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NEIGHBORHOOD Gulf Gate haunted house scares up a frightful good time. PAGE 1B

getting sassy by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Restrictions revived on accesses As tourist season approaches, parking on Siesta Key continues to irk residents and business owners.

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County Rescue Chief Scott Montgomery honors Robert Martini and Brad Ward during the County Commission meeting Monday, Oct. 22.

Bobbi Tuccinardi, owner of Sassy Hair Salon, recently discovered her employees lost access to a parking lot they’ve used for four years. The parking lot at Beach Access No. 5 is restricted to beachgoers. “What if I have a glass of wine at the beach after work, does

that make me a beachgoer?” she asked. Sarasota County plans to install signs at each of Siesta Key’s beach accesses notifying people that if they aren’t heading to the beach, they’ll have to find another place to park. Tuccinardi said a county parks and recreation staff mem-

ber told her the signs would be posted by November. Sassy employees regularly use the lot at Beach Access 5 to avoid the two-hour limit on parking spaces along Ocean Boulevard, tickets for parking in the right of way or a long walk to the municipal lot at night.

“It’s really about safety,” said Tuccinardi’s daughter, Jeris. The salon’s secretary would be at risk when making cash deposits, she said. The county code allows parks and recreation staff to post signage in lots they manage, if nonuse parking becomes a nuisance. Siesta Key Association President Catherine Luckner said she supports enforcement, on the

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+ Proud paddlers The County Commission honored Robert Martini and Brad Ward for their 24-hour paddleboarding fundraiser for the Sarasota YMCA Youth Shelter. County Rescue Chief Scott Montgomery and County Commissioner Jon Thaxton asked Martini about sharks at night during the paddle boarding. During the commemoration, Thaxton recalled some stories from local lifeguards. One such story, when a criminal tried to evade police and lifeguards by jumping into the water, drew laughs from commissioners and the audience.

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+ Saved by the bumper On her way to pick up her daughter, Esabella, from ODA’s lower school, Allison Lerario hit a curb, and blew a tire. Lerario, who had her 3-year-old daughter with her at the time, received roadside assistance from fellow ODA parents Ingrid and Tommy Green, who recognized the school’s magnet on the side Lerario’s car. “My experience yesterday started off stressful but ended with an amazing sense of peace,” wrote Lerario in an email. “As I headed to the Siesta Key campus with my spare tire on soundly, I smiled.”

+ It Takes a Village Round 2 More than 200 people took part in “It Takes a Village Round 2,” Sunday, Oct. 21, at Blasé Café & Martini Bar, on Siesta Key. The event raised money for injured bartender Kurt Becker, an employee at Old Salty Dog, who became paralyzed recently from the waist down after falling from a ladder.

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Tony and Cheri Bonasto’s food truck is parked in their Winding Way driveway — for now. The couple hoped to open in Siesta Key Village.

Sarasota County denies food-truck permit The move stalled two retired Texans’ transition from public service to feeding the public but kept Siesta Key in zoning harmony. Tony and Cheri Bonasto got married on Siesta Key Beach three years ago, bought a home on Winding Way the following year and moved onto the canopy road full time in August. They retired from careers as

a police officer and teacher, respectively, in Houston and bought a food truck they found on eBay to kick-start a culinary road trip they hoped would end with a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

But, the couple may never have a home base for the truck in Siesta Key Village as they planned; they recently got an insider’s perspective of the complex balance between the interests of businesses and residents on the island.

During the first public hearing Oct. 23 to consider private use of a county-owned right of way in the Siesta Key Overlay District, the Sarasota County Commission voted unanimously to deny a permit for Gumbo Mojo Food Truck to operate in the Village.

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TRUCK/PAGE 1A The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, Siesta Key Association and Siesta Key Village Association wrote to commissioners the previous week that they were concerned about a food truck’s effect on pedestrian safety, unfair competition and aesthetics at the couple’s proposed location, on the corner of Canal Road and Calle Menorca. Siesta organizations pushed for a 2011 amendment to the county code to allow outdoor vending during certain holidays. The county planning and development department determines whether to approve or deny a temporary-use permit, or present the application to the County Commission. County land development staff gave preliminary approval to the permit after determining Gumbo Mojo wouldn’t affect pedestrian and vehicle safety at the intersection and Assistant Zoning Administrator Manager Donna Thompson recommended approval from the County Commission. Opponents cited a myriad of other reasons why commissioners should reject the recommendation. “There are already problems with litter,” County Commissioner Nora Patterson said after hearing. “There are already problems with parking, and there are

ACCESS/PAGE 1A grounds that the taxpayers would essentially be supporting a business’ operations. Village businesses paid thousands of dollars annually for parking spaces in the municipal lot before county com-

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mares, a haunted house south of the south Siesta Key Bridge. “We’re trying to curtail the menu to where it pleases everyone,” Tony Bonasto said. If current restaurant owners and residents agree to support the permit — with Gumbo Mojo’s hours of operation restricted to avoid competition — the couple is ready to serve beignets for breakfast or gumbo for late dinners. Although the island organizations presented valid grievances to county commissioners, Bonasto said, the couple feels like the county and other business owners singled Gumbo Mojo out because they serve meals on wheels. “Come on, we’re not the devil here,” Bonasto said.

Last year, Oscar Mayer added a Wienermobile truck to its fleet, and Burger King announced a similar move earlier this year. But, the mobile-food truck trend started at the grassroots level, with entrepreneurs filling a new niche and restaurant-owner hopefuls operating with tight budgets. The Bonastos say they fall into the latter category. They bought their food truck after their daughters graduated from high school. “We’re really on a shoestring budget,” Tony Bonasto said. “We’re not millionaires, so it was a

lot more appealing to go with this plan.” Cheri Bonasto conducted hundreds of culinary experiments, and the couple watched hours of Food Network programming while crafting the idea for mobile Cajun-Cuban cuisine. They even won a few gumbo competitions in Houston, where they said food trucks operate on nearly every block of dense districts. Sometimes the couple’s daughters, and occasionally their dogs, found a dish too spicy. Or they thought a Cajun-Cuban eggroll was too experimental for public consumption. Tony Bonasto once fried an olive and found that not all fried foods are delicious. They also found that constant monitoring was necessary to avoid burning a batch of roux, which is used in French sauces such as Hollandaise. “Once it gets that burnt taste, it’s a goner,” Tony Bonasto said during an interview in the living room of the couple’s Siesta Isles house. “We’re part of this community, and we’re trying to work within it,” he said. The food truck’s menu is ever changing, they explained, and includes muffulettas, gumbo and hot dogs topped with Cuban ingredients. They have meals tailored for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and have been operating out of the parking lot of Fright-

“We’re not against the idea,” said Siesta Key Association President Catherine Luckner during a phone interview. “It’s a matter of finding a good location for that kind of thing.” The location in the Bonastos’ application is in the middle of the Siesta Key Village Public Improvement District, which acts as an agreement between property owners and the county for maintenance and beautification of the Village. In the most recent tax roll, 3 millage points were added, in addition to assessments for parking spaces in the municipal lot.

“I’m all for free enterprise, but it should be on a level playing field,” said Dave Stewart, who owns Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar, on south Siesta. Village property owners paid $210,000 of additional property taxes for public and private maintenance of the district during the 2013 fiscal year. The county’s $97,000 contract with Championship Landscape Maintenance Professionals specifies that the Village be maintained at the upkeep level of a resort. “Now, I’m not sure if a vendor truck is resort-like,” Matthes said. Food-truck advocate and Flying Slider Food Truck owner Andrew Seely, during the hearing, said the mobile restaurant would attract people to the Village who may not have planned to visit the area. “This is a food-truck craze occurring all over the nation,” Seely said. “And all that food trucks can do is help Sarasota and Siesta Key.” Commissioners agreed unanimously that Gumbo Mojo would be welcomed elsewhere in the county but not on the proposed intersection. “I hate to say no to such nice people,” Patterson said. “But, not very often do you see the residents organization, the Village Association and the chamber of commerce all chime in together.”

missioners voted to end the Siesta Key Village Parking District. “At some point, for enforcement to work, there has to be signage,” Luckner said. Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson said she knows the owner of Foxy Lady Siesta Key,

whose employees also use the Beach Access 5 lot, but agrees with enforcement of the ordinance. “My heart’s with the businesses,” Patterson said. “But, it’s not appropriate to just commandeer spots intended for public use.” County staff is working with the

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on how to enforce the regulations, which the ordinance doesn’t outline. Employees at the salon have tried to coordinate a buddy system for walking to the county lot after the sunsets, as well as car-

pooling. But, coordinating their schedules makes both difficult, staff said. “I don’t know what we’re going to do if they put the signs up,” Tuccinardi said. “But, I think it was wrong to come to us with a problem without a solution.”

already problems with noise.” The food trucks would aggravate those problems, which are unique to a commercial district so close to residential zoning, said SKVA President Russell Matthes during the hearing. “These issues have been on our plate for 20 years,” Matthes said. The Bonastos held hands during interviews after the decision. They are working with a national food-truck organization for advice about appeal options but are currently focused on an unexpected boost in calls inquiring about catering and menu information. “We anticipated being shot down,” Tony Bonasto said after the hearing. “But, we at least got all this publicity.”

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Tree trimming draws complaints Pineapple by Roger Drouin | City Editor

County zoning staff confirmed that the owner of a commercial building is working with a nursery to appease neighbors. The whirring commercial air conditioner attached to a brick building on the opposing side of Judy Rousseau’s fence is loud enough to drown out the sound of a fountain on her lanai. “As you can hear, it’s kind of annoying,” said the Siesta Isles resident. Rousseau said she has avoided her backyard since September when Verizon Florida removed the 7-foot-tall tree growing behind its telecommunications building, which backs up to Rousseau’s backyard. “I got home from work and I noticed it was brighter in my house,” she said. A Verizon representative contacted Rousseau with news that the company would plant replacement fauna to block out the lights from the building and to serve as a noise buffer, after Rousseau sent a letter to the president of the company. She has yet to learn when the fauna will be planted.

Verizon removed Brazilian pepper trees, an invasive species, in September with the intention of building an 8-foot fence. The company removed the trees after another resident was concerned about it encroaching on their yard, said Sarasota County Zoning Administrator Brad Bailey. But the fence would have violated a special exception Sarasota County commissioners approved in 1972, which required a 75% opaque texture on the buffer. “They had to go back to the drawing board; people need to know these things take time,” said code-enforcement officer John Lally. The Verizon representative told county staff he is working with a local nursery to replace the buffer with native species and has voluntarily agreed to plant them within 60 days, Bailey said. When Rousseau bought the property 12 years ago, she thought the switch station would add pri-

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After a year hiatus, the New Year’s Eve pineapple drop returns to downtown. Alex Mahadevan

Siesta Isles resident Judy Rousseau said she rarely enjoys her backyard after an adjacent owner removed tall hedges from a commercial building. vacy to her backyard, because there are no windows on the backside of the building, and it generates little vehicle traffic. “I realized it was there, but you couldn’t see it or hear it,” she said. The Siesta Isles Association asked for a sight buffer, among other stipulations, when it agreed to endorse General Telephone Company’s plan to build a switch station on the parcel in 1972. The

Sarasota County Planning Commission recommended the County Commission deny the request for a special exception for commercial activity on a parcel zoned for residential development. The firm chose the location because of its nearby easement that housed submarine cables connecting the mainland to the island, according to the special exception request.

frisky felines by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

A female bobcat sunbathes on the porch of a Siesta Key home Oct. 18.

Courtesy of Barry Harris

Siesta resident spots bobcat, cubs Barry and Julie Harris’ house on Point of Rocks Road has attracted welcome visitors — a family of bobcats. October has been an exciting month in Barry and Julie Harris’ backyard. One week after spotting what the couple believes was a gray fox rustling around in bushes at their home on Point of Rocks Road, Barry Harris snapped a picture of a bobcat taking a sunbath on their deck. “My first reaction was, ‘My, that’s a pretty big cat,’” Harris said. On first glance, he thought it was a domestic feline. But, after a closer look, Harris realized it was a bobcat, and he managed to take a clear photo. And the cat wasn’t alone — two cubs emerged from landscaping

and darted back and forth across the deck. The pair was too quick for Harris to capture with his camera, and the family left the yard after about 10 minutes, he said. “They were just playing around, and messing about — having fun,” Harris said. The couple has lived on the island for 17 years and bought the home because the shoreline at Point of Rocks reminded them of places in England, Harris said. Before Julie Harris had hipreplacement surgery and Barry Harris got a new knee, they would walk the beach during sea-turtle nesting season as volunteers for Mote Marine Laboratory. It was

the first time they had seen a bobcat, although the 72-year-old retiree said he heard there was a bobcat family that lived near the south end of Siesta. “I don’t mean to toot my own trumpet, but I was lucky to catch them (on camera),” Harris said. Bobcat sightings are rare on Siesta, and many times the only way to document one is with a camera phone. The Harrises used to own domestic cats and would have kept them inside after the bobcat sighting, they said. But, Barry Harris said he isn’t worried about having the felines hanging out in his backyard.

“It is extremely uncommon for a bobcat to attack a human,” according to a description of the animal by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. And with a diet that includes raccoons and rats, which are abundant on barrier islands, they help control the population of those animals. “They’re probably more afraid of us then we are of them,” Harris said. According to the Fish and Wildlife website, bobcat territory usually shrinks below two miles in suburban areas. The bobcat population in Florida has fared well regarding development, because they were able to adapt to neighborhoods. The organization doesn’t keep track of sightings, as it does with Florida panthers.

After a year without a pineapple drop, the party is back on this New Year’s Eve. The downtown New Year’s event was canceled in November last year, mainly because of a lack of sponsor support. The move upset downtown business owners and eventgoers. Some downtown restaurants and bars saw a drop in business on New Year’s Eve because of fewer people out celebrating. One restaurant owner said he lost about $10,000 in business because of the canceled event, said Ernie Ritz, the organizer of the event. “The cost of production has maintained about the same, however, community support and sponsor support is lagging,” Ritz wrote in a September 2011 letter to the Downtown Sarasota Alliance (DSA). Ritz, a downtown advocate and chairman of the Downtown Improvement District, first had the idea for an orange drop for the millennium in 2000, and it has taken place every year — except 2011. In 2005, it became a pineapple drop. This year, Ritz said the event is back and better than ever — with a kids carnival, four live bands and food and drinks, in addition to the pineapple drop at the corner of Main Street and Lemon Avenue. “It will be like Times Square, but not cold,” Ritz said. The pineapple, which is 7 feet tall, has been in storage since New Year’s Eve 2010, when about 30,000 people came to watch the pineapple drop at midnight. Ritz has been working with longtime downtown events organizer Paul Thorpe to put on the upcoming New Year’s festivities. Soon after the event was canceled last year, Ritz and Thorpe began brainstorming how to bring it back, and they set up a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so they could apply for permits and raise funding for the event. So far, Ritz has secured the permits for the events, and sponsors have signed up to fund the cost of live music. A stage will be set up downtown. Organizers are still seeking sponsors to help pay for the $50,000 to put on the event. Anything raised above and beyond the $50,000 will go toward future downtown events — including decorating the miniature oaks trees that line Main Street for Christmas. Dec. 31, Ritz and organizers will light up the pineapple as soon as they get it hanging above Main and Lemon. “We want it to be glowing when darkness falls,” Ritz said.


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+ Broken pipeline prompts boil-water warning Sarasota County Oct. 22 lifted the boil-water advisory for approximately 2,600 Siesta Key residents affected by a broken water main on the south end of the island. The county reported the break Oct. 18, and staff repaired the connection the same day, according to a news release. But, state law requires municipalities, or other drinking-water providers, to issue the advisory even if they don’t suspect contamination. Sarasota County this summer contracted Arrow Directional Boring Inc. to replace the water main connection between Siesta and Casey Key to improve flow and reliability, which staff expected to be completed this month.

+ SCAT puts shelters out for bid again Sarasota County issued a new solicitation of bids for a contractor to install 23 new bus shelters and 18 solar arrays at Sarasota County Area Transit bus stops throughout the county, according to the county’s online procurement system. More than 14 firms downloaded the plans, which require the winning bidder to submit weekly payroll documentation to comply with wage regulations set by the Davis-Bacon Act. SCAT shelter replacement by the numbers: •  23 bus shelters •  36 bicycle racks •  18 benches •  18 solar lighting kits

+ Waechter reappointed to zoning board The Santa Claus cap Siesta Key

Meetings &agendas  Siesta Isles Association meeting — 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 5394 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key

Sand Cove Condominium Association meeting — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Argus Property Management, Room 311, 2477 Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key

 Development Review Committee meeting — 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Conference Room 2, 1001 Sarasota Center Blvd., Sarasota  Siesta Key Association meeting — 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key  Planning Commission public hearing — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Administration Building, commission chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

Association board member Bob Waechter dons during the Light up the Village Parade is just one of the hats the island resident puts on during civic engagement. Although his three-year term on the Sarasota County Board of Zoning Appeals recently ended, the County Commission Oct. 23 reappointed Waechter to the board. Waechter also sits on the Tourist Development Council. The board’s purpose is to hear appeals about the interpretation or administration of zoning regulations or variances, and it meets six times annually.

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The eagles have landed A bald eagle pair has overcome hardship — first the removal of their nest to make way for the Ed Smith ballpark renovation, and now a fire near the nest. Ed Smith Stadium’s resident bald eagles have survived. In 2010, the eagles’ previous nest built atop the right field ballpark lights was removed by wildlife officials and destroyed to make way for the $31 million stadium renovation. And Monday, a few weeks after their arrival for the winter breeding season, the pair survived the threat of a fire that destroyed a building close to their new nest, which is nestled atop a tall, metal cell-phone tower one block north of the stadium. Last winter, the eagles relocated to the cell-tower nest — which is actually an old nest abandoned by the eagles years ago — just north of the stadium. The eagle pair has returned to the same nest for this breeding season. Monday’s two-hour fire did not result in any human injuries, but it destroyed the Overhead Garage Door building off 12th Street and billowed black smoke into the air. “Fortunately (the eagles) don’t have any young in the nest yet, so they will probably just leave and come back (when the air is clear),” said Dale Nauman, volunteer coordinator for the Sarasota and Manatee County branch of the Audubon EagleWatch. Northeasterly winds blew most of the smoke away from the nest, according to fire officials at the scene. And the nest was not damaged during the fire.

Prior to the fire, the eagle pair had been fishing in nearby lakes and preparing their nest atop the tower just north of the ballpark. Nauman was optimistic the eagles would return to their nestpreparing activities in a few days.

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Last Thursday, on a cool evening before dusk, one of the eagles circled overhead before landing with a talon-full of twigs. After dropping off the nestbuilding supplies, the eagle stood guard on its perch above the nest. There is no way to tell for certain, but it is likely that these are the same eagles who were kicked out of the their nest built in the stadium lights, because eagles return to the same breeding ground year after year, said Nauman, who has been tracking eagles for 15 years. “They got evicted, but the birds have learned to adapt,” Nauman said. Although there are about 40 nests throughout the county, the cell-tower nest is the only known eagle nest within city limits. In 2010, officials from Sarasota County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission took the unusual step of removing two eggs from a nest that two bald eagles built in the right field light tower at the stadium. After taking the eggs for incubation, workers tore down the

nest and put up metal mesh to block the visibly upset adult eagles from landing on the lights again. Wildlife officials said they were trying to encourage the nesting pair to find a safer place to build another nest and possibly lay additional eggs. “It wasn’t really an ideal place for them to be, with hot lights and everything,” Nauman said. “The (cell) tower isn’t an ideal spot, either. I’d rather see them in a tree with no one around.” Nauman said county and state officials had to go through a lengthy permitting process to prove why they wanted to move the nest atop the ballpark lights. “That was an unusual case,” Nauman said. “They had to go through a lot of permitting to do that. Their case was that it was good for the birds. But, of course, they had to get the stadium built.” When the eagles moved to the tower, they actually returned to an older, abandoned nest they had used two winters before officials destroyed the nest in the ballpark lights. The cell tower is located just north of the ballpark and to the west of the stadium’s overflow parking lot, with fishing waters - small 2010 available at several LBK nearby - 2010 lakes and Sarasota LBK Bay less than a mile away. “They are picking this area because there is food,” Nauman

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One of the bald eagles carried nesting materials in its talons last week. said. “About three-quarters of their diet is fish.” Bill Duffy, walking along Euclid Street past the nest on his way to the Sarasota Humane society, where he volunteers, said he has seen both adult eagles at the nest. “Around August I started to see them again,” Duffy said. Eagles mate for life and build nests that can reach 10 feet across and weigh up to a half a ton. The birds migrate great distances, but they usually return to breeding grounds within 100 miles of the place where they were raised. Jan Thornburg, public information officer with the city, drives by the nest on her way home from work. Recently, Thornburg has seen an eagle perched atop the tower, or landing down with a fresh catch from nearby ponds. She -has K nicknamed the eagle “Eddie,” -for K its preference for the grounds of Ed Smith ballpark. In March, Thornburgh saw one of the eagles with a big fish in its

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Editor’s note: The man elected state attorney holds a position that, to a great extent, determines how a community addresses law and order. And the state attorney’s approach in turn influences the region’s quality of life. To get a better understand-

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ing of who will hold the state attorney’s position, the Sarasota Observer and Pelican Press this week presents profiles of the two candidates — Republican Ed Brodsky and Democrat John Torraco.

By Roger Drouin | City Editor

Brodsky finds refuge away from the drama Running for office has added to the suspense in Ed Brodsky’s life. But he stays on an even keel, thanks to his family, books, sports and P90X.

ED BRODSKY Republican BIRTHPLACE: Toledo, Ohio AGE: 47 FAMILY: Wife, Kim Brodsky; Two children,

Evan, 14, and Alexa, 11

EDUCATION: Associate of Arts in criminal jus-

tice, St. Petersburg Jr. College; Bachelor of Arts in criminology, University of South Florida; and a Juris Doctorate, Nova University Law School

PROFESSIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Currently serving as the chief assistant state attorney overseeing four offices in three counties, Manatee, DeSoto and Sarasota counties. Formerly served as the chief assistant overseeing the Manatee County office and has also served as a felony division chief overseeing a felony trial division. Also has previously served as a child sex crimes/major crimes prosecutor. He is board certified by the Florida Bar in criminal trial and currently serves on the Sarasota Criminal Justice Commission. FUN FACT: I’m a big dog-lover, and I have a Weimaraner named Mason.

From suspense novels to a biography of Steve Jobs, a good book helps Ed Brodsky de-stress at the end of the day. During the state attorney candidate’s long and heated campaign against John Torraco, Brodsky has needed it. “I love reading,” said Brodsky, 47, chief assistant state attorney in the 12th Judicial District. “It takes me away.” The career prosecutor’s favorite author is John Grisham. “It’s the story and suspense and courtroom drama that makes it interesting,” Brodsky said. Ever since he filed to run to replace outgoing State Attorney Earl Moreland in Jan. 10, 2011, Brodsky’s life has taken on its own suspense and drama as a candidate. He survived — by a 52.7% to 47.3% margin — a primary race against Peter Lombardo, a campaign that boiled over heatedly during a Tiger Bay Club debate. And he hasn’t let up in his campaigning even if his opponent, Torraco, a Democrat, lacks the name recognition and experience of Brodsky and levels charges of incompetence and waste against the state attorney’s office. Brodsky endures it, just as he has as a prosecutor for the past 20 years. He finds refuge with his family, his dog, sports and P90X training. “I was doing P90X before (Paul) Ryan,” Brodsky said. Brodsky originally studied to become a police officer. When he took a criminal-law class his junior year of undergraduate study at the University of South Florida, he decided he wanted to become a lawyer. Brodsky knew he wanted to become a prosecutor. After 20 years as a prosecuting attorney, Brodsky, has earned a reputation as a steady, competent prosecutor. He led the state attorney’s department that handles sex-crime cases and worked to strengthen laws against animal abuse and neglect. Those who know him describe his

temperament as even. One attorney described him as soft-spoken. “He is certainly not a raging lunatic,” said Ron Filipkowski, a longtime criminal defense attorney who had supported Lombardo, before Lombardo’s GOP nomination loss to Brodsky. Filipkowski said he does not support either Brodsky nor Torraco. “He has always been a competent prosecutor on the tougher side of the spectrum,” Filipkowski said. Spending time with his Weimaraner, Mason, is one of his other de-stressers. He talks at length about his former Weimaraner companion, Bailey, who Brodsky and his wife, Kim, would take to the park or for long walks when Brodsky got home from work. The 14-year-old Weimaraner died last November. “We would take him everywhere we could,” Brodsky said. “The minute we got home he wanted to go to the park.” Brodsky and his wife have two children, Evan, 14, and Alexa, 11. Evan is a sports fanatic, like his dad, and this season the two have Tampa Bay Bucs season tickets. Brodsky got the season tickets when he thought the campaign would be a two-candidate race and over in August by the start of the football season. “We spend a lot of time when we can (at games),” Brodsky said. Brodsky is an avid Bucs and Tampa Bay Rays fan, and the attorney and his son will also go see the Marauders, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ single-A team, in Bradenton. Finding time to do the P90X training has been difficult during the campaign. In the courtroom, Brodsky has litigated 120 cases, from minor misdemeanors to major felonies. He drinks his share of coffee, and his workday doesn’t end at 5 p.m. “He is not a 9-to-5 individual,” said Sgt. Mick McHale, president of the Southwest Florida Police Benevolent Association, a group that has endorsed Brodsky. “He makes himself available 24 hours a day.”

“Whether it is search warrants in the middle of the night, or if we need an opinion of a prosecutor at 2 or 3 in the morning,” Brodsky has been available, McHale said. One of the most complex cases Brodsky prosecuted involved the death of a 9-year-old boy, Stacy Williams, who was shot and killed during a feud between two rival gangs. To prosecute, Brodsky had to interview members of both gangs. “This was one of the few trials where we had law-enforcement snipers on the courthouse to prevent any gang retribution,” Brodsky said. Sheriff’s deputies would escort Brodsky from the courthouse because he was the lead prosecutor. “I was always determined I was on the right side and doing the right thing,” Brodsky said. “I certainly paid attention to my surroundings, even when I was home.” Sarasota County Commission Chair Christine Robinson said she remembered Brodsky as a mentor who was willing to help younger prosecutors. From 2001 to 2004, Robinson worked for the state attorney’s office with Brodsky, although Brodsky was in Bradenton and Robinson was in Sarasota. “He helped those who were rising through the ranks,” Robinson said. “He was willing to help prosecutors who were trying to figure something out — whether it was how to present it or interpretation of the law — even though it wasn’t his case.” Many prosecutors will follow a career path in which they spend a few years in the state attorney’s office before moving on to practice private criminal defense. For Brodsky, that trajectory was never an option. Prosecutors don’t make as much in financial compensation as do privatepractice lawyers, but Brodsky said the personal satisfaction in his work has kept him in the state attorney’s office. “If I have it my way, I’ll never leave the state attorney office,” Brodsky said.

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Torraco brings tenacity to state attorney race When a young John Torraco told his parents he wanted to play hockey, his father signed him up under one condition: that he never miss a game or practice. Following his parents’ guidelines, Torraco committed himself to the sport for 12 years, until he was physically forced to quit when he blew out his knee his senior year. He turned his focus to schoolwork, something he claims never came easy for him. When he told his mother, Pat, he wanted to be an attorney, “I just sort of shook my head,” says Pat Torraco. Pat Torraco’s first thought when her son told her he planned to run for state attorney was, “Oh no, not this again.” According to her, when her son has a goal in mind, his dedication becomes obsessive and he commits all the way. The 41-year-old defense attorney is bringing that same commitment and tenacity to his campaign for state attorney against Ed Brodsky, who currently holds the position of chief assistant state attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Torraco may be considered the underdog in this race, but that hasn’t stopped him from putting up a fight. Torraco’s platform is based on a fiscal analysis of the State Attorney Office’s performance of putting emphasis on the front-end of a case and downplaying the value of a conviction. Torraco said rooting out possible defense strategies, such as citing improper arrest procedures, could stop a case destined for failure from moving through the system and save taxpayers money. Through campaign advertisements, Brodsky has criticized Torraco’s lack of overall law experience — particularly that he’s never prosecuted a case. Instead, Torraco has spent his career on the defense side of criminal court cases. Torraco got his feet wet in the courtroom prior to graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 2001. According to Torraco, his first case was against U.S. Attorney Gen. Eric Holder. “He really gave me a beating. I picked myself up, dusted myself off and learned a lot,” says Torraco. In 2004, with a strong knowledge of constitutional law, Torraco felt comfortable enough to go up against the Port Authority

of New York and New Jersey. He saw a chance to use his legal degree to stop unlawful arrests of gun owners. “I decided to take a stand,” Torraco says. Torraco concealed legally a firearm in checked luggage, and, according to Federal Aviation Administration requirements, notified a LaGuardia Airport Delta Airlines employee of the gun. The employee was required to call the Port Authority. When officers arrived, they arrested Torraco. The criminal charges were dropped, but Torraco lost a civil lawsuit in which he claimed the Port Authority had used unconstitutional enforcement in his arrest. He hoped the lawsuit would set a precedent. He worried that authorities would continue to arrest a traveler within his rights to carry a firearm. “They were shooting fish in a barrel,” he says. “John is very, very good at suggesting why a search is improper,” said Chris Cosden, a Fort Myers defense attorney who has consulted with Torraco on Fourth Amendment violation cases. As a constitutional law professor at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota for 14 years, Torraco takes the lessons he’s learned in courtrooms to the collegiate classroom, in which he uses the Socratic method to teach his students. Fittingly, he is also a Renaissance man who takes on a multitude of do-it-yourself projects instead of waiting for a professional to complete the work. In typical Torraco fashion, last Christmas he and his brother cleared raccoons out of their parents’ attic instead of waiting for the pestcontrol truck to arrive. Torraco continues to personally install his campaign signs around Sarasota, even though he has staff who could do it for him. In another instance, he used a sledgehammer to bang a dent out of his maroon truck’s tailgate after a tree fell on it. Although the odometer in Torraco’s truck, which is featured in his campaign commercials, may roll past 350,000 miles before November, he won’t be buying a new vehicle any time soon. Just as he has shown determination in sports and the courtroom, he’s focused on the task — winning the Nov. 6 election for state attorney.

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Federal, state offices … When noted economist Arthur Laffer spoke in Sarasota last winter, he cut to the quick while summarizing the Nov. 6 election. Every election, Laffer said, is a referendum on the incumbent’s performance. Are we better off, are we safer or, most important, are we more free because of the votes our elected representatives cast on our behalf over the past two, four and six years? Judging it as a singular legislative body, the unequivocal answer for the U.S. Congress — Senate and House combined — is no. It fails miserably. The national

OBSERVER RECOMMENDATIONS (Corrected version) EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week’s recommendations in Oct. 18 edition contained an error for Amendment 8. These are the correct Observer recommendations.

FEDERAL / STATE OFFICES • • • •

U.S. SENATE: Connie Mack U.S. HOUSE, District 16: Vern Buchanan STATE ATTORNEY: Ed Brodsky FLORIDA SENATE, District 26: Bill Galvano • FLORIDA HOUSE, District 71: Jim Boyd • FLORIDA HOUSE, District 72: Ray Pilon • FLORIDA HOUSE, District 73: Greg Steube

SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL debt is 60% higher; annual deficits remain above $1 trillion; unaffordable entitlements continue to grow; our economic and political standing in the world is diminished more than it was, say, four years ago. Who is responsible? They’re all responsible in Washington, but the Senatecontrolling Democrats and president more so than the Republican House. In Tallahassee, the measurement has a much better result. The Republicandominated Legislature and governor have moved policies toward increasing Floridians’ freedom — with lower taxation and fewer job-killing regulations. In the whole, Floridians are better off than they were two years ago. Using our level of freedom as our chief yardstick, herewith our recommendations for the federal and state offices (sans the president; that’ll come next week):

U.S. Senate

The one overwhelming, incontrovertible issue in Washington is spending — spending more than the federal government takes in. This also includes borrowing. Congress has for four decades been spending and borrowing far, far beyond our nation’s means — all to fund unearned social benefits that are not enumerated in the U.S. Constitution. Deficit spending and borrowing denies all of us freedom. In this context, Bill Nelson — in spite of being a genuinely likable guy — is not a friend at all to taxpayers. Here’s a clear measurement of that statement: The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, which has examined all congressional roll-call votes since 1989 to identify members of Congress who have defended taxpayer interests or who have backed down on fiscal responsibility, ascribes a lifetime (10-year) rating of “hostile” to Nelson. He is hostile to taxpayers. He votes to spend more of your money than the government should. When U.S. senators were asked on Nov. 14, 2011, to vote on a joint-resolution that would propose a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, Nelson voted no. Predictably, he supported Obamacare. Contrast that with challenger U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV. Mack voted in favor of the balanced-budget resolution and against Obamacare. The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste rates Mack with a lifetime rating of “hero” — he is an advocate for taxpayers. To be sure, there is more to being a senator than voting to stop federal government waste. And there are many Floridians who will stand up for Nelson because of all of his moderate rhetoric about “reaching across the aisle” and “fighting for Floridians.” Likewise, they will argue that 45-year-old Mack falls short of the statesman-like level of Nelson or Florida’s junior senator, Marco Rubio. And they will point to all of Nelson’s

• FLORIDA SUPREME COURT: Retain Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente, Peggy A. Quince? No • FLORIDA DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL: Retain Judges Anthony K. Black, Darryl C. Casanueva, Charles A. Davis Jr., Edward C. LaRose? Yes

MANATEE COUNTY

• CLERK OF THE COURT: R.B. “Chips” Shore • COUNTY COMMISSION, District 1: Larry Bustle • COUNTY COMMISSION, District 5: Vanessa Baugh • COUNTY COMMISSION, District 7: Betsy Benac • SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS: Mike Bennett • SCHOOL BOARD, District 2: Dave “Watchdog” Miner • E. MANATEE FIRE COMMISSIONER: James D. BonAmi

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• CLERK OF THE COURT: Karen Rushing • COUNTY COMMISSION, District 3: Christine Robinson • COUNTY COMMISSION, District 5: Charles Hines • COUNTY CHARTER REVIEW BOARD, District 2: Donna Barcomb • COUNTY CHARTER REVIEW BOARD, District 5: John Fellin • SARASOTA HOSPITAL BOARD, Central Seat 1: Alex Miller

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Amendment 1: Health Care Services. Yes.

TV political ads portraying Mack as a loser who hasn’t done his job in Congress and favors special interests. To be fair, if you watched the NelsonMack debate last week, you can be equally critical of both. Typical politicians: Rarely did either of them provide direct answers to direct questions. They regurgitated their campaign talking points. It was annoying. But in the end, if you truly believe Floridians should send to Washington a U.S. senator who understands that one of his supreme responsibilities is to limit the reach of government in your life and protect your freedom, Mack is the better choice. As he says, it’s time for Nelson to go. Recommendation: Mack

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For us, Keith Fitzgerald, the Democratic candidate in this race, is something of an enigma. As a Ph.D. in political science and longtime poly-sci professor at New College of Florida, Fitzgerald decisively embraces the Founding Fathers’ principles of a limited government. “We should always be suspicious of government authority because of coercion,” Fitzgerald told us. At the same time, he said, liberty is the

Amendment 2: Veterans disabled due to combat injury; homestead property-tax discount. Yes Amendment 3: State government revenue limitation. Yes Amendment 4: Property-tax limitations; property value decline; reduction for nonhomestead assessment increases; delay of scheduled repeal. Yes Amendment 5: State courts. Yes Amendment 6: Prohibition on public funding of abortion; construction of abortion rights. No (Editor’s note: We oppose public funding of abortion; the second part of this amendment infringes on individual freedom.) Amendment 8: Religious freedom. Yes Amendment 9: Homestead property-tax exemption for surviving spouse of military veteran or first responder. Yes Amendment 10: Tangible personal propertytax exemption. Yes Amendment 11: Additional homestead exemption; low-income seniors who maintain long-term residency on property; equal to assessed value. Yes Amendment 12: Appoint of student body president to board of governors of the state university system. Yes

SARASOTA COUNTY CHARTER AMENDMENT

Providing timetable for proposed charter amendment referendum; effective date of voter-approved amendments. Yes

LONGBOAT KEY CHARTER AMENDMENTS

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

freedom to self-realize our dreams. Liberty empowers people to make choices, but it also requires citizenship — a broad set of duties and constraints, he said. What’s more, Fitzgerald sees what is wrong in Washington. Indeed, go back to our Voter Guide in last week’s edition and read his responses. Fitzgerald gets it. And at times, when you listen to him, he borders on sounding like a Republican and Libertarian. But he’s a Democrat, in part to obtain party funding for his campaign. And, in part, because he told us, “Republicans are mean … I grew up in a Democratic family.” What is he? He’s enigmatic. He says Congress needs to cut spending; yet he would not repeal Obamacare. And were he to be elected, he would be expected to follow the party line. For us, that’s a nonstarter. Besides, by the measurement of judging this race as a referendum on the incumbent’s performance, Vern Buchanan has earned re-election. Ever since he first ran for Congress in 2006, Democrats have wasted millions of their contributors’ dollars trying to smear Buchanan’s reputation. They can’t win on what matters — that Buchanan always


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earns high marks for providing superior constituent services and votes to reduce government spending and regulations. As a longtime, successful businessman and entrepreneur, Buchanan understands that: 1) customer (constituent) service counts first; and 2) for any enterprise to survive, it cannot spend and borrow its way to prosperity. For six years running, Buchanan has been one of Congress’ staunchest advocates of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. We have always hoped Buchanan would be more fiscally conservative than he is. In that vein, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste rates Buchanan as “friendly” — not its highest rating. And the National Taxpayers Union gives Buchanan a “B-” for voting to cut spending and regulations. He could be stronger. But put the whole package together. He brings much to the office: Great work ethic; a deep passion for doing what’s right for the economy; the defense of the nation and constituents; and proven business smarts and leadership. Recommendation: Buchanan

he told us. He is idealistic: “I will honor the responsibility of this position, which is to seek true justice, as I am beholden only to the people of Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties.” All that is to the good. But the state attorney’s job is no place for on-the-job training. Brodsky has served more than 20 years as a prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office. He started there before college as an intern. Obviously, in his two decades there he has proven his competence and won the respect of his superior and peers. You have to earn the No. 2 position in the state attorney’s office — and then show your competence to keep it. When we polled six criminal-justice system insiders about Brodsky, the responses were unanimous. Those who have worked by his side, as opponents in the courtroom or judges who have witnessed his performance in and out of court ascribed three essential characteristics to Brodsky: competent, fair and a man of integrity. Recommendation: Brodsky

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Of all of the local elected offices, this one has more effects on the region’s quality of life than voters typically appreciate or understand. The man or woman who occupies this office essentially determines how this region addresses and handles law and order. The state attorney decides what charges, if any, will be imposed on an alleged perpetrator; he often decides whether an accused will go to trial or agree to a plea bargain. The state attorney, in effect, influences whether the region is hard or soft on criminals — and this affects our quality of life. It’s a big job. Ed Brodsky, currently the No. 2 prosecutor in the office, and John Torraco, a Sarasota criminal lawyer, are vying to replace retiring 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Earl Moreland. They are competing in their first campaigns for elected office. This race comes down to inexperience versus experience. Torraco has no experience as a prosecutor, nor as a manager/leader of a large organization of attorneys and support staff (more than 160 employees in three offices). In spite of that inexperience, when you speak with Torraco, you can’t help but conclude he is smart; has studied the operations of the state attorney’s office; and is passionate about wanting to bring positive change to the office. “It’s good to have turnover to get a fresh perspective,”

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District 71: West Manatee, all of Longboat Key and downtown Sarasota north along the bay. The incumbent in this district is Rep. Jim Boyd, first-term Republican from Bradenton who is seeking his second term. His opponent is Democrat Adam Tebrugge, former longtime assistant public defender from Sarasota. Using the criterion of making this a referendum on the incumbent’s performance, Boyd has earned the opportunity to retain his seat. Tebrugge likes to try to paint Boyd as beholden to insurance interests, primarily because Boyd owns an insurance agency in Bradenton. No one should “assume.” Truth is, Boyd led the Legislature’s efforts these past two years to pass autoinsurance-reform legislation that will reduce all Floridians’ mandatory PIP (Personal Injury Protection) premiums and stem the rise in injury-and-insurance fraud that is costing state consumers close to $1 billion a year. If Boyd is beholden to special insurance interests, they would be you — individual consumers and taxpayers, not Big Insurance. As an agent, Boyd benefits when the supply of insurance is plentiful and affordable. That means he can sell more. What’s more, Boyd also knows that if insurance rates keep rising, voters will blame him. His incentives are aligned with taxpayers. We admire Tebrugge. He despises corporate subsidies for economic development as much as we do. And like us, he supports a much more limited role for the state in public education. Beyond that, though, Tebrugge differs from our views on Obamacare, school vouchers and tenure. Recommendation: Boyd

This contest is almost like that for the state attorney: experience versus inexperience — former state Rep. Bill Galvano, the Republican from Bradenton, versus Paula House, Democrat lawyer from Lake Placid and first-time legislative candidate. Like Bennett, Galvano previously reached his eight-year limit as a state representative in 2010. While in the House, he distinguished himself as chairman of five House committees, an indicator of his leadership abilities. More important, though, are Galvano’s positions on issues. There is a big difference in his and House’s philosophical views on the role of government. House is close to a classic proponent of government intervention and activism. She supports Obamacare; she said she was disappointed that Gov. Scott rejected federal funding for high-speed rail and federal Medicaid dollars; she referred to attempts to purge voter rolls of illegal voters as “voter suppression”; she opposes vouchers for students. Galvano is the opposite, a classic advocate of limited government. It doesn’t get any simpler than this to distinguish these two candidates: Asked what his top-three priorities if elected, Galvano responded: repeal unnecessary government regulation; cut spending; and reduce taxes. Recommendation: Galvano

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District 72: Sarasota County from University Parkway west of Interstate 75 all the way south to Laurel, essentially most of northern Sarasota County. The race for this seat features incumbent Republican Ray Pilon versus Democrat Liz Alpert, a Sarasota family lawyer. Moderate-to-right conservative versus moderate-to-left liberal. Pilon: Free enterprise versus Alpert: larger government intrusion. More freedom versus less freedom. Pilon is wired for elected public service, and he does it satisfactorily. He passes the incumbent-performance test. Recommendation: Pilon

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District 73: All of East Manatee County and Northeast Sarasota County. This contest is between incumbent, first-term Republican Rep. Greg Steube, lifelong Bradenton resident and lawyer, and Dr. Robert McCann, a lawyer and practicing doctor of osteopathic emergency medicine who is running as an “NPA,” Non-Party Affiliation. Dr. McCann is our kind of guy — nauseated by the two dominant political parties and all of the “pull peddlers” and leeches who perpetuate the system of buying and selling laws. He is an independent thinker and thinks our way. Asked his philosophy on the role of government, McCann, a man of few, direct words, said: “It should be very limited. I’m going to return government to the people.” To an extent, this race is a tough call. Floridians need more independent thinkers like McCann. But at the same time, Steube performed well and as voters expected him to perform in his freshman term. He held true to his self-description as an advocate for free enterprise and more freedom — compiling a record that favored lower taxes (eight votes) less government. There is no reason to reject Steube; there is reason is to encourage him to stay the course — expand freedom. Recommendation: Steube

Supreme Court Justices; District Court of Appeal Floridians rarely know how to vote on retaining Florida judges. To an extent, it’s a farcical event. It’s crazy to think Florida’s 11.4 million voters can keep track of Florida Supreme Court justices’ and the Court of Appeal judges’ decisions. Indeed, Major Harding, a former state High Court justice, says merit-retention votes for judges are not intended to be votes on judges’ decisions. Rather, he says, they are to give voters the opportunity to oust a justice or judge for judicial and behavioral improprieties. This year, there are groups that want to oust three Supreme Court justices — Peggy Quince, Fred Lewis and Barbara Pariente, regarded by conservatives who watch the court as “judicial activists.” Indeed, they are. They were on the Gore side of Gore v. Harris in 2000, and they also rejected Gov. Jeb Bush’s school voucher plan and a proposed amendment challenging Obamacare. Recommendation: “No” on the three Supreme Court justices; “Yes” on all of the District Court of Appeal judges.

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10:13 p.m. — Intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Higel Avenue. Driving Under the Influence. A deputy pulled over a woman who was driving erratically and tailgating a taxi. The officer could smell alcohol on the woman’s breath and asked her to step out of the vehicle to confirm. The woman said she could not perform the field sobriety test because she is a tennis player.

Oct. 13 DON’T COUNT ON HER 2:07 a.m. — Intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Higel Avenue. Driving Under the Influence. A woman ran a stop sign and slurred her speech when pulled over by a deputy. When the officer requested the woman count from 13 to 29 as part of a field sobriety test, she repeated 16, 17, and 18. The deputy described the state of her clothing as “disorderly.”

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11:53 p.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Battery. Two men told deputies someone hit them in the head with an aluminum baseball bat while they were trying to break up a fight. One of the men needed stitches, and neither saw what the assailant looked like.

Oct. 15 ELECTRIFYING FIGHT 12:01 a.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Obstruction of Justice Without Violence. A man began swinging his fists at another person and ran away when a deputy told him to stop fighting. The officer used his Taser twice to subdue the man.

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HARD BARK 9:30 p.m. — Beach Access 5. Property Damage. A deputy filed a report of damage to his patrol car, after he backed the vehicle into a tree. The tree caused minor damage to the car’s bumper and chipped away some white paint.

Oct. 18 HINDSIGHT IS 20/20 2:16 a.m. — 300 block of Avenida De Mayo. Driving Under the Influence. A man nearly backed his car into a deputy’s vehicle, then told the officer he had had “too much” to drink. When asked how much was too much, the man replied, “too much to drive.”

BY THE NUMBERS Reported Incidents: Oct. 11 — Oct. 18 # of times % change from Incident reported reported previous week Suspicious person or incident 6 (57%) Disturbance 7 (133%) Public Service 3 (50%) Alarm 300% 6 Illegal Parking 0 (100%) Animal Problem 1 100% Abandoned 911 Call 0 — Theft 2 (40%) Battery 1 (50%) Abandoned Tow 0 — (Data retrieved from Sheriff’s Office Log of Siesta Key | Zone S07)

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Water festival celebrates importance of the bay The Sarasota Bay Water Festival will celebrate the importance of Sarasota Bay to our environment, economy and quality of life. “If our bay is healthy and vibrant and doing well, that’s not just good because it is beautiful for pure esthetics, but think of the connection it makes to our economy,” said Randy Moore, festival director. “If we didn’t have this vibrant beautiful bay, a lot of tourists wouldn’t come here and that would have a direct impact on our economy.” The festival will host a multitude of activities, such as a fishing clinic for kids, vintage boats, exhibits and demonstrations of boating, kayaking, fishing, paddleboard sports, scuba and birding. In addition, festival-goers can sample treats from food trucks and listen to live music at the main stage. Local photographers and artists will sell wildlife photographs and art items in the creative-arts tent, while Richard Herzog, a sculpting professor at New College of Florida, will present Sarasota’s first “iceberg.” There will be more than 60 publicand private-sector exhibitors providing information on how to protect and respect the bay. “Let’s have a day once a year where we give (Sarasota Bay) singular attention,” Moore said. Festival-goers are encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation. Drivers

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ODA’s youngest get excited for homecoming The Out-of-Door Academy’s lower school held a pep rally Thursday, Oct. 18, to get the younger students excited about ODA’s Friday, Oct. 19, homecoming game. The ODA pep band, cheerleaders and football players visited the lowerschool campus and encouraged students to come out and cheer on the Thunder.

Aiden White, 5, with ODA football players Sean Krishe and Evan Wilson Thursday, Oct. 18.

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Humane Society hosts howling good time The Humane Society of Sarasota County held its 15th HowlO-Ween Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. The event included a pet costume contest, appearances by miniature horses and llamas and a show featuring dogs available for adoption at the Humane Society.

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The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County celebrated the individuals and groups that keep the arts community vibrant through their advocacy of the arts Monday, Oct. 22, at the Van Wezel. The Arts and Cultural Alliance presented the 14th annual awards celebration with master of ceremonies Joey Panek. There were performances that highlighted the spectacular arts in the community and some of the evening’s recipients, including a collaboration between Fuzión Dance Artists and Jazz Juvenocracy, a solo by Andrea Prestinario from Asolo Repertory Theatre’s upcoming “1776” and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. There were 32 cultural not-for-profit organizations that received the Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Grant and nine received Opportunity Grants. Three professional artists were recognized for the John Ringling Towers Fund Awards: Ryan Van Cleave, literary arts; Stephanie Heidemann, performing arts; and Michael Wyshock, visual arts. The following individuals were commemorated for their significant contributions to the arts: • Philanthropy: Bob and Lee Peterson • Volunteer: John and Mary Olha • Media: Rich Swier • Nancy Roucher Arts Leadership Award for Arts Education: Beth Duda • Arts in Healthcare: Coalition for Arts and Health • Artistic Achievement: Michael Donald Edwards • Management: Mary Bensel

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The Sarasota Grapeviners are an international folk dance group that meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday, at the John Chidsey Bayfront Community Center. Participants learn various dances, from Mediterranean and Balkan countries, such as Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia and more. Most of these dances are done in a line or circle, and no partners are required. “We all get together because we love the international flair of the music and we love to dance,” says co-coordinator Judy Merkt. The evening starts off with a lesson from instructor Andi

Kapplin, who comes from Tampa. Kapplin has attended various dance workshops in Canada and the U.S. and has been teaching dance since she was a teenager. Kapplin said her favorite part of the group is its friendliness and warmth. “It’s like a big happy family, but we’d love to have more people dance with us,” says Kapplin. After a 45-minute lesson, participants can suggest dances and engage in “ethnic aerobics.”

In addition to knowing the dances, many of the participants sing along to the songs. Wylie Crawford has been part of the Sarasota Grapeviners for five years. The snowbird left his home in Chicago on time to make it to the Wednesday lesson. “I have been dancing for 50 years, and this is the friendliest dance group I have been a part of,” Crawford said. Visit http://ifdsarasota.webs. com for information.

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Cuts Against Cancer Cut-a-Thon — takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cutting Loose Salon, 8429 Honore Ave. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Center for Building Hope, a non-profit organization that provides free psychological and educational services for cancer patients and their loved ones. $20 haircuts, $10 makeup applications and $10 chair massages. Call 358-6000. Show of Shows — takes place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. This event will feature musical performances by the Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Pops, Players Theatre, West Coast Tanqueros, West Coast Civic Ballet and the Michael Ross Quartet, along with a reception, silent auction and dinner.  Cost is $100. Call 9533477.

FRIDAY, OCT. 26  Sarasota Pumpkin Festival — takes place from noon to 10 p.m. at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. Features a pumpkin patch, maze, pie-eating contest, amusement area with rides and games and more. Takes place through Sunday. Free for children 12 and younger. Admission is $5 in advance, or $7 at the door. Call 706-3102.

SATURDAY, OCT. 27 Creating New Boundaries — takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Road. Supported by SPARCC and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, this event serves as a mental makeover for abused or battered women. Cost is $10. Call 342-1100.

Fall Family Festival — takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Wilfred Episcopal Church, 3773 Wilkinson Road. Festival will feature games, food, a bounce house, a dunk tank and music. Free. Call 924-7436.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 28 Comics and Convictions — takes place at 9 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave. The Rev. Eric Wogan will present “Comics and Our Convictions,” which will discern lessons on life tucked away within the comics and their implications for life. Free. Call 955-0935.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31 Howl-O-Ween: Dogs on Parade — takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Phillippi Farmhouse Market, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail. Bring your costumed dog and join in the dog parade at 11 a.m. Live music provided. Prizes awarded for best dog costumes. Free. Call 861-5000. The Masque of Red Death Gala Masquerade — takes place from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Powel Crosley Estate, 1 Seagate Drive 8374 Tamiami Trail. Enjoy entertainment, dancing, potions and after-bites as the Powel Crosley Estate Foundation presents a Halloween gala based on the Edgar Allan Poe story of the same name. Cost is $75 in advance and $90 at the door. Call 321-0000.

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FOOTBALL Oct. 26 • Booker at Trinity Catholic (7:30 p.m.) • ODA vs. First Baptist Academy (7 p.m.)* • Riverview at Sarasota (7:30 p.m.)

SOCCER (BOYS) Oct. 30 • Sarasota vs. Cardinal Mooney in Preseason Game (7:30 p.m.) Oct. 31 • ODA at Lakewood Ranch in Preseason Classic (6 p.m.)

SOCCER (GIRLS) Oct. 25 • Sarasota in Preseason Classic (5:30 p.m. JV; 7:30 p.m. V) Oct. 29 • Sarasota vs. Riverview (5 p.m. JV; 7 p.m. V) Oct. 31 • Sarasota vs. Cardinal Mooney (5 p.m. JV; 7 p.m. V)

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Sarasota Youth Sailing Squadron sailors Nick Hernandez and Nico Schultz, both 14, will represent Team USA in the BMW Optimist Team Race Cup Oct. 27, in Berlin.

Sarasota Youth Sailors Nico Schultz and Nick Hernandez won the 2012 USODA Team Race National Championship July 22 though July 24, in Sandusky, Ohio, with Team Florida Oceanic Racing, a travel squad based in Clearwater. The boys will represent Team USA in the BMW Optimist Team Race Cup Oct. 27 in Berlin. four-man team with each sailor sailing his or her own boat against other teams from across the world. Nico and Nick qualified for the BMW Optimist Team Race Cup after winning the 2012 USODA Team Race National Championship July 22 through July 24, in Sandusky, Ohio, with Team Florida Oceanic Racing, a travel squad based in Clearwater. “I was very excited and happy because we’ve worked so hard for it,” Nico says of winning the national championship. However, Nico and Nick didn’t know for sure if they would be competing in Berlin, because both boys also qualified at the U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) Team Trials back in May to represent the United States in the 2012 North American Championship in Mexico. “I was happy, but I also was a little worried, also, because the (North American Championships) in Mexico were at the same time and I was supposed to go to

that,” Nick says. “I didn’t know that I was going straight to Berlin.” After some discussion, Nico and Nick both decided to compete in the BMW Optimist Team Race Cup. “I’m looking forward to all of the competition that’s going to be there and some good sailing,” Nico says. Nick agreed. “I’m excited about the sailors and the competition — seeing all of the old faces and people that we knew,” Nick says. The more tenured of the two teammates, Nico began sailing at the Sarasota Youth Sailing Squadron six years ago after watching his father and sister sail. After developing a knack for the sport, Nico joined Team FOR (Florida Oceanic Racing) three years ago. “It was hard at first because I was young and I wasn’t really sure what to do,” Nico says. “It was hard to take in all of the information and understand what to do at

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+ Lady Thunder earn tournament berth The No. 3 seed Out-of-Door Academy volleyball team defeated No. 2 seed Cardinal Mooney 15-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-16, in a Class 3A-District 10 semifinal Oct. 23. With the win, the Lady Thunder earned a berth in the regional tournament. Natalie Buffett paced the Lady Thunder with 16 kills. Gabriella Costa had 10 kills and five blocks. Lauren Maxey added eight kills. Haley Preininger had 20 assists. ODA will face No. 1 seed St. Stephen’s at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the district championship.

+ Lady Blazers take win during Senior Night The Sarasota Christian School volleyball team rebounded to defeat The Out-of-Door Academy 18-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-22 Oct. 16, on Senior Night. Gabriella Costa finished with eight kills and four blocks to pace the Lady Thunder (10-8, 3-3). Sam Albano had nine perfect passes and nine digs. Emma Henson added nine perfect passes and seven digs.

+ Lady Thunder take the win on Senior Night The Out-of-Door Academy volleyball team defeated the Tampa Bay HEAT 25-17, 23-25, 25-11, 25-21 Oct. 18 on Senior Night. Gabriella Costa finished with 15 kills and five blocks to pace the Lady Thunder. Haley Preininger had 26 assists and 12 digs. Natalie Rodriguez had 23 assists and four aces and Sam

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Albano finished with 14 digs and 10 perfect passes. Seniors Emily Greenwood and Audra Pack also played in their final home match for ODA.

+ ODA rolls past SW Florida Christian The Out-of-Door Academy football team rolled to a 52-16 victory over Southwest Florida Christian in its homecoming game Oct. 19. Brandon Place scored a pair of touchdowns on a 17-yard pass from quarterback Evan Wilson and a 16-yard pass. Wilson connected with J.T. Fischer for a 46-yard touchdown and later threw a 71-yard strike to Austin Hoppe. Wilson ran in Thunder’s sixth touchdown on a quarterback sneak. Second-string quarterback Dillon Cramer scored the Thunder’s final touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the fourth quarter. ODA returns to district action Oct. 26, versus First Baptist Academy.

+ Sarasota Crew 4+ squad wins gold The Sarasota Crew Men’s Youth 4+ won the 48th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, in Boston for the second-consecutive season. The team of Ryan Hails, Ben Delaney, Travis Taaffe, Andrew Konecny and coxswain Grant Golub won the 85-team race in 16:40.153. The Crew’s Women’s Youth 4+ team of Christina Felix, Katie DiVicenzo, Katie Molinari, Cassidy Marryott and coxswain

Chloe Swatek finished 32nd out of 81 competitors, improving nine places from last year. The Crew’s Women’s 8+ team of Devin Norder, Shawna Sims, Kate Flanders, Dale Main, Kierstin Luginbill, Christina Warren, Allie Pitchford, Eliza Culp and coxswain Emily Goff finished 54th out of 84 teams. The Crew returns to action in the 13th annual Halloween Regatta Oct. 27, in Tampa. More than 200 Crew rowers will participate in the regatta, which features teams from across the state of Florida.  

+ Sarasota Scullers bring home 11 medals

The Sarasota Scullers captured 11 medals at the Head of the Indian Creek Regatta Oct. 14 in Miami Beach. Gold Medalists include: Women’s Junior Lightweight 4+ (with coxswain) Women’s Junior Novice/ Freshman 4X (without coxswain) Silver Medalists include: Men’s Junior 4+ Men’s Junior Novice/Freshman 4x Bronze Medalists include: Men’s Junior 8+ Men’s Junior Novice 8+ Men’s Junior 4x Men’s Junior Lightweight 4+ Women’s Junior Novice 8+ Women’s Junior 4+ Women’s Junior 4x The Scullers varsity rowers will return to action in the Head of the Schuylkyll Regatta Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, in Philadelphia; The novice- and middle-school rowers will compete in the 13th annual Halloween Regatta Oct. 27, in Tampa.

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Riverview senior Taylor Katz has been swimming since grade school. She says she’s driven by her naturally competitive nature. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Florida and continue swimming. This week, she tells the Sarasota Observer about her dedication to the sport and her recent trip to the Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb. How did you first start swimming? I was taking swim lessons in my grade school, and we got rained out one time, so I sat with the swim team, and I really liked them. So, I started swimming, and I liked it.

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Just being on the team has taught me to work hard, and not just in the pool. It helps me work hard in school and at work, too. The work ethic carries over.

What sets swimming apart from other sports? Probably the time and dedication it takes. We spend about 21 or 22 hours every week practicing, and we practice nine or 10 times a week, plus our dry-land stuff.

What made you decide to stick with swimming? I’m very competitive. I don’t like getting beat, so every meet, when I would get beat, I wanted to go back out there and win. Swimming is one way for me to let out my competitive nature.

How early do you have to wake up? I usually get up at 4 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Saturdays, we start a little later. I’ve kind of learned to be a morning person. Now, when I sleep in, it’s only until about 7 a.m.

What has been your biggest learning experience? Going to the Olympic trials this year. It was amazing. It was the biggest meet I’ve ever been to, and all the fastest people in the nation were there; it was crazy. And they had the nicest pool.

How would you describe yourself as a swimmer? I would say I’m hard working. I have to practice. If I miss one practice, I get out of my groove.

How did you do? I didn’t do as well as I hoped, but I had been injured, and at one point, my coach told me I wouldn’t even be able to go, so I was just happy to be there.

What advice would you give to young swimmers? Don’t worry about anyone else. Just focus on yourself and getting better.

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With about 30 minutes remaining before doors open, John Rusnak acts as a guide during a last-minute walk-through of his new, double-feature haunted house, “Frightmares.” Actors dressed as evil clowns, bloody doctors and undead children scramble to apply the finishing touches to their makeup and costumes before taking their respective posts throughout the house of horrors, which looks odd in the light of day. Rusnak’s pace is brisk as he rattles off bits of direction as he walks by, double-checking various special effects, which he’s designed to shock his unsuspecting guests. A loud pop from a pressurized air cannon pierces the silence, and an unfazed Rusnak laughs at the startled reaction it draws. “I had to!” he apologizes between satisfied chuckles. “That gets them every time. You can have a $1 million effect, and just that little puff of air on your leg — people are more scared of the air cannon.”

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Rusnak holds up a finger to signal that he needs to delay the tour for a moment, and then he crawls into a hidden corridor with a drill to secure a trap door for one of the actors. This maze of mayhem, located on Tamiami Trail, just south of Gulf Gate Drive, is his latest creation. Rusnak has been building haunted houses for 19 years. Most recently he ran the popular “House of Terror,” which benefitted Sailor Circus, until it was discontinued last year. Now, in his first year of operation at his new location, Rusnak has a fresh canvas with “Frightmares,” which features two houses: Tomb of Terrors, a melting pot of old-school horror-movie props, and Psycho Asylum, an industrial-themed mental hospital gone rampant with patients — and evil clowns. Rusnak got his start in the business at a young age, when he volunteered at a haunted house in the Gulf Gate area. His talent for terror was apparent, and, soon after, he built his own haunted house at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, which he says was a big success. He’s been hooked ever since. “I love horror films,” says Rusnak. “What this haunted house does is allow me to entertain peo-

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ple and entertain myself at the same time. I get to build sets and props that I like, and then I get to set them up for other people to like.” Rusnak says the seasonal business takes months of planning and preparation, but that serving up scares for his favorite holiday is worth the hard work. “Some nights, you feel like it’s not a labor of love, and you want to give it up,” he says. “It’s worth it when you see people smiling and having fun. When they come out excited, it’s worth it.” After Halloween night, when the season ends, Rusnak will break down the elaborate setup and return to his day job, but he won’t be too far from his passion. When he isn’t building haunted houses, Rusnak works on feature films as a prop master and set designer, where he’ll collect another season’s worth of frightful ideas to bring to life next Halloween.

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS

Three-bedroom Sarasota Beach home sells for $ 720,000

These are the Siesta Key building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of Oct. 8 through Oct. 12, in order of dollar amounts.

SIESTA KEY Applicant

Remodel Remodel Remodel Pool Renovations Windows/Doors Piling Remodel Re-roof Demolition Seawall Mechanical Plumbing Demolition Mechanical Mechanical Demolition Mechanical Mechanical Renovations Sewerline Repairs Plumbing Dock Renovations

Ronald Szuch Raffaela Pera Gayle Karklsen Lynne Gaylor Gerald Calengor Franklin Howard Joseph Kundla Donald Brand Samuel Medicino Robert Palma Michael Van Rooy Richard Moffett Randy Flurer Jean Coleman, trustee Sidney Iwens Ann Maryan James Talkie John McNally Daniel Blaszczyk Nathan Perry Timothy Boyle David Cook Richard Johnston Margaret Harvey, trustee Donald Mark

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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Oct. 8 and Oct. 12. A home in Sarasota Beach tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Emma Calvo, of Sarasota, sold her home at 5418 Avenida Del Mare to Sean and Stacey O’Meara, of Sarasota, for $720,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,880 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $129,000 in 1996.

$250,000 $54,000 $51,575 $48,294 $29,000 $21,834 $20,900 $18,000 $17,000 $15,000 $14,104 $8,765 $8,000 $7,000 $5,972 $4,800 $4,500 $4,250 $3,858 $3,500 $2,100 $2,000 $2,000 $1,827 $1,500

Siesta’s Bayside

James and Melissa Protigal, of Sarasota, sold their home at 4520 Woodside Road to Paula Stein, of Sarasota, for $640,000. Built in 1969, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,641 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.05 million in 2007.

Harbour Towne

Steve Tino and Robert Peters sold their Unit 101 condominium at 1201 Dockside Place to Timothy and Michelle Lea, of Lakewood Ranch, for $455,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,450 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $350,000 in 2010.

Crescent Arms

Leonard and Phyllis Walek, of Elma, N.Y., sold their Unit 16 condominium at 6308 Midnight Pass Road to Lloyd Yazbek and Linda Yazbek, trustees, of Boardman, Ohio, for $425,000. Built in 1965, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,288 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $550,000 in 2004.

Rachel S. O’Hara

This home at 5418 Avenida Del Mare sold for $720,000, topping all transactions this week.

Sunset Royale

Robert Hering, of Sarasota, sold his Unit 116 condominium at 711 Beach Road to Malec Mokraoui and Zahia Mokraoui, trustees, of Danville, Ill., for $420,000. Built in 1969, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 927 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $388,000 in 2001.

Harbor Towers Yacht and Racquet Club

Jane McCue-Louvett, personal representative, of Warwick, R.I., sold the Unit PH29 condominium at 5855 Midnight Pass Road to Robert and Eileen Damante, of Hewlett, N.Y., for $360,000. Built in 1976, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,404 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $100,000 in 1990.

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GREAT 2BD/2BA + DEN VERANDA ON 1ST FLOOR with solid stone kitchen & bath counters, crown molding, tile, mirrored dining, enclosed lanai, built-ins, newer appliances & AC system, exceptional furnishings, golf equity incl., tennis, fitness, near Costco, Kohls, Lowes & Publix................................................ $220,000

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

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Month to date: 2012 2011 3.01 in. 0.95 in. Year-to-date:

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TemperatureS Wed., Oct. 17 Thurs., Oct. 18 Fri., Oct. 19 Sat., Oct. 20 Sun., Oct. 21 Mon., Oct. 22 Tues., Oct. 23

High 81 85 86 85 84 87 86

Temps. Low 70 69 69 63 61 66 66

Record Temps. High Low 94 (1925) 49 (1943) 93 (2089) 44 (1977) 92 (1971) 47 (1977) 91 (2005) 46 (1996) 91 (1973) 46 (1964) 92 (1993) 46 (1989) 90 (1971) 47 (1961)

Average Gulf water temperature: 80

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Sunrise 7:36 7:37 7:38 7:38 7:39 7:40 7:40

Sunset 6:53 6:52 6:51 6:50 6:50 6:49 6:48

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Richard Wulterkens submitted this sunrise photo taken from the window of his Siesta Key condo.

Low to high concentrations of Karenia brevis were found alongshore of mid Sarasota County and offshore of Sarasota, with the highest concentrations found at Blind Pass Beach Monday, Oct. 22.

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800 N. Tamiami Trail #404 -1070 sq. ft. turnkey furnished in Alinari; great rental--history and future

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NEW LISTING-OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 ∙ 172 Sandy Hook Road , Siesta Key Lagoon Waterfront with Wildlife! Two Separate Homes with 2,829 Sq. Ft. Living Area • One -Half Acre of Tropical Paradise, like Selby Gardens • 16’x40’ Heated pool with lush landscaping • Deeded “Gulf-Beach” access • Cypress-Brick construction • Unique property in a deeded community • Meticulously maintained • Short walk to “The Village” - CBD area Offered at $1,595,000

RON STAHL REALTY 941 374 1671

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Old Florida Style Home in estate. • 227’ frontage on newly dredged canal. • Large lot on cul-de-sac at the end of a private road • Dock & Boat House in sheltered anchorage, • 100 yards to ICW with no bridges. • Easy walk to Siesta Beach! • Den and Art Studio, possible 3rd & 4th Bedrooms Broker/Owner

2BR/2BA condo just over the south bridge. Open plan. One month rentals, 12x per year make this a great investment! Boat Day Dock. $239,900

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Call Stephen P. Stevens at 941.349.6636 Stevens & Salt, Inc. Realtor

The Perfect Getaway... Discover the unique Florida vacation paradise at Cedars West on Longboat Key One of the best Florida vacation rentals on Longboat Key, featuring luxurious 2-bedroom condominiums each with a fabulous gulf view, heated swimming pool, and tennis courts.

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“Art is a visual language. It’s a way to think, a way to see the world and understand the world, which is different from words,” Kurt Wenner says. “That was my greatest motivation — art was a way for me to understand the world.”

Chalk of the Town Kurt Wenner was the only 3-D chalk artist when he began in the early ’80s. Although he helped initiate most of the world’s first chalk festivals, he hasn’t contributed major art to one since 1995 — that is, until this year’s fifth annual Sarasota Chalk Festival. ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT COVER STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2


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namorphic chalk artist Kurt Wenner and his hundreds of pastels are coming to town for this year’s Sarasota Chalk Festival. Last year’s was the first chalk festival the 52-year-old had participated in since 1995. Although he led workshops and put on a show at last year’s event, he didn’t contribute a masterpiece. This year, Wenner will create a piece in our backyard. “A lot of festivals went in the direction I didn’t really care for,” he says during a phone interview from his studio on San Juan Island, near Seattle. It’s why he took such a long break from participating in festivals. Wenner has maintained his art, though; he has created a few advertisements and also broke a world record for the largest work of its kind drawn by one person (a piece for Greenpeace). Wenner is renowned for being the inventor of 3-D pavement art. He also started the vast majority of festivals that take place around the world, most of them as fundraisers for art programs. “But one aspect was that the less the organizer paid the artist, the more they made, so the tendency for the festivals was to become amateurish,” he says. His real hope for festivals was to link high-quality, professional art to the community — such as the Sarasota Chalk Festival does. The Sarasota Chalk Festival hosts pros from around the world, as evident on the pavement masterpieces. Wenner attributes its success to founder Denise Kowal, “the first person with good taste” to do it this way, he says. For this year’s festival, Wenner will transform a 1,200-square-foot space of asphalt into this year’s “Circus City, USA” theme. He has planned a circus animal parade coming to town, and it will be a collaborative effort with more than a dozen artists, some of whom are locals, who will work together on his piece for four days. Wenner is also using a technique he’s never tried before. To view his piece, the

Kurt Wenner’s works have been on display on pavements throughout the world. spectator will stand on scaffolding, which will take a viewer’s eye level from the standard 5.5 feet to 15.5 feet. It’s a different geometry than he has used before, but using this technique will give him the opportunity to make things taller; it will appear as if the piece goes on for infinity. Infinity is a subject Wenner knows well. His first professional job in the early ’80s was as an advanced scientific space illustrator for NASA. That was before computer graphics. “They needed to have an artist draw the spacecraft in perspective and show it in other environments and planets,” he says. He had to represent infinity and push the perspective.

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To be fair, Academy-Award winning cinematographer Wally Pfister wasn’t just responsible for all the filming visuals in “Inception.” He’s had a hand in a lot of great flicks: “Moneyball,” “Dark Knight,” “Dark Knight Rises,” “Memento,” “The Italian Job” and the list continues. Thanks to a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he got out of Hollywood for a few days to lead some screenings in Sarasota. And his parents, Longboat locals, were probably thrilled to have a visit from their son. He’s a good buddy of director Christopher Nolan, and the duo has been working together for 13 years. They are both “old-school” film guys who are known for staying true to film, rather than digital. He’s also pretty funny — he answered a phone call from his wife during the screening of “Inception,” and even pointed out one of his errors. I sat down with him for a Q&A. Here’s a little tease; you can find the full Q&A online at YourObserver.com. I know you could probably talk about this next question for hours. But in a nutshell, why is it important for you to shoot photo chemically rather than digitally? In a nutshell — film and shooting photo chemically is a better image-capture system than anything digital right now. And I know that’s changing, but I’ve always felt that until there’s a capture medium that is able to surpass the quality of film, that we want to hold on to our film for as long as we can and keep Kodak alive and running, because there’s something really spectacular about the image on a film negative. What’s your favorite part of the cinematography process? I think really, still, I love being on set and filming. And I love, you know, looking through the camera, and looking at the light and knowing we got it right and feeling that we did what’s appropriate for that scene and that shot and being able to have a comfortable environment and knowing that we shot some scene that’s really strong, important and that we got it right. Overall, the feeling that you got it right after shooting — there’s no greater feeling than that.

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town hero was welcomed back as soon as he stepped off his plane Oct. 19, at the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport. Circus Sarasota clowns, Sailor Circus performers, fans, friends, community leaders and his wife were there to celebrate his homecomMallory Gnaegy ing. Wallenda has already Nik Wallenda announced plans to cross announces his the Grand Canyon without a upcoming Circus safety harness next summer, Sarasota show. but he had another performance announcement up his sleeve: Wallenda will headline the Circus Sarasota production called “His Journey Continues … ” from Jan. 25 to Feb. 15, with brand spankin’ new stunts. And he’ll be doing a special gig at this year’s Sarasota Chalk Festival, too. Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Christine Robinson declared Oct. 19 Nik Wallenda Day. To this, Wallenda reminded the audience that this is the second proclaimed Nik Wallenda Day, which means he’s gotta do 363 more tricks. In addition to his slogan, “Never Give Up,” he called Sarasota the best city in the world. And we’re glad to have the best high-wire superstar in the world back home.

 a new leaf Do you remember the cover story about local artist Jackie Peters Cully? She’s creating an installation at Art Center Sarasota later this spring that will use hundreds of leafs decorated by community members. If you missed the story or want to see a sketch of what the exhibit Mallory Gnaegy will look like, check it out on- Here’s the leaf I line at YourObserver.com covered at the Well, I went to one of her last workshop. fun leaf workshops — it’s a nice way to meet some new people and put a little art into your day. And I can’t wait to see the exhibit based on all the unique and wonderful leaves people were making. It’s an easy and fun fall craft for any age and I would highly recommend it. She just led one workshop Oct. 22, but you can get involved 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail. Say “hi” to me if you see me there!

Online Read Popcorn Bob's Movie Magic reviews of “Atlas Shrugged: Part 2”, “Seven Psychopaths” and “Alex Cross” at YourObserver.com.

Hot Ticket ‘Tribute to Daniel Moe’ — The Key Chorale will perform a tribute at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road. The dedication to the late Key Chorale conductor emeritus will feature music from the composer’s repertoire performed by past and present members of the Key Chorale, as well as specially invited soloists including his widow, Ann Stephenson-Moe, organist. Tickets are $22. For more information, contact Jan Docking at 924-0790. ‘Nunsense’ — A comedy with singing and dancing nuns begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, and runs through Nov. 4, at The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail. Tickets are $25. Call the box office at 365-2494 for more information.

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Music // Sarasota Opera’s Fall Season Sarasota Opera is about to open its fall season and it’s doing it with a pair of operas — one old and one new. First comes Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” a cherished favorite with audiences, that hasn’t been seen here since the Opera House was renovated and re-opened in 2008. This is a work that fairly ripples with melodies that have become household standards. In fact, legend has it that Verdi wrote the immediately famous and tuneful “La donna e mobile” but was afraid to give it to the tenor until the day of the world premiere because he knew it would leak out to the general population and be heard on street corners and in gondolas before the curtain went up. Legend isn’t always right, but it makes a great story! “Rigoletto” is all about a curse — la maledizione — and how that curse becomes the bane and tribulation of the bitter court jester, Rigoletto, and his beautiful and trusting daughter, Gilda. In this production of the well-known Verdi masterpiece, Sarasota Opera is bringing back Marco Nistico, who’s been heard here as Figaro and Sharpless, to take the title role. The brilliant young mezzo, Heather Johnson (heard in past years as a sparkling Cinderella and a dramatic Elizabeth Proctor), tenor Hak Soo Kim (also seen in “La Cenerentola”) and the popular bass, Young Bok Kim, will be appearing in this production, and the Greek soprano Eleni Calenos will make her Sarasota Opera debut as Gilda, Rigoletto’s ill-fated daughter. The Sarasota Orchestra, taking a rest from center-stage and moving into the orchestra pit, will be led by Artistic Director Victor deRenzi. The company’s Youth Opera is presenting the world premiere of “Little Nemo in Slumberland,” a commission with music by Daron Hagen and words by J.D. McClatchy. Don’t do as I first did and think this is an operatic version of Disney’s “Finding Nemo,” a fish of an entirely different stripe. This story is based on Winsor McCay’s turn-of-the-century comic strip,

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Soprano Eleni Calenos as Gilda and baritone Marco Nistico as the cursed jester in “Rigoletto”

“Little Nemo” and recounts the little boy’s adventures with giants, enchantresses, balloons and topsy-turvy castles. The lucky kids in the Sarasota Youth Opera will sing the roles of the children and members of the company’s Apprentice and Studio programs will take on the adult parts. Technically, the production is using a new scenic-projection type of equipment, which originated at the University of Kentucky and has been used by The Atlanta Opera, called SCRIBE: Self-Contained Rapidly Integratable Background Environment. We’re told it’s an innovation in video scenery! “Rigoletto” will have six performances starting Friday, Oct. 26, and “Little Nemo in Slumberland” will be performed Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. Both operas will have subtitles so you’ll know exactly what’s happening. — June LeBell

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The Beaded Lady

Ruthie Engford Clark is the opera’s head dresser with a high-flying past.

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‘Rigoletto’

“What I really enjoy is being a part of what the performers have to go through — being a performer, myself, I understand the discipline required,” Ruthie Engford Clark says.

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. Runs through Nov. 12. Where: Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave. Cost: Tickets $20 to $130. Info: Call the box office at 366-8450, Ext. 1 or visit sarasotaopera.org

Tsvi Kaplan would be in trouble if he gave the job to someone else — but she’s kidding. Clark and Kaplan have become quite the team, working together for the past 15 years. One of Clark’s favorite memories from the past 19 years she’s been with the opera was the day of dress rehearsal for Verdi’s “Oberto.” “It was this huge gold dress for some queen-like principal part, and it was all full of pearls, beads, jewels and it wasn’t fin-

ished yet,” she says. “There were six of us all sewing on pearls and beads. Every time I see it, I still remember that.” Sewing on beads takes Clark back to the days she beaded her own costumes on the road between performances with her family’s traveling circus — first for her grandfather’s circus, Engford Family Shows, then her father’s circus, Forges Bros. Show. Her family did everything from acrobatics, wire walking and juggling — they were all musicians,

too. “My love was trapeze,” she says. Her costumes were full of rhinestones, beads and feathers. And she made them all by hand. “You couldn’t buy costumes at Walmart or any store like that. It was all custom made for the work you were doing,” she says. She met her husband, Frank, while they were performing together. And they got married in 1966 while hanging upside down from a helicopter with 75,000 people watching below. Frank

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Clark was the property master at the Sarasota Opera for almost 10 years. The high-flying duo’s home is a museum of costumes and nostalgia from the 35 years they spent performing together. Clark says she hasn’t shared her story with too many people with whom she works, although word does get around about her performance background — especially because the circus community is so close-knit. “It’s not like I wear a shirt that says, ‘I hang from my neck in the air’ or anything,” she laughs. As a woman who spent her life performing, she can relate to the discipline of the opera performer’s craft. And, if she still could, she’d be gung-ho for performing a trapeze performance in a magnificently beaded costume. “Sure! I’m ready!” she says enthusiastically. “Where’s the car? Let’s go!”

October 26 – December 12, 2012

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Celtic Thunder 7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $40 to $80. Call 953-3368 Hermitage Series at Historic Asolo w/ Ann Patterson. 7 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater. $5. Call 360-7399

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The Living Legacy of Daniel Moe Key Chorale 2:30 p.m. at The Church of the Palms. $22. Call 921-4845

Kings of Swing 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $10 to $45. Call 953-3368

‘How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying’ 8 p.m. at Venice Theatre. Runs through Dec. 2. $13 to $28 p.m. Call 488-1115

Armands Art Festival and Fall Sidewalk Sale 10 a.m. at St. Armands Circle. Free. Call 388-1554 ‘Celebrating Humanity’ with Marcus DeLoach Gloria Musicae. 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. $15. 360-7399

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Art Uptown Gallery Paul Tamanian and Yuri Gorbachev Galleria Silecchia Runs through Nov. 30. Patricia Curtis Harmony Gallery at

‘Children of Eden’ 8 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center. $12. Call 212-541-4684

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Singers from Sarasota Opera 8 p.m. at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center. Free. Call 552-5325 to reserve

Begins at 9 a.m. at Siesta Key Beach. Runs through Nov. 12. $5. Visit crystalsand.org

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Tom Simmons 7:30 p.m. 9 The Four Seasons +7 10 ‘Little Nemo in Sarasota Orchestra. 8 p.m. Slumberland’ at McCurdy’s Comedy Sarasota Youth Opera. 5:30 Theatre. Runs through Nov. 11. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Runs through Nov. 11. p.m. (also runs Nov. 11) $11 to $15. Call 925-3869 $30 to $77. Call 953-4252 at Sarasota Opera. $15 to $20. Call 366-8450, Ext. 1 Symphonic Wind Cine-World Film Festival Ensemble in Concert Various times at Burns Court Dan Miller and Lew Gatto. 8 8 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Cinemas. Runs through Nov. p.m. at The Glenridge Performing Center. $8. Call 752-5252 18. Call 955-3456 Arts Center. $15. Call 552-5325

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the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center Runs through Dec. 21. Wednesday, Nov. 7: 26 Meet the artist 7 p.m. at David O’Keefe Gallery Friday, Nov. 9: The Warren J. and Margot Coville Photography Collection The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Runs through Feb. 3. Wednesday, Nov. 14: Opening: The Curated Unknowns: An Exhibition of27 Emerging Artists Art Center Sarasota Runs through Dec. 7. Nov. 30 The Atomic Art Show Clothesline Gallery Runs through Dec. 15. Opening reception Dec. 7.

Pandora Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $60 to $85. Call 953-3368

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Al Romas 7:30 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre. Runs through Nov. 25. $11 to $15. Call 925-3869

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Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012 8 p.m. at Van Wezel. Ticket price TBD. Call 953-3368

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Jazz Bands in Concert SCF Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. 8 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center. $8. Call 752-5252

The 20th Annual Sarasota Craft Show 10 a.m. at Robarts Arena. Runs through Dec. 2. $9. Call 355-9161

‘The Dixie Swim Club’ 8 p.m. at Island Players Theatre. Runs through Dec. 9. $20. Call 778-5755

‘The Planets’ Sarasota Orchestra. 8 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center. $39 to $59. Call 953-4252 Michael Bolton 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. $30 to $100. Call 953-3368

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With so much of our housing stock built with retirees and snowbirds in mind, big family homes can be hard to find in Sarasota, particularly at a price that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break the bank. But here are three examples that fit the bill nicely. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re big, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re well-priced and each one offers a different version of the Sarasota lifestyle. The criteria in choosing them was simple enough: If we were a kid, would we want to live here?

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2. CITY FAMILY 2350 Fiesta DrIVE

For the city kid with a lot going on — sports and after-school activities — here’s a stylish, contemporary home just a short walk from Riverview High. It’s unusual to find a house this big and this private in such a central location. Set on more than an acre of land, it’s got four (or possibly five) bedrooms in 3,838 square feet. Built in 1973, it’s got a classic-modern look, with dramatic rooms on various levels, a floating staircase, and a

beautifully renovated kitchen. Several years ago this home might have seemed dated; now, with the mid-century look coming back, it’s right in style. Children will love the room with the skylight, the enormous pool, the fact that they have their own wing, and all the great spaces, both indoors and out, for sports, games and hanging out. Parents will love the price tag: sophisticated style and a family-friendly layout for $549,000. For more information, contact Melba Jimenez of Michael Saunders & Co.; 356-3970.

3. COUNTRY FAMILY 7423 SpinosA CouRT

If you really want a lot of room, head east. Just past the interstate you’ll find communities — some gated, some not — where there’s plenty of room for children and pets. This 4,453-square-foot home in Serenoa Lakes (built in 2000) has four bedrooms, four full baths, plus a den, family room and an upstairs bonus room (31 feet by 21 feet) with a wet bar and balcony. There’s also a caged pool and spa, a three-car garage and

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n airplane ride to New York City is the usual prerequisite for a James Beard Foundation dinner. But lucky locals got to enjoy the treat without the trip Oct. 17 and Oct. 18, when chef/proprietor Jose Martinez, of Maison Blanche on Longboat Key, recreated the dinner he prepared at the foundation in June. Over the two evenings, more than 100 guests enjoyed Martinez’ “French Elegance” menu, an unabashedly sublime application of culinary artistry to five courses with wine pairings from Frederick Wildman and Sons. Asked to name their favorite, guests named virtually every item on the menu. Diners celebrated the

tomato confit with tiny, individual leaves from a baby Brussels sprout for its uniquely intense tomato flavor. The smoked haddock hors d’oeuvres came in for more than its fair share of applause, as did the foie gras and duck pie with wine sauce. The almond meringue topping the Florida lemon tart was exceptional. Among the wines, several (including yours truly) particularly favored the Pol Roger Brut Reserve. And raves included, “For a creative eating experience, this is it in Sarasota”; “He’s an artist”; and simply, “The best in town.” For a chef to be invited to present a dinner at the James Beard Foundation is a form of recognition in and of itself. The foundation is a

nonprofit created in honor of the great champion of American food to “celebrate, nurture and preserve America’s diverse culinary heritage and future.” Based on recommendations received and reviewed by both a programming staff and a volunteer programming committee of food professionals, it invites highly regarded chefs to serve a dinner at its headquarters in the Greenwich Village townhouse where James Beard lived for three decades. This was Martinez’s first such event but not his first connection to the foundation; he was a semi-finalist for its Best Chef-South award in 2010, and he underwrites a James Beard Foundation culinary scholarship.

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Outfitted in one of the hottest little redand-black numbers Sarasota has ever seen, Lauren McComb —  followed by George Quarterman, Bambi Famous Kaine, Jamie Embling, Dr. Kristen Paulus, Phil King and Anne Weintraub — got things heated up on the dance floor during CANDance Saturday Oct. 20, at Michael’s On East.

Judging by the elaborate red décor, the sexy costumes, the curves, the legs, the camera flashes and the rounds of applause, the event will surely remain one of the hottest this season. Awards were given for top dollar amount raised — Anne Weintraub —  and People’s Choice Award winner — Bambi Famous Kaine. The event benefits the Community Aids Network.

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her one-year cancer-free anniversary. She was treated at SMH. The guest who left prior to the grand-prize drawing and was holding the winning key for Casa Mariposa on Siesta Key was Penny Hill, who co-chaired CANDance Saturday. The donor of the villa was Bambi Famous Kaine, who danced in and won People’s Choice Award. “Penny texted me as soon as she got home and opened her bag, saw her grand prize letter, and realized what had happened,” said KTTC Co-Chairwoman Allison Silver Schwartz. “She has my number because I was a dancer in CANDance last year and because she is our mortgage broker!”

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 Dennis Stover RECEIVEs a birthday surprise Phil King told his partner, Dennis Stover, that they were going to Hyatt Regency Sarasota to meet financial adviser Don Schofield, here on his biannual visit from Indianapolis. Instead, they met 80 of their nearest and dearest, who were gathered poolside to surprise Stover on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

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If you’re wondering what went down at the 2012 Key to the Cure Kick Off, BT has the scoop! In less than 45 minutes, all 400 keys — which had a greater than 8% chance of winning prizes ranging in value to more than $3,000 — were sold. The goal for the key sale was $20,000, but several entrepreneurial folks, such as Margaret Wise and Gwen MacKenzie — resold their keys. Nearly 700 people attended the event. The owner of the pink beach cruiser from Ryder Bikes had five offers to buy it before he left the store, but he refused them because he was giving the bike to his niece, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The guest who won the Skinsmart Dermatology basket, valued at $1,200, just celebrated

Save the last dance … Allison Silver Schwartz roamed the Michael’s On East Courtyard for what was surely a couple of hours trying to purchase a two-minute dance lesson from one of the professional CANDance dancers. A disappointed Schwartz said she had asked everyone, but the lessons were sold out. Later that evening Schwartz was seen twirling around the dance floor … Thai time … Pam and Lyn Wiley were breaking it down on the dance floor, when Lyn paused to talk about his wife’s “fantastic and famous ensemble handpainted by seven virgins.” Pam corrected her husband, saying it was hand-woven, not hand-painted. “Well, it was hand-woven by seven virgins, then,” Lyn joked … Winner, winner, chicken dinner … When Bambi Famous Kaine, who won this year’s CANDance competition, saw a photo of her husband, Jeff, wearing an extremely furry white Jeff Kaine top hat, she called him “Dr. Seuss” … Where’s Weintraub? … Anne Weintraub was incognito before the actual competition began. Unlike the rest of the female contestants, who all seemed to be donning shades of red that evening, those on the lookout for Weintraub were unable to locate her, for quite some time due to the fact that she was sporting black from head to Anne Weintraub and Alexandra Band toe. She also reported

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34th Annual New England Clambake Benefiting New College Foundation. 6:30 p.m.at New College Bayfront Price: $150. Contact: Andrea Stephens, 487-4684

Sheena Robinson and Salena Wilhoit at the New College Clambake in November 2011.

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Goodwill Tribute Luncheon. Benefiting Goodwill Foundation. 11:30 a.m. at Dolphin Aviation. Price: $100. Contact: 355-2721, Ext. 104

Dream Makers Ball honoring Nathan Benderson Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. 6 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Price: $250. Contact: Tamara Chapman, 366-3911

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Season Opener Brunch. Sarasota Orchestra. 11 a.m. at Michael’s On East. Price: $100. Contact: Nicole Lee, 487-2743

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

“Where your Dreams come Home”

FALL HOME SALE SAVE UP TO

50

%*

PLUS

TAKE AN ADDITIONAL

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THE SALE PRICE of

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100’s of items on sale. Hurry for best selection.

Special savings throughout the store

PORT CHARLOTTE

NEXT TO TOWN CENTER MALL

941-625-4493

Create Your Own Dinette HOURS Mon. & Fri. 10AM - 8PM Tues. - Wed. - Thurs. - Sat. 10AM - 6PM Closed Sunday for Worship & Rest

www.baconsfurniture.com

Create Your Own Sofa

SARASOTA

7557 S. TAMIAMI TR.

941 - 894 - 3090

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12 months no interest*

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