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OUR TOWN + Glass half full at Tennis Center The long-awaited day was more than a year-and-a-half in the making. Saturday, Nov. 24, beer and wine sales opened at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. So, did Longboaters’ cups overfloweth on the first day of alcohol sales? Not exactly. “We sold two beers,” said Kay Thayer, manager of the Tennis Center. Still, for Thayer, the glass is half full. She believes that sales will pick up during tournaments this week and next week and feels excitement that the moment is finally here. “It’s a convenience, and I think something that people will be able to enjoy,” she says.



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Whitney Beach renovation to begin A $2 million renovation investment for Whitney Beach Plaza will start next week, according to members of a new corporation in control of the dilapidated plaza. Whitney Beach Plaza might see revitalization long before Longboaters see an Islandside renovation project or a Colony Beach & Tennis Resort redevelopment plan come to fruition. Although plans for the more widely talked about resorts on the south end of the Key have

stalled, details emerged Monday for a shopping center that Longbeach Village residents have complained about being an eyesore for years. Whitney Beach Plaza’s ownership has announced ownership modifications and an up to $2 million renovation overhaul

for the aging and mostly vacant shopping center on the north tip of Longboat Key. A real-estate transaction unveiled this week shows that Whitney Plaza JKI LLC sold the plaza and surrounding property to Whitney Plaza LLC for $3.63 million.

Rich Juliani, principal of the Boston-based JKI Investment Capital LLC, says the transaction was not a sale, but more of an addition of an investment partner and capital that can help transform the plaza after former part-



+ ’Tis the SEASON It’s that time of year when The Observer team puts together its quarterly magazine of arts and entertainment and social listings. Attention all event chairs and public relations persons, please send your art, entertainment and black tie listings for the months of January and February to by Dec. 3. Include the event name, date, location, price and phone number for the public to call. If you have any questions, contact Mallory Gnaegy at 366-3468, Ext. 364 or

+ Light up our lives and the Key Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. OK, that’s an impossible request for Longboat Key. But you can still paint the town red (and green), deck the halls and bring joy to the world with your holiday decorations for the Longboat Observer’s annual “Light Up the Keys” contest. Consider this week your head start. Next week, we’ll announce judging


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Sea lions Stella, pictured, Rose and Kitty will make their grand debut Saturday, Dec. 1, at Mote Aquarium, in “Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge.” The sea lions are under the permanent care of the Myakka City-based Squalus Inc., a licensed organization that provides long-term care to beached sea lions that cannot return to the wild because of age and injuries. See the story on page 13A.


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Code changes to stall redevelopment Applicants seeking redevelopment and some of the town’s pool of 250 tourism units will have to wait until the town makes changes to its codes and Comp Plan. Delray Beach-based Ocean Properties Inc. submitted preapplication documents to the town’s Planning, Zoning and Building Department Nov. 12 that call for the redevelopment of the 102-rooms at the existing

Longboat Key Hilton Beachfront Resort and the addition of 85 more rooms that would be built in a new guest tower. The following week, hotel officials had an appointment to discuss the Hilton project with

town staff during a pre-application hearing to move the project forward. “It’s been canceled,” said town planner Ric Hartman. “Indefinitely.” That’s because two days after

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RENOVATION / FROM PAGE 1A ner Brian Kenney departed about six months ago. “This was about bringing in a new partner, nothing more,” said Juliani, whose new corporation now owns the plaza along with Ryan Snyder, a Bradenton attorney who’s made an undisclosed investment in the property. Snyder, Juliani and some undisclosed investors say they are pulling permits for a complete renovation of the plaza. Building official Wayne Thorne said an application was submitted to re-roof portions of the plaza’s roof, and he expects a permit to be issued for that work soon. Discussions are ongoing for additional work at the plaza and what permits need to be pulled, Thorne said. Juliani hopes a new roof can be put on parts of the plaza starting next week. “Longboaters will see a new roof going on the old post office first,” Juliani said. “Then, the rest of the roof, followed by a complete interior and exterior renovation of the plaza.” Snyder, now listed as a managing member for the new limited liability corporation, said the plan is “to inject about $1 million in the next three to six months.” “Ultimately, the town of Longboat Key will be getting a brand-new shopping center,” Snyder said. “It has really been an eyesore, more than on any of the other barrier islands. Myself and a couple of other investors plan to help remedy that.” Bradenton-based Kennedy General Contracting Inc. has been retained to spearhead the construction project, and Gary Hoyt, of Hoyt Architects, in Sarasota, is working on designs and renderings for the plaza’s renovation. The plaza’s partners are already in talks with interested tenants and plan to open a liquor store in the next six months; they retained a liquor license with the plaza that must be used within a specified amount of time. “We’ve already had a spike (in interest) from people wanting to move into the property,” said Snyder, a real-estate and banking attorney who owns several commercial properties. Snyder said he and his partners intend to lease out the property and hold onto it for the long-term. He said this “is not a flipping situation for us.” “There is such a lack of commercial space on the island,” Snyder said. “I think there is now a need

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for nice commercial space on the north end of the Key.” Irina LaRose, co-owner of Design2000, said the salon had gotten at least five inquiries Tuesday morning after customers read about the transaction in a local newspaper. “People were very concerned that something major has changed in the ownership,” LaRose said. LaRose said that contractors have already been onsite surveying the plaza, and she has been told that construction will begin soon. Any closures that construction may require will take place during the summer, after peak season, according to LaRose. Village resident Commissioner Pat Zunz, a proponent of an overlay district for the plaza and nearby vacant gas station and bank building parcels, expressed skepticism about the project Tuesday and whether it would inject life into a plaza that has struggled to attract year-round shoppers. “The problem, as I see it, is they have been saying for almost two years now that next week they were coming in for permits and we still don’t have a permit,” Zunz said. “I think the long-term best benefit for the plaza would be if the properties (the plaza, gas station and bank building parcels) could be put together to form a 7- or 8-acre parcel because it has never worked the way those properties exist now.”


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+ Publix plans for grand opening Dec. 13 The Longboat Key Publix is almost open. The store’s grand opening is slated for Thursday, Dec. 13. Cars were in the parking lot Monday, as Publix employees prepared the inside of the store, stocking its shelves. In the parking lot, construction and landscaping crews are installing parking-lot lights and putting the finishing touches on the landscaping. The new Publix will be a hybrid store, with conventional items along with many of the chain’s earth-friendly GreenWise products. The store has enhanced selections of wines and cheeses, a salad bar, soup bar and a Pacific wok station carrying Pan-Asian dishes. The Longboat Key Publix will also offer coffee and an outdoor seating area.

+ Key resident requests legal costs breakdown Country Club Shores resident Bradford Saivetz has requested a cost breakdown of town spending on legal fees that relate to the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s past Islandside projects. In an email to the Longboat Key Town Commission Monday, Nov. 26,

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All meetings take place at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road, unless otherwise noted. Saivetz wrote: “Considering the fact that I am a taxpayer, I would like to know exactly how much the town has paid and will be paying in legal and other fees for all matters relating to the Key Club adventure — since its inception.” Saivetz clarifies he’s looking incurred expenses that weren’t reimbursed by the Key Club. “The sixteen pages of Judge Haworth’s decision, although in legal format, are in plain English and easily comprehendible,” Saivetz writes. “ It states that the total course charted by our legal consultants and implemented by your actions, runs afoul of the law. Yet, our Town Commission remains mum, circles the wagons and returns to the fabricators of this Gordian knot in order to untangle it. Please do not personally justify yourselves on having knowingly taken “risks” while the whole town is footing the bill.” Finance Director Tom Kelley said his staff is working on Saivetz’s request and it will take time to provide him with an accurate request.

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Tennis Center rates debated The Longboat Key Town Commission will hold off on raising Public Tennis Center rates for members who don’t live on the Key but raised rates for all. The Longboat Key Town Commission is debating whether to charge higher membership rates for those Longboat Key Public Tennis Center members who live off the Key. In September, commissioners were given statistics that revealed 310 members reside on Longboat Key; 16 are Longboat Key renters; 40 members live in Sarasota; 15 live in Bradenton or Cortez; and 11 live on Anna Maria Island (see pie chart). The numbers have commissioners and town staff mulling membership price increases for those who don’t live here. “When we approved the budget this summer, we had discussions about the facility, memberships and residents versus non-residents,” Vice Mayor David Brenner said at the commission’s Nov. 12 regular workshop. “While roughly 80% of our membership resides on the Key, the rest come off the Key.” Although rates have not changed yet, staff has proposed a 5.5% increase in membership rates, starting in January, for both single and family memberships. Currently, it costs $750 for an annual family membership and $550 for an annual single membership. Those rates, as well as winter rates, will rise slightly when the increase takes effect in January.

But commissioners wondered whether rates should be raised more for non-residents. “There’s a strong feeling we shouldn’t be subsidizing nonresidents who use our facility,” Brenner said. Tennis Center Manager Kay Thayer, though, told the commissioners and the Longboat Observer she is “strongly against” raising the rates further for nonresidents. Thayer also said she hasn’t heard members who are

Key residents complaining that non-Key residents pay the same fees. “I’m concerned about the differentiation and charging non-Key residents more,” Thayer said. “I don’t think it will go over well.” Commissioner Terry Gans suggested Longboaters should have an advantage, however slight that may be, over nonKey residents. Commissioner Jack Duncan, though, pondered if the changes will help the tennis center. “The risk of losing a longtime member for a slight increase is not worth it,” Duncan said. In the end, Gans agreed with Duncan. “This center was built for the Key, but if others enjoy it, so be it,” Gans said. “If self-sustainability of the center works out, that’s fine. If it doesn’t, we will know in another year whether we need to make changes.” Commissioners decided to move forward with the 5.5% across-the-board price increase, but to hold off on charging more for non-members. Town Manager Dave Bullock said the price increases are part of his goal to make the tennis center a fully funded operation. “We are breaking even right now,” Bullock said.

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Tennis Center nets 13th annual Observer Challenge The 13th annual Observer Challenge tennis tournament kicks off Dec. 6, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. Get your game faces on, because it’s time for the annual Observer Challenge. The tournament is now in its 13th year and will kick off with a players tournament party and pro mixed-doubles exhibition from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, along with beer, wine and a cash bar. The tournament will take place from Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Tennis Center. The tournament will feature its format of four players (two men and two women) per team, with four levels of play that is unique among USTA tournaments because it includes both singles and doubles for each team. “It makes it kind of fun because you can lose the singles and come back and win the doubles and win the whole match,” said Kay Thayer, manager of the Tennis Center. “It

makes it more exciting, because you have more than one chance to win.” But there is something new this year. For both the Longboat Key Senior Clay Courts Tournament that takes place Tuesday through Sunday of this week and next week’s annual Observer Challenge, spectators will be able to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine, because the Tennis Center officially began selling alcoholic beverages Saturday, Nov. 24. The cost is $25 per player for the tournament and includes a T-shirt, trophies, balls and refreshments. For party and exhibition only, the cost is $10. According to Thayer, registration is currently about half full, but many players typically sign up the week prior to the tournament. “I feel that we’ll have a full turnout, as usual,” she said.

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Lakewood Ranch developer SchroederManatee Ranch is taking aim with a project it hopes will draw state and national attention to the community. The company has earned approvals to build a sporting clay course on about 70 acres of undeveloped property within Lakewood Ranch, about oneand-a-half miles east of Lorraine Road and about one-half mile south of State Road 64. Called the Ancient Oak Gun Club, the course will likely will open in February, and will offer annual memberships, as well as daily-fee shooting. A sporting clays course, such as the one being developed by SMR, typically includes 10 to 15 shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. “It’s not a range,” SMR President and CEO Rex Jensen said. “It’s basically a course you navigate.” SMR has hired Wayne Evans, a master-level shooter and a former sporting clays course owner, to manage the club. Jensen agreed he hopes to attract sporting clay enthusiasts from throughout the region and state to practice, as well as to compete, at the facility. “It is our intent to attract tournament play,” Jensen said, adding he’d like to attract shooters from the national circuit to the course.

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich has lengthened the battle waged by the Midnight Pass Society to open the inlet that once flowed between Siesta Key and Casey Key. Unless the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Sarasota County reaches a settlement with the Midnight Pass Society in a lawsuit filed by the latter, they will go to trial Nov. 6, 2014. The society and plaintiffs, including Ophelia’s Restaurant, filed the suit in June with allegations that the DEP violated the Clean Water and Endangered Species Act by closing the inlet in 1983, among other complaints.

Commissioner Terry Turner said a downtown advocate’s suggestions for parking changes are “reasonable.” Turner wants the City Commission to discuss ways to bring those changes to downtown, including the elimination of timed parking enforcement on Saturdays and timed parking enforcement after 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. They also want a paid permit program that would allow employees to pay for a monthly permit in exchange for being able to park in parking areas without a time limit. If approved, the changes would turn back the clock and establish less-strict parking guidelines mirroring those in place several years ago. Some merchants say less-strict rules might entice more customers to shop and dine downtown.

+ Future hazy for Beach Road Fred Derr and Co. started construction on Siesta Key Nov. 19, to repair the collapsed stretch of Beach Road near the north end of the island. The roughly $250,000 project will give residents and tenants temporary access to properties on the east side of the road and should be completed by Dec. 3, according to a posting on Sarasota County’s website. County staff had originally intended to connect the engineering of the temporary repair with a long-term fix, with Fred Derr and Co. as the likely contractor. But, after comments from county commissioners, staff is considering another engineering survey to determine if solutions from other contractors are more efficient.

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Contractors started a $1.6 million project to upgrade the sewer lift station that pumps sewage from downtown condos, Main Street businesses and homes on Lido Key and Bird Key. It will take about 11 months to install four moreefficient pumps at Lift Station 16. As part of the project, the contractor will install backup diesel pumps to keep the lift-station working in the case of a power shortage.

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Season of Sharing kicks off 13th year of community philanthropy The Community Foundation of Sarasota County will partner with local nonprofits this holiday season to benefit at-risk families in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. How to help To donate to Season of Sharing, call 5562399 or go online to

Newspapers, Sarasota Magazine/Biz 941, Clear Channel Stations, SNN Local 6, ABC 7, Comcast and Bright House, who work together to benefit 13 area nonprofit agencies. “There are a lot of people in our community on the verge of homelessness,” said Jerde. “A lot of the time, it’s due to unforeseen circumstances, and people fall behind on rent or their utilities. This is intended to be an easy way for people to help those in need.” Jerde says one of the best things about the campaign is that it allows anyone to be a philanthropist. With a pledge by the Patterson Foundation to match new and increased donations, up to $500,000 total, even the smallest contributions will go a long way. Last year, Season of Sharing raised $1.7 million and provided assistance to 2,600 families, and Jerde says results like that make her proud of the community. “I like to think of that family that we really did help stay in their home and not need more social services and care,” she said. “The fact that so many are willing to partner, from the media, to the Patterson Foundation, to the nonprofits, is a vivid example of everyone working together.”

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Two years ago, when Roxanne Jerde moved from Kansas City, Mo., to Sarasota to fill the position of president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota, one of the first things she noticed about her new home was its giving nature. “I’d never even been to Sarasota when I got the position,” she said. “I’ve worked with community foundations across the country, and to see the generosity and caring of this community was unparalleled. People really want to help.” During the holiday season, when the struggle felt by families on the verge of homelessness can be especially trying, this generosity manifests in the form of the community-wide Season of Sharing campaign, which gives funds to local nonprofits to help those in need. “People often talk about this town as paradise,” said Jerde. “But, this isn’t paradise for everybody. This is an opportunity to help others, and it’s really valued by our community. It’s great to see that in action.” For the 13th year, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County will kick off its annual campaign, through which thousands of at-risk families in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties will benefit from funds for rental assistance, utility bills, child care, food vouchers and other expenses. The philanthropic campaign is a collaborative effort between the Community Foundation, the Patterson Foundation, the Herald Tribune Media Group, the Observer Media Group, the Bradenton Herald, Sun

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Firefighters’ delusion The government has nothing of its own to give, for it is not a producer of wealth. In granting one citizen a special advantage, it automatically creates a disadvantage for other citizens … It is obvious that in handing out special privileges, the government is doing what it ought not to do; it is using its power not for the purpose of dispensing justice, but for the purpose of creating injustice. Frank Chodorov “The Income Tax: Root of All Evil” That passage from Chodorov’s 1954 classic — recommended reading for all, by the way — came to mind in the course of digesting yet another news story this past week on the never-ending story of Longboat Key’s pension negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Chapter 2546. Thanks to this tiring saga, Longboat Key Town Manager David Bullock recently graded his first-year performance with a “C.” He had hoped to have this matter resolved by now. Welcome to Longboat Key and dealing with the mostly intransigent Suncoast Professional Firefighters and Paramedics of IAFF 2546. The organization’s leaders, and presumably its members, continue to cling to the delusion that union members deserve to keep what they have, namely a defined-benefit pension plan. This is the type of plan that guarantees a set rate of income regardless of how the pension fund’s investments perform, the very type of plan that obligated Longboat Key taxpayers to pay more than $24 million in unfunded future pension liabilities. But the union is willing to compromise. Instead of the town operating the pension plan, the firefighters want to switch to the state’s public employee Florida Retirement System — another defined benefit plan that still would leave Longboat Key taxpayers at risk and at the mercy of the Legislature. Apparently they’re serious. And delerious. Those days are over. Taxpayers all over the United States have caught on to their mistakes — of giving public-union employees more than taxpayers will ever be able to afford. And, indeed, just about every day we all read and watch our future out on the Left Coast, where the number of cities filing for bankruptcy spreads. Last month, David Kotok, chief investment officer at Sarasota-based Cumberland Advisors, was quoted telling the State and Municipal Finance Conference attendees in New York: “In California, we have a disease, and the disease is spreading.” Longboat Key and most of Florida’s cities are nowhere near the predicaments of California municipalities (although the city of Sarasota would qualify as one of the weakest in our state). Still, the town’s unfunded pension liabilities, and having no hope of reducing them to a manageable amount, are cause for dramatic change. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. That’s why the firefighters’ union idea of shifting the town’s firefighters into the staterun, defined-benefit plan should be a nonstarter. Longboat Key citizens don’t want

TOWN MANAGER’S PENSION PROPOSAL • All benefits in the current fire pension plan would be frozen. • All employees keep all vested benefits • No new benefits would accrue beyond the date the plan is frozen. • Employees hired after the date the plan is frozen would not be eligible to participate in the Chapter 175 defined benefit “frozen” plan. • The freezing of the Chapter 175 defined benefit plan would have no impact on the retirees or employees who retire before the plan is frozen. • A new defined contribution retirement account is established for every employee in the bargaining unit. • The town would contribute 10% of the fire employee’s base salary. • There would be a mandatory employee contribution of 3% to the 401 (a) plan. • The town would match the next 3% of employee contribution dollar for dollar. • Maximum town contribution is 13% • Employees may contribute up to the maximum legal limit. • The town will continue to pay Social Security for the employee. • Vesting in the town’s contribution

the town to be in the pension-management and pension-risk businesses. The town has proven it’s no good at it. Those tasks should fall on the responsibility of individual employees — just as they do in the private sector, where individuals manage their pensions in 401k/ defined contribution plans. In defined contribution plans, there are no guarantees, no risk of unfunded liabilities. To that end, Town Manager Bullock has offered a great package. It would freeze and guarantee what firefighters have earned up to this point (and they should consider that a plus). It also would shift the union members out of a defined-contribution, guaranteed pension plan into a 401(a), the equivalent of a self-managed 401(k) plan in the private sector. If you read through Bullock’s proposal above, you easily should reach the conclusion that what he is offering is as good as and probably better than what many of this region’s small businesses offer their employees. Rare is the small business around here that offers to contribute 10% of every employee’s base pay into employees’ 401(k), much less the small businesses that are able to contribute 13%! From the union’s perspective, Bullock’s plan won’t cut it. The union wants to negotiate more, apparently intent on holding its outmoded, high-risk definedbenefit pensions now and into the future. Bullock and the town shouldn’t budge. All town employees should be shifted to 401(k)-style, defined contribution models. As all municipalities have learned, defined-benefit pension plans did little in the way of dispensing justice and did what government largesse always does — created injustice, benefited a few at the expense of the many.

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would be 100% after five (5) years of continuous service. Current employees would receive past service credit toward the five-year vesting requirement. If an employee leaves before five (5) years, he would get all of his contributions back, including interest, and can take it with him/her when they go to work for another employer or cash it in and pay the required penalties. Employees would control the investments of their accounts by selecting from a wide range of funds. If the employee leaves who is fully vested, the entire amount, including all town contributions and interest, are under the employee’s control in accordance with applicable law. Since the mandatory contribution for the plan is lower (3% instead of 10%), employees who make only the mandatory contribution will see an increase in their pay. The balance in the employee’s account upon death is inheritable by the employee’s beneficiaries. Source: Town of Longboat Key


Business owners know that anyone whose business has survived, prospered and persevered for 45 years has achieved a noteworthy accomplishment. And to do that in a family business in which the family has stayed together is noteworthy on an even higher level. So we heartily congratulate the Moore family for reaching both of those achievements this month — successfully owning and operating Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant at the end of Broadway on north Longboat Key for 45 years. Those are two Alan Moore milestones over which to crack a mound of cold stone crabs. When we saw Alan Moore last week, he reminisced about how he and his brother, Paul, used to stand on crates to wash the dishes when they were 8 and 9. Their father said he would pay them 50 cents an hour. Knowing even then how family members don’t always get paid as well as others in the business, Alan says that whenever the clock struck 12, he and Paul would walk out of the kitchen, track down their father, hold out their hands and say: “Where’s our 50 cents?”

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11:58 a.m. — 700 block of Linley St. Lost/Missing Property. A caretaker reported that a garbage can and two recycling bins had been taken from a property.

Nov. 15 Rest stop 6:23 p.m. — 6800 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. While walking her dog, a woman noticed a man lying in the grass near a shopping center. Police found a man who matched the description and was wearing a knit cap, sweater, jacket and pants, despite the mild temperature. The man confirmed that he had been lying in the grass earlier. He was visiting Sarasota, walked to the area for exercise and sightseeing, and lay down for a quick rest. He declined an offer from police to drive him back to Sarasota.

Nov. 16 Canine justice 8:18 p.m. — 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway. Dog Found. A medium-sized dog named Marley ran out into traffic, causing police to place her in the back of the patrol car. Marley got a ride to the police station, where her owners bailed her out and reported that she gets out sometimes.

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+ IPOC should sue Longboat Key Club and Resort parties Dear Editor: The emails exchanged between Mayor Jim Brown and Gene Jaleski (Nov. 22 Longboat Observer) shines a spotlight on the key unresolved issue in this debacle: This mess should have never happened. The Town Commission and its legal advisers — and, of course, Longboat Key Club — knew, or should have known, that the project they were promoting was unlawful. Yet, they proceeded to put us, the Key residents, through three years of heartache, anxiety and huge expenses. Having the court derail its egregious assault on our system is certainly gratifying, but it is not enough. IPOC ought to pursue all lawful avenues to recover our costs, as well as urge the court to levy substantial punitive damages against these irresponsible miscreants to ensure such shenanigans never again take place in our community. SUE THE RASCALS! Fred D. Ross Longboat Key

Nov. 17 Crack this case 6:20 a.m. — Gulf of Mexico Drive and General Harris Street. Property Found. Police found a six-pack of Magic Hat beer and bottle opener left on the partition wall near the town lift station and placed it in found property.

Convenient exit 6:24 p.m. — 4000 block of GMD. Suspicious Person. A couple of males, who were drinking alcoholic beverages outside a convenience store, had already left the area when police arrived.

Taxi troubles 11:41 p.m. — 1700 block of GMD. Reckless Driving. Police found a taxi, which was reportedly driving erratically, stopped on St. Armands Circle. After speaking with the driver, police determined that the vehicle was having mechanical problems and the driver was dropping off two people at a business.

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without any sense of the high speed. We had looked forward to seeing the “totally renovated” St. Pancras station in London, which was closed for more than a year to prepare for the transfer of Eurostar to it. This proved to be a major disappointment, and it has all the charm of a commuter station. In summary, Eurostar is absolutely great for travel between downtown London, Brussels and Paris and avoids the annoyance of airports and commuting to the city centers. But it is not much more elegant than traveling coach on our domestic airlines. One of our biggest surprises was a visit to Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, the quintessential luxury department stores in Paris. Each designer has his or her own boutique, and some are in both stores. Customers would line up outside of a velvet rope at Louis Vuitton and Chanel for up to three hours for the privilege of spending $1,000 to $3,000 on a handbag and then emerge with multiples! Go figure. We must reissue our usual annual note that “elite status” is good and our admonition to concentrate your flying and credit-card purchases with one of the three major groups. We favor United and the Star Alliance, but American Airlines and Delta are part of similar global organizations. Pick the one that has the most service between your most frequent destinations and build your “bank” of miles and gain status. Yes, “elite” is good, and upgrades to business class are a treat. Stuart and Lois Scheyer are in their early 80s and are residents of Longboat Key. They each log more than 100,000 air miles a year. They will be pleased to answer any travel questions and can be reached by email at Travel Easy — Travel Light — Travel Now

Local children won big Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party. The event netted nearly $75,000. After expenses, the Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key will place approximately $65,000 in its foundation’s account to fund scholarships, along with grants to local organizations. “This money will go to fund both grants and scholarships — all helping our local Manasota area youth in need,” said event secretary John Wild. “These event dollars, as well as those from our upcoming Valentine’s Dinner Dance, will expand upon last year’s $50,000 in awards.” The Kiwanis Club will once again donate part of proceeds to Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee and Sarasota counties, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Manatee and Sarasota counties. This year, Kiwanians added the Child Protection Center and Children First as new recipients for a portion of funds raised. Ticket counts were still being finalized last week, however, just more than 1,000 were collected at the gates. Preparations for the luncheon typically begin at least four or five months in advance. On the to-do list for next year’s organizers: Order more trays, because the $5 trays sold out this year. Michael Garey, of Lazy Lobster Longboat Key and Doggin’ It in Sarasota, and Bill Herlihy, of Bridge Street Bistro in Bradenton Beach, recruited 29 restaurants for this year’s event, including at least a half-dozen new restaurants, many of which are in the Bradenton Beach/Cortez area.

The Longboat Key Gourmet Lawn Party raised about $65,000, after event expenses, for local children.

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Jo Ann Mixon, Rita Mazza, Traci Moore and Sandi Henley were still relishing their win Monday, Nov. 19, at Longboat Key Town Hall. And, although the event’s purpose was to help local children, the children weren’t the only ones to win big this year. Deputy Town Clerk Jo Ann Mixon, budget analyst Sandi Henley, financial specialist Rita Mazza and accountant Traci Moore bought raffle ticket No. 0057. Mixon and Henley ran to the stage cheering to show their winning ticket. Henley called Mazza first, who had already left the luncheon and was at Trader Joe’s in Sarasota. “You’re kidding,” she said, although she knows Henley well enough to know that she wouldn’t joke about $20,000. Then, Henley called Moore, who had bought her share of the ticket for her son, Bryan, 19, to help him pay

off his 2003 Dodge Neon. “He couldn’t believe it,” she said. “Things like that just don’t happen.” The ticket gave them the choice of $20,000 cash, $25,000 toward a vehicle from a Gettel car dealership or an exotic vacation courtesy of Admiral Travel. They opted for the cash, because it was easier to split between four people. Mixon said that she will put her share of the cash in the bank until she can best determine its use. Mazza will use the money to attend an upcoming family gathering in San Francisco, while Henley plans buy a new living-room set, including a sectional sofa. Wild delivered their cash prizes to them Tuesday, Nov. 20 — giving them plenty of time in case they chose to hit a Black Friday sale or two.

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Town promotes healthy behavior A new wellness program at Town Hall promotes walks over area bridges and provides employees with incentives for getting fit.

Longboat Key Human Resources Director Lisa Silvertooth is getting town employees up and moving. Last month, she started a town of Longboat Key wellness program that’s starting to catch on with employees. The program involves weekly walks across nearby bridges and an incentive program that monitors employee progress and leads to two extra days off per year and other perks. “It’s a fun way to spend time with employees outside of the work place, while exercising on this beautiful Key we work on,” Silvertooth said. In early October, Silvertooth held a health seminar that 25 town employees attended. The seminar informed them of the wellness program and the weekly walks, which are supported by Town Manager Dave Bullock. Goals of the program include: • Achieving measurable improvements in an employee’s health. •  Maintaining an active-wellness committee to promote healthy lifestyles within departments. •  Providing annual assessment tools and services to employees that help the town collect data in areas such as health-risk assessments and program evaluations. • Offering targeted programs to

Town of Longboat Key Wellness Program Initiative “To create a culture of health and wellness and to empower employees with the knowledge, support and incentives to take control of their health through awareness, assessments and ongoing education. To achieve concrete improvements in employees’ health such as weight control, improved nutrition and increased exercise tolerance.

employees that provide education and support based on data collected from assessment tools. • Increasing employee knowledge about healthy lifestyle behaviors. The program involves a point system that allows employees to gain a maximum of 300 points to receive two days off per fiscal year. Points of more than 300 will register employees for drawings of additional rewards. The Long-

boat Key Chamber of Commerce is discussing a Longboat Key Bucks program for employees that would give them discounts at Key businesses that partner with the chamber for the program. Weather permitting, walks are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month on both the Ringling Bridge, for employees who live in Sarasota, and on the Longboat Pass Bridge, for those who live north of the Key, in Bradenton. Walking one mile on the bridge or getting proof from a gym that you walked one mile gets an employee 10 points. At least 15 employees took advantage of the walks during October. The activities occur before work, during work (lunch breaks) or after work and are not counted as working hours. An annual physical gets employees 15 points, and attending various health presentations allows employees to obtain additional points. “It has been a real motivation and gets you out and about to talk to employees you normally don’t work with on a daily basis,” said town accountant Sharon Johnson, who walks the Ringling Bridge with her co-workers every other week. “I’m having a lot of fun.”

erty Owners Coalition (IPOC), which challenged the town’s code changes that gave commissioners more flexibility when approving projects. In short, it means applications for future Longboat Key projects, including an Islandside project or a Colony Beach & Tennis Resort project, cannot be accepted or reviewed by the town anytime soon. Town attorney David Persson informed the Longboat Key Town Commission Nov. 21 of the news in a letter, confirming that forthcoming applications, such as the Hilton’s project, are on hold. Persson said there is a Keywide impact to the finding that the standards for consideration of departures from town codes are inadequate. Property owners who wish to develop or redevelop and have certain minimum acreage may avail themselves of an Outline Development Plan (ODP) process, which acts as a planning tool to allow the modification of the standards of a zoning district. “In my opinion, the first order of business should be to repair the process by which departures are considered to achieve a functioning ODP process necessary for future redevelopment and tourism unit allocation,” Persson wrote. The Hilton project requests departures from town codes and the use of 85 additional tourism units through an ODP; both of those need to be clarified per Haworth’s ruling.

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Persson has also suggested sweeping changes to the town’s Comprehensive Plan to make clarifications and points to a future publicmeeting process that will allow residents to provide input on how the Comp Plan should be changed and how residents want the town to be redeveloped. The town plans to hire a consultant next month to help with this process and provide input on code amendments. “The way ahead is not without problems, but it seems that the town has been presented with an opportunity for a community discussion on strategic issues that might lead to community consensus without having to defend a prior application,” Persson wrote to commissioners. Despite the attorney’s opinion, both commissioners and Planning and Zoning Board members have expressed a need to move forward expeditiously with the Hilton project. “I hope we can put in place whatever is necessary to permit the Hilton overhaul in a timely fashion,” said Vice Mayor David Brenner in an email response to Persson Nov. 22. Also, at the planing board’s Nov. 20 regular meeting, board members Al Hixon and Jack Daly asked what could be done to speed up the process for the Hilton. “It needs time,” said Persson at the planning board meeting. “Urgency is what I’m detecting, and it just won’t work.”

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Community gathers for 32nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving The Longboat Island Chapel hosted the 32nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the chapel, to give thanks for the community. Longboat Key religious organizations gathered to worship and be thankful. “Personally, I am touched every year,” said Island Chapel Board of Trustees member John Holtzermann. “The sense of community is palpable.”

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Tuesday, Dec. 4 New Support Group — will hold its first meeting from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. The support group will meet each Tuesday and is open to those experiencing a major transition in life. Liz Cupo, a licensed mental-health counselor, will facilitate the group. For information, call 3838161 or email Joint Chamber Holiday Business After Hours — takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Beachhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Join the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, along with the Manatee and Anna Maria Island chambers for this after-work event. Bring a friend and plenty of business cards. Admission is free. Call 383-2466.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 Longboat Key Republican Club Christmas Party — takes place at 6 p.m. at Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $30. Consider bringing a toy for a disadvantaged child. RSVP at SarasotaRepublicanClub. com or call Donna Arenschield at 312-5279 or Phyllis Black at 383-2567.

Friday, Dec. 7 Introduction to Swingolf — takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Improve you golf game and learn to play safely with Swingolf creator Les Bolland. Cost is $40 for members; $45 for non-members. Call 383-8811. 34th Annual Holiday Night of Lights — takes place at 6 p.m. at St. Armands Circle Park. The event begins with a Christmas carol sing-along, followed by a parade, the arrival of Santa Claus in

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What: Stock up on goodies such as See’s Candies, babkas, hot dogs, orchids and more at the Beth Israel Women annual holiday sale. Call 383-3428. When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 Where: Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road

MONDAY, dec. 3 Community Cancer Support Group — meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road. The group, which has been meeting for 10 years at All Angels, welcomes cancer patients, long-term survivors, spouses and caregivers from Sarasota, Longboat Key and Bradenton. Call 383-5606.



Sea Lion Soiree — takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mote Marine Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway. The adult-only dance-and-cocktail event will celebrate the upcoming “Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge” exhibit that opens Dec. 1, at Mote. Cost is $60. Make reservations at sealionsoiree.

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13th annual Observer Challenge — Players tournament party and mixed doubles exhibition takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road. The tournament runs from Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9, and is open to four levels of play, with four players per team (two men and two women). Cost is $25; or $10 for party and exhibition only. To register, call 3168367.

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Centre Shops Holiday Stroll — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Centre Shops, 53505390 Gulf of Mexico Drive. The event features holiday-themed sidewalk sales and exhibitors who will sell art, antiques, flea market findings and produce, plus food booths, live music, wine tastings and food samplings. Call 383-1711.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Longboat Key Democratic Club — meets at noon at the Longboat Key Club and Resort’s Harbourside Dining Room, 3100 Harbourside Drive. Dr. Susan MacManus, professor of political science at the University of South Florida, will share her thoughts and reflections following the 2012 elections. Cost is $25. Mail reservations to LBK Democratic Club, Luncheon Reservation, P.O. Box 8025, Longboat Key, Fla., 34228. Call Jane Albaum at 362-0590.

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Porsches in the Park — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on St. Armands Circle. Spectacular Porsches from across Florida will be on display. The event features live entertainment, raffles and food catered by 15 South Ristorante. Contact Margharita Komyati at 921-8007.

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Historic art-ifacts

Village residents Winnie Nelon and Carol Weiss have gathered an exhibit that focuses on four key figures in the Arts Center’s 60-year history.

The task was daunting when Longbeach Village residents Winnie Nelon and Carol Weiss set out to curate an exhibit that would represent Longboat Key Center for the Arts’ history. After all, that history encompasses 60 years. Nelon’s family history with the Arts Center is practically as old as the Arts Center itself. Her grandmother, Winnie Leathem, was its second president. Weiss is a painter and selfdescribed “new kid on the block” who quickly became interested in the Arts Center and its history after moving in 2007 to the Village. Nelon and Weiss chose to focus on four artists who were both important to the Arts Center’s early years and whose work was still available. The exhibit, now on display at the Arts Center, features 17 of the four artists’ work. Together, the pieces tell the story not only of the Arts Center’s younger years, but also of early life in the Village.

IF YOU GO The Longboat Key Center for the Arts 60th Anniversary Celebration Friday, Nov. 30, is by invitation only, but the community is invited to check out the historic exhibit, which will remain on display through the spring. The Arts Center’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For information, call 383-2345.

Marilyn Bendell

“Marilyn Bendell.” That was the name long-time residents repeated again and again, when Nelon and Weiss began seeking artwork from the Arts Center’s history. She began teaching at the Arts Center in 1953, making her one of the earliest instructors. As Nelon looked at Bendell’s work, she suspected that she actually owned a Bendell painting. When she returned to her home in Massachusetts for the summer, she confirmed that a portrait of her grandmother, Winnie Leathem, was the work of Bendell. “Marilyn Bendell really seemed to represent the face of the people of the Arts Center at the time,” Nelon said. The exhibit features four oil-paintMarilyn Bendell painted ing portraits by Benthis oil portrait of longdell, who studied at time resident Bobbie Banan in 1963 or 1964. the American Academy of Art in Chicago and went on to earn international acclaim as an American impressionist. She was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Art, and her work was featured in “Who’s Who in American Art.” Along with Leathem’s portrait, the exhibit features paintings of Arts Center co-founder Allis Ferguson and Gilbert “Gib” Herringshaw, Longboat Key’s first chief of police and a past Arts Center vice president. The exhibit also features a portrait of longtime resident Bobbie Banan, who estimates that Bendell painted it in 1963 or 1964. Banan said that Bendell was a talented pianist, as well as an artist who frequently played at the Colony. She and Banan’s late husband, Jack, frequently played duets together. According to Banan, the portrait came about because Bendell only had dark-haired models for a show and was looking for someone with light skin and hair to feature. Banan suggested her 2-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, but agreed to pose for the portrait herself because Bendell didn’t want to paint a small child. Bendell met her second husband, George Burrows, at the Arts Center when he was her student. They lived on Pine Street and also maintained a studio at the Old School House in Cortez before moving in 1983 to Santa Fe, N.M. Bendell’s artwork changed dramatically in the years following the move, becoming more Southwestern, with large landscapes created on huge canvasses. “It became much more abstract than it was when she was here,” Banan said.

Isobel White

Isobel White was a close friend of Bendell who was also a scholarship student of sculptress Sophie Johnstone in the 1950s. She likely began teaching at the Arts Center

Marilyn Bendell’s artwork included many portraits in her Arts Center years but expanded into more abstract styles after moving to Santa Fe, N.M.

Isobel White’s paintings, such as this depiction of the old Village Store, feature scenes from early Village life. in the 1960s. “She still remains a bit of a mystery to us,” Nelon said. “I’m hoping through the show maybe someone will step forward with some more information.” Originally from Decatur, Ind., she was a

well-known Hoosier Salon artist who had eight of her works accepted into the prestigious Indiana exhibit and won the Hoosier Salon Prize in 1988. “Many of the works were Longboat Key scenes,” Nelon said. “You could tell by the beaches. There aren’t too many beaches in Indiana.” Three of White’s oil paintings are featured in the Arts Center exhibit. One features the Longboat Pass Bridge, while another depicts the Village Store, which early residents Denver and Henrietta Tallman established in 1914 at their home at 702 Broadway. The store operated successfully into the 1970s, according to Ralph Hunter’s “From Calusas to Condominiums.” Both paintings are on loan from the Long-



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Longboat Key Arts Center journeys ahead This is creativity in a nutshell, according to Jane Buckman, executive director of the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design: “Creativity,” she says, “is about looking at something differently.” Buckman cites the IBM 2010 Global CEO Study to illustrate the importance of creativity. In that survey, more than half of the 1,500 CEOs surveyed from 60 countries and 33 industries selected creativity as the most important factor for future success. They ranked it higher in importance than rigor, management discipline, integrity and vision in navigating an increasingly complex world. Creativity will also be crucial to the Arts Center’s future success. Last month, Ringling College began hosting 17 working-sector conversations at the Arts Center as the next step in “Florida’s Imagination Conversation.” The effort is part of a collaboration with the Lincoln Center Institute launched last year to explore ways to infuse imagination, creativity and innovation in today’s business environment to shape the future of Florida. Specifically, it aims to make the Sarasota-Manatee area a center for creativity. Longboat Key Vice Mayor David Brenner, who is part of the Arts Center’s newly formed Advisory Council and has attended several of the business-sector discussions, described the potential for the concepts that Ringling is developing. “Much in the way that Silicon Valley is known for its high-tech stuff, why couldn’t we be a Silicon Valley of the West Coast of Florida that has creativity built in?” Brenner asked. The Arts Center is now serving as the beta site for Ringling’s Applied Center for Creativity & Innovation, with the goal of bringing CEOs and their teams to the facility for three-to-five-day workshops with the goal of accessing creativity from themselves. If successful, it won’t just mark the fulfillment of a creative vision. Since its merger with Ringling College in April 2007, the Arts Center has yet to break even. It has continued to offer many of the programs residents treasure, such

As the Longboat Key Center for the Arts celebrates its 60th birthday Dec. 2, it looks back on its future and prepares for the journey ahead.

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as the annual member art show, workshops, master classes and exhibits. But those programs don’t generate enough revenue to keep the Arts Center running. That’s why the Arts Center’s future will also require those who came to know and love it over the past 60 years to embrace creativity — and look at the Arts Center differently.

The Longboat Key Art Center came to fruition through the creativity of a group of Longbeach Village residents. In April 1951, Village residents George and Grace Yerkes, Gordon and Lora Whitney, and the recently widowed Allis Ferguson took a freighter trip to New Orleans, during which Grace Yerkes proposed an arts center. She had a well-planned vision, accord-

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ing to Whitney’s memoir, and asked the Whitneys and Ferguson if they would each donate a small triangle of their land toward the vision. They agreed, although estate issues complicated the donation of the Ferguson half of the land, causing Gordon Whitney to buy that portion and donate it, while Allis Ferguson found other ways to contribute. Many members of the community found ways to donate their talents. Sarasota architect Warner Kannenberg, who designed most of the homes in Bayou Hammock, immediately agreed to lend his architectural services. Ruskin Williams, the artist who would draw the town’s seal three years later upon its incorporation, drew the Arts Center’s seal. Sarasota attorney John Pinkerton wrote the charter. Resident Gene Schuneman started a fundraising campaign the following April called “What is the Longboat Key Art Center?” The community pitched in with construction of the building, with some residents bringing beer or soft drinks to workers, even if they weren’t directly helping with construction. By Nov. 14, 1952, the 14 people who had been most involved with the Arts Center met, adopted its bylaws and determined the programming for its first season, which would begin in January 1953. And, less than a month later, Dec. 2, 1952, the Arts Center was officially open. The Arts Center celebrated with a gala Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, at which colorful artwork by local artists lined the walls. Classes and exhibits opened the following January, although studios weren’t completed for another 10 months. It was the beginning of 55 years in which the Arts Center would function as an independent, community institution, offering classes, workshops and exhibits that were largely attended by local residents. Its facility also served as a gathering place for the local community. It had a few changes. In 1998, it changed its name to the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. And in the early 2000s, the Arts Center began to look ahead to its future. It submitted a site plan that proposed various improvements over a four-year period, culminating in the construction of a new building. But finances were always a key issue for the Arts Center. In February 2007, the boards of the Arts Center and the Ringling College announced they were considering a merger. The proposed partnership would give the Arts Center more financial stability, along with more access to class offerings and exposure, while giving the Ringling College exposure on Longboat Key, along with a thriving art center. “We are not in financial disaster,” said former Arts Center President Dan Idzik in February 2007, “but unless we do something drastic, we will continue to limp along and be frustrated that we can’t do more and do more efficiently.” The merger was made official April 17, 2007. Since then, Buckman estimates that Ringling has invested $1 million in the Arts Center. The revenue that community-centered events generate hasn’t been enough to make the facility self-sustaining. “There’s not enough community to pay the bills,” Buckman said. After receiving an extension of its site plan in 2009, Ringling sought another extension of the site plan last spring in addition to an amendment. The new plan it proposed would bring a new two-story building that could be used for flexible retreat space. Many Village residents objected to the plans earlier this spring. They decried the loss of friendliness at the Arts Center and complained that it was no longer a community institution. Ringling officials, in turn, reminded them that the Arts Center approached Ringling about a merger. Ringling withdrew the site plan in April. But that doesn’t mean it won’t submit future plans. There’s no rush to submit new plans, according to Buckman, because the Arts

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The Highwaymen Exhibit When: Jan. 18 through March 1 From the Jim Crow days of the 1950s through the 1980s, a group of African-Americans created Florida landscapes using their imagination and sold them door-to-door and townto-town, producing an artistic legacy that is now important to the history of popular and folk art in Florida and the South. In 2004, the Florida Arts Council inducted 26 Highwaymen to the Artists’ Hall of Fame, which put their names alongside famous Floridians like Ray Charles, Jimmy Buffet, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams. The exhibit will feature 50 paintings from the Lawrence Helmuth collection. At the same time, the Arts Center will feature a small collection of the works of Syd Solomon, who was the first guest artist to give a demonstration of the facility.

Frances ‘Fifi’ Rowan

In 1974, Frances “Fifi” Rowan asked an old friend who lived on Longboat Key to find her a place on the island. What she found was the former Jordan Hotel, which was built in 1912 and is now the oldest-known residence on the island. That home is the subject of “The Old Hotel,” an oil painting on stretched canvass that is one of the two Rowan works featured in the exhibit. The second, entitled “The Blue Heron,” is a woodcut print on rice paper. Rowan was a gradFrances “Fifi” uate of the RandolphRowan, pictured in Macon Women’s December 2002 College and Cooper Union Art School and was listed in “Who’s Who in American Art.” Her work was shown in many museums and exhibits, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Brooklyn Museum Print Biennial, the Audubon Artists of New York and the American Federation of Arts’ two-year traveling print exhibition. Rowan taught at the Arts Center for 24 seasons after moving to the Key, finally calling it quits just before her 94th birthday in 2002. At the time, she told the Longboat Observer that she grew up surrounded by art because her father, Willis Physioc, was a book illustrator. Although there were always paints and crayons in the house, Rowan said that she learned from watching her father, who never gave her any instruction. Rowan described her own instruction style, saying, “I’m a tough teacher. I make them do it over and over until they get it right.” Rowan died in 2008 at age 99. Both paintings in the exhibit were loaned by her son and daughter-in-law, Pete and Carla Rowan, who now live in the old Jordan Hotel.

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“Moving the House” is one of five works by Patience “Pay” Morrisey featured in the exhibit. she inherited a woodcut print of a tree beside a house. Later, she noticed a similar print that she was immediately drawn to while walking near the Historical Society. Sure enough, it, too, was a Patience “Pay” Morrisey creation. Morrisey, 91, is the only featured artist who is still living; she was a close friend of Rowan. Morrisey made a piñata for Rowan every year at Christmas, according to Weiss. Morrisey graduated from Ontario College of Art & Design, where she studied under Franklin Carmichael, one of the “Group of Seven” painters who brought impressionist painting to Canada. She discovered the Village on vacation with



Patience “Pay” Morrisey, photographed at her Toronto home over the summer by Village resident Carol Weiss. her family in 1967 and went on to buy a house at 661 Linley St., where she and her husband, Peter, spent winters after his retirement in the 1970s. Morrisey used their small garage as her winter studio for the next 40 years, where she made woodcut prints, watercolors, drawings, collages and sculptures that reflected “usually with a dose of humor and social comment, the sheer wonder she

found in this tropical paradise so different from her native Canada,” according to a pamphlet prepared by Nelon and Weiss. Weiss traveled to Toronto to meet Morrisey over the summer in her current home, where she continues to make art and also enjoys writing. The exhibit features five of her works: “Royal Poinciana with Night Blooming Circus,” which is the piece that came with Weiss’ home; two woodcut prints on rice papers called “Moving the House” and “St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” which are owned by Village residents Michael and Amy Drake; and “Fishing,” a woodcut print on rice paper with watercolor collage and “The Fishing Shack,” a woodcut print on pine board, both of which are the property of the Historical Society.



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Three-bedroom St. Armands home sells for $2.25 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Nov. 12 and Nov. 16. A home in John Ringling Estates tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Doug Libertore, of Sarasota, sold his home at 360 N. Washington Drive to 360 Wash LLC for $2.25 million. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,951 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,725,000 in 2003.

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John and Barbara DePizzo, of Canfield, Ohio, sold their home at 3550 Fair Oaks Lane to Raymond Grimm, trustee, of Longboat Key, for $1.7 million. Built in 1999, it has four bedrooms, five-anda-half baths, a pool and 4,526 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,228,800 in 1999.

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Judith Harris, trustee, of Falls Church, Va., sold the Unit 2-B condominium at 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive to 4621-2A Gulf of Mexico Drive LLC for $650,000. Built in 1972, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 900 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $350,000 in 1998.

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Denis and Mary Allman, of Foxrock, Ireland, sold their Unit 703 condominium at 1050 Longboat Club Road to Carl and Claudia Troiano, of Islip, N.Y., for $385,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,409 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $212,500 in 1998.


Cadence Bank sold the Unit M2-214-C condominium at 1945 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Mark Olson, of N. Oaks, Minn., for $312,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 928 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $640,000 in 2005.

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Barbara Jones, of Longboat Key, sold her Unit 304 condominium at 4380 Exeter

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This home at 360 N. Washington Drive has three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,951 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.25 million.

Drive to Yves and Marie Baumgartner, of Cheshire, Conn., for $240,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 992 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $110,000 in 1999.

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Morton Gamerman and Shirley LangeGamerman, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 506 Jackson Drive to Henry Kahwaty and Mary Dooher, of Sarasota, for $1,475,000. Built in 1949, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,558 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,500 in 1993.

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Linda Miska, of Sarasota, sold her home at 623 N. Owl Drive to Stanley and Jennifer Miska, of Allentown, Pa., for $1.2 million. Built in 1968, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 4,435 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,095,000 in 2000.

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Craig and Helena Patterson, trustees, of Prairie Village, Kan., sold the Unit B-809 condominium at 1800 Benjamin Franklin Drive to George Maurizi and Gayle Uhlenburg, of Sarasota, for $1.1 million. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,230 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $455,000 in 1996.

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BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest building permits issued by the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Department for the week of Nov. 16 through Nov. 21, in order of dollar amounts. (GMD = Gulf of Mexico Drive) Address 611 Triton Bend 6865 Hughes St. 700 Marbury Lane 549 Schooner Lane 3037 GMD 3455 Byron Lane 4310 Falmouth Drive 1485 GMD 884 Spanish Drive N. 4401 GMD 3453 GMD 5 Winslow Place 757 St. Judes Drive 801 Broadway 3235 GMD 7141 La Lenaire Drive 591 Wedge Lane 541-549 Spanish Drive N. 3710 GMD

Permit Applicant Amount New Walker Collier construction Real Estate Holding $350,000 Pool Luke Magliaro $90,000 Electric Arthur McGroary $51,000 Door and window Richard Kennedy $31,827.59 New roof Francis Trulaske, trustee $29,880 Re-roof Ralph Cohen $20,409 Interior Carolann Koplik $19,500 Door Barbara Goldring $18,900 Re-roof Douglas Fraser $12,150 Kitchen Michael Tremper $10,700 Doors Christopher Nowak $6,982 Pool cage James Bearden $6,500 Boatlift Donald Braunagel $6,200 Re-roof Stephen Kring $3,300 Window Homer Steinhoff $2,000 Dock Joan Bergstrom $1,500 Garage door Judith Gove $1,350 Windows Barbara MacDonald $1,302 Doors Joseph Callan $800

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Catherine Kobren, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 807 condominium at 1281 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Bradford and Brenda Cobb for $2.15 million. Built in 1999, it has three bedrooms, four-and-ahalf baths and 3,273 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.45 million in 2000.


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TENRIFE. Longboat Key residents Heidi and Kent Lagro, right, took their Observer along while visiting friends Hanne Goos and Ingeborg Bald, in Tenrife, which is a Canary Island off the coast of Spain. While overseas, the Lagros also enjoyed visiting Germany for a week and cruising out of London, visiting Lisbon, Portugal and Spain for 12 days. BERLIN. Eric and Shona Wilson pose with a copy of the Longboat Observer in August during a trip to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. The couple, who hail from Scotland, have been regular visitors to Longboat Key for 27 years. Eric Wilson served as a Russian linguist in the Royal Air Force in Berlin from 1961 until 1964.

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CHICAGO. Longboat Key residents and “Energetic Travelers” Stuart and Lois Scheyer brought their Observer along for United Airlines’ inaugural flight from Chicago to Sarasota in November. This was the first time United has offered non-stop service from Chicago to Sarasota in years.

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+ Green Ginger Hair Design moves to new St. Armands Circle location Green Ginger Hair Design has moved to a new location at 369 St. Armands Circle. Its first day of business in the new spot, which is located upstairs between Tommy Bahama and Garden Argosy, was Tuesday, Nov. 27. The phone number remains 388-5500. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. six days a week.

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LONGBOAT KEY: 840 Tarawitt OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, 12/2, 1-4PM. Waterfront: City/Bay Views; elevator; hardwood floors; 2200sq.ft. 2 docks. You will be Surprised!! Bank approved. $1,260,000. Brokers paid.


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CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE. Mix and match homemade specialty cookies. Sold by the pound. Saturday, December 1st., 10:00a.m.-2p.m. Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Rd., Sarasota 34238.

ATTENTION DOWNHILL ski buffs! Metal sculpture: beautiful, $75. Oil painting, $50. Call 941-383-1210. COCKTAIL TABLE: 34” square, light wood, glass inserts on top. Very nice. $95. 941-383-1757. ENTERTAIN PHONOGRAPH 4-1 CD/Cassette/ AM/FM Remote in oak wood cabinet, $50. 941-496-7694. SAMURAI SWORD Set of three with wooden stand. Dragon bronze handles, $110. 941-924-5093. SHOWCASE 6FT with large storage drawers, $100. 941-929-7297. WINE COOLER -Dual Zones, 48 Bottle, 2008 SS, Built-in 24"x34"x24", $125. 941-388-8582.

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Boats are selling very well and needed. 26 Sea Ray, 25 Proline, 24 Sea Ray, 21 Sea Pro, 187 Scout, 35 Cabo, 19 Bayliner, 19 Sea Hunt and more, just sold. I buy boats too. - 941-228-3489.

SARASOTA RANCH CLUB- Two adjoining 10 acre lots, $450,000.00. May trade up or down for waterfront preferred, condo or house. Phone 941-955-0226.


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NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM This dynamic event is coming on December 1st from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch. Savor the sights, sounds & excitement of the very first Christmas. This is a free family Advent Event. There will be crafts, refreshments, a live nativity area and more. Watch out for the beggars though. We invite all our neighbors and friends. Please join us during this Christmas Season.

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Homes For Sale LBK: SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB. Villa, on lake, 2BR/2BA, sunroom. Walk to beach. By Owner. Linda Adrian, 941-383-6650.

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LIDO BEACH Vacation paradise. 1 & 2 bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental condo. 1-800-734-3370. LONGBOAT KEY. Gulf front, heated pool on beach, 1BR/1BA condo, full kitchen, dining, sleeps/4, king pillowtop. 617-328-7145, 857-939-1049. LONGBOAT KEY: SUNSET BEACH condo: beachfront, direct Gulf, 3BR/2BA, 3 balconies, gated community, heated pool. 2 month min. Available December 1 - April 30. $6500/mo. By owner, 860-633-3545 or 860-633-2502. LONGBOAT PORTOBELLO BEACH FRONT 2BR/2BA Condo. Details and Virtual Tour at Phone 815-919-5357 ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, living, dining area, W/D in building. Weekly or Monthly. May through January. $1600/mo. 351-5101. WEEKLY RENTALS. Luxurious, fully furnished 1 - 4 bedrooms. Condominiums and Cottages. Beach to Bay. On-site management. Pools, tennis, boat slips. Visit: for information and virtual tours. 800-333-7335, 941-383-3117.


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// Arts&Entertainment: Snapshot of history

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arasotans Warren and Margot Coville ate a lot of soup in the 1980s. Looking at hundreds of photographs all day long at auctions was tiring, so, instead of going out for dinner, the photography collectors would stop at a deli for soup and sandwiches to take back to their hotel room. As a hobby, the Detroit residents frequented New York City to attend fine-art auctions for many decades. The couple recently donated 1,700 photos from their collection to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Seventyfive mostly journalistic-style photos spanning 1888 to 2001 are being exhibited in the “Warren J. and Margot Coville Photography Collection” through Feb. 3. Although Warren Coville has the photography background, Margot Coville played a large role in developing the collection. “Margot and I really did all the purchasing together, and it was a very important and pleasurable part of collecting because we would do it together,” Warren Coville says. Margot Coville bought her husband the first photo in the collection as a birthday present in the mid-’70s, a Yousuf Karsh portrait of cellist Pablo Casals. It’s in the exhibit. “That sparked my interest in collecting,” he says. “Every day I would stop on the way home from work at a gallery in Birmingham, Mich. As (the gallery) had exhibitions, I would buy images from those exhibitions by various photographers.” In the beginning, there wasn’t a purposeful emphasis on photojournalism, but some of the photography he collected from large “lots,” (collections of photos from lesser-known photographers) were editorial photos. And Coville did have one intention: “One of the areas we began to target was the Clarence White School of Photography,” he says. One of Warren Coville’s

Sarasotan Warren Coville shares the history behind the collection of 1,700 photographs he and his wife recently donated to the Ringling Museum of Art.

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Warren Coville has been deaccessioning his photo collection since 2000, but he still has a few favorites hanging in his home, such as this photo essay by Clarence White School alumna Margaret Bourke-White. favorite photographers, Clarence White, founded the famous school in 1914. Since then, many of the school’s alumni have developed names for themselves. Warren Coville’s collection features work from these students, whom he’d follow throughout their careers. He’d get to know the photographers, such as Ansel Adams and Walter Rosenblum, at their personal exhibitions. The collection took a lot of time, careful planning and documentation. Warren Coville would study auction catalogs and make plenty of calls to his curator before making a selection. “Nothing was bought in a rush,” Warren Coville says. And the homework continued after the photo became his. “Every time I bought a photograph, I

would research it and learn the history that surrounded that particular photograph,” he says. “It gives you an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of many areas.” But his interest in photography wasn’t only in the lessons a photo could teach. His love of the art began when he bought his first camera, an 828 Bantam, at age 13. The now 87-year-old remembers the excitement he felt seeing an image appear underneath the developer solution for the first time. In high school, Warren Coville worked in the dark room at a portrait studio for two years, assisting a photographer on yearbook shoots, lugging his bags around. He also took photos for the school newspaper. His photography experience contin-

ued into adulthood. Warren Coville was one of 15 to 20 men in the Army Air Corps photo-tech unit during World War II. He took aerial photographs with a handheld crank camera and also from an automatic camera mounted to the belly of a B-17 bomber. He’d capture the bombs striking the target. “You’ll see a picture of our photo tech unit (in the exhibit),” he says. Following the war, Warren Coville was a portrait photographer in a small studio when he met Bill Davidson, who owned a pharmaceutical company. The duo opened a photo-finishing lab in 1956 — Guardian Industries. “The first year we were in business we did $56,000,” Warren Coville says. “And when I retired (in 1985), we did $110 million — we were the third-largest finisher in the United States.” Aside from being a former owner of The Detroit Pistons, Warren Coville is known for his contributions to charitable causes. In 1987, he formed the “I Have a Dream Foundation” at Roosevelt Elementary School, the inner-city Detroit school that Warren Coville attended. He promised 78 fifth-graders that if they graduated high school, he would pay for their higher education. Fifty-three graduated, and 35 went on to college. “We still now, as a result of Facebook, keep in touch with 10 to 15 of them,” he says. He is on the board of Asolo Repertory Theatre and occasionally sponsors conservatory students. A handful of students celebrated Thanksgiving at the Covilles’ home this year. The Covilles continue to be loyal patrons of the arts and provide assistance when they see a need. They thought photography was something the museum was lacking before their donation. “They needed it,” he says.

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HEARD By Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor | to show that they sure don’t make them like The Andrews Sisters anymore! Some of the choreography was taken straight out of the 1940s and paired with the costumes on stage — it was like stepping into a time machine. Reactions to the high-spirited performance put everyone in a great mood. As two couples were walking out together, one of the women said to the other, “Remember when we used to jitterbug?” One man was jubilantly whistling “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” on the way out of the theater, and I’m sure it wasn’t because he had too many “Rum and Coca-Colas.”


 Remembering Jay B. Starker

Sarasota Ballet’s “Company B” performance Nov. 16 made anyone nostalgic for the 1940s — even me, and I was born in the ’80s! For a bunch of bunheads (a term principal dancer Sara Sardelli refers to as a dancer with a ballet focus), they sure fooled the audience with their boogie-woogie skills. “Company B” was the last set of the evening and a premiere for Sarasota Ballet. It’s a modern piece, with humorous and poignant choreography set to the boogiewoogie harmonies of The Andrews Sisters — and it just goes

Jay B. Starker planted deep roots within the arts community, and some people knew him as a Sarasota icon. He was a bohemian Jack-of-all-trades and, in addition to playing more than 30 instruments, he will be remembered as a steel drummer donning a beret; a leather worker known for “Starker” sandals; a ceramist; a silver and goldsmith; a painter; a photographer; and he owned his own jewelry store on St. Armands Circle. Starker died July 26, but from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 2, his friends will host a tribute in his honor at Southgate Community Center, 3145 South Gate Circle. It will feature performances by a group Starker founded: The Gathering of Exiles.

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 Art meets education Collaborative arts can be a beautiful thing, especially when the artists are students of varying abilities. “The Friendship Bridge” was a project funded by a Very Special Arts (VSA) MetLife grant to integrate students. Part of the grant allowed The Van Wezel to contract artist Brenda Smoak to work with Oak Park and Lakeview elementary schools on the outdoor installation. It features two waterfalls and a bridge built by the students. Teachers taught lessons relevant to the project, such as water flow and evaporation; they used mathematics to plan for the bridge. Now, the students are creating an oasis complete with benches and a garden. ​At 10 a.m. Dec. 6, there will be a ribbon cutting on the bridge that joins the campuses at Oak Park School, 7285 Proctor Road, so the public can see the new installation.

 Attention Young Dancers: The third annual Carreño Dance Festival Summer Intensive has been set for July 29 to Aug. 17, 2013. It’s a cool opportunity for talented young dancers to learn from dance masters and even share the stage with them. ​It’s an impressive faculty, including Yuri Fateev, director of

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With a little glitter, a T-Bird-load of talent, some shimmery purple curtains and an enormous wood-stained Wurlitzer, The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe shakes, rattles and rolls the ’50s into living color before the eyes of a wildly enthusiastic audience. Artistic Director Nate Jacobs wrote and directed the musical revue that sketches the story of a group of entertainers who travel on the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” performing at venues from Memphis to New York. Cristy Owen provides a panoply of costumes illustrating memorable fads from the ’50s, including poodle skirts, crinolines, hair bows stuck mid-bouffant, detachable lace collars, a single strand of white pearls, T-strap shoes and sweater sets. Under the music direction of James E. Dodge II and implemented by a group of talented musicians, the swinging music is a soul-satisfying trip down memory lane. Choreographer Dhakeria Cunningham has got the ’50s moves down and the detail in their recreation is dead-on. She also plays Corinna and delivers several delightful dance solos. The large cast includes Ariel

level in this irresistible, offbeat and trippy triumph. The writing is intimate and witty. His precision at dissecting the dysfunctional family is unparalleled, as evident in “The Fighter” (for which he received an Oscar nomination) and “Flirting with Disaster” (1996). The casting in “Silver Linings Playbook” is magnificently meticulous. Oscar nominated Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”) is anxiously sweet as the mother who loves Pat unconditionally, while trying to appease her OCD Philadelphia-Eagles-fan-husband played by Robert DeNiro. DeNiro is hilariously heartbreaking as the fanatic who’s been banned from the stadium for fighting. Could be Oscar No. 3 for Bobby. Audiences who caught Lawrence’s Oscarnominated work in “Winter’s Bone” won’t be surprised by the depth of talent she exudes in this film, but they will be amazed. She possesses that rare gift of being a great actor at an early age whose future is all but guaranteed to soar. But it’s Cooper who pulls the rug out from under moviegoers who expect to see the guy from “The Hangover.” His performance as the bi-polar, desperate Pat is as good as it gets. Who would have thought People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” and gossip magnet would have such a brilliant silver lining? — Pam Nadon

Blue as Mama Sass, who lives up to her name in comical bouts with her rival, Lulu McKay, played by Kristal Walker. Blue is thrilling with her rendition of “Hound Dog,” in its original, pre-Elvis version. The pair rip it up with the song, “Gabbin’ Blues.” “Hound Dog” is answered on the male side by Big Hal Hopper, played with gusto by Gordon R. Gregory, who later kicks it with “Great Balls of Fire.” Emmanuel Avraham plays T.J. Brown, the self-proclaimed “Doc of Rock,” and joins the cast for some great numbers such as “That’ll be the Day.” Michael Mendez brings his smooth moves and silky voice for “I’ll be Satisfied” as lover boy Bobby Ray. Speaking of moves, Charles Manning as Benny Burrows kills in “Stagger Lee.” Henry Washington plays Teddy Turner and knows how to “Splish Splash” and “Get a Job.” Will Little joins the cast as Jimmy, whose philandering ways inflame some jealousy. He adds to the hilarity created by the male cast’s performance of “Love Potion No. 9.” Tsadok Porter as Kiki Carter, Alyssa White as Sherry Love, and Davronette Henson, a little gal with a huge voice as Mayella Brown, comprise a trio of female singers who are simply divine in such numbers as “Dedicated to the One I Love” and a rollicking “Mashed Potato Time.” — Paula Atwell




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FST celebrates the grand opening of the newly renovated Gompertz Theatre

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 The new Gompertz has 237 seats, plenty of accessibility seating and hearing loops. by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor The old bathrooms at Florida Studio Theatre’s Gompertz Theatre instigated the multimillion dollar renovation and expansion. Appalled by the state of the dilapidated bathrooms, Georgia Court made a donation. In honor of her late husband, John C. Court, the new bathrooms are deemed “Georgia’s Johns.” The new cabaret is named the John C. Court Cabaret. FST broke ground in January on the renovation of the theater. The existing 6,000-square-foot-space was renovated and 18,000 square feet were added. Staff members picked up paintbrushes to finish Gompertz in July for a soft opening. The grand opening will be celebrated Thursday, Nov. 29, with “The Next Act Gala.” The new Gompertz Theatre, the Green Room Café and the lobby space will all be open Dec. 5, during the production, “The Best of Enemies.” The John C. Court Cabaret will open in January, and The Bowne Lab Theatre is set for completion in January 2014.

 “Georgia’s Johns” were a key project in the renovation.

 The Bowne Lab Theatre has a year to go before FST Improv takes the stage.

 FST’s new sign was installed the week of Nov. 19.


 The John C. Court Cabaret will have 133 seats and is built to look like the Goldstein Cabaret that has 109 seats.




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Friday, Dec. 7: ‘Lasting Impressions’ 6 p.m. at Dabbert Gallery. Runs through December 31. Free. Call 955-1315  “Glades Pond” by Russell Woody


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‘Celebration’ Exsultate! 3:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist. Tickets $17. Call 4848491

Sarasota Chorus of the Keys. 4 p.m. at St. Thomas More. Tickets $25. Call 923-1691


‘West Side Story’ 8 p.m. at Van Wezel. Tickets $50 to $80. Call 953-3368




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Carol.’ 7 p.m. at Van Wezel. Tickets $10 to $50. Call 9533368




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‘The Nutcracker.’ The Sarasota Ballet. 8 p.m. Nov. 14; 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Tickets $35 to $90. Call 359-0099, Ext. 101

NPR’s ‘From The Top’ with Christopher O’Riley. Artist Series Concerts. 7:30 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House. Tickets $35 to $45. Call 360-7399

Holiday Variations 2 p.m. at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center. Tickets $15. Call 552-5325

Paolo Veronese. 10 a.m. at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Runs through April 14. Cost $25. Call 352-1660 ‘The Atomic Show: Opening Night.’ 5 p.m. Clothesline Gallery Free. Call 366-5222




‘Celebrating the Season.’ Gloria Musicae. 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Tickets $35. Call 360-7399

‘A Christmas Carol.’ 7 p.m. at Venice Theatre Tickets $10 to $17. Call 488-1115

Intimate Moments 5:30 p.m. Sarasota Orchestra. Tickets $27 to $35. Call 953-4252





Sailor Circus Holiday Show. 7 p.m. at Sailor Circus Arena. Runs through Dec. 30. Tickets $10 to $16. Call 361-6350.

‘Forever Doo-Wop: A Tribute to ’50s & ’60s.’ 7:30 p.m. at The Players Tickets $18. Call 365-2494

Sunday, Dec. 30: Moscow Ballet’s ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Van Wezel. Tickets $28 to $88. Call 953-3368.


Bradenton Blues Festival 11 a.m. at Downtown Bradenton Riverwalk Park. Tickets $30. Visit


‘Annie.’ 7:30 p.m. at The Players. Runs through Dec. 16. Tickets $25. Call 3652494



‘The Best of Enemies.’ 8 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre. Runs to Jan. 27. Tickets $19 to $36. Call 366-9000 ‘Winter Wonderland’ Sarasota Orchestra. 5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall. Runs through Dec. 8. Tickets $26 to $42. Call 953-4252

‘Twisted Fairytales’ 7 p.m. at Sarasota High School. Runs through Dec. 7. Tickets $8. Call 955-0181







8 ‘Rumplestiltskin’ PLATO. 10 and 11:30 a.m. at Ramada Waterfront. Tickets $10. Call 363-1727


 “The Nutcracker” costume design by Peter Docherty

22 Wynonna’s Rockin’ Christmas. 8 p.m. at Van Wezel. Tickets $60 to $80. Call 953-3368

‘Two on Tap.’ 8 p.m. at Manatee Players Riverfront. Tickets $26. Call 748-0111

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TIDBITES by June LeBell | Contributing Columnist |  Freeze! It’s time for unique ice cream

We saw the sign, “ice cream,” and it was just that time of day — too early for dinner, too late for lunch, hankering for a snack — so we followed the signs. Sure enough, there was a new place in a little strip mall off Sawyer and Clark roads that looked sparkly and inviting and, well, different from most ice-cream places. The interior gleamed with shiny walls and lots of stainless steel. There was a perky, young woman behind the counter who asked, “Have you been here before?” “No,” we told her, not really expecting an experience but yearning for something icy and creamy. What we discovered was a one-of-a-kind icecream parlor that makes about 1 trillion different combinations “to suit every taste” of flavors, ingredients and “mix-ins.” Yes … I said 1 trillion, which is a little more than Baskin-Robbins or Howard Johnsons! And they offer “premium,” with 14% cream content; “custard” (10%); “low fat” (5%); and “yogurt” or “soy/rice milk” (no fat). But those aren’t the only twists. Don’t expect to walk into this ice-cream parlor, look at a few dozen flavors, and point. Here, you tell your server what kind of treat you want (see list in previous paragraph), and she pours the liquid into a giant stainless-steel mixing bowl. Then comes the flavor. Don’t get me started on that list, but imagine everything from chocolate to vanilla, amaretto to peanut butter, strawberry, coffee and some pretty outlandish things such as Mountain Dew or Tiger’s Blood, or any combination — and you’ve invented your very own ice cream. Then you get to add stuff, such as marshmallows, chocolate flakes, cheesecake chunks, M&Ms, mixed berries or, yes, bubble gum, but you still haven’t got your treat, because all this

stuff is floating in that bowl, waiting to be magically frozen. That happens when you “choose your chill factor”: soft-serve, scoop-able or rock hard. That’s when the real enchantment begins, because that’s when your server takes what looks like a giant elephant’s trunk and sounds like one of those balloon blower-uppers and sprays liquid nitrogen onto the mixture. Liquid nitrogen boils when it gets down to minus 321 degrees Fahrenheit, and it freezes anything it touches. Sound like fun? It is, because you’re the chef, you’re the inventor and, best of all, you’re the taster. Sarasota’s Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt is the only one of its kind in Florida. In fact, it’s the only one east of the Rockies. It was devised by a chemist in Utah, but the owners and operators of this branch are Brad Lord, Don Wirth and Gabe Ramsey. They and their wives, before getting into the ice-cream dish, were all involved in the medical field as nurses and anesthetists. This brand-new parlor at 4065 Clark Road is open from noon every day.

 Pop-up restaurant has staying power

We wrote recently that The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is in the process of remodeling and refining its restaurants and bars. The new restaurant and lounge will be called Jack Dusty and will open after the first of the year, but that doesn’t mean things are at a standstill there. Walls may block entry to the new place, but the “temporary” restaurant, CdZ, is alive and well, and we had one of the best dinners in a long while there the other night. It was also amazingly reasonable, considering the quality of the food and service. We began by sharing the crab cake, which was lighter than Sarasota air on a balmy night

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Perhaps no other house in town captures the spirit of Sarasota in the Roaring Twenties era as much as this Spanish Revival beauty in Sapphire Shores. A member of the Westinghouse family is thought to have constructed the home. It’s big and opulent, with four bedrooms and three baths, plus a separate carriage house now used as a media room with an office above. All the classical touches are there — vaulted ceilings with pecky-cypress beams, wrought-iron railings and fixtures and the original wood and tile floors. The home was extensively renovated several

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PROJECT: Etched wine glasses Skill level:




• Rubbing alcohol • Glass etching cream • Wine glasses • Paint brushes • Tape, stencils or adhesive-backed vinyl

• If you’re free handing a pattern, be sure to really goop on the etching cream. You might have to use two applications.


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Average time: One day

1 clean the glass

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Clean the surface of the glass with rubbing alcohol. Make sure it is dry before you begin taping off your design.

2 create your pattern

We used tape, as well as free hand, to create our designs. We’ve used stencils in the past, but it’s best to create your own using adhesive-backed vinyl (found at craft stores). You can then carve a pattern using an X-Acto knife. Cardboard and plastic stencils don’t work on curved surfaces.

 You can tape off a pattern or free hand a design.

4 remove the tape Remove your tape or vinyl pattern, pulling toward the etching. If using adhesive-backed vinyl, you can leave the vinyl on while you rinse off the glass.

3 apply the etching cream Apply the etching cream generously. You shouldn’t be able to see the glass underneath it. That being said, if you are free handing a design — which we found particularly enjoyable — you might need to do two applications. Large dots and circles worked the best on first application.  This is how an application should look — it should be really thick.

5 rinse off the glass Rinse off the glass using room-temperature water and use your fingers to take off all the etching cream. If you left the vinyl on to rinse, take it off and rinse the glass again. Dry the glass well, because the pattern stands out when it’s dry. If your pattern is too faint, you might need to do a second application. Add some wine or sparkling grape juice, and enjoy.

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Sarasota Stylemaker ackie Rogers is waving goodbye to her makeup artist from the gate of her high-rise on Golden Gate Point. In her skinny jeans, flip-flops and a green button down, she looks much tinier than she usually appears when she’s in the spotlight, gripping her microphone and chit-chatting away on Red Carpet Sarasota. Inside the elevator, Rogers realizes she’s forgotten her key fob and begins repeatedly swiping her finger, hoping the machine will recognize it. When it doesn’t, she pulls out her cell phone and calls for reinforcement. “A little boy recently figured out how to swipe his finger and took the elevator up and down, stopping on every floor,” she says. “They must have disabled it.” Seconds later, a friendly face appears, swipes his fob and sends the elevator on its way. It stops at Rogers’ floor, where her Chihuahua is barking and jumping around in the doorway. “This is Rudy Rogers,” she says. “I also call him Schmoopie — he has 100 nicknames, and he does have a thing for blondes. I could have him in a room full of brunettes and he will go right to the blonde. C’mon Booboo, come sit down.” Rogers grew up in her family’s supermarket business, Ricardo’s Market, in Scranton, Penn. She remembers being in a playpen right next to the register. To this day, somewhere in her condo, she keeps a photograph in which she’s sitting in a grocery bag that’s traveling down the conveyer belt. “It started with my grandfather (Rocco Ricardo) in a fruit stand,” Rogers says. “He and his seven brothers sold produce down the neighborhoods off of a truck. They would bring all the little Italian ladies their fruits and vegetables for the week.” Although her grandfather established the stand, Rogers’ parents, Salvatore and Bette Riccardo, started the full-service grocery store. After graduating from college, Rogers and her brother opened up a second location. In 1997, Rogers moved to Philadelphia to take a job with Boar’s Head Provision Co. Although she was hired to work the Philly market, the owner of the company sent her to Florida to help open Boar’s Head locations at Publix grocery stores, and to work out of the corporate headquarters, located in Sarasota. “I had one foot on the banana peel back

5 Black Tie event rules 1. Make sure your dress isn’t tucked into your Spanx as you leave the ladies room. 2. Don’t overdo it at cocktail hour and wind up dancing on the table. It wouldn’t be ladylike or gentlemanly. 3. Don’t be a wallflower — get out and mingle, and introduce yourself to somebody new. 4. Don’t go overboard on the cologne or perfume. 5. Don’t be a close talker while consuming your hors d’oeuvres. 6. This just in from hubby Angus Rogers : a. If you must adjust your undies, do it in the confines of the lavatory. b. Don’t wear sneakers to a Black Tie event unless it’s the UnGala. Wait — that got canceled? Photo courtesy of Matt Holler

 Jackie Rogers on Red Carpet Sarasota to Pennsylvania, but then I fell in love with the city and decided to stay, and in 1999, met my husband, Angus. I know what you’re thinking, being in the meat business and marrying a guy named Angus … ” The couple married in 2003 on Bob and Diane Roskamp’s farm, in Pennsylvania. “The Roskamps live upstairs from us,” Rogers says. “One night they had a dinner party, and we told them we were getting married. Diane said, ‘Well, you’ll just have to get married on our farm.’ I kind of looked at her like ‘pigs and chickens?’” It was more like English gardens, rolling hills and creeks. The farm was built in 1745 as a gristmill to feed the troops. “It was an absolute fairytale wedding — like Martha Stewart on steroids,” Rogers says. “Angus got married in a kilt, and we had bagpipes.” They also had wedding crashers: Two guests who pretended they couldn’t find their names were escorted to a table and made up a story about being Angus Rogers’ cousins. “They’re in like every picture,” Rogers laughs. One or two years later, Rogers tried selling

real estate, but knew it wasn’t her passion. So she started going to luncheons and walking her Chihuahua seven times a day, and then, during a brainstorming session with her girlfriends, her path as an image consultant became clear. “My mom and I were always in boutiques and every season we had a new wardrobe and new coats,” Rogers says. “I have my grandma’s vintage purses with little sachets and I love raiding my mother’s jewelry box. I’ve always had a knack and flair for clothes and things like that.” She headed off to New York to take her certification courses and then founded “Style Matters” to teach clients how to shop for themselves by navigating trends and choosing styles cut for their bodies. “Closets are a very personal thing,” Rogers says. “Whether it’s a mess and disorganized or a section that doesn’t fit, every time you’re in your closet, it says something to you.” Rogers recalls one client who was buying gorgeous, beautifully-made fabrics, but when she put them on, they were clearly not meant for her. “When we got in her closet, she told me

her mom and grandmother were seamstresses,” Rogers says. “She was in love with the quality and detail in the workmanship. I gave her five questions to answer every time she went out shopping so that she didn’t make that mistake again.” Rogers says men make the most interesting clients because they just want the help, not the journey to get there. “They want to buy the clothes and be told what goes with what,” she says. “I took one guy, 40-ish, with these bright-blue eyes and athletic build to Banana Republic. We were going for the all-American style. I pulled out this baby-blue cashmere argyle sweater and he said he was absolutely not trying it on.” But her client came from the manufacturing industry and was going into professional mode, working with accountants and attorneys, and he had little in his wardrobe that would do. “That was his reason for searching me out,” Rogers says. “He finally put it on and started patting it, saying how nice it felt. Then I started getting messages saying, ‘My receptionist noticed my shoes’ and ‘I’m at Bonefish. This peach shirt is a chick magnet!’ That’s music to my ears because he’s out there and confident. That’s my joy, when the light bulb goes on … ” At last, the Red Carpet Sarasota saga comes out. It dawned on Rogers a little more than a year ago that the experience she garnered producing video and photo shoots at Boar’s Head and her history in fashion styling for magazines could somehow be put to use. Rogers was at Intermedia Productions telling Jim Flynn that she had to leave to go to another event. “I told him that I go to so many events, I should be filming them,” Rogers says. “We stood in his driveway for another 30 minutes talking about it. Our town is so charitable; I thought it was a good way to get the message of what charities are doing. The red-carpet experience is something that’s been going on in Hollywood since the ’20s, but I figured to bring it to our town, it’s something where people can have fun and kind of relive the night. Who we are and what we do is still evolving. Our first event was the Van Wezel Foundation Gala with Jerry Seinfeld. We were really just testing the waters. But I love getting people to see themselves all dressed up and fabulous. I figured, ‘Heck, I go to all these things. Let’s promote everybody’s cause.’”

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Sarasota County Commissioner Carolyn Mason presented a proclamation honoring Sally and Sam Shapiro.

 “If you’re worried about children, talk to my wife.”

That’s what Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center Board Member Sam Shapiro told Executive Director Phil King when King spoke to him about the future. The happy ending of that conversation will be the Sam and Sally Shapiro Babies’ and Children’s Health Center, a new building for that Sarasota County operation at the 17th Street Campus of Caring. The seed-money donation from the Shapiros has since been amplified by gifts from Betty Schoenbaum and the Selby Foundation. A hundred-plus guests got this news at a “Get Acquainted”

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Black Tie Affairs Wine, Dine & Pine When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 Where: Selby Gardens Tickets: $50 Contact: 366-5731, Ext. 267 Join Marie Selby Gardens associates for the third annual Wine, Dine & Pine. Sample a delicious assortment of wines, cheeses and appetizers from Fresh Market. The elegant event includes a silent auction featuring pine trees uniquely decorated by local artists and businesses. 20th Annual Hot Dogs & Cool Cats When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Where: Sarasota Yacht Club Tickets: $175 Contact: 955-4131, Ext. 121 Laugh your paws off Saturday at the Humane Society’s annual gala, featuring Elayne Boosler, Les McCurdy and Ken Sons. Expect fabulous wine and cuisine, live entertainment and a live auction.

dinner at the Longboat Key Club sponsored by the Shapiros, Joan Mendell and Bob Coppenrath and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Nov. 11. Observed in the crowd: Matt and Margaret Callihan, Roxie Jerde, Jack and Susie Steenbarger, Anne Virag, Lois Stulberg, Sally Yanowitz, Alice Berkowitz, Ronnie Bernard, Phil and Julie Delaney, Harold Ronson, Renee Sheade, Nancy Markle, Jay and Becky Kaiserman and Carole Cohen. GSHSC Board of Directors representatives included President Dr. Lou Bertha McKenzieWharton, Treasurer Jay Berman, immediate Past President Dr. Arthur Guilford, lifetime board member Betty Schoenbaum, Bunny Skirboll, Susan Schuchat. Representing Sarasota County, in addition to Commissioner Carolyn Mason, were Administrator Randall Reid and Deputy Administrator Bill Little.

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The Michael’s On East Ballroom has probably seen just about every type of table decor — feathers, flowers, confetti — you name it. Well, wouldn’t you know, along came 33 people who gave up their time to sit around and decorate lampshades reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties era for the Sarasota Orchestra’s Hot Jazz on a Snazzy Sunday “Roarin’ ’20s” Season Opener Brunch. CoChaired by Bunny Skirboll and Marlene Isaacs, the lampshades topped off the sensational centerpieces created by the event’s design chairwoman, Anne Folsom Smith. The volunteers used everything from bows and faux fur to lace and beads to create lampshades ranging from sweet and simple to lampshades gone wild. And these 33 men and women even got their own little bio writeup in the event’s program book.

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“Ashley Bafia and Bethany Holmstrom on Hillview carry the cutest outfits I’ve seen. I think it’s cool they’re going to be opening something where you can get things that are fun to wear but trendy and affordable.”

She’s the owner of SRQtees Events and Wedding Planning, a second-grade teacher, athlete and wife. It may sound like a juggling act, but Ashley Lauren Gruters has an outfit for every occasion. She believes in keeping up with the trends, while also mixing timeless and affordable pieces to add flair and create the perfect look from top to bottom. “As we move into a light Florida winter, look for trends in flat boots paired with bright colored stretchy jeggings and an off-the-shoulder cashmere sweater to finish off the look,” Gruters says. “Never forget, your smile is forever your best accessory.”

DAYTIME  top — Forever 21

“It’s a pretty color for fall and looks good on all skin tones. Every time I find something that color, I usually buy it.”

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“It’s like wine. I love it for the bottle. If it smells good, then I’m definitely purchasing it.”

 Victoria’s Secret bronzer

“They only carry their line of bronzing products in the summer. It’s my go-to thing for all over color. When it comes out, I buy 10 of these, because when you’re out, you can’t get anymore until the following summer.”


“Accessories such as my Diana Kelly Metallic Multi Floras and turquoise clutch allow me to have fun with an outfit by adding that extra splash of color!”

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social studies: Eduardo Anaya Hometown: San Juan Del Rio Queretaro, Mexico

Anaya says he and Barrie are constantly obsessed with keeping up-to-date on beauty essentials. “We believe Moroccan oil is the elixir of life,” Anaya says with a giggle. “There are some things we just cannot survive without, like the daily microfoliant from Dermalogica.” We pulled Anaya away from his job at Simply Spoiled Boutique to gain some insight into this fashionisto’s lifestyle and beauty musthaves.

BT: You’ve been stopped by TSA. What’s inside your bag that is more than 3.4 ounces and that you cannot live without? Eduardo Anaya: Fekkai Pot de Crème (gives your hair a tight curl), Kate Summerville facial cleanser (it’s a big one) and the Art of Shaving.

snooze. As soon as I jump up, I have to hit the shower because I’m already late. Right now, I’m using a brown sugar scrub and a coconut body moisturizer from LaLicious.

BT: If you could trade closets with someone, who would it be and why? Eduardo: Christopher McConnell. He’s got great taste, he’s got really good labels and he’s willing to take the risk. He is bold. I love his Hermès belt, his Gucci tote … BT: What’s your morning routine? Eduardo: You know you’re busy when you cannot exfoliate. I try to wake up early, but always hit

BT: How many pairs of shoes do you own? Eduardo: Eight. BT: Who is your latest fashion crush?

Eduardo: Most people don’t know this, but I have to have designer deodorant. Cartier, Chanel, YSL, Dolce. I don’t like the smell of Axe or any drug-store deodorant.

Eduardo: Karl Lagerfeld — he designs for Chanel and Fendi and has his own line. He’s a genius. He does maybe 12 collections a year. Everything he wears, I love. Tom Ford — he started with Gucci and now he has his own line. His perfumes are the best. I like Marc Jacobs because he went from dorky to hot. He used to wear glasses and V-necks and now he’s full of tats (tattoos). My latest girl crush is Daphne McGuinness. When Alexander McQueen passed away, she owned so many of his gowns that she gave them to The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) for the exhibit they did on him.

BT: What’s one item in your closet you can’t live without?

BT: What’s the trick to Sarasota style?

Eduardo: Wow, that’s hard. I have a few. I love my black short shorts — everybody’s seen me in those. There’s this very thick, dark-chocolate brown sweater I wear during winter — I call my chunky knit — and it’s long, down by my knee. My white-

Eduardo: Between my friends, we admire people who do something different and who are willing to do something bold, like Zara’s spiked shoes or my short shorts. But I think that Sarasota mostly likes the cookie cutter. As long as it’s designer, people

BT: What do you splurge on?

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Preen & Chic blogger Eduardo Anaya has his cousin, Mayra Alvarez, to thank for his love of fashion and beauty. “She and I were always together,” says Anaya, who moved 11 years ago to Sarasota. “It’s like Zara (Barrie) and I now. We would do grooming rituals, cleansing masks and talk. We love late-night trips to CVS, buying four or five magazines, passing them around and admiring things. From there, it built on.”

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Monday, Dec. 3: Sonata a due. Benefiting La Musica. 6 p.m. at Charles Ringling House. Price: $150. Contact: Janet Hunter, 371-6798  Ana Lucic, Mirjana (Miki) Lucic-Baroni and Ivana Lucic at the 2011 Sonata a due




SPARCCle for the Holidays Benefiting SPARCC. 6 p.m. at The Oaks Club. Price: $110. Contact: 365-0208, Ext. 106

Women’s Day Benefiting Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. 11 a.m. at Sarasota Federation Campus. Price: $65. Contact: Ilene Fox, 371-4546, Ext. 110 or

28th Annual Poinsettia Opera Luncheon Benefiting Sarasota Opera Guild. 11 a.m. at Michael’s On East. Price: $65. Contact: 346-8057




Christmas in Candy Land Benefiting Make-A-Wish. 12 p.m. at Michael’s On East Ballroom. Price: $35. Contact: Alene Fowler, 952-9474 or alene.fowler@

Holiday Prelude Luncheon Benefiting Sarasota Orchestra Association. 11 a.m. at Michael’s On East. Price: $55. Contact: Karen Nelson, 358-2002





 Executive Director of The Humane Society of Sarasota County Deborah Robbins Millman with Rudolph at the 2011 Hot Dogs & Cool Cats

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Sarasota International Dance Festival: A Chance to Dance. Benefiting Carreno Dance Festival Scholarship Fund. 5:30 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Price: $150. Contact: Helen Sullivan, 923-6775
















Saturday, Dec. 1: The Black and White Masquerade Ball. Benefiting the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation and Asolo Repertory Theatre. 5:30 p.m. at a private location. Price: Tickets by invitation only.

Debutante Ball benefiting the Sarasota Youth Orchestra. 6:30 p.m. at Michael’s On East. Price: $100 to $225. Call 3508579


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1 Hot Dogs & Cool Cats Benefiting The Humane Society of Sarasota County. 6 p.m. at Sarasota Yacht Club. Price: $175. Contact: Christen Cleary, 955-4131, Ext. 121

Mad Hatter Holiday Tea. Benefiting American Red Cross Southwest Florida Chapter. 2 p.m. at a private location. Price: Tickets by invitation only.

Embracing Our Differences 10th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon. Benefiting Embracing Our Differences. Noon at Michael’s On East. Price: By Invitation Only. Contact: 928-0567



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JFCS Annual Gala ‘Magical Moments’ Benefiting JFCS. 5 p.m. at Ritz-Carlon, Sarasota. Price: $500. Contact: Stacy Quaid, 366-2224, Ext. 142


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