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Board abolishes Village parking district Sarasota County commissioners voted to end assessments on Siesta Key Village for a municipal parking lot.

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Peter and Barrie McKenzie with Rachel O’Briend, center, with their pugs.

Two months after county commissioners directed staff to prepare a report on the Siesta Key Parking Public Improvement District, they received five options Oct. 9. The following day, county commissioners voted 4-1 to abolish the special taxing district, which

saves Village property owners $344,000 in taxes over the next seven years. The funds, which are used to pay down debt from construction of the municipal parking lot in the Village, will now come from the county’s general fund. That was the second of five alter-

natives included in county Chief Engineer Jim Harriott’s memo, which Commissioner Joe Barbetta moved to approve. “We don’t go building parking lots for commercial districts elsewhere,” said Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, a longtime Siesta resident and rep-

resentative, who voted against the motion and questions its fairness. Siesta business owner Chris Brown’s third lawsuit against the county is directly related to parking assessments. The lawsuit alleges the county selectively enforced the assessment method for the district, thereby increasing his taxes from 2010 to 2011

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+ Pugs on parade Peter and Barrie McKenzie invited fellow Pug Rescue member Rachel O’Brien for a weekend of fun in Sarasota. O’Brien, who lives in Fort Myers, brought her two pugs, Starsky and Ali, along with her so that they could play with the McKenzie’s pugs Sophie, Rosie and Frankie. The McKenzies met O’Brien a year ago at a pug rescue event and became her “adoptive parents.” The threesome and their five pugs enjoyed their Sunday afternoon wandering around Siesta Key Village.

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Lex Sayre, No. 15, was one of many Riverview players sporting pink socks to show support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

+ Real men wear pink Friday night’s Riverview homecoming game was not only about school spirit but served as the school’s salute to breast-cancer awareness. Students in the crowd wore pink, and the cheerleaders used pink pom-poms in honor of breast-cancer awareness month. All the Riverview football players wore pink socks. Some even had the breast-cancer ribbon design on them. Also, more than 60 Kiltie Band members performed at the Riverview homecoming game. The Kiltie alumni performed four songs during pre-game and during the half-time show.

Jake Nicolson, 8, enjoys a snow cone while hanging out underneath the pavilion at Siesta Key Beach Sunday, Oct. 7.

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Sarasota County beefs up code enforcement Military veteran Kevin Burns started working overtime to monitor weekend violations. Kevin Burns doesn’t have the strict demeanor of a U.S. Army sergeant, even though he served in military intelligence before joining the National Security Administration. “I’m a people person,” he said during an Oct. 8 interview with the Pelican Press. The code-enforcement officer, dressed in a black

Sarasota County baseball cap and jeans with black military boots, sipped a cup of coffee at the Siesta Key Sheriff’s Office sub station. That trait has served Burns well in his yearlong career with the county’s code enforcement department and is key in his new mission to root out weekend violations across the county.

“You don’t want to go out there and start a war,” said code-enforcement officer John Lally, who was sitting behind his own desk at the substation. The relationship between code-enforcement officers, residents and business owners starts with clear communication and building relationships, he explained. This year, county commissioners voted to expand the 2013 fiscal year budget for overtime code

enforcement during weekends, when some violations have gone unreported. The push for the expanding enforcement came partly due to Siesta residents’ complaints about noise levels in the Village, which are most prominent during weekends. “My experience so far has been all positive,” Burns said. During his first month on the job he has con-

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CODE / FROM PAGE 1A ducted three decibel-level measurements in the Village without any violations. He has also started reaching out to bar and restaurant owners, residents and even tourists. Things may be quiet on the island now, but when season picks up there will be plenty of sound complaints in the Village, Lally said. “The relationships I’m trying to develop will pay dividends when season starts,” Burns said.

Sound versus noise

Burns’ résumé boasts stints with various intelligence agencies working with a different type of wave then the ones that splash the shores of Siesta — sound. After code-enforcement supervisor Richard Kuntz told officers about the overtime hours, Burns said he knew his expertise would be useful in the Village. The activities that comprise the expertise and experience are classified for the most part, Burns said, but it centered on the physics of sound. “If he told you, he’d have to kill you,” Lally joked. The Sarasota County code re-

Communication issues To report a possible code violation, Siesta Key residents can email code enforcement officers John Lally or Kevin Burns at jlally@scgov.net and kburns@ scgov.net, respectively. The Sarasota County call center, 861-5000, will direct questions, comments or reports to the correct department, Lally said.

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stricts property owners to between 55 and 75 decibels at their property line, at various times of the day and in varying zoning districts. Some Village businesses have special exceptions that expand on time and decibel threshold in the ordinance. Residents in the Terrace condominium complex, which is adjacent to the Village, have complained about the noise from nearby bars, and the topic has been a mainstay on Siesta Key Village Association and Siesta Key Association agendas this year. Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, a Siesta resident, has sent or received at least 10 emails about noise in the Village since February, according to the county’s public access website. “A bar owner wouldn’t consider their music ‘noise,’” Burns said. “It’s about who receives it.” Burns parks at the Siesta Sheriff’s Office substation and walks to the Old Salty Dog to start weekend investigations. Bar and restaurant staff have given positive feedback to him, but Burns said he is surprised at the interest tourists have in what he does. A couple recently watched while Burns calibrated his sound measurement device, which adjusts for ambient noise before and after a decibel reading. Burns said he’s happy to explain the work to bystanders. Despite Burns’ background, the intricacies in the municipal code are challenging to teach, Lally said. County commissioners voted to extend the sunset date of the ordinance restricting sound levels, but county staff will be holding public meetings for community input on how to change the ordinance, or craft a new one, to please residents and business owners.

“It’s just so convoluted,” Lally said.

Not just noise

Code-enforcement officers must, in a way, play the part of the “bad guy,” asking residents or business owners to “keep it down,” Lally said. Burns works 15 hours during the weekend all over the county doing things many residents wouldn’t think about, he says. He picked up a broken television and some cans of brown paint Oct. 5, on Ocean Boulevard. And one of the first violations Burns noticed on Siesta was vehicles parked in the right of way just over the north bridge. “That’s going to stop,” he said. The biggest issue facing officers is unlicensed contractors, who are active on Siesta, Lally said. If a property owner hires a contractor without assuring they have the proper credentials, they are vulnerable to risks that include a lawsuit if one of the contractors’ employees falls off a roof and sues, he said. Educating residents about the county codes is another aspect of the communication Lally and Burns foster. About four years ago, an island property owner received a permit from the county to pare some mangroves to make room for a dock. He ended up cutting more of the protected plant than allotted in the permit, which prompted a visit from Lally. When the codeenforcement veteran informed the owner he could face fines of up to $50,000, the man said he just needed a number and he would gladly cut a check, Lally recalled. “That was probably the craziest thing I’ve seen,” said Lally, who has worked in the code-enforcement department for six-and-a-half

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Sarasota County code enforcement officer John Lally holds a soundmeasurement device next to comrade Kevin Burns, who started working weekend hours last month. years. Burns popped open the cover on the bed of his truck before heading out on inspections Oct. 8, and revealed a stack of signs of all shapes, sizes and colors — from postings for garage sales to business adver-

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Conservationists score slight victory The Sarasota County Commission approved an easement for work at a home on Siesta Key but required green building plans. Dr. Allan Worms used emotion and some humor in his plea for Sarasota County commissioners to consider an imperiled bird during an Oct. 9 public hearing in Venice. The snowy plovers are fond of Siesta Key dunes adjacent to the parcel at 636 Beach Road, which has become a major nesting area, Worms explained. The property’s owner asked commissioners for a coastal setback variance for two paved driveways over existing shell surfaces to make pulling in and out of the property easier and safer. The County Commission voted 3-2 to approve the easement, but amended it to require the pavement be pervious, which is more environmentally compatible. SKA President Catherine Luckner was unable to attend the meeting, but wrote a letter to commissioners recommending pervious pavement. The letter also requested a conservation easement to allow access to a trail beginning at the petitioner’s property and restriction if nests are discovered between March and September — plover nesting season. Worms, a Sarasota Audubon Society volunteer representing the Siesta Key Asso-

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ciation, asked for the stipulation because it would allow natural water circulation in the soil. That manages runoff, which can lead to erosion in a large enough volume or time periods. Jeff Steinwachs, who represented the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast as a member of its board of trustees, wanted commissioners to approve a stricter amendment barring the property from being eligible for any further variances. The Conservation Foundation owns — and protects — a parcel of Beach Road property, which covers a majority of the trail for plover-watchers to monitor nesting activity. Bo Medred presented the case for the variance on the property, owned by Saba Sands LLC, following county staff analysis from Environmental Specialist Howard Berna. Staff concluded that there were no negative environmental effects from the proposal. Commissioners Jon Thaxton and Joe Barbetta voted against approval of the easement, agreeing that it was inconsistent with the Coastal Setback Code. Saba Sands now needs Florida Depart-

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ment of Environmental Protection approval for the work, and Medred said he would speak with representatives from the Conservation Foundation through the appropriate means to discuss the use of the trail on its property. The pathway leads to an old wooden staircase at the petitioner’s property. Snowy plovers nest in low frequencies, and their chicks are vulnerable to predation from gopher tortoises and raccoons. Even the sight of a four-legged animal, such as a dog, can startle the mother to abandon her nest, making volunteer monitoring important for their survival. There was only one successful snowy plover nest in all of Sarasota County this year, Luckner said in the letter. That was located on land owned by the Conservation Foundation. Other nests were destroyed by inclement weather, such as during Tropical Storm Debby, and others by human feet. Worms and a friend spotted seagulls disturbing the nest with two chicks earlier this summer. The friend hurled his binoculars at the shorebirds, scaring them away. “The binoculars did not survive,” Worms said.

by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Sarasota County Junior Lifeguard campers participated in training drills and were certified in CPR.

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Camp stresses fitness and education Roughly 37,000 kids attend various Sarasota County summer programs, but one small camp on Siesta Key beach offers more than just fun and supervision. Sarasota County Junior Lifeguard Program staff decided to shrink its five-hour sessions to four hours this summer because that’s a long time to keep kids focused, said beach patrol captain Roy Routh. Given the active nature of the summer camp, which ran for two two-week sessions this summer, the site on Siesta Key can tire even the liveliest youth. “They’re not sitting in the A/C,” Routh said. “They’re in and out of the water — they’re wet, and they’re sandy.” Both are important to the program’s aim to educate participants in every facet of a lifeguard’s job, from environmental and biological sciences to rescue operations. This summer drew more campers than in 2011,

as well as more teenagers, County Parks and Recreation Manager Carolyn Brown said during an Oct. 4 Siesta Key Association meeting. “I kind of look at this as a farm system for lifeguards,” Routh said. One camper, 17-year-old Jarrett Quinn, spent three summers as a junior lifeguard and was one of the instructors this year. Campers leave the program with cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification and knowledge of area beaches provided by camp coordinators and guest speakers, some of which are provided by Mote Marine Laboratory. That makes alumni prime candidates for lifeguard positions. That’s something program coordinators ramped

up with this year’s offering. “We know who they are, and we know they’ve been trained through us,” Routh said. County Administrator Randall Reid has stressed the need to snare talent as the economy improves pulling people into private-sector work. Junior lifeguard program coordinators this year expanded the camp from a single three-week session and added emphasis on first-aid training and actual lifeguard operations. In addition to open-water training with “cans” — hard red plastic flotation devices, campers got the chance to “rescue” each other. Instructors showed how the entire emergency-rescue process plays out, from the radio communication to preparing a rescue victim for transportation. Older campers are closer to an age where they can come back and work as instructors or lifeguards, and Routh guessed wordof-mouth explains the greater number of teenagers this summer.

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something’s fishy by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Red tide inches its way northward Mote scientists continue to collect water samples and work with the county health department.

Water samples analyzed this week show that a red tide bloom, which was detected off Southwest Florida, has moved further north into Sarasota County. Medium to high levels of Karenia brevis, the organism that causes Florida’s red tide, were discovered off southern Sarasota County, as far north as Casey Key, while low levels were detected further north in the county. Satellite images show the bloom stretches from northern Lee County to Sarasota County, said Hayley Rutger, public relations coordinator for Mote Marine Laboratory. The bloom began in Charlotte County and has been slowly moving north. Dead fish and some respiratory irritation among beachgoers has impacted the southern county beaches, from Blind Pass, the most southern beach in Sarasota County, to as far north as Casey Key, said George Tatge, parks and recreation manager with Sarasota County. Beachgoers have reported respiratory irritation at Manasota Beach, Venice Beach, Venice North Jetty and Casey Key. At those beaches, lifeguards have noticed “a slight smell and red tint in the water,” Tatge said. Currents in the Gulf of Mexico and wind directions will determine the future movement of the bloom. The bloom appears to be intensifying, and it will probably remain offshore Sarasota County for some time, said Tom Higginbotham, environmental health administrator with the Sarasota County Health Department. “The data shows that it is creeping north,” Higginbotham said. While levels north of Casey Key were low as of Wednesday, Oct. 10, and effects were not present on Siesta Key or Lido Beach, Higginbotham said, “It wouldn’t be surprising to see those levels increase.” Although not in the immediate forecast, a cold front would bring northerly winds that could keep the bloom from continuing north. “That’s what we hope for, a nice crisp cold front to come through,” Tatge said. Mote scientists are continuing to collect water samples and work with the county health department. Mote has also deployed its autonomous underwater vehicle, nicknamed “Waldo,” that can test for red tide under the Gulf of Mexico’s surface and determine which direction currents are moving. As of Wednesday, lifeguards on Siesta had not observed the indications of red tide that were present south of Casey Key. In total, 7 tons of fish and debris was removed from South Sarasota County beaches from Friday through Monday. “For the most part, the fish we are picking up are small, pinfish or some fish a foot long or so,” Tatge said. “Someone did find a 14-inch snook. Chances are that was a red-tide mortality. For the most part, though, it’s small pinfish.” People with underlying chronic respiratory problems, such as asthma, should avoid red tide areas, especially when winds are blowing toxins on or near shore, Higginbotham said.


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+ SKA expands online offerings for members Siesta Key Association members will soon be able to manage their membership information and pay dues on the organization’s website, announced SKA President Catherine Luckner Oct. 4. Current and potential SKA members can pay with credit cards and will be notified immediately of their membership. Luckner said the online membership feature would likely appear on the group’s website, siestakeyassociation.com, in three weeks.

+ Santa gets a new ride The Light up the Village parade planned for Nov. 24 may have a new twist for St. Nick, if the committee planning the holiday event can get a boat for the unnamed actor behind the beard. Committee member Kay Kouvatsos told colleagues that a local business offered to loan one of its boats to cart Santa Claus through the parade. The event organizers are still looking for volunteers and sponsors to help support the event, which is expected to bring thousands of people to Siesta Key. For sponsorship information, call Roz Hyland at 349-2770.

+ Board to consider expanding commission The Sarasota County Charter Review Board Oct. 16, will hear a presentation from local engineering consultant John Minder about adding two more Sarasota County

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School Board meeting — 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Landings Administrative Complex, 1980 Landings Blvd., Sarasota

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Sarasota scrutinizes streetcar desire The city has hired an engineer to conduct a $70,000 feasibility study, which is the first step in a lengthy process.

Does Sarasota desire a streetcar? That is the question city planners, elected officials and residents will be talking about next month. The city has hired an engineer to conduct a $70,000 feasibility study, which is the first step in a lengthy process. And a public workshop is scheduled for mid-November to collect community input on the possibility of a downtown circulator —whether it would be a rubber-tire circulator, such as a bus-type trolley, or a fixed-track streetcar. Streetcars are the more expensive option, costing $25 million to $50 million for each mile of the track. But advocates say a streetcar in Sarasota would be much more inviting for residents and tourists to ride than a trolley or bus. “A streetcar is sexy,” said Forrest Shaw, owner of Pastry Art downtown and co-organizer of the grassroots Sarasota Streetcar Initiative. “It is not the same as getting on a bus.” Part of the allure of streetcars is their heritage. At the turn-of-thecentury, streetcars fueled growth in many cities. Part of the draw is the permanence and predictability of a streetcar, advocates say. Proponents, who helped bring streetcars to cities such as Tampa and Kenosha, Wis., say they are an investment that steer revitalization and economic growth to the commercial and residential dis-

The feasibility study will outline three possible routes for streetcar tracks, including one that would run west to east through downtown. Each route is between 1.5 to 2 miles long and could be constructed in separate phases, English said.

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Tampa’s streetcar network cost a total $61 million. tricts along their tracks. Mayor Suzanne Atwell said she is a supporter of a long-planned proposal to bring a “circulator” downtown, but she is not sure whether a bus-type trolley or a fixed-track streetcar would work best. “It will depend, quite frankly, on community buy-in,” Atwell said. But Atwell noted that during a recent mobility-planning survey, 75% of respondents said they favor multi-modal transportation coming to the city, especially downtown. “Can you imagine? How wonderful it would be to go downtown to the Palm Avenue parking structure and get on a circulator and go to the Van Wezel or FST,” Atwell said. “Imagine how that would redefine how we get about.” Any possibility of a streetcar project that could cost upward of $50 million would hinge on federal

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funding. “The operative word is ‘federal funding,’” Atwell said. Michael English, urban planner with Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Inc., has been working on Sarasota’s circulator feasibility study. He expects the study to be completed in early November. English said that cities that have built a streetcar system typically get about 90% of the project funded with federal grants. “The federal transit administration likes them,” said English, who was also involved in bringing a streetcar system to Tampa and serves as vice president of the Tampa Historic Streetcar Board of Directors. But Sarasota would be competLBK - 2010 ing for a limited number of federal grants available against other cities that are moving ahead with streetcars.

It’s difficult to tell whether Sarasota officials and residents would have the gumption to endure the competitive grant process. A major hurdle would be showing federal officials that the city and county transportation officials can come up with a business plan to operate the streetcar for at least 20 years. If city commissioners do move ahead with a streetcar, the next step would be a more in-depth study before applying for federal grants. Although larger cities, such as Portland, Ore., often build streetcar systems, it could be possible for a city of Sarasota’s size to bring in a streetcar system, English said. “I think it is certainly possible,” said the urban planner. “We haven’t finished the study yet, but at the end of the day, the City Commission, city staff and the community will have to weigh the cost and benefits and make a decision whether they want to move forward.” Although the capital costs are -more K expensive for the fixedtrack streetcar, the operating costs, depending on hours of operation, are comparable between a streetcar and a bus-type trolley,

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and leaving other properties’ levies unchanged or decreased. The details from the civil case prompted commissioners to ask for a breakdown of the district’s history and ways to change the taxing method to avoid further critique of assessment fairness and complexity. “I think now the majority of (county) staff see what I’ve been going through,” Brown said. The parking improvement district was established in 1996 to collect taxes from property owners to pay $863,000, spread over 20 years, to build the lot. The owners make lump-sum annual payments based on the number of spaces they have — and need — to comply with guidelines in the 1998 county zoning regulations. But, varying interpretations of the ordinance that established the district have further complicated tax collections. Brown, in his recent suit, cited a memo from assistant county attorney David Pearce to commissioners four years ago, stating that the assessments should not change from year to year. “It seems to support that it was misinterpreted and not implemented legally,” Brown said. “And I think that the next logical step would be to settle my suit before costs and fees continue to rise.” If commissioners had left the district as is, it would have automatically dissolved in 2019. This year, district property owners paid $49,999 for the parking lot. “I think we’d be best to get this off the books and chalk it up to a learning experience,” Commissioner Jon Thaxton said, who seconded Barbetta’s motion. The remaining options in Har-

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riott’s memo either kept the parking district intact but shifted the tax burden on each property and tweaked the assessment methodology or introduced concepts that have been contentious points in other county projects — such as charging for beach parking. “Maybe buy some meters from the (city of Sarasota), or something, and go in there and meter it,” Barbetta said. Commission Chairwoman Christine Robinson said she would greatly oppose the use of metered parking in the Village, or elsewhere in the county. Brown sent an email to commissioners the same morning, noting that the parking levy is basically a double tax, because when a businesses expands or relocates, it must address zoning issues during the permitting process. They can then be taxed for deficient spaces that have already been addressed through an alternative parking agreement or valet parking, the email ex-

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Amendments 1, 3, 5, 8, 12 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

Amendment 3

State government revenue limitation. This proposed amendment to the state constitution replaces the existing state revenue limitation based on Florida personal income growth with a new state revenue limitation based on inflation and population changes. Under the 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 state-funded 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 twothirds 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 Supreme Court justice 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, background: This amendment is a second attempt, led by House Speaker Dean Cannon. Irked by the Florida Supreme Court’s denial in 2010 of putting what is now Amendment 1 (the antiObamacare amendment) on the 2010 ballot, among others, Cannon and other lawmakers felt the High Court’s majority had crossed the line — into lawmaking and not just interpreting the law. 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 Florida House. • 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


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are too few checks on the 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 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 confirmation of Supreme Court justices. This would not be new to Florida. From 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.

AMENDMENT 8

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affiliated colleges and universities attended by students who receive Bright Futures scholarships. Catholic St. Leo University north of Tampa for years has educated Florida college kids eligible for state funds but who have been unable to get into one of the state universities because they’re overcrowded. Does that constitute “aiding” a church? Of course not; it’s aiding the student. What about all those ex-soldiers who have used their GI Bill funds to attend Catholic universities. Is that aiding the church? Of course not. If the state provides funding for exinmates to attend a faith-based drug rehabilitation center that is improving lives and helping them avoid recidivism, is that “aiding” a sectarian institution? Of course not. It’s aiding the ex-inmate and aiding society — and it’s doing so as a peaceful, mutually beneficial, fair exchange of fee for service. The intent is not to aid the institution; it’s to provide aid to the recipients. 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 establishment of religion or prohibiting or penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious freedom shall not justify practices inconsistent with public morals, peace, or safety. Except to the extent required by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, neither the government nor any agent of the government may deny to any individual or entity the benefits of any program, funding or other support on the basis of religious identity or belief. Like Amendment 6 (the abortionfunding amendment), this one is a high-voltage wire. It touches that ultrasensitive subject of church and state and whether tax dollars can be used for services provided by faith-based organizations. The crux of this amendment are the final 33 words, starting with “neither the government nor any agent of the government may deny…” That final phrase is intended to replace the last sentence of Article 1, Section 3 of the Florida Constitution, which 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 church-

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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. 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

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SARASOTA COUNTY CHARTER AMENDMENT

Providing timetable for proposed charter amendment referendum; effective date of voter-approved amendments. Shall subsection 7.1 be amended providing: (a) referendum for Charter amendments proposed by citizen initiative, County Commission, Legislature held at next general election rather than within 60 days after filing, provided amendment filed with County Commission 120 days before election, (b) referendum for amendments proposed by Charter Review Board held at next general election, rather than next countywide election, provided proposed amendment filed with County Commission 120 days before election; (c) amendments effective upon certification of election results. 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. Next week: City of Sarasota charter amendments and candidate recommendations.

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Mote Marine Laboratory: Take a closer look at red tide tion 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 generous contributions from

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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.

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.

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PUSHED TO THE LIMIT 5:02 p.m. — 7400 block of Sanderling Road. Battery. The head of security at a deed-restricted community called deputies to file an assault report at the request of his employer. The man said five males walked past him while climbing a set of stairs, and one pushed him to get by. He told officers he had no visual injuries, and none was found when he had his head, shoulder and knee X-rayed.

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Sarasota Republicans mingle at regular meeting

The Sarasota Republican Club held its regular meeting Friday, Oct. 5, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Guests enjoyed socializing and drinks before the meeting commenced.

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COMMUNITYCALENDAR THURSDAY, OCT. 11 Powel Crosley Estate’s House of Horrors — takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Powel Crosely Estate, 1 Seagate Drive 8374 Tamiami Trail. Based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, this tour explores 13 rooms in the Powel Crosley mansion. Runs Thursday through Saturday until Oct. 27. Cost is $10 and $8 for students and seniors. Call 3210000.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12 Strider World Championship and Sarasota Kids Fest — takes place at the Sarasota BMX Track, 1590 N.Tuttle Ave. Strider racers ages 2 through 5 will compete in the annual racing event. This year’s festivities will also include on-site entertainment by the Radio Disney Road Crew. Entry fee is $25. Visit www.StriderWorldChampionship.com.

SATURDAY, OCT. 13 Sarasota County Master Gardeners Plant Sale — takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bee Ridge Park, 4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Road. Native and non-native plants will be available for sale, including edibles, trees, shrubs, vines, succulents, houseplants and many exotics. For the first time, this year’s event includes a new boutique featuring handmade garden décor by the Master Gardeners. Purchases may be made by cash or check. Free. Call 861-5000.

SUNDAY, OCT. 14 Sheryl Needle Cohn Book Presentation — takes place at 1 p.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota,

1359 Main St. Sheryl Needle Cohn presents her novel, “The Boy in The Suitcase,” which examines stories of survival during the Holocaust. Free. Call 365-7900. Vista Spiritual Center presents Dr. Matthew Edlund — takes place at 2:30 p.m. at the Bayfront Community Center, 800 N. Tamiami Trail. Dr. Matthew Edlund, a practicing physician and sleep medicine specialist and psychiatrist will speak on the subject of regeneration health. Dr. Edlund will also be signing copies of his book. $10 donation suggested. Call 9544567. Blessing of the Animals — takes place at 4

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MONDAY, OCT. 15 Women’s Leadership Council Luncheon — takes place at 11:30 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Beach Club, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive. This luncheon will feature keynote speaker Nancy Markle. Cost is $35, or $50 for patrons, which includes two raffle tickets and recognition. Call 366-3911.

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Rams take on Hurricanes in homecoming game The Riverview Rams played the Palm Harbor University Hurricanes during Riverview’s homecoming game Friday, Oct. 5, at the Ram Bowl. The evening included the presentation of the homecoming court, performances by current Kilties and alumni and a homecoming float parade. The final score of the game was Palm Harbor University 35, Riverview 9.

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SPORTS SCHEDULES

by Jen Blanco | Associate Editor

*Denotes district game

CROSS-COUNTRY Oct. 13 • Booker, ODA, Riverview, Sarasota and Sarasota Christian at Manasota Track Club Invitational at McIntosh Middle School (8 a.m.)

FOOTBALL Oct. 12 • Booker vs. LaBelle (7:30 p.m.)* • Cardinal Mooney vs. St. Petersburg Catholic (7 p.m.) • ODA vs. Imagine School of Naples (7 p.m.) • Riverview at Southeast (7:30 p.m.) • Sarasota at East Lake (7:30 p.m.)

GOLF (BOYS) Oct. 11 • ODA at Cardinal Mooney (3:30 p.m.) Oct. 15 • Sarasota Christian in Class 1A-District 16 Tournament at Bradenton Country Club (9 a.m.) • Sarasota in Class 2A-District 13 Tournament at The Founders Club (8 a.m.) Jen Blanco

Senior Haley Preininger has been an integral part of ODA volleyball team’s success this season. Now she hopes to lead the Lady Thunder to their first district title since 2007.

The Out-of-Door Academy team-and-floor captain Haley Preininger has learned individual accolades only carry you so far. The senior setter hopes the Lady Thunder’s newfound toughness will carry them to a district championship. LAKEWOOD RANCH —  Out-of-Door Academy senior Haley Preininger craved the glory that came with being a hitter. She felt a sense of accomplishment watching her stats and accolades pile up, knowing she was an integral part of the Lady Thunder’s offensive production. It wasn’t until one of her former JV coaches moved her from a hitter to a setter in middle school that Preininger learned that contribution is more than just the number of tallies next to your name on the stat sheet. The adjustment was difficult for Preininger at first, but over the last four years she’s learned to value the position. “When I was younger, I kind of wanted the gratification,” Preininger says. “Now my team knows I’m contrib-

uting and I know I’m contributing. That’s all that really matters. You can’t play as an individual. The position teaches you how to play (as a team). I can’t do that much as an individual.” Preininger began playing volleyball in sixth grade. She played intramural volleyball before deciding to join the Suncoast Volleyball Club. Preininger played for Suncoast until her freshman year but she decided to take a break from club volleyball her freshman and sophomore years. She continued to play for ODA, during that time and returned to Suncoast Volleyball Club last season. Preininger joined ODA’s volleyball team in seventh grade. She played JV for three years before moving up to varsity her sophomore

year. This season, Preininger is both a team and floor captain for the Lady Thunder and has helped ODA maintain a competitive spirit every time the team steps out onto the court. “Haley has not only adopted the competitive attitude that I have been stressing since day one, but she has also been instrumental in encouraging her teammates to do the same. … We appreciate all that Haley brings to the team that can’t be tallied on the stat sheet,” coach Craig Wolfe says. During her first season at ODA, Preininger watched the Lady Thunder capture their second district title. Now five years later, Preininger and the rest of the senior class want to add another district title to the championship banner that

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Booker High School junior running back Marlon Mack has been playing football for five years. After the Tornadoes clinched their first win, Mack talks about his strategy for the rest of the season.

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How long have you been playing football? I started in sixth grade. My dad took me to the field. What do you remember about your first game? I was playing tight end. I had to block. I think I had one catch. I was nervous about contact, but after my first hit, I got over that.

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The number of rushing touchdowns the Sarasota High football team allowed in its Class 7A-District 10 opener against Venice Oct. 5.

When did you start playing running back? When I moved to Sarasota from Miami. Before, I played wide receiver and tight end. I had to learn new things, like the routes and the holes, so that was the hardest part.

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Sarasota Christian’s Charles Wang shot a 35 Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Bent Tree County Club. Sarasota Christian took first place with a total score of 153, followed closely by St. Stephen’s with a combined score of 156, and Sarasota Military Academy with 197.

O Booker earned its first win of the season last Friday.What was the key to the win? We just went out there and did our jobs and had no turnovers. We work together pretty well, but sometimes we mess up.

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Who inspires you? Adrian Foster and Adrian Peterson. My dad, too. He tells me to play hard every week. What do you do to get pumped up before games? I like to listen to music. I usually listen to hip-hop.

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+ Lady Thunder outlast the Lady Cougars The Out-of-Door Academy volleyball team held on to defeat district rival Cardinal Mooney 3-2 in its Think Pink match Oct. 4. The Lady Thunder beat the Lady Cougars 25-15, 15-25, 23-25, 25-21, 16-14. Haley Preininger paced the Lady Thunder with 26 assists, 22 digs and five blocks. Lauren Maxey had 15 kills and Natalie Buffett added 14 kills. Gabriella Costa finished with 13 kills and six blocks. Despite the loss, Hanna McMahon had 33 digs for Cardinal Mooney. Keri McMahon had 12 kills and nine digs. Lexi Barbour finished with 20 assists.

+ Tornadoes record first win The Booker High football team recorded its first win of the season with a 57-27 victory over Lake Placid in Class 4A-District 6 action Oct. 5. Quarterback Alex Riddle threw a pair of touchdowns, and running back Marlon Mack scored two touchdowns as well.

+ Sarasota tops Palmetto The Sarasota High volleyball team defeated Palmetto 3-1 Oct. 8. Genevieve Rowe had 18 kills, two blocks and two aces as the Lady Sailors cruised to a 25-21, 25-12, 17-25, 25-16 victory. Lauren Hochstetler had 14 kills and six aces. Jackie Morgensen added five kills. The Lady Sailors host Sarasota Christian tonight for Senior Night.

+ Sarasota boys sail to cross-country championship The Sarasota High boys cross-country team scored 32 points to win the Land O’Lakes Gator Invitational Oct. 6. Courtland Bernard paced the Sailors,

finishing first in 16:29. Teammate Zackery Summerall finished second in 16:35 followed by Ian Hull (sixth, 17:02), Adam Bradtmueller (10th, 17:17) and Brandon Drumm (14th, 17:40). The Sarasota girls team scored 120 points to finish second behind Palm Harbor University (104). Angelina Grebe finished second in 19:57 to pace the way for the Lady Sailors.

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+ Cougars, Rams and Sailors all fall short in district action The Cardinal Mooney High football team fell to Lakeland Christian 20-17 in its Class 3A-District 6 opener Oct. 8. Quarterback Reese Vita scored a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Blake Young hit a 19-yard field goal in the third quarter and Demardre Patterson added a 59-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Cougars final score of the game. Riverview fell to Palm Harbor University 35-9 in its Homecoming Game Oct. 5. It was the Class 8A-District 7 opener for both schools. Karan Higdon scored on the Riverview’s opening possession on a 22-yard run for the Rams lone touchdown of the night. Mitchell Howard added a 27-yard field goal for the Rams. Sarasota fell to Venice 48-12 in the Class 7A-District 10 opener for both teams. Hunter Dewitt connected with Shawn Bane Jr. for a 62-yard touchdown and Bane Jr. later threw a 22-yard pass to Eugene Ash for the Sailors final touchdown of the game.

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The Rams make their way onto the field Friday, Oct. 5, at the Ram Bowl.

+ Sailors swing past Pirates The Sarasota High boys golf team shot a combined 155 to defeat Braden River (167) Oct. 8. Jacques Celestino shot a 36 to earn medalist honors.

Sarasota Military Academy’s Stephen Waskom, 16, takes a shot from a sand trap Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Bent Tree County Club.

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the Siesta Key building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of Sept. 24 through Sept. 28, in order of dollar amounts.

OCT–DEC 2012

SIESTA KEY

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

CAREER SEMINAR

OCT 27, INTERNATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR, 8:30 am–4 pm, 5845 General Dougher Pl., Tickets $10 students (college, grades 11–12) $25 all others, contact bhicks@ncf.edu

FILM SCREENING

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

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1080 W. Peppertree Lane 149 Big Pass Lane 7433 Midnight Pass Road 4165 Higel Ave. 436 Beach Road 750 Siesta Key Circle 727 Birdsong Lane 5911 Midnight Pass Road 108 Whispering Sands Drive 516 Avenida De Mayo 7321 Midnight Pass Road 7312 Point of Rocks Road 6154 Midnight Pass Road 6038 Peppertree Way 703 Tropical Circle 1156 Peppertree Drive 20 Whisperings Sands Drive 918 Contento St. 1225 S. View Drive 1001 Point of Rocks Road 20 Whisperings Sands Drive 5528 Avenida Del Mare 797 Beach Road 20 Whisperings Sands Drive 6424 Midnight Pass Road 5970 Midnight Pass Road 615 Avenida Del Norte 915 Seaside Drive 9042 Midnight Pass Road 5578 Shadow Lawn Drive 5966 Midnight Pass Road

Remodel Pool Mechanical Re-roof Pool Pool Roof Doors Mechanical Re-roof Demolition Wall Repairs Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Siding Mechanical Mechanical Windows Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Windows Electrical Garage Door Pilings Light

Philip Meltzer Dave Sanders Raeni Rinker-Dumford Judith Hydeman Lynne Gayler Richard Chojnacki Edward Kochis Richard Sawilchik Douglas Elliott Michael Perry PP Natarajan Michael Connelly, trustee Daniel Spinazola Joseph Houston Jeffrey Bloch Kendall Fegley Barry Roth James Origer Ann McKenzie Samuel Isaak Kenneth Graham Nancy Smith Carol Fornshell Jane Marvin, trustee Virginia Faesen, trustee Harriett Brooks Veronica Murphy Marcella Nelson Julie Reed Darrell Williams Yvonne Barbe

$55,000 $38,000 $37,400 $28,200 $28,000 $22,000 $12,357 $11,865 $10,000 $8,141 $8,000 $8,000 $6,500 $5,987 $5,925 $5,535 $5,294 $5,105 $4,700 $4,500 $4,300 $4,300 $4,180 $3,981 $3,626 $3,365 $2,500 $2,374 $1,641 $1,044 $600

Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

LECTURES

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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DEC 4, COURTING PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION: FOR BETTER OR WORSE?, 5:30 pm, 5313 Bay Shore Rd., Tickets $15

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DEC 1, VOICES OF FUZIÓN CONCERT, 7:30 pm, Black Box Theater, $10 suggested donation

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Three-bedroom home in Siesta Revised sells for $2.5 million

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Patrick DiPinto III, of Sarasota, sold his home at 4918 Oxford Drive to Gwen Gold, of Sarasota, for $345,000. Built in 1969, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,833 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $755,000 in 2006.

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Joan Wilson, of Ontario, Canada, sold her Unit 431 condominium at 9011 Midnight Pass Road to Howard Grossman, trustee, of Arlington Heights, Ill., for $337,500. Built in 1974, it has three bedrooms, two baths and

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Shon Lees, of Parkland, sold his Unit 231 condominium at 5855 Midnight Pass Road to Paul Winter, of Ontario, Canada, for $305,000. Built in 1976, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,056 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $520,000 in 2005. Irene Hunnewinkel, trustee, of Naperville, Ind., sold the Unit 417 condominium at 5855 Midnight Pass Road to Walsh Trust LLC for $275,000. Built in 1976, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,056 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $57,900 in 1978.

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Martha Creath sold the Unit 201 condominium at 5911 Midnight Pass Road to Richard and Catherine Johnston, of Fort Wayne, Ind., for $295,000. Built in 1984, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,465 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $525,000 in 2005.

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This home at 4918 Oxford Drive has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,833 square feet of living area. It sold for $345,000.

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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Sept. 24 and Sept. 28. A home in Siesta Revised tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Hedric and Gretchen Rhodes, of Sarasota, sold their home at 3251 Higel Ave. to Joel Morganroth, of Gladwyne, Pa., for $2.5 million. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths and 2,880 square feet of living area.

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BUSINESSOBSERVER + Clickbooth celebrates 10 years of business

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erinary clinic and intensive care unit. Jacovino joined CCVSS in September, following completion of a rotating smallanimal medical and surgery internship in Greensboro, N.C. He received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles and earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Tampa.

Clickbooth, the subsidiary of the Sarasotabased IntegraClick, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The celebration culminated with a carnival-themed party, complete with rides, games, an employee dunk tank and prizes for employees, friends and family of Clickbooth. The online marketing company was established in 2002 and has more than 100 employees.

+ Children’s World earns national recognition Sarasota-based independent retailer Children’s World and Children’s World Uniform Supply has been named the 2012 national runner-up for the nationwide Independent Small Business of The Year Award, which honors the best locally-owned businesses in the nation. The award, which

+ 24-hour vet clinic adds Jacovino to staff Critical Care and Veterinary Specialists of Sarasota has added Dr. Joe Jacovino to the medical staff of its 24-hour emergency vet-

is sponsored by Independent We Stand, was given based on criteria such as customer service and supporting the local community. The business, which opened in 1964, provides school, work and sport uniforms, as well as promotional products, custom embroidery and toys and games for families.

tions, we are thrilled to have Dwayne taking the helm and look forward to his insight and experience to guide us through our food and beverage program’s exciting evolution.”

+ Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota appoints executive chef

Grapevine Communications announced that it has added two design professionals to its full-time staff. Michael Cronin, the firm’s new senior art director, is an alumnus of Ringling College of Art and Design. He has worked as a graphic designer, art director and visual communicator for small and large advertising and design firms. Matt Sheils, Grapevine’s new webmaster, has an extensive background in web and graphic design, photography and videography.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota has announced the appointment of Dwayne Edwards as its new executive chef. Edwards brings a breadth of culinary and hospitality experience to the position, with more than a decade of experience in the United States.  According to the resort’s general manager, Brad Jencks, “With so many exciting things in store for the Ritz-Carlton’s culinary opera-

+ Grapevine Communications expands design staff

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TemperatureS Wed., Oct. 3 Thurs., Oct. 4 Fri., Oct. 5 Sat., Oct. 6 Sun., Oct. 7 Mon., Oct. 8 Tues., Oct. 9

High 86 89 88 88 89 86 84

Temps. Low 75 72 73 74 72 73 72

Record Temps. High Low 95 (1959) 58 (1984) 95 (1923) 52 (1929) 93 (1959) 56 (1929) 95 (1989) 57 (1913) 94 (1973) 54 (1932) 97 (1973) 52 (1987) 94 (1919) 54 (2000)

Average Gulf water temperature: 83

Sunrise/sunset Thurs., Oct. 11 Fri., Oct. 12 Sat., Oct. 13 Sun., Oct. 14 Mon., Oct. 15 Tues., Oct. 16 Wed., Oct. 17

Sunrise 7:28 7:29 7:29 7:30 7:30 7:31 7:32

RED TIDE

Sunset 7:06 7:05 7:04 7:02 7:02 7:01 7:00

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected this week in multiple samples collected alongshore of Sarasota County, ranging from background to medium concentrations.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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FRUITFUL FALL

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WHAT TO PLANT... Flowers • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Mums add fall color to your garden.

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is to incorporate fall colors in your home garden and flower beds. Mike McLaughlin, the director of horticulture at Selby Gardens, noted that Selby is in the process of planting 5,000 annuals, which will change the look and feel of the gardens to reflect the fall season colors of reds, oranges and yellows.  Gail Keiser, a member of the landscaping team at Your Farm & Garden, says fallcolored mums would make the perfect addition to anyone's seasonal garden. McLaughlin and Keiser offered their expertise on what to plant and how to care for those plants during prime gardening season in this week’s fall gardening preview.

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are planted near other plants. Tomatoes, basil and oregano thrive when planted near one another. “It’s like a little Italian herb garden,” said Gail Keiser. Keiser recommends planting marigolds around the grouping to detract insects.

Fertilization — The ban on fertilizing in Sarasota County was lifted Oct. 1. Fertilize all your plants, trees and lawn using a slow release fertilizer. Irrigation — Make sure to change your irrigation settings when

it comes to your garden. MIke McLaughlin warns that if irrigation is not adjusted there can be fungal issues and rot.

Pruning — For Keiser, pruning is key when it comes to fall gardening. “Now is the time to cut back things that are overgrown and new growths won’t get burnt or frozen, ” she said.

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isions of fall promise piles of red and copper leaves waiting to be jumped in, crisp cool evenings and warm sweaters pulled from their resting place under the bed — yeah, right! In Sarasota, fall tends to feel more like a continuation of summer. But for those who are missing the change in seasons and fireside spiced

Adventurous scale Hint of spice A little kick

Spicy

cocktails, there’s still some local spice to look forward to — and we’re not talking pumpkin and nutmeg. According to recent spirits trends, this season is for those looking for adventurous cocktails. This season’s libations are full of habañero, chili and jalapeño. Sarasota’s fall happy hours will surely offer a “kick” in the glass!

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Taste description: The Fruita’ Picante’ is shaken, chilled and served in a martini glass. It offers the fall colors Sarasota lacks. It’s made with passion fruit puree, and its medium-bodied, smooth texture accentuates the subtle spicy quality of the liqueur. Although it smells peppery, it is not overbearing in “kick.” What you get is a smoked-fruit flavor with a peppery aftertaste. It’ll have you booking a trip to Santa Fe, N.M., before you finish the drink.

Ingredients: El Mayor Silver, Monin habañero-flavored syrup, Cointreau and cucumber

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Taste description: This refreshing margarita is served on the rocks with a salted rim. But don’t expect any sour in this drink, because it’s more mojito-like with a smooth quality and color. This popular drink is perfect for the Indian summer days during the fall months on the Gulf Coast. Its cool cucumber balances the habañero syrup, which gives it a sweet light flavor with just a hint of spice. This luxurious margarita brings pleasant thoughts of afternoons lounging poolside — while friends up North slave away raking leaves.

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Sweet Spice

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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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Best paired with: Big island goat cheese appetizer; $12

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

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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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��� 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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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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