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OUR TOWN + Hats off to vets Honor U.S. military veterans at a Veterans Day parade, which takes place at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 301, in downtown Sarasota. The parade proceeds west on Main Street to Gulfstream Avenue, and a one-hour program will follow at J.D. Hamel Park to honor veterans killed in action.





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sand success by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Champions unite for Crystal Classic Karen Fralich and Sue McGrew will sculpt together at the event for the first time in almost two years.

+ Your chariot awaits Sarasota Bay Club staff competed in a pumpkin-decorating contest Wednesday, Oct. 31, to get in the Halloween spirit, and the finished products were on display at its cocktail event. To encourage creativity, contestants were not allowed to carve the pumpkins. Placing first in overall creativity, this pumpkin, decorated by Arts and Leisure staffers, sat ready to escort guests to their respective Prince Charmings.

Sand sculptors begin crafting the sponsor scroll for the Siesta key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. Onlookers watched — and at times dodged — bulldozers and backhoes moving hundreds of tons of sand into piles Nov. 5, on Siesta Key Beach. Shirtless sand sculptors carve niches into a hardening wall of the soft sand, and fire hoses blast the piles with water. It’s less than one week until the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Mas-

ter Sand Sculpting Competition, and the sponsor display is taking shape southeast of the beach pavilion. There will be three days of festivities, including the master sand-sculpting competition, amateur sculpting contest and quick-sculpting event, at the third annual event, which is shaping up to be the biggest so far. Organizers sold out of spots

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for the vendor village, which will be made up of food and retail booths, a month ago, said Crystal Classic Steering Committee member Lourdes Ramirez. Twenty-two sculptors competed in the inaugural event in 2010, and 24 participated the following year. Twenty-four sculptors from as far away as Singapore are scheduled to dig, pack and carve

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this year, including 2010 winner Sue McGrew and last year’s champ, Karen Fralich. “I love contests, I adore them; to me it’s like cotton candy — I just can’t wait for the next one,” Fralich said. The pair last worked together at the North American Sand Sculpt-


by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Sarasota County authorizes Beach Road repair Although a temporary fix is in the works, a long-term solution could cost upward of $2 million and take two years to complete. + In the hot seat Visitors at the Sunday, Nov. 4 SECA Car Show, on Hillview Street, stopped to admire this washroom on wheels. Tis go-kart features all the luxuries of a restroom, including hardwood floors, on a mobile fourwheel frame.

Sarasota County will spend as much as $250,000 to retrofit the north end of Beach Road for vehicle access, but it may not be the only time spending will be required.

County Administrator Randall Reid approved an emergency procurement request for funding Nov. 5, for Frederick Derr & Co. to repair the portion of roadway that collapsed one week earlier.

As of Nov. 7, the contractor chosen for the repair is waiting for the go-ahead from county staff. Staff recommended a designbuild approach for the longterm fix, which means the county would hire one contractor to complete the design and construction of a mitigation solution for Beach Road erosion, after looking at quotes from various

firms. That would cost about $2 million depending on permitting requirements from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the possibility of underground utility lines, according to a Nov. 2 memo from County Engineer Jim Harriott. But, county commissioners as-


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CRYSTAL CLASSIC/PAGE 1A ing Championship in 2010 and sculpted two folk dancers they called “Celtic Sisters,” which won a $3,000 fourth-place prize. Fralich won the solo competition at the North American Sand Sculpting Championship this year and finished second at the 2012 Fulong Sand Sculpture Festival, where she was edged out by another 2012 Crystal Classic competitor: Singaporean artist Joo Heng Tan. Fralich worked with Dan Belcher to create the dark equine-themed “Nightmares” at the 2011 Crystal Classic, but she said their schedules didn’t align this year. “Sue called and asked if I wanted to do it, and, of course, I was honored,” Fralich said. McGrew won the Crystal Classic in 2010 with “Circle of Life” and has been busy working on the Travel Channel show, “Sand Masters,” this season. Local master sandsculptor Brian Wigelsworth, who took third place in the North American Sand Sculpting Championships this year, said in an interview earlier this year one of the biggest challenges for a sculptor is setting out with a unique vision, as well as never-before-seen techniques.

BEACH ROAD/PAGE 1A signed staff to secure an independent engineering study and look at the county’s legal obligations for such a fix because the street is a public asset. “It may never be repaired properly, and I don’t want to keep pouring money into a black hole,” County Commissioner Joe Barbetta said during the reports section of a Nov. 6 County Commission meeting. “I just don’t want to jump into a designbuild approach without someone totally independent looking at this with no horse in the race,” Barbetta said. Derr said bringing in an outside engineer would only stretch the timeline of a

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“That’s one of the hardest things for me,” Fralich said. Ideas can bubble up during menial daily activities such as washing dishes, she said. Another challenge comes from the fact that the world-famous Siesta sand loses a lot of hardness as it dries, meaning sculptors have to dig deeper for more course sand, Fralich said. “But, it feels so nice — it’s like talcum powder,” Fralich said. “It carves like butter.” Fralich and McGrew have kicked around sculpture ideas through Skype, but haven’t settled on a vision for the Crystal Classic. “I’m just going to kind of dive in and see what happens,” Fralich said.

IF YOU GO What: Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 through Monday, Nov. 12 Where: Siesta Key public beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key Transportation: Buses available from Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

long-term solution for Beach Road. “That’s a terrible waste of money to hire an engineer who doesn’t know anything about this to go out there and go to school on this,” Derr said during a Nov. 7 phone interview. County staff will present options for a permanent fix while Derr’s firm puts the temporary repair in place; the long-term solution is expected to take as long as two years to be completed. “During that time, it is likely the county will need to provide several temporary fixes each at the current estimate or more depending on the type of weather event or tidal forces involved,” Harriot said in the memo.

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By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Siesta Isles Association pushes for safety measures The Siesta Isles Association’s push for safer turns at Midnight Pass Road is complete, but room for improvement remains. Since May, Siesta Isles Association President Tony Romanus has avoided taking a left turn from Glebe Lane onto Midnight Pass Road. The 10-year island resident realized how dangerous the maneuver was after he met with Florida Department of Transportation staff about roadway safety at the subdivision inlet at Shadow Lawn Drive. The May meeting grew out of the fallout from the Jan. 7 hit-and-run accident on the curve on Midnight Pass Road that killed Donna Chen. At the end of October, eight months after the Siesta Isles Association board sent a letter to FDOT about the treacherous curve, the state removed a tree that once blocked the view of traffic, and the organization has spent upward of $1,000 to increase visibility at the location. “I think what that created was an opportunity to get the ear of people who could effect change,” Romanus said. Ultimately, three property owners agreed to shrink their backyards and taper their fences inward as part of the effort. The Siesta Isles Association paid for the fencing replacement and allowed one resident a height variance to shade headlights from vehicles traveling onto Shadow Lawn Way. “It was surprising how cooperative everybody was,” Romanus said. Romanus sent an email to FDOT the week before November to ask about the possibility of convex mirrors that bend a vehicle’s reflection so they can be seen by other vehicles trying to turn onto

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Siesta Isles Association President Tony Romanus spearheaded an effort to improve visibility at a dangerous curve on Midnight Pass Road.

Midnight Pass Road. One of the newly elected Siesta Isles Association board members could serve as the liaison to government and civic organizations, Romanus said. The organization worked with the state, the county and Florida Power & Light to have trees reaching into a clump of power lines removed and landscaping cleared. And, communication with St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church led to the removal of at least five trees from the church’s property, which is on the corner of Midnight Pass Road and Glebe Lane. “It’s still not great, but it’s better than it was,” Romanus said.

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Sarasota County staff again raised cost estimates for the now $27 million Siesta Beach renovation and postponed a public meeting set for this month.

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Improvement project sputters Sarasota County commissioners assigned staff to prepare a report on the Siesta Key beachimprovement project in September. But three weeks after the board assignment was due, during the Nov. 6 County Commission meeting, county staff was still unsure about a timetable for project landmarks, and the estimated cost had grown to as much as $27 million. Sarasota County Engineer Jim Harriott announced a possible postponement of a public meeting at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, scheduled for Nov. 13, about the beach project. “If you want the public to attend, you usually have to give a little bit of notice,” said County Commissioner Nora Patterson. Commissioner Joe Barbetta again brought up the beach improvements during the Nov. 7

County Commission meeting; he cited confusion about the open house after receiving a postcard invitation for it. As of Wednesday afternoon, county staff was still preparing for the scheduled meeting, according to Sarasota County Resources Manager Hank Schneider. “We wanted to make sure we were designing the right thing,” Harriott said. “There’s a $20 million project, and there are options that get you up to about $25 million.” The design commissioners already approved is currently about a $26 million to $27 million project, Harriott explained, with $20 million earmarked for the enhancements. “We’re rapidly approaching year end; the economy is starting to come back; interest rates are going to go up; construction costs are going to go up; and we’re losing this huge window of opportu-

nity,” said Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta. Harriott compared the project with building a house or buying a car, in that as the design process progresses, new options appear. And as county staff considers input from architects, engineers, builders and the public, picking which options to add to the project, such as the esplanade or observation deck for the beach improvements, takes considerable time. The design process, which has landmarks at 30%, 60% and 90%, also causes price estimates to fluctuate, Harriott explained. The beach project design is nearing the 90% mark, but is stuck at 60%, until staff can consider input from the public and County Commission. Sarasota County project manager Curtis Smith said the 60% design and costcutting options would have been

presented at the public meeting. “Everything seems to be frozen in place and we need to move on this,” Barbetta said. “This appears to be a moving target for us right now,” said County Commission Chairwoman Christine Robinson. Commissioners voted for staff to compile a project timeline of the five months since the 60% timeline was approved, as well as a projected timeline of future landmarks. Interest rates and construction costs are tied to the economic climate, which Barbetta said would mean a higher total cost for the project as the economy recovers. Production costs have grown each of the last four months according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “This is costing us money every day we delay it — every day,” Barbetta said.


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Andrew McAnsh, a downtown Sarasota developer of the early 1900s, built the Mira Mar Casino (a bathhouse) in 1925 on North Siesta Key to bolster interest in his proposed development, Mira Mar Beach.

hearing feedback by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Siesta Key Village noise complaints continue The brisk breezes floating off the Gulf of Mexico this month have aggravated the noise debate. Sarasota County code enforcement officers compete with wind, crowds and car stereos to measure sound with decibel readers in Siesta Key Village. And, as part-time residents return to the island and the holiday season commences, noise complaints will likely become more common, said Sarasota County code-enforcement officer John Lally. “If you’re trying to take a reading and a car comes by playing Megadeth, you have to turn the reader off,” said code-enforcement officer Kevin Burns, who works overtime to investigate after-hours code violations.

Hurricane Sandy delivered conditions to the Village that made measuring sound waves difficult, but prompted some residents to open their windows to feel the changing seasons. “There are a lot of atmospheric conditions that cause music to travel farther than it normally would,” Lally said. A Gulf breeze may fill a condominium unit with cool, fresh air, but the same breeze can carry with it sounds from neighbors. “Recently, the issue was simply wind,” Burns said. A sound-level reading can be inaccurate if there is heavy wind competing with a machine’s input, Burns said.

A resident emailed Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson to complain about Village noise Oct. 31 — Halloween — and cited the Beach Club as the source, which is a rarity, Lally said. The resident said in the email he encountered “large, noisy crowds obstructing traffic” and exceptionally loud music. “Ambient noise is exempt from the code — it’s not a violation,” Lally said. And soundlevel meters are calibrated to vet out sound not coming from the source code-enforcement officers are measuring. If the meter reads less than the regulated amount of deci-

bels from a restaurant or bar’s property line, there is nothing else an officer can do. But, Burns said he has met with leaders of the various island organizations to develop a better model for enforcement in the Village. “Instead of trying to take care of all the issues at once, we’re breaking them up into individual problems,” Burns said. Code-enforcement staff will sit down with the complainant and suspected violator to resolve a legitimate dispute, Burns said. “Unless I believe there’s a violation, I try prevent the people from being disturbed,” Burns said.

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Siesta Key property owner Chris Brown increased his settlement offer to Sarasota County 15% to $315,000. County attorneys want more information. What kind of damage does a five-year legal battle with the government do to a business? Attorneys at Bentley & Bruning P.A. estimate that entrepreneur Chris Brown’s lawsuit against Sarasota County cost him $1.7 million, and the trial to settle claims of discrimination is set for next year. It will be the culmination of three lawsuits revolving around taxes the county levies on Siesta Key Village businesses. Judge Lee Haworth set a fiveday trial for Aug. 26, 2013, to decide the civil suit, and allowed both parties to extend the deadline for mediation and settlement from Dec. 21 to Feb. 1. County commissioners voted to decline Brown’s first settlement of $277,000 in September but ordered staff to re-evaluate the county’s method of taxing Village merchants for the partial cost of the municipal lot in the district. “I think the majority of the (County Commission) has logical thinking,” Brown said. The outcome was the dissolution of the parking tax district. Assistant County Attorney David Pearce wrote in an Oct. 22 letter to Brown’s counsel that the County Attorney’s Office would need a breakdown of the $1.7 million in damages to bring the Siesta property owner’s latest offer to the County Commission for a decision. The office disputed parts of Brown’s case against the county. “We believe that, as time goes forward and additional information is obtained through discovery and legal research, then the county’s case can only improve,” Pearce wrote in the letter. Bentley did not provide a summary or breakdown of damages for each of Brown’s companies, CJB Property Development LLC and 5148 Beach Road LLC, nor the dates and nature of any undue expenses. The county also asked Sept. 10 for a list of documents or experts used to calculate damages. Pearce declined to comment specifically about whether the damages cited by Bentley were fair and accurate. “I think the letters speak for themselves,” Pearce said. The County Attorney’s Office Nov. 2 asked Haworth to order Brown to disclose the specific details cited in Pearce’s Oct 22 letter. “For them to continue to dig for tax returns and very personal information — it’ll all come out during trial,” Brown said. Both parties agreed to bring in attorney Gary Larsen for an allday mediation Feb. 1. “You’re torn because you want to rid yourself of the negativity,” Brown said. “But, a part of me really wants to go in front of a judge and show them what’s going on.”


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+ SKA online membership launches successfully Siesta Key Association board member Deet Jonker announced during a Nov. 1 meeting that 15 members renewed annual memberships online after the organization sent out 1,100 notification emails. Recipients opened 46% of the emails the organization sent about new online services, which will eventually include links to surveys and media for island residents. The organization will still send out paper notices to those who can’t use the online membership renewal. “The whole purpose of this is to make membership easier and also less expensive because the cost of mailing (and) printing is just tremendous,” Jonker said.

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Sarasota County commissioners derided staff during the first meeting of November, after an audit from the Clerk of the Courts found evidence of negligence that led to miles of overgrown medians. The audit did not name specific employees, but found that staff signed work orders for thousands of dollars of mowing from Bloomings Landscape and Turf Management, without knowing if the work had been performed. The firm abandoned the contract earlier this year, prompting the county to split its mowing territory into smaller pieces and hire temporary contractors. County Administrator Randall Reid blamed the consolidation of the county’s operations and maintenance department in 2007, and the rush to privatize mowing operations for the problems, as well as the poor state of county baseball and softball fields.

Meetings &agendas  Sarasota Community Disaster Organizations meeting — 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Sarasota County Health and Human Services, Room 226, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota  Public Facilities Financing Board meeting — 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Administration Building, A/B Conference Room, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota  Sarasota County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Administration Building, Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota  Sarasota County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Administration Building, Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota  Sarasota County Planning Commission public hearing — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Administration Building, Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

+ Siesta sewer rehab ahead of schedule Williams Testing Inc., a pipelineinspection and -rehabilitation firm, reached substantial completion of the Siesta Key sanitary sewer rehabilitation project Oct. 31, two weeks earlier than expected, according to the firm’s project manager, Susan Dunlop. The firm finished lining and inspecting sewer pipes on Midnight Pass Road the same day, in the final aspect of work requiring lane closures.

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ing of the challenges and issues ahead. The Sarasota Observer asked the candidates which of those issues they would tackle. Robinson said one ongoing mission was to solve what she calls “workforce issues.” She will focus on two problems: local manufacturers hiring employees outside the county because they can’t find qualified, trained employees in Sarasota County, and residents having to look outside the area for work. Earlier in the evening, as she received early updates from the Sarasota Supervisor of Elections office, Robinson said she was nervous — and she had some cause to be. The incumbent had outspent her opponent $100,000 to $15,000


As Ed Brodsky walked away from the podium after his victory speech Tuesday night, he hugged Sarasota Sheriff Tom Knight, who became a key supporter of Brodsky during a 21-month campaign for State Attorney 12th Circuit. A few minutes earlier, as results forecast an imminent win, Brodsky told Knight that it was looking like the sheriff was “stuck with” Brodksy. Knight, who has attributed a 15% drop in crime in part to the work being done by Brodsky, a longtime prosecutor in the State Attorney’s Office, was just fine with that outcome. Amid the applause, juggling entertainers and live music at the GOP election party at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Christine Robinson celebrated her County Commission District 3 win quietly — before she had to step to the podium and give a speech. Robinson celebrated with her mother, Sandy Strenkoski, who flew down from Buffalo, N.Y., to surprise her daughter. Brodsky, who beat Democrat John Torraco with 54.9% votes, and Robinson, who captured 55.4% of the vote over opponent Jennifer Cohen, were two of the successful Republican candidates who savored their victory, thanked supporters and embraced family members at the party at the Hyatt. But, even as they touted their wins, the politicians were think-

“I just want to soak it all in,” he said. After that, Brodsky wants to collaborate with law enforcement to go after gangs and violent offenders who are being tried in the court system. That means gunning for high conviction percentages and stiff sentences for “the 6% who commit 60% of the crimes.” Brodsky was engaged in a bitter campaign that kept him on the defensive most of the time. Torraco, a real-estate investor and professor at the State College of Florida, lost to Brodsky by about 13,000 votes. Torraco’s campaign painted Brodsky as an insider at an office that pushed for convictions at the cost of case dismissals or taxpayer money. Peter Lombardo, who lost to Brodsky in a bitter primary battle, endorsed Torraco. “I knew it was going to be close,” Torraco said. “I wish the best to my opponent, and, hopefully, we can get some positive change out of the debates that went on in Sarasota and Manatee counties,” Torraco said. Up next, Torraco said he is going to continue to work and practice law, teach and stay involved with real-estate investment. Ray Pilon, another GOP candidate who won Tuesday, was also looking ahead — to Wednesday and beyond. Pilon, who won the State House District 72 seat with 53.9% of the vote, said his election crew would spend Wednesday removing more

than 650 campaign yard signs, and then he would be getting ready for committee meetings in Tallahassee. As for the big issues, there are jobs and the economy. But, Pilon also wants to get some momentum, and, perhaps, set up a policy think group to address issues in public education from kindergarten to grade 12, to the university level. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, won his fourth term with 186,627 votes, or 53.6%, compared to Keith Fitzgerald’s 161,257, or 46.4% of votes. Buchanan reiterated many of the messages on which he campaigned: He promised to focus on jobs and controlling spending. The cheers grew louder when he talked about taking action against illegal immigration and loudest when he vowed to work toward repealing Obamacare. Fitzgerald is a New College political science professor who served two terms in the Florida State House from 2006 to 2010. Speaking of his next step, Fitzgerald said: “I’ve been at this for seven years, and I think it’s time I take a timeout to spend more time with my family.” A city charter amendment that would have split the City Clerk and Auditor Office was voted down with 55.3% of voters against the measure. As a result, City Auditor and Clerk Pam Nadalini will retain oversight of the clerk and auditor functions at City Hall. The proposal, if approved, would have moved the city clerk — now an independent charter branch of the city’s government — to the city manager’s office and created a separate auditor’s office.



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by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Managers talk collaboration at Tiger Bay meeting Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin, Longboat Key Town Manager Dave Bullock, North Port City Manager Jonathan Lewis and Venice City Manager Edward Lavallee spoke to the Tiger Bay Club. At the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club luncheon last week, Sarasota County’s four new city and town managers spoke about how each of the municipalities could collaborate with other cities and with the county in a time of reduced budgets. It doesn’t hurt that the four managers — including Tom Barwin, Sarasota city manager; Dave Bullock, Longboat Key town manager; Jonathan Lewis, North Port city manager; and Edward Lavallee, Venice city manager — are coming to the community with a clean slate and a new outlook on local priorities and challenges. The managers talked about teaming together on issues from emergency dispatch services to assembling hiring committees. “All four of us are new, and we all have to find a way to start to look at collaboration,” said Lewis. Lavallee said the city of Venice has reduced its workforce by 25%, and there are opportunities for some consolidated services with the county. “If a city has reduced 25% of its workforce, and it has to take another major hit, there isn’t that much that can be squeezed without a major impact,” said John Wesley White, moderator for the event and former Sarasota County administrator. The city managers also answered questions about amendments on the ballot and a proposed strongcity-manager initiative in the city

Michele Grimes, Margaret Wise and Ann Charters Rod Girdwood, Jay Berman, Taylor Collins and Debbie Johnson of Sarasota. In addition, Barwin fielded a question from former County Commissioner David Mills about the possibility of constructing more multi-use, pedestrianfriendly pathways similar to the county’s Legacy Trail. Barwin said Sarasota is perfect for multi-use pathways because of the favorable climate and the area’s natural resources. He is also interested in considering ways to increase recreational infrastructure in the city and access to that infrastructure. “I’d love to get on a bike with you and take a ride (to talk about bikefriendly options),” Barwin, a bicyclist, said to Mills.

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by Nick Friedman | Community Editor

Pine View salutes veterans with yearlong project This year’s community service project idea was formed as a way to give thanks to United States veterans. Each year, Pine View School students participate in a school-wide community service project. This year, when the students were trying to develop an idea, student coordinator and senior John Potvin asked the other student planners what they thought they could do to make a difference in the community. They all agreed that they wanted to do something to thank U.S. military veterans. “We wanted to show how much Pine View loves the community and how much

we care,” said Potvin. “We’ve always done something to help people who are less fortunate, but this was a new aspect that we’d never touched on, and we all thought we could make a big difference.” The project, titled “Pine View Salutes Our Veterans,” is a yearlong project that unites the entire school, from elementary students to seniors, in a four-part effort to thank veterans on a local and national level.

The first aspect of the project involved the school adopting a local veteran, who is on 100% disability, to help provide financial assistance to him and his family. While stationed in Korea, Pine View’s veteran was frostbitten and also developed acute asthma. Pine View will work to provide him with a new air-conditioning unit, which will alleviate some of his high electric bills and asthma problems. Other aspects of the project in-

clude partnering with Operation Military Assistance Program to fill 50 backpacks with personal-hygiene supplies to send to homeless veterans; writing letters to currently deployed soldiers and various other fundraising projects, including a changecollection day, a flea market, kickball tournaments and selling shirts and buttons. “A lot of people know that our students are gifted, but another thing that’s nice is our ability to be active in the community,” said Potvin. “The best part of all of this is knowing that you can make a difference, even with small things. We wanted to come together, as a school, and say thanks to these veterans.”

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A salute to veterans It’s over. At last. No more TV ads. Jima; John Saputo, Skip Sack, David Novak, But as America shifts, adjusts and Longboaters, Marines; Andy Hooker, endures, the next few days likely Sarasota, Army helicopters, Vietnam; Bill will deliver an aftermath similar to Kelley, Longboater, U.S. Navy, D-Day Hurricane Sandy — as the pain for the survivor, Omaha Beach. afflicted sets in, there’ll be sqawking, Marina Jack was filled with more than yelling and endless TV reporting 200 heroes Wednesday when the Marine on alleged voter fraud and voter veterans celebrate the 237th anniversary suppression. of the Corps. We’ll pick up and eventually We admire them all for their courage, recover and move on. sacrifice and commitment to the cause Let’s hope there is no gloating — of liberty. As they all can tell you, there throwing gas on the fire. is nothing worse than war. It is hell So in the vein of moving on from on earth. With its costs so the intensity of the past year and devastating and immeasurable reuniting the United States of in so many ways, it should America, here are two reminders never occur. But since the time that may help put Tuesday’s results of the Book of Deuteronomy, in a bigger picture: greedy, maniacal despots •Monday is Veterans Day. have placed themselves above • Freedom is not free. people, rejecting the value of Most of us had the opportunity life. to have our say Tuesday when we That’s another whole subject. slipped our ballot into the electronic Instead, we want to express our scanner. Billions of people in this gratitude to all of our veterans. world do not get that opportunity. And a good way to do that is to We have that opportunity because quote the words of our nation’s of the men and women in this nation’s first president, when George Washington 236-year history who believed and sent his farewell address to the believe in the cause of liberty. They Revolutionary War army: were willing to give their lives in “He presents his thanks in the most defense of freedom. An extraordinary serious and affectionate manner to the concept — that freedom is so precious General Officers, as well for their Counsel men and women are willing to die for it. on many interesting occasions, as for Whatever it takes. their ardor in promoting the success That is why Veterans Day is of the plans he had adopted — To important. It is especially important the Commandants of Regiments to this region — Longboat Key, and Corps, and to the other Officers Sarasota, Manatee — and to Florida. for their great Zeal and attention Almost 85,900 U.S. military veterans in carrying his orders promptly live in Greater Sarasota-Manatee. And into execution — To the Staff for 1.6 million veterans live in Florida, their alacrity and exactness in the second highest number of any performing the duties of their several state except California. Departments — And to the NonFlorida honors its veterans. When commissioned officers and private you filled out your ballot Tuesday Soldiers, for their extraordinary (and in early voting), you had the patience in suffering, as well as opportunity to reinforce how we feel their invincible fortitude in Action as a state about our veterans. The … To the various branches of the Legislature crafted Amendments 2 Army, the General takes this last and and 9 to give property-tax exemptions solemn oppertunity of professing his to combat-wounded veterans and the inviolable attachment & friendship — A few of our veterans, from top left clockwise: Fay and surviving spouse of veterans killed He wishes more than bare professions Geri Cunningham at the Sarasota Veterans Day parade in the line of duty as a way of paying were in his power, that he was really in 2009; Andy Hooker, Army/Vietnam; David Novak, homage to our heroes. able to be usefull to them all in future Marines/Vietnam; George Swansey and Larry Bilodeau, In this region, we, for a long time, Korea; David Beliles, Marines/Korea; Bill Kelley, Navy/D- life; He flatters himself however, they have had many great heroes among will do him the justice to believe, Day survivor. us. The late Maj. Gen. Aubrey S. that whatever could with propriety Newman lived here. Newman became be attempted by him, has been done. survived Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway famous for his battle cry in World War II. And being now to conclude these his last and the Battle of Guadalcanal. He earned With his Infantry Division bogged down on public Orders, to take his ultimate leave, three Distinguished Service Medals, seven Leyte Island, Newman shouted: “Get the in a short time, of the Military Character, Distinguished Flying Crosses, eight Air hell off the beach … Follow me!” … and to bid a final adieu to the Armies he Medals, three Legions of Merit, the Silver “Follow me!” became the motto of an has so long had the honor to Command — Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Army recruiting poster. he can only again offer in their behalf his Two former chiefs of staff of the U.S. We had the late Brig. Gen. John H. recommendations to their grateful Country, Army Command in Europe made their McLain, for whom the Southgate post office homes here: Retired Lt. Gens. Rolland and his prayers to the God of Armies. May is named. Gen. McLain earned 15 medals ample justice be done them here, and may Heiser and Howard G. Crowell Jr. And for his heroism in World War II and Korea, the choicest of Heaven’s favors both here on Tuesday, Manatee voters re-elected serving with Gen. Patton. and hereafter attend those, who under the Larry Bustle to the Manatee County Longboaters will never forget the late divine auspices have secured innumerable Commissioon. Bustle, a Naval Academy Air Force Lt. Gen. James V. Edmundson, blessings for others: With these Wishes, graduate, flew 138 combat missions in for whom the Longboat Key post office is and this benediction, the Commander in Vietnam for the Air Force, the last 68 of named. In his 36-year military career, Gen. Chief is about to retire from service — The them over North Vietnam. Edmundson flew and survived 107 combat Curtain of seperation will soon be drawn The list of heroes is miles long. They’re missions in World War II, 32 missions — and the Military Scene to him will be everywhere: Marty Samowitz, 99, Longboat in Korea and 42 in the Vietnam War. He closed for ever.” Key, the oldest surviving Marine at Iwo

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In my parents’ generation, a high performers and artists from all over the school diploma was an important portal globe. Its Historic Asolo Theater was purto success. Once that diploma became chased from Italy, after it was created commonplace, the bachelor’s degree be- there in 1798, and became America’s only came the new standard and a relative 18th-century European theater. Tourbaseline requirement for sucism, though, can’t be the only cess. In today’s educational landfuture of Sarasota County. The scape, the bachelor’s degree is area needs to maintain what has far more common and, thus, the drawn outsiders to the area for master’s degree has become what relocation. The rich culture, enthe bachelor’s degree once was. vironment and housing opporIn education, or otherwise, the tunities must be maintained, lest key to success is how unique you the draw for retirees and those are. Once the bachelor’s degree others seeking a better quality of became commonplace, it was no life be diminished. longer as valuable. Similarly, the Finally, Sarasota must look KEVIN key to Sarasota County’s future at how it can retain and attract COOPER is its ongoing ability to remain talent through a vibrant busiunique. ness community that finds equal There are roughly 7 billion peostrength in both providing opple in the world today; around 312 million portunity and maintaining stability. of those people live in the United States. If you’ve gotten this far, you may be Both figures are anticipated to continue scoffing that my concept is nothing growing, but, of course, no person can be groundbreaking or complex. Perhaps not. in two places at once. If Sarasota County However, most mission statements are is to attract and retain the right mix of not either. Often, they are the most basic those people, it must focus on developing frameworks from within which strategy is and redeveloping those areas that make it formulated.   unique. Thus, this week as the Siesta Key ChamThe beaches of Sarasota County can’t ber of Commerce works feverishly with just be coastline, they need to be main- our partners, to host the third annual Siestained as the top beaches in the country. ta Key Crystal Classic, we focus on bringThe county needs to continue developing ing people to Sarasota County, increasing the area for sports tourism, but we need participation within Sarasota County and to do so in ways that are unique like ma- retaining people within Sarasota County. jor league baseball, whose spring training The event is unique, and uniqueness is only takes place in two of the 50 states, the future of our home. The Siesta Key and rowing, for which it continues to de- Crystal Classic is a master sandsculpting velop the next world-class facility. competition on Siesta Beach open to the Of course, the arts can’t be understated public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 to Nov. and those areas need continuing pro- 12. motion and funding. The John & Mable Kevin Cooper is the executive director of Ringling Museum of Art draws visitors, the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce.



1:44 a.m. — Siesta Key North Bridge. Driving Under the Influence. Deputies conducted a traffic stop after a man nearly swerved into oncoming traffic. During a field sobriety test, the man stopped in the middle of an exercise and told the officer he only drank two beers at the bar he just left. The man paused again during another test and told the deputy about his evening.


1:15 p.m. — 8900 block of Midnight Pass Road. Residential Burglary. A woman returned from a birthday party and noticed some of her jewelry was missing. She reported that someone stole $10,000 worth of rings and necklaces from her jewelry box, but deputies could not find signs of forced entry into her home.

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The employee continually hung up when the owner attempted to call him. The employee also stole two pizza bags worth $100 each.


9:22 p.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Disturbance. A deputy told three men that their music was four decibels louder than allowed by a local ordinance. The three men, who are DJs, shut their music off, packed their equipment and left the beach parking lot.


5 p.m. — 600 block of Beach Road. Criminal Mischief. A woman told deputies she suspects two seventh-graders shot a flood light on her property with a BB gun. She said she had spotted one of the children walking in her neighborhood with a BB gun in the past.


Midnight — 4400 block of Ocean Boulevard. Petit Theft. A man reported that a $150 women’s beach cruiser had been stolen from his residence. Deputies do not have any suspects in the theft.


1:30 p.m. — 600 block of Canal Road. Criminal Mischief. A man called deputies and reported that an unknown vandal caused $50 of damage to his aluminum mailbox.


7 p.m. — 200 block of Avenida Madera. Petit Theft. The owner of a pizzeria reported that one of his delivery drivers made a $60 delivery and never returned to work.

BY THE NUMBERS Reported Incidents: Oct. 24 — Nov. 1 Incident # of times % change from reported reported previous week Suspicious person or incident 6 — Disturbance 9 28% Public Service 4 33% Alarm 6 — Illegal Parking 0 — Animal Problem 0 (100%) Abandoned 911 Call 0 — Theft 1 (50%) Battery 0 (100%) Abandoned Tow 0 — (Data retrieved from Sheriff’s Office Log of Siesta Key | Zone S07)

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Welcome back: Since you LEFT ... The lights from the Terrace Condominiums are multiplying in the evenings, and the bicycle lanes along Midnight Pass Road are becoming crowded with beach cruisers and recumbent bicycles. Yes, Hurricane Sandy and the election may have delayed the return of part-time Siesta residents, but season is just around the corner. Notice anything different? For one, residents who remained on the island probably noticed the appearance of a tan young man at association meetings, events, and perhaps in their neighbor’s backyard. That would be the news editor of the Pelican Press, Alex Mahadevan, who joined the paper in time to keep snowbirds up on Siesta news through this summer. We waded through Beach Road after Tropical Storm Debby pounded the island in June, and survived the stench of hundreds of tons of algae that washed ashore after to bring you the news. But, if you happened to be traveling through the jungles of the Amazon, or other parts of the world that (gasp) lack Internet access, here is a rundown of news highlights from this summer.

May + Pelican welcomes editor

The Pelican Press welcomed Alex Mahadevan as its news editor. Mahadevan was born and raised on Siesta Key and leads the news coverage of the paper, after serving as Tampa Bay editor for the Gulf Coast Business Review. Before tackling the Tampa business beat, he completed his master’s degree in applied economics from the Florida State University, where he also completed his

undergraduate degree.

+ Sarasota says bye to AirTran

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport President Fred Piccolo announced AirTran, owned by Southwest Airlines, would halt service to the airport starting Aug. 12. Piccolo also announced the airport had attracted the likes of JetBlue and Delta Airlines for service to LaGuardia International Airport, and United Airlines, which began offering flights to Chicago in November.

+ Loggerhead turtle observed

Members of Mote Marine’s turtle patrol witnessed a loggerhead turtle nesting on May 1, the first day of turtle-nesting season. Nesting numbers were high this season with a total 2,385 loggerhead nests recorded between Longboat Key and Venice.

+ Total Tennis leaves Village

After 35 year in Siesta Village, Total Tennis announced it will move to a new location on the mainland, sighting parking issues as a reason. The store has since vacated the 2,400-square-foot location and moved to a space on Bee Ridge Road. In October, Sarasota restaurateur Sean Murphy announced plans to open a third Eat Here in the former Total Tennis location. Eat Here is slated to open in January after renovations are completed and will operate from 5 until 10 p.m. on weekdays, and close at 11 p.m. on weekends.

+ 40 years of priesthood

The parish of St. Michael the Archangel celebrated Msgr. Joseph Stearns’ 40th anniversary of being a priest Sunday, May

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A boater enjoys the Siesta Key sunset from the abnormally large sandbar.

+ New sandbar brings boaters and beachgoers together A sandbar emerged on the northern tip of Siesta Key Beach. Siesta residents said the sandbar had existed in the location for sometime, but it became more pronounced than it had ever been. It was estimated to be a football field’s length and width at low tide, making it an ideal place for meet-ups, by way of boat or beach. The depth of the ridge of sand connecting the sandbar to the beach barely reached 4 feet. 20. Stearns was honored during a Mass for his 40 years of serving as a priest, five of which have been at St. Michael.

+ Library design unveiled

The design plans for the new Gulf Gate Library were released May 24, for public comment. The design received a positive public reaction. Commissioners came to a consensus in support of the project

renderings June 26. Sarasota County will decide on a final design in January, with construction set to begin in February. A grand opening is scheduled for May 2014. The county has a little more than $3 million appropriated for the $10 million project and the remaining amount earmarked in the 2013 fiscal year budget.






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the start of nightly lane closures for construction. Bridge Lane closures ended in October, but bridge repairs are ongoing.

+ Gabbiano gets new owner

Marc Grimaud took over ownership of Café Gabbiano from Peter and Susan Migliaccio, who opened the restaurant in 2003. Although Grimaud kept the mainstays on the menu, he added his own flair with options such as “Sunset Baskets” to go.

+ Another mainstay leaves

After 15 years, Anna’s Deli shut down its Siesta Village location May 29. Owner David Havill cited parking pressures as the reason for vacating and stated that laws allowing 24-hour parking in Sarasota County led to beachgoers occupying spaces during the restaurant’s short hours. Anna’s still maintains south Siesta Key, Sarasota downtown and East County locations.


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+ New pipeline approved

Sarasota County commissioners unanimously approved a coastal variance May 23 and a $1.1 million price tag June 5, to allow the construction of a new water main pipeline between Siesta Key and Casey Key. The new connection will eliminate future water disruptions, such as the one that occurred Oct. 18 that affected 2,600 Siesta residents.

+ Millage rate increases

County Administrator Randall Reid announced a 3% increase in the county preliminary budget over last year, with spending projected at $834 million in the 2013 fiscal year. The total county millage rate is set at 3.39% for 2013 compared with 3.33% in the previous fiscal year.

+ Beach Road project delayed

Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson announced at the Sarasota County Commission June 26 meeting that the expected July 7 start date of a $2.8 million Beach Road drainage-improvement project will be delayed due to blue-

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+ Beach Road fix

Tropical Storm Debby worsened an already damaged portion of Beach Road. The county got a permit for and conducted an emergency fix in June; it worked on another emergency patch Oct. 3. That portion of Beach Road completely collapsed Oct. 29. County Administrator Randall Reid authorized a $250,000 emergency procurement request for another temporary fix Nov. 5.

+ Siesta tourism up, then down

The Sarasota County Tax Collector showed tourism was the strongest it’s been in more than 10 years, with a tax jump of nearly 50% from May to June. Siesta Key accounted for 38%, or $367,476 of the $1.03 million collected in tourist taxes in June. The string of record-breaking months for tourist development tax collections

ended in July, with short-term rental units on Siesta Key contributing $358,796 — 14% less than July 2011.

July + New contractor chosen

Championship Landscape Professionals was chosen as the new Village maintenance contractor July 20, with a $97, 417 contract. According to the contract, Championship must keep the Village in “resort-style” condition. Sarasota County commissioners voted to approve the deal Aug. 21. Championship Landscape took over Village upkeep duties Sept. 10.

+ Seaweed cleanup starts

During the month of July, Sarasota County removed more than 140 tons of seaweed from Siesta Key beach. The unattractive seaweed had washed up and accumulated as an after effect of Tropical Storm Debby.

The task of removing the seaweed was accomplished while bending to the needs of endangered sea turtles and snowy plovers, avoiding days with heavy beach traffic and squeezing an already strained budget.

August + Plover babies spotted

Two plover chicks were spotted Aug. 7, in the sand dunes near Beach Access 8. Volunteers from the Sarasota Audubon Society and Siesta Key Association roped off nesting areas and placed warning signs in strategic locations to prevent startled plover mothers from abandoning nests.

+ Turtle hatchlings on Siesta

Despite Tropical Storm Debby’s devastating blow, Siesta Key experienced a record-setting sea-turtle nesting season and, as of Saturday, Aug. 4, 322 nests were recorded on Siesta Key.


+ Issac causes false alarm

Tropical Storm Isaac whirled past the tip of Florida into the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 28 and took an unexpected left turn, leaving Siesta Key and Sarasota largely unaffected with the exception of a storm surge that, once again, put parts of Beach Road under water.

September + Crystal Classic gets buses

Siesta Key Village Association members, during a Sept. 4 meeting, learned that 10 buses would be trucking people to the island from the mainland during the popular five-day event. A new bus route allows an additional stop in the Village and streamlines vehicle activity. The Crystal Classic kicks off Thursday, Nov. 8.


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+ Chamber gets new website

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce’s announced its website will be getting a facelift to increase user-friendliness. It hopes to debut a beta version of the site by the end of the year.

+ Bronze cranes stolen

Twin bronze crane statues were stolen from Siesta resident Ron Flynn’s yard between Sept. 4 and Sept. 5. The bronze birds landed in three different scrap yards in Manatee County, before Det. Tony Colonna arrested Jason McMahon, a pool cleaner, Sept. 21, in connection with two lawn-ornament thefts. Deputies say McMahon stole $8,500 worth of bird statues from at least three homes on Siesta Key and Prestancia.

+ Crosswalk construction begins

FDOT started construction of six crosswalks on a 1.23-mile stretch of Midnight Pass Road Sept. 24. Federal funding will pay for the total cost of the road improvement, which engineers estimated to cost about $155,000. As of the last week in October, crosswalk construction had hit the halfway mark.

+ Ocean Club gets approval

Alex Gutierrez, a Siesta Key property owner and 23-year resident, applied for a certificate of occupancy July 20, for an Internet café in the Village. Ocean Club is similar to 777 Internet cafés around Sarasota County, in which customers can pay for Internet time to check email, surf the web, receive faxes — and play casinostyle Internet games. Currently, all of the machines are in place and there is talk of a soft opening this weekend.

County Commission to apply for $5.5 million from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for Turtle Beach sand restoration. The quick pace of erosion moved the estimated timeline for the second phase of the Turtle Beach Restoration Project to 2014 from 2015. The county estimates the project will take six months and be complete in March 2015. State grants and monies from tourist development taxes are expected to cover the renourishment costs.

OCTOBER + Red tide hits the county

Water samples analyzed the week of Oct. 11 showed a red tide bloom moved into Sarasota County. Medium to high levels of Karenia brevis, the organism that causes Florida’s red tide, were discovered off southern Sarasota County, as far north as Casey Key, while low levels were detected further north in the county. No red tide was detected off the waters of Siesta Key, because currents in the Gulf of Mexico and wind directions kept the bacteria at bay and the beaches open.

+ Board abolishes district

Multiple lawsuits initiated by Siesta Key business owner Chris Brown forced county commissioners to make changes to the district. County commissioners voted 4-1 Oct. 10, to abolish the Siesta Key Parking Public Improvement District. The move will save Village property owners $344,000 in taxes over the next seven years. The remaining funds, which are used to pay down debt from part if the construction of the municipal parking lot in the Village, will now come from the county’s general fund.

+ Turtle Beach renourishment + New development unveiled Sarasota County Administrator Randall Reid received approval Sept. 11 from the

Taylor Morrison Inc. announced plans for a new 77-acre development near the

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+ Code enforcement officer position added

Siesta Key welcomed Kevin Burns, a former military intelligence agent, as the newest code-enforcement officer. Earlier in the year, county commissioners voted to expand the 2013 fiscal year budget for overtime code enforcement during weekends. The push for the expanding enforcement came partly due to Siesta residents’ complaints about noise levels in the Village, which are most prominent during weekends and holidays.

intersection of U.S. 41 and Clark Road, with model homes expected early next year for the proposed Esplanade. The long-term vision for the property encompasses 247 home sites, surrounded by more than seven ponds, wetland preserves and pedestrian trails.

Plans for signs at other accesses could be in the works.

+ Food truck denied permit

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. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, Siesta Key Association and the Siesta Key Village Association came together in opposition of the food truck location. Code enforcement barred a shave ice truck from operating in the Village soon after.

+ Beach access parking

Sarasota County decided 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 or face enforcement. At the end of October, county parks and recreation staff had posted parking regulation notifications at Beach Access 5.


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Change of pace Sarasota High junior running back Rod Tullis needs 75 yards to break the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. Tullis will have a final shot to reach his goal Nov. 9, as the Sailors close out their season at home versus Bayshore. Earlier this season, Rod Tullis had a decision to make. The Sarasota High junior running back and fullback could sit back and watch his teammates determine the Sailors’ fate, or he could readjust his work ethic and carry the brunt of the Sailors’ offensive attack. Tullis chose the latter, and, since then, the 16-year-old has developed into a strong offensive weapon. “The coaches trusted in me, and I started getting more carries,” Tullis says. “I used to be a slacker and I knew I had to step it up. After talking to the coaches, I wanted to do it for the team. You can’t be one dimensional.” After readjusting his approach to the game, Tullis began to find success on the ground. Tullis has rushed for a little more than 900 yards and four touchdowns this season.

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season at the urging of his good friend and former Pop Warner teammate, Chris McKenzie, who plays middle linebacker for the Sailors. “We grew up together and always played together,” Tullis says of McKenzie. “We’ve been teammates for a long time.” Following this season, Tullis will spend the offseason preparing for his senior year with the hopes of eventually playing at the next level. Tullis has aspirations of playing running back in college, but he also admits he wouldn’t mind playing linebacker like his friend and mentor. “I feel like that’s the (other) position where I can play,” Tullis says. “I know what’s coming and most likely what I can do.” Contact Jen Blanco at

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Cardinal Mooney High junior Grace CasaGrande set a new personal record, finishing third in 19:39.44 to lead the Lady Cougars to a sixth-place finish at the Class 1A-District 10 Cross-Country Meet Nov. 2, at Taylor Park in Largo. CasaGrande will advance to the Class 1A-Region 3 Meet Nov. 10, in Melbourne. ODA’s Carling Landeche finished sixth in 21:03.25 to pace the Lady Thunder, who finished fifth overall. Cardinal Mooney sophomore Cal Davidson Turner finished seventh to lead the Cougars to a sixth-place finish. Davidson Turner will advance to the regional meet Nov. 10. In the JV division, Cardinal Mooney freshman Ryan Lee Romero finished first followed by sophomore Tyler Shanahan.

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The Out-of-Door Academy volleyball team saw its season come to an end with a 26-24, 25-14, 25-11 loss to Clearwater Central Catholic in a Class 3A-Region 3 quarterfinal Oct. 31. Lauren Maxey paced the Lady Thunder (12-10) with seven kills, three aces and 16 digs.

The Out-of-Door Academy football team defeated St. Stephen’s 42-20 Nov. 2, to win the Headmaster Cup. Quarterback Evan Wilson threw for more than 330 yards and five touchdowns and J.T. Fischer ran for nearly 140 yards and a touchdown. Wilson has now passed for more than 50 touchdowns and 6,000 yards in his career. The Thunder will close out their season Nov. 9 versus Cardinal Mooney.

+ Sarasota Crew wins top honors

+ Cougars senior wins pair of regional titles

+ Lady Thunder fall in regional quarterfinal

The Sarasota Crew team took home several first-place finishes at the 13th annual Halloween Regatta Oct. 27, in Tampa. More than 300 competitors, representing 30 teams, participated in the regatta. First-place finishes for the Crew

Cardinal Mooney High senior Matt O’Donnell won the 100-yard backstroke and the 500 freestyle during the Class 1A-Region 3 Swimming & Diving Championship Meet Nov. 3. O’Donnell will now advance to the Class 1A Swimming & Diving

Championships Nov. 10, at the Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando. Booker High junior Grace DiMeo also will advance to the state meet after winning the 100 butterfly. She also finished second in the 200 freestyle.


+ Lady Rams win regional championship

The Riverview High girls swim team won the Class 3A-Region 2 Swimming & Diving Championship Meet Nov. 3. The Lady Rams 200 freestyle relay (Taylor Katz, Niamh O’Grady, Laura Toth and Hannah James) and 400 freestyle relay (Katz, Spence Atkins, Lexy Raybon and James) posted victories for Riverview and qualified for the Class 3A Swimming & Diving Championships Nov. 9, at the Central Florida YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando.

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John Krueger competes in the 100 breaststroke in the FHSAA Class 1A Region 3 Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Selby Aquatic Center.

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The Ultimate Sports Fan contest winners for September are Adam, Tanya and Levi Waxler. The Waxlers submitted a photo of themselves cheering on the Rays in their victory over the Texas Rangers Sept. 9, in Tampa. A new Ultimate Sports Fan will be crowned each month through May, and each winner will receive a gourmet tailgate package from Morton’s Gourmet Market. The submission period for the November contest runs until Nov. 22, and voting will take place from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26. To submit your photo or vote for the next winner, visit YourObserver. com.

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The number of touchdowns quarterback Evan Wilson threw in The Out-of-Door Academy’s 42-20 victory over St. Stephen’s Nov. 2.

ODA Senior quarterback Evan Wilson has been playing football since he was in the third grade. He says his interest in the game was sparked at a young age due to his family’s shared love for the sport. Coach Brett Timmons describes Wilson as having a great knowledge of the game and as a modest even-keeled player. What do you remember about your first high school game? I was the smallest guy out there. I was definitely nervous. I think I threw two picks and had a fumble. What has been the biggest thing you’ve learned since then? I’ve always had an arm, but I’ve learned to be smarter with it. I’ve learned to have some finesse.

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Tell me about a time that a game has left you with a lasting lesson. In my sophomore year, we lost in the first round of the playoffs. We just couldn’t get the offense going. I took a lot of responsibility for that. That taught me to be smarter about the game and watch the films and things like that.

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Oh, the places we’ll go ... Worldwide destinations • Africa • Alaska • Anaheim, Calif. • Aspen, Colo. • Australia • Boston • Brazil • Cambodia • Canada • Chile • China • Concord, Mass. • Dominican Republic • England • Fort Kent, Maine • Galapagos Islands • Germany • Greece • Guatemala • Hawaii • Hong Kong • Iceland • India • Indianapolis • Ireland • Italy

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The Observer has logged thousands of miles this year, traveling to and from unique places all around the world. It’s clear that our Longboat, East County and Sarasota Observer and Pelican Press readers have enjoyed some interesting vacations based on the photos you submitted to our annual “It’s Read Everywhere” photo contest. This year, The Observer went to the London Olympics three times, ran the Boston Marathon, relaxed on an Alaskan cruise, went horseback riding in Wyoming, took a hot-air balloon ride in Spain, visited the Sydney Opera House twice and traveled to the kingdom of Tonga. Even though we attempted to spot the Loch Ness monster while in Scotland, Nessie failed to make an appearance. Oh well, there’s always next year! This year, 8,177 votes were cast for our 75 total submissions. The world map above pinpoints each location The Observer traveled to this year. While reading the list of worldwide destinations visited in this year’s contest, get inspired to make a list of new and exciting places to take your Observer on your future travels! The grand-prize winners this year were Sarasota residents Nilda and David Mager, who will receive two $500 travel vouchers. With 4,086 votes out of a total 8,177, their photo of Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, claimed the top spot. First-place winners from each newspaper will receive $350 travel vouchers. See Page 2B to view the photos that wowed our readers this year in our online contest.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Sarasota residents Nilda and David Mager read their Observer everywhere they go — even Sicily, Italy! Here they stand in front of the Temple of Concordia, which was erected about 430 B.C. The archaeological area, known as the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, is one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998.



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EAST COUNTY FIRST PLACE: Lynn Jones brought her East County Observer along to the 2012 Olympics in London. Lynn and her husband attended three events that week: weight lifting, Greco-Roman wrestling (at which they saw medals presented) and watching Usain Bolt compete at Olympic Park.

PELICAN PRESS FIRST PLACE: Adam Bright and Jim Harding caught up on their Pelican Press news before running the Boston Marathon in record heat in April.

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Two-bedroom home in Siesta Isles sells for $479,000 TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the Siesta Key building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of Oct. 22 through Oct. 26, in order of dollar amounts.


The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Oct. 22 and Oct. 26. A home in Siesta Isles tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Theresa Craig, of Plymouth, Mass., sold the home at 5628 Cape Leyte Drive to Richard and Joann Lockard, of Alpharetta, Ga., for $479,000. Built in 1963, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,558 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $154,000 in 1993.

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Robert Palmer, of Sarasota, sold his Unit 1206-B condominium at 1206 Siesta Bayside Drive to Mary Crawshaw, of Sarasota, for $475,000. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,495 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $247,000 in 1996.

Excelsior Beach to Bay

Katherine Stephens, of Sarasota, sold her Unit 106 condominium at 6267 Midnight Pass Road to Charles and Michele Lannon, of Clarence, N.Y., for $400,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,550 square feet of living area. It previously

sold for $165,700 in 1992.

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Magby LLC sold the home at 5519 Calle Del Verano to Mary Kassen, trustee, of Fenton, Mo., for $395,000. Built in 1970, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,266 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $560,000 in 2006.

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David and Donna Webster, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 202-H condominium at 8779 Midnight Pass Road to Lynn Fenster and Michael and Joan Fenster, of Somerset, N.J., for $366,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,303 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $565,000 in 2005.

Palm Bay Club of Sarasota

Frank Caliendo, of Palatine, Ill., sold his Unit 314 condominium at 5961 Midnight Pass Road to Marco Drudi, of Ontario, Canada, for $286,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,000 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $80,000 in 1987.




6396 Midnight Cove Road 9000 Blind Pass Road 365 Avenida De Paradisio 5125 Siesta Woods Drive 7239 Plovers Way 1008 Glebe Lane 238 Island Circle 8701 Midnight Pass Road 4439 Ocean Blvd. 5880 Midnight Pass Road 6480 Midnight Pass Road 5950 Midnight Pass Road 8776 Midnight Pass Road 9122 Midnight Pass Road 6006 Midnight Pass Road 867 Siesta Key Circle 7435 Sanderling Road 5855 Midnight Pass Road 8776 Midnight Pass Road 5880 Midnight Pass Road 752 Tropical Circle 1055 Beach Road 5966 Midnight Pass Road 7832 Sanderling Road 625 Beach Road 8897 Midnight Pass Road 8977 Midnight Pass Road

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TemperatureS Wed., Oct. 31 Thurs., Nov. 1 Fri., Nov. 2 Sat., Nov. 3 Sun., Nov. 4 Mon., Nov. 5 Tues., Nov. 6

High 74 76 77 79 79 77 68

Temps. Low 59 62 56 55 61 65 62

Record Temps. High Low 90 (1959) 47 (1953) 91 (2071) 40 (1993) 92 (1971) 40 (1993) 89 (2095) 41 (1963) 90 (1992) 36 (1966) 91 (1959) 41 (1927) 92 (1972) 40 (1976)

Average Gulf water temperature: 69

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Sunrise 6:46 6:47 6:47 6:48 6:49 6:50 6:50


Sunset 5:43 5:42 5:42 5:41 5:41 5:40 5:40

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LA SIESTA condo across from Siesta Beach, 2BR/1BA. Ground floor unit with ocean view and furnished. Make this your second home or rental. $308,900 - Siesta Beach Realty @ 941-993-5722.

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Homes For Rent 2BR/2BA, den, 2 screened porches. Second story of LBK home. No pets. Non-smoking. Quiet adults preferred. $1500/mo. 941-387-3132.


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Ulla and Arthur Searing in 1956, the year that they met.

Ulla Searing wore one of her favorite colors to her birthday party in October 2010.

Though Searing was famously fond of yellow and blue, this red ensemble suited her well.

The ‘Grande’ Life  Philanthropist Ulla Searing was well-known for her patronage of the arts, but her life was shaded with many colorful stories. BLACK TIE COVER STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 12




// Arts&Entertainment: EDUCATION PRODUCTION

by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor

Meet your delegates Three Sarasotans portray delegates in Asolo Rep’s season opener, ‘1776,’ a musical play about the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Instead of saying “I love you” to sign off from emails, local actor Jay Lusteck and his wife, Shevan used to write “pins” and “saltpeter.” They later had those words inscribed on their wedding bands. The words “pins” and “saltpeter” come from the historic snailmail exchange between John and Abigail Adams; John was in need of saltpeter, and Abigail of straight pins. They vowed to help each other fulfill their needs, and the characters from the TonyAward winning musical “1776” sing about it in “Yours, Yours, Yours.” It’s a detail that garners “awws” from Lusteck’s fellow local castmates, Cliff Roles and Don Walk-

er. The three actors auditioned for the Asolo Repertory’s production of “1776” together on the same day, and each was cast. They are the only local actors among the cast of 20. “We have chemistry,” Roles says of the trio. It’s true — they finish each other’s sentences and are constantly laughing — it’s clear they have a lot of fun together. And, if it’s any indication of what can be expected on stage from the cast, it’s going to be a good performance. Roles, Walker and Lusteck became well-versed in the history behind each role. Each actor was required to research their character, then teach his fellow castmates the delegate’s history. The cast explored “The American Character” — the theme of the Asolo Rep’s season. “It’s a very interesting piece now, because, suddenly, we are able to breathe a truer life into these people we are embodying,” says Lusteck. Forty-five-year-old Lusteck plays Richard Henry Lee, the most prominent role of the trio. He is the only professional actor of the three men and has 20 years of experience, including three national tours, Broadway

if you go ‘1776’ When: Opens 8 p.m. Nov. 16. Runs through Dec. 22 Where: Mertz Theatre at FSU Center for Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail Cost: $63 to $77 Info:; 351-8000

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Sarasotans Cliff Roles, Jay Lusteck and Don Walker explore the American Character as delegates of the Continental Congress in the upcoming season opener “1776” at FSU Center for Performing Arts. and off-Broadway productions. And having grown up in Jackson, Miss., “surrounded by the best of rednecks,” he’s got the Southern cockiness the script calls for of his character down pat. “I’m a good mimic,” he says, “So, I’m channeling my inner ‘Jimbo.’” Roles is a good mimic, too — for a turncoat. The 59-year-old is originally from Croydon, London; but after 11 years of living

in the States, Roles has perfected his American accent for his “lovely little role” as Lewis Morris. Roles auditioned and was cast in The Players’ “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” in 2004. It was his first time acting, and he’s been doing it ever since. Roles met Walker in that production. Sixty-nine-year-old Walker embodies the character he plays with his delegate-like, peppered,

curly shoulder-length hair. He majored in theater in college but opted not to pursue it professionally. When he moved 22 years ago to Sarasota, he realized the ample opportunity for thespians. He was cast as a lead at Venice Theatre, where he fell in love with his leading lady and now wife, Jenny. The couple was doing a lot of acting for Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, when, in 2010, someone suggested he au-

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Describe your character in three words: Bombastic, innocent, patriotic Describe yourself in three words: Quiet, loyal, friendly Day job: Professional actor If you could pick an emblem for our country, what would it be? An oak tree What do you think the weirdest American tradition is? Texting. That is a weird one. dition for a Frank Galati-directed production at the Asolo. He was cast in “12 Angry Men.” Walker says when he heard about “1776,” he sent Galati an email saying, “I’d love to be a delegate in your Congress.” Galatie sent a note back saying, ‘I’ll keep you in mind.’” Walker was cast as delegate Dr. Lyman Hall. All three men have previously acted in a Galati production.

Cliff Roles Character’s name: Lewis Morris Describe your character in three words: Frustrated, fearless, handcuffed Describe yourself in three words: Extroverted, pedantic, people-person Day job: Retired radio promoter and now a freelance photographer If you could pick an emblem for our country, what would it be? A wildcat What do you think the weirdest American tradition is? Sweet potatoes and American football The conversation keeps circling back to how great they think the Tony-winning director is. “We have a director who sits there in front of us and cries at it,” Roles said. “He’s moved, he laughs, he reacts to everything we do. I’ve never known a man like him.” The other men nod their heads in agreement. Straying from most musical productions, there’s no final

Don Walker Character’s name: Dr. Lyman Hall Describe your character in three words: Conflicted, thoughtful, courageous Describe yourself in three words: Considerate, charming, loving Day job: Advertising manager at a manufacturing company If you could pick an emblem for our country, what would it be? A star What do you think the weirdest American tradition is? Neckties musical number in “1776.” Instead, it ends with a historical moment — 20 squabbling delegates with opposing viewpoints uniting to sign the Declaration of Independence. It’s represents a poignant and emotional scene for any patriot. “It’s hard not to sound overenthusiastic about this show,” Walker says. “The show itself, the book, the music — is so moving.”


Jay Lusteck Character’s name: Richard Henry Lee

The opening night audience of FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training’s first play of the season doth not protest, but rather, finds Shakespeare’s romantic doppelganger of mistaken identity to be a sterling choice for a showcase of student talent. Director Greg Leaming creates a lively free-for-all with his modernist take on the classic comedy, abetting clear-to-thecontemporary-ear speech and some rather eclectic character interpretation. The modernism is externally reinforced by set designer Chris McVicker’s checkerboard flooring and red furniture, and by David Covach’s costume design, largely suggestive of the ’50s, but sometimes echoing contemporary styles, most glaringly the women’s high heels. Especially successful is the Jester’s Mondrian-inspired colorblock spandex sheath, which succeeds in being au courant as well as “Mad Men,” and at the same time, evocative of the crazy quilt colors favored by Elizabethan jesters. The plot revolves around Viola, an aristocrat who’s been shipwrecked and washed up on the shore of Illyria. For safety, and to make her way in life, she disguises herself as a young man, modeled after her missing twin brother, and lands a job as page to Duke Orsino. He enlists her help in courting the countess Olivia, who then falls for the messenger, disguised Viola, instead, who in turn comes to love Orsino.

if you go ‘Twelfth Night’ When: Through Nov. 18 Where: FSU Cook Theatre, Asolo Repertory, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Cost: $28 matinee; $29 evening Info:; 351-8000



// ‘Twelfth Night’

Maxey Whitehead plays Viola most believably as a sensible, sensitive young person who handles herself so well it’s difficult to discern why she would be in love with pouty, self-centered Orsino, played with bland ruefulness by Cale Haupert. As Olivia, regal Amanda Lynn Mullen captures the entitled waspishness of the countess, and at the same time, her good taste in men. Dominating the B plot, Feste, the jester, is uniquely brought to life by Lucy Lavely, who has assumed an intriguing hipster/trickster take on the knowing fool archetype. Reginald K. Robinson plays Malvolio, the head servant, whose self-righteousness makes him the target of a cruel prank played on him by Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew and Maria, respectively played by Brian Nemiroff, Zlatomir Moldovanski and Tori Grace Hines, with Kristen Lynne Blossom as Fabian. Viola’s lost twin brother. Sebastian arrives in Illyria, bringing the tangled web to its conclusion, played by Jefferson McDonald, who surprises and delights with an unexpected blues, jazz piano solo. — Paula Atwell




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Music // The Artist Series Concert of Sarasota: Vega String Quartet Enthusiasm is catching, and when you mix it with real talent, you have a combination that sets spirits thrumming. Violinists Domenic Salerni and Jessica Shuang, violist Yinzi Kong and cellist Guang Want are the members of the exceptional Vega String Quartet, and when they appeared on the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota program recently at the Historic Asolo, it was as if we were attending a performance by the early incarnations of the Guarneri, Juilliard or Tokyo string quartets. First, the program: Opening with Beethoven and closing with Mendelssohn never hurts. When you add a new, fun and inventive work as the filling, you have a winner. Breaking down the formerly impenetrable wall between chamber musicians and audience members in a concert hall helps remind us about the raison d’etre for chamber music: intimacy. And the Vega does it beautifully with personable, charming and short introductions to each piece of music that draw listeners into the music like honeybees to clover. The fact that their playing was exquisite didn’t hurt matters, either. Their performance of the Beethoven String Quartet No. 11

in F minor, an exceptionally chromatic work known as “Serioso,” was exceedingly well-planned, with great attention to color and a translucency of sound that’s hard to find in ensembles that have worked together for years. Yes, there were momentary slips in pitch here and there, but the overall cohesiveness of the playing trumped those few inconsistencies. David Garner’s novel “I ain’t broke, but I am badly bent,” consisting of 13 fiddle tunes, was, as violist Yinzi Kong described in her introduction, “organized chaos.” It was also clever, minimalistic and, at times, downright fun. Leaping from genre to genre — jazz (a 21st-century take on Brubeck’s “Unsquare Square Dance”), Irish folk songs, Ivesian musical humor, romanticism and a little cacophony here and there — Garner put the quartet through some difficult paces but it came out on top, with grins. But as clever and innovative as we thought Garner was, juxtaposed with Mendelssohn’s brilliant and beautiful String Quartet No. 4 in E minor, “I ain’t broke … ” was more novelty than novel, and although Garner has a great gift, Mendelssohn’s eclipsed it by a solar system. The Vega played the poo out of the Scherzo’s devilishly difficult passages, sounding fleet and light, while prolonging the drama of the work. The long, legato lines of the andante showed off this young ensemble’s ability to switch gears and delve, beautifully, into music. — June LeBell


Denzel Washington plays “Whip” Whitaker in Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight.”

FILM // ‘Flight’ Brace for impact. In director Robert Zemeckis’ new film, “Flight,” passengers’ worst fears are realized. An experienced pilot crash lands a plane, saving nearly everyone on board. The catch is, he was drunk at the time. Denzel Washington plays “Whip” Whitaker, veteran commercial airline pilot, father and addict. In the opening scene, he wakes up in a hotel room littered with empty beer bottles (one of which has a swig left). A naked flight attendant at his side, Whip shares some

cocaine and a joint before suiting up for their flight. After takeoff, the plane viciously malfunctions as cucumber-cool Whip takes charge, rolls the aircraft upside down and belly-lands it into a field. He saves all but six lives and is hailed as a hero. When pilot union rep and friend (Bruce Greenwood) informs Whip that his blood alcohol level was sky-high and tested positive for cocaine, Whip discovers he may be destined to spend the rest of his life in prison. Enter hot-shot, fix-it attorney (Don Cheadle), who assures Whip that he can beat the rap if he can stay sober until after the investigative hearings. Seems that 10 pilots put in simulators, which rec-

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his compositions —11 pieces of his in total. “The Living Legacy of Daniel Moe” was a tribute to the late conductor emeritus who died in May. His music is slightly modern and forward thinking. For instance, his SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) acapella version of “God So Loved the World” was an edgier and more powerful sounding work than other versions adapted from John 3:16. His widow, Ann StephensonMoe, played his works on organ, along with Moe’s accompanist for more than 20 years, Virginia Bray, and current Key Chorale accompanist Nancy Yost Olson. In between songs, Key Chorale Executive Director Richard Storm narrated. The audience learned, if they didn’t already know, that Moe also had a way with words. The pews were full of his friends and those whose lives he touched with his music. It was an inspired concert, and it shows his legacy will continue to live.

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It was the summer of 1974, in Baltimore and local composer James Grant was mowing the lawn when he had a musical epiphany. In his head, the 20-year-old heard a choir singing the lines of “Te Deum Laudamus.” “I turned off the lawn mower, ran inside to the piano and grabbed manuscript paper,” Grant says during a phone interview last week. He’s en route from his summer home at Oxtongue Lake, Canada, to Siesta Key. He didn’t know how to set up the manuscript or write it down, but growing up as a choir boy at his family’s church he could read music enough to get the four-part acapella composition on paper. Grant couldn’t play what he had written, but this first composition changed his life. In the spirit of a true transcendentalist, it was his divine message — he would become a composer. “My primary instrument is a pencil,” he says. Although he can work his way around the piano and he’s competent as a conductor, he leaves the performing to the professionals. “I much prefer to make the blueprint.” Grant has spent his entire career making musical blueprints. “The economics of creating new art are formidable,” he says. “Composing a piece of music takes a long time, and preparing parts and the score take a long time, not to mention the rehears-


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“We harvest sound from silence and organize it on paper in such a way that these sounds can be recreated by a group of musicians,” James Grant says. ing and finding the appropriate funding.” It took him three years to write “Such Was the War,” the 45-minute work that Gloria Musicae will perform for its Nov. 11 Veterans Day concert. The piece was originally commissioned in 2001 for Norman Scribner, the artistic director of the Choral Arts Society, in Washington, D.C. In the same year it was commissioned, Grant was one of the six musicians to win the Aaron Copland Award, which gives composers the opportunity

to hold a two-month residency in the famous Americana composer’s former house. In a similar style to Henry David Thoreau, Grant would escape to the studio’s solitude where he planned to create something cobbling together a variety of work by American transcendentalists. But it took a different form. “I took a break from working at Copland’s studio, and I was looking through his personal library where I found a slim blue volume that said ‘Specimen Days’ on the front,” Grant says.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 Where: First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave. Cost: $35 Info:; 3607399 Inside was the prose Walt Whitman wrote during the Civil War. “I had not been aware that he had been so active as a volunteer nurse, assisted in surgeries, or that he witnessed battles, or spent hours sitting next to a wounded soldier as the soldier died,” Grant says. A switch clicked — “Such Was

the War” was the result. The following summer, he holed up and, in a methodical manner, read almost all of Whitman’s works. He mentions one image specifically that stood out: Whitman’s imagery of devastating carnage, placed next to the natural beauty of a full moon rising. “There is a juxtaposition between horror and beauty in his writing that I found absolutely compelling, and as much as I could as a composer, I emphasized that paradox,” Grant says. “Such Was the War” premiered in 2003, at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with a chorus of about 80 players from the Choral Arts Society led by Scribner. At the time, Gloria Musicae’s artistic director, Joseph Holt, was the associate music conductor working under Scribner. Grant and Holt became friends, but didn’t see each other often. In 2009, when the Choral Arts Society commissioned the same piece for a smaller chamber group, Holt and Grant worked together again. After talking, they realized Holt was moving to Sarasota, where Grant spends the winter seasons. The coincidence proved they were destined to work together again. It’s only appropriate that Holt’s group will perform the song that introduced the two men again. “I’m hoping this is the first of many collaborations,” Grant says about working with Gloria Musicae.

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Grande is … The concept of a “grande dame,” with an extravagant, passionate, even theatrical personal style, may be somewhat antiquated, displaced in contemporary society by the image of a powerful female executive. It was, nonetheless, vividly recalled by the recent centennial of a Sarasota icon, philanthropist and arts-lover Ulla Searing. Searing wanted to celebrate her 100th birthday and came darn close to doing it. She died of old age June 28, at her home at Tessera. The co-trustees and executors of her estate, Jennie Famiglio and John Mason, decided to have a party, anyhow, on her actual birthday, Oct. 21. As observed in the “Black Tie & Tales” column last week, the reception was just as Searing would have wanted it: the “correct” place, people, music and food. Guests went home with a prettily packaged souvenir of her favorite marzipan fruits. One treat was, somewhat inexplicably, missing; East Hampton friend Mark Fabry spoke of “the profound silence that would manifest when she had … chocolate. She was that simple.” It is unlikely that Sarasota would have used that adjective but Fabry is a credible authority; he “inherited” Searing 30 years ago from an uncle who was her close friend. Fabry describes their time together as mostly “one on one” and said, “Simplicity, elegance, strength and gentleness concurrent with a fierce Viking nature. She set such a standard for me and I hope I can

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Searing in 1929. About her education, she wrote, “I went to the very best schools, studied languages at a very early age.”

be that for others.” That Viking nature was also recalled by Searing’s long-time friend, Tana Sandefur, who told her favorite Ulla story: “Ulla told me, ‘I just caned somebody in the elevator because I didn’t like him and I’m a Viking and I can get away with it.’” Searing wrote her autobiography at age 97. Famiglio and Mason and their respective partners, Mark Famiglio and Scott George, read it at the reception. Along with several photo albums, it reveals

According to her first cousin once removed, Jeremy Ingpen, who spoke at her reception, when others observed a resemblance between mother and daughter, Searing’s mother actually denied any relationship. As painful, though, this clearly was, Searing relished her summer visits to the family she did have — cousins in the south of Sweden. After the crash of 1929 and the death of Dr. Rosengren in 1932, Searing left Sweden for the care of her wealthy grandmother in

much about Sarasota’s “grande dame” that is less well-known than her impressive philanthropy. Searing’s standards of manners and social correctness rather belie her somewhat surprising beginnings. She was the illegitimate daughter of a Swedish aristocrat who became pregnant by her fiancé. And this was not the first scandal in the family, which was related to the famed Liljevalchs clan. Searing writes that her grandmother was the first divorced woman in Stockholm, so

embarrassing her mother (Searing’s great-grandmother) that “she drove around in her carriage with the blinds drawn.” Dr. Herman Rosengren, who tended her mother, adopted Searing, who noted, “I always wondered who was my mother … the servants and other people gossiped, too, and, eventually, I figured out who my mother was. When I was 12, my adoptive father told her she had to tell me. I knew it all along, but never said anything.”

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Surrey, England. She came to the United States in 1946, according to a naturalization certificate, and became a career girl. “I worked at the consulate for a while and I worked for a Swedish importer,” she wrote. “Also, at that time, I was teaching Swedish in the Berlitz School of International Languages in New York. I was very fortunate to get a very good apartment (a walk-up) in a very desirable area on Madison Avenue and 55th Street.” Searing met Arthur Searing,

the finance vice president of AIG, who had an invalid wife, in 1956, and they wed in 1963. She writes, “We were married in the Searing Church in Searingtown on Long Island. We had a house in Southampton and belonged to clubs there. We played a lot of golf, and on one lucky day I won a ladies golf tournament. We traveled an awful lot abroad, once around the world on the QEII.” When Arthur Searing retired in 1973, they began spending winters on Longboat Key, and when

Searing’s athletics included waterskiing, as well as golf.

he died in 1983, she moved into Sarasota. According to the autobiography: “I had two marriages after Arthur, one to a Dane who had Alzheimer’s. That was a very short marriage … Then, I married a very interesting French-Canadian man who was very smart.” That marriage to Claude DuPont was in 1998. Searing came to fear that DuPont would hurt her and at one point decamped with one of her helpers to The Colony, registering under an assumed name; she divorced him in 2004.

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Notes: Ulla R. Searing was a co-producer of the Sarasota Opera for 32 years and made a gift of $100,000 in 1999 for the renovation of the Youth Opera Room. She was also a $25,000 or higher per year sponsor of Masterworks Concerts by the Sarasota Orchestra since 1999. Throughout her colorful-to-saythe-least life, Searing was a passionate lover of the arts and it is this for which she is most remembered in Sarasota. She was also a fiercely loyal friend. Note this excerpt from a letter she wrote to The Observer about her 2006 donation to New College: “I want to emphasize the fact that the reason I gave the donation to New Col-

lege was that my late husband, Arthur Searing, and I always wanted to honor Gen. Rolland Heiser for the extraordinary work he has done for the college.” How well that fits with Jennie Famiglio’s comment at Searing’s posthumous party: “Despite a 60-year age difference, she was a great girlfriend: strong, formal, playful, refined and focused.”


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