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Ringling Walmart appeal filed Alta Vista neighborhood leaders have filed an appeal against the Sarasota Planning Board’s 3-2 approval of a Walmart Supercenter on Ringling Avenue.

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

+ Wreath what you sow This October, the Sarasota Observer ran an article about the efforts by the Sarasota Military Academy and its Parent Teacher Cadet Council to raise money to honor U.S. military veterans buried in the Sarasota National Cemetery. The fundraising effort, which was part of the Wreaths Across America Campaign, successfully raised enough money to provide 5,222 wreaths on the headstones of veterans buried in the cemetery. They will be placed Saturday, Dec. 15. The anticipated number of wreaths needed was 5,200.

A 97,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter in the Ringling Shopping Center would employ about 250 workers and provide a place for neighborhood residents to shop for groceries and medicine. But not everyone in the surrounding neighborhood endorses the supercenter. A group of residents near the

project appealed the Sarasota Planning Board’s 3-2 Nov. 14 approval of the superstore’s site plan. The appeal was filed Sunday, Nov. 25. City commissioners will discuss the appeal and decide whether to hear the case. “There was a fair amount of surprise by many, particularly in the neighborhood, that it was approved by the planning board,”


said Kelly Kirschner, former Sarasota mayor and Alta Vista resident. According to an email Kirschner sent to city attorney Bob Fournier Nov. 25, a group made up mostly of neighborhood leaders filed the appeal. The following individuals are appealing the planning board decision: Alta Vista residents Juanita Rawlinson


by Roger Drouin | City Editor

Turner pushes for eased restrictions The controversial subject of parking enforcement downtown could be coming full circle. When city commissioners approved less-strict parking enforcement on St. Armands Circle earlier this month, Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown predicted that commissioners would soon hear from downtown merchants. And they did. Downtown advocate Ernie Ritz sent an email to commissioners the following day, asking that the city consider easing parking restrictions downtown, too. Now parking enforcement — an ongoing subject downtown — could be coming full circle to parking enforcement that was in place before parking meters were installed in spring 2011, and subsequently removed. Ritz has the attention of at least one commissioner who said it makes sense to take another look at downtown parking. Commissioner Terry Turner said Ritz’s suggestions for possible parking changes are “reasonable.” Turner wants the City Commission to discuss bringing back the pre-2011 parking enforcement program. Turner supports the following changes to parking downtown, as suggested by Ritz. The changes include: • Eliminating timed parking enforcement on Saturdays. • Eliminating timed parking enforcement after 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday. Currently, parking time limits are enforced from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Implementing a paid-permit

Full circle When parking meters were installed in 2011, the city increased the hours for timed parking enforcement downtown. Previously, timed parking was enforced from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It was increased to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Commissioner Terry Turner’s proposal would return to the pre2011 parking times. 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. “The details need to be worked out,” Turner noted. But the commissioner has heard from several other downtown merchants who have responded favorably. “Why should there be different rules for different neighborhoods?” said J.P. Knaggs, owner of Bijou Café, in an email to Turner and other merchants. “Seriously it is our businesses on the line, too. How are


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PARKING / FROM PAGE 1A people supposed to go to a restaurant and then the opera or a play and only be allowed to park for two hours?” Turner wants to know what some of the other downtown merchants think. But he believes a more “limited, soft management” approach is better than aggressive parking enforcement. In 2011, Turner was the lone “no” vote against installing parking meters. Ritz and other merchants said lessstrict rules would entice customers to linger longer to shop and dine. The downtown advocate said that stricter rules have “ruined the experience” of eating an early dinner downtown, because residents and tourists have to leave to make sure they don’t get a ticket. The evening parking restrictions also deter those early diners who might stop into a store or two after their dinner, said James Derheim, owner of European Focus on Main Street, which will close Dec. 26 (see sidebar). “After dinner those people are hustling to get back to their cars because they parked at 5:15 and it’s now 7:15 p.m.,” said Derheim. As people head out to shop for the holidays and Main Street is filled with tourists and residents, the changes would help keep customers downtown, Ritz said. He envisions ticket-free Saturdays, where customers can come to the Sarasota Farmers Market and spend time shopping without having to worry about coming back to their car to find a citation on the windshield. Bringing back the employee-parking permits would be another significant shift. Ritz said such a program would free up prime 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. “As a condition of the permit, employees would be required to acknowledge that they are not to park in time-limited spaces,” Turner said. 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 generalfund 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. “If we reduce to half as many hours (for timed parking), the city would only need half as many resources,” Turner said. “So there is not going to be a significant budget impact.”

European Focus store to close Owners James and Jenean Derheim cite parking issues as one reason for the closing. Dec. 26 will be a sad day for James Derheim. Derheim, who co-owns the downtown store European Focus Village with his wife Jenean, will close the shop’s doors the day after Christmas. Derheim said a combination of factors — including the recession and a parking-meter battle downtown — hurt business over the past year-and-a-half. “After nine years, the numbers are undeniable,” Derheim said. “It does not make sense for us to be in brick-and-mortar retail.” The Derheims opened the European Focus Village in 2003, in Burns Square. In 2009, they moved it to a larger space on State Street. A year later, they moved the store to a more visible storefront on Main Street. Derheim, who led the fight to convince city officials to remove parking meters downtown, attributed at least half of his woes at the Main Street location to the parking- meter debacle that confused and angered customers. The controversy around the parking meters hurt the Derheims’ business even after the meters were removed, because many seasonal residents were not aware that the meters had been pulled out in March. “By the time the meters got pulled out in early March, our sales just took a dive,” Derheim said. “When you alienate your customer base, it takes a long time to get that customer back, if you even get that customer back.” The store sold specialty items imported from Europe, including wooden figures from the Czech Republic, Italian ceramics and papers, and French tablecloths — the types of gifts people would see for sale at a typical European street market.

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The Derheims opened the European Focus Village in 2003, in Burns Square. In 2009, they moved it to a larger space on State Street. A year later, they moved the store to a more visible storefront on Main Street.

Derheim said he and his wife will continue to run their other business, European Focus Private Tours, which provides guided tours throughout Europe. European Focus Villages joins other downtown fixtures, such as the Super Value Nutrition Store and Sarasota Hardware, that have closed their doors. Derheim said the October closure of the nutrition store two storefronts away was another negative impact. The store brought a lot of foot traffic to that part of downtown. “We still get two people a day in here asking where is the vitamin shop,” Derheim said. Derheim is hopeful fellow business owners can continue to keep their doors open. “I know a lot of people are working really hard to make something fantastic downtown,” Derheim said. — Roger Drouin

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Zoning law could scale down wall heights The city recently hired a consultant to draft a zoning law to regulate front-yard walls and fences that are built in residential neighborhoods. A contrast is noticeable as one drives or walks through the Hudson Bayou neighborhood. In the residential neighborhood, which is located near Sarasota Memorial Hospital, some front yards showcase small picket or wrought-iron fences. The most common is a picket fence about 4 feet high and set back a few feet from the sidewalk. However, some of the newer, larger homes in the neighborhood feature solid walls built 6 feet high and located right up against the sidewalk. The height and type of walls and fences being built has caused conflicts between neighbors — particularly in the south-ofdowntown neighborhoods of Hudson Bayou, Harbor Acres and Southside Village, and across the bay on St. Armands Key, where taller walls have sprung up as new homes are built. These walls contrast with older, smaller homes and bungalows.

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A solid wall stands next to a wrought-iron fence. Many residents have chosen the type of front-yard fence shown on the left that people can see through. Currently, there is little regulation of the fences and walls that can be built in the front yard of a home, as long as they are less than 6 feet high. The city recently hired a consultant to draft a zoning law that would regulate the way front-yard walls and fences are built within residential neighborhoods. City Commissioner Terry Turner said his concern is the wall

problem could proliferate. “If it were only one house, it is not a problem, but if you imagine a street where every house has one, it changes the character of the city,” Turner said. ‘The model for new urbanism is an interesting, walkable city, and walking on the sidewalk with a big wall is not very attractive.” In Hudson Bayou and Harbor Acres, several of the newer homes

drew the ire of neighbors who thought the solid walls created a walled-in feeling as one walked down the sidewalk. Karin Murphy, a former redevelopment specialist with the city of Sarasota, was hired to help draft a possible “zoning text amendment.” Murphy has been gathering feedback from residents, and, in February, she plans to have a draft of the proposed zoning change ready go to the City Commission for final approval in early summer. “People might say, ‘Why worry about stuff like that?’” Murphy said. “But it can make a huge difference.” Murphy said safety also becomes an issue with solid walls and fences, because there are fewer “eyes on the street” when the solid walls and fences shutter a home from the street and sidewalk. But Murphy cautions against a one-size-fits-all approach. For instance, even solid walls can be made tolerable by setting them back farther, adding landscaping and, most importantly, integrat-

ing openings in the wall to allow people to see in and out. Murphy also wants homeowners to have some leeway to be creative. Murphy has been out talking to residents and taking city commissioners on separate driving tours to point out problem areas with fences, walls and signs. On a similar tour with a reporter Monday, Nov. 26, Murphy drove past several Hudson Bayou homes with yards blocked from the sidewalk by a solid walls. “There is some concern about mass and appeal,” Murphy said about the walls. It can get confusing, Murphy notes, when a property’s backyard faces a well-traversed pedestrian street. In those cases, the question of privacy comes into the mix. As for establishing guidelines regulating what owners can put in their front yard, Turner is confident something can be drawn up. “We want to come up with some standards on how big and where the walls can be placed, so we can manage it a bit,” Turner said. “So people don’t have big barren walls right next to the sidewalk.”

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Sarasota prepares for annual downtown holiday parade 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 If you go have a $250 dinner plate to go Annual to. This is somedowntown thing the whole holiday town can participarade pate in — a mintakes place iature Macy’s.” at 7 p.m. Since then, Saturday, the parade has Dec. 1, on grown into a Main Street, Sarasota tradiin downtown tion. Each year, Sarasota. 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,

The annual holiday parade returns to Main Street with the theme, ‘Christmas in Paradise.’

Santa Claus made an appearance at last year’s parade. local businesses, churches, schools and several hundred Girl Scouts — as Thorpe puts it, “a true community event.” Of all the months of planning required to organize the parade, Thorpe says the biggest challenge lies in staging the floats and keep-

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ing 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.”

Downtown lift station overhaul is under way An upgrade to Lift Station 16 will cost $1.6 million and take about 11 months to complete. This week 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 and Bird keys. It will take about 11 months to install four moreefficient pumps at Lift Station 16. As part of the project, the contractor will also install backup diesel pumps that will keep the lift station working in the case of a power shortage. The new backup pumps are considered more reliable than a generator in the case of a storm. In November 2011, a 20-inch sewer main leading into the lift station broke, leaking 40,000 gallons of sewage into Sarasota Bay. The sewer spill caused the city to immediately replace the line. The rehabilitated lift station is part of an overall $15 million project to upgrade the pipes and pumps that make up the sewer infrastructure serving most of downtown. Lift Station 16, on South Gulfstream Avenue across from the bayfront, was built in 1986 and last upgraded 16 years ago. “It’s nearing the end of its service life,” Sarasota project manager Steve Topovski said of the lift station. “This project will reduce the potential for sewer spills.” The majority of the work will take place inside the building that houses the lift station, including the electrical panels and instrumentation, as well as replacing the pumps and internal piping Most people don’t realize how much is packed into a lift-station building and just how intensive such rehabilitation projects are. “In the building, it’s packed solid with pipes, the pumps, odor control valves and four separate submersible pumps,” Topovski said. During construction, a temporary odor control system will be used to minimize any localized odor issues. “We are downtown,” Topovski said. “We don’t want any smells.” The improvement work will take place behind a construction fence, and minimal impact is expected to residents, pedestrians and motorists, Topovski said.


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+ Payne Park playground closes for upgrade Payne Park playground, 2050 Adams Lane, temporarily closed Monday, Nov. 26, for the installation of a shade structure. The playground is expected to re-open on or before Dec. 14. The shade structure will cover the children’s playground (ages 5 to 12) as well as the music area, providing shade from the sun, as requested by residents. The installation will include the placement of support columns and cables and will require the entire Payne Park playground to be temporarily closed. In January, portions of the playground will be temporarily closed again to install a shade cloth over the structure. The planned closure dates are Monday, Jan. 14, to Friday, Jan. 18.

+ Tamiami property sells for $2.91 million Leedom Management Group Inc. purchased its Sarasota headquarters, on Tamiami Trail, one block south of Siesta Drive, for $2.91 million. The 1.1-acre property at 3700 S. Tamiami Trail features a two-story 14,457-square-foot building, which houses Leedom Management Group, and a vacant 2,128-square-foot vacant former bank building. The property previously sold for $1.2 million in 1993. The automotive-focused consulting and training firm has leased the property from Fifth Third Bank since March 2008. It recently decided to execute its option to buy. “We renovated and remodeled it three years ago,” says Chris Leedom, president and CEO of Leedom Management Group. “We feel it’s a good place to house the company headquarters … and that we plan

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 Alta Vista Neighborhood Association meeting — 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Concordia Lutheran Church, 2185 Wood St., Sarasota  Community Workshop, Homes of Laurel Park project — 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, City Hall, Room 212, 1565 First St., Sarasota  Regular City Commission meeting — 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, City Hall, Commission Chambers, 1565 First St., Sarasota  St. Armands Neighborhood Association meeting — 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, St. Armands Fire Station, 47 N. Adams Drive, Sarasota

to be there for quite some time. We have been kicking around leasing (the smaller building) to a bank. Short of that, we have no plans for it.” The 12-year-old Sarasota company has grown from four employees to 45 employees. Leedom Management Group mortgaged the property through Synovus Bank of Florida for $2.6 million.

+ Bird walks to be held at Oscar Scherer Park Every Thursday through April, a bird walk will be held at Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail. The bird walks start at 8:30 a.m. inside the park at Lake Osprey/ Nature Center. On the walk, participants will search for Florida scrub jays, bobwhites and other pine flatwood species.

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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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Downtown Sarasota Village decks the halls with spirit Merchants in the Downtown Sarasota Village, located off Fruitville Road, got in the holiday spirit Saturday, Nov. 24, during their first lighting of the trees event,

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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?”





WALMART / FROM PAGE 1A to downtown. Opponents also argue the project is not allowed under the zoning code for the area. That zoning classification, called Commercial Shopping Center Neighborhood (CSC-N), allows small-scale commercial projects and prohibits a larger “single use” commercial building, including department stores. This zoning classification is specifically intended for commercial property that borders residential areas. The CSC-N zoning also cautions that “great care must be used to fit a center into its surroundings.” Kirschner said that a Walmart Supercenter appears to meet the definition of a department store as defined in the city’s zoning code. “There is some pretty clear language in the zoning code that seems to contradict the planning board’s decision,” Kirschner said. Spaulding said the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association’s board is in support of the appeal. The association board also voted 3-1 to dedicate about $400 to the $1,500 cost of filing an appeal with the city. But Spaulding said board members want to get the support of residents before dedicating money toward the appeal fee, and they will poll residents at the

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The Walmart Supercenter, approved by the planning board, would replace an empty Publix and mostly-shuttered storefronts at the Ringling Shopping Center. next Alta Vista neighborhood meeting Thursday, Nov. 29. Christine Fitzgibbons, a photographer who lives in Alta Vista, said she was relieved to hear about the appeal. “We have three Walmarts in a five-mile radius,” Fitzgibbons said. “And how many do we need?” Fitzgibbons said her immediate neighbors do not want to see the Walmart built, with the exception of one, a retired neighbor who is excited because she could walk to the store to get groceries. Fitzgibbons said additional traffic through the neighborhood and the fact the store would be open 24 hours a day were her two major concerns about the project. She also wonders if a big-box store should be built in the walk-to-downtown

area close to Payne Park. “They have the most beautiful park right there, and they are going to put a Walmart near it,” Fitzgibbons said. Spaulding said the neighborhood is divided, and not everyone opposes the Walmart store. As part of the preliminary application process and to appease neighbors, Wal-Mart Stores moved the store closer to Ringling Avenue, thus moving the building away from the south property line, where several homes would abut the new store, said Courtney Mendez, senior planner with the city of Sarasota. Employee parking was moved to behind the store, also. The proposed supercenter on Ringling Avenue is less than half the size of its typical supercenters, including the Walmart in South Sarasota.

Dear Editor: The Grinch that stole Christmas must have placed his used Christmas decorations on St Armands Circle. Although this may be a fairy tale, our sincere thanks need to go again to our fiscally responsible city leaders.  After all, they have demonstrated their fiscal and intelligent leadership via other major efforts in our city, such as repositioning and then removing the parking meters; making sure we get our monies’ worth creating the $1.5 million mooring field; marking off parking areas and, of course, removing the marks; selling off public properties at a loss; turning down higher bids for the public garage and accepting a lower bid, and

well, you get the picture. Now, we have Christmas decorations that have worn out with age, propped up by wire and caution tape, tied to our beautiful statues, (sorry John Ringling), bushes and whatever was handy. The white electric tape wrapped around the bulbs actually looks OK blowing in the wind compared to the red ribbons flying off the wires. Ugh! Oh well, just another story for our citizens and tourists to talk about. I am pledging a donation of $1 to start a fund to replace the decorations.  It’s the least I could do in light of our fiscal dilemma. We have to keep up appearances!  I know everyone will pitch in to help our poor city.  Happy Holidays! Leon B. Warshaw Sarasota

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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.

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Santa Claus at Children’s World — takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Children’s World, 4525 Bee Ridge Road. Children’s World invites families to bring their children to get their picture taken with Santa for free. They can also make a special craft that they can take home for free, as well. Call 955-6999. Annual Downtown Holiday Parade — takes place at 7 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Sarasota.This annual holiday

parade begins at the intersection of Main Street and U.S. 301 and ends at Marina Jack. Parade will feature approximately 100 floats. Free.

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Party — takes place from 8 to 11 p.m. at The Shamrock, 2257 Ringling Blvd. Hosted by The Shamrock and Compound Boardshop, this event will benefit Waves for Water, a nonprofit dedicated to providing clean water to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. A portion of sales from Brooklyn Brewery beers that night will also benefit relief efforts, and live music will be provided. Free. Call 952-1730.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2 The Mote-Israel Connection — takes place at 2 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1051 S. Tuttle Ave. Dr. Michael Crosby, senior vice president for research at Mote Marine, will speak about Mote’s long-standing association with Israel and his own extensive experience in the region, as well as some updates about new research. There will be drawings for five free passes to Mote. Free. Call 955-8121.

TUESDAY, DEC. 4 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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Jam sessions jazz up Sundays at Hotel Indigo The Jazz Club of Sarasota has teamed up with Hotel Indigo to host Sunday Jam Sessions. The non-profit organization encourages musicians and vocalists to come and perform for jazz enthusiasts. “It gives local musicians a chance to express their talents and they enjoy that,” said Jazz Club Vice President George McLean. The Jazz Club of Sarasota pays for a core trio of piano players, bass players and drummers and lets other musicians join in. Walk-ins who are interested in playing are put on a roster before playing two to three songs. “We want musicians of professional quality,” said Jazz Club President Dave Walrath. “We never know who is going to walk through that door.”

The jam sessions started about 12 weeks ago and have since grown in attendance and participation, with 60 to 125 attendees each week. “I think it’s going to work, and we are excited about it. It’s growing more and more, and the word is getting out,” said McLean. Although attendance among the older crowd is growing, McLean and Walrath encourage more young people to get involved. “We need younger people and they like the music; they just don’t have a place to play it,” said Walrath. Sunday Jam Sessions are held Sundays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Hotel Indigo, 1223 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. The cover charge is $5 and admission is free for performers.

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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.

+ Mooney blanks Sarasota Christian

+ 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.

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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



The point margin the Riverview High girls basketball team defeated Brooks-Debartolo by in its 64-4 victory Nov. 26.

The number of members who will be inducted into the Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School Athletic Hall of Fame during the school’s first formal induction dinner Dec. 1.



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.


The number of Sarasota County high school girls basketball teams who participated in the Thanksgiving Shootout Nov. 23 to Nov. 25, at Riverview High.

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Don Roberts, CEO, Goodwill Manasota: “I had no concept of this 35 years ago. All we really had is just a bunch of old underwear. Most of the place stunk. We moved a lot of stuff, but there was a marginal business operation.”

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The Rev. Don Roberts, left, has been Goodwill Manasota CEO since 1977. Roberts will retire at the end of the year, and the new CEO will be Bob Rosinsky, right, the current president of Goodwill Manasota.

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ev. Don Roberts, the longtime CEO of Goodwill Manasota, has a penchant for pairing punch lines with poignancy. It’s a stock in trade that has served Roberts well in a distinguished career that began locally in 1977. That career, at least the one for which he leads day-to-day activities of Goodwill Manasota, a $37.2 million nonprofit organization, will end Dec. 31, when he retires. Bob Rosinsky, Roberts’ second in command for more than a decade, will take over the CEO role Jan. 1. Roberts and Rosinsky realize the transition of a prominent CEO from leadership into retirement often trips up organizations — both the nonprofit and for-profit world. That’s a key reason Goodwill Manasota officials and board members have worked on the transition for two years. Roberts, meanwhile, in his typical style, treats the changeover with a smile and some seriousness. “Death is my retirement plan,” he says. “Like everyone else who lives here, you learn that you never really retire. You have to have something to get out of bed for.” Roberts’ motivation to carry on will come from the ability to spend time with his family, especially his wife, Peggy. Roberts also intends to remain active on the board that advises Goodwills across Florida. The legacy Roberts leaves, however, is why more than 600 people, including dozens of local politicians and business lead-

ers, attended a Goodwill Manasota tribute luncheon Nov. 16. Held at Dolphin Aviation, near Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, the event also commemorated the group’s 30-year anniversary under the Goodwill Manasota name. “I had no concept of this 35 years ago,” says Roberts. “All we really had is just a bunch of old underwear. Most of the place stunk. We moved a lot of stuff, but there was a marginal business operation.” That certainly has changed. Under Roberts’ leadership, Goodwill Manasota has gone from three locations in Sarasota to 45 locations spread through Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Hardee counties. Moreover, Goodwill Manasota has gone on a significant growth spurt in the last five years. The organization’s revenues are up nearly 100% since 2006, when it posted $21.2 million, according to its IRS Form

990, which nonprofits are required to file. The number of employees — the crux of the Goodwill mission — has also grown substantially over the last five years, from 580 in 2008 to 1,190 in 2012. That includes local stores and subsidiaries Goodwill Manasota operates in Nevada and Mississippi. “The bad news is that we are doing fine,” says Roberts. “The worse news is that there is still more we can do.” Founded by a Methodist minister in Boston in 1902, Goodwill Industries is one of the first charitable organizations to use the “hand up, not out” theory of giving. The idea at Goodwill is to collect and then resell donated goods for the purpose of putting people to work who might otherwise be unemployed. So, the more stuff a Goodwill takes in, the more it sells and, ultimately, the more people it employs.

Tough sell

By the numbers Revenues: $37.2 million (2010) Employees: 1,190, total, with 750 in Florida. Total figure includes subsidiaries in Nevada and Mississippi. Locations: 18 spread through Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Hardee counties.

Includes eight Goodwill GoodNeighbor Centers; three clearance centers; three bookstores; two bargain bins; one boutique/art store; and one car lot. Donations: Average weight of donations per year total 33,617,832 pounds. At least 87% of that is sold or reused.

Source: Goodwill Manasota, IRS. (2010 is the most recent data on revenues.)

That concept was a tough sell locally when Roberts arrived in 1977 from Texas. He was named CEO of Goodwill of the Suncoast, the predecessor to Goodwill Manasota. He recalls he developed the organization’s strategy on the back of a napkin, where it mirrored a bank’s branch growth strategy plan: There was a main branch, and then little sister branches all over town. The big difference, of course, is banks take in people’s money, while Goodwill sought donations. Roberts then delivered the Goodwill gospel. He used his unique, and mostly fearless, wit to generate interest, donations and even recruit board members. Although he clearly enjoys the approach, Roberts also says it was a necessity in the early days, when Goodwill was virtually unknown. “We needed someone to take out the trash and someone to go to the Rotary,” he says. “To sell the program, you had to sell your personality.” Roberts soon began to use the phrase “donation acquisition business” to define Goodwill and its growth strategy. That strategy, in fact, to treat the business like real estate development, worked so well locally that Roberts and Rosinsky have since brought it to dozens of other Goodwills. That side of the business began informally in 1982, when Rosinsky and Roberts drove to Goodwills nationwide, sometimes going to 10 a week. They coached other Goodwill leaders on how to think big and



Timeline: Goodwill Manasota 1969: Goodwill of the Suncoast is

formed. Original location was a parking lot near where Sarasota Bradenton International Airport is today. Organization soon bought a retail building on Main Street in downtown Sarasota. It paid $45,000 for the 5,000-square-foot space. It sold it in 2005 for $1.5 million.


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1977: Don Roberts named CEO. Still under Goodwill of the Suncoast, the group had three locations.

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Rosinsky and Roberts met each other at a Goodwill executive training session in 1977. A 40-year veteran of Goodwills nationwide, Rosinsky says he has the knowledge part of the promotion down. But, even Rosinsky concedes Roberts’ legacy of imparting wisdom through humor, be it while officiating a wedding or in a keynote speech, will be tough to match. “I’ve been a part of everything that has gone on here since 1991,” says Rosinsky. “The difference is I don’t have a personality like Don, and I will never have that kind of personality.” Roberts, though, says a less charismatic personality at the helm of Goodwill Manasota can also be for the good. The need to charm everyone in the early days was for sheer survival, but Rosinsky, says Roberts, is the right man to lead Goodwill into new areas and continue the growth. And, although Roberts has no issues with the leadership transition, he has one outstanding regret with his tenure: That early on he closed down a program that found disabled people jobs. Looking back, he says he should have given the program more of a chance. One like it exists at Goodwill today. That one stings, but, overall, Roberts beams with pride about his Goodwill leadership days. He says the most lasting memory will be the faces of the individual people Goodwill has touched in a profound way. “We have provided them a paycheck, human dignity and a sense of hope when no one else would give it to them,” Roberts says. “We have provided hope for the hopelessness.”

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1982: Organization splits off from Goodwill of the Suncoast to form Goodwill Manasota.

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store in Manatee County. It also relinquished federal government aid and became a totally self-funded organization.

1992: Took over operations at Beneva Oaks Apartments, a 40-unit housing community run under the federal HUD program. That was its first entry into housing. Also opened the first of three Goodwill bookstores. 1995: Launched HomeBuyer’s Club,

a HUD-certified housing counseling agency. The division prepares individuals and families for home ownership through counseling and education.

2006: Surpassed $20 million in annual

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2008: Surpassed 500 employees. 2012: Roberts retires. Bob Rosinsky, Goodwill Manasota president, named to replace Roberts.

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focus on donation acquisition and real estate. They slept in Motel 6s. Says Rosinsky: “It was an interesting journey.” The journey also gave birth to Mission Development Services, a Goodwill Manasota side business that consults with other Goodwills. “It’s simply exporting what we have to other communities,” Rosinsky says. “It’s really business development services, but the only reason for us to be in business development is to support mission development.”


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Betty Hendry, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 1101 condominium at 770 S. Palm Ave. to Merja Wright, of Erie, Pa., for $452,500. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,408 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $145,000 in 1986.


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Paul and Malinda Hershverger, of Sarasota, sold their home at 3427 Gardenia St. to Veale Creek AG LLC for $325,000. Built in 1952, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,300 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $100,000 in 1991.

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James Sido and Lee Sido, trustee, of Irving, Texas, sold the Unit 3E condominium at 1111 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Michael Edwards, of Sarasota, for $305,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,575 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $67,000 in 1978.


Terranova Kitchen LLC sold the home at 1909 Bahia Vista St. to JC Seminole LLC for $270,000. Built in 1940, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,140 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $177,000 in August.

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Elizabeth Owens, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 7523 Curtiss Ave. to Curtis Weber and Carolyn Campeau, of Sarasota, for $260,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,886 square feet of living area.

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Linda Post, of Sarasota, sold her home at 2214 Alvarado Lane to Kent and Edwina Lockridge, of McKees Rocks, Pa., for $225,000. Built in 1958, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,169 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $176,000 in 1999.

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Thomas and Pamela Valanzola, of Sarasota, sold their home at 8191 Deerbrook Circle to Jason Abeles, of Sarasota, for $425,000. Built in 1997, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,635 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,000 in 2004. James Olson sold his home at 8303 Deerbrook Circle to Ignacio Balasch and Mercedes Sola, of Sarasota, for $380,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,331 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $330,000 in 2011.

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Lita Robbins, of Hollywood, sold her home at 3726 Spyglass Hill Road to Clayton and Diane Thompson, of Sarasota, for $357,000. Built in 1983, it has three bedrooms, two-and-ahalf baths and 3,125 square feet of living area.

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Glenyth Stranahan sold her home at 3858 Alamanda Drive to Eva Watson, trustee, of Sarasota, for $245,000. Built in 1995, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,889 square feet of living area.

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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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Dec. 20th Service Directory deadlines Dec. 12th, 3pm Classified Ads deadline Dec. 12th, 4pm Dec. 27th Service Directory deadlines Dec. 13th, 3pm Classified Ads deadline Dec. 13th, 4pm Jan. 3rd Service Directory deadlines Dec. 14th, 3pm Classified Ads deadline Dec. 14th, 4pm

Items Under $200 For Sale ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: Online at: Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 AUTHENTIC STARTER Dan Marino #13 Jersey, worn only twice, very nice, $75. 941-544-7819. COMPUTER: DELL. Dual 1.5 GHz processors, $75. 941-756-6728. CUSTOM CHROME 6 Shelf unit, $45. 2 cubic food refrigerators, $30. Dog cage, $25. 941-302-0447. DESK/ BOOKCASE with 2nd matching bookcase. Solid wood, great shape! $150/obo. 941-321-0452. DRAW-TITE BIKE Rack Hitch. Fits large SUV $150/obo. Call Nancy 941-685-8326. OFFICE CHAIR: castered, all leather, high back. Like new, $50. 941-351 2590. PORCELAIN CHRISTMAS Village w/ accessories. Collectable and limited edition pieces. $175/obo. Call 941-356-6355 for information. SCOOTER: ELECTRIC Mobility Pace Saver Jr, good batteries, green chair, exc. condition. $200. 315-576-0055. SLEEPER SOFA, cream background. Reversible cushions. Good condition, $75. Siesta Key. 309-212-6205. SOFA BED. New Ikea Bedding Lovas model. Upgraded mattress. Very comfy, $150. 941-587-5628. TORO 51599 Blower/Vacuum, $90/obo. Chicago 2.5HP Chipper/ Shredder with 2YR Warranty, $120/obo. 941-355-7525 941-600-4177. WHIRLPOOL STOVE: white, self-cleaning, new drip pans, $125 obo. 941-346-1303 WOMAN'S BICYCLE, 7-speed Schwinn. Used very little. $50. 941-487-7877.

Antiques/Collectibles 1880'S HEYWOOD Child's Desk and pedestal Chair, beautiful wood, rare matching combo, $485. Call 941-780-1334.

Autos For Sale 2007 BMW 328 Titanium Silver Gray. Premium and Sports package, Warranty remaining- 62,000 miles. Excellent condition, one owner. Price $17,500. 941-400-2995.

Autos Wanted AUTOS WANTED! Let me take the hassle out of selling your car. Cash offered today! Call Mike, 941-713-2277.

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale BOAT SLIPS FOR SALE in World Class Longboat Key Moorings Marina. 45 ft. to 194 ft. Prices from $1334/ft. Full Service Facility. Rental Slips also available. Bettie R. Perry, Lic. Real Estate Broker Associated Realty LBK, Inc. Cell: 941-961-0372 BOATHOUSE ON Longboat unit for sale on east end, second level. $30,000, reasonable offers welcomed. Call Mike, 941-952-0308.


Happy Holidays To You and Yours!

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.

Things To Do

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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Help Wanted GARAGE SALE!!

Saturday, Dec. 1st, 8am-1pm 1841 Datura Street, Sarasota Misc. items, Furniture & Refrigerator. MOVING- Like New, all contents - Furniture, Appliances, Lamps, Decorative items, Wall Hangings, Make offers!! 941-927-2928. OUR BOOKS 1/2 Price BEE RIDGE BOOKS 4104 Bee Ridge Road Bee Ridge Plaza Trade-In your Paperbacks 941-377-8998

General Merchandise PLACE SETTING for 8. English Ironstone, Paynsley Pattern. Complete Set. Excellent condition, $150. 941-371-0171.

Merchandise Wanted LOCALLY OWNED and operated since 2004 with three locations, America's Super Pawn will pay you top dollar for your estate jewelry, watches, diamonds, musical instruments, computers, motorcycles, cars and other unwanted items. Call us at 758-PAWN OR...fill our request form on our web and we'll contact you! Walk-ins welcomed, no appointment necessary.

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

Commercial Property For Rent

SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

PRIVATE GARDEN Office. Downtown, ideal for therapy, massage, writer. $400/mo. 941-362-3186.

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BUSCHER ARISTOCRAT SAXOPHONE Excellent Condition: Made in Elkhart Indiana 1940's, original case, beautiful, $4,000. 941-487-7850

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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This week’s Cryptogram answers 1. A boss commented on one of his employees. “I like her. She has a perfect attendance record. She hasn’t missed a coffee break in ten years.” 2. What did the furry beaver say when his biggest log vanished over a humongous waterfall? ‘Damn!’ CROSSWORD_ANS_112912



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CLOSE TO Downtown: at bus stop, 1BR/1BA villa, 2 pools, tennis, gym, fully tiled. No pets. Annual lease. $725/mo. 941-374-3401.

ATTENTION RENTAL OWNERS Tired of Tenants, Toilets & Vacancies? We manage headache properties! Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee,, 941-225-8183.

CNA/PRIVATE DUTY: 6 to 24 hours, all personal care, shopping, cooking, cleaning, doctor appts. Reasonable rates. Excellent references. Call Judy, 941-539-7779.


ASHTON LAKES: 2BR/2BA, garage, lake view, 2nd floor, end unit, cathedral ceilings. Non-smoking. Available December 1st. $1250/mo. Annual. Unfurnished. Call Ashton Realty, Inc. Joe Bonsall, 941-923-1945 or 941-356-6356. SIESTA KEY $880 and up. Reserve Rentals, NOW! 1, 2, & 3 bedroom units. Monthly, Seasonal, Annual. Furnished/Unfurnished. Call Siesta Key Realty, 941-349-8900 or visit

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.


$450/mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 5811 14th St. W. Bradenton. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc., Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034


Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

LANDLORD ALERT!! We have Tenant’s!!! Wanted: 1-3BR Homes/Condos, Furnished or Unfurnished. Siesta Key Realty Incorporated, 941-349-8900, ON BEACH OR BAY!! 1-3 Bedrooms, Weekly or Monthly. Available Immediately. Seaside Management, 941-923-6077.




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Pressure Cleaning JACK'S DETAILED Pressure Washing. Specialized in flat work, but not all inclusive. Will estimate any job. licensed and insured. 941-979-7095. E-mail: RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL. Roofs, Window Cleaning, Pool Areas, Driveways, Lanais, etc. When Quality Counts! 941-565-3935.

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ASHTON LAKES: 2BR/2BA, 2 miles to Siesta Key. Available Jan., Feb., March, April. From $2800/mo. No pets. Non-smoking. Call Ashton Realty, Inc. Joe Bonsall, 941-923-1945 or 941-356-6356.

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WANTED: APARTMENT for seasonal rental in Siesta Village for retired gentleman with small pet. 570-815-9543.

UNFORGETTABLE Make an appointment to see our 'hurricane impact' model home located on three lusciously landscaped acres. This is the demonstration model of our quality and detailing. A MUST SEE if you are considering remodeling- even just a kitchen or bathroom or building new from scratch.



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

Homes For Rent

Auto Service WE WANT TO BUY YOUR VEHICLE!!! Any Make, Any Model, Any Condition. No Title - No Problem! Bank Lien - No Problem! Paying up to $30,000 for Vehicles. Call AJ now at 813-335-3794 for a Free Quote or 813-531-4298.

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SIESTA KEY Condo: 1BR, furnished, walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. Pool, laundry, on ground floor. Available Jan., March and April. $2800 +tax. Pictures available. 586-744-5488. TOP FL Condo at Beachway, directly across from public beach. Heated community pool, view of Beach/Gulf, Cable and Internet included. Remodeled, all new appliances and furniture, HD Tv's. Available Jan. 15 - May 15, one month minimum rental. Call 618-534-1791 for details and pictures. Non-smoking, No pets.

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// Arts&Entertainment: Snapshot of history

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

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

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

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

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

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


 Remembering Jay B. Starker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




// Arts&Entertainment: Backstage Pass

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


 ‘West Side Story’




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

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


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




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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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





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

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

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


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


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



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

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







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 “The Nutcracker” costume design by Peter Docherty

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

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

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

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

 Pop-up restaurant has staying power

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

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and seemed not to have any filler at all, and was just perfect with a chicory and citrus mayonnaise. I had the blackened grouper etouffee, and my husband, Ed, went for a medium-rare rack of Colorado lamb (three bones, but they also offered four) and we shared positively enormous portions of the best creamed spinach I’ve ever had and an order of braised greens (collards, smoked, chopped and positively delicate to the tongue) with pancetta, shallots, garlic and Key lime. The meat and the fish were terrific, but the veggies (of which you have choices with no additional charge) were so good I’m tempted to find out if they offer take-out spinach. Sammy was our server, and she couldn’t

have been better, answering myriad questions about the menu, appearing when needed and vanishing when we became involved with our food and conversation. I’m sure Jack Dusty will be splendid, but I can’t imagine anything better than CdZ. We plan to go back while it’s still there. We want to try the whole fried chicken (described as being luscious and the size of a large Cornish hen), and the customized 8-ounce prime burger, with choices from chimichurri to fried mac and cheese as accompaniments. The Ritz knows how to do it right, and every server there is beautifully trained. But, if you can, ask for Sammy. She’s the best!

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BT: What’s the trick to Sarasota style?

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

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

BT: What do you splurge on?

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

linen Ralph Lauren Blue Label dinner jacket that’s so fitted and so tailored. I like that it’s safariinspired. Oh, and this beautiful Georgio Armani sweater I also love for winter.





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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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