people in Times Square.” The event was rescheduled for two weeks later. “This is the award I’m most proud of,” Hall says. “I was with people whose movies had $100,000 budgets. Just to be able to stand up there and be recognized — I felt like it was my graduation.” Upon moving back home, she was cast in a three-month production of Florida Studio Theatre’s “Brooklyn Boy” and was hired for the theater’s education program. She started StarFruit Productions in 2007. “I was doing a children’s
“Weddings are such an epic moment in people’s lives because big things do happen — whereas you have to work really hard to get those emotions out of an actor,” Sage Hall says. show called ‘Under 6,’ and one of the cast members was getting married the next day,” Hall says. “I asked to film it for free and put it online. That’s when The Disney Wedding Blog blogger saw it and hired me right away (to do her wedding), and I made StarFruit official. It’s kind of been my film school. I thought, ‘OK, if I can make money making movies about love stories … ’”
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She calls it “wedding filmmaking.” “There’s a big difference between that and a wedding videographer,” Hall says. “When I thought of a videographer, I thought about a sweaty old man zooming in on a bride’s cleavage. But this is really changing the entire industry. More than anything else, I feel like one of the things I want to accomplish is letting other peo-
ple’s light shine. That’s why I love doing weddings.” Hall and her fiancé, Grady Reinagle, will be married Oct. 15. The theme is “black-tie hoedown,” and the wedding will be filmed by a husband-andwife team from Orlando. “I’m going to allow myself to be a bride,” she says. “It’s hard because I’m a director at heart — I’m sure I’m going to be giving them the eyeball.”
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+ ‘Festival of Stars’ stars the students There were plenty of big names on stage at the Carreño Dance Festival’s “Festival of Stars” Aug. 27, at the Sarasota Opera House. Among them were José Manuel Carreño, Sarah Lane, Melanie Hamrick, Drew Jacoby, Rubinald Pronk and Gennadi Saveliev. But for many in the audience, the real stars were the children — the 50 students from the U.S. and abroad who participated in the festival’s first Summer Intensive. Every one of them danced in the program-opening master class, a cleverly choreographed version of the technique class that dancers take daily.
The Carreño Festival is sponsored by the Sarasota International Dance Festival, founded by Robert de Warren, with prominent support from board Chairwoman Elita KrumsKane, Stanley Kane, Dr. David and Pilar Goldstein, Robert and Jeanne Zabelle, Ernest and Alisa Kretzmer, Walter and Donna Maytham, Robert Wilk, Anna Maria Troiano, Harold and Wanda Libby and many other dance-loving Sarasotans. The festival returns to Sarasota Dec. 21, with “The Nutcracker, The Great Imperial Ballet.” For information, visit www.carrenodancefestival.com.
Art Center Sarasota opened “The Other Persona,” its members-only, all-media juried exhibition Aug. 25, and at the same time held the opening receptions for “Out of Mind,“ featuring the fantastic costume creations and ephemera of Ray Peper and drawings, paintings and assemblages by Jo Proietti; and “Food for Thought,” featuring paintings by Vicki Chelf and Jeff Schwartz. The award winners in “The Other Persona” were: first place, Karen DeLeon Stuart for “Meriam’s Eyes”; second place, Javier Rodriguez for “Untitled”; and third place, Peter Vince for “Wedding Feast.” The opening reception also honored donors and supporters of Art Center Sarasota, without which, “There wouldn’t be any arts in Sarasota,” said Gale Fulton Ross, exhibition committee chairwoman.
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Present to receive their recognition were Howard and Betty Isermann, Jane Smiley, Penelope Kingman, Sam and Sally Shapiro, Jim Harman and board President Adam Kendall. Also honored were Bob and Lee Peterson and Ramsey Frangie. About 350 guests attended the opening. The exhibits run through Oct. 22. For more information and hours, visit www.artsarasota.org.
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The Asolo Rep Scenic Studios will host a costume sale Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at 1009 Tallevast Road. Costumes spanning decades of clothing from the 1920s to the
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The “stars of tomorrow” from the Carreño Dance Festival definitely twinkled as they performed in the sellout “Festival of the Stars” gala show, culminating their monthlong intensive training program. The big stars of today’s dance world sparkled as well, with headliners that included Gennadi Saveliev, Sarah Lane, Melanie Hamrick and José Manuel Carreño (festival co-founder) of American Ballet Theatre and Drew Jacoby and Rubinald Pronk of Jacoby & Pronk. This performance was meant to feature the students who trained during the program, giving them a unique opportunity to train and perform with ballet’s elite. And that training was showcased at the beginning of the performance in a ballet class demonstration arranged by José Manual Carreño and Loipa Araujo, ballet mistress of National Ballet of Cuba. It was during this demonstration, albeit too long, that the true stars of tomorrow stood out. Youth American Grand Prix winners Hannah Bettes, Kenneth Dwigans and Aran Bell were obvious standouts, but local dancers such as Gianna Mercandetti and Diana Dizon (daughter of former Sarasota Ballet prima ballerina Diane Partington and principal Rey Dizon) were notables as well. During the demonstration and his later “Don Quixote” variation, Aran Bell was the most serious of the serious, pulling off pirouettes that topped the multiples of five and grande pirouette à la second that rivaled those of his teacher for the past month, Carreño. But, later on in the program, the boyish 12-year-old appeared in his awardwinning, top-hat-wearing variation where he might have cracked a smile … or two. Bettes and Dwigans were absolutely charming in the “Coppélia” pas de deux. Bettes defies all norms with her over-arching feet and 180-degree extension coupled with perfect triple pirouettes and gravity-
defying leaps. She’s got it all. Dwigans is the ultimate of all male danseurs. With perfect technique, his pirouettes, cabrioles and double tours en l’air all were finished in perfect fifth position. His technique and performance also made one recall Carreño’s on-stage presence, as well. The rest of the performance included an excellent modern piece featuring the preprofessional students and choreographed by Elizabeth Bergman, now a Sarasota resident, but former chairwoman of Harvard University Dance Department (where she also taught Natalie Portman). Gennadi Saveliev performed a fabulous Gopak (Ukrainian dance) featuring amazing jumping tricks. Carreño and Melanie Hamrick were thought-provoking in “Trasparente,” a contemporary piece. And Jacoby and Pronk brought audience members to their feet in “Softly as I Leave You,” which Jacoby had performed solo in the winter gala performance, when Pronk was deterred with flight delays. As the finale, the students danced the corps and soloist roles of Second Act “Swan Lake,” where they did a tremendous job dancing in unison and paying attention to their lines and formations (a pet peeve of this critic). Carreño and Hamrick were lovely during the white swan pas de deux, but the fireworks came out when Lane, body double for Portman in the movie “Black Swan,” danced the “Black Swan” pas de deux with Carreño. Diminutive Lane is a powerhouse. She stole the show with high-flying sissonnes and grand fouetté sautés as well as the coda’s fouetté en tournant sequence. Her partner, Carreño, despite retiring from ABT this year, proved he still is the best example for his cast of students. His 10-plus pirouettes weren’t so bad, either. — Anna Dearing
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The Elements of Suspense When it comes to writing a mystery novel, several local authors, who attended the Mystery Florida Conference last weekend, admitted they draw most of their ideas from everyday life. By having professional experience, stand-up comedian Don Bruns, pilot Ward Larsen and attorney H. Terrell Griffin can add authenticity to their elements of suspense. But there’s also a level of creativity and imagination that is always at work. In terms of the elements of a mystery novel, first and foremost, the villain must be introduced within the first 50 pages of the novel, they say. Second, as the novel moves forward, the stakes should get bigger and the suspense should build, but the writer mustn’t lose credibility with the reader. “I think when the readers finish, they have to say, ‘I should have seen that coming,’” Griffin said. With their newest novels launching just weeks apart, the three authors hope to schedule a joint book signing event for December.
The plot Bruns: Tim Dorsey always has these serial killers, who puts guys into a barrel and puts plaster of Paris in there and the guys end up talking to each other inside while it’s hardening. Or, he beheads them by cutting their heads off with a wire. Griffin: You can’t decide someone is going to jump 20 feet over a wall. It has to be plausible. You’re looking at the elements of the setup — what gets this guy involved and why does he feel the need to get involved. Larsen: As a writer, you know the beginning and end, but the middle, you have to keep the train going and keep it interesting. Sometimes you get into a box and have to go back.
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intensive Ron Schooler has been detailing and cleaning boats for 20 years; 13 of those years have been spent in Sarasota at Marina Jack. “Look at where I am!” he says. “Every day is like a vacation.”
In honor of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, we asked local laborers from Sarasota and Siesta Key to share what they love most about their jobs. PHOTOS BY RACHEL S. O’HARA
Tim Esser has worked as a mechanic for 26 years and has been with Main Street Automotive for 13 years. “(I enjoy) making people happy and helping people,” he says.
Kim Bard, a waitress for three years at the Sun Garden Café, on Siesta Key, has 18 years of waitressing experience. “I just love working with people and meeting new people and hearing their stories,” she says.
Susana Maldonado has worked at Hibbs Farm and Garden Supply for three years and has been in the gardening industry for five years. “I love the annuals,” she says. “They are more beautiful than the perennials.”
Max Bedwell has spent six years driving school buses for the Sarasota County School District. “(I enjoy) meeting new kids and bumping into kids I had on my routes before,” he says.
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St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church on Midnight Pass Road welcomed members Aug. 26 to the monthly Family Fun Movie Night in the parish hall. The $5-per-person event featured not just the flick but pizza, popcorn and a special beverage — a crowd favorite — made by Lynda Fischer, director of religious education. During intermission, everyone enjoyed making ice cream sundaes. The movie, by the way, was the family-friendly “Marley: The Puppy Years.”
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Free Exercise Classes — 9 a.m. every Thursday, Siesta Key Physical Therapy, 5147 Ocean Blvd. Space limited. For details and to register, call 870-5811. Yoga on Siesta Key Beach — 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Free. For more information, email avanandamaui@ yahoo.com YES — 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Young Entrepreneurs of Sarasota share success strategies at Clayton’s Siesta Grille, 1256 Old Stickney Point Road. Cost: $12 at the door, including lunch. Visit www.yes941.com. Alcoholics Anonymous — 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, Siesta Key Men’s Group meets at Siesta Beach Shelter, south side of beach; open to all. Call 951-6810.
Hoop It Up Tournament — Sept. 3-4 in the Venice Community Center parking lot, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. Tournament open to ages 8 and up. Registration available at www.hoopitup.com Each team guaranteed a minimum of four games and opportunities to be in slam-dunk and 3-point contests. Call 861-5000 or visit www.parksonline.scgov.net Poetry Open Mic — 6 p.m. Sept. 5, Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St. Free. Participants welcome to bring their own poetry or poems of published authors to read aloud. For more information, visit www. bookstore1sarasota.com or call 365-7900. East Meets West III Business After Hours Expo — 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, featuring networking and exhibits. Cost: $10. Light appetizers and cash bar provided. RSVP to Siesta Key Chamber of
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This Siesta Isles home, which has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,476 square feet of living area, sold for $740,000.
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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Aug. 15 and Aug. 19. A home in Siesta Isles tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Robert and Susan Mays, Ocala, sold their home at 5456 Azure Way to Terry Dorrity, of Bethlehem, Pa., for $740,000. Built in 1969, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,476 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $420,000 in 1999.
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James and Gail Preston, of Oakland, Mich., sold their Unit B-101 condominium at 1055 Beach Road to Aril Jacobsen and Monica Winkel, Sarasota, for $333,000. Built in 1981, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,204 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $142,500 in 1991.
Mark Boenker, Mark Holz and Marsha Blond, Sarasota, sold their Unit 303 condominium at 5924 Midnight Pass Road to Adam and Andrea Biernacki, of Northbrook, Ill., for $620,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,240 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,349,000 in 2005.
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Michael and Patricia Jordin, Sarasota, sold their Unit 107 condominium at 5256 Avenida Navarra to Douglas and Theresa Bolt, Sarasota, for $425,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,194 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $97,500 in 1983.
Timothy and Kathleen McInerney, of Ashburn, Va., sold their Unit 219 condominium at 1311 Dockside Place to James Rosenfeld, Atlanta, for $418,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,827 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $214,000 in 1992.
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Patrick and Nanette Falcone, of St. Charles, Ill., sold their Unit E-92 condominium at 6157 Midnight Pass Road to Albert and Frances Cooley, of Islip, N.Y., for $240,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,101 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $220,000 in 2002.
We Will Never Forget Coming Sept. 8 Special 9/11 Memorial Editions of the Longboat Observer, Sarasota Observer, East County Observer and Pelican Press.
10th Anniversary of the Terrorist Attacks The editorial staffs of the Observers and Pelican Press will bring back to life the events in Sarasota, Longboat Key and Venice that connected our region to this tragic day. • President Bush at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort the night before and morning of the attacks • Terrorist sightings on Longboat Key • How the terrorists trained in Venice • How President Bush learned of the attacks at Emma Booker Elementary • Where are they now? Updates on the many area residents who were directly involved in the day of and weeks after.
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Rebecca Wild Baxter took this photo of friends preparing for a late-evening sail at Siesta Beach.
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Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected alongshore or offshore Sarasota Friday, Aug. 26, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
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Last weeks Cryptograms 1. My doctor was brilliant as a health provider but also in the financial field. He diagnosed my low blood pressure and then to raise it, gave me his bill! 2. The author of the article, “The Miracle of Helium” was aptly named I. Rose. It was so highly uplifting I could not put it down!
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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales *********************ESTATE SALE********************* by Nancy Dunn LLC 941-925-1993 Saturday, 9/3 9am-2pm 7826 Pine Trace Drive - Palm Aire from University Pkwy. go north on Whitfield, left @ Palm Aire Dr., right @ Pine Trace Dr. ---------------------------Glass DR Table & 6 Parsons Chairs, Buffet, Sofa Back Table, Sleeper Sofa, 2 Sofas, Loveseat, 2 Hickory 3 Drawer Chests, King BR Suite, Fainting Couch, Twin BR Set, Comp. Desk, 2 Office Chairs & Equip., Media Center, Misc. Tables-Lamps & Paintings, Quality Patio Furn., Brass Bench, Floor Safe, Kitchen Table/2 Chairs, Mens & Womens Clothing, Furs, 12 Limoges Fashion Plates, Bavarian China, Linens, Books, Tools, Fishing Gear, Walkers, Wheelchair, Ladies Bike, Full Kitchen & more. ---------------------------#’s out at 8am - for pictures go to www.estatesalesbynancydunn.com
ESTATE SALE ** FRIDAY** SEPTEMBER 2ND - 9:30 - 2P.M. 4022 73rd Terrace E. - Quail Run (Located off Lockwood Ridge between Whitfield and Tallevast) Leather sofa and chairs, dinette, double bedset, sofa, Demilune table, brass and glass coffee and end tables, dining room set, sofa bed, bar stools, office deck and chair, patio table and chairs, refrigerator, books, set of china, decorative accessories, kitchenware, linens, china, glass and bric-a-brac. Also, 2009 Toyota Avalon with approx.. 30,800 miles. A NICE SALE! SALE CONDUCTED BY PALMA SOLA SALES **Numbers given out at 8a.m.
SEWING MACHINE: Singer model 8280, 30 stitch function, in excellent condition. $50 cash. 941-966-0618.
LARGE GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, Sept 3rd, 7 am-? 6812 Half Moon Drive in Gulf Gate. Lots of furniture, a bowflex and spinning bike as well as lots of clothes, computer, tivo recorder, etc. Call (941) 915-5982, ask for Alisa.
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