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WE REMEMBER... The Sarasota area and Longboat Key will forever be part of the nation’s collective memory of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: President George W. Bush stayed the night of Sept. 10, 2001, at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, on Longboat Key, and he was reading to secondgraders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, in Sarasota, when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. On this page, you’ll read the stories of Terry Lewis and Kevin Kenney, then with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, who helped prepare for Bush’s visit; and on page 3A, you’ll meet Daniel Hoffe, who was on the 61st floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the terrorist attacks occurred. On page 4A, one reporter shares his experience of what it was like to report on one of the most impactful events in the nation’s history. On pages 8A and 9A, we recount the events of Sept. 11 as they unfolded locally. Throughout this issue and on our website, YourObserver.com, you’ll find readers’ memories of 9/11. We invite you to share your own memories of 9/11 by leaving a comment on our website. Cover photo courtesy of Steve Ludlum, New York Times
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
by Rachel Brown Hackney | Staff Writer
Securing the president Two Sheriff’s Office veterans reflect on the rapid change of plans on Sept. 11. When the White House announced plans for President George W. Bush to visit Sarasota in early September 2001, Terry Lewis and Kevin Kenney, of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, knew they would be dealing with the usual planning and logistics that revolve around such an occasion. At least for Lewis, then a colonel, the extra work would be tempered by the opportunity to catch up with a good friend who had become a member of the Secret Service’s SWAT-type team. “We had kind of watched this guy grow up” in the Sheriff’s Office, Lewis said, before the friend, Rob Buster, joined the Secret Service. “I saw (Buster) briefly at the airport (on Sept. 10, 2001) and said, ‘Why don’t we get together for a beer tomorrow evening?’ The last time I saw him (he) was in one of those big black Suburbans following the president,” Lewis said. “We never did get that beer.” On the morning of Sept. 11, Lewis was among the law enforcement personnel who accompanied the president to Emma E. Booker Elementary School. Kenney, now a major, was the Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilot waiting at the Venice Municipal Airport. “I was due to pick up a Secret Service agent to conduct the motorcade cover from the hotel to Emma Booker,” Kenney said. “When I got to the airport … it was unseasonably foggy, so I had to cancel the motorcade cover.” Kenney took the opportunity to watch the news at the hangar as he waited for the fog
to lift. As soon as he learned about the second airliner flying into the World Trade Center towers, he contacted the Sheriff’s Office personnel with the president. At that point, even though the flying conditions were still not ideal, a member of the Secret Service detail asked Kenney if he could launch the helicopter. Kenney was told not to worry about picking up an agent; the Secret Service just wanted him to get to Sarasota-Bradenton Airport as quickly as possible. “So that was what I did,” Kenney said. Fortunately, the fog had started to lift, and the further north he flew, the clearer the sky grew. Kenney As he approached the airport, Kenney radioed, as usual, for clearance to enter the airspace. The air traffic controllers refused permission, he said, because the FAA had been rushing to ground all air traffic. Kenney asked if by any chance a Secret Service agent was in the tower. When he received an affirmative, he communicated to the agent a code word he had used the previous day with the presidential Lewis detail. The agent then told the tower to clear him to enter the airspace. By the time he was hovering over Air Force One, Kenney said, the president’s motorcade was coming around the corner of the main terminal. The Secret Service then directed him to fly the airport perimeter and to be on the lookout for any suspicious vehicles or groups of people. He continued his surveillance for the 10 or 15 minutes it took the Secret Service to get Bush and the other members of his team board Air Force One. “They really loaded him up quickly and got him out of there,” Kenney said.
Then, Kenney said, the Secret Service told him to fly to the opposite end of the runway, so the Boeing 747 could take off. After Air Force One had departed, Kenney started noticing numerous vehicles parked along the streets all around the airport. “It was amazing how many people showed up in that short time frame,” he said. “They just wanted to see Air Force One take off, and that was quite a sight. “I’ve never seen a plane that large take off that steeply. It was impressive.” In spite of the gravity of the morning’s events, Kenney said he didn’t recall stress. Rather, he said, “It was chaotic. It was very chaotic on the (Sheriff’s Office) radio.” Lewis reflected on being at Booker Elementary as part of the security detail, which included Sarasota Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Manatee Sheriff’s Office personnel. “Just to be in the same room with (Bush) was pretty cool,” he said. “Being part of history was fascinating.” After the president had flown away, Lewis said, “There was very much a sigh of relief. Then it was just the shock of what had occurred.” The Sheriff’s Office did have one more responsibility at that point, Lewis said. Personnel also had to protect all the security and communications equipment the Secret Service was forced to leave behind on Longboat Key, in the rush to move the president to a secure location. It took a couple of days, he said, for Secret Service agents to return to retrieve everything.
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
by Robin Hartill | Staff Writer
Daniel Hoffe Daniel Hoffe was attending a training program in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the Sept. 11 attacks occurred.
Daniel Hoffe’s license plate now reads: “Carpe Diem.” He doesn’t remember when he changed it, but it was sometime after 9/11. Since that day, the Sarasota resident thinks he has become more grateful for life, more spiritually in touch and more willing to hug the people he loves. “Every day, I’m more appreciative,” Hoffe said. “I think of everything I’ve done in the past 10 years. And I think it could have been stolen from me.” He was in the South Tower of the World Trade Center for his second day of a threeweek Morgan Stanley training program on the morning of Sept. 11. He was on the 61st floor, probably for a coffee break, when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower. He didn’t see the impact but saw the tower ablaze and thousands of documents pouring from the skyscraper. The window glass in the South Tower cracked as a result of the impact. Hoffe and others made their way down the stairwell in the South Tower. “As we’re walking down, there was an announcement that Tower One had been struck but Tower Two was secure,” he said. “I remember thinking, ‘Thank God, we’re safe.’ Maybe five or 10 seconds later, the second plane struck. When that hit us, my first thought was, ‘We almost made it.’” Hoffe said those inside the stairwell didn’t know at the time the building had been struck. They felt the building shake and sway and felt the smoke blow up from beneath them while jet fuel poured down the HVAC, but he thought the impact could have been the result of damage to the North Tower. In that narrow stairwell, Hoffe recalls the way people instantly bonded with the person walking next to them. “You became a team,” Hoffe said. “The guy next to me, I think, was from EuroBrothers. It was like, ‘The ninth floor. Thank God it hasn’t collapsed. The eighth floor. We’ve made it another floor.’” They came out through the mall underneath the World Trade Center. “When we got back, I was so happy to have the blue sky above me,” Hoffe said. “That was my goal. I turned around, and the thing I’ll never forget is this beautiful sky and then that horrible sight. My first thought was, ‘This can’t be happening.’ My second thought was, ‘This can’t be happening to me.’”
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While some people wanted to stay and see what was happening, Hoffe insisted on leaving and walking toward mid-town — something that, in retrospect, he considers the best decision of his life. It wasn’t until he spoke to utility workers who told him that the Pentagon also had been hit that he realized the magnitude of the day’s event. Hoffe isn’t sure when he realized the South Tower had collapsed. But at some point, as he walked, he turned around and saw that the tower no longer stood. The first person Hoffe called that day was his wife. He left her a message saying that a plane had hit the tower, that he was OK and that he was trying to reach her while sirens blared in the background. He still has that
message — an eerie reminder of that day’s tragedy. Hoffe stayed in New York for the next three days before driving back to the Sarasota area. Immediately upon his return, he and other survivors began giving talks about their experiences on Sept. 11 to raise money for the New York Firefighters Benevolent Fund. “It was cathartic to be able to get out and do something,” Hoffe said. “The real heroes of that day were the firefighters and those who lost their lives.” Later, they directed their energy toward “Triumph Over Tragedy,” an event held on the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11 that raised more than $100,000 to purchase lifesaving equipment for the Sarasota County Fire Department. Hoffe said this year, he
plans to attend the 9/11 Memorial March and Celebration in Payne Park. There, he’ll say a few words at a ceremony of remembrance. He also spoke at “Triumph Over Tragedy: Remembering 9/11 a Decade Later” Wednesday, at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. For Hoffe, now 45, Sept. 11 of every year brings him back to that tragic day of 2001. But he doesn’t want to forget it, because he believes that if people forget, history could repeat itself. His desk at Sarasota’s BB&T, where he is now vice president and wealth management adviser, faces a series of five photographs his friend took of the first plane hitting the North Tower. “You don’t want to let people forget,” he said. “Part of me will always be in that stairwell.”
Every day I’m more appreciative. I think of everything I’ve done in the past 10 years. And I think it could have been stolen from me.
WHERE WERE YOU ON SEPT. 11? The Pelican Press asked readers to share their memories of Sept. 11. I was in my office in midtown Manhattan when I heard a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. My office was at Fifth Avenue and 56th Street (near Tiffany) but I had previously been at 2 World Trade Center for a number of years (including the earlier bomb attack, which was in the basement garage where our limousine was parked) and had many friends who worked there. At first, we thought the plane was just one of the many small aircraft that flies up and down the Hudson River, but the crash of the second plane showed they were large airliners. As the story unfolded, we watched it all on television. I called my wife, who also worked in midtown Manhattan, and she said she could see the burning buildings from her office. When the buildings collapsed, it was thought at first that delayed bombs went off. Because midtown Manhattan seemed a likely target for further bombs (Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, etc.) we decided to go home. We lived nearby on the Upper West Side, so we began to walk home. Commuters struggled to get out of Manhattan because all public transit was shut down. Thus, when we went into the street it was packed with people walking, some unsure where to go. Immediately we noticed how quiet it was. Everyone talked in hushed tones and there was no traffic. No planes flew overhead. Our route was to walk north through Central Park. Usually this was not crowded, but now it was jammed with people walking silently, some crying and being comforted by friends. All looked dazed and puzzled. When we reached our apartment, we watched further news coverage. I saw that the smoking ruins were visible from the Hudson River. I went down to Riverside Park where there was a recreational pier jutting into the river. It was crowded with people watching the huge plume of smoke coming from the World Trade Center site eight or nine miles away. Only occasionally did someone speak — and then only in a whisper. At first the smoke was blown toward Brooklyn, but eventually the wind shifted and the smoke headed toward us. As it reached us, people fled. The smoke was acrid and unbreathable. The smell was indescribable, a mix of many things, some too horrible to contemplate. Late in the day I heard a sonic boom as a fighter jet broke the sound barrier while flying over Manhattan. Subsequently, I saw the pilot quoted in a newspaper as saying that when he took his combat training he never thought he would be “flying cover over New York City.” These are my 9/11 memories. Richard Reibman Sarasota
Heading home after dropping my son off at Sarasota High School, I was stopped in traffic on U.S. 41 as I approached the intersection at Gulfstream Avenue. There were lots of police and barricades. I opened my sunroof and stood on the car seat to see President (George W.) Bush and his motorcade coming from Longboat Key on their way to Booker Elementary. They passed, and I sat down. On the car radio the announcer said that there had been a report of an airplane flying into the World Trade Center. Andrea Kaine Sarasota
For more reader memories of Sept. 11, see PageS 7A and 9A.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
Reflections on a day that changed the world Up until last week, I had not — 9/11 — didn’t conjure such watched any 9/11 footage in 10 devastation. After all, it doesn’t years. The day — that day — was seem right that the day’s events so tragic, so terrifying, so life- are represented only by four litaltering that I could not tle keystrokes. For those bring myself to relive it. of us who remember it, But in preparing for those characters don’t do this special edition, I rethe day justice. corded and viewed much My 9/11 started way of National Geographic’s earlier than I wanted. tribute to 9/11. I turned Back then, the East Counthe programs on only ty Observer went to press during nap time and afon Monday nights. As a ter bedtime. My children cub reporter, Tuesdays — ages 3 and 20 months MICHAEL were relatively light days I — both were born into a used to set up interviews ENG post-9/11 world. But they for the following week. don’t need to know what But with Bush in town that means. I want them shel- for what was essentially a pubtered. lic relations stunt for his educaAnd with every fabric of my be- tion reform initiatives, my editor ing, I wish we all still were shel- thought it would be good experitered. I wish those two little num- ence for me to attend the press bers separated by a backslash briefing. The week before, I called
the White House and asked for press passes. One phone call. That’s all it took to get into the same room with the president. Of course, the government wanted the press in place well before Bush’s scheduled statement at 9:30 a.m. I pulled into Emma E. Booker Elementary before 7 a.m., walked through a metal detector and received my credentials. “Sept. 11, 2001,” they read. “Trip to the President.” That’s all it was supposed to be. Within seconds of American Airlines Flight 11 striking 1 World Trade Center, reporters’ cell phones started ringing. The first report: A Cessna has hit the World Trade Center. But then, calls kept coming. No, not a Cessna. Something bigger. A commercial plane.
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With my left hand, I held up my tiny digital point-and-click, firing shot after shot as quickly as it would allow. With my right hand, I steadied my notepad on my knee as my pen attempted to capture every word. Bush was in and out in less than five minutes. I rushed back to the East County Observer office with my notes and photos. By the time I had reached Lakewood Ranch, the South Tower had collapsed. The Longboat Observer was going to press that afternoon, and fellow reporter Mischa Viera and I were tasked with working on a story for its deadline. By that afternoon, I must have seen those buildings collapse thousands of times. The day was relentless. All I wanted was for it to be over. Michael Eng is the managing editor of the East County Observer.
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By 9 a.m., we all were huddled into a storage room where the school kept its audio/visual equipment. There was one TV. And for the next 30 minutes, we watched — over and over again — that first plane. Then, the second plane. Over and over again. It looked fake — like something out of a Michael Bay movie. The room, crammed with at least 40 people whose profession is communication, was silent. At precisely 9:30 a.m., Bush emerged to take the podium. The school had assembled a backdrop of students and teachers — all of whom seemed unaware of what was happening. “Today, we’ve had a national tragedy,” he said. “Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country.”
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Sept. 11 ANNIVERSARY calendar of events FRIDAY, SEPT. 9
SUNDAY, SEPT. 11
Shabbat Service Commemorating 9/11
World Trade Center Beam Dedication Ceremony
What: This Shabbat worship ser-
What: The city of Sarasota will
vice will pay tribute to the tragic events of Sept. 11. Richard Ravitch, who served as lieutenant governor of New York, will be the honored guest joining the commemoration. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 Where: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road Cost: Free Info: Call 371-2788.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 & SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 Summon the Heroes, a 9/11 Remembrance What: This multimedia program will feature orchestral and vocal music, video footage and narration. Music includes performances by the Sarasota Young Voices, baritone Bob McDonald and Jacobites Bagpipers featuring selections, such as Mozart’s “Requiem,” Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and John Williams’ “Summon the Heroes.” The proceeds will benefit local charities. When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11 Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail Cost: $10 to $35 Info: Call 953-3368.
dedicate a 2,550-pound steel beam that will hang suspended in front of the Sarasota Police Department. The dedication will honor the hundreds of first responders who lost their lives to evacuate more than 20,000 people from the twin towers before the structures collapsed. The beam also will be a memorial to the 2,996 people who died on Sept. 11 as a result of the terrorist attacks. When: 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane Cost: Free
9/11 Remembrance March and Celebration What: The Sarasota Firefighters
Benevolent Fund will host this event. Join members in a march from Five Points Park down Main Street. At approximately 12:30 p.m., the march will reach Payne Park, where the Sept. 11 memorial celebration will commence. Live music, food and activities for children will be offered. When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Starting on Main Street at Five Points Park and ending with a celebration at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane Cost: Free Info: Call 809-5932.
Fallen Heroes Memorial Commemorative Groundbreaking What: See an original steel beam from the World Trade Center that will be the centerpiece of the future monument to Sept. 11 victims and fallen military heroes. The beam will travel across the country to its future home in Patriots Park, where a remembrance and ceremony will commence the groundbreaking. When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Patriots Park, 401 W. Venice Ave., in Venice Cost: Free Info: Call 770-330-7683.
Sept. 11 Commemorative Service What: This hour-long contemplative service will be in commemoration and remembrance of the terrorist attacks that happened 10 years ago. Join Temple Emanu-El in remembering and honoring those who died that day. When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road Cost: Free Info: Call 371-2788.
‘A Service of Remembrance’ Honoring Victims of 9/11 What: This hour-long service will honor the victims of Sept. 11 with music composed spe-
cifically for the 10th anniversary, which will be performed by the Jubilee Handbell Choir, Palms Chancel Choir and the Creative Signers of the Church. The Sarasota Military Pipers and Color Guard also will participate, and guests from the Sarasota Fire Department and EMS will be in attendance. When: 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road Cost: Free Info: Call 924-1323.
9/11 10-Year Community Commemoration What: Local government representatives, faith leaders, first responders and interfaith associations will participate in Sarasota-Manatee’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Coordinated by the Sarasota Ministerial Association, the event will include the participation of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan; Mayor Suzanne Atwell; Sarasota County Commissioners Nora Patterson and Carolyn Mason; Police Chief Mikel Hollaway; Fire Chief Mike Tobias; Sheriff Tom Knight; and representatives of the Sarasota Ministerial Association, the Diocese of Venice, the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton, the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-
Manatee, the Elks Lodges of Sarasota, the Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinical Association and the Venice Interfaith Community Association. The service will honor the memory of those who died on Sept. 11; provide healing for those who lost loved ones; honor first responders; and incline hearts to reconciliation. Special commemorative coins been to mark the occasion will be presented to the first responders. When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: First Baptist Church, 1670 Main St. Cost: Free Info: Call the Rev. Dr. Tom Pfaff at 724-5018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Commemorative Concert What: This concert will benefit local firefighters and the Unity Music Department. It will showcase area vocalists and musicians performing songs that will help reflect and commemorate the tragic event. Musicians include Carlton Flonnoy, Mindy Simmons, Russell Fox, Olivia Fox, Dani Fox, Kenn Christopher, Bruce Wallace, The Unity Choir, The Unity Singers and more. When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Unity Church of Sarasota, 3012 Proctor Drive Cost: $10 Info: Call 955-3301, Ext. 23.
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Post 9/11: era of endless war? Come Sunday, millions of Americans will relive that day — Sept. 11, 2001. Its billowing images of horror are etched forever in our minds. We will recall where we were. We will remember the feelings that coursed through our minds and bodies as we watched — stricken, helpless and in shock. And when we see, again and again, the surreal, horrific images on television of the World Trade Center buildings collapsing, the airliner slamming into the Pentagon and the bomb-like hole of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., the pictures will rekindle a sense of near-unbridled anger over the 2,977 innocent lives lost on that day. And in spite of the death of Osama bin Laden, 10 years later, we still want justice, we still want revenge. One of the remarkable aspects of this story is how our little corner of the world — Longboat Key, Sarasota and Venice — were direct participants in that tragic Day of Infamy. Of all the places in the world, our three little towns and cities, nestled on the balmy, peaceful Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida, were among the launch points and starting points of the events of the day. The Venice airport, we subsequently learned, served as a flight-school for a few of the terrorists. Longboat Key’s Colony Beach & Tennis Resort was the overnight home base for President George W. Bush the night before the attacks. It was also a target, the Longboat Observer later learned from witnesses, of a van full of Middle Easterners posing as TV journalists who wanted to film the president, but who were rebuffed at the Colony’s guard gate. To this day, the speculation is they were terrorists who wanted to assassinate President Bush the same way disguised Al-Qaida terrorists two days earlier assassinated Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Afghani government’s top anti-Taliban general. And, finally, Sarasota — in particular, the second-grade class of Sandra Kay Daniels at Emma Booker Elementary School — was where President Bush’s aide, Andrew Card, interrupted the president’s reading class and whispered in his ear that the United States was under attack. President Bush recalled for National Geographic TV those minutes in Daniels’ class and how he went into a makeshift holding room, where he quickly scribbled a statement to be delivered to a worldwide audience. He told National Geographic that he reminded himself that he needed to appear calm and in control. History undoubtedly will remember that the way Bush responded and led in the days and weeks that followed were truly heroic.
Still no definitive victory
Almost 10 years later, on May 2, 2011, U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden, the most-hated man in America, the diabolical bearded leader of the terrorists. In the hours after his death, many Americans celebrated in the streets of the nation’s capital. Justice at last. But with so much time and the subsequent events in between 9/11 and bin Laden’s death — the Iraq war … no Iraqi weapons of mass destruction …
THE NEW NORM: ENDLESS WAR? “This the American era of endless war … “In previous decades, the military and the American public viewed war as an aberration and peace as the norm. “Today, radical religious ideologies, new technologies and cheap, powerful weapons have catapulted the world into ‘a period of persistent conflict,’ according to the Pentagon’s last major assessment of global security. ‘No one should harbor the illusion that the developed world can win this conflict in the near future,’ the document concludes. “By this logic, America’s wars are unending and any talk of peace is quixotic or naive … “One lesson of today’s endless war seems to be that Americans will have to learn to live with the a certain amount of insecurity and fear.” Washington Post Sept. 5, 2011
Saddam Hussein’s capture and death … free, democratic votes in Iraq … the succession of terrorist attacks around the world … Mumbai, London, Madrid, Bali, Israel … attempted but foiled attacks on the United States … Fort Hood, Texas … the Arab spring … and the continuing war against the Taliban in Afghanistan — for many of us, there still is no sense of victory, no vindication, no sense of complete justice. Sadly, the “war on terrorism” persists. Indeed, it’s remarkable to think how so many churches and Masses around the world have offered the same “prayer of the faithful” every day for the past 10 years: “We pray for the end of the war on terror and the conversion of the terrorists from
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the worship of death and destruction to the worship of a God of love and peace.” But it goes on. As noted in the box, the Washington Post this week assessed this state of affairs as the new norm — endless war. It’s not like World War II, when we confronted government-sponsored enemies and decided there was one definitive option — them or us. The way to end it all was mass destruction of the enemy empires, even if it meant thousands and thousands of civilian casualties. This used to be how nations’ leaders viewed war. Indeed, the belief went, when a nation’s political leaders chose to be violent aggressors, they in turn chose to put at risk their nation’s entire population, sacrificing the innocent lives of their citizenry, all because of their selfish desires for power. And even though President Bush vowed after 9/11 that those nations harboring terrorists would not be spared, our political and military leaders have adopted the view that the war on terrorism is not a war that can be confined to political and geographic borders. To paraphrase retired Marine Col. John Saputo of Longboat Key, it’s a war of killing one terrorist at a time.
Time is running out
Perhaps this is the new norm. But we also know, definitively, we are living in denial. Everyone knows the roots and money behind this worldwide terrorism are centered in one place: Iran. And time is running out. The most crucial question in this post-9/11 era is whether the United States and its allies will let Iran complete its development of nuclear weapons. In the recent memoirs of Reza Kahlili, author of “A Time to Betray,” a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Kahlili (a pseudonym for his protection) states definitively: “Now, we are running out of time because the Iranians — with the help of North Korea and China — are developing nuclear warheads. They now have over 1,000 ballistic missiles, including missiles that can hit every capital in Europe, and they’re working with North Korea to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles. “Once they get the bomb, all bets are off. It’s checkmate. They will arm Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Venezuela and others. Every U.S. ally in the region and throughout the world will be a possible target. Israel will be destroyed. America will either be hit or live in constant fear of it. And Iran will substantially control the world’s energy resources … ” Come Sunday, we will mourn again the 3,000 lives lost on 9/11 and the 4,000 American soldiers’ lives lost in the war on terror hence. Justice will never be served for them. But we will honor them, especially those who have made and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice. And we will continue to pray — for the end of the war on terror, the end of “the era of endless war”; and for the courage to do what must be done to preserve and ensure what we cherish most: our life and our liberty.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
WHERE WERE YOU ON SEPT. 11? I was near enough on that Tuesday, going to work four miles north of the catastrophe. My daughter was scheduled to be at the World Financial Center at 10 a.m. At 8:55 a.m., I saw the hoards of people staring at the TV in the lobby. Was it an ad for a dreadful new movie? How eerily real the wounded towers were being depicted. Then the terrible realization: This was not a made-for-TV movie. I phoned my daughter to warn her not to take the subway to that area. Everyone at work was staring at the office TV and speculating on the cause of the horrific scene being played out before our eyes. Was the first plane smashing into the North Tower a horrible accident? Could the second plane be another horrible accident? We had all come to do our jobs, but how could we? What about that important letter that had to go out via overnight mail? How does one turn on a computer and function? Following the announcement of a terrorist attack, a co-worker became hysterical. There was no point in leaving the office early — transportation was shut down — so I stayed till the workday (such as it was) ended. By then, the subway system was running again. I went home and then to the nearest pub; the need to commiserate with fellow New Yorkers overrode my vow never to go to a bar alone. I didn’t know any firefighters. They were at least a generation younger, but I learned that 343 had died. I felt a great personal loss and vowed to attend as many memorial services as possible. I went to seven with six empty caskets. Bagpipers played “Amazing Grace,” solemn processions behind fire engines, with the helmet and number of the fallen hero affixed to the top of the engine, huge American flags draped over entire streets. Dennis M. Mulligan, Oct. 6; Manuel Del Valle Jr., Oct. 13; Michael T. Carroll, Oct. 20; Peter A. Bielfeld, Nov. 3; Steve J. Mercado, Nov. 10; Robert B. Nagel, Nov. 17; Michael F. Lynch, Dec. 7
I remember Dennis Mulligan’s dad embracing me; a picture of his son placed on a closed, empty casket, FDNY honor guards on both sides of the coffin. Manuel Del Valle’s mother holding my hand at the church. Curtis Sliwa of the Guardian Angels reminiscing about Steve Mercado, a great stickball player. The note from the Carroll family asking for remembrances of Michael to share with his children. Wynton Marsalis playing a solemn trumpet at the service for Lt. Robert Nagel. Countless friends sharing stories of who was the best bowler, who loved to fish, who had a newborn at home. Afterward, I wrote this poem: I Knew A Firefighter Once He’d be there for me 24/7. I had but to dial three digits He’d rush to my side … it was heaven. I Knew A Firefighter Once And wanted him all to myself. But if one of his other 8 million friends called He’d send me one of his brothers. I Knew a Firefighter Once He must have had a wonderful smile. You see, I never saw my friend But only “knew” him after Sept. 11. I visited Ground Zero more than once because TV couldn’t capture the smell, the pain in people’s eyes, the armored vehicles swarming over downtown streets, a store window display covered in soot. I went to the huge square-block armory on the east side of Manhattan, then Columbus Circle and the subway stations; all were strewn with thousands of pictures, flowers, candles and desperate notes yearning for information about loved ones. I attended a hauntingly beautiful Sacred Buddhist Fire Ceremony for World Peace at Riverside Church dedicating prayers to the victims of terrorism. I dined in an Afghan restaurant, business having drawn to a trickle, and visited a mosque to speak
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On Sept. 11, 2001, I had just arrived at my office at Emerson College, located right on the Boston Common, iced coffee in hand. As I was settling into my day, one of my staff members popped into my office: “A plane ran into the Twin Towers!” I thought David, the consummate prankster, was joking. Within 60 seconds, CNN’s website proved he was right. Colleagues clustered at my desk and listened to the first reports with stricken looks. Several ran upstairs to the PR department to watch on their television, only to call down later with the news as first one, then the other tower crumbled. I stayed at my desk but was riveted to the coverage streaming live on my computer screen. A colleague down the hall got a call from a close friend whose husband was on one of the planes suspected of crashing into the World Trade Center. All pretense of work was dropped, despite the fact that we had just begun the semester. At last, word came that staff was dismissed for the rest of the day. After trekking a few blocks to see if the Red Cross could use blood donors — the line was well out the door — I hopped on the subway and picked my 1-yearold daughter up from her babysitter. Being with family — knowing that the people I love were safe — helped. Echoes of that day will never leave me. Each year on the anniversary, I take some time to look at photos of the events of Sept. 11 and grieve a bit for the families of people who were unwillingly used as a missile against their fellow countrymen. Emily Chalker Lane Sarasota
with the imam. Me, a jaded New Yorker who would never take a leaflet handed out on the street, hungrily grabbing a pamphlet entitled, “Remembrance, Fallen but not Forgotten.” Later that year, I returned to Florida, but those 343 firefighters were still with me. Coincidentally, the phone company assigned 343 as the last three digits of my new number. After being in New York on 9/11, I didn’t care as much if I got disconnected after holding for five minutes or if a shopper with more than 10 items got on the express line at the supermarket. I didn’t “sweat the small stuff.” When my daughter’s boss referred to their telephone system being down as a “catastrophe,” she responded that 9/11 was a catastrophe; a phone system being down temporarily is a minor inconvenience in the scheme of things. Ann Campagna Sarasota
As far back as anyone can remember, the board of directors of The Jazz Club of Sarasota has held its meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, we were in the Jazz Club office in the midst of that month’s meeting. It seemed to be business as usual until one of our members, arriving late, came into the room looking absolutely ashen-faced. At first, there was disbelief when he described what had happened. This turned quickly to overwhelming sadness and then anger. Needless to say, there was no more business conducted that morning. What had been so important at the beginning of the meeting ceased to have any significance that awful day. Dave Walrath Board of directors Jazz Club of Sarasota
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Early September • As the dead days of September begin, longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber lectures his daughter, Colony President/ General Manager Katie Moulton, and their controller that the resort needs more business. The controller, remembering the summer before, when Vice President Al Gore visited while preparing for presidential debates, jokes that Moulton needs a call from her “friends at the White House.” About an hour later, Moulton gets a call from the White House, telling
her that a high-ranking official is planning to visit the area.
Wednesday, Sept. 5 • Republican Party of Sarasota Chairman Tramm Hudson is playing golf at the Longboat Key Club and Resort when he gets a call from his friend, Dolphin Aviation owner Ron Ciaravella, who tells Hudson that he just sold 40,000 of JP4 jet fuel to the Secret Service and that the president would arrive for an overnight stay Monday, Sept. 10.
Thursday, Sept. 6 • Longboat Key Police Chief John Kintz and Fire Chief Julius Halas, along with officials from other local law-enforcement agencies, meet with President George W. Bush’s Secret Service
team to discuss the logistics of his visit to the Sarasota area.
Friday, Sept. 7 • The Colony preps for the president’s visit, but Moulton still has few details about what to expect. “They always wait until the last minute because things can change so fast,” she tells the Longboat Observer at the time.
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• 6:15 p.m. — Bush arrives at the Colony in his limousine with several high-ranking Republican officials, including his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, and former State Senate President John McKay. Moulton embraces McKay and Gov. Bush, both of whom are friends. Bush then jokes to Moulton: “I don’t know if I should hug you. Are you family?” He goes on to greet staff and volunteers before dinner. • 7 p.m. — Bush, his brother and 11 others gather in the private Colony dining room for a Tex-Mex dinner prepared by Tommy Klauber. The menu includes special Longboat fish tacos, chili con queso and tenderloin rancheros, and their conversation ranges from Bush’s plans to privatize Social Security, to baseball, politics and David McCullough’s “John Adams.” While many members of the group order wine, Bush, a teetotaler, orders an O’Doul’s nonalcoholic beer. • 10 p.m. — Bush retires for the night to a Colony penthouse.
Tuesday, Sept. 11 • 6 a.m. — Longboat Key Fire Marshal Carroll Mooneyhan is at the front desk of the Colony, while Bush prepares for his morning jog. Mooneyhan overhears a conversation between a Colony receptionist and security guard. The two discuss the fact that a van occupied by men of Middle Eastern descent had pulled up to the Colony, and the men had said they had a poolside interview with the president. The self-proclaimed reporters asked for a Secret Service agent by name. Security guards relayed the request to the receptionist, who had not heard of either the agent or a scheduled interview. She gave the phone to a nearby Secret Service agent, who said the same thing. The van’s occupants were told to contact the president’s public relations office in Washington, D.C., and were turned away. The incident remains unverified by the FBI. • 6:30 a.m. — Bush begins a four-mile jog along the Gulf of Mexico. • 8:23 a.m. — Bush walks down the stairs of the Colony, headed to his limousine. Moulton thanks him for spotlighting the children of Sarasota as he gets in his limo en route to Booker Elementary. • 8:46 a.m. — American Airlines Flight 11 strikes the North Tower. • 8:50 a.m. — Marvin Peters, of Longboat Key, is standing on the Sarasota bayfront to watch Bush’s motorcade go by. He says he saw a van with two “Middle Eastern men screaming out of the windows, ‘Down with Bush’ and raising their fists in the air.”
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â€˘ 8:51 a.m. â€” Bush arrives at Booker Elementary to promote No Child Left Behind. Terry Lewis, then a colonel with the Sarasota County Sherrifâ€™s Office, is among the law enforcement personnel who escorts Bush to the school. According to Bill Sammonâ€™s â€œFighting Back,â€? before Bush heads into the school, he speaks to National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, who tells him that a plane has hit the World Trade Center. â€œThatâ€™s one terrible pilot,â€? he says to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card before speculating about whether the pilot could have suffered a heart attack. â€˘ 9:02 a.m. â€” United Airlines Flight 175 strikes the South Tower. â€˘ 9:05 a.m. â€” As Bush listens to second-graders read a story, Card whispers in his ear that a
second plane has hit the World Trade Center. â€˘ 9:10 a.m. â€” Kevin Kenney, with the Sarasota County Sheriffâ€™s Office, learns of the second plane hitting the South Tower while he waits for fog to lift at the Venice Municipal Airport. He contacts the Sheriffâ€™s Office personnel with the president and is told to fly via helicopter to SarasotaBradenton Interntional Airport as quickly as possible. â€˘ 9:15 a.m. â€” Bush leaves the classroom and goes to a holding room at the school, where he is briefed by staff. â€˘ 9:30 a.m. â€” Bush addresses the world for the first time from the media center at Booker Elementary. He says there has been â€œan apparent terrorist attack on our country.â€? â€˘ 9:43 a.m. â€” American Airlines
Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon. â€˘ 9:50 a.m. â€” After gaining clearance and arriving at SRQ, Kenney is asked to fly around the airport perimeter to look for suspicious groups or people. â€˘ 9:55 a.m. â€” Bush arrives at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and heads straight to Air Force One. He waves briefly to the crowd before entering the aircraft, which departs immediately. â€˘ Mid-morning â€” Many Secret Service agents and most of the press corps are left behind at the Colony. Many agents worry about their colleagues, because the Secret Service has an office at the World Trade Center. Reporters continue to file stories while working on making arrangements to get back to Washington, D.C.
I lived in the West Village of Manhattan, N.Y., during the 1970s when the Twin Towers were built. It was a nice walk downtown to watch them going up. After Tower 1 was built, and Tower 2 was under construction, you could actually take a tour outside the top of Tower 1. What a thrill. The building swayed. You could see forever. After they stopped the tours, I would go up to the floor that was allglass. There were two rows of tiered seats and outlines of what you were looking at were painted on the windows. The views were spectacular: majestic and thought-provoking. When out-of-town friends came to visit, I took them to this special place. In 1979, I got married. My brother and sister and their spouses were our witnesses. Because we were already downtown, our first stop after the ceremony was this floor in Tower 1. We moved to New Jersey several years later. I taught in Bergen County and lived in Passaic County. When the local Ambulance Corps was looking for volunteers, I joined. Then I joined the fire department and was certified as an EMT/firefighter. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was standing outside the gymnasium waiting for my next class of third-graders for physical education class. The school custodian came to the gym, told me the news and told me to report to the principalâ€™s office. My principal, and, in fact, the entire central office staff were all sensitive to the fact that there were many volunteer personnel in the district who would be
called to duty. I was released from school to report to my fire department. The call to duty never came. No one to rescue. No one to save. We were on standby, ready to replace our brother and sister firefighters on the scene. It was all recovery. As the dust began to settle, I learned that the Rev. Mychal Judge, the former pastor of my church, who was the FDNY chaplain, had died. One of my favorite students had died â€” Martin Wortley. I would later find out that Martin called his mom and told her how much he loved her. His brother, who worked in a building on the other side of the Hudson River, watched the entire scene. He was on the phone with his brother as the events unfolded. The stories go on and on and on. There is no forgetting. I still cry just thinking about that day. One year before the 9/11 attack, two of my cousins came to visit. I took them on the Circle Line tour around the island of Manhattan. I must have taken four or five rolls of photos that day. My favorite is one of the towers and one of the â€œLady;â€? They hang on a wall in my home. This July, I went back to Manhattan for the first time since retiring nine years ago to Sarasota. I went to Ground Zero. I took photos of the new tower. I went to St. Paulâ€™s, where Mychal was carried by the firefighters after he died on the scene. I took the Circle Line tour. I took photos. I cried. Martin was never found. I will not forget. Janis Merluzzo Sararsota
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FWC to help protect canal manatees Increased regular patrols in the Grand Canal and more ticketing of speeding boaters should serve as reminders about safe speeds, officers say. With residents fretting that speeding boaters will harm a pod of manatees that has been making daily treks through Siesta Key’s Grand Canal, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer last week promised more patrolling to underscore the need for vessels to move slowly. Lt. Rob Gerkin told Siesta Key Association members during their regular meeting Sept. 1, “It just takes a couple of tickets written” to spread the word that boaters need to obey the sign calling for slow speed in the canal. With both the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol and FWC patrolling the area, he added, boaters will slow down. Rachel Herman, with Sarasota County Natural Resources, told the board and approximately 12 audience members that the speed rules approved in June 2010 called for boaters to move no faster than 25 mph in the Grand Canal. When asked the difference between “slow speed” and “idle speed,” Gerkin said idle speed is just fast enough to maintain the forward movement of a vessel. Slow speed means a minimum of wake. “We get asked that every week-
end,” said Sgt. Gary Kraayenbrink of the Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol. “I tell everybody to treat (both speeds) the same and you’ll never get in trouble.” When SKA board member Ann Kaplan questioned Herman about whether the speed in the Grand Canal should have been posted “idle” instead of “slow,” Herman responded that the state-approved map of the canal shows slow speed. Michael Solum, an environmental specialist with the county, told the group that tourists typically are not the ones breaking the canal speed limit. “It’s residents, and they know what they’re doing,” he said. Kraayenbrink had noted earlier that the slow-speed sign is posted as you enter the canal. “I double-checked on Sunday,” he added. Dave Thomas, a member of the SKA’s environmental committee, said the sign “is a little bit angled,” pointing toward Skier’s Island. “When you turn into the canal,” Kraayenbrink replied, “it’s very visible.” Thomas said, however, “Nobody pulls the throttle back until they get to that sign … You’re already 10 yards, 15 yards into the canal.”
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To help protect manatees in the Grand Canal, Siesta Key Association members suggest residents post public awareness signs on their docks. Those aluminum signs are free to Florida shoreline property owners from Save the Manatee Club. Board member Bob Waechter asked whether another sign could be posted on the canal bridge that goes over Midnight Pass Road near the Mangrove Point Road intersection. “I could put 100 signs up there, and it’s not going to change (boaters’ behavior),” Solum said. “I can’t make people read (signs).” He said he had observed boaters traveling at 35 mph, only 3 feet away from a slow-speed sign. Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson said that the bridge over Mid-
night Pass Road is state property, but she felt the SKA board could gain permission for a sign on it without too much trouble. Solum said new speed signs from the state are being posted all over the county’s waterways. “Probably (we’re) 80 to 90% done in that process,” he said. SKA board member Bob Waechter, who chaired the county committee that recommended changes in the manatee protection zones, then pointed out that one sign he had not seen replaced is just south of the Stickney Point Bridge. He had exchanged emails with state of-
ficials over the past year, he said, asking when the sign would be moved. During those exchanges, Waechter said, state officials had promised repeatedly that a new sign would be put up in the appropriate place soon. Solum responded that the contractor replacing the signs had experienced labor problems; that was why the replacement process had taken so long. “But you know what,” Patterson said, “that particular sign impacts not only the manatees, but it also impacts people who live along the area. It really is a narrow (channel), relatively speaking, where currently people coming from under the bridge gun their boats in just the wrong place. Maybe you could tell your contractor this should be the next sign that goes in.” Solum said he would relay that information. Waechter said that the current sign is about 200 yards north of a natural constriction in the channel. His committee members determined early in their discussions that it should be relocated, because boaters heading south who are unfamiliar with the area tend to accelerate too early, as Patterson pointed out, posing extra danger to any manatees in the channel. Solum also told the group that some slow-speed zones are being expanded to give manatees extra room to maneuver away from boaters.
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Residents lukewarm to No. 1 Beach signs To get around zoning restrictions, county staff has created and erected at SCAT stops on the Key a version of a No. 1 Beach sign that business owners and the island’s county commissioner find aesthetically displeasing. Although Siesta Key business owners say they are happy to see some recognition of the island’s No. 1 beach ranking, the signs Sarasota County workers put up Sept. 1 are not winning rave reviews. “I think, actually, (the signs) could be much improved upon, but we’re glad to get something up,” said Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson, who lives on the north end of the Key. Patterson said Tuesday she intended to bring up the matter during a regular County Commission meeting next week. She hopes that one or more artists on the Key might be interested in submitting designs for consideration for a better way to promote the No. 1 beach status Dr. Beach, aka Dr. Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University, granted the Key in late May. In an email he sent to all the county commissioners Aug. 31, Rob Lewis, the county’s executive director of planning and development services, wrote, “We developed (in-house) a simple sign related to the Siesta No. 1 ranking that (the county is) producing in (its) sign shop and installing at 21 locations leading onto Siesta Key and on the Key itself … They are within regulations and do not require any special permit. They will be mounted on existing SCAT stop sign posts.”
During their Aug. 2 meeting, members of the Siesta Key Village Association broached the idea of banners on both the north and south ends of the Key that proclaimed the No. 1 beach status. However, zoning personnel said they were not sure such banners would be permitted under existing county regulations. Lewis added in his Aug. 31 email, “(The signs) can remain up as short a time or as long as you direct. We just did not want to miss an opportunity to celebrate and market this great recognition during (Labor Day weekend).” The language on the sign, “Siesta Beach #1 Beach USA,” had been coordinated with staff in the parks and recreation and communications departments as well as the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lewis wrote. “We wanted to keep it simple,” he added, so it would be complementary to future marketing measures. Among the SCAT stops with the new sign are those on Siesta Drive west of U.S. 41 and east of Higel Avenue; Midnight Pass Road at Stickney Point Road and Solitude Lane; Ocean Boulevard at Treasure Boat Way — just outside the Village — and Beach Road at Calle De La Siesta and Beach Way. Lourdes Ramirez, former Siesta Key Association president and selfdescribed community activist, wrote
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a blog post Aug. 31 about the signs. “I believe staff should have asked for some advice because we could have made it more aesthetically pleasing,” she wrote. Kevin Cooper, executive director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, said he watched county workers put up the signs Sept. 1, starting at the SunTrust Bank branch on Ocean Boulevard. “My hope is that that won’t be the final piece of the effort we see out here on the island,” he said. “They’re too industrial,” SKVA President Russell Matthes told the Pelican Press Tuesday. With the Key having such a touted beach, he said, the island needs “a beautiful sign to prove it.”
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Vantage Point The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol is a specialized unit that serves neighborhoods, civic functions, holidays and special events.
hey wake up at the first sign of dawn, brave the bustling streets and intersections and use hand signals to direct traffic and radar guns to target speeders for up to 16 hours day. That’s a day in the life of Sarasota’s mounted police officers. It’s just past 8 a.m. on a Thursday, and Sgt. Chris Laster and Deputy Sean Brophy have already fed and watered the six thoroughbreds and one draft horse that live at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol barn, in Nokomis. Before the officers leave the lush green acres, though, there’s still more work to do. Stalls must be mucked, tack oiled, boots shined and horses bathed. Ticket printers must be stowed in saddlebags. The refrigerator must be stocked with Gatorade. And just after the horses are scrubbed down, Brophy will grab a hair pick, stand near the tail end of the on-duty horses and comb their coats into a checkerboard pattern. Why? It looks pretty. “Horses are our No. 1 PR,” Laster says as he watches Brophy, who has been with the mounted patrol for two years. “They are a great bridge between law enforcement and the public.” Today something is amiss. Laster, who also serves as the mounted unit’s supervisor and trainer of mounted operations, must remove, repair and reattach a horseshoe to the hoof of a 14-year-old thoroughbred named Valor, because the shoe has shifted out of place. He props Valor’s hoof onto a cone and gives him a five-minute pedicure with a nail file the size of a ruler. The officers then load Valor and Patriot into the trailer and set out for a day of work. Brophy rides in the passenger seat and keeps up-to-date with police alerts while Laster drives the truck and pops fire Jolly Ranchers in his mouth even
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1962 — Year the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol unit started 2005 — Year the mount-
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2007 — Year Sarasota hosted the Police Olympics 288 — Hours of additional training required before an officer is authorized to patrol from horseback 65 — Percentage of crime reduction that national studies show in areas where mounted patrol is used regularly 10 — Height in feet of a mounted patrol officer with his horse 7 — Number of horses living at the Nokomis barn
2 — Years a deputy must be with Sheriff’s Office before he can apply to the mounted patrol unit 1 — Minute it takes to print a ticket on horseback 1 — Number of full-time mounted patrol officers
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Clockwise from above: Sgt. Chris Laster, on Patriot, and Deputy Sean Brophy, atop Valor, patrol Nokomis Public Beach; Laster uses a radar gun to clock speeding drivers from a mile-and-a-half away; Brophy prints out a speeding ticket while on horseback; Laster refuels the horses with water. though it is 90 degrees. First stop: Jacaranda Boulevard. The officers mount the thoroughbreds and find a shady spot near the road. Then Laster raises his radar gun — which can clock two cars at the same time from at least a
Video: Experience a day in the life of Sarasota’s mounted patrol unit.
mile-and-a-half away — and starts pulling over speeding drivers. “We’re at least 10 feet tall when we’re riding a horse,” Laster says. “People can see us from a distance and will always stop when they see a horse.” Seven tickets, two warnings and one prescription drug search later, it is time to break for lunch, and that means prime window seating
and friendly smiles at Cracker Barrel. After 45 minutes, the officers cruise out to Nokomis Beach, where they search for sunbathers who may have brought their dogs along for a day in the sun. “We come out and ask people if they know it’s against the law to bring their animal onto the beach,” Laster says. “It’s always fun to see their reaction when we ride up on horseback.”
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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Aug. 22 and Aug. 26. A condominium in Siesta Gulf View tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Jeanine Procassini, of Holmdel, N.J., sold her Unit 501 condominium at 420 Beach Road to Alan and Francine Inbinder, Chicago, for $872,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,345 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $225,000 in 1986.
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Josephine Platt, trustee, of Brevard, N.C., sold the Unit 307 condominium at 8630 Midnight Pass Road to William and Carroll Wheeler, Sarasota, for $465,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,115 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $140,000 in 1991.
TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the Siesta Key building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of Aug. 22 through Aug. 26, in order of dollar amounts.
5855 Midnight Pass Road 5104 Oakmont Place 5306 Hidden Harbor Road 3913 Higel Ave. 1162 W. Peppertree Drive 6304 Midnight Cove Road 5234 Avenida Navarra 303 Canal Road 1224 Port Lane 437 Island Circle 1236 Port Lane 1200 S. View Drive
Remodel Windows/Doors Re-roof Pool Cage Renovations Mechanical Remodel Plumbing Electrical Door Electrical Repairs
Arnold Werling Jr. Henry Francisco Thomas Rice Sheldon Sandman Jane Shaw Richard Love Carter Sandford Rob Beaupre Lisa Russo James Pintauro Joan Steber, trustee Karen Collier
$70,000 $19,700 $15,160 $14,987 $11,500 $4,383 $4,306 $2,400 $2,200 $1,600 $1,000 $60
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Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota
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Month to date: 2011 2010 0.60 in. 0.33 in. Year-to-date:
2011 2010 32.27 in. 39.81 in.
Temps. High Low 86 77 89 75 92 74 90 74 88 76 92 78 88 77
Wed., Aug. 31 Thurs., Sept. 1 Fri., Sept. 2 Sat., Sept. 3 Sun., Sept. 4 Mon., Sept. 5 Tues., Sept. 6
Record Temps. High Low 97 (1970) 65 (1927) 95 (1952) 63 (1927) 95 (1962) 63 (1960) 95 (1962) 65 (1984) 97 (1948) 64 (1947) 96 (1923) 69 (1960) 96 (1923) 66 (1927)
Average Gulf water temperature: 85.7
Sunrise 7:13 7:13 7:14 7:14 7:14 7:15 7:15
Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected alongshore or offshore Sarasota Friday, Sept. 2, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Sunset 7:43 7:42 7:41 7:40 7:39 7:38 7:37
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ESTATE SALE 9a.m.-1p.m. - Friday, Sept. 9 3012 Savage Rd. Off S. Lockwood Ridge Rd.- S. of Clark Nice older mahogany bed set & dining table & chairs & dressing table; set of old Apple pattern Franciscan dishes, Hammond organ with Leslie theater speaker model 122, Featherweight sewing machine, computer, dinette, lady's golf clubs, full bed, file, walker, stereo, other tables, lamps, older upholstered items, & kitchenware. Sale by Julie McClure. Pictures: www.appraisals4u.biz
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