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by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Court accepts Midnight Pass lawsuit The Midnight Pass Society received letters with the news about 20 years after members of the group tried to open the inlet by hand. Jim Herbert doesn’t remember the year he decided to challenge a federal law — it was some time in the early 1990s. He does, however, remember the phone call with fellow Midnight Pass Society member Bob Waechter that would lead to a group of more than 100 people digging a 10-foot-deep trench to open an inlet between Siesta Key

and Casey Key. They wanted to re-open Midnight Pass, which had been closed by a combination of natural forces and the work of property owners who wanted to protect their homes from erosion. In 1983, Sarasota County and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection had allowed resident Syd Solomon to

pay for a bulldozer to close the inlet. That closed off a route for boaters to reach the Gulf of Mexico and a way for Mother Nature to flush Sarasota Bay. The society and local marine biologists claimed it was environmentally and commercially harmful. Waechter and Herbert started making phone calls after decid-

ing the tides in Sarasota Bay were perfect for a late-night shovel brigade. It would be similar but, with more stealth than the first dig in 1984. Herbert dropped his wife off near Midnight Pass with shovels after the couple had dinner with fellow society members. He parked at Turtle Beach and walked south, but didn’t see any activity on his trek to the site at about 9 p.m.



by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

County preps beach access for upgrade County Parks and Recreation is in permitting talks to move a fence to create more parking at Siesta Key Beach Access 7. Siesta Key Beach Access 7 has a Facebook page designating it “the cool one.” With long-term plans from Sarasota County Parks and Recreation to paint the exterior of the small cottage adjacent to the access and replace a boardwalk out to the dunes, the spot could get even “cooler.” County staff is currently in permitting discussions with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to move a rope fence and open the lot in front of the cottage for parking, said Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Manager George Tatge. “We’ll be going from eight or nine parking spaces to 18 or 19 spots,” Tatge said.

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Ballard

+ Like a good neighbor The construction of the Taste of Germany float in the Light Up the Village Parade started when the Ballard family wanted to help their neighbors, Tanja and Manuel Hofmann, owners of A Taste of Germany, draw more people into their bakery. Because Brent Ballard is well-known by his Siesta Isles neighbors for his seasonal light-andmusic shows, he thought using his skills to build a float could be a fun way to help. The float’s theme was a German gingerbread house. Brent drove the float which had lights timed to unique holiday music. Vanessa Ballard and her children, Hailey and Spencer, along with the Hofmanns’ daughter, Robin, passed out pretzels and beads. After the parade, many of the Siesta Isles residents gathered to listen to the music and enjoy German food.


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Juna Langedyk, 7, waited in line for an hour to be the first person to talk to Santa, at the Light Up the Village parade Saturday, Nov. 24, in Siesta Key Village. The Siesta Key Village Association organized the annual event, which included more than 15 floats, Santa Claus, Christmas tree lighting and performances by the Pine View Jazz Band. For more photos from the parade, see page 18A.

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Sarasota County plans to double the parking at Beach Access 7 and paint the cottage at the park.

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PASS / FROM PAGE 1A “At first, I was really ticked,” Herbert said. But, after walking over a sand dune near the site, he spotted more than 75 people digging a trench between the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. “Everyone was quiet,” Herbert recalls. “It was all business — there wasn’t a drink in sight.” Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, who also participated in the first dig, disputes the latter claim. “I clearly remember there has was beer involved,” Patterson said with a laugh. The trench did fill with seawater, she recalled. “It did suggest that there were a lot of people who care,” Patterson said. Comrades of the cause to open Midnight Pass arrived by foot and by boat throughout the night, Herbert said. “It was an interesting time, because the conservationists had the net ban passed and they were mortal enemies of the commercial fishermen,” Herbert said. “But, they were digging in the trenches together.” The group placed a makeshift cork to hold bay water back while they dug the trench, which Herbert recalled being as deep as 10 feet. A little after midnight, commercial fisherman, eager to let the pass flow, convinced the group to pull the plug, and the inlet was reborn. County officials arrived the following rainy morning, as did Herbert, and looked for the tracks of the bulldozer suspected of the illegal earth-moving project. Tuesday, Nov. 13, U.S District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich set the trial for a lawsuit re-filed by the society this summer against the Florida Department of Environmental

BEACH ACCESS / FROM PAGE 1A County commissioners approved the purchase of the 3.2-acre lot for $5.4 million in 2007, as part of the Neighborhood Parkland Acquisition program. In its long-range vision for the North Siesta Key access, the county would like to replace the existing boardwalk down to

The Midnight Pass saga 1983 — Syd Solomon closes Midnight Pass 1984 — Midnight Pass Society formed; first shovel brigade attempts to open pass 1988 — Sarasota County applies for permit to open pass 1991 — State rejects permit application 2004 — County applies again for a permit 2008 — State notifies county it will reject the application File photo

Siesta Key residents rally to open Midnight Pass by shovel. Protection and Sarasota County. In the society’s current suit, it alleges the DEP capriciously denied a permit to open Midnight Pass in 1991 and arbitrarily issued a notice of intent that it would deny another request in 2008. If the plaintiffs win the suit, the court will order the DEP to issue a permit, so a contractor can use effective machinery to open Midnight Pass. The trial is set for Nov. 6, 2014, which is 30 years after the initial, and highly publicized, “shovel brigade.” “Politics surely played a role in keeping Midnight Pass closed all these years,” said Mote Marine Laboratory senior scientist Jim Culter, who studied conditions in Sarasota Bay during the fiery years of debate. Culter cited Blind Pass, which separates Captiva Island and Sanibel Island, as an example of a similar situation with different

results. Tropical Storm Gabrielle closed the inlet in 2001, and Lee County had all the permits in place to re-open it by 2008, which was completed two years later. But, the DEP had already developed a dredging program to maintain Blind Pass, so opening the closed inlet was considered an act of maintenance. The number of cars branded with fading “Midnight Pass — Let It Flow” stickers has declined on Siesta, and the society no longer meets or collects dues, Herbert said. The prospect of a trial date doesn’t rouse the excitement it may have in the past. “I think people are just discouraged,” Herbert said. And, after 30 years, the swath of land, which serves nesting sea turtles and sea birds, has evolved into a different kind of habitat.

the dunes behind the cottage. That plan would require an estimated $250,000 investment from the county to build under Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines and would replace the worn out wood boards with a durable recycled material, Tatge said. The new boardwalk would end before reaching the beach according to the

county. The county may also pay for a full renovation of the interior of the cottage for use by a community group, such as the Audubon Society, Tatge said. The cost of short-term work on the site will cost $10,000, Tatge said. County staff is working to move some defunct utilities to make room for the

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2012 — The society re-files a lawsuit against local and state agencies involved The argument about opening the pass is now more complex, and proponents of dredging the former inlet must now consider the displacement of critters — which increase with time — in the new environment in contrast with those that were wiped out when the pass was closed in 1983. Seagrass beds that house and feed Sarasota Bay fish and mammals died as the water quality diminished, according to the lawsuit documents. And without the flushpoint, fish kills increased during the summer, Culter said. “People always try to say what’s better for the environment one way or the other, conclusively,” Culter said. But, with rising sea levels, Culter said, “There will be an inlet there someday.”

short-term parking addition and cleaning up the small courtyard attached to the white cottage. They will also remove exotic species during the immediate improvements, Tatge said. County staff also plans to use property features, such as landscape boulders near the courtyard on other parts of the access.

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Architect Mark Smith worked with the design team to pare construction costs to the budget Sarasota County commissioners approved last year. The price tag on the Siesta Key public beach improvements could be reduced by as much as $7 million if Sarasota County adopts a design change, pitched by Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Chairman and architect Mark Smith. Smith, acting as a free consultant, in a Nov. 26 letter to Sarasota County commissioners, presented the results of meetings with Kimley-Horn and Associates and Sweet Sparkman Architects about the controversial costs. The revised design wouldn’t include the west overlook pavilion, a multipurpose building or enhancements to Beach Road, and after Kimley-Horn adjusted for changes in construction costs, the estimate falls to $14.3 million from the most recent

$22 million estimate of the project at its 60% design phase. Last year, commissioners approved a $16.7 million construction budget for the project. Smith thought the $14.3 million estimate was a conservative figure that could still be cut by $1 million. There would be more than $2.4 million in contingency funds available to cover unforeseen costs or construction price changes as the project moves forward. Contractors watching the project could bid higher than the market rate for the project if the estimates given by KimleyHorn, which have reached as high as $22 million, are too conservative, Smith said. As chairman of the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp.,

Smith had the same concern when the county estimated annual Village upkeep funding to cost more than $200,000. Commissioners will hear a comprehensive presentation from staff about the beach project Dec. 11. “There’s a certain rhythm to a project, from the programming through the public input, the design and, finally, the construction,” Smith said. “When you drag it out like (the county) has, you lose momentum — you lose that rhythm.” Smith also criticized the $1.7 million earmarked for construction engineering inspections and $800,000 for county staff management as redundant. “If you don’t trust the people you hire, then don’t hire them,” Smith said.

County staff presented Kimley-Horn’s designs without its employees at commission meetings throughout the process. It was at one of those meetings County Engineer Jim Harriott mentioned the $27 million cost estimate that drew rebuke from commissioners after it was reported to the public. County Administrator Randall Reid said in an email to commissioners that he would have Deputy County Administrator Thomas Harmer prepare a presentation based on Alachua County’s method for completing complex capital projects on time. That method doesn’t allow for continued modifications of designs. “It doesn’t matter who’s in the room,” Smith said. “You can’t design everything by consensus.”

Fred Derr & Co. workers restore the collapsed portion of Beach Road on Siesta Key.

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Firm starts emergency street fix Fred Derr & Co. began a $250,000 project to stabilize north Beach Road. But, Sarasota county commissioners want assurance that a long-term fix is worth the cost. curement procedure. County engineer Jim Harriott began preparing a permanent solution that would have to be included in the capital improvement-program budget at an estimated cost of $2 million. That got more complicated after the County Commission asked for a comprehensive assessment of the area during a November board meeting. The outcome could determine whether the county will do a long-term fix. “The county wants to spend taxpayer money to see if we’re

Siesta park seawall repair goes out for bid Eleven contractors have submitted plans for a seawall replacement project at the north Siesta Key park.

road to repair by Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

In 1986, Sarasota County permanently closed one lane of north Beach Road, as the street continued to crumble under the threat of erosion and residents complained about white stakes placed in the middle of the street. But Nov. 19, Fred Derr & Co. workers began tearing away the remaining asphalt on the same stretch of road to prepare it for a $250,000 repair, so residents and tenants can reach the adjacent properties. County Administrator Randall Reid authorized funding for the work using the emergency pro-

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A contractor chosen by Sarasota County will replace sidewalks and parts of the seawall on Bay Island Park next year.

doing it wrong,” said Derr said. “I’m certainly opposed to it because it’s like reinventing the wheel.” The company installed a similar structure on Casey Key of what is proposed for Beach Road. The Casey Key fix has protected and improved the amount of sand in the targeted area. But, County Coastal Resources Manager Laird Wreford said in a prior phone interview that it’s difficult to determine if an erosion solution will work in a certain location. “I just don’t want to jump into

a design-build approach to fix the road, without somebody totally independent looking at this, with no horse in the race,” said Commissioner Joe Barbetta. Commissioners also asked for a legal analysis of the situation to determine the county’s obligations regarding public access to the site and a report on the possibility of reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “I don’t know if that road can ever be fixed properly,” Barbetta said. “I don’t want to keep pouring money into a black hole.”

Sarasota County is moving ahead with plans to fix the concrete wall that protects Bay Island Park from Sarasota Bay wake. The county purchasing department posted an advertisement Nov. 21, for the park project, which is expected to cost $856,000. Interested contractors have one month from the posting date to bid on the seawall replacement and sidewalk improvements at the Siesta Key park, which sits under the north bridge. County staff estimates the project, which also includes replacing the sidewalks along the seawall, will take the contractor close to six months. The contractor will replace and add landscaping, including four oak trees and eight seagrape plants, according to design plans. The county replaced part of the ailing infrastructure in the county-owned portion south of the bridge in 2010, but the next replacement is for 800 feet of the seawall stretching under the park and onto the city of Sarasota owned north end of the park.

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+ Burglary suspect linked to other crimes The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has filed additional charges against one of the two men arrested for vehicle burglaries on Siesta Key this summer, after finding a tool commonly used to break car locks. Deputies found an awl, a tool designed for leather stitching, after searching a car linked to Rene José Sanchez, who was charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Burglary of a Vehicle and Grand Theft in September. The Sheriff’s Office charged the 35-year-old Miami resident with another count of Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, which carries a $1,000 bond, this month, after he was identified using the victim’s credit card in a Macy’s surveillance video.

+ Date for library move to mall announced Gulf Gate Library will move to a space in Westfield Sarasota Square Mall in January, after its current location closes next month, according to a news release from Sarasota County. The roughly 20,000-square-foot temporary space will also house the Friends of Gulf Gate Library Bookstore. The county is leasing the location from Sarasota Shoppingtown LLC for roughly $5,400 per month. The county expects construction of the new two-story Gulf Gate Library to begin in February and take about 18 months.

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 Criminal Justice Commission meeting — Noon Monday, Dec. 3, Third Floor Think Tank, Administration Building, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota  Siesta Key Village Association meeting — 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar, 5250 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key  Sarasota County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, R.L. Anderson Administration Building, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice  Sarasota County Commission meeting — 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Commission Chambers, Administration Building, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota  Siesta Key Association meeting — 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, 5615 Midnight Pass, Siesta Key

+ Hines’ first day on the commission is Dec. 4 Tuesday, Dec. 4, marks the first Sarasota County Commission meeting for Nokomis attorney Charles Hines, who was sworn in for his District 5 seat Nov. 20. Hines takes the South County seat from 12-year commissioner Jon Thaxton, who was ineligible to run due to term limits. Commissioner Carolyn Mason and Commission Chairwoman Christine Robinson were also sworn in after winning re-elections. Commissioners Joe Barbetta and Nora Patterson, who represents Siesta Key, will reach their term limits in 2014.

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The annual holiday parade returns to Main Street with its new theme, ‘Christmas in Paradise.’ Paul Thorpe, or as he’s often referred to, “Mr. Downtown,” is a man who lives up to his moniker. The former president of the Downtown Association of Sarasota organized the first downtown holiday parade 24 years ago, as a way to bring the community to downtown Sarasota to celebrate the holiday season. “I wanted to do something for the whole community,” he says. “Something that you didn’t have to have a $250 dinner plate to go to. This is something the whole town can participate in — a miniature Macy’s.” Since then, the parade has grown into a Sarasota tradition. Each year, thousands of spectators flock to Main Street to get in the holiday spirit. Participants from throughout the county build floats to fit the parade’s theme and compete for one of six trophies, including the coveted Mayor’s Trophy, which is awarded to the overall best float. Thorpe says the event gets bigger and better each year, with new floats in the commercial, nonprofit, marching and dancing categories. He estimates that this year’s parade, which will make its way down Main Street Saturday, Dec. 1, to Marina Jack, will feature 100 floats, high school bands from all over the county and thousands of spectators. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Paradise,” and among the participants will be city commissioners, local businesses, churches, schools and several hundred Girl Scouts — as Thorpe puts it, “a true community event.” Of all the months of planning required

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Five Points Park lights up for the holidays The Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association held a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony Friday, Nov. 23, at Selby Five Points Park. The evening included music by Mr. Howard’s Music Makers and caroling by Girls Inc.

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Santa Claus made an appearance at last year’s parade.

to organize the parade, Thorpe says the biggest challenge lies in staging the floats and keeping everything moving smoothly, but it’s a challenge he says is well worth it. “It’s a contribution we make to community to do something fun for everyone that doesn’t cost them anything,” he says. “It’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season.”

If you go Annual downtown holiday parade takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, on Main Street, in downtown Sarasota.

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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.

Delray Beach-based Ocean Properties Inc. submitted pre-application 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. “It’s been canceled,” said Town Planner Ric Hartman. “Indefinitely.” That’s because two days after the Hilton submitted its plans to the town, a Sarasota judge issued a judgment in favor of the Islandside Property Owners Coalition, which challenged the town’s code changes that gave commissioners more flexibility when approving projects. The judgment mandates the town must hold a referendum of its residents if it wishes to grant future tourism uses within the Islandside Gulf-planned development. It also urges the town to make clear changes to its codes and Comprehensive Plan. Town attorney David Persson informed the Longboat Key Town Commission Nov. 21 that redevelopment applications that come before the town are in limbo until the town makes changes to codes and development processes.

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.

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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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Derail the streetcar At first thought, it sounds appealing and intriguing — a fixed-rail streetcar system for downtown Sarasota. How cute and quaint. But then the next thing that comes to mind is: How much will it cost, and from where will the money come? Oh, yeah, the money. No problem, the streetcar’s proponents and city officials say. We’ll get the federal government (taxpayers) and the state government (taxpayers) to pay for it. After all, look at what the city of Fort Lauderdale is doing. It’s building a $125 million streetcar system with $83 million from federal and state taxpayers and the remainder from local taxpayers. Now stop and think about that — Fort Lauderdale’s sucking up taxpayer money for a streetcar system and Sarasota wanting to do the same. What’s worse, these projects are progressing in the midst of horrible fiscal conditions for all levels of government (taxpayers). Consider the picture: U.S. taxpayers are drowning in federal government debt — around $16,000,000,000,000 and climbing); the federal government’s annual deficit is running about $1,200,000,000,000 a year; and the federal government is borrowing between $3,000,000,000 and $4,000,000,000 a day — $1,460,000,000,000 a year. The state government is in much better shape compared to the federal government, but all of us are all too familiar with that situation as well. The fiscal strains on state revenues are such that, if truth be told, there is no money for frivolous spending — especially on such luxuries as charming fixed-rail streetcars in downtown Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale. And then consider the state of the city of Sarasota’s finances. City Commissioner Terry Turner has been trying in vain for the most part the past two years to persuade his fellow commissioners to address the city’s own coming fiscal cliff. Earlier in the year, Turner and city Finance Director Chris Lyons produced a spreadsheet projecting annual city deficits growing from $3.3 million in 201213 to $16.9 million in 2016-17, if the city maintains its current trajectory of income, population stagnation and expenses. Turner projected those deficits even after allowing for increasing the city propertytax from 2.9 mills to 5.4 mills (an 86% increase!). On top of that, the city has about $151 million in long-term debt that taxpayers are servicing, and — here is the Big One — city taxpayers are facing $142.2 million in unfunded pension liabilities, an amount that continues to rise. In fiscal 2010-11, for instance, the unfunded liabilities increased $28.7 million. And the City Commission has yet to figure out how it will quit digging this hole deeper. Put all three fiscal parts together — federal, state and city — and most sane, responsible household managers would say constructing a fixed-rail streetcar system makes zero sense. Constructing one

and then subsidizing its operating costs makes even less sense. We know the counter argument, and it’s weak: If we don’t go after those state and federal grants, some other city will get that money. That is not justification, especially not a moral justification. Sarasota taxpayers should not be complicit in sinking U.S., Florida and Sarasota taxpayers deeper into debt with frivolous wants. Mayor Suzanne Atwell should derail this desire … this streetcar named Frivolous Desire.

+ What’s good for St. Armands

No good deed goes unpunished. But first, let’s start with the good deed: Although it took too long for common sense finally to prevail, Sarasota city commissioners should be acknowledged for fixing an unnecessary mess on St. Armands Circle — namely, the city’s antibusiness, “Customer Prevention” parking policies. At last, the commission: • Eliminated parking enforcement after 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Previously, customers and merchants fumed over the city enforcing the threehour limit up to 8 p.m. • Eliminated parking enforcement on Saturdays. • Removed “box” parking lines around the Circle. This one was a doozy. The city ticketed dozens of motorists whose cars weren’t parked precisely within its striped rectangles on the circle. Again, St. Armands Circle shoppers and tourists erupted over


Sarasota City Commissioner Terry Turner recently suggested a paidpermit parking program for downtown employees: 1) Allocate space in the State Street surface lot, the Whole Foods garage and the Palm Avenue garage to paidpermit employee parking. 2) Employees who are issued a parking permit should be issued a large sticker to place on their car in a prominent location. As a condition of the permit, employees would be required to acknowledge that they are not to park in time-limited spaces. The sticker could serve two purposes: to allow them to park in the permitted area and enforce their agreement not to park in time-limited spaces. Turner says the city “may be able to draft an enforceable ordinance, which would allow the city to issue tickets to employees who have accepted a permit and who then park in timelimited spaces. Even if the city cannot enforce the prohibition against parking in time-limited spaces, the prominent stickers could be used by employers to self police their employees.”

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this, often spitting venom or throwing their tickets at St. Armands Circle Association Executive Director Diana Corrigan. • Removed the three-hour limits from some of the neighboring side streets to allow merchants’ employees to park with impunity. Sanity at last. Now leave it. But no sooner did the city make these changes for St. Armands businesses, a few downtown business owners took notice and rightfully raised this most pertinent question: If those policies are good for St. Armands Circle businesses, why don’t they also apply to downtown merchants and downtown parking, or everywhere for that matter? Said Kenny Barr, owner of the Sports Page Restaurant on Main Street, in a letter to Commissioner Paul Caragiulo: “… The city puts downtown and other areas at an economic disadvantage to St. Armands. “For years they have had two large free lots and three-hour parking. We have twohour parking. If anyone downtown parks over the lines, a ticket is a sure thing. “We finally received a garage, [but it] was built backward for Main Street businesses — no entrance or exit on the southeast side of the building where all the businesses are. [I] realize that was done to highlight the new places under the garage, which in other words meant no one cared about us. [I’m] not even going to mention the parking meters and their selective placement. “The city starts enforcing the parking laws on St. Armands, as it has been enforcing them downtown forever, and that now becomes a bad thing. “We are trying hard to keep our employees from using on-street parking. On St. Armands, the city is now going to set up one of the streets for employee and resident parking. No more Saturday enforcement, and six o’clock instead of eight o’clock limitations. “The parking laws need to be enforced the same citywide. It is very unfair to have the city give special breaks to certain areas. “If every area were treated equally, there would be far fewer problems.” What works for one commercial area may not necessarily work for another. But Barr is right. What works for St. Armands Circle should be applied to downtown, Southside Village and beyond. Perhaps JP Knaggs, owner of the Bijou Cafe, put in a clear perspective in his response to one of Barr’s emails: “Why should there be different rules for different neighborhoods? Our businesses are on the line, too. “How are people supposed to go to a restaurant and then the opera or a play and only be allowed to park for two hours? Especially on a Friday or Saturday night. “Let’s start this conversation. I can’t believe we just put the meter fiasco to bed, and now we have to start all over again battling with the parking authority. Who is working for whom here?”


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DISTURBING PAST 10:30 a.m. — 4900 block of Commonwealth Drive. Disturbance. A man asked deputies to remove from his property a woman with a history of disturbing him.

RETURN LOOKS HAZY 7:30 p.m. — 5100 block of Hidden Harbor Road. Residential Burglary. A woman returned to her home and noticed an open window in her garage and broken lock on the door to her house. She found that someone had dumped out her jewelry box and taken necklaces, bracelets, coins and a German passport with 200 euros tucked inside. The woman valued the jewelry taken at $5,300, and a crystal ball, that was also stolen, at $50.

Nov. 17 THAT’S A-ROBBERY 1:04 a.m. — 5200 block of Ocean Boulevard. Battery. A man asked the owner of a pizzeria to make two pizzas, then pushed him, grabbed the pies and fled. The owner’s wife chased the man until he dropped the pizzas and ran out of her sight. Deputies interviewed another man spotted with the suspect, who sent the man an unreturned text message.

Nov. 18 SOUND SOLUTION 9:08 p.m. — 5300 block of Ocean Boulevard. Disturbance. A woman reported loud music coming from a charity benefit at a restaurant. Deputies did not take a soundmeter reading, and the restaurant owner turned the music down.

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7:44 a.m. — 900 block of Glebe Lane. Criminal Mischief. A Sarasota County employee notified deputies that someone had sliced a blue playground cover three times. She speculated that neighborhood juveniles hanging out at the park at night caused the $500 damage.

11:38 a.m. —5800 block of Midnight Pass Road. Residential Burglary. A woman reported to deputies that a plumber’s employee stole a tile painting of Japanese figures from her condominium. The condo manager, neighbors and board members told officers the employee is completely trustworthy and that the woman has a history of false accusations. She had also accused the employee in the past of spraypainting her car, despite proof the paint was from a collision.

Nov. 17 STOLEN AND FOUND 2:30 a.m. — 500 block of Ocean Boulevard. Stolen Vehicle. A woman could not

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parking spaces for customers, while allowing merchants and employees to park and not have to worry about going out to move their cars every two hours. Under such a program, employees would be able to park in designated areas, such as the third floor of the Whole Foods Garage, the State Street lot and the Palm Avenue parking garage. Turner thinks the city could issue parking stickers to employees and draft an ordinance to ensure that employees park in those areas — instead of on Main Street and occupying other prime parking spaces. The city’s parking manager, Mark Lyons, said he wants to work with downtown merchants to find the best parking solution, and that includes considering Ritz’s suggestions. “I’ll talk to downtown stakeholders about these ideas and some others that might make sense,” Lyons said. However, Lyons said the parking system in place several years ago was not without flaws. “It’s a balancing act,” Lyons said. A return to the pre-2011 parking hours would limit parking turnover, making it more difficult for downtown visitors to find a parking space during peak times. And with fewer parking citations, the changes could also necessitate an increase in the amount of general-fund tax dollars needed to subsidize the city’s parking department. But Turner said if the city moves ahead with the changes, parking-department expenses could be reduced to make up for the revenue shortfall from fewer citations.








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FRIDAY, NOV. 30 20th Annual Sarasota Craft Festival — takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 2, at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd. This juried show features works in clay, wood, glass, fiber, mixed-media, jewelry, sculpture, photography and painting by more than 125 of the nation’s top craft and fine artists. Cost is $9, or $12 for a threeday pass. Call 800-834-9437.

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Kitty Kelley Luncheon — takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marina Jack. Kitty Kelley, a New York Times best-selling author, will travel to Sarasota for a luncheon hosted by the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County. Kelley will discuss and sign her latest book, and the event serves as a precursor event to Renaissance, the WRCSC’s annual Sarasota fundraiser to be held in March. Cost is $50. Call 366-1700.

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Henry Ford plays to his strengths on the court. PAGE 15A


THURSDAY, November 29, 2012

by Jen Blanco | Sports Editor

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Alex and Taylor Katz have been swimming on the same team for eight years. The two Riverview High siblings swam in their final high school swim meet together Nov. 9.

Taylor Katz and her younger brother, Alex, helped lead the Riverview swim teams to first- and third-place finishes at the Class 3A Swimming & Diving Championship Nov. 9. SARASOTA — Alex Katz had no reason not to trust his sister. She had never steered him wrong. Alex looked up to his older sister, Taylor, so it wasn’t surprising that when she told him to join the swim team the then 8-year-old agreed. After all, it was supposed to be fun. Although, Alex quickly learned his newfound sport wasn’t quite as appealing as his sister had made it out to be. “I had nothing better to do, and my sister asked me to come one day,” Alex says. “I didn’t really like it at first. She used to rub it in that she was better.” But, rather than letting his sister get the upper hand, Alex decided to stick with it. Once he got past his disgruntlement about having to practice, Alex began to warm up to the sport.

“Up until then I hardly ever went,” Alex says. “It just started to grow on me. I liked the meets, but I didn’t like practice.” He began watching his sister’s work ethic and competitive nature and, before long, the two siblings were making names for themselves in the pool. “She trains really hard and I kind of learned from her in that respect,” Alex says. This past summer, Alex, a junior at Riverview High, and Taylor, a senior, both qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials — a feat they had been dreaming about for a long time. “It was very cool,” Taylor says. “It had been a goal of mine to go for years. So to finally be there was really awesome.” Taylor admits she wasn’t particularly nervous when she walked onto the deck at the

Olympic Trials. After all, there were 50 lanes from which to choose. It wasn’t until she looked over and realized she would be swimming next to two-time Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans that reality began to sink in. “I told myself no one was watching,” Taylor says. “Then I looked over and Janet Evans was right next to me and everyone started screaming.” Alex had a similar experience when he found himself in the pool alongside Nick Thoman, who would go on to win a silver medal in the 100 backstroke. “It was exciting,” Alex says. “It was the highest level meet I’ve been to, and it’s (fun) to be in a swimming competition like that and see how you stack up against them. I think I did pretty well considering I swam my best times.”

Alex and Taylor competed alongside one another Nov. 9 for the final time as members of the Riverview High swim team at the Class 3A Swimming & Diving Championships in Orlando. Taylor defended her 200yard freestyle and 500 freestyle titles and also led off the Lady Rams victorious 400 freestyle relay, as her younger brother cheered her on. “I was nervous,” Taylor says. “I won both events last year, so you don’t want to be the defending state champion and then go in and lose. I had pretty high goals for myself, so I was excited and relieved.” “I was happy for her,” Alex says. “She was really nervous beforehand, so it was good that it all worked out. She’s just worked so hard for it.” Similar to his sister, Alex helped lead the Riverview boys team, finishing second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke, as his sister looked on. “I don’t like watching him swim,” Taylor said. “I get more nervous for him that I do for myself. I (always) want him to do well.” Following her state championship performance, Taylor signed a national letter of intent to swim for the University of Florida next year. Taylor chose Florida over the University of Michigan and Texas A&M. “It’s very relieving,” Taylor says. “It was kind of a stressful decision. It’s a big decision. I really liked the swim coach and the team. Plus, it’s close to home.” The siblings will now spend the remainder of the year swimming for the Sarasota Sharks, before preparing to swim on different teams for the first time in eight years. “It makes things easy,” Alex says of swimming together. “We get along. We always kid around. Sometimes we give each other a hard time, but we’re siblings.” “We’ve always been on the same team,” Taylor says. “I like having him around.” Contact Jen Blanco at

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+ Lady Rams breeze past Brooks-Debartolo

The Riverview High girls basketball team cruised to a 64-4 victory over Brooks-Debartolo Nov. 26. Kehture Merrick and Juhnae Richardson both finished with 10 points to pace the Lady Rams.

+ Riverview boys cruise past Bayshore

The Riverview High boys basketball team defeated Bayshore 62-28 Nov. 26. Eric Jagannath and Lex Sayre both scored 10 points for the Rams.

High School Athletic Hall of Fame during the school’s first formal athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner Dec. 1, at the Sara Bay Country Club. Thirty-six members of the school’s existing Wall of Honor will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame in addition to the six new members. New members include: Cody Cole (football, ’07), Brittany Janson (track, ’05), Tommy McCabe (football, ’07), the 1972 state champion football team, Hunter Ovens (football, ’07) and Msgr. Gerard M. Finegan (lifetime service award). The keynote speaker for the event will be 2012 Olympian Lacy Janson, a 2001 Cardinal Mooney graduate and Hall of Fame member.


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Manatee's Whitney Davis, No. 13, and Sarasota's Caylee Wallace, No. 22, try to beat one another to the ball.

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+ Ultimate Sports Fan October winner

Sarasota resident Ginny Calcutti (pictured above) was invited to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers party, which ended in a devastating loss. Everyone disappeared and Calcutti, who was sporting her Darrelle Revis jersey, was forced to watch the game alone. To submit your photo for the Ultimate Sports Fan contest, visit

+ Cougars to be induced into Hall of Fame

Six new members will be induced into the Cardinal Mooney Catholic

The Cardinal Mooney High girls soccer team shut out Sarasota Christian 3-0 Nov. 26. Sarah Quick, Farrah Nelson and Sam Savinsky each scored one goal for the Lady Cougars. Goalkeeper Becca Brigham recorded 29 saves.

+ Sailors girls basketball undefeated

The Sarasota High girls basketball team kept its perfect season alive with a 53-22 victory over Cardinal Mooney in the Thanksgiving Shootout Nov. 25, at Riverview High. Natasha Wilcox scored 15 points to lead the way for the Lady Sailors. Camille Giardina paced the Lady Cougars with 15 points, and Bridget Walsh added seven points.

Riverview’s Nick Havener shoots the ball, while Sarasota Christian’s Lance Helmuth and Emmanuel Lambright play defense.

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Sarasota Christian School’s Henry Ford has been playing basketball since he was 10 years old. Now 18, the senior forward reflects on his career as he looks forward to graduation and college. How did you get started playing basketball? My family is actually a football family. My dad and most of my cousins and uncles all played. It was my first sport — I played probably since I could walk. I tried playing both sports my freshman year, but I stopped after that. How do you think the two sports compare? It’s the same thrill to me. I like both of them. I didn’t think I liked basketball when I first started. The coaches didn’t make it fun for me. When did it become fun for you? After time, I got better, and different coaching helped, too.

basket. I’ve always done that. Are you an aggressive player? I can be. I don’t start off that way. What is your weakest point as a player? Dribbling with my left hand. I do a lot of drills, and in the summer I do a lot of handling stuff to work on it. I’ve definitely seen improvement. What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in basketball? Value each possession. We had a really hard loss to Bradenton Christian, and we kind of threw away the victory. I try to keep that in mind all the time. What advice would you give young players? Be true to yourself, and don’t let anyone take you at your own game. Play to your strengths.

How have you improved most during your career? I’ve improved most as an all-around player. What gets you pumped up the most? When my team makes a good run, and the crowd is going crazy. I definitely feed off of the crowd.

What are your plans for the future? I’d like to go to college. My dream college is Florida. I went to a few camps there, and I met Billy Donovan. I really like him as a coach.

What is your strongest point as a player? Probably driving to the



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The number of games the Sarasota High girls basketball team has lost so far this season, after defeating Cardinal Mooney 53-22, at the Thanksgiving Shootout Nov. 25.

The number of saves Cardinal Mooney goalkeeper Becca Bringham recorded in the Lady Cougars’ 3-0 victory over Sarasota Christian Nov. 26.


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Lilly Robbins, 3 1/2, enjoys some strawberry ice cream outside Big Olaf Saturday, Nov. 24, during the Siesta Key Light Up the Village parade.

Kari Anderson, 7, shows off the letter she wrote to Santa.

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Daiquiri DeCk raw Bar Featuring an extensive menu of snacketizers, soups, salad sensations, bodacious burgers, specialty sandwiches, wraps, pizzas & of course daiquiris! Happy Hour daily, 2-for-1 daiquiris 3-7pm. Lunch specials Mon.-Fri. Live entertainment. 5250 OceAn Blvd. SIeSTA Key • 941-349-8697 dAIquIRI decK RAW BAR • ST. ARMAndS 325 JOhn RInglIng Blvd • 941-388-3325

LoBster pot In the Center of Siesta Key Village, Lobster Pot is Siesta Key’s New England Seafood Restaurant. Open for lunch & dinner Mon.-Sat. & dinner seasonally on Sundays. They offer everything from fresh fish cooked the way you want it … to Steak, Chops, & Chicken … to Homemade Soups and more … Premium Wine & Beer. 5157 OceAn Blvd. • 941-349-2323

✧ Venice ✧ Crow’s nest Venice’s waterfront landmark since 1976. Featuring casual fine dining overlooking the Marina & Venice Inlet. Voted “Venice’s Best Overall Restaurant” 7 years & “Best of Award of Excellence” from the Wine Spectator. Fun casual atmosphere in the … 1St FlOOR TAveRn • 1968 TARPOn cenTeR dR. Boat or car • lunch & dinner • Open daily • 941-484-9551


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Condominium in Casarina sells for $1.59 million Jill Blettner, of Middleton, Wis., sold her Unit 805 condominium at 6140 Midnight Pass Road to Howard and Marsha Miller, of Uniontown, Ohio, for $750,000. Built in 1967, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,658 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,000 in 1994.

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Unit 601 at Casarina, 5880 Midnight Pass Road, sold for $1.59 million.

The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Nov. 12 and Nov. 16. A condominium in Casarina tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Evert and Evy Gustafsson, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 601 condominium at 5880 Midnight Pass Road to Wilbur and Sarah Bontrager, of Middlebury, Ind., for $1.59 million. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,542 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $350,000 in 1988.

Edward and Kathleen Hutchinson sold their home at 5440 Avenida Del Mare to Diana Radek, trustee, of Naperville, Ill., for $745,000. Built in 1978, it has three bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths, a pool and 1,705 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $825,000 in 2004. Lawrence Dick sold his home at 666 Calle De Peru to Michael and Anne Harris, of Chaumont, N.Y., for $244,500. Built in 1958, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 864 square feet of living area.

Sea Village

Red Sands LLC sold the Unit A-1 condominium at 4660 Ocean Blvd. to Mindy Clarke, of Miami, for $610,000. Built in 1971, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,645 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $165,500 in 2011.

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Simon Holt, of Richmond, England, sold his Unit 109 condominium at 5252 Avenida Navarra to David

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William and Janet Schlegel sold their Unit A-309 condominium at 8900 Blind Pass Road to Siesta LLC for $355,300. Built in 1969, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 969 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $128,000 in 1986.

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Temps. Low 53 49 47 49 43 46 57

Record Temps. High Low 89 (1988) 33 (1914) 93 (1948) 31 (1928) 90 (1963) 36 (1981) 88 (1958) 37 (1975) 87 (1973) 27 (1970) 88 (1992) 28 (1970) 86 (1960) 38 (1962)

Average Gulf water temperature: 65

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RED TIDE Background to very low concentrations of Karenia brevis, the Florida Red Tide organism, were detected alongshore of northern Sarasota County this week. Respiratory irritation and fish kills have been reported in some of the affected areas.

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The Observer Classified Dept. will CLOSE Dec. 21st at 5pm for the holidays. We will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2nd at 8:30am

Boats Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales *****TWO ESTATE SALES BY NANCY DUNN***** FRIDAY 9am-2pm 7117 Coachlight Street - Mote Ranch Collectibles, Wicker, Queen Bedroom Suite, Trundle Bed, Full Living Room - Dining Room, Kitchen & Garage SATURDAY 9am-2pm 3938 Glen Oaks Manor Drive Antiques, Sterling Flatware, Antique Dolls, Modern Furniture, Jewelry, Kitchen & Garage For Pictures: WWW.ESTATESALESBYNANCYDUNN.COM AUCTION MID-CENTURY DESIGN SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND @ 1PM Inspection Sunday Day of Sale 11am-1pm The sale will be held at our Auction Gallery located on the Southwest corner of 301N & University Parkway. *****FEATURING: Danish Modern Furniture, Lucite, Signed Modern Art, Retro Lighting Fixtures, Jewelry, Signed Sculptures and Modern Design Collectibles from several local Estates.***** 13% Buyer’s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AU3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: Auctioneer ID#8290 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. ESTATE OF MARGARET MASON Saturday, December 1: 9:00 – 1:00 (#’s at 8) Airport Mall - 8251 West University Parkway (Old US 301 east of airport) Fine china & crystal Meissen yellow rose tea set, over 100 pieces of rare R.S. Tillowitz hand-enameled Palace china in Verano pattern; Makkum collectibles; Lenox, Waterford, Tiffany, Nachtmann, Orrefors & Fenton casual china & glass by Horchow, McCoy, Canyon Mesa, Johnson Brothers, Williams Sonoma, Mikasa, Noritake etc. Great assortment of designer clothing by St. John, Selby Shoes, Vera Bradley, custom briefcase from Saddleback; cashmere women’s sweaters and lots of silk scarves. Artwork featuring Erwin Ketteman, Batemen, Bernard Reid, Carolyn Reed and Michael Godfrey, polychrome woodblock print by Chobunsai Eishi. Fine collectibles include Inuit carvings & dolls, 20th Century celadon, southwestern pottery, Russian lacquer boxes, native American basketry, Rookwood glazed ewer and fabulous collection of copper. Outstanding quality furnishings by Lexington including large breakfront & two Newport-style block front chests, Hickory White chest, Ficks Reed lanai wicker, two quality mahogany desks & matching credenzas, two large TV armoires & colorful living room suite with large coordinating Maslan rug. Rombach & Haas shield cuckoo clock. Salon holiday items include hundreds of ornaments and books (some signed). Photos: Sale by: PREMIUM ESTATE LIQUIDATORS To benefit Y programs for at-risk children FRIDAY/SATURDAY, 8:30A.M.-2P.M., 3136 Gulf Gate Dr. New: canopies, router, tools. Antiques, crafts, bicycle, books, misc.

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales ESTATE SALE Saturday, Dec. 1 - 9a.m.-2p.m. 7503 Starfish Drive, Sarasota. Coral Cove Take Caribbean off US 41 to Starfish, Honda dealer is opposite Kodawood Furniture Co. dinette, mid-60s furniture, 50s lounger & buffet, antique brass bed, lamps, dining set, Victorian chest, patio set, 1900s oak slant front desk, porch furniture, china cabinet, mink jacket & hat, globe, trunk, yard art, yard tools, electric mower, linens, & kitchenware. Sale by Julie McClure Pix: www, or after Tuesday

ESTATE SALE Saturday, December 1, 9:30-2p.m. 7083 West Country Club Dr. N. Palm Aire, Sarasota Sofa, loveseat, large Samsung flatscreen TV, painted Bombay chest, rugs, queen bed, king bed set, plants, desk, wall clock, dining room table, chairs and buffet, lamps, pair of matching chairs and ottoman, sofa table, needlepoint chair, watercolors, glasstop wrought iron coffee and end tables, fur, decorative accessories kitchenware and more. Sale conducted by Palma Sola Sales Numbers given out at 8a.m.





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CARPENTER, EXPERIENCED, own tools and trans exterior/interior work, clean cut, own Ins. preferable. Paul @ 941-238-8033. ROSKAMP INSTITUTE seeks R&D Biostatistician in Sarasota, Florida. Responsible for statistical experimental design and data analysis for multiple research projects. Also responsible for developing a biostatistics curriculum, teaching and advising Ph.D. students in statistical methods. Requires Ph.D. in biological sciences or related field and 4 years experience in biological data analysis and proteomics as well as hands-on laboratory work in same. Experience must have included: population genetics, quantitative genetics, statistical data analysis methods and application of bioinformatics tools for quantitative proteomics studies, mass spectrometry data software TPP, Proteome Discoverer and Bioworks applications as well as data analysis and interpretation in the fields of Gulf War Illness and Traumatic Brain Injury. Mail resume to: Human Resources, Roskamp Institute, 2040 Whitfield Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34243. VOLUNTEER & GET PAID AmeriCorps needs you for a caregiving respite program. Receive $150/month for 8 to 11 hrs/week. 10 month commitment. Training provided. Successful completion of 450 hrs., you will receive $1,468 college level tuition credits. Priority to applicants with a military/vet affiliation or a family member’s affiliation. Call Nicole, JFCS: 941-366-2224 ext. 108

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Events 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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Lots/Acreage For Sale 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.

Condos For Sale BEACHFRONT PROPERTY(55+) All remodeled, including new granite kitchen, 2/2 Condo, 38ft Lanai private lagoon view, (Siesta Village) $344,900. 717-385-4047, No brokers, please. SARASOTA CONDO 2007: across public boat launch, 2BR/2BA, 2 garage spaces. 24/hr. security. $289,000. 941-993-3351. SPACIOUS 2/2 LANDINGS totally updated October 2012. Two pools, tennis, fitness, fishing pier, west of 41. Immaculate. $229,900. Mark @MHF Realty - Owner 941-806-8888.


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BEACH TO BAY Complex: 2BR/2BA condo, 1st floor, docks, 2 pools, beach, views! $379,000. Owner: 716-308-8189.

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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.

Mallory Gnaegy

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

Hot Ticket Bradenton Blues Festival: Attend the first Bradenton Blues Festival featuring Ruthie Foster, Ben Prestage, Steve Arvey Horn Band and more regional blues acts from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. It takes place at the redeveloped Riverwalk area, 101 Waterfront Drive, Bradenton. Tickets are $30. Visit bradenCourtesy for more Ruthie Foster headlines the inauinformation. gural Bradenton Blues Festival “MID-LIFE! The Crisis Musical”: Opens Friday, Nov. 30, at Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. It’s a musical comedy that celebrates the mid-life: heart palpation, constipation, hyper-ventilation, sudden binges, sudden purges and any mal-destructive urges. Tickets $13 to $28. Visit or call 488-1115 for more information.




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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

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

 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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‘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







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 “The Nutcracker” costume design by Peter Docherty

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

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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.

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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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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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By Loren Mayo | Black Tie Editor Give it up for Bunny Skirboll and Marlene Isaacs for putting on such a rock-star event. The duo co-chaired the Sarasota Orchestra’s fourth annual Hot Jazz on a Snazzy Sunday “Roarin’ ’20s” Season Opener Brunch Sunday, Nov. 18, at Michael’s On East. Anne Fol-

Sandy Cowing and Caroline Ryan

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som Smith, who acted as the event’s design chairwoman, created table centerpieces for the event of unique lampshades reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties era and designed by more than 30 volunteers. This year’s proceeds support the 2013 Young Persons’ Concerts for 10,000 Sarasota and Manatee County students.

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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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Benefiting Community AIDS Network Emergency Fund Monday, Nov. 12, at Michael’s On East

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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.”

 Gucci Guilty

“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

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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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