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+ Rode mode Bert Bleven, 90, rode his bike 962 miles from his home in Louisville, Ky., to his second home at Whispering Sands on Siesta Key. His wife, Eve, flew to Sarasota from Kentucky and greeted him on his arrival Sept. 20. It took Bleven 22 days to make the cross-country trip. His son, Dr. Kim Levins, rode about 450 miles with him, and his daughter, Beth Blandford, finished the rest of the ride with Bleven. They rode between 40 and 45 miles a day. Bleven promised himself years ago that he would make a trip like this every 10 years. The last trip was a decade ago.

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Bracing for the uncertain side effects of the Affordable Care Act, area business owners are hiring less and re-evaluating the benefits they offer.

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Sarasota buisinessmen John Saputo, Paul Caragiulo, Marc Grimaud and R. Charles Murray all agree that the uncertain effects of the Affordable Care Act rollout have made planning payrolls and budgets a headache.

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Area businesses report that the upcoming rollout of key measures of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be a bitter pill to swallow for their bottom lines. R. Charles Murray, CEO and chairman of Sarasota-based PPi Technologies Group, recently had to make what he called a “horrific decision.” Murray said the anticipated financial burdens of the Af-

fordable Care Act led him to cut new Sarasota hires by half and scrap plans to expand his business in the U.S., in favor of new ventures in Guyana and Tobago. “I’m a proud American,” said Murray, whose international export company recently purchased a $3.75 million, 81,000-square-foot building on Northgate Boulevard in Sarasota as a manufacturing

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plant and headquarters. “We were looking to double our U.S. employees. But, now, we’re going out of country to build our business. It makes absolutely no sense to burden everyone in the company for the healthcare costs of new U.S. employees.” With health-insurance exchanges, the lynchpin of the federal health bill, set to open Oct. 1, and the employer man-

date scheduled for 2015, some area businesses like Murray’s are hiring fewer workers and limiting, or even eliminating, health-care benefits they already voluntarily provide for their employees — all in anticipation of higher insurance premiums and new taxes accompanying the health-law’s debut.

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by David Conway | News Editor

City Commission adopts budget, millage rate Property taxes for city residents will rise after commissioners approved a millage-rate increase and a $191 million budget. At a second and final public hearing Tuesday night, City Commissioners voted to adopt a proposed budget and millage rate for the 2014 fiscal year by a 3-2 vote. The operating millage rate of

3.1728 mills is an 8.5% increase over last year. Including debt service for bonds from 2007, the total millage rate for the city is 3.5817 mills, 6.8% higher than last year. One mill is equal to $1 in prop-

erty tax for every $1,000 in assessed value on a property. For a property valued at $200,000, the operating millage rate increase translates to an extra $49.58 in property taxes. The millage rate increase, in conjunction with the

use of about $1.1 million in revenue stabilization funds, covers a deficit of more than $3 million that was present in the $191 million 2014 budget. After the millage rate and budget were approved by a 3-2 margin, Commissioner Susan Chapman stopped the proceedings to

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question Mayor Shannon Snyder and Commissioner Paul Caragiulo, the dissenting votes. Chapman asked what cuts the two would make to the budget in lieu of a millage rate increase. Both Caragiulo and Snyder said there were several cuts that could be made, but declined to offer specifics during the meeting. Caragiulo said he stood by the idea that if property values go up, then the millage rate shouldn’t go up. “I have not presented it to you, but I have gone through very many items,” Caragiulo said to Chapman. “There’s certainly money that could be saved.” Not satisfied with the response, Chapman continued to push, asking Snyder for the top three cuts he would make after he called the budget “extravagant.” “I don’t need to get into that, because that’s not what I was prepared for,” Snyder said. “I think this was a pretty foregone conclusion.” One person spoke during the public hearing segment of Tuesday’s meeting. Joel Schleicher criticized the declining state of the city’s services and said taxes should not increase until those services improve. Schleicher also implored commissioners to look at the bigger picture fiscally, rather than surviving on a year-toyear basis. “I care about the city,” Schleicher said. “The city’s bankrupt, and nobody seems to want to talk about it.” The preliminary millage rate was set by a 3-2 vote in July and was approved by the same margin at the first public hearing earlier this month, with Caragiulo and Snyder dissenting.

Did city commissioners want Stand Your Ground law repealed?

by David Conway | News Editor

One of Sarasota’s major legislative priorities was support for the repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, but commissioners contend that’s not for what they voted. The Sarasota City Stand Your Ground law Commission has taken for the state of Florida," heat for one of its legislaShaw said. Chapman tive priorities, supportquickly agreed with that ing the repeal of Florida’s notion. Stand Your Ground law. Atwell’s support for But some commisthe priority was prefaced sioners were surprised with a statement that it’s Suzanne Atwell to find they had taken a a pressing issue, regardstance in the first place. less of what side of the Commissioners debate one supports. Suzanne Atwell and “I'm willing to put that Susan Chapman both down and see what hapsaid they didn’t vote pens, because this a hot in support of a repeal, item right now and we but rather to encourage need to pay attention to a conversation about it,” Atwell said. File photos a hot-button topic. Chapman did say the Initially, that defense Susan Chapman law opened the door for could be hard for some to rec- vigilantism and allowed those oncile because of a bolded sec- who initiated violence to claim tion in the list of the city’s legis- self-defense when the other lative priorities. person responds. “SUPPORT: The repeal of the Still, Chapman and Atwell’s Stand Your Ground statute,” the claim that they didn’t support a document states. repeal is further backed by the Revisiting the Sept. 3 City meeting’s official minutes. Commission meeting at which “Mayor Snyder confirmed the the priority was first discussed, commission's consensus to add however, Atwell and Chapman’s the following items to the prostory rings true. The word posed 2014 legislative priorities “repeal” was never mentioned list for the city of Sarasota: … with regard to Stand Your A revisiting of the state's ‘Stand Ground. Vice Mayor Willie Shaw Your Ground’ law,” the minutes was the first to broach the topic. state. "I'd like to bring to our legislaSo, when did things change? tive agenda the revisiting of the Shaw mentioned a letter from

the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials regarding Stand Your Ground. Shaw suggested the city follow the FBCLEO’s lead — still using the word “revisit” — and City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini requested a copy of that letter. The letter in question was a resolution of the FBC-LEO. The resolution urged the repeal of the law, rather than supporting a re-examination. Nadalini consulted with Shaw, who said to use the FBC-LEO language. Still, Chapman and Atwell had time to address any misunderstanding. The first draft of a Stand Your Ground legislative priority, using the word “repeal,” was sent to commissioners Sept. 5. Two commission meetings were held between Sept. 5 and the Sept. 18 county delegation meeting, both of which included discussion about legislative priorities. Atwell said she viewed the wording as unimportant. Whether it was in favor of or against the Stand Your Ground law, she said, creating a legislative priority was a sign to legislators that there should at least be a conversation regarding the issue. “To me, a priority — I think it's

a responsibility, that we need to talk about it,” Atwell said. Asked to comment on the topic of Stand Your Ground, Chapman declined. “I’m tired of talking about it,” Chapman said. “No comment.” Regardless of how it was formed, the legislative priority seems to have failed to make any impact on the county’s legislative delegation. Caragiulo, who eventually opposed the priority but had to present it at the delegation meeting, said all of Sarasota’s state legislators expressed no interest in a repeal. If momentum for repealing the law ever existed among the city commissioners, it appears to have dissipated. Regardless, Atwell said there were local efforts to recall those who supported the legislative priority. She said she didn’t know what would come of that push, but criticized the attitude of people up in arms solely because of the Stand Your Ground stance. “Single-issue politics is not an effective way to judge legislatures,” Atwell said. “To highlight one issue rather than focusing on our collective body of work sort of narrows our ability to govern.”

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Downtown businesses pursue wayfinding A Palm Avenue merchant wants signs to direct downtown pedestrians to businesses off of Main Street, but similar efforts have historically hit a roadblock. David Conway

Prior to the Sept. 19 community meeting regarding construction of Lift Station 87, the lobby at City Hall was set up for attendees to peruse information posters.

New lift station team seeks community input on project McKim and Creed, the new engineering firm in charge of work at Lift Station 87, hosted a forum last Thursday for residents, whose faith in the project is shaken. Members of the Lift Station 87 project team fielded questions Sept. 19, about everything from their sewage construction experience to unpleasant dog-walking experiences. It was the new engineering firm’s first community meeting regarding an oft-delayed project that residents are tired of waiting to conclude. McKim and Creed was hired in August to assume engineering work at Lift Station 87. The city fired the previous engineering team for an inability to complete microtunneling efforts under the Hudson Bayou, but McKim and Creed believes poor communication with residents was another major failing of its predecessor. That’s what led to last Thursday’s meeting. First, the project team presented a schedule of their work. The first phase of McKim and Creed’s work is largely information gathering, to eventually begin design and extimating costs for the completion of the project. That phase is supposed to be completed by January. The project team then took questions from the community. Many of the speakers lived near Luke Wood Park, the site of Lift Station 87. Several others lived near Lift Station 7, located near the Hudson Bayou on Pomelo Avenue. Lift Station 7 has experienced several leaks and was originally supposed to be decommissioned in 2011, but will remain active until Lift Station No. 87 is completed. Donna Gannon Coe, a resident near Lift Station 87, underscored in her question the lack of faith many people have in a process that has repeatedly broken down. “You mentioned the previous engineering company was unable to resolve issues,” Gannon Coe said. “What confidence do we have in you as a company to be able to resolve those same issues and any mistakes they may have made?” Robert Garland, vice president at McKim and Creed and the manager of the Lift Station 87 project, assured Gannon Coe

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Proposed sites for new wayfinding signs include Palm Avenue and Main Street and the Five Points roundabout.

Gretchen Schneider, the city’s general manager of planning and development services, said the proposed signs would not comply with zoning regulations. “You cannot have private businesses with signs out in the right of way,” Schneider said. “It would have to be done as part of the wayfinding program.” Bill Nichols, an engineer with public works, said a process for appealing for alternate signage in the city’s wayfinding program is currently in development. As it stands, however, signs listing individual businesses would not be allowed. At a Sept. 17 DID meeting, Gourley was incredulous the city might not allow his signs. When told signage in the right of way must have a governmental purpose, he argued his proposal would fit the bill. "I would think trying to encourage the economic health of the city would be part of its governmental purpose,” Gourley said. “That's the issue at hand here, trying to get traffic down to the city's retailers." Regardless of the city’s current regulations, he says the wayfinding is crucial. Ultimately, he said, he’s confident the signage will eventually be put into place. In his eyes, it makes too much sense for the city to ignore. “The idea for all of the points mentioned is to drive traffic, and that's what the city wants,” Gourley said. “It wants the city's merchants to be successful.”

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that the team was selected via a competitive process based on its qualifications. Garland acknowledged the previous engineering firm went through the same selection process. Still, Gannon Coe said the community meeting was an encouraging sign — though it’s still too early to have any significant confidence in the engineering firm. Mark Herrli, a resident on Pomelo Avenue, is less optimistic. He’s been fighting the city about Lift Station 7 for almost three decades, and detailed a laundry list of maladies that affected him because of the lift station — including power outages, property devaluation and sewage leaks. Herrli did say the new project team said the right things. He wanted to see a departmentalization of the team so it can focus on individual areas of emphasis, which McKim and Creed indicated it would do. Still, Herrli is skeptical. “It’ll be OK if they do what they say, but I've not seen it ever,” Herrli said. “I don't have any trust in these people.” McKim and Creed budgeted about $125,000 for public relations in its $1.1 million contract with the city. It’s a move that ended up causing its own controversy, to the point that City Commissioner Susan Chapman suggested retracting that funding if it continues to draw ire. For now, though, Dialogue Public Relations will handle inquiries surrounding the project. Biweekly project team meetings are open to the public, though another community meeting won’t be held until December or January, according to a packet distributed at the meeting. Michelle Robinson, who will be handling public relations, said an informational website will be set up at www.liftstation87. com, though it’s not active at the moment. A phone line has been dedicated specifically to the project; residents interested in speaking with somebody regarding the lift-station work can call (941) 356-8071.

Doug Gourley has been able to see first-hand the effort the city has devoted to improving Palm Avenue. The owner of As Good As It Gets, a gourmet shop located at 49 S. Palm Ave., Gourley is thrilled about the newly installed palm trees, landscape improvements and the roundabout at Ringling Boulevard. He does have one complaint, though. “Nobody comes down here,” Gourley said. For all the improvements along the street, he believes the city has made a major misstep by not directing people to Palm Avenue so those improvements might be better appreciated — and so merchants like him could see an uptick in business. He’s working to correct that oversight himself by advocating for wayfinding signs on Main Street that would make pedestrians aware of the businesses along Palm Avenue. Gourley says the First American Bank building at the corner serves as a barrier to downtown shoppers. Given no reason to think otherwise, they assume there’s no shopping down the block, he says. For the past four months, Gourley has been working with Ron Soto, president of the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association, on overcoming that hurdle. He presented his plans to the Downtown Improvement District (DID) Sept. 3. A 6-foot pole would hold 24 signs, each 3 inches tall, each listing a business in a given direction. Proposed sites for the signs include Palm and Main and the Five Points roundabout. The cost wouldn’t be exorbitant — a few thousand dollars per sign — and it would solve the problem, Gourley said. He’d like to see it in place by November, though that would just be the first phase. Eventually, he thinks places such as Burns Square and Pineapple Square would pursue similar signage, and the program would be popular throughout the city. It might not be that simple, though. Gourley’s work is just a fraction of the overall effort that’s gone into trying to establish wayfinding signs for businesses downtown. DID board member and Palm Avenue retailer Eileen Hampshire said similar plans have been in development for the better part of a decade; earlier attempts to install informational kiosks have been unsuccessful. "It's been seven years that I know of that the city's been doing wayfinding,” Hampshire said. “Seven years — we're lost."


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Ron Rayovich went before the Downtown Improvement District (DID) board last week to make a simple request: He wanted to be taxed. Rayovich, president of the Plaza at Five Points Condominium Association, proposed the DID incorporate residential property owners within the district. The DID would then use tax dollars from residential owners to add security to fight issues such as vagrancy and noise violations downtown. In addition to the Plaza at Five Points, condominium units within the DID are located at 100 Central Ave., 1350 Main St. and 1330 Main St. Rayovich said there was interest from all four associations in joining the DID and being taxed at a reduced rate of .5 mills, as long as their money was used solely for increasing safety and cleanliness in the area. Non-residential DID members are taxed 2 mills. According to Peter Fanning, president of the Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association, there are approximately 300 residents represented by the four condominium associations. At the millage rate of .5 mills, these residents would pay between $90,000 and $100,000 to the DID in total. The DID, though, is not exactly welcoming the residential owners with open arms. DID board member Dr. Mark Kaufmann said he didn’t want discussions disrupted by residential members. Kauffman was adamant that the board not expand to seven members by adding two residents, as Rayovich and Fanning proposed. “The DID is made up now of owners

downtown,” Kauffman said. “We have a lot of problems and things we discuss, and I personally don't think it should be diluted with the residents.” Fanning proposed having one member of a five-person board represent residents, but Rayovich was less amenable to change. He said one resident representative could be seen as advocating for one building rather than all residents, and that a seven-person board would be perfectly manageable. “I have a difficult time being convinced your interest as property owners downtown and my interest as a property owner is so far apart that we can't agree on things,” Rayovich said. There was further disagreement about including the condominiums at Bay Plaza in this plan. Bay Plaza, located at 1255 Gulfstream Ave., sits just outside of the DID’s boundaries. Fanning and Rayovich said an expansion of the DID to incorporate Bay Plaza could significantly delay the timeline of their efforts. Fanning said an ordinance to incorporate residential owners into the DID would have to receive a second reading by the Sarasota City Commission by Dec. 4 in order to collect tax dollars in 2014. Still, the DID board offered its support only under the conditions that one member represent residents and that Bay Plaza is included. "If it can't be done immediately, it won't be done immediately,” Kauffman said. “I think it's more important to do it right than to do it quickly."

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ment data; a trend that helps curb rising insurance rates, but also indicates that cost burdens are shifting to patients.

Insurance industry experts report that the health-care exchanges, a key portion of the ACA set to take effect Oct. 1, will significantly increase the cost of health-insurance premiums. These price increases will vary from state to state, with healthcare experts estimating Florida’s average insurance premiums will increase by around 17% under the new law. Some area businesses report that insurance providers are estimating a potential 20% to 30% hike in premiums across the state. “There are numerous fees and costs associated with the law that will simply be passed on to the consumer,” said Kathleen Hargreaves, a certified public accountant and head of Sarasota-based KB Healthcare Consultants. Murray said the cost of maintaining the current level of coverage he offers employees is projected to increase by about 25% under the new law. “I can’t increase my prices even 10% and be competitive,” Murray said. “I just don’t understand why they want to burden us with these new costs. The law was obviously written by people who have never been in business.” Last year, Gov. Rick Scott rejected the option to set up a state-based online health-insurance exchange, citing cost concerns, paving the way for a federal government insurance marketplace where Florida residents and small businesses can buy insurance and learn if they qualify for federal subsidies. Supporters of the ACA claim that insurance premiums have been on the rise for decades, and the new health law has been become a scapegoat for a pre-existing problem. The Department of Health and Human Services recently reported that healthcare premiums are increasing at the slowest pace in years. Medical prices, however, are also increasing at their slowest pace in a halfcentury, according to Commerce Depart-

Too much of a good thing

The employer mandate, which is set to take effect in 2015 following a one-year delay in its implementation by the Obama Administration, requires businesses with more than 50 full-time employees (fulltime is defined as a 30-hour work week) to provide health insurance for its workers. The problem with the employer mandate, some area business owners claim, is that it penalizes employers who voluntarily provide high-cost plans exceeding the minimum standard required by law. John Saputo, CEO and president of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, said he already voluntarily provides health-care benefits to his 165 employees beyond what would be required under the ACA, and he anticipates to be hit by the “Cadillac tax” provision of the health-care law. “The travesty is that I’m going to get an added tax because I’m providing such a good program to my employees,” Saputo said. “My people are worth it, and that’s why I pay extra for them. But I don’t see why my employees have to pay more for other people’s insurance.” Under the law, health-care plans with premiums that exceed the “high-cost threshold,” more than $10,200 for individuals and more than $27,500 for families, will face a 40% “Cadillac tax” on the overage. The intent of the tax, according to federal lawmakers, is to fund coverage for the uninsured and to discourage the overuse of medical care, which some politicians claim stems from overly generous health-care plans. Opponents of the tax argue that highcost premiums do not always indicate higher levels of care or decreased deductibles, because other factors such as age and health conditions can raise rates. The “Cadillac tax” affects insurance companies, but employers like Saputo, who self-insure their employees’ health care (an estimated 50% of employees are currently self-insured by their employer),

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will also pay the 40% tax. “That is a slap in the face to an employer who wants to take care of his people with a really good plan,” Saputo said. “And where do they think that money is coming from? It means I hire fewer people and invest less capital in growing my business.” Although the tax doesn’t take effect until 2018, a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that the tax burden will be passed on to employers in the form of higher premiums years in advance.

hire someone until I absolutely need them. It’s going to be so expensive to put on new employees that I’m very hesitant to hire people.” PPi Technologies purchased its new Sarasota facility to increase production of pouched beverages, including alcohol. “That building will be the largest contract packaging center for alcohol in the United States,” Murray said in a recent Business Observer story. “It will be capable of producing 1 billion pouch units a year.” Murray initially wanted to hire about 30 new employees for his expanded Sarasota operations, but plans to cap his new hires to about 10 to 15 to stay below the employer mandate’s 50-employee threshold. Murray also said that insurance premium hikes will force him to downgrade the health plans he currently provides in favor of more affordable options. “Right now my employees are receiving top-class health care,” said Murray, who voluntarily provides health-care benefits to his employees. “But, once this new system comes in, there is no way I can keep doing this. It will cost us thousands more.” Health-care experts worry that the increase in premiums, due to the health law’s rollout, will give larger corporations

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Congress went global and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trying to fill in the details,â&#x20AC;? Hargreaves said, referring to the creation of the ACA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The market doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like uncertainty and, now, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re left with â&#x20AC;&#x201D; uncertainty.â&#x20AC;? Other area business-owners who have not yet taken concrete steps to brace for the impact of the ACA, said that the complexity of the health law and the partisan political debate surrounding it have created an environment of uncertainty that makes it hard to diagnose the impact on payrolls and budgets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get the facts about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really going on,â&#x20AC;? said Marc Grimaud, owner of CafĂŠ Gabbiano on Siesta Key. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just getting a straight answer on how the plan is going to play out and what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to pay is completely skewed based

on the political leanings of who youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking to.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody has any idea what the effects of this are going to be,â&#x20AC;? Sarasota City Commissioner and restaurant owner Paul Caragiulo said, referring to the new health law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will fundamentally change the system, and no one can predict what will happen.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to know now what our options will be until everything is figured out,â&#x20AC;? said Jordan Letschert, co-owner of Crunch Gym on Bee Ridge Road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve looked into what the new law will mean for us, but the quotes are too widely scattered for us to make a good decision.â&#x20AC;? According to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey conducted this year, 71% of small businesses report the new health law will make it harder to grow their businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an amazingly complex piece of legislation,â&#x20AC;? Hargreaves said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The devilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the details, and we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the details.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asking little businesses like ours to pay huge sums of cash that we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford,â&#x20AC;? Murray said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the financial impact that hurts, but the impact this will have on my people and their families. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re horrified.â&#x20AC;? Saputo, a retired Marine Corps colonel, said concerns about diminished benefits for his employees trump the potential damage to his businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could give them Obamacare, but I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that to my employees,â&#x20AC;? Saputo said, referring to insurance plans available through the federal exchanges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working hard, and they deserve to not worry about losing their shirt if they get sick. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like being an officer in the Marine Corps; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like taking care of my troops.â&#x20AC;?

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If they get it, they spend it On the campaign stump, Sarasota County commissioners could say they stood firm on taxes. The 2013-2014 fiscal year millage rate will not increase. County commissioners voted this week to keep it at 3.3912 mills. Whoopee. But if you took the time to look at Sarasota County’s proposed budget document, your eyes actually might bug out. Total spending is budgeted to increase 20% — with capital spending budgeted to jump 117.7%. Look at the budgeted increases in the constitutional offices and general budget in the accompanying table — each rising more than twice as fast as the combined increases in population growth and inflation. And here’s the killer: They county plans to expand its payroll by 116 positions. Happy days must be here again. We know they’re not. Unemployment is still above 7%, an indicator the economy is not operating at full capacity. What’s more, look at the county’s population growth — virtually flat. That, too, says the economy remains tepid. So this condition begs the question: What is so different today compared to, say, six months ago that requires the county to rush to increase its spending? We know commissioners will say they are just catching up on capital projects and services that were delayed or trimmed during the recession. Yes, we get it. The county needs to keep its sewers and water systems operating efficiently. But it’s difficult to comprehend why, for instance, spending must rise $7 million and $5 million, respectively, in the Financial Management and Human Resources Departments. Commissioners have demonstrated once again a truism of government: It will consume whatever you give it. The only way to tame it is to starve it.

+ Fatal conceit

There is no example in the history of mankind that proves government can manage anything more efficiently and effectively than the private sector. This is the obvious truth that Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and all the other congressional Democrats refuse to accept — all because they don’t want to give in to the opposing political party. Logic and economics say it’s so — that there is no way the Affordable Care Act is going to improve the cost, results and delivery of health care. No way. Consider this from John Goodman, creator of health-savings accounts and regarded by many in his field as the foremost expert on health-care in America. Writing for Forbes.com last month, Goodman said: “Is it really credible to think that ObamaCare will reduce the cost of health care? “Consider that ObamaCare aims to insure an additional 27 million people. If economic studies are correct, once they are insured, these people will try to double their consumption of health care. “On top of that, millions of employees and their employers will be forced to upgrade their health insurance, making it more generous (and more expensive) than it currently is. Again, more insurance coverage inevitably leads to more spending. Then, there is a lengthy list of preventive services everyone is supposed to insure for, with no copayment or deductible. Even seniors on Medicare are affected. Although no serious scholar has asserted that it has any medical benefits, seniors will be getting a free “wellness checkup” every year, all of which takes doctors’ time and uses valuable resources. “What we are describing is a huge increase in the demand for care. But the Affordable Care Act does nothing to increase supply. This is virtually guaranteed to put upward pressure on prices. To the extent that prices are prevented from rising, it will create enhanced rationing by waiting. And almost anything patients and

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Sheriff’s Office $88,911,459 Tourist Development 13,500,596 Clerk of Circuit Court 6,529,990 Tax Collector 6,368,460 Property Appraiser 4,769,721 Court Administration 4,141,670 Supervisor of Elections 3,809,723 County Attorney 3,161,721 Medical Examiner 2,603,316 Board of County Commissioners 620,987 State Attorney 569,754 Public Defender 573,721 Guardian Ad Litem 170,402 Charter Review Board 3,800 Sub-Total 135,735,320

$94,754,983 $5,843,524 15,226,971 1,726,375 6,878,812 348,822 6,909,367 540,907 5,107,303 337,582 4,729,908 588,238 3,375,784 (433,939) 3,359,694 197,973 2,640,320 37,004 701,935 80,948 680,122 110,368 668,388 94,667 181,111 10,709 3,800 0 145,218,498 9,483,178

Departments controlled by County Commission

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COUNTY JOBS MUSHROOM The following county departments will show the greatest increase in hiring. Total Chg.

Public Utilities 297 Parks & Recreation 175 Elected offices/agencies 1,251 Field services 61.8 Transport/Real Estate 49.2 Planning/Development 109.6 SCAT 260 Total 3,413

+106 +95.5 24 23.85 15.5 11.9 9.7 115.8

doctors do to circumvent the cost of waiting will also add to the money cost of care.” More logic: All you hear about Obamacare and the health exchanges is the word “subsidies.” Millions of Americans will be receiving subsidies to pay for their health insurance. From where do those subsidies come? Whose money is that? It’s your money — confiscated from you and handed as an unearned benefit to someone else. People think those subsidies spent on health insurance will keep the economy going. They say the people from whom that money is confiscated would spend it anyway. But they forget, the subsidy recipients have done nothing productive to earn that subsidy. They are leeches draining everyone who is working and producing and draining the economy at large (see Europe!). Let’s look at this still another way to understand how Obamacare will play out: • Who operates the U.S. Postal Service? Congress, the president and their atten-

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dant federal bureaucrats. How’s that working out? Bankrupt. • Who issues and manages most of the college loans? Congress, the president and their attendant federal bureaucrats. How’s that working out? Record defaults. • Who operates and manages the Internal Revenue Service? Congress, the president and their attendant bureaucrats. How’s that working out? • Who operates and manages Social Security and Medicare? Congress, the president and their attendant bureacrats. How are they working out? Bankrupt. We could go on and on citing failed government programs. And yet Obama, Reid, et al are so conceited they are willing to sacrifice Americans to their political egos. The definition of treason: “betrayal of your country.” It applies.


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by Rodger Skidmore

Common Core should be viewed as ‘the floor’

Despite what some believe, states would have the right to amend and augment their version of Common Core. Florida should not defund it. makes one smarter. Recent studies show that learning a second language not only provides the ability to converse with, and possibly understand, more people (a good thing in itself) but that it also generates more brain cells and makes one smarter. Young students learning how to write in cursive is akin to learning a second language and is done when one is most able to do so. Florida should not ignore or defund Common Core, but it should certainly consider it to be what it is: a floor on which one can build. States have the right to amend and augment their version of Common Core: to add those subjects that they feel will make their students smarter and more well rounded, and thus more able to compete in today’s complex world. Mandating the teaching of cursive as well as offering art and music appreciation courses and promoting the teaching of a second language in all our elementary and high schools are goals which our Legislature could, and should, address. That is if enough of us would simply contact them about our concerns. Rodger Skidmore is a resident of Siesta Key.

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I love to watch the delight on the children’s faces as they learn and grow on their own. They’ll be playing, and, suddenly, they connect the dots, and you can see it on their faces. — REBECCA LOCKWOOD, PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR/ FORTY CARROTS FAMILY CENTER

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The 3-year-olds anxiously wait near the plants in the Forty Carrots Family Center butterfly garden. They peer through the leaves and exchange looks of anticipation in hopes of spotting one of the winged insects. As the clouds part and the sun shines through, a monarch butterfly appears, almost as if on cue, and the children spring into action, laughing and screaming as they excitedly chase after it. The garden was installed during the summer as a learning aid, and since the children returned at the beginning of September, they’ve been taking full advantage of the hands-on, outdoor-learning opportunity. “I love to watch the delight on the children’s faces as they learn and grow on their own,” says Rebecca Lockwood, who has been preschool director since August. “They’ll be playing,

and, suddenly, they connect the dots, and you can see it on their faces. Everything is new and big to them, so it keeps me young and learning with them.” The family center previously had a butterfly garden, and when it needed to be revitalized, Forty Carrots staff decided to post the project on GulfCoastGives.org, where it was funded in March. The funds from donors provided plants, irrigation and watering cans for the children. Lockwood says the garden provides a great opportunity for the children to experience hands-on learning, utilizing all five senses, which she says is especially important in early-childhood development. “Children learn best by doing,” she says. And they’ve been involved from the start; they even helped plant the garden, which they still regularly tend to with watering cans. Each class also learns about the life cycle of a butterfly and the plants in the garden that

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Inc. Annual Meeting — takes place at 8:30 a.m. at Laurel Oak Country Club, 2700 Gary Player Blvd. The meeting will feature a review of the 2013 achievements in maternal child health; recognitions of outstanding volunteers, families, businesses and nonprofit partners; and a keynote presentation from Kiwanis International Past President Dr. Wil Blechman. Tickets are $20 and include breakfast. To register, visit healthystartsarasota.org, or call 373-7070. Studio Rubylake Ribbon Cutting — takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Studio Rubylake, 5219 Avenida Navarra, Siesta Key. The public is invited to see the studio and enjoy refreshments and appetizers at the ribbon cutting, hosted by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. For information, visit studiorubylake.com, or call 312-0700.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 Vinyasa and Vino — starts at 6:30 p.m. at T. Georgiano’s Shoe Salon, 1409-B First St. Kelly Prince from Body Heat Yoga will lead a 45-minute vinyasa yoga class, followed by wine and light fare from Richard’s Foodporium. Proceeds will benefit the Dysantia Medical Research Foundation. Cost is $20. Call 870-3727.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 Anna in Paris Kid’s Yoga and Story Time — takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Muse Galleria, 3801 McIntosh Road. Author Danielle Palli will be signing copies of the second Acting Out Yoga book, “Anna in Paris.” For information, contact the Muse Galleria at 706-3328.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association Dinner — takes place at 5:30 p.m. at TPC Prestancia, 4409 TPC Drive. Proceeds from the Mediterranean-themed dinner will help promote, fund research, provide education and offer support to enhance the lives of those affected by PWS, as well as support the fight against childhood obesity. Tickets for the dinner are $60 in advance, $75 at the door. Visit MediterraneanNights.EventBrite.com for tickets. For information, contact Beth Bush at 487-6720.

TUESDAY, OCT. 1 The Argus Foundation Meet the Minds — takes place at 11:30 a.m. at Marina Jack, 1 Marina Plaza. Guest speaker Dr. Michael Mullan, Ph.D, CEO of Roskamp Institute and president of Sci-Brain, will discuss brain health. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Contact Sharlene at 365-4886 or shill9448@aol.com.

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The Cardinal Mooney High football team’s defense forced six turnovers, as the Cougars rolled to a 28-0 victory over Avon Park Sept. 20, to remain unbeaten.

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The Riverview High football team racked up 390 yards on the ground, as the host Rams beat Lehigh 55-15 Sept. 20.

Zack Summerall posted a personal best time of 15 minutes, 32.9 seconds to finish second at the North Port XC Invitational Sept. 21.

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Cardinal Mooney’s Cal Davidson Turner crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 44.5 seconds to finish third in the boys smallschool division race of the North Port XC Invitational Sept. 21.

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The Riverview High volleyball team defeated Lemon Bay 3-1 Sept. 19 to improve to 6-1.

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The Sarasota Military Academy boys golf team shot 119 to win a rain-shortened tri-match with Palmetto and Bayshore Sept. 19.

FAST FEET SARASOTA — Zack Summerall refuses to be like anyone else. Even if that means opting for a bright-orange pair of running shoes, so as not to be associated with the competition. But, when your older brother is a former Sarasota school record holder and you’re running neck and neck with the No. 2 ranked runner in the state of Florida week in and week out, odds are you’re going to be categorized one way or another. It’s something the Sarasota High junior has learned to take in stride. After all, it’s something Summerall has been dealing with since well before he even set foot on the campus of Sarasota High. Summerall began running in seventh grade at the urging of his older brother, Andrew Mendoza, who was Sarasota’s No. 1 runner at the time. At first, Summerall didn’t think he would like the sport because of the long distance, but, before long, he realized he was pretty good at it. By his freshman year, Summerall was immersed in the sport and started paving his own path at Sarasota. Although the process wasn’t nearly as easy as Summer-

all would’ve liked. “Coming in was harder because they expected me to be as fast as my brother,” Summerall says. “All the pressure was on me, so coming into it I was nervous at first.” Summerall spent his freshman season adjusting to racing a competitive level and slowly began shaving seconds off his time. The following year, Summerall, who also runs track for the Sailors, broke his brother’s school record in the mile by one second and was one second away from breaking the school record in the 800. On Sept. 21, Summerall dropped another 20 seconds off his 5K personal best time, crossing the finish line in 15 minutes, 32.9 seconds, to finish second at the North Port XC Invitational. Summerall finished eight seconds behind Fort Myers’ Tyler Bennett, the No. 2 ranked runner in the state, and four seconds off the school record. “It’s always really good competition when I race Tyler Bennett,” Summerall says. “It was a little closer this time.” Summerall has dropped nearly 90 seconds off his time at this point a season ago and is on pace to break the school record of 15:28,

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Sarasota High junior Zack Summerall has developed into the Sailors’ No. 1 cross-country runner over the past two years.

which was set in 2008. “It would mean a lot,” Summerall says. “It’d be nice to get the school record and set something new.” Summerall won a regional cross-country title last season and finished 14th at the Class 3A Cross Country Finals, helping lead Sarasota to a fourth-place finish. This season, Summerall is poised to defend his regional title and finish in the top two in the state. Summerall has won two races so far this season and finished second in two more, helping lead the Sailors to first-place finishes at the Lemon Bay Invitational (Aug. 31), Fort Myers Optimist Invitational (Sept. 7) and Bradenton Runners Club Invitational (Sept. 14). The Sailors are currently ranked No. 1 in their district and No. 2 in their region. “I enjoy the team bond of crosscountry,” Summerall says. “It’s more of a family sport. You win as a team and you can celebrate as a team. It’s like a second family.” Following this season, Summerall hopes to place in the Top 10 at the South Regional Qualifier Nov. 30, in North Carolina, and qualify for the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships Dec. 14

in San Diego. Summerall, who has aspirations of joining the Navy, hopes to run in college and beyond. Summerall already has completed two half-marathons and was one minute away from qualifying for the Boston Marathon. “I love running,” Summerall says. “I couldn’t just do it as a hobby. I have to be running toward a goal.”

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Patterson scores two touchdowns in Cougars’ win Senior running back Demardre Patterson rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns to lead Cardinal Mooney to a 28-0 victory over Avon Park in non-district action Sept. 20. Sean Morris recovered a fumble and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. Morris also caught a 50-yard touchdown. Patterson scored on runs of 2 and 17 yards. Quarterback Reese Vita completed 7 of 14 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Alex Sobczak had two interceptions and Morris had an interception, as the Cougars (3-0) forced six turnovers. Right: Austin Leach warms up on the sidelines.

Right: Sam Leonard, Kyle Novak and Matt Hueston listen for the whistle to begin the play.

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SEPT. 27 Booker at Braden River (7:30 p.m.)

+ ODA Football The Out-of-Door Academy football team notched its first win of the season with a 42-0 victory over Citrus Park Christian Sept. 20. Quarterback David Grain, who returned from a sprained ankle, accounted for three touchdowns, including a 15-yard touchdown run. Wide receiver Jeremy Herrin caught touchdown passes of 30 and 12 yards. Running back Jason Fineberg scored a 30-yard touchdown, and Chris Poole added a 69-yard score. Joey Runge also recovered a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown. For a complete story from ODA contributors Carson Jungers and Jake Romine, visit www.YourObserver.com.

+ Sailors notch district win The Sarasota High volleyball team swept North Port 25-9, 25-14, 25-16 in district action Sept. 17. Lauren Hochstetler powered the Lady Sailors with 12 kills, two aces, one block and five digs. Emily Harding contributed 33 assists, eight digs, one block and one kill. Desiree Leiding added 11 kills and two blocks.

+ Sarasota Christian sweeps Booker The Sarasota Christian volleyball team defeated Booker 25-6, 25-21, 25-14 Sept. 19.

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The Riverview High football team racked up 390 yards on ground en route to a 55-15 route over Lehigh Sept. 20. Running back Karan Higdon rushed for nearly 200 hundred yards and scored a pair of touchdowns on runs of 4 and 80 yards. Quarterback Richie James accounted for four touchdowns, including runs of 14, 20 and 3 yards and a 9-yard pass to Tyler O’Keefe. Tony Rivers added an 80-yard touchdown run, and Josh Dunn recovered a block punt in the end zone to round out the scoring for the Rams.

The number of receiving yards Sarasota’s Shawn Bane Jr. had in the Sailors’ 66-7 loss to Manatee Sept. 20.

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The number of touchdowns quarterback David Grain accounted for in The Outof-Door Academy’s first victory of the season Sept. 20.

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Cheyenne Miller had seven aces and two kills to power the Lady Blazers. Cole Miller added six aces and two kills. Heidi Miller finished with three aces and 10 kills. Sarasota Christian returns to action Sept. 23 versus Southwest Florida Christian Academy.

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The number of points the Riverview High boys crosscountry team scored to finish second at the North Port XC Invitational Sept. 21.

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The number of first-place finishes Casagrande has recorded in three meets this season.

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The number of kills Heidi Miller had in Sarasota Christian’s 3-1 loss to Southwest Florida Academy Sept. 23.

The place Casagrande finished at last year’s Class 1A FHSAA Cross-Country State Finals.

19 minutes, The time Casagrande crossed the finish line in to set a 12.9 seconds new season best at the North Port XC Invitational Sept. 21.

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YPG ANNIVERSARY

by Nick Friedman | Community Editor

THE NEXT GENERATION Ten years after its formation, the Sarasota Young Professionals Group founders credit the group’s longevity to its balance of philanthropy, leadership and social networking.

Ask anyone who has lived in Sarasota for a significant amount of time, and they’ll agree: 10 years ago, Sarasota was a much different place for young people — especially transplants. Without a real sense of community, many young people struggled to meet peers or relate to the community beyond their jobs.

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Realtor, Michael Saunders & Co. Joined: 2003 / First chairman At the top of the proverbial YPG family tree sits Eric Massey, a third-generation Sarasotan and Michael Saunders Realtor, who was instrumental in forming the organization in 2003 as a member of the Small Business Council’s board of directors. In 2001, after moving back to Sarasota from Miami, Massey says he was passionate about becoming more engaged in his hometown and finding a way to connect the young, driven people he knew lived in town. “I was born and raised here, so I saw a lot of my friends establishing their careers and becoming successful,” he says. “But, I realized none of them knew each other. They had no medium to connect. When you’re young, it’s not as easy to make those kinds of connections outside of a bar.” He worked with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce to establish the group, which he says started as a basic way for young professionals to connect through luncheons and after-hours events. But, the group quickly expanded to include service and leadership opportunities. “It provides younger people a chance to get dialed in to whatever extent they want,” says Massey. “You get out of it whatever you put into it. If you want to come to the after-hours events and meet likeminded people, you can do that. If you want to meet all the city and county commissioners and get involved with civic leadership, you can do that, too. It’s cool to have that ability to contribute.”

In 2003, in an effort to create a better sense of identity among young business-minded people, a group of young professionals banded together to establish the Sarasota Young Professionals Group. Formed through the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the group allowed them to forge rela-

NIKKI TAYLOR

Vice president business development, Rock Solid Construction Joined: 2003 / Executive YPG board member Like many early YPG members, Nikki Taylor says that without the organization, she probably wouldn’t be living in Sarasota today. After moving in 2000 to Sarasota from Palm Beach, she says she had a difficult time finding any other young people in what she saw as predominantly a retirement community. “It was a lot harder to find young people back then,” she says. “It was to the point where if I saw young people in a car at a stoplight, I’d roll down the window and ask them where they were going.” So, when she saw a flier for the first meeting of the Young Professionals Group, she was excited at the prospect of meeting other young, motivated people in the area. “It was like angels singing,” she says of the meeting. “To find people who were like me, in the same place, with the same aspirations and like minds — it’s what kept me here.” Taylor first became involved as a volunteer, eventually serving in various leadership roles before stepping away in 2009, but she says the relationships she formed and the lessons she learned continue to have an influence on her life. “Probably half the people I do business with, I met through YPG,” she says. “It’s all about forming relationships, and this group not only helped me do that, but it also trained me to be a leader. It gave me an opportunity to grow.”

tionships with other young like-minded people, volunteer their time and have a voice in their community. Ten years later, some of the group’s founding members reflect on how the organization impacted their lives and changed Sarasota’s landscape for its youth.

DRAYTON SAUNDERS

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President, Michael Saunders & Co. Joined: 2003 / Fourth chairman

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Drayton Saunders grew up in Sarasota, but after moving away at the age of 15, he says his hometown felt almost foreign when he moved back. “I didn’t have that high school or college social foundation,” he says. “I didn’t know where to go or how to meet anyone I didn’t work with. I didn’t even know how to find out what the cool bars were.” After attending the first YPG meeting, Saunders knew he’d found what he was looking for — a way to network with other professionals and immerse himself in the community that wasn’t a party scene. “I finally had a feeling that I was connecting with Sarasota outside of my job,” he says. “Without that, I probably would’ve only had an understanding of the very outer layer of Sarasota and how it works.” Saunders says he’s proud of the voice and sense of presence the organization has provided the city’s younger demographic, especially in the business community, and he hopes to see that continue to translate into the political scene. And with the strong base its founders provided, he says YPG has struck a proper balance, which will allow it to continue to thrive. “The founding members didn’t just create a flash in a pan,” he says. “If it were only about the social aspect, or only about service and local issues, it probably would’ve died a quick death. But they left it flexible enough to adapt and evolve with each new set of leaders.”

It’s hard to imagine Frank Maggio as acting as anything other than an exuberant champion for YPG and other local opportunities for involvement. But, as he’ll admit, he wasn’t always that way. “When I first joined YPG, I wasn’t the type to be outgoing or take on a leadership-type position,” says Maggio. “For the first two years I was a member, I wasn’t nearly as involved.” When he first joined, he says he was mostly exposed to the social aspect of the organization, which wasn’t what he was looking for. It wasn’t until around 2006, when he first took on a leadership role, that he found a way to connect to the organization on more than a social level. He says the experience had a lasting effect on him, both personally and professionally, and it eventually led to his 2012-2013 tenure as YPG chairman. “It allowed me a chance to step up and have a voice,” he says. “And, now, I am that person who is involved in everything. YPG has a social aspect and a nonprofit and volunteer aspect, but, to me, there’s so much more than that. There’s the opportunity for personal and professional development, and, if you put in the effort, it can really train you to be a great leader.”

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Home in Aqualane Estates sells for $1.5 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Sept. 9 and Sept. 13. A home in Aqualane Estates tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Paul Jaworski, of Sarasota, sold his home at 1635 Stanford Lane to Jeffrey and Gaye Clark, of Longwood, for $1.5 million. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, four baths, one half-bath, a pool and 4,023 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,925,000 in 2008.

three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,116 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $180,000 in 2001.

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Robert Norring Jr., of Seminole, sold his home at 2830 Coventry Drive to Delta 80 LLC for $279,000. Built in 1975, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,225 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $138,000 in 1989.

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Memon Bay’s Bluff LLC sold the Unit 405 condominium at 1100 Imperial Drive to Samir and Tereza Morcos, of Staten Island, N.Y., for $265,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,141 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $101,300 in 2004.

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Konstantin and Tatiana Vybornova, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 502 condominium at 990 Blvd. of the Arts to Charles Denny, of Sarasota, for $900,000. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one halfbath and 2,335 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $737,500 in 2003.

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Sarasota Bay Club LLC sold the Unit 1007 condominium at 1301 Tamiami Trail to Arthur and Fran Timmins, of Sarasota, for $700,000. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,546 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $585,000 in 2005.

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Albert and Monika Tomlinson, of Osprey, sold their home at 757 Siesta Key Circle to Leo Marshall and Patricia Marshall, of Westport, Mass., for $880,000. Built in 1950, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 1,703 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $520,000 in 2010.

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Equity Trust Co. and Angelo Ingorvaia sold the home at 6448 Hollywood Blvd. to Ivan King, of Ronks, Pa., for $650,000. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 3,010 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $540,000 in 1999.

Noele and Sandra Wrycraft, of Ontario, Canada, sold their Unit 406 condominium at 1608 Stickney Point Road to Paul and Rose Vandervest, of Green Bay, Wis., for $380,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,432 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $65,000 in 1977.

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Donald Sweetland and Nancy Sweetland, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 4233 Hearthstone Drive to Zsolt and Katalina Szabo, of Cockeysville, Md., for $310,000. Built in 1993, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,152 square feet of living area. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. sold the home at 759 40th St. to Albert Ward III and Donna Garnett, of Washington, D.C., for $300,000. Built in 1984, it has

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These are the largest city of Sarasota and Sarasota County building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of Sept. 9 through Sept. 13, in order of dollar amounts.

CITY OF SARASOTA Address

Permit

Applicant

Amount

1762 Bay St. 899 Freeling Drive 1158 Tahiti Parkway 301 S. Gulfstream Ave. 1823 Boyce St. 722 Indian Beach Lane 1862 Prospect St. 1391 Harbor Drive 2709 Temple St. 1709 Cherokee Drive

Alterations Windows Remodel Alterations Pool Addition Pool Pool/Deck Renovations Demolition

Stanley Axelrod James Long Melinda Delpech, trustee Janet Underwood Robert Brand Michelle Bennett Martin Schlam Adam Gersh Lorrie Muldowney Juan Villaveces, trustee

$82,000 $59,478 $59,103 $53,600 $50,000 $47,955 $41,000 $19,450 $18,000 $17,700

SARASOTA COUNTY Address

Permit

Applicant

Amount

726 Siesta Key Circle 500 Venice Lane 2509 Casey Key Road 415 Giovanni Drive 1709 Pine Harrier Circle 2427 Bridgewater Lane 2933 Captiva Drive 6420 Hollywood Blvd. 455 N. Shore Drive 1621 Caribbean Drive

Pool/Spa Roof Repairs Re-roof Mechanical Windows/Doors Re-roof Remodel Windows Re-roof

John Walter Andrea Davidson Charles Dallaqua Alice Roznoy Frederick Bloom Carolyn Olson Gerald Caterham Jeanne Guerrazzi Steven Morgan Eric Lyons

$33,000 $29,700 $28,000 $24,000 $23,842 $19,651 $18,000 $16,400 $16,396 $15,250

1436 John Ringling Pkwy #A3962144 $6,799,000 Harvey & Ethel Lovelace

Lido Key 941-349-3444 941-586-7390

Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

Green Parrot Properties LLC sold the home at 5511 Avenida Del Mare to Serge Todorovich and George Todorovich, of Weston, Conn., for $552,500. Built in 1970, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,560 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $110,000 in 1986.

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-544-4919

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835 S Osprey Ave # 217 #A3984394 $197,500 Karen Chandler

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-350-5542

3107 Pinecrest St #A3984091 $4,200 Lisa Gullick

712 N Casey Key Rd #A3952240 $10,000,000 Linda Dickinson & Kelly Quigley

1257 S Portofino Dr # 404 #A3976778 $215,000 Mary Sauve`

5221 Mahogany Run Ave # 216 #A3982103 $187,500 Anja Deichmann

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-321-6973

3603 N Point Rd # 303 #A3982754 $3,500 Lisa Shope

Siesta Key 941-951-6660 941-356-3970

401 S Palm Ave # 801 #A3983949 $1,995,000 Janis Collier

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-313-1212

8260 Roseburn Ct., Founders Club #A3968380 $1,799,000 Mark McCann

Sarasota 941-587-5999 941-685-7624

475 E Royal Flamingo Dr #A3983861 $1,790,000 John August

Sarasota 941-388-4447 941-320-9795

5740 Midnight Pass Rd #401F #A3972341 $1,749,000 Kristina Talkie & Judy Arreola

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-266-8658

580 N Macewen Dr #A3961414 $1,590,000 Betty Mullinnix & Steve Abbe

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-928-3441

365 Macewen Dr #A3972669 $1,100,000 Nicole Dovgopolyi

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-356-5849

6100 Jessie Harbor Dr # 502 #A3984065 $1,050,000 Karen Burket

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-735-7036

1957 Lincoln Dr #A3984019 $925,000 Sara Chester

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-737-8234

1835 Southpointe Dr #A3968021 $849,000 June Howell

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-350-7521

1111 Ritz Carlton Dr # 1106 #A3984397 $799,900 Pamela Charron

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-993-3388

Frank Votava, trustee, of Aurora, Ill., sold the home at 717 Treasure Boat Way to Charles White, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., for $410,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,934 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $90,000 in 1979. YOUROBSERVER.COM // See a map of this week’s incident locations.

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-228-3518

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-284-7987

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6938 W Country Club N Dr #A3984628 $225,000 Lee Byron and Sue Keal

3431 Edmondson Ct #A3969922 $1,999,000 Melba Jimenez PA

3840 Wilshire Cir # 19 #A3984640 $199,900 Sarah Mcguire

441 Chestnut Ave Nw #C7034455 $178,900 Diana Deyampert

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-809-1478

Port Charlotte 941-639-0000 843-227-0849

Osprey 941-552-4200 941-320-8022

501 Dona Dr #N5781387 $1,500 Robin Sullivan

Nokomis/North Venice 941-485-5421 941-485-5421

Casey Key 941-966-8000 941-350-3304

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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Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-376-1826

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1979, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,335 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $222,500 in 1989.

1400 Harbor Dr #A3984481 $2,300,000 Michael Hays


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CYD honors community leaders at annual breakfast

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Sandra Terry, John McCarthy and honoree Christine Jennings

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SCOPE recognizes boundary crossers SCOPE honored Sandra Terry and Christine Jennings with the 2013 SCOPE Boundary Crosser Award Thursday, Sept. 19, at Michael’s On East. Terry is the executive director of the Laurel Civic Association, and Jennings is the CEO of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. “It takes a lot to be a boundary crosser,: said Suzanne Dameron, CEO of Lime Communications and SCOPE PR consultant. “These women have connected people,

they have crossed lines.” In addition to honoring Terry and Jennings, SCOPE celebrated 12 years as a community-engagement organization. Supporters enjoyed light bites and drinks before the award presentations. A four-minute video dedication was played for each of the honorees. Artist Edward Walsh handmade the awards, which were ceramic trees made from two different types of clay.

Riverview High School junior Danielle Richardson presents Paul Mattison with an award for his work with CYD.

More than 225 people filled the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club Thursday, Sept. 19, for the eighth annual Community Youth Development Leadership Breakfast. CYD recognized Paul Mattison, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s, and Dan Bailey, of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, for their commitment to empowering youth as leaders. High school students and graduates of the STAR program also spoke at the event.

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Items Under $200 For Sale

Autos Wanted

Personals

AB LOUNGE 2, new. Selling for $75 O/B/O. 941-914-0558.

WE BUY CARS. TOP $$ PAID FOR YOUR VEHICLES. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

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: classified@yourobserver.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 COMPUTER 2.2GHZ Quad Core refurbished $175, 941-756-6728.

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ADOPTION: CARING and understand Teacher and Physicianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assistant promise unconditional love and education to child. Expenses paid. Sandy and Clint, 1-800-968-9851. www.sandyclintadopt.com. FL Bar #0474835.

DRIFTWOOD CEDAR Stump: 33"H/58"W, landscaper/gardener prize,w/character/design lines, $100. 941-922-6468. ELECTRIC HOSPITAL Bed. Barely used. Bargain at $199. 941-349-4835 MICROWAVE: GENERAL Electric Spacemaker Under Cabinet. Brand new! $200 O/B/O. 941-355-7525. OVEN: RONCO Showtime+, never used, $25. Toshiba 13â&#x20AC;? TV, $20. 941-321-2694. WASHER: ROPER $45.00. Dryer: Whirlpool, $35.00. Dishwasher: Whirlpool, $45.00. Desk, $35.00. 922-6859.

Autos For Sale OVER 30 VEHICLES IN STOCK $10K OR UNDER 2005 Toyota Solara Convert., nice! $11,488 2007 Dodge Nitro SXT, 27K/mi., $11,988 1999 Buick Century LTD, 39K miles, $4998 2003 Nissan Altima SE, 75K miles, $8988 2010 Nissan Versa, 53K miles, $9988 2008 Nissan Sentra S, 53K miles, $9988. 2002 Ford Ranger Edge, EXT Cab, 67K/mi.! $8988 2007 Chevy Impala LS, 70K/mi., $8988 2005 Cadillac CTS, clean, 57K/mi. $11988 Hawley Motors II 5741 Pinkney Ave. (1 block west of MacIntosh, off Clark) 941-312-5890

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OCEAN KAYAK: 13/ft. Prowler. $500 or best offer. 941-468-3045.

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Furnishings FOUR ROOMS good furniture. 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room. $1600/all. Refrigerater $30, Dryer $30, Washer $60, Electric Oven $100. Cash sale. Final. 941-727-9774. SIX BEAUTIFUL UPHOLSTERED ROOM CHAIRS $575 941-918-1938

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TOMMY BAHAMA bistro set. Table and 6 leather bar stools. 5Ft x 4Ft x 3Ft. Originally $4000+, asking $1199. 941-776-7810.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales AUCTION MID-CENTURY DESIGN SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH @ 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, Heywood-Wakefield, Signed Modern Art, Retro Lighting Fixtures, Jewelry, Signed Sculptures, Rugs, Fiesta Ware, Glass and Pottery from several local Estates.***** 13% Buyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AU3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: www.auctionzip.com Auctioneer ID#8290

Merchandise Wanted CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280. I PAY cash for vintage clothing! All eras wanted. Call Emma, 941-451-7847. SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707. N #1

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A HOUSE on Longboat Key for $279,000. Marina, boat slips, pool, beach access. Open House: Sunday, noon-3p.m, Spanish Main Yacht Club, 5700 Gulf of Mexico Dr., 727 Spanish Drive S. Owner: 941-383-0285.

GULFSIDE A/C & Heating, LLC. SALES & SERVICE, FREE ESTIMATES! 10 MINUTE RESPONSE. Visa/MC/Disc. Lic. #CAC1816929 941-962-6863.

ALBERTOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S REFINISHING Of Fine Furniture, Antiques, Gold Leaf, Cane, Rush, Upholstery. Quality Work. Call: 941-296-5427.

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Cleaning BEST Home CLEANING in PALMER RANCH by GRACIE of PALMER RANCH. Affordable, Honest, Reliable. 941-312-1485.

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BETTYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOUSECLEANING Service. Residential and Commercial. High quality cleaning. Reasonable rates. Licensed. References. Call 941-650-6180. BRAZILIAN CLEANING Service by Maria. Residential/ Commercial. Meticulous Cleaning. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Reliable. Lic./ Ins. 941-400-3342. FREE ESTIMATES! Call Dotty, detailed cleaning. 24 Years Exp. Lic./Ins. Residential/Commercial. Looking for year-round customers! We accept all major credit cards. Dottie, 941-321-6645.

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FOLLOWING IN HIS FOOTSTEPS Sarsota Ballet announces its Sir Frederick Ashton Festival. For Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri, it’s a way to feel connected to the choreographer and the legacy he created.

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ain Webb sits in a quiet daze. For his wife, his pensive eyes and face are a telltale sign the artistic director of the Sarasota Ballet is dreaming something up. “Iain, what’s on your mind?” she asks him. He waves her off. “No, no, no, it’s nothing,” he says. Then, a few weeks later, that nothing has suddenly materialized into something — a big something. “Well, what about doing a Sir Frederick Ashton Festival?” Webb’s wife, Margaret Barbieri, who also doubles as assistant director of Sarasota Ballet, doesn’t recall the exact moment the idea was born, but the scene she has just described is typically what happens when Webb’s gears start turning. And, April 30, that idea will transpire into a four-day festival featuring 11 works of the founding choreographer of the British Royal Ballet. Barbieri sits in her office in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. In a few days, she’ll leave for London where she’ll join Webb Sept. 22, to speak on a panel at an Ashton symposium at The Royal Ballet School. Speaking alongside them are notable dance critics, historians, former dancers and choreographers who have worked with Ashton or stage his ballets. She explains that the timing of the panel is terrible: The dancers already staged two Balanchine ballets; they are working on “John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker”; and Paul Sutherland is here staging Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo.” But, they made it work be-

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cause it will be good for the company, and she also hopes it will promote the festival. Although Sarasota Ballet performs pieces by modern and classical choreographers and its season includes a variety of great work, Sarasota Ballet is creating an international stir with its Ashton repertoire — it has put the company on the map. Barbieri spent her first career as a dancer in Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, while Webb danced with the Royal and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, both under Ashton’s tutelage. In fact, the couple was so close with the choreographer that Ashton was the first to know Barbieri was pregnant — even before their parents. It’s a favorite story the couple often shares. Barbieri had been told she couldn’t have children, but suddenly found out she was pregnant. For fear it was an ectopic pregnancy, she and Webb kept quiet. She went to the doctor and learned it was a normal pregnancy. Webb was rehearsing with Ashton, so Barbieri rushed to the studio, peered in the window and gave Webb an excited thumbs-up. Webb was giddy, and Ashton knew something was going on. He took the couple to lunch to find out the good news. Following lunch, back in the studio, Ashton kept cracking jokes with Webb, calling him “Pop.” He leaned in toward Webb, cigarette in-hand, and said: “Wearing pink tights and going to be a father? I think not, Pop.” Barbieri first worked with Ashton in 1965 upon her graduation from the Royal Ballet School, right at the start of her career, and continued to work with him until his death in 1988. She can’t count how many of Ashton’s more than 100 ballets he choreographed that she danced in her career. “Twenty-five years’ worth,” she laughs. Now, the couple’s second careers have been spent staging Ashton ballets. Barbieri has personally staged eight, mostly pieces she had danced in previously. In “La fille mal gardée,” she danced all but the chicken part. And she danced every role in “The Two Pigeons.” So, when staging a ballet, she relies on both body and music memory from these


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be programmatic but is, for the most part, simply an unusual work that we probably won’t hear again in this lifetime. The players brought out warm lines showing more of their talents than those of the composer. Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer” are no strangers to lovers of great orchestral music. The composer later used a couple of them (instrumentally and without words) in his First Symphony, but hearing them with their folktexts allows us to hear the color and sorrow in which Mahler soaked them. Written originally for piano and mezzo, men often sing them, and tenor Jason Collins delivered the set of four songs with a spinning tone. Unfortunately, there were no translations so, unless one spoke German, the beauty and melancholy of the poetry were lost. Also, Mahler, himself, reset them for voice and orchestra. Then, more than 30 years later, Arnold Schoenberg arranged them for voice and a strange combination of flute (and piccolo), clarinet (and bass clarinet),

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I wish all concerts followed the programming three C’s: creativity, color and contrast. The programs Dirk Meyer and the Sarasota Orchestra presented last Thursday and Friday in Holley Hall followed them to the letter. These were chamber programs incorporating not only an elegant mix of instrumental forces ranging from string quartet and brass quintet to small chamber orchestras, but also making use of the vocal chamber music that is so abundant, multifaceted and beautiful, teeming with meaning, profundity and overwhelming insights. For reasons I’ve never understood, many people — musicians included — don’t consider vocal music an important facet of the chamber repertoire. And, I’m sure some members of the audience felt these programs were too “modern.” Yet, all the music was written between the late 1880s and first half of the 1900s so, come on. There is musical life after Brahms. Called “Song Fest,” these concerts were divided between two evenings and were rich in creativity, color and contrast. Thursday’s program opened with Enrique Crespo’s unusual settings of “Three Spirituals.” Set for brass quintet, they were played with exuberance and flair by the Sarasota Brass Quintet and the final, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Rather than being the lulling song we’re used to, it was turned by Crespo into a rollicking, up-tempo piece straight out of a shoot-’em-up cowboy flick. Surprisingly, it was extremely effective that way. The Sarasota String Quartet offered a picturesque performance of Turina’s “La oracion del torero” (“Prayer of a Bullfighter”). Not often heard, this is a pleasant, inoffensive piece that makes a few attempts to

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Blythe Gaissert-Levitt string quartet, contrabass, piano, harmonium and percussion — an odd assortment, at best, and — for my ears — too thin and insubstantial to support the weighty poetry and rich melodic lines of the singer. I like Mahler’s versions better. Collins, who is hired often in European houses as a helden (dramatic) tenor, was showcased to much better advantage the following evening when he sang the glorious Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings by Britten. Here, with the perfection of Joe Assi’s horn playing and a beautifully cohesive string ensemble led by Dirk Meyer, Collins mastered Britten’s incredibly difficult, breathtaking phrases and seemingly impossibly high tessitura (one section has him singing a high A followed by a B-flat ad infinitum), with amazing colorations and dexterity. Assi was no less impressive; from his singular solo in the prologue to his off-stage repeat of it in the epilogue, as if from a heav-

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THINGS HOME SWEET HOME The ideal family home has a variety of living areas, bedrooms for everybody and that indefinable feeling of comfort and security. In Sarasota, with so many retirees and empty nesters, a house that a family can really spread out in and make their own can be hard to find. Here are three of them, all in more or less the same price range. Each has plenty of room for kids, pets, toys, grandma and even a trampoline out back. And, although each has its own take on the Sarasota lifestyle, all three would make a great place to raise a family.

1. FOR THE OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY … 1744 SOUTH DRIVE This classic center hall Colonial has had only three owners in its 70-plus years, and all the charming details of a large suburban pre-war home are still intact and beautifully maintained. You’ll find a butler’s pantry, original wood floors, an apron-style kitchen sink and a side-screened porch. There are four bedrooms in the main house, plus a fifth — with bath — in the detached cottage. The home is set on a half acre in prestigious Cherokee Park, convenient to downtown and just a short walk to Southside School and nearby shopping. Priced at $1,749,000. For more information, call Gigi Silverberg of Premier Sotheby’s at 941-993-3695.

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Recently built for a blended family with five children, this Key West-style home is located in a gated community just north of downtown. It has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and an open-concept interior with Brazilian cherry wood floors, tray ceilings and custom cabinetry and built-ins. There is also a pool/spa with an adjacent out-

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