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by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Parking concerns rise on Circle St. Armands merchants are concerned that parking citations will interfere with business as season quickly approaches.

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Michael Welly and Lynn Weddington in Bellagio, Italy

+ Weddington and Welly tie the knot

The clock is ticking on St. Armands Circle’s parking woes. Complaints about parking tickets mounted throughout the summer, but as peak season looms, merchants are worried that restrictions could cause them to lose business.

“It’s become a tsunami of complaints, and it’s a real problem,” said Eric Seace, owner of Planet and president of the St. Armands Circle Association, at the Tuesday, Oct. 9, St. Armands Business Improvement District (BID) Board of Directors meeting.

At the center of concerns during Tuesday’s meeting were enforcement hours, which increased to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days a week from the previous 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Fri-

SEE PARKING / PAGE 2A

“Auguri per il vostro matrimonio!” That’s Italian for: “Congratulations on your wedding!” Longboat Key Club and Resort General Manager Michael Welly tied the knot with his amore of nine years, Gulf Coast CEO Forum Executive Director Lynn Weddington on a recent trip to Bellagio, Italy. Although they’re now “Mr.” and “Mrs.,” Weddington hasn’t changed her last name yet. So, for now, you can think of Welly and Weddington as the Wellingtons.

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The city installed signs in midAugust that warned motorists to park in designated spaces.

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Roger Pettingell with David Lethco and Clancy

+ Grads get two paws up Southeastern Guide Dog (SEGD) board member Roger Pettingell, a Bird Key resident and Longboat Key Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate broker associate, recently attended SEGD’s 213th class graduation at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center. Here, Pettingell congratulates David Lethco and his new partner, Clancy. “It’s incredible to be part of the graduation experience,” Pettingell said. “The freedom and independence which a guide dog brings to a graduate is truly inspiring.”

Leslie Hogle touches the leaves on the tree planted in honor of her late husband, Al Hogle, Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Longboat Key Police Station. The cassia fistula will have yellow blooms in the spring, like Hogle's beloved yellow sports car. For the story, see page 12A.

BY THE NUMBERS

by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Bullock seeks new tourist tax agreement Town of Longboat Key officials want a new agreement with Sarasota County that would give them more funding for beach projects. When Dave Bullock was Sarasota County’s deputy administrator, he helped craft a tourist development tax interlocal agreement with the town of Longboat Key. But, now that he’s the town manager of Longboat Key, he’s looking for a new agreement

that’s more favorable for the Key. “I was happy about it before,” Bullock told the Sarasota County Commission at a joint meeting Oct. 1, in Sarasota. “Today, I’m not so happy with it.” Since 1987, an agreement that’s been renewed twice with the county allows the town a

minimum annual distribution of $150,000 from a levy the county assesses for tourism taxes countywide. Each year, the county allocates to the town a sum equal to onethird of the town’s annual actual tourism development tax collection. Those funds are used strict-

ly for the renourishment of the Key’s beach. “We are about to undergo several beach projects in the next several years, and we would like to discuss with your staff looking at a slight modification of this formula,” Bullock said. “There’s a clause, though, that stands in

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PARKING / FROM PAGE 1A day that was in effect until March, when the Sarasota City Commission voted to bag downtown Sarasota parking meters and make parking enforcement uniform throughout the city. The increase extends the three-hour limit on parking into evening hours, when many Circle patrons are having dinner. Circle Association officials and BID directors said Tuesday that they’ve seen more tickets issued to vehicles that have been moved to another area to avoid the restrictions. “We have now limited our shopping and dining to three hours on the Circle,” Seace said. Sarasota Parking Manager Mark Lyons, who was not present at Tuesday’s BID meeting, told the Longboat Observer that drivers city-wide must move their cars by more than a block to comply with the city’s parking ordinance. On St. Armands, that means that drivers who parked directly on the Circle must move their cars at least a block away to a street such as Ben Franklin Drive or South Boulevard of the Presidents. Circle merchants have said that they frequently hear from irate customers who have been ticketed. The merchants have asked for more flexibility in enforcement. Circle Association Executive Director Diana Corrigan expressed a growing sense of urgency Tuesday. “People are coming back, then you have Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Corrigan said. “Right after that is season. We’re running out of time.” Circle officials will discuss their concerns during a city Parking Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24. BID Chairman Marty Rappaport said that one set of rules doesn’t work across the entire city. Sarasota City Commissioner Terry Turner, who attended the meeting, suggested that those who are concerned

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Amnesty extension The city has increased its Parking Citation Amnesty program to encourage payment of parking citations at least 90 days past due. Through the end of the month, motorists who have an overdue citation will save $15 because the city will waive late fees. To pay, visit SarasotaPD.org.

make their case to the City Commission. “You need to make the case that what works downtown doesn’t work for you,” he said. Those in attendance at the BID meeting also had concerns about additional restrictions put in place around the residential area of Monroe Drive just south of the Circle’s southwest quadrant. Lyons, along with Mayor Suzanne Atwell, met with the Circle Association Board in August to address parking concerns. Later in August, the city added signage that warns motorists to park within designated spaces. Lyons said that citations on the Circle decreased following the installation of warning signs. But during the meeting, Corrigan discussed Lyons’ figures, saying that midAugust “the faucet shuts off” on St. Armands Circle, meaning fewer cars to generate tickets. But at least one of area of the Circle will soon get a break on time limitations. The city will soon remove restrictions on the southern part of South Boulevard of the Presidents to increase parking availability for people who work on the Circle in preparation for season.

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Patterson told Bullock she’s willing to look at the agreement. “At the time this agreement was reached, there was almost no public access to your beaches, and that has changed,” Patterson said. “If you do come to us to ask for more allocations, we will have to figure out how we talk equitably to other municipalities as well, though.” The commission reached consensus to allow future discussions. “We all understand you all pay a lot and you have been ineligible in the past for state monies,” Patterson said. Bullock thanked commissioners for their willingness to work with the town. “Over the past five years, we have collected more than $1 million and the amount we have access to hovers around $200,000,” Bullock said. “Before this agreement expires (in 2018), we will probably have new tourism units on the island generating even more increased revenue.”

the way of us having meaningful discussions with the county about this.” A clause in the agreement states that the “town shall forego any requests to the county for additional allocation of the tourist development tax during the term of this interlocal agreement.” Although the Sarasota County Commission didn’t agree to draft a new agreement, it did agree to forego the clause so Bullock can discuss with Sarasota County Administrator Randall Reid the tourist development tax allocation agreement moving forward. “Longboat Key maintains 10.5 miles of beach from end-to-end, primarily through its own financing and also uses this allocation to assist in that,” Bullock said. “I don’t have a proposal for a new formula moving forward, but I would like the opportunity to discuss it.” Sarasota County Commissioner Nora

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transportation talk by Robin Hartill | City Editor

Commissioners on board with trolley Police arrest The County Commission pledged support for the Key’s route, but both county and Longboat commissioners want a breakdown of ridership figures that reflect seasonal fluctuations. The Sarasota County Commission is on board with the Longboat Key trolley route, with county commissioners pledging support during an Oct. 1 joint workshop with the Longboat Key Town Commission. But discussions about the route’s future, including its funding and pickup times, are on the commission’s itinerary. Sara Blanchard, planner with the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) office, showed commissioners figures that showed a slight drop in average daily ridership from April 2010 to March 2011, when pickup times were every 30 minutes, compared to April 2011 through August 2011 and April 2012 through August 2012, both of which came after the route was reduced to once an hour.

“We see a modest decrease, approximately 5% in approximately 200 trips per day,” Blanchard said. But commissioners questioned the data presented, saying that April through August figures don’t paint a true picture of ridership because the period falls within the typically slow summer season. “April to August 2011, April to August 2012 is not a true reflection of your ridership,” Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta said. “I think most of your riders are going to occur November to May because you have the workers that go out to the Key.” Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown pointed out that ridership numbers could have been affected by the reduction in the route’s hours. The route now runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Longboat Key route Average daily ridership comparisons Period April 2010-March 2011 April 2011-August 2011 April 2012-August 2012

Frequency Total SCAT MCAT Every 30 minutes 328 224 104 Every 60 minutes 200 107 93 Every 60 minutes 190 98 92

but previously ran from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Brown said that people who might take the trolley to go out for dinner won’t use it if they can’t get back, while workers who might otherwise take the trolley can’t use it if they have to be at work early in the morning. “We haven’t helped ourselves with the way we have this set up,” Brown said. Blanchard agreed that SCAT will look into the possibility of restoring 30-minute pickup

times. County commissioners will also discuss the route and its future funding during a joint workshop with the Manatee County Commission. The Sarasota County portion of the route costs approximately $370,000 annually to operate, approximately $26,000, or 7%, of which comes from fares. SCAT operates one bus on the route, while Manatee County Area Transit operates one trolley vehicle along the route.

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by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Town will replace north-end water pipeline A new $1.9 million water pipeline underneath Sarasota Bay, on the north end of the island, is needed for safety precautions. The town is in the planning stages of replacing an old Manatee County water line attached to Longboat Pass Bridge that pumps water to the island from Anna Maria Island. Last week, a barge scoured the Gulf floor in Longboat Pass while searching for a good place to place the future pipe. “The barge is gathering information about the subsurface so we know where to place the line and where we can drill safely,” Florensa said. The $1.9 million project, which is still being designed and permitted, is set to begin construction in late 2013 and be complete in late 2014. The project isn’t expected to cause any water disruptions for Longboaters, because the current 30-year-old pipe will be kept in place and function-

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A barge performed geotechnical investigation last week in Longboat Pass for a new water main that will be installed by the town to carry drinking water from Manatee County. ing while the new pipe is installed and connected on the southern tip of Anna Maria Island. Public Works Director Juan Florensa said the project is a long time coming. “The existing line is old and hangs off a bridge that’s nearing the end of its lifespan,” Flo-

rensa said. Water pipelines that connect islands and act as a main water source are also no longer connected to bridges, because if the bridge were damaged by a storm or struck by a boat, the water source would be in jeopardy. “Utilities can’t be hung on

bridges now,” Florensa said. “There’s a need to replace this line.” The 1,800-square-foot pipeline will be 16 inches in diameter and will sit at least two-dozen feet below the bay’s bottom. Once the new water line is in place, Florensa said the old water line would stay in place in case of emergencies, as a backup for the island. The project’s announcement comes three years after the town and the city of Sarasota completed a water-interconnect project for a backup source of island water. Although the town’s main source of water comes from and will continue to come from Manatee County, the Sarasota line allows for greater flexibility during times of emergencies. The town installed a pipeline in 2008 in Sarasota Bay to gain access to city of Sarasota water for emergency use only.

Bradenton man for theft of sculptures According to police, Jason McMahon stole bronze lawn ornaments and sold them at a scrap yard for a fraction of their value.

The sculptures depicted birds, children and other figures and were valued between $1,000 and $4,000 each. But, according to local law-enforcement agencies, a Bradenton man stole the sculptures from local homes to sell as scrap metal for approximately $100 each, according to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office news release. Jason McMahon, 40, of Bradenton, was arrested Sept. 19, on charges involving thefts of bird statues from at least three homes on Siesta Key and in Prestancia. McMahon, who worked for a local pool company, is also the suspect behind a string of similar thefts on Longboat Key and other parts of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Longboat Key police began investigating the theft of bronze statues in August and September, according to a news release. Investigative efforts by Longboat Key officers and Sarasota and Manatee County detectives and one victim led law enforcement to a Manatee County scrap yard, where McMahon was allegedly selling the sculptures. Approximately $8,500 worth of stolen property has been returned to Longboat residents. Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming said that eight Key statues have been identified and recovered, while another seven have been recovered that are believed to come from Key homes. Another two statues have been reported missing that haven’t yet been recovered. Police anticipate that they will receive additional reports of stolen sculptures as seasonal residents return, Cumming said. At press time, McMahon was being held at the Sarasota County jail in lieu of $12,620 bond on five charges of larceny of property valued at more than $300 but less than $5,000; one count of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling; and one count of possession of narcotic equipment. Court records show that McMahon has not yet been charged in Manatee County. “This is a prime example of the level of desperation that is driving local crime,” said Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight in a news release. “People addicted to prescription drugs will steal just about anything to fund their habit, and he was getting about $100 for each statue despite their actual value.” Cumming told the Longboat Observer that stolen metal objects are often melted down and sold. Several months ago, the island had a string of thefts involving items such as copper tooling, air-conditioning units and plumbing fixtures. Cumming recommended that residents put valuable lawn ornaments in their garages if they go out of town. Still, he said, statue theft usually isn’t a problem on the island. “It’s a little bit extreme to have to put things away each time you leave the house,” he said.

GONE MISSING Longboat Key residents who are missing bronze statues or similar bronze or brass ornamentation are urged to call police at 316-1977.


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+ Gans has potential challenger A rumor has circulated around Town Hall that Longboat Key resident Joseph Iannello has filed paperwork to run for Longboat Key Commissioner Terry Gans’ seat.  Iannello picked up paperwork to run for the seat Oct. 4 but has not filed. The Longboat Key Town Commission had just appointed Iannello to the Longboat Key Police Pension Board of Trustees Oct. 1. The next day, a rumor began circulating that Iannello was running against Gans. Iannello, meanwhile, sent emails to each commissioner Oct. 2, thanking them for voting him onto the pension board. Gans responded to Iannello’s email Tuesday by stating, “An interesting process of demonstrating appreciation.” Iannello quickly responded and explained his thank you was sincere. Gans responded to the followup email by stating, “Attempt at humor. Thanks.” Gans has held the at-large seat since July 17, when he was appointed by the commission to fill the remainder of Hal Lenobel’s term, which expires in March 2013.  Gans, meanwhile, also stopped by Town Hall last week to pick up paperwork for an additional term and has already submitted some of his paperwork. Commissioners Jack Duncan and Phillip Younger have already qualified for their seats, which also expire in March. Mayor Jim Brown also intends to run for another term in March but is still working his way through the qualification process. 

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+ Port Dolphin sand deal signed

Town Manager Dave Bullock announced Wednesday in an email to commissioners that he has signed the offshore lease with the U.S. Department of the Interior (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) for access to the sand that lies under the Port Dolphin natural-gas pipeline project on the floor of the Gulf.    “The town has been working on this lease for some time,” Bullock wrote. “This lease secures our access to this sand for future beach projects.” Public Works Director Juan Florensa said the town has until June 2013 to take approximately 300,000 cubic yards of sand for use for a future beach project.

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A few good volunteers Golf tournament, picnic needed for triathlon to honor the Lenobels Organizers planned Hal & Hazel Lenobel Appreciation Day to a tee, before filling the guest of honor in about the event.

To complete the Longboat Key Triathlon, you’ll need to swim a half-mile, then bike 20 miles, then run five miles. To complete the Longboat Key Duathlon, you’ll have to run two miles, bike 20 miles, then run another five miles. But, even if your running shoes are collecting dust and your bicycle is rusty, you can still participate in the event. The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to line Gulf of Mexico Drive, where the bicycle course is set, to help make the course safer by making motorists aware of cyclists during the race. (See sidebar.) Volunteering is as simple as calling the chamber at 3832466 and will require just a couple of hours outside in the Key’s typically mild October weather. The chamber will ask Key condominium associations to help gather volunteers for the Sunday, Oct. 28 race. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt for their efforts — and the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped make the event better (and possibly bigger) than ever. “We’re ahead of last year’s registration right now, which suggests that there could be more competitors,” said chamber President Tom Aposporos. Last year’s race drew 426 registered participants. This year’s event will feature the same course and won’t result in traf-

If it were up to Hal Lenobel, Hal & Hazel Lenobel Appreciation Day wouldn’t be happening. “I was not too anxious about it,” he said. Mayor Jim Brown said that getting Lenobel, a notoriously private guy, to agree to the event was difficult. “We very carefully orchestrated the entire thing, and after everything was in place and his family had booked their flights to get here, then we told him,” Brown said. Lenobel at first said “no” but eventually agreed to the event. That’s why Hal & Hazel Lenobel Appreciation Day is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21, and will include a golf tournament and picnic. The event will honor Lenobel, who resigned from the Longboat Key Town Commission in July after 12 years of service, including three terms as mayor. His late wife, Hazel, who died Dec. 29, 2011, was a Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) volunteer, an avid golfer and reader and an active part of the Longboat Harbour community. The golf tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Harbourside Golf Course. A community lawn picnic in and around the Harbourside Dining Room will follow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The picnic will include other events, such as LBK - 2010 - aKputting contest, sack race and watermelon-eating contest, along with live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the Joe Turnesa Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Community

Race to register Register for the Longboat Key Triathlon and Duathlon at longboatkeytri.com. Registration fees vary but currently range from $115 for individual duathlon to $175 for a three-person triathlon relay team through Oct. 25. Rates will most likely increase as the race approaches. fic closures along Gulf of Mexico Drive. Competitors will be off the road earlier than last year, by about 10 a.m., Aposporos said. The four prizes in this year’s triathlon and duathlon will be awarded in honor of the late Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle, whose support helped to make the race a reality. The Centre Shops Fall Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the same day, will immediately follow the race. The event will include an antique car show, food, wine, beer and antique vendors. The chamber and Centre Shops merchants have been working together since August to develop a synergy between the events. “We’ll be recommending it as an event to attend following the triathlon,” Aposporos said.

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Downtown Sarasota homeless arrests continue Police are focusing on the ‘Top 20,’ a group of homeless people who break the law repeatedly. Advocates for the homeless say the city’s overall approach is not getting to the heart of the issue. Chuck Maydwell lives on the streets of Sarasota. Recently, he’s been feeling targeted by police. Sitting last week in the shade provided by the Whole Foods building on Lemon Avenue, he talked about how officers tell him he can’t sit on the sidewalk and how one of his friends was just arrested for sleeping outside City Hall. But the 62-year-old, out-ofwork carpenter and Vietnam veteran acknowledges that some of the younger homeless people in the city are more aggressive than others and draw the attention of law enforcement to the homeless population. “There are some bad apples,” Maydwell says. Sometimes he wants to call 911 on some members of this group. “They’re young people,” says Byron Edgerton, another homeless man sitting beside Maydwell and trying to stay out of the afternoon heat. Edgerton said he, too, has seen his share of police attention recently, including an encounter he had two days prior that resulted in his receiving a citation for having an open beer. But, mostly, he just tries to lie low. Police are making more frequent arrests as part of an operation to identify and control an aggressive faction of Sarasota’s downtown homeless population.

Sarasota police have made 108 arrests downtown over the past two months, but the two men sitting on the sidewalk along Lemon Avenue are not part of the group about which police officials are most concerned. During the past few weeks, police have identified what they call the “Top 20,” a most-wanted list of the most aggressive and violent of the homeless population. Officers are focused on this group of 20 people who repeatedly break the law — the ones business owners and residents repeatedly call the police about. “It has nothing to do with their economic background,” Sarasota Police Lt. Randy Boyd said about recent police operations. “If you are here to enjoy our downtown, you are free to enjoy our downtown, whether you are homeless or a millionaire. If someone is breaking the law, we are not going to tolerate that.” Boyd described one of the homeless men on the “Top 20” list, a man arrested 200 times in the state, including two arrests for aggravated battery, two arrests for burglary, three arrests for possession of a firearm, three arrests for the sale of narcotics and twice for battery on a lawenforcement officer. The same man was also arrested on charges of sexual battery on a victim un-

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past few weeks, as police have indentified those people who are in constant contact with police. “They are criminals,” Boyd said. “We sugarcoat it too much.”

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Along with ramped-up police patrols, the city has installed one camera downtown and plans to install another to help them curb the problems associated with the troublesome crowd of homeless people. Officers downtown

are also working later shifts to address crimes that happen at night. Boyd said increased vigilance has netted the increase in arrests. “It’s just steady enforcement,” Boyd said. “Letting them know we won’t tolerate their crimes.” Some advocates of the homeless have called the city’s approach too narrow-sighted. Richard Martin, former mayor and executive director of the Suncoast Partnership to End

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Homelessness, said he supports police efforts to arrest those who are breaking the law. But he worries that the overall conversation is simply linking homelessness to crime and that the city is not focusing enough on programs to help find safe housing and employment for the homeless who have given up on finding work. “We’re doing the same old, same old,” Martin said. Others say the police department is just doing its job to keep downtown a place where residents and tourists want to go. Some storeowners think the police aren’t doing enough. And panhandling is not the worst part, said Eileen Wallace, owner of Write On Sarasota on First Street. “My staff is fearful,” said Wallace. “They go out in pairs because I don’t want them going out alone.” Wallace said the problems associated with the homeless presence have hurt business for many store owners over the past few months. She recalls how one customer, downtown to pick out wedding invitations, was scared after a group panhandling outside the Whole Foods garage asked her for money and, then, moments later, the men blocked her from entering another store by lying in front of the door. “She just gave up and left,” Wallace said. “She said, ‘Maybe I’ll have my husband come later,’ and she left.” Tom Mannausa, a downtown property owner, wrote an email Sept. 1 to city commissioners after a construction contractor could not access a building because two homeless were sleeping against the front door. In that email, Mannausa said the problems seemed to be getting worse. But in an interview a month lat-

downtown.” But Martin said there are other aspects of homelessness, such as wounded warriors or people who need help finding jobs or employment training, that need to be addressed through intervention and are largely being ignored in Sarasota. Larry Settles is one of many of the homeless who has been trying to find a job. The last time he went to the employment center, he said out of about 100 job seekers, only three found work. Settles, a construction worker, is now living on the street and has given up looking for work. While other communities use social workers to reach out to the homeless and get them into mentalhealth counseling or housing programs, Sarasota is relying too much on law enforcement, Martin said. “Asheville (N.C.) reduced its homelessness by 75% by working with the public housing authority, and Miami has been working on a program for 12 years to get people off the streets,” Martin said. “The restaurants and downtown merchants (in Miami) were pretty happy about it.” Some programs, such as the one in Miami, implement a tax that funds housing, while other communities such as Daytona Beach implement employment training. “So, I get pretty frustrated when here all we talk about is sweeping it under the rug,” Martin said. One new program in Sarasota called Street Teams is an example of what Martin thinks can get to the heart of the homeless issue. During the past few months, the Street Teams program has secured employment for about 10 homeless people. “Those are the kind of things that work in a productive way,” Martin said.

er, Mannausa, who owns the Main Street building and whose tenants include Sports Page Bar & Grille, said it seems like the number of homeless who are congregating downtown and panhandling has decreased. Mannausa said he understands both sides of the issue and that it is a fine line for police officers to enforce laws. Mannausa also said he thinks programs such as housing assistance is also something the city should be working on. “It is a very unique matter the city fathers have to work on, because, one, we have to all be compassionate and, two, we have to be fair and reasonable,” Mannausa said. Mannausa appreciates the increased police presence downtown. “The police department has been able to allocate its police officers to better perserve the integrity of downtown, which makes it better for the merchants and residents downtown,” Mannausa said. “That’s important whether it’s Chicago or downtown Sarasota.”

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A 2011 Council on Homelessness report found that Florida has the third-highest number of people living on its streets or in emergency shelters in the U.S. That number has increased because of the tough economy. City commissioners have requested that police officials give twicemonthly updates on the progress being made with the homeless people who are breaking the law. But advocates for the homeless say the larger issue of homelessness has been left out of the discussion. “If it is criminality in the downtown, that is as offensive as anything,” Martin said. “I want people to feel free to go there and enjoy

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When we began this process of analyzing the 11 proposed state constitution amendments two weeks ago, we noted a preference that is probably true with most voters: Leave the constitution alone! Quit junking it up with special exceptions and favors to special groups. Would that state lawmakers would heed that call. But it is what it is. Voters once again are faced with too many amendments, some of them eye- and brain-numbing in their language but also full of potentially important consequences. The commentary that follows is intended to enlighten on what’s behind the oftenconfusing wording. At the same time, we’ll repeat: The litmus test for us hinges on one question: Will the amendment increase individual freedom? If it does, vote yes. If not, vote no. If it limits government, it will increase freedom. If it reduces taxation, it will increase freedom.

Amendment 1 Health care services

Proposing an amendment to the state constitution to prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage; permit a person or an employer to purchase lawful health care services directly from a health care provider; permit a health care provider to accept direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; exempt persons, employers, and health care providers from penalties and taxes for paying directly or accepting direct payment for lawful health care services; and prohibit laws or rules from abolishing the private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service. Specifies that the amendment does not affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide; affect which health care services are permitted by law; prohibit care provided pursuant to general law relating to workers’ compensation; affect laws or rules in effect as of March 1, 2010; affect the terms or conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do not have the effect of punishing a person or an employer for paying directly for lawful health care services or a health care provider for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; or affect any general law passed by two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature, passed after the effective date of the amendment, provided such law states with specificity the public necessity justifying the exceptions from the provisions of the amendment. The amendment expressly provides that it may not be construed to prohibit negotiated provisions in insurance contracts, network agreements, or other provider agreements contractually limiting co-payments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges.

Clearly this is the Legislature’s revolt against Obamacare. Unfortunately, it’s a moot point. Even if Florida voters overwhelmingly adopt this amendment, it will be for naught. Reason: Federal law pre-empts and takes precedence over state law, thanks to the supremacy clause (Article VI, Section 2). State lawmakers knew this when they voted to put it on the ballot. They didn’t know the Supreme Court would rule that Obamacare was a constitutional “tax,” but they knew whatever Washington adopted, it would supersede state law. So why even put it on the ballot? As one lawmaker told us, “It’s the Legislature’s strong statement that we opposed Obamacare.” It’s sending a message. Well, let’s send a message to Tallahassee, too. While we generally oppose cluttering Florida’s constitution with goofy, unnecessary amendments, Amendment 1 delivers a forceful message of freedom. Look at it this way: It also will prevent our own Legislature from adopting a state version of Obamacare. Recommendation: Yes.

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amendment, state revenues, as defined in the amendment, collected in excess of the revenue limitation must be deposited into the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches its maximum balance, and thereafter shall be used for the support and maintenance of public schools by reducing the minimum financial effort required from school districts for participation in a statefunded education finance program, or, if the minimum financial effort is no longer required, returned to the taxpayers. The Legislature may increase the state revenue limitation through a bill approved by a super majority vote of each house of the Legislature. The Legislature may also submit a proposed increase in the state revenue limitation to the voters. The Legislature must implement this proposed amendment by general law. The amendment will take effect upon approval by the electors and will first apply to the 2014-2015 state fiscal year.

In 1994, Florida voters approved an amendment that limited state spending to grow no faster than personal incomes. It was a good intention. But it was worthless. It did little to cap state spending. Amendment 3 proposes a different — and better — measurement to cap the growth in annual state spending: It cannot exceed the combined growth of inflation and population growth. And while many liberal intellectuals hate these kinds of restrictions, Amendment 3 has a few other nice features. If Florida’s economy is so strong that it produces tax revenue that exceeds the state-spending limit, that excess cash must go in one of three places: a rainy-day fund; Florida schools; or back to taxpayers. There is no need to go into great depth on the pros and cons and formulae for this amendment. Suffice it to say: Anything that puts a handcuff on lawmakers’ ability to spend is a boost for freedom. Recommendation: Yes.

AMENDMENT 5 State courts

Proposing a revision of Article V of the state constitution relating to the judiciary. The state constitution authorizes the Supreme Court to adopt rules for the practice and procedure in all courts. The constitution further provides that a rule of court may be repealed by a general law enacted by a two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature. This proposed constitutional revision eliminates the requirement that a general law repealing a court rule pass by a two-thirds vote of each house, thereby providing that the Legislature may repeal a rule of court by a general law approved by a majority vote of each house of the Legislature that expresses the policy behind the repeal. The court could re-adopt the rule in conformity with the public policy expressed by the Legislature, but if the Legislature determines that a rule has been re-adopted and repeals the re-adopted rule, this proposed revision prohibits the court from further re-adopting the repealed rule without the Legislature’s prior approval. Under current law, rules of the judicial nominating commissions and the Judicial Qualifications Commission may be repealed by general law enacted by a majority vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature. Under this proposed revision, a vote to repeal those rules is changed to repeal by general law enacted by a majority vote of the legislators present. Under current law, the governor appoints a justice of the Supreme Court from a list of nominees provided by a judicial nominating commission, and appointments by the governor are not subject to confirmation. This revision requires Senate confirmation of a justice of the Supreme Court before the appointee can take office. If the Senate votes not to confirm the appointment, the judicial nominating commission must reconvene and may not renominate any person whose prior appointment to fill the same vacancy was not confirmed by the Senate. For the purpose of confirmation, the Senate may meet at any time. If the Senate fails to vote on the appointment of a justice within 90 days, the justice will be deemed confirmed and will take

office. The Judicial Qualifications Commission is an independent commission created by the state constitution to investigate and prosecute before the Florida Supreme Court alleged misconduct by a justice or judge. Currently under the constitution, commission proceedings are confidential until formal charges are filed by the investigative panel of the commission. Once formal charges are filed, the formal charges and all further proceedings of the commission are public. Currently, the constitution authorizes the House of Representatives to impeach a justice or judge. Further, the Speaker of the House of Representatives may request, and the Judicial Qualifications Commission must make available, all information in the commission’s possession for use in deciding whether to impeach a justice or judge. This proposed revision requires the commission to make all of its files available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives but provides that such files would remain confidential during any investigation by the House of Representatives and until such information is used in the pursuit of an impeachment of a justice or judge. This revision also removes the power of the governor to request files of the Judicial Qualifications Commission to conform to a prior constitutional change. This revision also makes technical and clarifying additions and deletions relating to the selection of chief judges of a circuit and relating to the Judicial Qualifications Commission and makes other nonsubstantive conforming and technical changes in the judicial article of the constitution.

Here’s a good bet: This amendment will be resoundingly defeated — even though voters should approve it. The sheer length and complexity of it guarantee its defeat. Nonetheless, we’ll try to simplify it, so you at least know on what you’re voting. First, a little background: This amendment is a second attempt, led by outgoing Speaker of the House Dean Cannon. Irked by the Florida Supreme Court’s denial in 2010 of putting what is now Amendment 1 (the anti-Obamacare amendment) on the 2010 ballot, among other amendments, Cannon and other lawmakers felt the High Court’s majority had crossed the line — into lawmaking and not just interpreting the law. If truth be told, the lawmakers were right. Thus, Amendment 5. Its title probably would be more accurate if it were called the “Back at You!” Amendment. There are three parts: 1) Rulemaking 2) The confirmation of state Supreme Court justices 3) Sharing files of alleged judicial misconduct with the House of Representatives. • Rulemaking: State lawmakers involved in crafting this amendment are usually most passionate about this portion. They explain it this way: As the law and constitution now stand, Florida’s Supreme Court not only has the power to rule over disputes in the courtroom, it has almost unlimited authority to make the rules on how the state courts operate. Lawmakers say there are too few checks on the High Court. Amendment 5 proposes to rein in the High Court’s rulemaking powers and give the Legislature almost the same powers as Congress has over the federal courts’ rulemaking. Rather than require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to repeal a Supreme Court rule on how the courts operate, as is now required, Amendment 5 would reduce that threshold to only a majority in the Senate and House. This is good; it will place more of a limit on the High Court’s power — a better check and balance than now exists. • Senate approval for Supreme Court justice appointees. Current law allows Florida’s governor to appoint Supreme Court justices. Amendment 5 proposes to adopt the federal system — to require Senate approval of state Supreme Court justices. This would not be new to Florida. From


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To be sure, tax dollars should not subsidize or fund religious organizations for their benefit. Amendment 8, however, would bring enlightement and common sense to the often misinterpreted separation between church and state. Recommendation: Yes.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS Yes: Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 No: Amendment 6

the Florida Constitution, which currently reads: “No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.” Amendment 8 proposes the opposite, reversing a mandate that has stood in Florida’s constitution since 1885. Anti-school-voucher groups, including Florida’s teacher unions, are vigorously opposing this amendment. Their argument follows the strict dogma of the separation between church and state and their job-protection stance that it’s wrong to let students purchase a private-school education with vouchers that equal what would be spent on those students in public schools. Likewise, they oppose tax dollars being used on services provided by church-based homeless shelters, soup kitchens, substance-abuse programs, hospitals and similar organizations. But here’s news for these opponents: There already are existing federal and state programs involving the use of public funds for scholarships, enabling students to attend church-operated schools ranging from the voluntary pre-kindergarten program to churchAMENDMENT 8 affiliated colleges and universities Religious freedom There shall be no law respecting the attended by students who receive Bright establishment of religion or prohibiting or Futures scholarships. penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious Catholic St. Leo University north of freedom shall not justify practices inconsistent Tampa for years has educated Florida with public morals, peace, or safety. Except to college kids eligible for state funds but the extent required by the First Amendment who have been unable to get into one to the United States Constitution, neither the of the state universities because they’re government nor any agent of the government overcrowded. may deny to any individual or entity the Does that constitute “aiding” a church? benefits of any program, funding or other Of course not; it’s aiding the student. support on the basis of religious identity or What about all those ex-soldiers who belief. have used their GI Bill funds to attend Catholic universities. Is that aiding the Like Amendment 6 (the abortionchurch? Of course not. funding amendment), this one is a If the state provides funding for exhigh-voltage wire. It touches that ultrainmates to attend a faith-based drug sensitive subject of church and state rehabilitation center that is improving and whether tax dollars can be used lives and helping them avoid recidivism, for services provided by faith-based is that “aiding” a sectarian institution? organizations. Of course not. It’s aiding the ex-inmate The crux of this amendment are the and aiding society — and it’s doing so final 33 words, starting with “neither as a peaceful, mutually beneficial, fair the government nor any agent of the The Autobiography exchange of fee for service. The intent is government may deny…” of a Feral Cat to aid the institution; it’s to provide That final phrase is intended to replace U E not STORY TR aid to the recipients. the last sentence of Article 1, Section 3 Aof

AMENDMENT 12

Appointment of student body president to board of governors of the state university system.

Proposing an amendment to the state constitution to replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System and to require that the Board of Governors organize such council of state university student body presidents.

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What, you may rightly ask, is this doing on the ballot as part of the state constitution? This amendment wouldn’t be on the ballot were it not for the provision in the constitution creating a Board of Governors to oversee the state’s university system and requiring one of those BOG members to be the president of the Florida Student Association (FSA). Be that as it may, it’s on the ballot. The amendment proposes to change the university system’s student representative on the BOG from the president of the Florida Student Association to the chair of a council of state university student body presidents. What’s the difference? The Florida Student Association currently is a not-for-profit advocacy and research group that consists of the student body presidents and their staffs from all of the state universities — except Florida State University. While FSA presumably represents all university students’ interests, you can say it’s akin to being the students’ version of AARP. Over the years, FSU has declined to pay the dues to join the FSA because of disputes over the way the organization has operated. The amendment would allow FSU’s student body president to be among the council of student body presidents, and thus, eligible to serve on the Board of Governors. This seems like much ado about inside baseball and petty politics at the university level. But it makes sense that, if all university students are to have a representative voice on the Board of Governors, all universities should be included. That representation should not hinge on whether you’re a dues-paying

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There are no hidden agendas behind this amendment. It just makes sense. It will save Sarasota County taxpayers the $450,000 cost of conducting special charter-amendment elections, allowing the county to place such amendments on the ballots of the next closest general election. Recommendation: Yes.

LONGBOAT KEY CHARTER AMENDMENTS Density referenda

1) May the Town allow conversion to residential use, with a maximum of six (6) dwelling units per acre, the property located at 5440 Gulf of Mexico Drive (currently zoned C-1, Limited Commercial), comprising approximately 0.76-acres legally described as Lot C-1 of Plat for Cedar Woodlands Subdivision, a replat of Lot 22, Subdivision on Longboat Key, as recorded in Plat Book 7, Page 16, Public Records of Manatee County, Fla. 2) May the Town allow conversion to residential use, with a maximum residential density not to exceed six (6) dwelling units per acre, for the property located at 521 Broadway Street, currently zoned C-1, Limited Commercial, comprising approximately 0.44-acres.

Longboat Key’s charter prevents increasing the residential density on the island without a public referendum. Voting “yes” on these two amendments — the last questions on Longboat ballots — would allow the property owners to convert their properties from unusable commercial use to residential use. This would allow them to improve their property and improve the look and value of the Key. Recommendation: Yes.

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1868 to 1885, the state constitution required Senate confirmation. But in 1976, Florida voters decided to let the governor only appoint the justices. Some voters may be reluctant to requiring Senate approval of High Court justices because of the judicial “Borking” that occurs with the U.S. Supreme Court selections. But American government is all about checks and balances. What’s more, given some of the High Court selections we have seen over the past 30 years, Floridians should welcome the vetting by governors and the Senate. • Judicial investigation file sharing. Florida Bar members don’t like the idea of handing over to the speaker of the House investigative files on alleged judicial misconduct — at least not until the misconduct is confirmed. That’s the way the law is now. This amendment, however, would give the speaker access to investigative files prior to any formal charges being filed rather than after the charges are filed. This material would be required to remain confidential, but at least it would allow the House of Representatives to know if the judicial investigators, under the Judicial Qualifications Commission, are covering up meritorious complaints. You’ll hear opponents of Amendment 5 say it will allow legislators to meddle in state court affairs. Our view is it will add more checks, balances and limits on what has become an overly “legislative” and activist Florida court. Recommendation: Yes.

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Mote Marine Laboratory: Take a closer look at red tide We live in an area easily described as paradise. The sun, the beaches, the weather; for the most part, we have it all. Our only challenges are the occasional threats from natural events such as hurricanes or red tide — like the bloom that has now been identified off of southern Sarasota County and south to Charlotte and Lee counties. Red tides occur throughout the world, caused by many different species of algae. Here in Florida, red tides are a natural pheKUMAR MAHADEVAN nomenon caused by a particular species called Karenia brevis, which is found almost exclusively in the Gulf of Mexico. K. brevis always occurs naturally in our waters, but it becomes noticeable by us when it occurs in higher-than-normal concentrations — when it “blooms” to millions of cells per liter of sea water. We notice it because this species of algae produces potent neurotoxins that can kill fish and other marine life. It can also impact the health of humans who breathe in airborne toxins or who ingest them by eating shellfish from unregulated sources. Red tides can also bring adverse economic impacts in the order of several million dollars from reduced visitor numbers and the subsequent affect on the tourism industry, as well as increased beach-cleanup costs incurred by local governments. Mote scientists are world leaders in the study of Florida red tide and its impacts and have continuously been involved in this area of research for more than 40 years. During that time, we have made major break-

throughs in red-tide prediction and monitoring and in understanding how red tide affects the health of humans — especially people with chronic lung diseases. Our scientists were the first to identify airborne toxins in the field. We also developed and patented a special machine called a BreveBuster that can automatically detect the presence of K. brevis in the water column. The BreveBusters are mounted on Automated Underwater Vehicles (AUV) that can patrol our waters and transmit data on the presence of red tide. Our scientists also helped lead the only long-term study of the effects of Florida’s red tide on human health, a project funded by the National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences, that led to the finding and new public health message that people with chronic lung diseases should avoid areas being affected by red tide. Our past studies have tested the effectiveness of using clay and ozone in controlling and mitigating red tide blooms — both generally found to be ineffective for our circumstances. But some of our newest studies are focused on finding innovative natural methods that could one day be used to control a bloom or lessen its severity. For instance, we’re looking at the feasibility of using other competing and naturally occurring algae or parasites of K. brevis to control red tide blooms. Many of these efforts have taken place in partnership with Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the University of South Florida (USF) and the grassroots organization, Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START). Studies are funded with a combination of governmental funds, federal and state, and

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This underwater robot — also called an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) — was deployed by Mote Marine Laboratory, Oct. 5, to detect the presence and levels of Karenia brevis, the organism that causes Florida’s red tide.

generous contributions from foundations and local donors. Because red tide blooms start offshore, detection and tracking are the keys in our ability to mitigate the effects of a bloom. Our scientists, in partnership with many other agencies, including FWC and the Sarasota County continuously monitor area waters for red tide. Thanks to this water-sampling program, we knew that a bloom was developing offshore and that we needed to implement our event response plan. Close collaboration with FWC, NOAA, USF and even NASA is at the heart of this response plan. We are all working together to understand how large the bloom is, where it is going, how severe it is and what the impacts will be on our coastal communities. Each agency or organization has its own specialty, and by working together we are

better able to muster limited resources to greater effect. We’ve also been working to keep our coastal residents and visitors informed about the actual conditions. In addition to the research we do, Mote scientists inform public outreach and educational programming that showcases their studies at The Aquarium, and teaches k-12 students, as well as adults, through informal age-specific programs and events. As a public service, Mote also presents information about red tide to local, regional, national and international community groups. Scientists also provide testimony and briefings to elected officials and government representatives. So far, we have been fortunate in that the wind conditions have kept the bloom mostly offshore. But, as all Floridians know, wind and weather patterns can quickly change. That’s why Mote also developed the Beach Conditions Reporting System. Through this system, trained beach observers report current conditions on 25 Gulf Coast Florida beaches at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. They report on a number of factors, including whether beachgoers are experiencing respiratory irritation or whether dead fish are present on the beach. The public can see these reports online at mote.org/beaches or receive updates by phone by calling 941-BEACHES. We’re also working with FWC to implement a new red tide Facebook page. We don’t know how long this bloom will last or how much it will impact our communities, but we hope that these information resources and updates about the scientific progress we are all making will help mitigate its effects on us all. Dr. Kumar Mahadevan has been at Mote Marine Laboratory for more than 34 years and is the organization’s president and CEO.

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Sept. 29 Situation under control 2:30 p.m. — Off the Key. Fire. Police responded to a structure fire in Bradenton Beach, but their assistance was canceled prior to arrival.

Crisis averted 5:24 p.m. —  2400 block of GMD. Public Service. A woman reported accidentally locking her 9-month-old daughter in her car. Longboat Key Fire Rescue broke the front passenger window and removed the child, who was not in distress. The child was locked in the car for five minutes.

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Oct. 1 Can-do attitude 10:01 a.m. — Intersection of GMD and Bayview Drive. Suspicious Vehicle. A woman reported a man was taking cans from recycle bins on the side of the road. Police observed a man taking cans and placing them in a white Jeep. The man told police he was unemployed and surviving on the scrap metal left on the side of the road. The man wasn’t violating any codes, and no further action was taken.

Stay off my lawn 11:13 a.m. —  700 block of Penfield Street. Vandalism. A man reported construction vehicles driving on his grass and damaging his grass and sprinklers. The crew offered to put up a barrier where the grass meets the street. No further action was taken.

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Sept. 30 Foreign concept 12:46 a.m. — 5800 block of GMD. Disturbance. A woman told police she brought a Polish man who spoke little English to her home from Texas to paint her house. She told police the Polish man began to call her names, and she didn’t appreciate his attitude. They both agreed to go to their separate rooms and stay away from each other until the man flew back to Texas.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012

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by Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

OCT–DEC 2012

NEW MUSIC NEW COLLEGE

OCT 12, EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC WORKSHOP: The Great Learning Paragraph 7, 1 pm, 5313 Bay Shore Rd., FREE NOV 16, ARTIST CONVERSATION with New College composers and Prof. Stephen Miles, 3:30 pm, 5313 Bay Shore Rd., FREE Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

NOV 17, PERFORMANCE BY THE JACK QUARTET, Then and Now: Music of New College Graduates, 8 pm, 5313 Bay Shore Rd., Tickets $15; $5 for non-NCF students; free for NCF faculty, staff and students.

Manatee County Sheriff W. Brad Steube, Capt. Paul Sutton, Leslie Hogle, Longboat Key Police Chief Peter Cumming, Bradenton Police Chief Michael Razilowski and Longboat Key Fire Chief Paul Dezzi

Town plants tree in Hogle’s honor Friends of the late Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle, who died May 14 in a motorcycle crash, gathered at a dedication ceremony in his honor Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Longboat Key Police Station. The town of Longboat Key dedicated a plaque and a cassia fistula tree, which will produce yellow blooms, the color of Hogle’s beloved sports car, in his memory.

NOV 20, EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC WORKSHOP, 1 pm, 5313 Bay Shore Rd., FREE

CAREER SEMINAR

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This plaque will be placed in front of the cassia fistula tree planted in honor of late Longboat Key Police Chief Al Hogle.

OCT 29, A SMALL ACT, 6 pm, and Q&A with Chris Mburu (asmallact.com), 5313 Bay Shore Rd., FREE

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OCT 23, AN ANALYSIS OF THE 2012 ELECTIONS, panel discussion, New Topics New College, 5:30 pm, 5313 Bay Shore Rd., Tickets $15 NOV 8, WHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH? with Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach), New Topics New College, 5:30 pm, 5313 Bay Shore Rd., Tickets $15 NOV 14, VOICES FROM NATIVE FLORIDA, archaeology lecture, 6 pm, 5313 Bay Shore Rd., FREE

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012

by Kurt Schultheis | Managing Editor

Town crime rate stats lower than surrounding areas Cumming said he expects crime on the island to further decrease, once the town selects a contractor to place license plate recognition cameras on each end of the island. “We can document everyone coming and going,” Cumming said. “As an investigator searching for someone who committed a crime on the island, we can go back to the cameras and check every car that entered and exited the island during the time that crime was committed.” Cumming hopes a vendor that’s been selected to test their equipment on both ends of the island can install the cameras on the island early next year.

Residential burglary and theft from motor vehicle 200

Longboat Key criminal activity 80

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Source: FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

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Please take notice that the Town of Longboat Key proposes to adopt the following ordinance: Please take notice that the Town of Longboat Key proposes to adopt the ORDINANCE 2012-25 following ordinance: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COMMISSION AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCE 2012-25 ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA, AMENDING AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COMMISSION AMENDING THE CODE OF CHAPTER 158, ZONING CODE, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 158.006 DEFINITIONS, ORDINANCES OF THE TOWN OF LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA, AMENDING PROVIDING DEFINITIONS FOR HOUSE OF WORSHIP AND HOUSE OF CHAPTER 158, ZONING CODE, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 158.006 DEFINITIONS, WORSHIP-APPURTENANCES; AMENDING ARTICLE IV, DIVISION 2, SECTION PROVIDING DEFINITIONS FOR HOUSE OF WORSHIP AND HOUSE OF 158.145 SCHEDULE OF LOT, YARD AND BULK REGULATIONS, TO CLARIFY WORSHIP-APPURTENANCES; AMENDING ARTICLE IV, DIVISION 2, SECTION HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS FOR ANTENNAE, ENCLOSED ELEVATOR SHAFTS, 158.145 SCHEDULE OF LOT, YARD AND BULK REGULATIONS, TO CLARIFY ENCLOSED STAIRWELLS AND PARAPET WALLS, ENCLOSED MECHANICAL HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS FOR ANTENNAE, ENCLOSED ELEVATOR SHAFTS, EQUIPMENT AREAS, CHIMNEYS, HOUSE OF WORSHIP APPURTENANT ENCLOSED STAIRWELLS AND PARAPET WALLS, ENCLOSED MECHANICAL STRUCTURES, AND FOR WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS; AND AMENDING EQUIPMENT AREAS, CHIMNEYS, HOUSE OF WORSHIP APPURTENANT ARTICLE IV, DIVISION 2, SECTION 158.153 HEIGHT REGULATIONS, TO STRUCTURES, AND FOR WATERFRONT RESTAURANTS; AND AMENDING PROVIDE HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS FOR HOUSE OF WORSHIP ARTICLE IV, DIVISION 2, SECTION 158.153 HEIGHT REGULATIONS, TO APPURTENANT STRUCTURES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDE HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS FOR HOUSE OF WORSHIP PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; APPURTENANT STRUCTURES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A Public Hearing before the Planning and Zoning Board on the proposal will be held on October 16, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard, A Public Hearing before the Planning and Zoning Board on the proposal will be at the Town Commission Chambers, Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat held on October 16, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard, Key, Florida. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the at the Town Commission Chambers, Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, Longboat proposed amendment. Copies of the proposed amendment and related material Key, Florida. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the may be viewed at the Planning, Zoning & Building Department, 501 Bay Isles proposed amendment. Copies of the proposed amendment and related material Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Questions may be directed may be viewed at the Planning, Zoning & Building Department, 501 Bay Isles to the Planning, Zoning & Building Department at 316-1966. The proposed Road, between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Questions may be directed amendment will affect property within the corporate boundaries of the Town of to the Planning, Zoning & Building Department at 316-1966. The proposed Longboat Key as shown on the map appearing at the bottom of this amendment will affect property within the corporate boundaries of the Town of advertisement. No verbatim record by a certified court reporter is made of these Longboat Key as shown on the map appearing at the bottom of this proceedings. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision advertisement. No verbatim record by a certified court reporter is made of these involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim proceedings. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision record of the testimony and evidence at these proceedings upon which any involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim appeal is to be based (see Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes.). In accordance record of the testimony and evidence at these proceedings upon which any with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, appeal is to be based (see Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes.). In accordance persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, should contact the Town Clerk’ s office at 941-316-1999 forty-eight (48) hours in persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding advance of this proceeding. If you are hearing impaired, please call 941-373should contact the Town Clerk’ s office at 941-316-1999 forty-eight (48) hours in 7002. advance of this proceeding. If you are hearing impaired, please call 941-3737002. BJ Webb, Chair Planning and Zoning Board BJ Webb, Chair Published 10/11/2012 Planning and Zoning Board Published 10/11/2012

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Our country needs un-consolidation of power

The saying “big is bad” certainly is prophetic as it relates to the current status of the economy, particularly the consolidation of power in our federal government and the consolidation of power in our banking system. Both the federal government and the banking system operGEORGE ate in as much with RAUCH secrecy which they can get away. Every time the public demands a secret be revealed, it uncovers government misdeeds that never should have been concealed from the public in the first place. Ditto for the banking system with only five banks accounting for 57% of the deposits in this country, and the bank’s ally, the Federal Reserve System, a secret organization for creating and making money out of

nowhere, which has bankrupted this country with government loans and inflation. Throughout history, large central governments have, without fail, caused disintegration of every great society. Today in America, we have both the dominant central government and the secret banking system called the Federal Reserve. The Founding Fathers were born, raised and educated 230 years ago in the Age of Reason and wrote into the Constitution several clauses that resulted in a separation of pow-

ers: hence, prohibitions against common, known, historical government sins that ruin civilizations, such as the destruction of the country’s purchasing power with debt, war and the consolidation of too much power in the central government. A hundred years ago those powers were destroyed in this country with three pieces of legislation:

1913 legislation

Creation of the Federal Reserve System: December 1913, President Wilson issued an executive

Increase in Federal Government Spending (Since 1913)

Year  GDP 1912 $37.4 billion 1920 88.4 billion 2011 15,490 billion (*)

Federal government spending  % of GDP $3.1 billion 8.3% 11.3 billion 12.8% 3,600 billion (**) 23.2%

(*) $15.5 trillion (**) $3.6 trillion. 30% of the $3.6 trillion ($1.3 trillion, or 8.4%, of our GDP) is created by the Fed with a printing press and then “borrowed” by the government to supplement “insufficient” tax revenues.

order creating the Fed. Congress did not authorize the Federal Reserve System. The stated intention of the Fed was to “take away control” from the big banks who were dominating the smaller banks. The aftermath of the creation of the Fed was the opposite. It has helped big banks to consolidate their power. As pointed out above, the five largest banks hold 57% of the country’s deposits. That is an enormous amount of power, which has been used to help the banks at the expense of the taxpayers. Remember, these banks are too big to fail. Banks that are too big to fail are too big to exist. They should be broken up so that no bank has such a dominant position that they can influence the outcome of a political election. All treasury secretaries and Federal Reserve chairmen over the last 40 years have come from the above referred-to institutions, either directly or indirectly.

16th Amendment

The Constitution specifically prohibits taxes on income (Section 9, fourth paragraph). The result of the taxation on income is obvious — it is terribly unfair, and it encroaches upon our individual liberties. It is socialism, and it’s the best way to build a large central government. The result of the 16th Amendment passed in 1913, and providing for an unlimited tax on income, is exactly what the writers of our Constitution wanted to avoid. By having graduated income-tax rates for different people, the government sets up classes. What has happened to our “classes” of people? We are fighting among ourselves.

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Consolidation of power has created our problems. Disbursement of powers was at the heart of the Constitution. They fooled us in 1913. They will not fool us again if we are smart enough to break up the banks and big businesses that are choosing our

presidents and senators for us.  Change the income tax amendment (No. 16) to specify a limit on individual and corporate income taxes not to exceed 17%. That is the amount of money our economy can bear to contribute economically to a central government and still remain a competitive economy. That amounts to $2.6 trillion for the federal government this year, which is enough to run our government, and then some!  Withdraw the 17th Amendment. Have U.S. senators appointed by each state legislature, as was originally intended. That will also keep big bank and big corporate money out of states where they have no business and where campaign contributors just want to control the state’s senate vote. Putting U.S. senators’ appointments back in the hands of state legislatures will return a power to the states, which will make it more difficult for the federal government to go to war. War is the road to dominant central government and financial ruin. Phasing out the Federal Reserve System will keep us out of debt and retard inflation. A cap on income tax rates of 17% would provide for everything required of the federal government by the Constitution. These actions are constitutionally reasonable solutions that would reverse the damaging effects of 1913.   

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pointments and 2) It is responsible for treaties (war). By having U.S. senators elected by the populace, rather than appointed by each state legislature, each senator becomes beholding to his contributors and not to the state legislatures who previously appointed him to the U.S. Senate. The reason each state legislature appointed the senators was so that the senators’ primary attention could be devoted to legislation affecting their state. Prior to Amendment 17 in 1913, it was difficult to get the Senate to vote favorably on going to war. Senators are now not accountable to their state legislatures. They are accountable to their political contributors, the bulk of which comes from big banks and big businesses that profit from war: World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf states, Iraq and Pakistan, all since 1913. So now, the Senate is answerable to political contributors rather than to the state legislature. This is exactly what the founders wanted to avoid.  Examination of the chart on page 16 is telling. The U.S. got into World War I in 1917 and got out 11 months later at the end of the war in 1918. Notice that from the initiation of this legislation in 1913 to only 1920, government revenue as a percentage of total annual spending increased to 12.8% of our GDP from 8.3%. By 2011, those expenditures were 23.2% of our GDP. Continually borrowing more than $1 trillion a year to supplement government spending is unsustainable. There will be an acute currency collapse, much like that occurring in Iran right now, which is really just a devaluation of Iran’s currency. Or, there will be the chronic currency collapse we’ve experienced for years, called inflation. Commonsense dictates it is ruinous to borrow as much as 8% of the country’s GDP every year, just to sustain federal government expenditures.

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‘Ageless Creativity’ Award Exhibition Opening Reception and Award Presentation What: Renowned painter and former University of South Florida Art Department Chairman George Pappas is the recipient of the fourth annual Ageless Creativity Award. The event will include a presentation of the award and an opening reception for Pappas’ exhibit and the “Overlooked” exhibit by Ringling alumni Scott Prather and Stefan Jennings Batista. RSVP is required. Call 383-2345. When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 Where: Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S.

‘Medicare 101’ Seminar — takes place at 9:30 a.m. at Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Health insurance agency owner Donna Blizman will discuss new rules and regulations that affect Medicare benefits. Contact Susan Schaefer at 383-6941.

5390 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive; Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, 760 Broadway; and Steff’s Stuff, 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Suite 101. Night of Fish, Fun & Fright — takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. Sail the spooky seas and discover creatures from the deep in a safe and fun trick-or-treating zone, explore the haunted house, “Dr. Frankin-Fish’s Lab of Horrors” (recommended for children 8 and older), unearth shark teeth in “Coffin Creek” and enjoy deep-sea delights in the “Diner of the Dead.” Tickets are $6 with online registration before Oct. 17; $8 at the door for Mote members; and $10 at the door for non-members. Children under 4 will be admitted free. Call 3884441.

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Saturday, Oct. 20

Longboat Key Historical Society Old Time Fish Fry — takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., with dinner served from 6 to 8 p.m., at Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, 760 Broadway. The event includes your choice of grouper and mullet, along with all the other fish-fry favorites, two drinks, entertainment by Blues Pig and a raffle. Tickets are $30 and available at First Bank of Longboat Key,

AutoRama/Taste of St. Armands — The Circle is gearing up for its AutoRama car show, which will feature automobiles of 2012 and 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in St. Armands Circle Park. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 13 restaurants plus two beer companies will provide a sampling of their offerings at “A Taste of St. Armands.” For information, call 388-1554.

Tuesday, Oct. 16 St. Mary Women’s Guild Annual Welcome Back Mass and Luncheon — Mass takes place at 11 a.m. and will be followed by the installation of officers and lunch at St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Mgsr. Gerard Finegan will discuss his recent trip to Lourdes, France. Make reservations by calling Ingrid Wisniewski at 383-1711 or Carol Fischbein at 3833412.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Stuart McNaught Dalgleish, 79, of Longboat Key, died Sept. 30. He was born March 21, 1933. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; sons Paul and Grant; and two grandchildren. A service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive.

Barbara Reese McDevitt

Barbara Reese McDevitt, 81, of Glenn Mills, Pa., and formerly of Longboat Key, died Oct. 2. Ms. McDevitt was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John, and her brother, Jack Reese. She is survived by sons John Paul and Robert; daughter, Susan Ward; and six grandchildren. A celebration of life took place Monday, Oct. 8, in Glen Mills.

John Roche

John Roche, 82, formerly of Longboat Key, died Sept. 29. Born March 6, 1930, and

raised in Boston, he served in the First Active Reserve Squadron assigned to VF916 squadron, GAG 8 on the Roosevelt Carrier during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Miami and was active in the Kappa Sigma fraternity for 50 years. Mr. Roche worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 12 years, then in investments and insurance for 25 years. He then taught at Arvida Middle School in Miami for 10 years. In 2000, he moved to Longboat Key, where he lived until 2008, when he moved to Lake Mary to be near his daughter. Mr. Roche was active in the churches he attended, the Knights of Columbus and Veterans of Foreign Wars. A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Church of the Nativity, 3255 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Our Daily Bread of Bradenton, P.O. Box 9544, Bradenton, Fla., 34206-9544.

WORSHIP SERVICES All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will hold Sunday worship services at 8 and 10 a.m. The Rev. David Danner is the rector. 383-8161. Christ Church of Longboat Key, Presbyterian USA, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bruce Porter is the pastor. 383-8833. Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. 383-6491. St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold contemporary Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. and traditional Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. The Rev. Mark Bernthal is the pastor. 388-1234. St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold daily Mass at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday Mass at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Msgr. Gerard Finegan is the pastor. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, will hold Shabbat services at 8 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Jonathan Katz is the rabbi. 383-3428.

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Max Sitero with his purchase.

Eloise Doepker, 10 months

Jean Williams looks through the books section Saturday, Oct. 6.

SMOOTH SALE-ING The Sarasota Sailing Squadron held its first rummage sale Saturday, Oct. 6, to benefit the Youth Sailing program. There were thousands of items available, including cookware, clothes, toys, boats and paintings.

Paula Maffei, David Livingston and Nanci Dorsay

Zack Jordan, 15, and Luca Galarza, 15, promote the rummage sale.

Jack Ray tries on a witch hat. Mary Harper and Randy Mikkelson walk away from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s rummage sale with a variety items, including pillows and a vacuum cleaner.


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real estate | transactions

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Sept. 24 and Sept. 28. A home in Sleepy Lagoon tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. JST Co. Ltd. sold the home at 6121 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Mateos Family LLC for $3,675,000. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, six baths, a pool and 5,379 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $7.5 million in 2005.

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Embrace tranquil Bay views from this impeccably maintained residence overlooking the Bay, lagoon and enticing island pool. 2,210 SF of luxurious living, 2-3 BR, 2.5 BA, and 2 car garage. $825,000

Stephen and Lynn Kukanza, of Maineville, Ohio, sold their home at 3616 Fair Oaks Place to Jonathan and Regina Landsberg, of Longboat Key, for $1,995,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, five-and-twohalf baths, a pool and 4,621 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2,275,000 in 2009.

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Olivier Schouten, of Orlando, sold the home at 560 Yawl Lane to David Cuthell and Catherine Smith-Cuthell, of New York, for $800,000. Built in 1963, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 3,230 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $242,300 in 1988.

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Celia Coe sold the home at 423 Polk Drive to Vienna and Naples Inc. for $837,500. Built in 1941, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,886 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $235,000 in 1989.

These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Sept. 28 through Oct. 4, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive)

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Address 1211 GMD 6291 GMD 100 Sands Point Road 605 Buttonwood Drive 500 Gunwale Lane 6701 GMD 1425 GMD 5757 GMD 6200 GMD 2721 GMD 777 Jungle Queen Way 1125 Bogey Lane 360 GMD 5125 GMD 3959 Royal Road 600 Buttonwood Drive 593 Rountree Drive 610 Longview Drive 3386 Bayou Lane 3388 Bayou Lane 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD 4621 GMD

Permit Applicant Amount Alteration David Shahian $126,740 Garage Thomas Degnan $96,000 Alteration Jane Renz, trustee $74,176 Alteration Joachim Winter $69,900 Doors and windows Kevin Pozulp $67,200 Alteration David Franklin $56,550 Doors and windows Denise Barrat $40,806 Doors and windows Stephen Dull $30,000 New stairs/platform Longboat Island Chapel $25,000 Alteration Benjamin Hiltabrand IV $21,350 Dock Gary Grundy $16,500 Seawall and dock William Calpin $14,329 Sliding glass doors Louis Lasday $9,000 Sliding glass doors John Wells $8,895 Pool cage John Cole $8,254 Re-roof 555 Triton LLC $8,250 Pool cage George Symanski Jr. $8,125 Alteration Didier Gorbaty $7,100 Pool Sara Ellen Krinsk $5,500 Sliding glass doors Anthony Crincoli $5,000 Alteration Muriel Loring Goldstein $5,000 Alteration Robert Poetz $5,000 Alteration Shiban Warikoo $5,000 Alteration Jeffrey Lutz $5,000 Alteration James Gorman $5,000 Alteration Edward Cupolo $5,000 Alteration Susan Schulman $5,000 Alteration Thomas Lisk $5,000 Alteration John Yenkel, living trust $5,000 Alteration Scott Grieve $5,000 Alteration Cheri Dorsey $5,000 Alteration James Oskey $5,000 Alteration Longboat Holdings LLC $5,000 Alteration Joyce Barclay $5,000 Alteration Sheila Cunningham $5,000 Alteration Robert Wathen Jr. $5,000 Alteration Margit Kaye $5,000 Alteration Marilyn Cvetic $5,000 Alteration Robert Smith $5,000 Alteration James Oskey $5,000 Alteration Dorothy Bilder $5,000


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fitness | aerobic grandma

by Molly Schechter

News you can use: Beware of the chair ated with longer life. According to a study published in The Lancet, even minimally active people exhibit more positive health outcomes compared to completely inactive ones. This was a long-term study of 400,000plus men and women in Taiwan between 1996 and 2008. The individuals were categorized based on self-reported physical activity levels. Compared with individuals in the inactive group, those in the low-volume activity group (an average of 92 minutes per week or about 15 minutes per day) had a 14% reduced risk of all-cause mortality and a three-year longer life expectancy. The benefits increased 4% for every additional 15

If you must sit, fidget

A recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise says that even minor bouts of physical activity can improve cardiorespiratory fitness. Researchers from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, investigated whether incidental physical activity was associated with cardiorespiratory fitness. It monitored 135 abdominally obese men and women over seven days. Not surprisingly, the subjects who racked up more time and intensity on a daily basis were positively associated with cardiorespiratory fitness. What this means is that exercise outside of a formal workout does count — things such as parking as far away from your destination as possible and walking at least some of the stairs to your condo … even wiggling in your chair.

minutes of weekly activity and applied to both genders and those at risk of cardiovascular disease.

‘Sitting still kills’

Hot off the presses in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a comparison of more than 200,000 Australian adults age 45 with mortality data from the New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages from 2006 through 2010. It indicated parallels between daily sitting time and premature mortality, with those logging 11 or more hours having the greatest risk of early death. The finding: “The association between sitting and all-cause mortality appeared consistent across the sexes, age groups, body mass index categories and physical activity levels and across healthy participants compared with participants with preexisting cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus.” What to do instead … The same research review had some interesting findings about healthy ways to be active.

Walk faster to live longer

Data published in the British Medical Journal indicates that men age 70 and older, who regularly walk at a faster pace, are likely to live longer. Research tracked 1,705 men who provided data for an average of 60 months. By the end of the study, 266 of the participants had died. Their average walking speed was around 2 miles per hour. Subjects averaging 3 miles per hour had not yet died at the conclusion of the study. The authors said, “This supports our hypothesis that faster speeds are protective against mortality.” Note that this study’s “faster speed” is not fast — it’s a 20-minute mile, a pace attainable by

Every little bit helps

Short bouts of exercise are associ-

most older adults can achieve with moderate conditioning.

Sitting, no — sleeping, yes

Much research associates inadequate sleep with a host of medical problems and degraded quality of life and now a report in the Journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity suggests that regular exercise is associated with better quality sleep. It indicates that those who engaged in at least 150 minutes of physical activity weekly enjoyed 65% better sleep quality; they also tended to fall asleep faster and be less sleepy during the day.

Everybody in the pool

Swimming can lower blood pressure in older adults. This finding is from a study in The American Journal of Cardiology. Subjects were 43 adults with pre- or stage 1 hypertension separated into a swim group and a gentle relaxation exercise group for 12 weeks. “Body mass, adiposity and plasma concentrations of glucose and cholesterol did not change in either group,” the authors conceded. But, they also found decreases in systolic blood-pressure measurements and concluded, “Swimming exercise elicits hypotensive effects and improvements in vascular function in previously sedentary older adults.”

Molly Schechter is an ACE-certified personal trainer with a specialty in older adult fitness plus YogaFit Instructor Training, SCF Yoga Fundamentals and Power Pilates™ Mat Certifications. She teaches classes at the Bayfront Park Recreation Center and the Longboat Key Club. Email her at mschechter@ YourObserver.com.

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From time to time, this column reports items from the fitness trade journals that I read. And, as most of you know, I soldier in the war against a sedentary lifestyle and have written many times that being a couch potato is as big a health risk as smoking and, my current favorite, “sedentary is the new smoking.” It did not surprise me, MOLLY then, that a recent surSCHECHTER vey of fitness news was dominated by yet more evidence that almost anything is better for you than sitting. Some examples:

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on Longboat Key! Charming 1BR/1BA home located in popular bayfront, 55+ community of Gulfshore. Perfect for beach retreat or full time home. Kelly Belisle $99,000 #M5829396

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MANOR IN THE OAKS BAYSIDE! Over 4,300SF, 4-5Br/4Ba w/formal Lr, sep Dr, gourmet kitch., morning rm, study, fitness ctr & theatre rm seating 8, private picturesque grounds & time honored quality w/ fine finishes & custom details in gated CC comm.! MLS#A3963302 $1,295,000

Canal front, deep water access with no bridges. 3BR/2BA with pool in the amazing city of Cortez. Family living at its finest. Debra Ibasfalean $385,000 #M5826860

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

PENTHOUSE BAY VIEW ON LBK 2BR/2BA designer furnished, boat docks, beach cabana, pets welcome. A must see. Great complex, shows like a model. Best value on LBK. Hurry! $399,000 #A3926740

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

overlooking Palma Sola Bay. Assigned boat slip. Retreat to paradise. Luscious landscaping, 2 minutes to beaches on Anna Maria Island. Fish heaven! Debra Ibasfalean $495,000 #M5820999

FURN - DOWNTOWN! 2Br/1Ba/den + bonus rm, charming great rm plan w/ hardwood flrs, ceramic tile, mirrored accents, recessed lights, Palladian windows, wet bar, Corian, custom cabinets, built-ins & secure parking in historic bldg w/amenities! MLS#A3953067 $300,000

AMAZING VIEW Gorgeous white sand beach & Gulf view as you walk thru the door. Nicely furnished w/ lg. screened lanai. Gulf to Bay community w/heated pool, tennis & cabana w/BBQ. Teresia Bradford $549,000 #M5812253

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


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REALESTATEREPORTS By Robin Hartill | City Editor

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+ $7.5 million home sale year’s highest in county

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The Oct. 2 sale of a $7.5 million Harbor Acres estate marks the single largest residential sale in Sarasota County year-to-date. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty sales associates Matt and Maureen Morris recently represented the seller in the sale of the estate at 1486 Hillview Drive in the bayfront neighborhood of Harbor Acres. Louis Wery, of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, represented the buyer in the sale. The 8,433-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath home was built in 2008 by luxury homebuilder Bluewater Construction. The two-story home features clay tile roof and

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BIRD KEY - Custom 2001 built 3,500sf bay front home, top of the line throughout. A3963202 $2,575,000

BAY ISLES - Custom designed 6,000sf 5BR home in exclusive gated neighborhood. A3959515 $3,795,000

THE GRANDE - Exquisitely appointed Gulf front 3BR Penthouse w/ private garage. A3955033 $1,950,000

WATER CLuB - Coveted southern exposure 3,000sf furnished residence w/city view. A3919693 $2,495,000

ST. ARMANDS TOWERS - Sophisticated furnished 3BR Penthouse. A3953612 $1,695,000

COuNTRY CLuB SHORES - Canal front 3,300sf 4BR new construction residence. A3958487 $1,395,000

wood columns throughout the interior and 100 feet of bayfront views.

BUSINESSOBSERVER LBK Cabinetry will celebrate its grand opening with an open house this week. The open house will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, for interior designers and Realtors; 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 for builders and contractors; and 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 for other residential home professionals. The business is located in the Centre Shops, 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive, and focuses primarily on residential cabinetry on Longboat, Lido and Bird keys and Anna Maria Island.

Proprietor/chef Ray Arpke will hold his first cooking class of the season, “More Euphemia Classics” Wednesday, Oct. 17, which has already sold out. At press time, seven spots were available for Arpke’s next cooking class, “Quinwhat? And Gluten Free,” scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Cost is $60. Call 383-3633 or visit euphemiahaye.com.

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The Chiles Restaurant Group raised $1,250 to support Share Our Strength’s Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign in September. During the week-long campaign, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub, the Sandbar + Euphemia Haye re-opens Restaurant and the BeachHouse Restaurant, after summer hiatus each donated $1 from the sale of each Euphemia Haye Restaurant, 5540 Gulf of grouper sandwich and burger to the initiaMexico Drive, re-opened Wednesday, Oct. 3, tive, which aims to end childhood hunger in for Sarasota and Manatee Counties after a summer hiatus. America.

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

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Ringling Pointe – Stunning Direct Bay Front On 145 feet of deep water with 5BR/3.5 BA, a 2,200 SF master suite, 1,000 bottle wine room, private dock, wading & lap pool w.spa & 8-car garage. $3,850,000

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

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St. Armands businesses think pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Katie Rees, 17, ties a ribbon onto a balloon.

St. Armands Circle storefronts were adorned with balloons, ribbons and other pink decorations as part of the Circle Me Pink event Saturday, Oct. 6, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Volunteers from the American Cancer Society Inc. decorated the Circle — where more than 60 businesses participated in the event — to promote awareness and raise funds for the upcoming annual event, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

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PAMPER YOURSELF and live on the beach at the Beach Residences, a Ritz Carlton managed property. This 4100+ sf residence has 3 bedrooms, a family room, formal living room and dining room. It is exquisitely finished and decorated and has remarkable views of the Gulf, the Bay, and downtown Sarasota.....................................................Furnished $3,895,000 WINDWARD BAY - Penthouse with amazing bay views, tennis, 2 pools, boat docks, deeded beach access. 2 pets allowed .............................................................................................................................................................................$269,000 MARINA AND BAY VIEWS at Bay Harbour on the south end of LBK – just minutes to St. Armand’s Circle. 2/2 with screened porch ...................................................................................................................................................................................$315,000 WhItNEY BEAch - a 1/1 with views of Bishops Bayou. Beach, bay, tennis, boat docks, fishing pier. Pets allowed.....$225,000 BRADEN RIVER - 1/2 acre lot with majestic oaks and stately palms on the river. Build your dream home or vacation home and enjoy a relaxed lifestyle kayaking, canoeing, or fishing. This unique location is secluded yet minutes from shopping and dining............................................................................................................................................................................. $95,000 LONG BEAch - 2 charming homes in historic Longboat Village. This is truly a family neighborhood in walking distance to the Art Center, beach, fishing pier and restaurants................................................................. $395,000 and $399,000 BLAcKBURN POINt WOODS - Beautifully appointed maintenance free 4/3 villa with its own pool in an attractive neighborhood close to Casey Key. Amenities include tennis, community pool and clubhouse. .........................................$374,500 BAYFRONt cONDO ON LBK - 2/2 immaculate condo in a community that offers 2 pools, tennis, fitness, clubhouse, docks and deeded beach access. Furnished. Pet friendly. ................................................................................................ $259,000 BEAch hARBOR cLUB - This 2/2 condo has been exquisitely renovated with new kitchen, new baths, new flooring, new windows. Beach to bay community located mid-key offers a pool, clubhouse & boat docks. Furnished. ....... $265,000

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INDIANA. Michael Corbino and his mechanic, Ben Koontz, catch up on their Observer news while taking a break at the American Motorcycle Association Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in August. Corbino placed third at one race, and he placed sixth at a race the following day.

GREECE. Lido Key resident Eva Saunders and Longboat Key resident Carol Peschel, third from left, share their hometown news while on a 10-day cruise of the Roman Empire.

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SPAIN. Michael and Terri Klauber checked hot-air ballooning off their bucket list recently while with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club in La Rioja, Spain. Also in the photo is Mark Wolfendale, of Longboat Key.

KEY WEST. Tracey Gump, Sandy Dearwester and Jan Riordan read their Observer news while at the Curry Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Key West.

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MALE BICYCLE: 21", TREK 18/Speed. All Terrain Mountain Track. Little used excellent condition, $115. (941)383-0167.

STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.

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AUTOS WANTED! Let me take the hassle out of selling your car. Cash offered today! Call Mike, 941-713-2277. JAGUAR 2004 XJL: blue/ green, perfect cond., always garaged, 69,000 miles. 941-383-3844.

2BR GULF Front condo for rent for the season. Available 12/1/12. 90 day minimum. Full amenities and covered garage. Behind the gates in the Pierre. 865-603-3126 or 865-549-5070.

392 FIREHOUSE LANE, LBK - Newer 2 BR home in charming seaside neighborhood. 1 block to beach...no busy roads to cross. Heated community pool. Clean & nicely decorated. No pets. No smoking. Available short or long term. Owner/agent, 941-544-0214.

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale LONGBOAT KEY Moorings Boat Slip for Rent. Yacht Club Slip N-7, accommodates up to 45 ft. Boat with Electric, Water, & Wi-fi. $400/mo. 941-928-1542.

Boats Boats are selling very well. 17 Year Islands Resident. Many References. 10K-100K+. Let’s talk about selling your boat. I do “Business On A Handshake.” Islandboatsales.net 941-228-3489.

Furnishings HERMAN MILLER Swag Desk, Perfect Condition, Like New, $1000. Bo Concept Sleeper Sofa, perfect Condition, $550, Desk $200. Design Within Reach and Room and Board outdoor furniture. must see all. Tampa, 813-839-7386. OUTDOOR COUNTER Height Table & (6) Chairs + (1) Lounge Chair, White, Mesh. Like New condition! $650. 941-387-1023.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales EVERYTHING MUST GO!! Including the Atomic Era Turquoise Blue Kitchen Sink! Books, Ladies Clothes size 6-10, Paintings, Vintage. Friday & Saturday at 7400 Bounty, SRQ 34231. Time: 8AM-2PM. LARGE BIRD KEY ESTATE SALE!! Starts tomorrow! Friday and Saturday, Oct 12th and 13th 10am-4pm both days 607 Mourning Dove Drive, 34236 Robb and Stucky, Roche Bobois, Kanes, and other stores' furniture including Marge Carson granite top nightstands, Montrachet granite and carved wood cocktail table, glass and scrolled iron cocktail table, entertainment consoles, desks, credenzas, carved Brisbane curios, sofas, ottomans, settees, pouffs, recliners, Heirloom and Armenia Pakistan rugs, trundle beds, bedroom sets, designer women's and men's clothing and shoes, linens, glass and dinnerware sets, gym equipment, art, and more. Please, no early birds, no checks. Cash and credit cards accepted.

General Merchandise THRIFT SHOP: THE LORD’S WAREHOUSE. Next to Longboat Island Chapel. Season Opening October 1, 2012: Wednesday & Saturday, 9a.m. to 1p.m. Clothes, jewelry, furniture, other items. 6140 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-4738.

Merchandise Wanted LOCALLY OWNED and operated since 2004 with three locations, America's Super Pawn will pay you top dollar for your estate jewelry, watches, diamonds, musical instruments, computers, motorcycles, cars and other unwanted items. Call us at 758-PAWN OR ... fill our request form on our web and we'll contact you! www.americassuperpawn.com

LONGBOAT BAYPORT BTC- 2BR 2BA Gulf front views- wifi-Monthly rentals 813-541-8876.

SPEND PRIME Dec. 25 holiday week every year (or trade internationally, loan to friends or rent it out!) at luxurious 5-Star premier Veranda, Gulf beach resort on central LBK. Special offer now for best views! Call Lara @ 941-400-0950.

DEEP WATER ACCESS Boater’s Dream: residential rental in south Longboat Key. 3BR/2BA, approx. 1720 sq.ft., only minutes to Sarasota Bay and open Gulf. 100/ft canal frontage with pool. Yearly lease at $2500/month + utilities. Call 228-327-7801.

Real Estate Wanted WANTED 2BR/2BA unfurnished on Anna Maria Island. Professional non-smoking couple seeks annual rental. 941-348-7688.

3BR, UPDATED, TASTEFULLY DECORATED. GULF & BAY VIEWS. CALL CYNTHIA 407-492-5749 BEACHPLACE ON LBK: Special pricing until end of December for beautiful 2BR unit, first floor, modern furnishings, enclosed parking. Call 941-807-0897 for details.

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LBK SANCTUARY. Beachfront SW corner 3BR/3BA. Available January thru March 2013. Call 941-587-1700. LBK: NEW YEARS’ WEEK. Veranda Beach Resort, 2BR/2BA, +LR queen sleep sofa. NEWLY FURNISHED, partial Gulf view. All resort amenities included. Photos available. December 29th to January 5th. By owner. 860-567-0122, E-mail: aheimler632@gmail.com LIDO BEACH CONDOMINIUMS Weekly - Monthly - Seasonal Resort Properties, Inc. Licensed Real Estate Broker Full Service Condominium Management 941-388-3921 - 888-388-3921 941-650-1857 Visit us at: resortproperties.pro

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TIME TO SELL. As the economy has drifted lower over the past years, prices have declined dramatically in our area; some cases have seen as much as 50% value declines. Most properties saw at least 30% from their highs. Interest rates declined as well, setting record lows (and they appear to still be declining). Over the past year, buyers have come into our market with a fury. At first they bought all of the “low-hanging fruit” – the short sales and the foreclosures. Sellers became more realistic and as buyers perceived value, they bought. Sellers who didn’t need to sell held on to their properties. All of these events have combined to create a very low inventory of homes for sale this season. If you have been wanting to sell your property, now is the time! Contact Roger and ask for his evaluation of your property in today’s market.

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Art in Architecture by Nick Friedman Community Editor

Jerry Sparkman emerges from the back of his office at his downtown architectural firm, Sweet Sparkman Architecture, holding a baseball-sized chunk of unpolished quartz crystal. The stone, which he bought from a street-side vendor, holds a special significance to the local architect: The vendor dug it out of the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Tennessee, which Sparkman also knew happened to be the origin of Siesta Key’s nearly pure quartz sand. Hailing from Tennessee, himself, Sparkman says it was an easy sell. “I never used to think about the origins of materials,” he says. “The sand we sit on came from those mountains millions of years ago. It fascinates me. I realized that I’ve been walking around for 45 years taking that kind of thing for granted.” Sparkman’s new interest in the origins of materials was piqued while working with his business partner, Todd Sweet, and six Ringling College of Art and Design students on a collaborative architectural exhibit in Venice, Italy, which incorporated two tons of Siesta Key sand. The exhibit, aptly titled, “Origins,” is currently on display at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture, where both established and young architects and designers are invited to showcase their work. Sparkman’s vision for “Origins” was to construct a space in which

Jerry Sparkman is a local architect who fused his creative spirit with his day-job in a recent collaborative architectural exhibit in Italy.

It was much an experience as it was art in the form of architecture. – Jerry Sparkman

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Jerry Sparkman incorporated two tons of Siesta Key sand in his recent collaborative architectural exhibit, “Origins.” guests could experience a representation of his own origins as an architect. The exhibit consists of a large room, in which Siesta Key sand is re-circulated like a waterfall, raining down from the ceiling and collecting in a small mound before spilling between the floorboards and starting the process over again. Behind the “waterfall” sits a wall of nearly 800 glass bricks, crafted by the Ringling students, from Siesta sand.

“I wanted it to be very experiential,” says Sparkman. “It was quite a unique notion to take our Siesta Key sand; ship it 5,000 miles across the ocean to Italy and shine Venetian light on it.”

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Architecture is more than blueprints, drafts and drawing boards to Sparkman. It’s not the cut-anddry profession it’s often made out to be, he says, existing purely out

of the need to create space for people. Sparkman sees architecture as akin to art, and, for him, it provides a rousing creative outlet. “Throughout the whole process of design, there’s a sense of discovery,” he says. “When you’re challenged with a design, you’re driven by your own curiosity. It’s a self-perpetuating thing. I like the opportunity to click on the right side of my brain; it’s invigorating.” Sparkman’s passion for cre-

ativity isn’t surprising. Always fascinated by art, and drawing in particular, much of his childhood Sparkman spent in art classrooms. After high school, the Tennessee native moved west to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, before following in his father’s footsteps in the field of architecture. Having grown up drawing in his father’s drafting room, Sparkman says his familiarity with the process made the career choice a natural one. After a year in California, he moved backed to his home state to get an undergraduate degree in architecture and eventually earned his master’s in drafting from the University of Virginia. For the past 11 years, Sparkman has called Sarasota home, and he says he draws a lot of inspiration from the city’s Sarasota School of Architecture-era buildings. “When I moved here, I saw a really interesting body of work from the ’50s and ’60s,” he says. “So, I was inspired by the culture, and the town had a good vibe and great people.” He and business partner, Todd Sweet, have worked together since 2004, and their work has earned them international design industry recognition.

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A rendering of the “Origins” exhibit as it appeared in Biennale. meyer, who invited them to participate in this year’s Biennale, the two were convinced they’d been contacted by mistake. “We thought it was bogus,” Sparkman says with a laugh. “We joked that it was like those emails you get from a Nigerian prince; all they need is our routing number!” But, there was no mistake. Rietmeyer, the curator of the event, had seen the awardwinning Casey Key guesthouse designed by Sparkman and Sweet and felt the two would be a perfect fit for the Biennale. The theme of this year’s event was “Common Ground,” and its goal was to display the shared experiences of architects. After a few weeks of deliberation, Sparkman and Sweet decided that the exhibition was something they’d like to participate in, but they didn’t want to merely display their completed architectural works. “We wanted to make an exhibit about what inspires us,” says Sparkman. “Our work often has us working along the

coast, and we wanted to look at the ground that we put our projects on and incorporate that in some way.” After some brainstorming, they landed on the sand concept, and Sparkman saw an opportunity to involve students from Ringling, so he called Ringling President Larry Thompson to pitch the idea. Thompson loved it, and soon, Sparkman and Sweet were working alongside six students in the fine-arts, sculpture, action-design and management programs. “The students were great,” says Sparkman. “They inevitably influenced and shaped the exhibit. They had a big hand in making it more of a conceptual display.” After receiving permission from county commissioners to borrow the sand, Sparkman and the students went out to the beach, equipped with 60 five-gallon buckets and began digging. From there, the buckets were sealed, put through customs and shipped to Venice. Partnering with Ringling,

which underwrote half of the expenses, and with sponsorships from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Visit Sarasota and the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Sparkman, Sweet and the students began preliminary work, developing mock-ups as artists in residence at the Conservation Foundation’s Bay Preserve. The group traveled to Venice a week before the exhibit’s August opening to construct their home away from home. Of the nearly 60 exhibits, only a handful of architects chose to pursue a conceptual exhibit, and Sparkman says the slice of Siesta Key was well-received by patrons. “It kind of set the tone for the whole Biennale,” he says. “It became sort of a gathering place. The adults were a little apprehensive, but the kids got it. They knew to get in there and interact with the sand.” Sparkman says “Origins” will be returned to Sarasota at the end of Biennale in late November, and he hopes to find a place to display it locally, with the possibility of drawing some national attention and a tour around the country. Sparkman says the whole process was a great learning experience in fusing art and architecture, and he hopes to find ways to combine the two fields in the future. “It really made me rethink what architecture is about,” he says. “Working with the students and the overlap in disciplines helped me explore what it could be. I’d like to explore other opportunities to do that.”

Music // Sarasota Orchestra: Innovations — ‘Once Upon a Time’ Once upon a time there was a regional orchestra filled with an international array of talented musicians, many of them young, all of them exceptional. One day, a young princely conductor named Dirk Meyer created a program on a new series of “Innovations” concerts devoted to musical fairy tales: The Prelude to Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” a couple of sections from Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Enchanted Garden” from Ravel’s enchanting setting of “Mother Goose,” the lullaby and finale from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” and the bewitching Suite from Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” ballet. Rrrrip ... What’s so innovative about this program? Yes, it’s all truly great music, and it’s a cleverly balanced musical concept based on fairy tales. What made it brilliantly innovative was the way Meyer put it together with multimedia and live performances. That’s innovation — and that’s brilliant. So was the idea of inviting a group of social networkers, who, seated in one or two of the rear boxes (so their smartphone tweets wouldn’t distract the rest of us), were urged to tweet and blog during the performance. (Their reports of this concert were around the world and back before we even got our car home!) But, is innovation enough to make a concert good? It helps, because it gives the concert a freshness and definition that sets it apart, enlightens and refreshens. Best of all, the

orchestra and Prince Dirk performed beautifully. The Humperdinck Prelude —which opens with the famous “Evening Prayer” sung later by Hansel and Gretel as they’re surrounded by 14 angels keeping watch — was given a slow but sonorous sound that resonated beautifully through the gorgeous acoustics of the Opera House. (Oh, would that the Van Wezel had that sound … ) The accompanying pantomime of Hansel and Gretel (Vincent Pearson and Leah Henry), The Witch (Carrie Mills) and the Father (Brent Pearson) was sweet but innocuous. “Sleeping Beauty” had a glorious bite in the orchestra while we all read, silently, the story, told on charming slides projected above the orchestra that seemed to be clipped from the very book of fairy tales my father read to me before kissing me goodnight. Ravel’s short, but enchanting, bit of “Mother Goose” swirled with orchestral color and brilliant lighting effects, and concert master Daniel Jordan absolutely swept me away with his gorgeous solo. But Stravinsky’s “Firebird” would have done better on its own than with the selected photographs by Brian Braun that seemed musically unrelated. Finally, Robert Turoff —playing it straight as a 1950s radio reader with his beautifully mellifluous baritone —held us in thrall with his reading of “Cinderella” while the orchestra and conductor set him magnificently to Prokofiev’s music. This is the kind of innovation that enhances already great music, and, looking at the audience of kiddies and grandparents, it’s also serving to open this wonderful world to new listeners. — June LeBell

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that night, but typically performs for students from sixth grade to 12th grade. There are two casts, The Sound and The Fury, of thirdyear students in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory that will tour schools to bring a 60-minute version as part of the Asolo Rep Education and Outreach program. Last year’s performance of “Hamlet Redux” reached 12,000 students. But the students won’t get to experience bagpipers playing as the show ends, like the Cook Theatre audience did.

 Sarasota Fire “Zombietown: A Documentary Play” kicks off Backstage at The Players.

 More bang for Backstage at The Players Last year was the inaugural Backstage at The Players season. It’s a series of edgier contemporary productions in the backstage studio that seats up to 60 people. This year, the productions have been extended to two weeks and the number of performances have been doubled. The series kicks off Oct. 11 with the comedy “Zombietown: A Documentary Play,” directed by Linda MacCluggage. Also slated for this season is “Kimberly Akimbo,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Davidy Lindsay-Abaire. It’s a twisted comedy about a teenager aging five times faster

than normal. “Oleanna,” by David Marnet, is a provocative and controversial drama about sexual harassment. Tickets are $15.

 That old Scottish play The old wive’s tale remains true: Don’t say “Macbeth” in the theater. For the two Asolo Repertory Theatre casts of “Macbeth,” it leads to a pandemic of sickness, broken toes and bangs and bruises, all in a matter of 48 hours. This is just one bit of knowledge the audience picked up during the discussion portion of the program Oct. 4, following The Sound cast’s performance of Shakespeare’s bloodiest piece. The group performed “Macbeth” for the public

Charlie Barnett is hot, and it’s not just his looks; he’s playing a firefighter on TV. The man who grew up on stages around Sarasota is coming to the big screen at 10 p.m. Wednesday in the drama “Chicago Fire” on NBC. He’s cast alongside Jesse Spencer, of “House,” and David Eigenberg, of “Sex and the City,” and his parents couldn’t be more proud. “We’re very happy for him. He worked hard for it,” says his mother, Sarasota resident Danee Barnett. His mother, father, Bob, and sis-

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It’s a well-known fact that the arts and entertainment thrive in Sarasota, but what might not be so well-known is the impact arts have on the local economy. The Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County and the Arts and Cultrual Alliance of Sarasota County are hosting Randy Cohen, of Americans for the Arts,

Conductor and composer Daniel Moe was the music director of Key Chorale until 2006, when he retired. The group pays tribute to the late Moe in the Key Chorale “Vast Voyages” season opener in “The Living Legacy of Daniel Moe” at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4, at The Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road. Call 921-4845.

Hot Ticket ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’: Hear The Sarasota Orchestra’s Great Escapes Series opener 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. The production, featuring swinging selections, such as Benny Goodman and George Gershwin, runs through Oct. 13. Tickets $26. Call 953-3434. ‘Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers’ — brings music

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of the 1950s back to life. In this  Bharat Chandra, principal production, developed by Richard clarinet with Sarasota Orchestra Hopkins and Jim Prosser, with assistance from Rebecca Hopkins, the audience can expect classic songs with great harmonies such as “Barbara Ann” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” It opens Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave. It runs through Jan. 13. Tickets range from $19 to $36. Call 366-9000.

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to speak on this. He will reveal findings of a comprehensive study on the national and local economic impact of the non-profit arts and cultural industry. I’ll let you know what I find out, but in case you want to attend the event Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, you can register online at edcsarasotacounty.com/ calendar.asp or call 309-1200, Ext. 103. Tickets are $45.

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ter, Annie, and close friends plan to have a viewing party Wednesday at Patrick’s. It was where Barnett held his first job. He’s been doing community theater in Sarasota since was 7 years old and was in a few Asolo Repertory Theatre productions before he attended Juilliard, where he graduated in 2010. He’s done several independent films and a few episodes of “Law and Order” since.


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Hearing loops are ‘music to one’s ears’ for opera-lover by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor Sarasota Opera Guild member and founding member of the National Hearing Loss Association Barbara Chertok can’t wait to reclaim her usual spot: row D at the Sarasota Opera House. Although she looks forward to each new season, the anticipation of this season is a little different, because it’s the first after the installation of a hearing loop system, a technology that wirelessly transfers magnetic signals to hearing aids. After losing her hearing overnight while studying operatic voice, Chertok, 77, has helped give a voice to the needs of the hearing impaired. She advocates hearing assistance on a daily basis, and she’s proud to say that more than 50 places in Sarasota now offer hearing loop systems. Chertok grew up in a poor family outside of Boston. Although her father could not afford to attend the opera, he still exposed his family to its powerful sound. He played two opera records every day: “Lakemé” and “Lucia di Lammermoor.” “He used to try to sing like a female opera singer,” Chertok laughs. “That’s how I grew up with opera,” she says. “It became my first love and it’s still my love.” Her favorite opera is “Lucia di Lammermoor.” As a teenager, Chertok loved singing as much as she did listening. She studied operatic voice for $2 a lesson. Chertok took music lessons at the Boston Conservatory of Music

and then at the New England Conservatory of Music. Eventually, an employment agency led her to a job in advertising. But she continued to sing in the little free time she had. After a 21-year-old Chertok went to lunch with two of her female coworkers on a sunny day in May 1957, her life changed. “I was walking back to the office after lunch, and all of the sudden, my balance gave out and I couldn’t walk,” she says. The hearing in her left ear went out, and a week later, the hearing in her right ear was gone, as well. When she went to renowned specialist and Harvard neurologist, Dr. Derek Denny-Brown, he told her she had nothing to worry about and that she’d get her hearing back in two to eight weeks. But Denny-Brown was wrong. He had misdiagnosed her with the herpes virus. It was 35 years later when a doctor at Johns Hopkins discovered the real cause of her hearing loss — she had Cogan’s syndrome, a rheumatic disease. “If (I had been correctly diagnosed) today, they would have given me massive doses of prednisone, which would have helped me maintain some of the hearing,” she says. But that wasn’t the case, and Chertok became accustomed to her hearing loss. “I danced all those years without hearing the music,” she says. “If I was dancing with someone who couldn’t keep the beat, I’d get it from (other dancers) on the floor.” She’d pick out the winners of operatic vocal competitions with her

Looped theaters in Sarasota Asolo Repertory Theatre (Cook) Banyan Theatre Company Burns Court Cinemas (screens 1 and 3) Florida Studio Theatre (Keating) Florida Studio Theatre (Gompertz) The Glenridge Performing Arts Center Holley Hall (Sarasota Orchestra) Neel Performing Arts Center (main) Neel Performing Arts Center (Howard) Sarasota Opera House The Players Theatre Van Wezel For a complete list of looped locations in Sarasota and Manatee counties, visit the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota online at hlas.org. Click on the “Advocacy” tab, then “Let’s Loop SRQ” to find out how hearing loops work and how to use your T-coil.

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Barbara Chertok sits in her usual seat in row D at Sarasota Opera House. This season’s newly installed hearing loop means she won’t need any additional equipment to hear the music she calls her main love in life. eyes. She’d watch the symphony on television and could hear the music in her mind. Her late husband, Benson, had to ask Chertok on a date through her mother because Chertok couldn’t hear him on the phone. “I kept singing in the bathroom, in the shower, in my car — but I wouldn’t let anyone hear me,” she says. At that time, Chertok had a hearing aid but had to practically sit on top of a musician to hear a beat of music.

“If I was in a room of 100 people and everyone was talking, I didn’t hear them. I could close my eyes and I would be alone,” she says. Chertok received her first cochlear implant in 1997. When asked about what it was like hearing opera again for the first time following that implant, she has no words. She got her second cochlear implant 11 years later. A vocal Chertok was the driving force behind the installation of an infrared system at the Sarasota Opera House a few years ago. Some

people don’t like using infrared systems because it requires additional equipment: a receiver with a neck lanyard. But hearing loops only require the flick of a switch on a hearing aid with a T-coil. Chertok continues to work on promoting hearing loops to both the hearing impaired and businesses. “Everywhere I go, I speak to the managers about hearing assistance. I’ve been doing this for years,” she says. She likes to keep people in the loop.

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Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Happy Hour is 4 to 6 p.m. daily.

Ingredients: Three Olives vodka, grated jalapeno, olive juice and blue-cheese stuffed olives Taste description: Plain Jane would order this drink if she wanted to be more like Dirty Harry — it’ll put some hair on your chest. This martini is popular among adventurous souls ready to dive into a full olive-and-jalapeño flavor. The olive dulls the alcohol taste of a typical vodka martini, but its flavor is far from normal. The blue-cheese stuffed olives slightly dull the spice, but if you can’t handle heat, this drink is not for you.

Taste Description: This drink tastes like how one would imagine breaking the law feels and — luckily — double jeopardy allows you to have more than one. Fresh pineapple, mint and jalapeño are muddled with rum and a splash of pineapple juice; lime juice is added to the top. The libation is a perfect balance of the strongest flavors — mint and jalapeño. But the fruity pineapple takes out some of the sting and replaces it with a little tang. This cocktail has got a big kick, so if you don’t want to risk it, have them make it sans the jalapeño.

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Ingredients: Wódka (vodka), simple syrup, cilantro, jalapeño and grapefruit juice Taste description: This drink is a bartender favorite and perfect for those who revel in the taste of cilantro. Smooth vodka and grapefruit juice are added to house-prepared, simple syrup muddled with cilantro and jalapeño. This cocktail has a big cilantro smell and a predominantly cilantro flavor with plenty of spice and subtle notes of grapefruit. It’s a great pick to unwind after a warm day lounging at the beach. Best paired with: Crispy oyster flamenco; $8.95

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// FOOD&COOKING by Molly Schecter | Food Editor

Your favorites when you want ‘Lively’ I

Margaret Wise

Betsy Kane Hartnett

t’s dinnertime. Maybe it’s been a “blah day.” Maybe your biorhythms are off. (Remember biorhythms?) Maybe you just feel like you need a little oomph. For whatever reason, you want some energy in your restaurant choice. The question for this month’s “favorites” discussion was: “Where do you go for dinner when you want to be someplace with lots of energy? ...  maybe even a little noise ... food that's on the scintillating side ... in other words, ‘lively.’”

For lively, I like The Table because it is so bright and on the water, and in winter, you can sit outside around a fire pit. The food is pretty, tasty, good and healthy. I like Mattison’s on 41 because it is one of the few places that you can dance to live music … and Michael’s On East because it is “home folks.”

Eat Here wins handsdown. Runners-up include Selva Grill and Darwin’s on 4th. State Street Eating House is on the list if you're looking for a small party ... it just doesn't have room for a big, lively group.

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Hands-down, Owen's Fish Camp is not only one of my favorite restaurants but definitely my top pick when I am in the mood for some hustle-and-bustle and the crinkling sound of the fish camp basket paper. As soon as you walk in the door, there’s a burst of energy not often found in restaurants. I have lived on Cape Cod for most of my life, so it definitely brings me back. My two favorite menu items are the mussels appetizer served over pasta and the fish camp basket.

Here are two of our favorites in the lively category: The Cottage, in Siesta Key Village, for tuna tiradito (tuna sushi with watermelon), skirt steak with plantains and, of course, crispy calamari. There is music most evenings in the garden in the back and people-watching outside on the front porch or inside at high tables. Next door is Blu Que Island Grill, which is good for barbecued ribs, brisket and burgers with truly exceptional blue cheese coleslaw. On weekends, the pulled-pork barbecue comes right from their own roasted pig. They offer music on weekends beginning at lunch and during the evenings.

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My choice would be Libby’s for reasons from owner Stephen Seidensticker’s welcoming charm to the diverse, adventuresome cuisine that ranges from comfort food to truffle fries. I always end up with the meatloaf, but the menu is always changing. It’s a pleasurable, outdoor dining scene someplace other than Main Street. Nothing compares with the people-watching during Ladies Night on Thursdays. I grew up at Studio 54 in New York in the late ’70s and “loved the nightlife,” but watching (just watching) the flotsam and jetsam at Libby’s on Thursday nights is incomparable! No 54 but — from the sidelines — quite a show!

I like going to Mattison's City Grille because of all of the downtown places to eat; it’s outside but has cover. There’s live music, but you can still carry on a conversation and meet with a group of people. The food is great; I love Paul and his staff! I probably eat there once a month. I don’t think that there’s a particular dish I always go there for … let’s just say that everything they do at Mattison’s is great!

IF YOU GO Blu Que Island Grill 149 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key 346-0738 Darwin’s on 4th 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota 343-2165 Eat Here 1888 Main St., Sarasota 365-8700 Libby’s 1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota 487-7300 Mattison’s City Grille 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota 330-0440 Mattison’s 41 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 921-3400 Michael’s On East 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota 366-0007 Owen’s Fish Camp 516 Burns Court, Sarasota 951-6936 Selva Grill 1345 Main St., Sarasota 362-4427 State Street Eating House 1533 State St., Sarasota 951-1533 The Cottage 153 Avenida Messina, Siesta Key 312-9300 The Table Restaurant Creekside 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 921-9465

Get In On The Conversation If you would like to be queried for a future “Favorites” column, please email mschechter@YourObserver.com including a bit of information about yourself.

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OCCASIONS: Anna Fondren Griffin & Daniel Taliaferro Watts (aka Fondren & Danny Watts)

HOW THEY MET: Danny and Fondren first met at Florida State University, where they both attended college. They began their relationship as friends and remained that way for several years. Fondren transferred to Florida Atlantic University as Danny graduated, and Danny accepted a job in Switzerland for nearly two years. Just after he returned, the two coincidentally arrived at the same Gasparilla party in Tampa; and the rest, as they say, is history.

“The Clift has a beautiful space located on their top floor that they call the Spanish Suite,” Fondren says. “It has two areas, one with an oak-paneled room set with a beautiful fireplace that offered the perfect location for the ceremony and then our dinner, while the other room is an enclosed terrace draped in white with skyline views. This was where we held our cocktail reception and dancing.” The wedding parties entered as Fondren stood back with her father, until David Gray’s “This Year’s Love” began to play from a three-piece classical ensemble. “It is a song everyone should hear,” Fondren says. “It is a deeply moving piece, even without the words, and once we heard the first notes begin to play, we knew it was our cue to enter.” The groomsmen and bridesmaids flanked the walls of the room, leaving just Danny and Fondren standing together at the center of the room with the officiant. Once they became husband and wife, they exited to an instrumental version of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”

BACKGROUND: Both Fondren and Danny grew up on Siesta Key. Danny graduated from high school at St. Stephens Episcopal School, in Bradenton; Fondren attended and graduated from the Out-of-Door Academy. INTERESTS: Their interests consist of spending time with each other and their two dogs, Toby and Chloe. They love cooking at home, entertaining friends and family, going to the movies, mountain biking, traveling and exploring new cities and places together. THE PROPOSAL: The life-changing moment happened Feb. 25 — four years (and nine days) after their first official date. It was a Friday night, and Fondren and Danny were having dinner at one of their favorite south Tampa restaurants, Ocean Prime. THE WEDDING: The wedding and reception took place at Clift Hotel, a historic hotel just steps from Union Square, in San Francisco

THE RECEPTION: “Our reception, much like our ceremony, was extremely magical and special,” Fondren says. “The Spanish Suite is adorned with large chandeliers and draped in a lush, muted aubergine color, creating a very dramatic and romantic space even without the addition of florals and extra decor. Two of the main design themes in our wedding were ombre (a gradient of colors) and chevron (a zig-zag

print used in Missoni). We were able to incorporate these two elements in both our flowers and our cake.” Guests enjoyed seared scallops, halibut and filet mignon for their entrees while listening to music from the 1950s by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ella Fitzgerald. The evening carried on with laughter provided by friends and family members who stood up to give speeches about moments they shared with both Danny and Fondren. BRIDE-AND-GROOM’S FIRST DANCE: “We didn’t have an official “first dance” per-se,” Fondren says. “After dinner and the cake-cutting, we moved back to the terrace, which became enveloped in a purple cloud of light for a

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days by taking a troupe of girlfriends to lunch Aug. 18, at The Bijou Café. The birthday gals were actually born June 18 — never mind what years. Guests included Gloria Moss, Lee Peterson and Dolly Jacobs-Reis. Owner JP Knaggs and his staff fussed over all the ladies.

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Jody Young kept up with the game.

 Tidbits … Father knows best ... Cooking for a Catholic Cause Co-Chairwoman Terri Klauber was attempting to sneak from the courtyard at Michael’s On East to the restaurant’s bar to grab a drink (apparently this is much faster when the ballroom is full of 300 thirsty guests), when she was called back for a photo with her co-chairs inside the ballroom. A few minutes later, a priest whom she’d never met handed her a glass of champagne, wished her well and darted off to mingle with guests … What’s the score? ... It’s no secret that the black-tie season coincides with football season, and men will do anything to keep up with stats of their favorite teams. Chris Gurchiek, husband of Cooking for a Catholic Cause Co-Chairwoman Connie Gurchiek, was seen constantly checking his phone for the latest football scores. Jody Young, husband of St. Martha Catholic School Principal Siobhan Young (who is currently on maternity leave),

was watching the play-by-play videos on his phone … Fun facts from the event … “If you don’t know the people at your tables, you’re going to know them by the end of the night,” said Rebecca Blitz, director of development and marketing for St. Martha. “And,” added Phil Mancini, “You’re going to know if they can cook! … ” Birthday boy … The Rev. Fausto Stampiglia celebrated what is rumored to be his 77th birthday during the event … Five-second rule … To find out who dropped what while cooking, visit YourObserver.com for some entertaining video footage ... Friends forever … Judy Nimz and Phyllis Keyser were photographed together at the Flip Flops & Fashion luncheon and announced while posing that they’ve been friends for 35 years …

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Lee Peterson, Jewel Ash, Janet Hunter, Gloria Moss and Dolly Jacobs-Reis

 Oops, we forgot two! Happy, happy birthday, birthday! Dolled up in party hats, Jewel Ash and Janet Hunter celebrated their shared birth-

Kimberly Manooshian is branching out her friend-and-networking circles by attending more community events, such as Children First’s Flip Flops & Fashion luncheon. When she picked up her nametag — which should have contained her full name of 18 letters — at the event, held Friday at Sharky’s on the Pier, her last name was left off. “My last name was too long,” Manooshian said. “I’m now on a first-name basis with the organizers — I’ve finally arrived.”

 Irony of ironies … The man who makes audio-visual things happen at virtually all of Sarasota’s big benefits threw a party of his own Aug. 19, at his home-away-from-home, Michael’s On East. Tech Director Brent Greeno celebrated his 40th birthday with more than 100 friends at a “time warp cocktail party.” It was delightful to learn from his self-proclaimed “eulogy” (really, Brent — 40 isn’t even old!) that his life’s work has included wait staff, bartender, restaurant manager, automobile mechanic and more, before Steve Moyers, who owns Sights & Sounds AV, recruited him. Virtually everybody who is anybody in Sarasota event production was there, including Janet and John Hunter, Johnette Cappadona, Jeremy Lisitza, the fearsome foursome of Veronica (and Jay) Brady, Susan Jones, Chris (and Dr. Ken) Pfahler and Sally Schule; Paul and Jennifer Grondahl, Steve Patmagrian, Tracey McCammack, Phil and Kim Mancini, Angie Stringer, Emily Walsh, photographer Peter Acker and girlfriend Laurel Streeter (in Cindy Lauper garb), Carolyn Michel and Howard Millman, Steven Sieg, Sarah Lansky and

 Black Tie Affair CANDance When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 Where: Michael’s On East. Tickets: $200; Call: 366-0461 Jackie Rogers and Penny Hill will once again co-chair Sarasota’s version of “Dancing with the Stars” in the Community Aids Network’s CANDance competition, which will be produced again by former United States ballroom champion Stephen Sieg. But this year’s venue is new; the location has switched from the Chelsea Center to Michael’s On East, upping the max number of guests from 200 to 300. Word on the street is that contestant Phil King has already purchased four tables for the event. First-ever CAN Director of Development Scott George, who is responsible for recruiting King as a dancer, is going all out to make sure the event is going to rock. Mindy Rohan. The irony: When Brent got on stage to speak, the mic didn’t work. But, of course, there was a backup immediately at hand.

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