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Budget puts recession in the past The 2014 Sarasota County budget passed its first public hearing Monday, moving the proposed spending plan one step closer to final approval. Like hunkered-down Florida residents poking their heads outside for the first time after a hurricane, the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners has looked to the parting economic skies following the Great Recession and asked, “Is it over?”
If Sarasota County’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 is any measure, the commissioners’ answer is: “Yes — we hope.” With relatively little pushback from area residents, the County Commission gave an initial nod at a Monday-night public hearing
to a proposed $1.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2014 —a 17% increase over last year’s $896 million budget. The 2014 budget, which takes effect Oct. 1, rolls back most of the austerity measures implemented to help the county ride
out the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The proposed spending plan pays for 116 new county employees, $4.2 million in pay raises, and new services, such as the county taking control of right of way mowing. The budget also accounts for the one-time costs of
SEE BUDGET / PAGE 2A
+ Designer touted in Coastal Living Although attention from the press is nothing new for Diana E. Kelly and her classic line of shoes, the most recent feature on the pages of Coastal Living was especially exciting. Shot on location at Kelly’s warehouse and on the beaches of Longboat Key in January, this was the designer’s on-site shoot for a national publication. “This was definitely a humbling and thrilling experience to have professional photographers in the warehouse trying to capture my career through photographs,” says Kelly. “I usually do my makeup quickly before running out of the house or in the car so having someone professionally style me was definitely a treat.”
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Sarasota County Fire Chief Mike Tobias and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Col. Steve Burns place a wreath of flowers next to the 9/11 memorial plaque at the Sarasota County Police Department Wednesday, Sept. 11. For more photos, see page 3A. Courtesy photo
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+ Special surprise Another charity dinner was not on the top of Terri Klauber’s list of things she was thrilled about doing after returning from an extensive trip to South Africa. However, upon arrival and a roar of “Surprise!” Terri realized she had arrived at her own 50th birthday party (and first surprise party!). Her husband, Michael, and his daughter, Molly, planned the party. More than 80 guest enjoyed Michael’s On East fare, dancing and a cake that weighed nearly 50 pounds.
by David Conway | News Editor
Residents, businesses sound off on downtown After the City Commission threatened harsh punishments for downtown noise violations, the owner of one nightclub is calling for a more measured discussion. As the City Commission wrapped up a discussion of the downtown noise ordinance Sept. 7, Mayor Shannon Snyder issued a stern warning to businesses that dared to violate the regulations. “It’s real easy,” Snyder said.
“If these guys aren’t going to comply, go get them in a room, and I’ll be more than happy to put it on the agenda to have liquor sales stop at 11 o’clock at night.” Before that gauntlet was thrown down, the commis-
sion heard a presentation from the Sarasota Police Department. After a 90-day period during which the SPD focused on sound enforcement, Chief Bernadette DiPino suggested the end of the special sound detail, leaving noise regula-
tions in the hands of regular patrol officers. Residents and commissioners weren’t satisfied. The noise ordinance is constantly violated, they
SEE NOISE / PAGE 7A
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BUDGET / FROM PAGE 1A projects intended to increase the county’s appeal as a tourist destination. Sarasota County’s economy appears to have emerged from the economic downturn dinged, but not beyond repair. According to data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Sarasota County’s current unemployment rate is 7%, slightly below Florida’s 7.1% average and the 7.6% average nationwide. Although Sarasota County’s current unemployment rate is an improvement from last year’s 12-month average of 9.2% and translates to more than 3,000 new jobs, it is still well above the pre-recession years. Sarasota County’s unemployment rate was 2.6% in 2007. Other markers of success, such as improving property values and record-breaking tourism numbers, have led some commissioners to back ditching the austerity measures, such as lowered millage rates and rolled-back services that carried the county through the Great Recession, and seek long-term growth. “I want the people of Sarasota County to know that we are not in trouble,” County Commissioner Joe Barbetta said. “There is a lot of money in this county.” Monday’s proposed budget taps into money set aside in rainy-day reserves, such as the economic uncertainty fund, to cover an anticipated $46 million revenue shortfall. “We’re not spending wildly,” Barbetta said. “The economic uncertainty fund is being used exactly for what it was intended. If we don’t use that money, we might as well give it back to the taxpayers.” Despite the increase in spending, the county millage rate will not increase next year. Property-tax revenue is still projected to increase by about $6 million, due to a 4.2% increase in property values countywide. The county also recently reduced its emergency-reserve fund from a 90-day reserve to 75 days —freeing up $8 million for one-time economic development projects like a proposed BMX track that could host
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Tentative total budget, FY ’14
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elite competitions. Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve Monday’s proposed spending plan. Commissioner Christine Robinson was the one dissent, echoing concerns she expressed at a Friday financial planning workshop about tapping into reserve funds. “We have to control how we spend this money,” Robinson said at Friday’s workshop. “If the money is there, we don’t just spend it. Not unless we need it.” Monday’s public hearing came after a contentious financial planning workshop last Friday that split the County Commission concerning one fundamental question: Should Sarasota County tap into its reserves to expand tomorrow’s economic base, or leave those funds untouched to preserve the financial safety nets that allowed Sarasota County to weather the economic downturn? Barbetta pushed to invest in projects that will bring high rates of economic return to the area and expand the tax base. “I’m a conservative, but I’m also a businessman,” Barbetta said. “It’s not good business if you’re tying up $4 million to $5 million that’s just sitting there, only getting 1% to 2% rate of return, when, in reality, it could be doing a lot more elsewhere.” Robinson disagreed. “We can’t turn our head to that model in 2016; we can’t ignore that red number,” Robinson said in reference to a projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2016 based
on current spending levels and projected area growth. “We’re spending more than we’re taking in, and not in a strategic way. Businesses and individuals don’t plan on money they’re not sure they’re going to get, and that’s what we’re doing.” “I disagree completely with the idea that we haven’t done this with careful planning,” County Commissioner Nora Patterson said Friday in response to Robinson’s remarks. Patterson shared Barbetta’s opinion about the need to expand the county’s economic base, but echoed Robinson’s reservations about the level of spending. “I think we’re just fine, but we have to be very cautious,” Patterson said. “We can’t say yes to everything in the name of economic development.” The schism about what to do with reserve funds had as much to do with uncertain economic projections as it did with differences of opinion. Steve Botelho, Sarasota County chief financial planning officer, presented the County Commission with a five-year general-fund model comprising four different projections based on differing estimates of taxable value growth, major revenues, expenditures and reserve fund spending. Botelho said the goal of all the scenarios was to keep any financial shortfalls at least two years out. “These are only estimates about new growth and the improving economy,” Botelho said. “There are so many vari-
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Syrian conflict more than a debate for family A Sarasota doctor of Syrian descent fears for the future of his homeland and the safety of his three sisters caught in the crossfire of an increasingly deadly conflict. The sounds of war infiltrate the phone line when Dr. Bassam Altajar calls his family in Syria. Mortars, rockets, artillery shells and fighter jets rumble like a deadly thunderstorm behind the familiar voice on the other end of the line. “It’s scary,” said Altajar, 51, a Sarasota cardiologist who grew up in Syria and has three sisters still living in Damascus, the embattled Middle Eastern state’s capital city. He speaks softly in a subtle Arabic accent: “They are shaken and very afraid. They never imagined this would happen to Syria.” Altajar, known as Sam to his friends, calls his sisters at least once a week, he said, and sometimes every day. He fears for their safety in the middle of a civil war that has already claimed more then 100,000 lives and recently included a chemical weapons attack that, according to U.S. intelligence estimates, killed more than 1,400 civilians. “Assad’s army has no remorse,” Altajar said, referring to Syria’s besieged dictator, Bashar al-Assad. “You can’t imagine what they are doing to their own people. It’s brutal.” At first, Altajar said, his sisters were terrified as the sounds of the war crept closer to the section of Damascus where they live. They couldn’t sleep at night; they were constantly afraid of an errant rocket or missile killing them or their family in the night. Now they’re able to sleep through the macabre symphony of Assad’s army at war, Altajar said. When they wake up, they take a breath, look around and say, “OK, they didn’t get me.” Twenty years ago, Altajar, 51, moved with his wife, Eiman, who is also from Syria, to the U.S. to pursue his medical career. He said it took him six years to obtain a U.S. visa because relations “have never been good between the U.S. and Syria.” But the father of three said he was fed up with the police state of the Syrian regime, then run by the current dictator’s father, Hafez al-Assad. “There was no freedom,” he said, referring to the 43-year-old Assad dynasty. After living in South Dakota for six years as part of a medical outreach program to
Dr. Bassam Altajar, left, and his family have lived in the United States for 20 years. Altajar’s three sisters still live in Damascus, Syria, within earshot of the Syrian Civil War’s front lines. an underserved community, Altajar and his wife eventually decided on Sarasota as their permanent home and the place they wanted to raise their three children. “My wife came to visit Sarasota one year,” Altajar said. “She went out to St. Armands and walked around, and told me, ‘We have to live here; the area is so nice.’” Altajar, who still owns a house in Damascus and another in a suburb outside the capital, said he misses his family in Syria, but is happy to be free from what he describes as the “brutally oppressive regime” of Bashar al-Assad. “My family in Syria thought I’d come to the U.S. and train as a doctor and go back,” Altajar said. “But, every time I went back, I realized more and more that I couldn’t settle down there. This regime is brutal, and I can’t keep my mouth shut.” Altajar said his wife’s brother, whose house was destroyed in a rocket attack, is living in one of Altajar’s homes in Syria. The Sarasota cardiologist said his newfound sense of freedom in the U.S. made the oppression in Syria seem increas-
ingly shocking each time he returned to his homeland. Eventually, Altajar said, he began to speak out against the regime — an action, he claimed, that landed some of his family members in jail. “The regime knows that if they can’t control me, they can control my family,” Altajar said. “They’ve done it multiple times; they put my sister and my brother in jail for things I’ve said.” Despite the oppressive Assad regime, the father of three said it was important for his children to know their heritage. Altajar said he took his children on 10 to 12 trips to Syria before the start of the civil war. He also said his wife spent two to three months in Syria at his homes in and around Damascus every summer before the war. Altajar and his family have not returned to Syria since the war began. “Sometimes people take things for granted in America,” Altajar said. “Life here is easy. Life is good. But, when my kids would come back from Syria, they would tell me, ‘Dad, we are so fortunate.’ They are very happy.” Altajar, a Sunni Muslim, said he sup-
ports the rebels in their fight against Assad, who is part of the Alawite sect of Islam. Altajar is also in favor of U.S. military strikes, which are being debated in Congress, but he understands the reluctance of many Americans to become entangled in another conflict in the Middle East. Altajar added that there are about 10 Syrian families living in Sarasota, and not all of them are sympathetic to the revolution. Compared with the news from his three sisters, Altajar said U.S. media coverage of the Syrian civil war has been relatively fair, but he said the opposition to Assad comprises both moderate, secular elements, as well as foreign jihadists. “Syrians don’t support al-Qaeda,” Altajar said. “The opposition is not black and white. It was good in the beginning, but they have been infiltrated by extremists. These jihadists, these people want to die, they really do. They come from everywhere, and their goal is to be martyrs.” If Assad were to fall, Altajar said he would like to have a role in rebuilding his homeland, but he added that Sarasota is his new home, and he will never permanently return to Syria. “Most people who come and live in the U.S. can’t go back,” Altajar said. “You miss your family and friends, but you can’t go back to that way of life. You can live there and have wealth and be comfortable — but you don’t have your own mind.” Altajar’s sisters are living in an area still controlled by the government, and they have been spared the worst of the fighting. Altajar said the refugee camps in Jordan, now home to more than a half million Syrians, according to the U.N., would not be an option for his family if Damascus were to be sacked. The plan, rather, is to get his family into Lebanon, and then fly them out of Beirut to either Canada or the U.S. According to the U.N., more than 2 million people have fled Syria since the civil war began, including 1 million children. The U.N. also estimates that 4.25 million people within Syria have lost their homes because of the conflict. “Our big hope is that if Assad falls, the moderate elements will take over,” Altajar said. “We don’t want to become like Afghanistan or Somalia. We just want to rebuild our society.”
by Yaryna Klimchak | Community Editor
Sarasota honors victims of 9/11 The Sarasota Police Department, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the Sarasota County Fire Department joined together Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Sarasota Police Department, to remember the attacks of 9/11 and honor the nearly 3,000 people who died that day. Sarasota City Mayor Shannon Snyder, Commissioners Susan Chapman and Suzanne Atwell, Fire Chief Mike Tobias, Col. Steve Burns and other community leaders spoke to remember the fallen. A moment of silence was held at 8:46 a.m., the same time American Airlines Flight 11 hit the World Trade Center’s north tower, and at 9:03 a.m., the same time United Flight 175 hit the south tower.
Sgt. Mark Opitz, Sgt. Rex Troche, Sgt. Mike Schwieterman and Officer Brian Singley raise the American flag during the ceremony.
Photos by Yaryna Klimchak
Sarasota County Fire Chief Mike Tobias recognizes the 400 emergency responders who died Sept. 11, 2001. Right: Assistant Fire Chief Rod VonOrsdol, right, and other firefighters honor the fallen during the ceremony.
Sarasota Military Academy junior Gracie Cespedes plays the violin during the ceremony.
Sarasota County Fire Battalion Chief John Elwood rings the bell at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. for moments of silence at the times the planes struck the north and south towers of the World Trade Center.
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+ Corrections A Sept. 5 article about a new retail/rental building on Siesta Key should have stated: Trudy Wigelsworth will be the owner of Gidget’s Coastal Provisions, set to occupy planned retail space at 5238 and 5242 Ocean Blvd. Jay Lancer and Jim Syprett own the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar property; Troy Syprett and Russell Matthes are owners of the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar business.
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Downtown businesses seek to combat vagrancy issue
The Downtown Improvement District and merchants along Main Street are considering bringing in additional security to ward off vagrancy troubles. Homelessness is an issue that’s affecting Sarasota on multiple scales. The city and county are working to address the problem regionally, but on a smaller level, some downtown businesses are banding together to try to solve vagrancy issues. Aliki Gable is the manager at Evelyn and Arthur, a clothing store at 1480 Main St. She has noticed a recurring vagrancy problem in the area outside the store, and she thinks it’s a danger to her — or any — retail business. She also noticed that Butch Isaac, the owner of a building just off Main Street on Lemon Avenue, had combated a similar problem by hiring a private security officer. If it worked for him, she figured, it could work throughout her block. She decided to approach nearby businesses. “I went out and just tried to see: ‘Do you have a vagrancy problem; is it an issue; do your customers feel secure?’” Gable said. “And pretty much everyone said, ‘Yeah, it’s a problem.’” Fifteen out of 19 merchants on the 1400 block of Main Street were willing to contribute financially, according to Downtown Economic Development Coordinator Norman Gollub, and the initiative began to spread to the 1300 block. Ron Soto, president of the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association and owner of Soto’s Optical, was
one of the champions of the cause on the 1300 block. “I think it’s a great idea,” Soto said. “The more presence of policemen; the less panhandling that’s going on; the safer people feel; and the more people are going to want to shop.” Gable’s next step was to go to the Downtown Improvement District for additional financial support from property owners. It was fortuitous timing — just before Gollub presented the idea at the Sept. 3 meeting, the DID arrived at a similar idea on its own. In response to a report by Sarasota Police Department transient coordinator David Dubendorf, in which he said Sarasota was seeing as much as four times the amount of homeless activity as the average similar-sized city, the DID called for additional SPD coverage to combat any problems. Currently, two foot-patrol officers cover downtown from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Although both groups are striving to achieve a common goal, any partnership between the DID and merchants may become its own hurdle. At the DID meeting, a number of variables came up: Who would help pay? How many officers would be patrolling? Would certain businesses that call for greater security need to contribute more money? How do they account for the different needs of dif-
ferent areas? One of the biggest questions came down to who would be doing the patrolling. Although Gable was working to bring on a private security firm, members of the DID were interested in bringing in an off-duty SPD officer — a more expensive option — to have access to the department’s resources. SPD officer Linda DeNiro said the department was working out the specifics of how the external funding of an additional officer might work for the DID, and that a timeline for how quickly one might be added could not be estimated. Regardless of what the DID decides, Gable is pushing for immediate action. “I think we’ve got to get geared by October,” Gable said. “In October, we’ve got our seasonal folks coming in, and they have to come in and explore Main Street.” That might be a target the DID is unable to meet, even before considering any obstacles on the SPD’s end. They’re planning to discuss the topic at a Sept. 17 meeting, but DID Operations Manager John Moran said a concrete plan should be developed before any action is taken. “This is a big, complex problem,” Moran said. “I think it’s more than we have the capacity to deal with, but I think we can respond to a plan.”
It wasn’t quite the midpoint of the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area Extension Study Committee’s work, but David Merrill figured Tuesday’s meeting was close enough to halfway to step back and take stock. Merrill, the chair of the downtown CRA extension committee, wanted members to consider the bigger picture before they delved into any details. The committee will present a report on whether the downtown CRA should be extended to city and county commissioners in January. Throughout the board, a consensus emerged: For the CRA to be an effective tool and accomplish useful projects, there needs to be a clearer vision for the future of the areas it covers. Merrill said downtown should be viewed as a success, and that the CRA should work on new areas such as the North Trail and land around Payne Park. Although the expansion was well supported, other committee members were reluctant to move the CRA away from downtown entirely. Committee member Ernie DuBose said downtown was an attraction that needed redevelopment funds to continue to draw people. “If we don’t agree that Sarasota, downtown, is the engine that makes our machine tick, we’re wasting a lot of time,” Dubose said. Merrill said county and city commissioners might not be in favor of expanding the CRA, because the CRA draws tax dollars from property in its area that would otherwise go into the general fund. At its Sept. 24 meeting, the committee will discuss a slate of options for an extended CRA — including the area it covers, how it will be governed and its ultimate goals.
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City officials attended the Sept. 5 Burns Square Neighborhood Association meeting for a discussion about parking. Listening to Cherylyn Van Kirk describe the meeting, though, it seems to have been closer to a standoff. “They came with an agenda that they were trying to put forth,” Van Kirk said. “I think they knew what we were going to be putting forth.” Following the expiration of the city’s lease of a parking lot at Orange Avenue and Laurel Street, Van Kirk has been leading the charge of Burns Square stakeholders demanding a solution from the city, preferably the renewal of that lease. City Manager Tom Barwin and Parking Operations Manager Steve Lyons went to last Thursday’s meeting to hear from people in Burns Square and to try to develop a plan going forward. Van Kirk said the meeting underscored one of her problems with the city — that a plan doesn’t already exist. “I think what everyone is up in arms about is that they didn’t tell us this was coming, didn’t think about getting alternatives set up before season,” Van Kirk said. The lot had been open for the past several weeks even after the city’s license agreement expired July 25, but, Tuesday, the owners of the lot, Michael Saunders and Co., closed it to the public. Michael Saunders spokesman Tom Heatherman said the lot had been roped off due to potential liability issues.
Lyons said the city plans on working as quickly as possible to come up with an adequate answer. In addition to continuing negotiations with Michael Saunders, the city is looking into adding diagonal and parallel parking on side streets. Many people at last Thursday’s meeting were receptive to that idea, Lyons said. City engineers are examining the streets in Burns Square to see what the impact of additional parking spaces might be. Lyons said that process should take a week or two, and if no major adjustments are required to accommodate the spaces, they could be installed soon. “The solutions we’re talking about right now are rather immediate,” Lyons said. “It should be able to get accomplished before the peak of season, so it’s really just a matter of evaluating whether we can do it.” Van Kirk said the city should at least be considering a month-by-month lease of the lot; Lyons said they were looking into the possibility of that option. Van Kirk said Burns Square would be well represented at Monday’s City Commission meeting when the topic comes up for discussion. Eventually, she believes, the city will realize it needs to reverse its decision and renew the lease of the lot due to the response from those in Burns Square. “I think officials are starting to see the light,” Van Kirk said. “There’s really no way else to do it, because people are going to be screaming.”
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the last commission meeting was for the stricter enforcement of noise regulations, Piare pointed out they were still just seven people. The problematic noise is, at least in part, a sign of these establishments’ popularity, and Piare wants the people who frequent bars and clubs downtown to make their voices heard just as loudly as anyone else’s. “It’s time for the people who love downtown and want it to flourish to also speak on behalf of downtown,” Piare said. “Not to fight the residents who complain, but to work together.” On the part of at least some downtown residents, Peter Fanning seemed to share some common ground with Piare. Fanning, president of the Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association, said he wanted to see the coexistence of residential units and nightlife, as well. His request fell short of the most severe option the commission would later outline — he simply recommended the city add a permanent, dedicated soundenforcement officer for downtown. “The reason there was some improvement in compliance was because there was a consistent and fair process established by a dedicated enforcement group, establishing an expectation of enforcement,” Fanning said of the recent 90-day period when the SPD emphasized noise compliance. Piare said he’s had fruitful conversations with the police department about working to cut down on noise issues. On Friday, he said, cops will take a baseline measurement, so Ivory management knows at what volume music should be set, and he mentioned a willingness to help fund a police officer to patrol the 1400 block of Main Street at night. Although the rhetoric is stronger in the commission chambers, Piare said, it’s not as productive in developing a solution. “I think, at this moment, it’s unfair. The picture that has been painted — we are solely to blame,” he said. “It’s really black and white, and these polarized discussions, they don’t help.”
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said. Police not only needed to continue to be vigilant with enforcement, but the consequences for violators needed to be steep. Ambrish Piare is the owner of Ivory Lounge, one of three establishments city commissioners singled out as frequent violators of the noise ordinance. He says he’s not a defiant club owner thumbing his nose at the city, but someone looking for middle ground in an argument which so many are on the extremes. He acknowledged a responsibility on his part to abide by the city’s laws. Despite the volume of complaints directed toward Ivory — including some made on days the nightclub is closed — Piare says they’ve received just one formal citation for noise violations. He’s flummoxed by the severity of the outcry from downtown residents and, now, from the commission. “If there’s a sound violation, it needs to be immediately be followed up,” Piare said. “But, threatening with these extreme measures, I don’t see in any way how that helps.” When talking to the commission last Tuesday, residents expressed weariness with dealing with what they consider to be an almost-constant violation throughout downtown on weekends. Seven speakers spoke on the topic, all upset by the noise. Some said the ordinance doesn’t go far enough, and that noise that doesn’t go over the decibel level outlined in the regulations can still be disturbing late at night. Piare said he’s sympathetic to downtown residents upset by noise, but at the same time, people living downtown should be equally sympathetic to the needs of the businesses. “(Downtown) has evolved, and it always had the intention to evolve, even when they purchased their buildings,” Piare said. “It’s evolving in a way where they don’t want it to go, which is understandable, but either we completely stop it or we try to make it work together.” Although every person who spoke at
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Perhaps it’s good that Sept. 11, 2001, continues to evoke emotions of sadness, anger and a sickness in our stomachs. We are not forgetting. Those who witnessed it never will. That day will always be vivid. Just as Pearl Harbor is and was for the Greatest Generation. Indeed, while searching files in recent weeks, perhaps it was coincidence we came upon that week’s edition, yellowing with age, of the Longboat Observer. It’s as if it were today: We were in the final stages that morning of putting the paper to bed when the tragedy began to unfold. Although we are 1,200 miles away from the World Trade Center, that President George W. Bush was in our city that day brought the tragedy to our doorsteps. It was even more real. This year’s 9/11 anniversary rekindles more than the loss of 2,977 innocent lives. It brings even more anger and frustration: Four more Americans were added to the 9/11 death count, the victims of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack. And here we are, still one year later, and the American people have yet to hear the truth about the lapses in leadership and judgment that allowed that attack and those four deaths to occur. Here it is one year later, and the families of the four victims and the American people have yet to hear President Obama or Secretary Hillary Clinton — or anyone, for that matter — own up and take responsibility. Neither has lived by the code of ethics required of leaders: accept responsibility. Neither has had the courage to face Americans and explain truthfully how and who made the conscious decision to lie to the American people that a video ignited the attack. Neither has faced the families or Americans to explain who made the decisions not to respond to Ambassador Christopher Stevens’ requests for more security prior to the attacks. And neither has faced Americans to explain who ultimately made the call not to attempt to reinforce and rescue the Americans under siege. Sure, there are many Americans who believe the answers to these questions are just part of the foolish, partisan, political machniations of Washington. But here’s what those people should ask themselves: What if Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Ty Woods or Glen Doherty were your son or husband? You would want to know the truth. Each of them sacrificed his life for his country; these four heroes deserve to have the truth be told. Their families deserve it. The American people deserve it. “What does it matter now anyway?” snapped an indignant Hillary Clinton at a congressional hearing. Here’s why it mat-
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ters. Charles Woods, father of Ty Woods, said it succinctly last October in an interview with news anchor Megyn Kelly: “This has to do with honor, integrity and justice.” Honor. Integrity. Justice. Inviolable American values. Read what Woods said of his son. And compare it to the actions of those whom Woods’ served at the highest levels of our government. “My son was an American hero,” Woods told Kelly. “And he had the moral strength to do what was right, even if that would professionally cost him his job, even if it would potentially cost him his life.” The moral strength. Morality above self. “He was a hero who was willing to do whatever was necessary to respond to their cries for help. If, in fact, those people from the White House were as courageous and had the moral strength that my son, Ty, had, immediately, within minutes of when they found there was the first attack, they would have sent, they would have given permission, not denied permission for those C130s to have gone up there … ” … Do whatever was necessary to respond to their cries for help. “I’m an attorney. This may not be the legal test of murder, but to me … those people who made the decision [not to send rescue forces] and who knew about this decision and lied about it are murderers of my son.
JUSTICE REMAINS UNSERVED AND STILL NO ONE HAS BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE The following Americans were killed in the terrorist attack Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya: • Chris Stevens, 52, the U.S. ambassador in Libya. His father described him as “not willing to be the kind of diplomat who would strut around in fortified compounds. He amazed and impressed the Libyans by walking the streets with the lightest of escorts, sitting in sidewalk cafes, chatting with passersby. There was a risk to being accessible. He knew it, and he accepted it.” • Sean Smith, 34, U.S. Air Force veteran who rose to staff sergeant; he joined the state department in 2003 and was an information management officer in Benghazi. • Ty Woods, 41, a Navy Seal for more than 20 years and Bronze Star recipient; since 2010 he protected American diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from Central America to the Middle East. • Glen Doherty, 42, a Navy Seal in Iraq and Afghanistan; one of his missions was responding to the bombing of the USS Cole. He was working for a private-security company hired by the State Department to guard the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
“That is a very strong statement for me to make, but for their benefit, they need to clear their conscience. They need to stand up, and they need to change the direction of their lives. I want to say right now, you know who you are. I totally forgive you, but I hope years from now, you change the direction of your life.” From the rubble of Sept. 11, 2001, we have lived for 12 years knowing Islamic extremists want to eliminate us and our way of life. Yes, we go complacent now and then, but we know from every day’s news they are not going away and that we need a strong, proactive defense — the warriors in our military and first responders who volunteer to protect and defend us. What we’ve also learned, in the tragic aftermath of Sept. 11, 2012, for our nation to survive and defeat terrorism, we need leaders who are the epitome of honor, integrity and justice.
DEDICATED TO ONE MISSION: ‘AMERICA WILL NEVER FALL AGAIN’ Editor’s note: The following is this week’s weekly message from Marine Col. Matthew St. Clair, commanding officer of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Kearsarge in the Middle East. WEEK OF SEPT. 9 — This week marks the anniversary of an important moment in history for the world, our nation and for the fine warriors at sea today with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. Only a small number of senior officers and staff non-commissioned officers aboard the ships stood the watch on that Tuesday morning 12 years ago, meaning that the overwhelming majority of the Marines and Sailors I’m surrounded by answered the sound of the guns and volunteered to go into harm’s way, fully knowing the battle in which they were about to enter may be their first and last. That is both humbling and an awe-inspiring reminder of the patriotism our fine nation produces. Sept. 11 goes beyond a terrorist attack or a massive loss of life. America was shaken to its very foundation by unspeakable acts of cowardly violence perpetrated
USS Kearsarge by al-Qaeda. But, standing on the same foundation that has supported America at her toughest moments was a new generation of Americans ready to help her rise again. They have come from locations far and wide, from across this great union, and with backgrounds just as diverse. The men and women you see today devote every second, every breath, away from family and friends to ensure one thing: that America will never fall again. The 26th MEU holds a special place in
Operation Enduring Freedom as one of the first military units to go into Afghanistan after 9/11, and that fact is not lost on the Marines and sailors aboard; it is in our legacy. Around this time, there is talk about the “price” for freedom; tragically, I know all too well that price does not qualify the sacrifices made by men and women in defense of this country. Those precious lives fallen in the ultimate sacrifice over the last 12 years of war are so much more than that: They are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. They are loved ones. But they did not fall on the battlefield in vain; America owes her continued existence to every single one of those war fighters and those who carry on their legacy. On this Sept. 11, please take time to not only remember those who were lost in the attacks in Pennsylvania, the Pentagon and New York City, but also remember those who have sacrificed everything, and in turn gained the eternal gratitude of our nation. Out here at sea, we will remember as well, and remain always faithful to them and America. Semper Fi.
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Sixteen names brought 9/11 tragedy home “A plane flew into the World spections and fitness tests. Trade Center,” I overheard someI walked into Fairchild Hall, one say. the Air Force Academy’s aca“What an idiot,” was his demic building, and a few twists, friend’s response, assuming, turns and staircases later I was at with the typical bravado of an Air the door to my 7:30 a.m. political Force Academy cadet, that it was science class. an accident due to some careless I passed the threshold from civilian pilot. the hall to the classroom. I didn’t give the comNo more than three feet, ment much thought as I just one step. But that walked to class. It was a step changed everything. clear autumn morning in By the time I lifted my Colorado, just as it was in foot off the ground and New York City. I crossed placed it on the floor the massive outdoor inside the classroom, I courtyard of the Air Force had left behind the naïve Academy, known as the dreams of youth and NOLAN terrazzo, passing fighter met for the first time the jets on permanent display PETERSON reality of the new world and a polished black stone I would be living in, and memorial to graduates killed the conflict that would dominate in combat. In 2001 the memothe next decade of my life. I took rial hadn’t been added to in a that step and was in the classlong time, most of the engraved room, and on the TV were the names were from Vietnam, faded burning towers. I knew it meant by time. war. The faces of the people I The day prior, Sept. 10, 2001, I passed along the way that morn- had visited a chaplain. I told him ing offered no clue to the drama I wanted to quit the academy. unfolding across the country. I hated it, I confessed. I didn’t Most were staring blankly ahead, understand why I was there, not unusual for cadets at the getting yelled at every day for beginning of a new academic not shining my shoes correctly year; our minds filled with worry when my friends were back at about homework, military inthe University of Florida wear-
the story. That ended when I saw the president at Booker Elementary. I told the person sitting next to me that I was from Sarasota, and that’s where the president was. “Wow,” she said. “Must bring it home for you.” I thought about the president driving on the streets that I knew from memory. I thought about him loading onto Air Force One at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, the airport I knew so well from flying lessons in high school. I imagined he could see and hear and touch places with which I was familiar. It felt real now. I thought about my family, and that made me think about the families that had someone in the towers, at the Pentagon and, as I would later find out, on United Airlines Flight 93. I was angry, and I wanted to do something about it. So I did. When I got back to my room that afternoon, I sent a message to my family that I was OK. And then I picked up the transfer application to UF. It felt toxic in my fingers. I was embarrassed by it; an artifact of some place and time to which I could never return. The carefree life
I had dreamt of and longed for was now a shattered illusion that could never be put back together. I crumpled the letter and was about to throw it away, when I hesitated. I spread it back flat on my desk and used a sharpie marker to write the word “remember” across the top. Then I locked it away. I’m 31 years old now. My deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and my career as an Air Force special operations pilot are a memory. But I still have that transfer application to UF. I had that old, wrinkled paper in my pocket when I went back to the Air Force Academy a few years ago as an Air Force captain, right before I went to Iraq. I had it in my pocket when I visited the polished black stone monument to the fallen. I felt the weight of that single old sheet of paper as I dragged my fingers across the 16 freshly carved names. Nolan Peterson, news editor for the Sarasota Observer and Pelican Press, is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He was an Air Force special operations pilot with more than 250 hours of combat flight time. He is a Sarasota native.
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As a shelter, we never know what’s going to happen from day to day. To see people from the community working together to help fund our projects is rewarding. — SHELLEY THAYER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CAT DEPOT
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In the height of an especially busy and long-lasting kitten season, Cat Depot Executive Director Shelly Thayer was recently faced with nearly 150 orphaned kittens that needed to be bottle-fed by hand. The process is both expensive and time consuming, because it requires volunteers to work in shifts throughout the night to feed the kittens with a special formula. This kind of problem would normally be a financially daunting task for the non-profit animal shelter, which relies on donations and volunteers. But, after posting Cat Depot’s specific needs to the Gulf Coast Com-
munity Foundation’s crowd-funding website, GulfCoastGives.org, the $450 project to provide baby formula and weaning food was funded within one day. “That project was overwhelming,” says Thayer. “And the fact that it was funded in less than 24 hours had us all cheering. It always feels good to see that email come through, saying the project has been fully funded. It’s joyous.” The project provided food for 140 kittens, and Thayer says they will continue to use the food as they receive more kittens. There’s never a shortage of cats that need help, she says. Since GulfCoastGives.org was established in 2011, Cat Depot has been one if its more prolific beneficiaries; it has used the site to fund a total of 18 projects of various sizes and costs. “It’s been a great advantage to us,” says Thayer. “Fundraising takes time, and this is something that’s simple for us to put together. Everyone in a shelter environment is so busy caring for animals, so having an easy resource to use is a huge benefit. It’s a quick way to get the word out that we need help and for the community to come forward and assist us.”
Thayer says one of the main advantages of the program is that it’s well suited for the hard-to-predict nature of the organization. She says that unexpected projects often arise without warning and need to be funded quickly to meet the animals’ needs. “Since we have been working with Gulf Coast Gives, they have filled that void we often have when we look at a project and wonder if we can do this with our budget,” says Thayer. “This opens the window for new donors to look at what our project is, and if they agree with it, they have the opportunity to help us. It takes us through our year and helps us with our projects as they come along. As a shelter, we never know what’s going to happen from day to day.”
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HIGH AND DRY 10:17 a.m. 1900 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Way. Other Disorderly Conduct. A woman working at a store said a man came into the business and started causing a disturbance. The woman said the man took a pad of dry cleaner tags before leaving the store. She did not want to press charges, but did want the pad back. The man denied taking the items, and officers could not locate the pad.
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Giving Back The Out-of-Door Academy junior Desmond Lindsay was one of 20 players from across the country selected to participate in the 2014 Power Showcase Home Run Derby. LAKEWOOD RANCH — Desmond Lindsay remembers the home run as if it were yesterday. With one swift swing of the bat, the ball sailed 502 feet, setting an international record and propelling a 16-year-old sophomore to greatness. It was 2009 and Lindsay, who was only in sixth grade at the time, watched in awe as Bryce Harper first cemented his path to the major leagues. Now, five years later, The Out-of-Door Academy junior first baseman is drawing inspiration from Harper, as he prepares to step into the batter’s box and swing one step closer to fulfilling a lifelong dream. Lindsay was one of 20 players from across the country chosen to represent the United States in the 2014 Power Showcase All-World/All-American Baseball Classic Jan. 2 through Jan. 5, at Marlins Park, in Miami. The event showcases the most prolific amateur baseball players in the world; they represent 20 countries from Africa to Europe. During the Power Showcase, Lindsay also will compete in the Home Run Derby. “It was exciting,” Lindsay says. “I heard a lot about it growing up. I saw Bryce Harper hit his home run, and now I’m going to be doing the same thing he had done at my age.” Now, Lindsay is preparing to showcase his talents while giving back to the one organization that gave him the opportunity to further his baseball career. Lindsay is partnering with the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund to raise money through his performance and participation in the Power Showcase.
Each player was asked to pick a charity they wanted to sponsor. In doing so, the charity would receive a signed and dated baseball to commemorate the player’s first home run. But Lindsay has decided to take it one step further. Lindsay is reaching out to the community for pledges in the hopes of raising $10,000 for the Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund. “The scholarship means a lot to me,” says Lindsay, who received the first Taylor Emmons Scholarship in 2011. “Without the Emmons family, I wouldn’t be here. They’ve played such an inspirational role in my life growing up; and I couldn’t think of any other way to do it.” Those interested in participating can sponsor Lindsay through a Home Run Derby Pledge, which is based on his performance in the Home Run Derby. Sponsors can pledge a pre-determined amount, such as per foot the ball is hit, with the longest home run counting. Residents also can make a Grand Slam Pledge by donating $500 or more to Lindsay’s participation in the Home Run Derby. Grand Slam Pledge sponsors also will receive an invitation to dine with Lindsay. “It means a lot,” Mike Emmons says. “One of the things we talk about when we meet with the kids who are getting help is to not only get a good education but to give back and help other kids who are in the same boat they are in. “It’s really neat for Desmond to be able to do it this quickly,” Emmons says. “This is a great platform for him to do it on, and to have it coincide with him committing to the University of North Carolina is huge. It’s a great opportunity.” Lindsay’s furthest home run to date is 400 feet, but, for Lindsay, who verbally committed to the University of North Carolina this summer, the experience of playing in a major league ballpark with the world’s elite is enough of a reward. “I just want to go out and have fun,” Lindsay says. “I want to win, but it won’t be the end of the world if I don’t.” For more information and to become a pledge sponsor, visit Desmond Lindsay Home Run Derby on Facebook or contact Robin Lindsay at 941-962-1626. For more information on the 2014 Power Showcase visit www.powershowcase.com. Contact Jen Blanco at email@example.com.
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Mustangs sink Sailors in district opener The Sarasota High volleyball team fell to Lakewood Ranch 18-25, 18-25, 20-25 Sept 3. It was the district opener for both teams. Lauren Hochstetler led the Lady Sailors with 11 kills and 10 digs. Desiree Leiding added seven kills.
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by Nolan Peterson | News Editor
Twelve years after the 9/11 attacks, the country is still fighting a war against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan and conducting operations worldwide to combat the threat of terrorism. Three Sarasota natives, all military officers deployed this Sept. 11, reflect on how the 9/11 terrorist attacks affected them and influenced their decision to serve.
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Marine Corps Capt. Josh Walker, 32 Walker is currently deployed with Marine special operations in Afghanistan as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), directing air strikes. Walker has deployed six times, including two deployments to Iraq, three to Afghanistan and one to the Philippines. Walker, whose hobbies include music, coaching football, boating and offshore fishing with his dad, graduated from Venice High School in 1999 and is a 2004 graduate of The Ohio State University. His parents, Richard and Carolyn Walker, and two of his six siblings, Joni Walker and Jami Holton, live in Sarasota County. How did 9/11 affect you? What went through your mind that morning? I was hunting in Texas with my brother on Sept. 11, 2001. One month prior, I had completed Officer Candidate School but still had three years of school before I would receive my degree and become a commissioned officer.
I was eager to finish school and start active duty, so I could do my part to make sure nothing like those attacks would ever happen again. I was very sad for the victims and their families, and I felt a strong need to serve them. Did the president’s visit to Sarasota that morning make the
event more personal? Sarasota County is my home, and I remember thinking that its connection to the 9/11 attacks was pretty surreal. But what I took really personally was the fact that terrorists had killed thousands of innocent Americans.
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Brian Walsh, 25 Walsh is an intelligence officer for a Marine infantry battalion currently at sea at an undisclosed location. Walsh is a 2006 Booker High School graduate and a 2009 graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Walsh, who plays the drums and enjoys CrossFit, is married to Maria Amodio Walsh. His parents, Matt and Lisa Walsh, and two sisters, Emily Walsh and Kate Honea, live on Longboat Key, and his grandparents, David and Ruth Beliles, live in Sarasota. How did 9/11 affect you? What went through your mind that morning? When 9/11 occurred, I was in eighth grade. At first, I didn’t really know what was going on. I wasn’t very privy to world events and the threats that existed to Americans. When more information came out that a terrorist attack occurred, seeing people jump out of the World Trade Center and hearing those horrific 911 calls — it angered me. To this day, I still feel angry about it. What inspired you to join the military? My upbringing was a big reason why I joined the Marine Corps.
Both of my grandfathers were Marines, as well as an uncle of mine. I was raised by a patriotic family, who taught me why this nation is so great. I felt then, and I still feel today, that the American way of life is something worth fighting for. What do you miss most about home? My wife, Maria, is what I miss most about home. I also miss the freedoms we have in comparison with most other countries. It’s amazing how much better life is when you can order a beer and not have to worry about going to prison or being sentenced to death for it.
Peterson is currently deployed to Afghanistan as the mission commander of a classified National Reconnaissance Office operation. Peterson is a 2004 graduate of Pine View School and a 2008 Air Force Academy graduate. Peterson’s parents, Guy and Cindy Peterson, his brother, Nolan Peterson, and his grandparents, Wesley and Joan Peterson, all live in Sarasota. How did 9/11 affect you? What went through your mind that morning? I was in 10th grade at Pine View. We watched the towers get hit, the Pentagon attacked and United 93 go down. I watched on live TV as a man and woman jumped from the towers, holding hands. I’ve never felt such rage as I did in that moment. It was hard to process what was happening because I was 15, but with my older brother as my role model, I decided right then and there that I would serve my country by joining the military. Did the president’s visit to Sarasota that morning make the event more personal? The night of Sept. 10 my dad took me out to the airport to see Air Force One sitting on the tarmac. We stared at the plane for about an hour admiring the beautiful aircraft and the power it represented. Knowing that the president was in my city when the attacks began made me realize that these attacks were not just against an abstract target thousands of miles away. Having the president in my city on 9/11 made this war my war. What inspired you to join the military? My older brother attending the Air Force Academy had a big role. But 9/11 pushed the desire to attend a service academy from just being a cool thing to do into a way to make sure another 9/11 never happened. The freedoms we have as Americans should be cherished and guarded with everything we have.
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by Yaryna Klimchak | Community Editor
Behind the lens: Children of 9/11 Sept. 11, 2001, will forever be remembered as a day of tragedy and resilience in the history of the United States. While 19 al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger airliners to attack the United States, children of today’s generation
were still learning their ABCs, oblivious that the events of that day would affect them more than a decade later. Listen to voices of this generation speak about what 9/11 means to them and how they learn about it.
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Senior at Sarasota Military Academy Muhammad’s family is originally from Detroit, and they are of the Islam faith. Muhammad hopes to attend Full Sail University in Orlando to study recording arts. Her love of music began as a child when her father shared with her music from Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Prince. Your generation has grown up in a state of constant war. What are your feelings about that? In a way, I think I am used to it because there are a lot of conflicts that go on today, so I feel like it is a human thing. People have different opinions. Do you think your generation understands what 9/11 meant? I don’t think so. I feel like older people do because they just understand problems today better. If we weren’t there to experience it, then we just don’t understand it as well. You have an Arabic name; have you ever felt targeted because of your name? I used to get it a lot in middle school, and I used to hate telling people my last name because I knew somebody would just say something about it.
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Simonson was a cadet at the United States Military Academy during 9/11. He was part of the bicentennial class to graduate from the academy at West Point in 2002. On March 20, 2003, his platoon was the first to cross the frontline into Iraq and to invade. He served two deployments and his son, Ender, was born May 10, 2005, while he was on his second deployment. How did you feel when your oldest son, Ender, was born? One of my favorite photos is of me talking to him through the horrible hospital handset, and we had about a five-second conversation before the place that I was at began getting shelled, and I had to jump off the roof, because that’s the only place the satellite phone had connectivity. How do you talk to your children about 9/11 today? Explaining it to a kid, you say, “There are bad guys and there are good guys and right now the bad guys are active and moving around. I want to make sure you guys are safe, and the best way I know how to do that is by being in the military ... ”
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Michelle Anderson teaches dual-enrollment U.S. history and a law studies course at Booker High School. She was studying to obtain her Master of Arts in Teaching when the terrorist attacks occurred. Her husband, Wayne, has been on two deployments in the Middle East.
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Do you think that students have a grasp of how 9/11 has affected our history? It’s a multitude of factors, and in teaching them this information with big ideas and concepts, you have to kind of get to them. But, as far as their knowledge of it, I don’t know if their basic comparison is strong enough to say, “Oh, I recognize what life was like before and what it is like now.”
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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor
Home in Paradise Shores sells for $926,200 Mandarin Park
The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Aug. 26 and Aug. 30. A home in Paradise Shores tops all transactions in this weekâ€™s real estate. JPMorgan Chase Bank sold the home at 1545 Mallard Lane to Tracy and Sara Gapin, of Sarasota, for $926,200. Built in 1955, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,317 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $916,300 in June.
David Morphy sold his home at 1371 Tea Rose Place to Freid Kemper, of Sarasota, for $400,000. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,504 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $540,000 in 2006.
Joshua Kane, of Belvedere Tiburon, Calif., sold his Unit 605 condominium at 11 Sunset Drive to Susan Holik, of Sarasota, for $400,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,550 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $405,000 in 2002.
David and Jill Campbell, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1514 Eastbrook Drive to John Reeder and Meredith Reeder, trustees, of Sarasota, for $880,000. Built in 1969, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,096 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $210,000 in 1999.
William and Carolyn McDevitt, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 706 condominium at 1255 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Beatrice Holden, trustee, of Sarasota, for $840,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,654 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $525,000 in 2007. John and Mary Haswell, of Brentwood, Tenn., sold their Unit 508 condominium at 1255 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Allan and Roberta Lichtenstein, of Sarasota, for $825,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,055 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $281,500 in 1989.
Tyler and Karissa Hyslop sold their home at 2500 Riverview Court to David and Jill Campbell, of Sarasota, for $826,700. Built in 1977, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 4,081 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $589,000 in 2009.
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Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,577 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 1998.
Frank Fontanetta, of Sarasota, sold his home at 513 Venice Lane to Saber Matrix Group Inc. for $950,000. Built in 1993, it has four bedrooms, three baths, one halfbath, a pool and 3,010 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $868,000 in 2002.
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Sarasota Bay Club LLC sold the Unit 909 condominium at 1301 Tamiami Trail to Joan Sinder, of Sarasota, for $695,000. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,546 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $700,000 in 2008.
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James and Cean Cerny, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 112-B condominium at 235 Cocoanut Ave. to Harm De Blij, of Boca Grande, for $585,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath and 2,300 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $805,000 in 2006.
David Johnson, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 14A condominium at 1111 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Scott and Mariene Lynds, of Ontario, Canada, for $575,000.
L. Clay and Yvonne Jordan, of Osprey, sold their Unit 704 condominium at 1771 Ringling Blvd. to Daniel and Theresa Callender, of Sarasota, for $475,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,735 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $450,000 in 2008.
Alinari Richard and Deidre Boecke, of North Port, sold their Unit 701 condominium at 800 N. Tamiami Trail to Donna Tighe, of Fishkill, N.Y., for $470,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 1,830 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $423,000 in 2009.
James and Carolyn Doll, of Cincinnati, sold their Unit 201 condominium at 5760 Midnight Pass Road to Byron Thompson Jr., trustee, of Ann Arbor, Mich., for $520,000. Built in 1981, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,361 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $155,000 in 1981.
Carolyn Mellon sold her Unit 305 condominium at 199 Whispering Sands Drive to John Hartman and Barbara Hartman, trustees, of Sarasota, for $325,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,271 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $228,000 in 2001.
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1233 Big Oak Ln #A3973207 $775,000 Karen Cash Greco
Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-504-6927
5790 Midnight Pass Rd # 508 #A3947664 $750,000 Stephanie Kitsemble
Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-313-0874
4674 Redbay Way #A3983249 $750,000 Linda Driggs
Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-374-2920
85 Sugar Mill Dr #A3970076 $699,000 Joseph Bell
Osprey 941-966-8000 941-504-8769
684 Freeling Dr #A3973944 $4,895,000 Kim & Michael Ogilvie
415 Wincanton Pl #N5780963 $679,000 Cindy Dillander
Venice 941-493-2500 941-716-3203
888 Blvd Of The Arts # 1603 #A3983573 $619,000 Joan Boltax
Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-350-6390
6140 Midnight Pass Rd # 105 #A3972757 $529,000 Felix Power
Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-586-8958
5195 Cote Du Rhone Way #A3979459 $519,000 Drew Russell
Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-993-3739
1740 S Orange Ave #A3982688 $499,000 Pamela Charron
Siesta Key 941-951-6660 941-376-1717
Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-993-3388
988 Blvd Of The Arts # 311 #A3982360 $475,000 Donald Geikie
Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-356-8457
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2116 Casey Key Rd #A3974339 $4,800,000 Deborah Beacham
Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-504-0978
7777 Calle Facil #A3972455 $459,000 Kristina Talkie & Judy Arreola
Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-8658
CASEY KEY 941-383-7591 941-376-2688
8767 Midnight Pass Rd # 105F #A3973635 $425,000 Marlene & George Marshall
Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-539-8850
801 Coral Bean Cv #N5781391 $399,000 Robert Goldman & Beverly Weltzien
Venice 941-485-5421 941-400-2756
8280 Harborside Cir #A3983234 $399,000 Robbbi Karas
Englewood 941-951-6660 941-993-5088
1683 Sunrise Lane #A3980994 $387,500 Linda Dickinson & Kelly Quigley
Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-350-3304
5912 Midnight Pass Rd # 305 #A3969736 $385,000 Rudy Dudon
Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-234-3991
2112 Oyster Creek Dr #D5794111 $325,000 Marci Storey/Debi Benson
Englewood 941-473-7750 941-380-0153
1721 Old Summerwood Blvd #A3978016 $315,000 Christine Del Monte
Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-6733
4846 Wilde Pointe Dr #A3980070 $299,000 Sara Ann Leicht
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest city of Sarasota and Sarasota County building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of Aug. 26 through Aug. 30, in order of dollar amounts.
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CITY OF SARASOTA Address
35 Watergate Drive 612 Ohio Place 901 Osprey Ave. 1655 Spring Creek Drive 755 S. Palm Ave. 463 S. Shore Drive 2304 Ringling Blvd. 1600 Hyde Park St. 835 S. Osprey Ave.
Remodel Addition Alterations Remodel Renovations Remodel Doors Re-roof Alterations
Joe Henson $300,000 Jeff O’Keefe $135,000 Delores Stottlemyer, trustee $54,000 Georgianna Kisling $50,000 Jan Stewart $45,000 Gaston Mallet-Prevost $29,450 Helen Hess $25,000 Ralph Major $16,000 Stephen Grimaldi $15,000
SARASOTA COUNTY Address
9397 Midnight Pass Road 5052 Sandy Shore Ave. 1055 W. Peppertree Drive 3727 Beneva Oaks Way 740 Crane Prairie Way 241 Cedar Park Circle 2235 Lakewood Terrace 5853 Ferrara Drive 6821 Woodwind Drive
Remodel Remodel Windows Pool/Spa Pool/Deck Mechanical Re-roof Windows Re-roof
Martha Post Susan White Cynthia Shevlin, trustee Mario Comparetto Ruth Sellick Carlos Caballero Sean Cleary Andrew Papineau Lance Martinsen
Amount $145,000 $112,835 $70,000 $53,250 $51,316 $21,000 $20,000 $18,470 $17,000
7321 Midnight Pass Rd #A3979170 $6,950,000 Michael Hays
Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-376-1826
Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota
Fred and Donna Berardo sold their home at 9019 Wildlife Loop to Renate Spaeth, of Villa Hills, Ky., for $910,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,897 square feet of living area. The Bank of New York, trustee, sold the home at 9029 Rocky Lake Court to Joseph Guirguis and Nadia Hanna, of Sarasota, for $805,000. Built in 2006, it has four bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, a pool and 4,710 square feet of living area.
Venice 941-473-7750 941-468-3741
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1000 Gardens Edge Dr # 1011 #D5793338 $172,900 Maryann Casey
Punta Gorda 941-505-5555 941-916-0798
742 Edgemere Ln #A3982959 $5,000 Lisa Gullick
411 N. Casey Key Rd #A3933597 $14,950,000 Nancy Moore & Terri Healey
3520 Brookline Dr #A3978818 $274,500 Brian Loebker
3747 Schwalbe Dr #A3981838 $145,000 Peggy Wellman
Siesta Key 941-552-4200 941-321-6973
5816 Aaron Ct #A3982394 $2,200 Lisa Shope
7808 Sanderling Rd #A3971804 $2,995,000 Stephanie Church
Siesta Key 941-388-4447 941-724-5448
401 S Palm Ave # 301 #A3983343 $1,998,000 Lenore Treiman
Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-356-9642
129 Main St #A3974692 $1,799,000 Nicole Dovgopolyi
Osprey 941-966-8000 941-356-5849
1624 Casey Key Rd #A3972661 $1,750,000 Denise Mattmuller & Linda Driggs
Casey Key 941-951-6660 941-232-8055
8015 Midnight Pass Rd #A3983558 $1,495,500 Sandy and Jerry Strom
Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-650-8297
1530 Hansen St #A3977046 $1,299,000 Harvey & Ethel Lovelace
Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-586-7390
221 Osprey Point Dr #A3980355 $1,279,000 Betty Mullinnix & Steve Abbe
Osprey 941-966-8000 941-928-3441
1999 Bel Air Star Pkwy #A3979987 $1,199,000 Lee Byron and Sue Keal
Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-350-5542
7792 Holiday Dr N #A3981288 $1,125,000 Marcia Salkin
Sarasota 941-383-7591 941-376-6121
5290 Avenida Navarra #A3978830 $950,000 Mark McCann
Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-685-7624
7112 Pine Needle Rd #A3982034 $895,000 Alison Elizalde
Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-928-9217
1910 Webber St #A3982005 $886,900 Jennifer Pecora
Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-780-1925
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Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-374-0811
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3333 Sunset Key Cir # 404 #C7046417 $299,000 Jennifer Calenda
John McTaggart and Gary Climson sold their home at 7888 Estancia Way to William and Regina Shuttleworth, of Sarasota, for $745,000. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, two baths, one halfbath, a pool and 3,351 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $660,000 in 2009.
4410 Warren Ave # 109 #C7043173 $189,000 Genevieve Ramachandran
5167 Cedar Hammock Ln #A3983592 $130,000 James Styers
Port Charlotte 941-639-0000 941-639-0000
Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-356-4135
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Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-320-8022
13163 League Ave #N5781390 Robin Sullivan
Port Charlotte $1,500 941-485-5421
Casey Key 941-966-8000 941-374-2200
Mid Longboat 383.5502 • South Longboat 383.7591 • St. Armands 388.4447 • Main Street 951.6660 Palmer Ranch 966.8000 • Siesta Key 349.3444 • Venice 485.5421 • Englewood 473.7750
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
by Yaryna Klimchak | Community Editor
Introducing our new Der Dutchman â€œJust Rightsâ€? menu. Enjoy select favorites from our original Der Dutchman menu, served in just-the-right-size portions.
Bakery, Carry-out, Catering and Gifts 3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota 941-955-8007 derdutchman.com
HOURS Mon-Thur, 6:30am to 8pm | Fri & Sat, 6:30am to 9pm Always Closed Sundays
Barbara Wheatley and Sean Murphy, of Icepodz, Gail Shane, of Investments in Sarasota, and Heather Hackett, of Be Me Books
Business organizations join forces for exhibition More than 500 business people explored booths and mingled Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the East Meets West Regional Business Expo at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce joined forces to organize the fifth annual event, which featured 73 exhibition booths.
Photos by Yaryna Klimchak
Heather Kasten and Brittany Lamont, of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Chastanna Niemann and Desiree Hanright, of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
About to Collect Social Security?
Mark Nickles, of Capstan Financial Consulting Group, and Joseph Fierro, of Florida Shores Bank
74% of Retiring Social Security Recipients Receive Less Income than they are Entitled to Receive
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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: email@example.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 BRUSH GUARD. Toyota heavyweight black professional from 1998 4Runner SR5. Excellent condition. $135. (941)927-1421. EASY CHAIRS: (2). Comfortable, yellow, $25 each. 941-924-5093. ELECTRIC LAWN Mower: like new, 3 years old, $100. New Delta Miter saw, $100. 941-922-9535.
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Furnishings BEAUTIFUL GLASS top table (84"X48"), two stone pedestals and six excellent upholstered chairs. A bargain at $1150. 941-918-1938
OVER 30 VEHICLES IN STOCK $10K OR UNDER 2005 Toyota Solara Convert., nice! $11,488 2007 Dodge Nitro SXT, 27K/mi., $11,988 2006 Buick Terraza CXL, 7 passenger van, leather, loaded. $8988 2005 Chevrolet Blazer, 47K/mi., one owner perfect, $7988. 2002 Ford Ranger Edge, EXT Cab, 67K/mi.! $8988 2007 Chevy Impala LS, 70K/mi., $8988 2010 Nissan Versa, 54K/mi., $9988 1998 Lexus ES-300, like new, 89K/mi., $6988 2005 Cadillac CTS, clean, 57K/mi. $11988 2005 Dodge Caravan, loaded, SXT, 71K/mi., $7988
Garage/Moving/Estate Sales FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Saturday, September 14, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Sunday, September 15, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: 954-4165. MOVING SALE: Saturday, 9/14 8am-1pm, 940 & 991 Scherer Way, Rivendale, Osprey. Quality furniture, household miscellaneous. OUR BOOKS 1/2 Price BEE RIDGE BOOKS 4104 Bee Ridge Road Bee Ridge Plaza Trade-In your Paperbacks 941-377-8998
Hawley Motors II 5741 Pinkney Ave. (1 block west of MacIntosh, off Clark) 941-312-5890
Merchandise Wanted CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280.
FLUIDITY BALLET bar for sale. Ball, bands, 4 DVD's, $125. Call 941-355-5522.
FRAMES: 20+, mostly wood, 5x7 to 12x14, cardboard, 15 white mats. Entire box, $10. 941-953-5222.
WE BUY CARS. TOP $$ PAID FOR YOUR VEHICLES. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.
I PAY cash for vintage clothing! All eras wanted. Call Emma, 941-451-7847.
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SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.
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LBK MOORINGS: 73ft. Boat Slip $149,000. Easy in and out, unobstructed bay view, water, cable, wireless included. Owner Financing. Other slips available 45ft. to 194ft. Bettie R. Perry, Broker/Owner. Associated Realty LBK. 941-961-0372
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ADOPTION: CARING and understand Teacher and Physicianâ€™s Assistant promise unconditional love and education to child. Expenses paid. Sandy and Clint, 1-800-968-9851. www.sandyclintadopt.com. FL Bar #0474835.
PERSIAN AND Tribal carpets from our personal collection acquired over a 20 year period while living abroad. Room size carpets, runners, and smaller carpets. Photographs by E-mail. Carpets can be seen by appointment in Longboat Key. Cash only. E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.
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Condos/Apts. For Rent LONGBOAT KEY - FAIRWAY BAY - Two level townhouse available January-April. 2 master bedrooms, 2 Â˝ baths, two month minimum, no pets. Beautifully furnished. Pool, tennis and exercise room, private beach access. Call 303.440.7009 or 720.440.1779. LOS LAGOS, Clark Rd., 2BR/2BA condo, unfurnished, annual. Two miles to Siesta Key. 1 Car garage, 1250/sq.ft., W/D, non-smoking. $1175/mo. Ashton Realty, 941-923-1945 or 941-356-6356.
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