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seeking shelter

by David Conway | News Editor

City shelter opponents speak out In advance of consultant Robert Marbut’s plans to fight against homelessness in the region, two Sarasota city commissioners are already questioning his process.

+ We have a winner … Out of all the entries in The Observer’s Ringling Bridge photo contest, Nancy Silencieux’s snapshot of the iconic landmark garnered the most votes. For the prize-winning photo, Silencieux won a twonight stay Sarasota Hyatt Regency. And voting has just begun for the Observer’s It’s Read Everywhere photo contest. Voting takes place through Oct. 31, and each registered user of YourObserver.com may vote up to 10 times per day. The grand-prize winner will receive two travel vouchers from Jet Blue. Winners will be announced in a future issue of The Observer.

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Along with Sarasota County, the city hired Robert Marbut in August to provide his insights on how to deal with the region’s homelessness issues. Marbut has yet to make a recommendation, but some people are already questioning the value of those in-

sights. Vice Mayor Willie Shaw and Commissioner Susan Chapman believe a facility designed to serve the county, and to address a regional problem, is a burden that shouldn’t be placed on one municipality.

“It needs to be located in a point that’s accessible regionally,” Chapman said. “I do not favor a site that is in downtown Sarasota, or near downtown.” At Monday’s commission meeting, she said it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Mar-

but would recommend a facility in the city. She said the criteria he outlined almost necessitated it — specifically, that the shelter be near existing service agencies

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Abbie Mount, a fourthgrader at Temple EmanuEl, waves the lulav during recent Sukkot festivities. Children learned about the significance of the lulav, branches of palm, myrtle and willow leaves bound together, and the etrog, a sweet-smelling citrus fruit ceremonially waved during Sukkot. In keeping with Sukkot’s emphasis on appreciating the beauty of the natural world, the celebrations took place in Temple Emanu-El’s sukkah, a temporary outdoor dwelling with open sides and roof, constructed especially for the holiday. Children decorated the sukkah with paper chains, fruit and original drawings.

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Luca Tucci, 3, goes through the Junior Fireman Combat Challenge Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Sarasota County Fire Department Station 5 annual open house. Children participated in obstacle course activities and enjoyed games and face painting. For the story, see page 1B.

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SCAT and MCAT to merge? Should public-transit privitization occur, SCAT personnel anticipate widespread defections driven by lost pensions and decrease pay. With less than four years to go until he qualifies for his 30-year pension, Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus driver Bill Litzan says he has a tough choice to make if a proposal to privatize the county-run transit service goes forward. His options? Either abandon

his 26-year career as a bus driver and apply for another county job at a starting salary to continue earning credit toward retirement, or leave the statewide pension system three-and-a-half years shy of retirement to stay on as a driver for a privately run bus service.

“I can’t go out and start over again like I’m 25 years old,” said Litzan, SCAT’s longest-serving active bus driver. “I would have to go to a low, starting wage at another job in the county, if I could even get that, just so I could keep my pension. But, if I stop my pension now, I’ll have to

wait another 10 years before I can draw benefits.” A move to merge SCAT with Manatee County Area Transit

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BY THE NUMBERS Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT)

Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT)

2,795,526 — annual passenger trips (FY 2012)

1,523,361 — annual passenger trips (FY 2012)

2,812,715 — annual passenger trips (FY 2013)

1,767,086 — annual passenger trips (FY 2013)

14.04% — fixed route farebox recovery FY 2012

10.8% — fixed route farebox recovery FY 2012

15% — fixed route farebox recovery FY 2013 (projected)

12.8% — fixed route farebox recovery FY 2013 (projected)

$2,798,444 — fixed route annual revenue miles in 2012

$1,328,020 — fixed route annual revenue miles in 2012

$2,929,609 — fixed route annual revenue miles in 2013

$1,236,676 — fixed route annual revenue miles in 2013

private transit organization will have to either give up accumulating credit toward FRS benefits or try to get another county or state job. SCAT employees like Litzan are worried about being excluded from FRS just a few years shy of significant milestones like the 30-year mark. “Morale is at an all-time low,” Litzan said. “We feel like the rug is being pulled out from underneath us.” The privatization of SCAT could also lead to decreased pay, said a representative of the union representing SCAT drivers. “They would have to lower wages and do away with FRS,” said Gordon Miranda, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1701. “The result will be lower-quality drivers.

Privatization does not work for the benefit of the ridership.” SCAT’s 2013 farebox recovery, a measure of how much of the operating budget is offset by riders’ fares, was 12.8% — leaving a significant amount of the budget for a private company to offset with cost-saving measures such as higher fares and lower wages, SCAT and union personnel said. Despite praise for Carter’s tenure as director from both SCAT employees and county officials, several high-profile management resignations point to decreased confidence in career prospects within the organization. Para-transit Manager Rene Pokrzywinksi resigned in September for unknown reasons, and Operations Manager Gregory Brackin resigned in August to

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(MCAT), which is part of a plan to eventually privatize the two counties’ transit services, will be the topic of discussion at an Oct. 15 joint meeting between the Sarasota and Manatee County commissions. SCAT employees report the move has damaged morale and likely instigated several high-profile resignations from the transit organization this year. Sarasota County commissioners said the merger and privatization plans could be a cost-saving measure for the county that could also improve the quality of service for SCAT riders. SCAT’s $40.3 million budget for fiscal year 2014 comprises about 4% of the county’s combined $1.1 billion spending plan. The Oct. 15 joint meeting between Sarasota and Manatee counties will be the first step in a merger and privatization timeline that, according to SCAT Director Glama Carter, will take between 10 months and two years to accomplish. “It’s a complicated process of contract negotiations and cost estimates,” Carter said at a Sept. 17 joint meeting between the Sarasota County Commission and the Longboat Key Town Commission. “It all depends on how quickly the interlocal agreement can be reached.” Should privitization occur, SCAT personnel anticipate widespread defections driven by lost pensions and decrease pay. “There’s no incentive to work for SCAT without the pension,” Litzan said. “I’m gone if privatization goes through. And they’ll lose a lot more people. People will basically be forced to leave so they can continue somewhere

work for Veolia Transportation in Georgia. Pokrzywinksi walked off the job after leaving a hand-written message on a yellow Post-it note stating: “Please give my badge back to Glama, I will not be back.” According to county emails, Carter unsuccessfully attempted to reach Pokrzywinksi by phone and eventually accepted her resignation through a letter. “Mrs. Carter was a breath of fresh air and a reason to hope and look to have a career at SCAT,” wrote William McCarthy, a three-year SCAT employee, in an email to the County Commission. “To entertain the possibility of privatization at this time is unfair to her and unfair to all employees at SCAT who are trying to make a difference.” The resignations left Carter shorthanded while planning a merger and other major changes, including the long-awaited Siesta Key trolley and a trolley to the Benderson rowing center and University Mall — projects with uncertain futures if privatization were to occur. “Needless to say, my plate will be even fuller,” Carter wrote in an Aug. 26 email to Sarasota County Administrator Randall Reid in the wake of Brackin’s resignation. County officials said the issue is still in an exploratory phase. “I haven’t made a final decision,” Robinson said, citing the need to accurately gauge public opinion on the issue. “But it’s worth exploring at this point.” SCAT has solicited feedback regarding a potential merger with MCAT through a survey on its website, www.scgov.net. The survey will close Oct. 11; commissioners will use the results in to decide on the proposed changes.

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Sarasota County commissioners passed a measure Wednesday requiring commercial kayak tour operators to purchase an annual permit to operate out of Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach. File photo

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a babysitter who will do nothing 95% of the time,” said Kelly Rhea, a guide for Sea Life Kayak Adventures, at Tuesday's meeting. County staff said the program is needed to moderate the impact of the commercial operations on the facility, protect the environment and ensure ease of access at the launch site for the general public. Complaints from residents about tour operators hoarding parking spaces at the park also spurred the move. "I was hoping they could police themselves," Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson said, speaking about the tour operators. "I don't like taking a route like this, but I don't see another way of making people act responsibly." Some tour operators worry the fee will hit small operators hardest, claiming that a flat fee not tied to the number of revenue-producing launches of each vessel allows larger operators to more easily absorb the new financial burden. "The big guys can afford to put as much plastic on the water as possible," McFarland said. "We're a small company, and we try to do small tours for the benefit of the wildlife and the environment. But we're going to be punished for keeping our tours small because we can't afford the permits."

The county plan does not cap the number of permits an operator can purchase, but limits the launch area to 16 vessels at a time to manage capacity. Barbetta argued that operators should not have to pay for the county's inability to enforce existing rules. "We need to create a methodology of enforcement, not a way to raise more money," Barbetta said. Parks and Recreation analyzed other revenue-generating measures at the park, including parking fees, fees per launch and a county contract program. A per-launch fee was nixed because it would be difficult to enforce and would end up costing tour operators more, staff said. McFarland disagreed, arguing that a fee tied to the number of launches would more equitably scale permit expenses to revenue. "I don't mind being regulated, but I think it should be on a perlaunch basis," McFarland said. "We don't use those boats every day, especially during the offseason." Barbetta added that a onetime fee would encourage overuse of the park by incentivizing tour operators to recoup upfront permit costs by running more tours. "I understand free enterprise," Barbetta said.

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The county report justified the permit based on several assumptions, including an average $50 tour cost for single kayaks and $60 for tandem kayaks, and a peak season launch rate for most operators of two tours a day with 12 to 16 vessels per tour. The county report estimated that the Ted Sperling Park launch site generates more than $750,000 in annual revenue for commercial tour operators. "The county's estimates about what we're making are way overblown," McFarland said. Parks and Recreation staff estimated operators would only need to launch each permitted vessel one time per month to recoup its permit fee.

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The county anticipated the permit will cause "some market adjustments," and operators may decide to use other launch sites in the county that do not require permit fees. Parks and Recreation budgeted $100,000 in 2014 to launch the new regulations, with plans to offset the initial cost with permit revenue. The permits are estimated to raise about $75,000 annually for the county. "Don't forget about the guys out there working," Rhea said. "We’re not trying to exploit the park. Just go on TripAdvisor and read the reviews. For most people, we’re the highlight of their trip to Florida — better than Disney World.”

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rea kayak tour operators claim a new permit requirement threatens to sink their bottom lines. Sarasota County Director of Parks and Recreation Carolyn Brown presented a plan to the Sarasota Board of County of Commissioners (BCC) at a Wednesday meeting to charge commercial kayak tour operators an annual $500 permit fee per vessel to launch out of Ted Sperling Park at South Lido Beach. “It’s a money grab,” said Tom McFarland, owner of Sea Life Kayak Adventures, a Sarasotabased tour operator that uses the park. “It’s not about the environment or the resources.” The move was approved by a 4-1 vote at Wednesday’s County Commission meeting; Commissioner Joe Barbetta was the dissenting vote. The permit fee is one component of a program to better regulate commercial tour operations using the launch site at Ted Sperling Park, which provides easy paddling access to mangrove tunnels, the Brushy Bayou and the Intracoastal Waterway. The permit will pay for a manager to monitor the park full time during the peak tourist season of February through April, and periodically during the slow season from May to January. “The vessel-fee plan will hire


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STAYING GROUNDED A 40-foot boat ran aground at the north end of Siesta Beach Tuesday. No one was injured.

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Safety plan revives old debate Sarasota County commissioners adopted a bicycle and pedestrian safety plan Tuesday, provoking renewed calls from citizens for a key county staff position some claim is needed to keep Sarasota County safe for bikers and walkers. Sarasota County commissioners adopted a plan Tuesday to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in Sarasota County, exposing an ongoing debate about the need for a county bike/pedestrian coordinator, which safety advocates have been pushing for since 2006. The Sarasota County Bicycle Pedestrian Trail Advisory Committee (BPTAC) submitted its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for adoption at a County Commission meeting in Venice. The safety plan, which identifies crash hot spots throughout the county and listed recommendations to improve safety, was approved by a 5-0 vote. The plan was originally presented to the BCC May 21, but was kicked back to the BPTAC due to concerns about the accuracy and completeness of crash data. The revised plan presented to commissioners Tuesday included updated crash data gleaned from additional meetings with Sarasota, Venice, Longboat Key and North Port municipal staffs. The adopted plan should be considered a decision-making guide and does not include binding budgetary or regulatory recommendations, Sarasota County transportation planner Beth Rozansky said. The revised 46-page report compiled data from 1,756 bike and pedestrian crashes reported in Sarasota County from 2007 to

2013, and analyzed public input collected during two phases of research beginning in 2011. The report named Tamiami Trail and Bee Ridge Road as the most dangerous roads in the county for cyclists and pedestrians. And the intersections of Fruitville Road and Beneva Road, and Bee Ridge Road and Tamiami Trail were the most dangerous during the reporting period, BPTAC data showed. The safety plan outlined ways to reduce the rate of accidents along the county’s 230 miles of bike trails and 2,300 miles of pedestrian walkways. Key recommendations included more dedicated bike lanes on county roads, filling in missing sections of pedestrian walkways along major roads, more education programs for drivers and cyclists, expanding the Safe Routes to School program, lawenforcement training on bike and pedestrian laws and more opportunities for the BPTAC to provide input on roadway design plans. Rozansky called the BPTAC plan a “living document” that would be continually revised with new crash data and updated with new recommendations about every three years. Mike Lasche, head of the nonprofit group Bicycle/Pedestrian Advocates (BPA), called the plan “muted” and said it failed to follow through on several key issues, such as extending the Legacy Trail

and pushing for a county bicycle/ pedestrian coordinator. Although the BPTAC plan did not clearly outline the need for a county bicycle/pedestrian coordinator, Rozansky said the value of such a position was acknowledged in the final recommendations. “The plan recognizes the benefit of a staff person assigned to the position of bicycle-and-pedestrian safety coordinator,” Rozansky said. Sarasota County had a dedicated bicycle/pedestrian coordinator from 1992 to 2005. After the position was cut in 2005, its responsibilities were divided among other personnel. “Sarasota County needs a staff person who has solid experience or training in the science of bicycle/pedestrian transportation, not staff who have no stake in the success of initiatives in this area,” Lasche wrote in an Oct. 7 email to the BCC. Previous county administrators cited budget concerns as the rationale for scrapping the coordinator billet. BPA has been pushing for the job’s restoration since 2006. Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta said reviving the position should be a priority for the county. “We talk about being a bicycle friendly county … but we’re one of the top counties in bicycle

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Questions about the intent and progress of the Beach Road Drainage Improvements Project were the hot topic at the Siesta Key Association’s (SKA) Oct. 3 meeting. Project Manager Alex Boudreau gave a presentation on the drainage improvements to the SKA board, breaking down the project's goals and providing an update on its progress. Boudreau said work has been stalled for nearly three weeks due to last month's heavy rainfall. Siesta Key received 11.95 inches of rain last month, compared with 1.95 inches in September 2012. Boudreau said the heavy rains left standing water on the site that must now be treated before being pumped into the Gulf of Mexico. "There's no place to put this water until we get the turbidity and the bacteria out of it," Boudreau said. "Hopefully by the end of next week, all the pumping equipment will be out there and we can get the water pumped." Boudreau explained to the board and the approximately 15 residents attending last week’s meeting that the intent of the project was to collect rainwater from a 40-acre drainage area, which includes the Siesta Beach parking lots and sections of Beach Road, and channel it into a 15-footdeep retention pond. Overflow from the retention pond will pass through ultraviolet-light treatment units before being pumped 2,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico through an underground pipe, Boudreau said. Following Boudreau's presentation, SKA board members raised several concerns. Most pressing was a point of discrepancy between Boudreau's presentation and one by Sarasota County Public Works Project

Manager Brad Gaubatz at an Oct. 1 Siesta Key Village Association (SKVA) meeting. Gaubatz indicated to the SKVA that drainage improvements would also help alleviate flooding on Beach Road during heavy rainfall. The intent of the drainage improvements, according to Boudreau, is to treat stormwater runoff into the Gulf of Mexico to prevent beach closures — not to alleviate Beach Road flooding. "We're doing this to avoid shutting down the No. 1 beach in America," Boudreau said, speaking about the drainage improvements. “I’m not aware of any potential impact on Beach Road flooding.” Boudreau said he would report back to SKA once the issue had been clarified. Board members' concerns also included the need for backup generators for the pumps and possible measures to prevent bacterial contamination of standing water in the retention pond. Boudreau said an aeration system was not included in the project’s plans, and that natural ultraviolet radiation would prevent the contamination of the retention pond’s water. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to dredge Big Pass for Lido Beach sand was also briefly discussed Thursday. SKA Board Member Michael Shay said SKA had not yet taken a position on the controversial project, due to a lack of details. The Army will present the project to SKA Dec. 5. "It's kind of early to make a decision on where anyone stands," Shay said. "Hopefully, by December, we'll have better information on the dredging and the groins, and then we can take a position."

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Commission rejects Main Street gallery Dozens of people attended Monday’s City Commission meeting to show their opposition to a proposed gallery deck for a future restaurant at 1400 Main St. Sarasota residents opposed to a proposed gallery at 1400 Main St. showed up in force at Monday’s City Commission meeting, eventually getting their way when the commission denied the proposal in a 3-2 vote. During 50 minutes of public comment, only one person offered support for the project. The complaints were varied, but they all coalesced around one argument: The gallery would not provide a public benefit. Chris Brown, who purchased the building at 1400 Main St. in May, applied for a major encroachment agreement with the city to build the gallery. City staff said a major encroachment needed to demonstrate a benefit to the public to gain approval. The deck would have extended almost 9 feet over the public right of way. Mayor Shannon Snyder and Commissioner Paul Caragiulo were the dissenting votes; Caragiulo said he wouldn’t approve the agreement as-is. Still, he said he was interested in working with Brown, rather than leaving him to develop on his own property without city input.

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Caragiulo and the Romans It’s history now, and old news — that the Sarasota City Commission voted 3-2 to adopt an 8.5% increase in the city’s tax rate for the fiscal year that just began. But after that vote, Commissioner Susan Chapman, one of the three who raised the tax rate, asked the two who voted against the increase — Mayor Shannon Snyder and Commissioner Paul Caragiulo — what they would have cut from the budget to avoid the rate increase. Commissioner Caragiulo, unlike so many other elected officials, gets it. He told Sarasota Observer/Pelican Press News Editor David Conway the commission’s job is to approve a budget, not assemble it. What’s more, Caragiulo said, “If you convey to staff that you’re agreeable to the millage increase, you give them no incentive to cut the budget … Unless you give them less money to play with, they’re only going to cut what they need to cut.” No incentives, or the lack of performance incentives — that has always been one of the flaws of government management. As a result, governments typically manage and budget themselves up to what they collect in taxes. They also pad the numbers, It’s part of the game. They estimate high on expenses to the commissioners, knowing but not telling that the city or county can be managed for less. It’s not in a city manager’s interest to have less to spend each year. If, however, more commissioners approached their jobs as Caragiulo does, they would adopt performance incentives for their top bureaucrats, much like the private sector does. For instance, reward them financially for improvements in productivity. For every $10 saved through efficiency improvements (while maintaining acceptable service levels), pay the city manager a 10% bonus. For every quarter-point cut in the millage rate(while mantaining services), pay a percentage in bonus. People always respond to incentives. It

works in business. Government should be no different. But to think the status quo can be broken is a wish that, historically speaking, will never come true. See below.

+ Unbroken record of failure

It’s such a shame so many Americans — especially the Democrats who voted for Obamacare — have this delusion that “The State” can manage 300 million Americans’ health-care needs. Here’s why they believe it: They don’t know history. Consider the following excerpt from “Our Enemy the State,” written in 1935 by Albert Jay Nock, then a noted journalist: “State power has an unbroken record of inability to do anything efficiently; yet when the slightest dissatisfaction arises over any exercise of social power, the aid of the agent least qualified to give aid is immediately called for. “Does social power mismanage bankingpractice in this-or-that special instance — then let the State, which never has shown itself able to keep its own finances from sinking promptly into the slough of misfeasance, wastefulness and corruption, intervene to “supervise” or “regulate” the whole body of banking-practice, or even take it over entire. “Does social power, in this-or-that case, bungle the business of railway-management — then let the State, which has bungled every business it has ever undertaken, intervene and put its hand to the business of “regulating” railway-operation. “Does social power now and then send out an unseaworthy ship to disaster — then let the State, which inspected and passed the Morro Castle, be given a freer swing at controlling the routine of the shipping trade. “Does social power here and there exercise a grinding monopoly over the generation and distribution of electric cur-

rent — then let the State, which allots and maintains monopoly, come in and intervene with a general scheme of price-fixing which works more unforeseen hardships than it heals, or else let it go into direct competition; or, as the collectivists urge, let it take over the monopoly bodily. “‘Ever since society has existed,’ says Herbert Spencer, ‘disappointment has been preaching, “Put not your trust in legislation’; and yet the trust in legislation seems hardly diminished.”’ Nothing has changed in 80 years; in fact, it has worsened. For that matter, nothing has changed since the Fall of the Roman Empire. Consider the following from an essay by Lawrence Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education: “Late in the Third Century, Emperor Aurelian declared government relief payments to be a hereditary right. He provided recipients of government-baked bread (instead of the old practice of having them bake their own bread) and added free salt, pork and olive oil. “Rome suffered from the bane of all welfare states, inflation. The massive demands on the government to spend and subsidize created pressures for the multiplication of money. “Roman coinage was debased by one emperor after another to pay for expensive programs. Once almost pure silver, the denarius, by the year 300, was little more than a piece of junk containing less that 5% silver. “Prices skyrocketed and savings vanished. Businessmen were vilified even as government continued its spendthrift ways. “Romans first lost their character. Then, as a consequence, they lost their liberties and ultimately their civilization.” Deja vu all over again?

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Who shut down the government? Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans. There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare. This is not a matter of opinion. You can THOMAS check the Congressional SOWELL Record. As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that Congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity. Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion. ObamaCare is indeed “the law of the land,” as its supporters keep saying, and the Supreme Court has upheld its Constitutionality.

But the whole point of having a division of powers within the federal government is that each branch can decide independently what it wants to do or not do, regardless of what the other branches do, when exercising the powers specifically granted to that branch by the Constitution. The hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been laid off are not idle because the House of Representatives did not vote enough money to pay their salaries or the other expenses of their agencies — unless they are in an agency that would administer ObamaCare. Since we cannot read minds, we cannot say who — if anybody — “wants to shut down the government.” But we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare. The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a “clean” bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word “clean” like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants? If Senator Reid and President Obama refuse to accept the money required to run the government, because it leaves out the money they want to run ObamaCare, that is their right. But that is also their responsibility. You cannot blame other people for not

giving you everything you want. And it is a fraud to blame them when you refuse to use the money they did vote, even when it is ample to pay for everything else in the government. When Barack Obama keeps claiming that it is some new outrage for those who control the money to try to change government policy by granting or withholding money, that is simply a bald-faced lie. You can check the history of other examples of “legislation by appropriation” as it used to be called. Whether legislation by appropriation is a good idea or a bad idea is a matter of opinion. But whether it is both legal and not unprecedented is a matter of fact. Perhaps the biggest of the big lies is that the government will not be able to pay what it owes on the national debt, creating a danger of default. Tax money keeps coming into the Treasury during the shutdown, and it vastly exceeds the interest that has to be paid on the national debt. Even if the debt ceiling is not lifted, that only means that government is not allowed to run up new debt. But that does not mean that it is unable to pay the interest on existing debt. None of this is rocket science. But unless the Republicans get their side of the story out — and articulation has never been their strong suit — the lies will win. More important, the whole country will lose. Thomas Sowell is the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Copyright 2013 Creators Syndicate


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11 p.m. — 5100 block of Ocean Boulevard. Petit Theft. A man said his wallet was stolen from his pocket while he was at a nightclub. He said when he used the restroom, a few other people followed closely behind him. He didn’t think much of it at the time, but he thought one of those people might have stolen his wallet. He said it also could have fallen out of his pocket while he was walking around the club.

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9 p.m. — 1600 block of 21st Street. Suspicion General. A woman said someone sprayed her front porch and door with pink paint overnight. An officer said the pink substance didn’t appear to be paint. The woman’s neighbor discovered the substance wiped away with cleaning solution and a rag.

OCT. 4

ON THE FENCE 8:48 a.m. — 2400 block of Pershing Avenue. Other Disorderly Conduct. A woman complained that her neighbors were putting items against the fence. The woman said her mother owns an adjacent prop-

erty, and also the fence. The neighbor said the fence belongs to her. After contacting the city, no fence permit could be found for either address. Officers told the neighbor not to put anything against the fence to avoid further problems.

OCT. 5

BUG THY NEIGHBOR 4:02 p.m. — 1100 block of Four Seasons Circle. Dispute/Fight. A woman said she was helping her neighbor with her finances until it became too much of a burden. The woman said earlier this week, her neighbor yelled at her when they were walking around the complex. She said the neighbor comes over to her apartment constantly wanting help with simple decisions, and she wanted the neighbor to stop. When officers informed the neighbor that the woman didn’t want to see her anymore, the neighbor said she understood and wouldn’t bother her.

OCT. 6

DOUBLE OR NOTHING 6:24 a.m. — 1700 block of North Washington Boulevard. Petit Theft. A clerk at a convenience store said a man came in, went to a display of beer, took two 12-packs and left the store without paying for them. The clerk said it was the second time within the week that the same suspect had stolen from the store.

some of our health care costs, mortgage interest or property taxes from our taxable income. • The residents of Sarasota, Bradenton, Longboat Key, et al, who live on the water and receive a government subsidy to pay for some of their flood insurance premium. Finally, those of us who have a different opinion about the role of the federal government than yours are not traitors, as you imply in your disgraceful editorial. Mike Donohue  Sarasota Editor’s note: Everyone receiving a government subsidy, including those of us receiving mortgage deductions and being forced to buy governmentsubsidized flood insurance are leeching off of others. No government subsidy is morally justified. A government-imposed subsidy is theft — coercing you at the point of a government gun or threat of jail to give up your private property for the unearned benefit of another. The alternative is voluntary trade and voluntary charity, which is far more fair, effective

Dear Editor: I know you will not print this response to your editorial of Sept. 26 (“Fatal conceit”). Nonetheless, I have a strong need to respond. It is shameful that you find it necessary to call people leeches because some may need a government subsidy to purchase affordable health insurance for their families. It may surprise you to know that many families who live in Sarasota and Manatee counties have annual incomes of $40,000 or less. Do you think these hard-working families can afford to pay thousands of dollars for health insurance? Would you prefer they receive health care in the emergency room or not at all?  Because you found it appropriate to call these hardworking Americans leeches, what would you call the following people?  • Those of us who have Medicare and have much of our health care paid for by the federal government. • Those of us who deduct

+ Shutdown? ... get real Dear Editor: All this noise about about a government shutdown is just that — noise. It is fear-mongering at its worst. “OMG! We won’t pay our military and nobody will get their Social Security checks and the parks and museums will close and you won’t be able to get a passport! ... ” Ad infinitum. Ad nauseum. Instead of all the false drama over a shutdown, they should be taking real steps to reduce a $17 trillion debt, dealing with an absurd tax code, the invasion through our borders and totally out-of-control spending on a bunch of garbage the Feds have no business doing in the fist place. The House voted to fund everything but Obamacare, then they did it again  with only a one year delay in Obamacare, and the fools in the Senate (on both sides) flat out rejected the proposals. I have a message for the president, his cabinet and all of Congress: Reduce the deficit, balance the budget, protect our borders and grow the economy — and stop behaving like children. Tad MacKie Sarasota

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bring in a consultant like Gibbs to investigate whether the number of restaurants within the BID and DID was problematic. Putting in the restrictions that these boards would like to see is far from simple. Deputy City Attorney Michael Connolly said the city would be opening itself up to lawsuits if it restricted the constitutionally protected rights of property owners. Under Florida’s Bert Harris Act, business owners may seek compensation when government regulations place a liability on their property rights. Connolly said it would be easier to create incentives for ideal retailers than it would be to shut out unwanted ones. If the city were to install restrictions on restaurants, it would first have to create an overlay district throughout the BID and DID with new zoning regulations. Additionally, any limits on land use would have to be deemed to protect the health, welfare or safety of the public. Even if a consultant says there is a problem, there needs to be public support. Tim Litchett said he’s seen well-conceived plans carried through to the City Commission, only to be defeated when nine out of 10 public commenters opposed it. DID President Ernie Ritz, the only board member at the meeting to say he doesn’t believe a restaurant problem exists, questioned whether that support could be found. “I’d like to know who’s complaining,” Ritz said. “I don’t hear anyone complaining about too many restaurants.”

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to consider it. Caragiulo also said Marbut shouldn’t feel any political pressure in the course of his work. “(The commission) has to decide politically,” Caragiulo said. “Why should he, the consultant, be involved in politics?” Marbut said Sarasota residents must get beyond the instinct to be NIMBYs — people who, upon hearing about a potential shelter, respond “not in my backyard.” “The cities that get stuck in NIMBYism don’t move forward,” Marbut said. Chapman indicated she believes Marbut has gotten involved politically. At Monday’s meeting she read a list of unanswered questions she had for Marbut, and afterward said she believes he’s purposefully been more responsive to other people. “I think he has aligned himself with certain factions,” Chapman said. “I don’t think he’s considering all the factors.” City Manager Tom Barwin sent an email Tuesday to Marbut suggesting a more centrally located facility could be more appropriate for the county. Barwin said Sarasota has borne an undue burden for a city of its size in offering homeless resources. Barwin acknowledged Marbut’s expertise, but said the specific characteristics of Sarasota should be considered in his process. “We’ve got to marry his expertise on this particular issue with our expertise in terms of the geography, the community and the challenge that’s here,” Barwin said.


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Kiosks proposed as wayfinding solution Chris Musgrove is trying to sell the city on installing solar-powered interactive kiosks downtown, which would be the first of their kind in the country. There have been several failed attempts to bring wayfinding kiosks to downtown, but Chris Musgrove thinks he can succeed where others didn’t — thanks, in part, to solar power. Musgrove has been working for about a year with the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association. Together, they’re trying to get solar-powered interactive kiosks installed in the city. Musgrove, a Sarasota resident, is the North American representative for the kiosks, developed by the Irish manufacturer EcoTech Computers. He says the kiosks’ primary selling point for the city is the solar power.

“It makes a statement for the city to show the world that they’re green minded,” Musgrove said. Powered by Wi-Fi or a cellular network, Musgrove said the kiosks could list business information, provide directions or offer coupons, among other things. When Musgrove presented the idea to the Downtown Improvement District at a Sept. 17 meeting, he was met with some criticism. DID member Mark Kauffman said he wasn’t aware of any malls that had replaced a standard kiosk with an interactive one, evidence that Musgrove’s product was unnecessary. “This is for the tech world,” Kauffman

said. “I don’t think it’s superior to what they have at St. Armands Circle.” Musgrove said the user interface on the kiosks would be inviting, and that most people today would be able to catch on as they began to use it. “There’s a lot of people sporting smartphones, and this is really just a big smartphone,” Musgrove said. But DID member Eileen Hampshire expressed concerns that an interactive kiosk would be obsolete if it competed with other modern technology. “My concern is, if you’re somewhere in a new city, don’t you pick up your phone?” Hampshire asked. “My phone tells me

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FRIDAY, OCT. 11 STRIDER World Championship Races — kicks off at 5 p.m. at Sarasota BMX, 1590 N. Tuttle Ave. After the opening ceremonies, STRIDER riders will get the chance to take a few practice turns around the track to either qualify last minute or to perfect their skills for the race held Saturday, Oct. 12. After heats Saturday for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds, families can cheer their toddlers on at the “STRIDERS in the Surf” beach parade. Without pre-registration, Friday’s practice is $10 and Saturday’s race is $25. Visit http://www.striderbikes.com/ worldchampionship for information. ‘Puppy Mills: From Iowa to Florida’ — takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Cat Depot, 2542 17th St. Mary LaHay, president and founder of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals, will conduct the presentation, which is free and open to the public. Call 366-2404.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s — takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane. Participants will participate in a 1.3-mile walk and will learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical-trial enrollment and support programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association. This event is free and open to the public. For information, visit act.alz.org/sarasota or call 365-8883.

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SATURDAY, OCT. 19 Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market Veterans Appreciation Day — takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lemon Avenue and Main Street. The salute to veterans is part of the Patterson Foundation’s Legacy of Valor campaign. The event will include a tent housing 10 non-profits that have missions geared toward helping veterans. A 17-piece jazz band featuring military organizations, such as Sarasota Military Academy, will perform. Visit sarasotafarmersmarket.org for information.

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Sunday, at the Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road. Family Promise Sarasota is putting on the event to raise funds for local homeless families and children. Families are invited to decorate a cardboard box for the contest and sleep in it for one night to know what it feels like to be homeless. There will be games, music, an outdoor movie and more. There is a suggested donation of $10 for anyone who is not staying overnight and a $75 donation for those staying overnight. For information or to register, visit familypromisesarasota.org.

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Humanity Working to End Genocide Rally — takes place at 3 p.m. at Incarnation Chuch, 2929 Bee Ridge Road. Eugenis Mukeshimana, a survivor of Rwanda genocide and the founder and executive director of the Genocide Survivors Support Network, is the featured speaker. The event is free and open to the public. Call 928-5572 for information. Church of the Redeemer Solemn Evensong — takes place at 5:15 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave. The Evensong will be complemented by the sounds of the French horn, played by Joe Assi, co-principal horn for the Sarasota Orchestra. Ann Stephenson-Moe, the church’s organist and choirmaster, will perform on the church’s Nichols & Simpson organ, and the choir will sing. The anthem will be James Mulholland’s “If Love Should Count Me Worthy,” and the service will be Herbert Howells’ “Service in B.” A reception will follow the performance. For information, call 955-4263.

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Riverview High sophomore Spence Atkins hopes to advance to the Swimming & Diving State Championships for the second-consecutive season.

GOING THE DISTANCE Building off last year’s success, Riverview High sophomore Spence Atkins won both of her individual events Oct. 2.

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Riverview High golfer Kadi Pallastrone recently shot a personal best 4-under par 31 in a dual match against Cardinal Mooney at Heritage Oaks.

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ODA eighthgrader Max Coutsolioutsos shot 33 to lead the Thunder to a 151237 victory over Southeast Oct. 3.

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Briana Eddy and Cheyenne Miller combined for 19 kills and four blocks to lead the Sarasota Christian volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over Seacrest Oct. 4.

SARASOTA — It’s been in the back of her mind ever since she was a little girl. Spence Atkins, now a Riverview High sophomore, has had one goal — to reach the Olympics. Sure, it’s a lofty goal. But Atkins isn’t one to shy away from hard work. Of course, when you grow up surrounded by greatness, the mere thought of competing on the world’s biggest stage doesn’t seem all that farfetched. Her mother, Tillie, swam for the University of Tennessee and went to the Olympic Trials, while her grandfather finished fourth in the 100-meter freestyle at the 1956 Olympics. After hearing stories of her grandfather and mother’s Olympic achievements and watching several of her teammates vie for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, Atkins hopes to follow suit. “I definitely think about it a lot,” Atkins says. “Seeing my teammates go makes me want to go even more.” As a freshman, Atkins advanced to the Class 3A Swimming & Diving Championships in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle.

Following her berth in the state championships, Atkins made her first senior national cut time in the mile at the 2013 YMCA Short Course National Championships. Atkins finished fourth overall in 16 minutes, 25.61 seconds. “I dropped a lot of time,” Atkins says. “During the distance events I can tell whether I’m doing well. I just kind of know. I have various strokes and I can feel it. “I get so nervous before I race,” Atkins says. “I’ve always been like that, even at smaller meets. My heart beats so fast because I’m so excited and I want to do so well.” After a breakout freshman season, Atkins is eyeing another banner year. Atkins won both of her individual events to help lead Riverview to a first-place finish at a quad meet Oct. 2. Atkins won the 100-yard butterfly (59.83) and 100-yard backstroke (1:01.17). She also led off the Lady Rams’ winning 200-yard freestyle relay. It was a relatively relaxed meet for At-

kins, who didn’t swim either of her signature races — the 200and 500-yard freestyles. Atkins began swimming for the Sarasota Sharks, alongside her twin sister, Shealyn, when she was 8 years old. Atkins quickly fell in love with the sport; however, there was one part that the then-8year-old just couldn’t embrace. “I never wore a cap,” Atkins says with a laugh. “I refused to wear it.” Over the past eight years, Atkins has developed into one of the area’s premier swimmers. Now, she is preparing to lead Riverview into this Saturday’s Tri-County Championships and next week’s Sarasota County Championships, before preparing for the Class 4A-District 6 meet Nov. 2, with the hopes of advancing to the regional and state meets for the second-consecutive season. Eventually, Atkins has aspirations of swimming in college, perhaps at the University of Georgia, where her grandfather swam and is now in the

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The number of days Atkins trains with the Sarasota Sharks.

The time Atkins posted in the mile to make the senior national cut at the 2013 YMCA Short Course National Championships this spring.

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The distance in yards of Atkins’ signature freestyle race. The number of events Atkins competed in at last year’s Class 3A Swimming & Diving Championships.

university’s Hall of Fame, or the University of California. She will also, of course, vie for her own spot on the U.S. Olympic team. “My mom has always told me to, ‘Just feel it and go because you’ve trained hard enough for this,’” Atkins says. “She knows how hard I work.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

Spence Atkins, along with her twin sister, Shealyn, and mother Tillie, all go by their middle names.


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Sarasota High’s Roman Zaremba swam the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.99 to finish second.

The Sarasota Sailors, left, fell 30-27 to the Braden River Pirates during Friday’s district game.

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ODA player Maxime Provost and his teammates rush onto the field for Friday night football. Bishop Verot posted a 56-0 shutout.

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25 YEARS

JAN. 1, 1985 — The South Trail Area Fire Control District, Northeast Fire Control District and Fruitville Area Fire Control District consolidate and become the Metropolitan Sarasota Fire Rescue District. This was an independent special district the Florida Legislature approved.

OCTOBER 1986 — The Metropolitan Sarasota Fire Rescue District provides fire suppression services to an area east of Venice in South Sarasota County. The new fire service is known as the South County Fire Department.

OCT. 1, 1988 — The Metropolitan Sarasota Fire Rescue District merges with South County Fire District and South County Ambulance District to form the Sarasota County Fire Department. They went from being independent districts to a dependent district under Sarasota County.

1996 — The city of Sarasota Fire Department becomes part of the Sarasota County Fire Department.

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hen a siren blares in one of Sarasota’s 28 fire stations, firefighters rush to their trucks to arrive at the emergency as quickly as possible. A central dispatch center receives the emergency call and checks the Automatic Vehicle Locator to see which vehicle is closest to the area. There are no boundary lines throughout the county. “Seconds save lives,” says Sarasota County Fire Chief Mike Tobias. Emergency response was not always so efficient in Sarasota. Prior to 1988, fire districts were scattered throughout the county, and the dispatch center was not centrally located. When an emergency call came through, a fire engine that may have been closer to the incident would not respond to the call because the emergency was not in its district. The South Trail Area Fire Control District, Northeast Fire Control District and Fruitville Area Fire Control District were the first to consolidate in 1985 and became the Metropolitan Sarasota Fire Rescue District. “The idea is to provide the quickest, best service in the community and have the boundaries to let you do it routinely,” says Southern Manatee Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Brian Gorski. Soon, other fire districts wanted to join. Old Myakka Fire Control District had volunteer firefighters but no department. Volunteers stored old fire engines in each other’s homes, and homeowners insurance was high because the area was considered to have no fire protection. In 1985, Old Myakka joined Metropolitan Sarasota Fire Rescue District, and, together, they built a pole barn to house the fire trucks on one of the volunteer firefighter’s properties. After a large fire broke out east of Venice in Sarasota County, South Venice Volunteer Fire Department and Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department responded even though it was not technically in either of their districts. Taxpayers saw the need for greater fire protection. By October 1986, the Metropolitan Sarasota Fire Rescue District had signed a contract with the county and began providing fire-suppression services that became known as the South County Fire Department. The county operated two engines and one tanker out of a mobile home, Station 31, and a shared facility with the South County Ambulance District, Station 32. Talks of consolidation between Metropolitan Sarasota Fire Rescue District, South County Ambulance District and Sarasota County government continued, and in 1987, they decided one organization would be formed. The county worked on the logistics of payroll, hiring and budget issues through 1988, when

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SERVICE The Sarasota County Fire Department had 13 different fire districts throughout Sarasota County until they consolidated Oct. 1, 1988, for efficiency and to provide the best level of service to the community.

SEPT. 14, 1999 — Sarasota County Fire Department and Sarasota Memorial Hospital sign a contract for inter-facility transport services. Sarasota County Fire Department begins to provide transport services to cardiac, neonatal and high-risk OB/GYN patients.

MAY 16 TO JUNE 4, 2000 — Sarasota County Fire Department fights one of worst wild land fires. More than 7,000 acres burned, 6,000 acres of which were on the Carlton Preserve. It took two weeks to contain the fire.

SEPT. 12, 2001 — The Fire Department responds to more than 600 stormrelated calls in 24 hours when Tropical Storm Gabrielle hit Sarasota County.

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Families ‘book’ it to Sarasota Christian School

CHARLES SALAMONE Students greet Charles Salamone in Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School’s library as he walks past with a smile on his face. They chat about one of the many history courses he teaches. Salamone is in his 50th year of being an educator, and it is clear he does what he loves. He reiterates his mother’s advice to his students. “Find something you like to do and do it,” Salamone says. “Do a good job, do it right, and don’t ever take yourself too seriously.” He is the type of teacher who listtens to his students and takes their suggestions into consideration. “Students have a lot to offer in terms of ideas, interpretations and facts,” Salamone says. “The right way is not necessarily in your textbook or your notes.” While studying pre-law at The College at Brockport: State University of New York, he took courses from John Killigrew, who hadworked for the CIA, and Frank Manno, one of the assistant beach masters on D-Day. “I came to two realizations: One, the world didn’t need another lawyer, and two, I had two professors in college, both for history, who really made a student out of me. I always try to follow their lead,” says Salamone. Salamone received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in

Sarasota Christian School students browsed through an assortment of colorful books Thursday, Oct. 3, for Family Night at the Scholastic Book Fair. More than 50 children attended the event, where they made felt mustaches and participated in gift-card and poster raffles. Children and parents browsed through books to purchase and enjoy at home. Left: Sisters Faith Rommett, 3, and Ava, 5, look through books.

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Charles Salamone says his classes are demanding but he also wants students to feel at ease and to share ideas. history and education. He began his career in 1964 at Washington Irving School in Gates, N.Y., where he taught fourth- and fifth-graders. After he received his master’s in 1967, Salamone taught at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. He taught U.S. government, international relations, diplomacy and criminal justice throughout his 30-year career at the college. “I learned history by doing research, and now I just Google it and it’s there in three seconds,” Salamone says. “Before, you went to a card catalog and you read the book.”

Salamone retired in June 1996 and moved to The Meadows in Sarasota. He traveled around the world for five years before returning to teaching. “I felt my brain turning to oatmeal,” he says. Salamone began teaching at Cardinal Mooney in 2001, and, although the technological classroom tools have changed, he still keeps his method of teaching the same. He gives students different scenarios of current events. Asked if he will ever stop teaching Salamone replies, “To me, teaching is a life activity.”

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Rachel Storino, 3, goes through the Junior Fireman Combat Challenge.

Children and parents roamed the grounds of the Sarasota County Fire Department Station 5, Saturday, Oct. 5, at the annual open house. Kids met search-and-rescue dogs and police horses. They participated in obstacle-course activities and enjoyed games and face painting. The event showcased Sarasota County’s 911 center and celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Sarasota County Fire Department.

Jackson Smith, 1, plays on an old fire truck.

FIRE HOUSE / FROM PAGE 1B the Sarasota County Fire Department was created. The dispatch centers also consolidated at this time. John Albritton became the Sarasota County fire chief and was the main advocate of consolidating the departments. At the time, Tobias served as operations supervisor of the South County Ambulance District, and Gorski served as division chief in charge of operations. They both looked up to Albritton, who always looked toward the future. In 1988, he foresaw that, one day, fire trucks would have computers in them. The city of Sarasota Fire Department and the Sarasota County Fire Department began talks of consolidation in 1995. The fire chiefs worked with citizen groups to answer questions and concerns. Citizens were concerned about the level of service they would receive after

consolidation and about losing their identity. After countless citizen panels, the city of Sarasota Fire Department became a part of the Sarasota County Fire Department. “If you dial 911 and your kid is on the ground turning blue, you don’t care what color the truck is,” Tobias says. “You just want someone to show up.” Consolidation not only helped with efficiency but with cost, as well. When the fire department buys apparatus in volume for more fire stations, it can negotiate a better price. Today, the fire department has high-tech equipment that gets its employees to emergency situations more quickly, but, Tobias says, “The biggest advantage we have is our people.” “I tell the new recruits this is the best job in the world and most trusted job in the world,” Tobias says.

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Siesta Key Chapel joins in a global celebration Siesta Key Chapel parishioners gathered Sunday, Oct. 6, at the chapel, for World Communion Sunday and a mission fair. World Communion Sunday is a worldwide celebration that takes place the first Sunday in October to promote Christian unity. Various mission partners displayed information about their organizations, and community members participated in a silent auction for Haitian goods brought back from a mission trip. They also enjoyed international food and caught up with friends.

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Home in Siesta Properties sells for $2.8 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Sept. 23 and Sept. 27. A home in Siesta Properties tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. William Zwick, trustee, Robert Elliott, Toulla Zwick and Henri Zwick sold the home at 8448 Sanderling Road to Jeffrey Roberti, trustee, of Sarasota, for $2.8 million. Built in 1997, it has four bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 4,951 square feet of living area.

for $425,000. Built in 1999, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 1,494 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,600 in 1999.

Essex House

Louis and Mary Giovannetti sold their Unit 301 condominium at 707 S. Gulfstream Ave. to JSI Gulfstream LLC for $359,900. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,247 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $280,000 in 2001.

SARASOTA

Cherokee Park

Peter and Tiffany Liashek, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1715 South Drive to Daniel and Courtney Snyder, of Sarasota, for $1,345,000. Built in 1966, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,517 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $825,000 in 2011.

One Hundred Central

Norman and Florence Ferber and Mindy Ferber, trustees, sold the Unit E-911 condominium at 100 Central Ave. to Linda O’Brien, trustee, of Sarasota, for $989,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 2,173 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $752,000 in 2005. Richard and Eileen Cawley, of Sarasota, sold their Unit H1010 condominium at 100 Central Ave. to John Begely, of Sarasota, for $660,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one halfbath and 1,725 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $621,000 in 2005.

Sapphire Shores

Horace Norrell Jr. and Elizabeth Hinkelman, of Sarasota, sold their home at 512 Sapphire Drive to Robert Horton, trustee, of Bradenton, for $700,000. Built

Glencoe

Harriet Sokmensuer

This home at 1715 South Drive has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,517 square feet of living area. It sold for $1,345,000. in 1951, it has three bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,011 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 1994.

Holiday Harbor

Zelda Schadt, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 7773 N. Holiday Drive to John and Patricia Wolf, of Warsaw, Ind., for $660,000. Built in 1974, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,951 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $975,000 in 2005.

San Remo Estates

Michael and Robin Mazzone, of Park City, Utah, sold their home at 3615 Tangier Terrace to James and Barbara Beard, of Marietta, Ga., for $575,000. Built in 1956, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 1,956 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2012.

Mission Property Partners LLC sold the home at 2516 Monterey St. to Marcel and Angela Kasten, of Sarasota, for $284,000. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,796 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $165,600 in January.

Gulf Gate East

Granada

Rachel Hautamaki, of Sarasota, sold her home at 3619 Almeria Ave. to Jose and Victoria Martinez, of Sarasota, for $530,000. Built in 1958, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,241 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $545,000 in 2008.

Aqualane Estates

Federal National Mortgage Association sold the home at 1819 Stanford Lane to Jeremiah and Suzanne Burke, of Round Rock, Texas, for $470,000. Built in 1972, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,924 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $230,000 in 1998.

Lucinda Welch, of Sarasota, sold the home at 4308 Kingston Loop to Gilda Johnson, of Sarasota, for $274,000. Built in 1983, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,988 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $180,000 in 2009.

Grove Lawn

Joseph and Rhonda Moraca, of Sarasota, sold their home at 2163 Hibiscus St. to Paul Peterson, of Tampa, for $250,000. Built in 1951, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,470 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $84,000 in 1990.

SIESTA KEY

Gulf and Bay Club

Town of Sarasota

Diane Gaillet, of Sarasota, sold her home at 200 Cocoanut Ave. to Regina Vandroff and Anita Ochab, of Sarasota,

SunTrust Mortgage Inc. sold the Unit 306 condominium at 5740 Midnight Pass Road to William and Sharon Malone, of

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Alterations

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$28,500

435 S. Gulfstream Ave.

Renovations

Doug Owen

$28,000

4550 Leeta Lane

Alterations

Stephen Dinsmore

$25,000

100 Central Ave.

Alterations

Norman Ferber, trustee

$16,995

4570 Leeta Lane

Re-roof

Barbara Richardson

$13,440

2601 Belvoir Blvd.

Windows

Gretchen Wilson, trustee

$12,000

2331 Okobee Drive

Alterations

Andrew Tack

$9,300

1140 Hampton Road

Re-roof

Dustin Saiger

$7,700

845 32nd St.

Mechanical

Kara Kiedinger

$7,340

$191,520

Sarasota County building permits are unavailable this week due to a new building permiting software change. Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

Seashell

Angelina Brennan, of Pine Brook, N.J., sold her Unit 501 condominium at 6500 Midnight Pass Road to Russell and Sharon Weaver, of The Villages, for $850,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 1,725 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $240,000 in 1987.

Siesta’s Bayside

George Carroll and Mary Powers, trustees, of Sarasota, sold the home at 742 Birdsong Lane to Monica Sandstede, of Sarasota, for $395,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,845 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $175,000 in 1995.

4400 Exeter Dr # 202 #A3983983 $305,000 Sharon Freeman

4380 Exeter Dr # 102H #A3976328 $278,000 Richard Perlman

355 Firehouse Ct #A3976330 $239,000 Maureen Horn

Twin Oak Pond

Mark Flannagan, of Sarasota, sold his home at 5238 S. Winding Way to Reuben Perkins, of Sarasota, for $360,000. Built in 1987, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,620 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $256,000 in 2012.

Fisherman’s Cove

Anthony and Sylvia Kostopoulos, of Elizabeth, Maine, sold their Unit 309 condominium at 9000 Blind Pass Road to William Bortz, trustee, of Sarasota, for $292,500. Built in 1968, it has one bedroom, one bath, one half-bath and 750 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $205,000 in 1999.

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Bay Oaks

Dorothy Wondrasch, of Sarasota, sold

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

by Yaryna Klimchak | Community Editor

REAL ESTATE / FROM PAGE 7B her Unit E-93 condominium at 6157 Midnight Pass Road to Myriam Rosas, of Sarasota, for $260,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,101 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $86,500 in 1991.

Whispering Sands

Harlan Varner, of Flushing, N.Y., sold his Unit 107 condominium at 225 Hourglass Way to Larry and Janet DeAngelo, of Sarasota, for $220,000. Built in 1969, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,271 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $95,000 in 1987.

PALMER RANCH Villagewalk Panelist Don Neu and Roland Piccone, of Gap Engineering and Planning

Tom and Penny Shuff, of the League of Women Voters

Tiger Bay discusses the future of Sarasota Community members discussed the future of Sarasota, Thursday, Oct. 3, at Michael’s On East, during a Tiger Bay meeting. WSRQ talk radio host Susan Nilon moderated the panel discussion, during which members brought up concerns about the Sarasota 2050 plan.

J. Desmond O’Duffy, of Sarasota, sold his home at 7650 Pesaro Drive to Robert and Lori Ferraro, of Sarasota, for $273,000. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,534 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2005.

Isles of Sarasota

Michael and Coleen De Crescente sold their home at 5946 Roseto Place to Herbert and Janet Lotherington, of Sarasota, for $400,000. Built in 2008, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,008 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $355,000 in 2012.

Marbella

Katherine Moyer, trustee, of Dover, Del., sold the home at 4074 Via Mirada to Kathleen Townsley, of Sarasota, for $227,500. Built in 1994, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 1,818 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $184,100 in 1994.

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Lucia Howell, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 222 Osprey Point Drive to Albert and Monika Tomlinson, of Osprey, for $950,000. Built in 1985, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 4,144 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $800,000 in 2010.

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91

73

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58 (1984)

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89

75

95 (1923)

52 (1929)

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89

73

93 (1959)

56 (1929)

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87

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87

75

94 (1973)

54 (1932)

Tuesday, Oct. 8

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WICKER SET, Victorian, 2 piece, white, Loveseat and Chair, indoor/outdoor. $45. 941-225-5784

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Sat., October 12. Woodland Park, off McIntosh between Bahia Vista and Fruitville, starting at 8a.m. MOVING SALE: Saturday, 8am-2pm, 3310 56th Dr. E., off SR 70 & 33rd St. Baby furniture, appliances, toys, bikes, clothes, garden tools, patio, housewares, dishes, holiday decor, jewelry, collectibles and more!

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General Merchandise MERLIN MAGNIFIER MACHINE for use in cases of macular degeneration. Perfect condition, $1200. Regularly $2500. 941-921-7630.

Merchandise Wanted CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280.

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Condos For Sale BAYWOOD COLONY Apartments. 1BR/1BA. Convenient to beach and shopping. Small pet. $55,000. Owner 941-922-3955 or 941-960-3955. FREE! What every Real Estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com STONEYBROOK GOLF AND CC Beautiful first floor, 2BR/2BA, 1 car garage, golf course view. Immaculate with newer carpet. Golf, tennis, firtness, Stoneybrook has it all. NANCY CASEY, 941-966 -9072, Coldwell Banker.

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Gulf of Mexico views. Furnished, luxury 2377 sq feet End Unit with North West views. Pull onto the new pavered drive behind the Ocean Blvd landscaping right into your PRIVATE 2 car garage, (with the kayaks on the roof of your vehicle) shut the door and walk thru the beautiful, secure, secluded, lobby and ride upstairs to your postcard home. Have an Olympic spirit -- swim 250 strokes across to LIDO Park. Or slip your kayak into the water and go birding or BBQ on the sandbar. $965,000

Budding Tennis Stars come here to play, swim, relax.1300 sf. 2 /2 ground floor access: 4 Har Tru tennis courts, active tennis program, a workout facility, and two community pools, Sarasota Surf and Racquet is the most popular tennis gated community on Crescent Beach, just steps from the world famous Siesta Key Beach. Just a stroll to the pool. Sarasota Surf and Racquet has everything you want in a tennis beach getaway. Generate more than 70K income as a rental. $799,000

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This very appealing home will surprize you upon inspection with its new floors, new landscaping and new interior painting that enhance this clean fresh 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath that is conveniently located within walking distance to South Side School. Entry hall, lounge and dining, fully equipped kitchen. Sheltered outdoor entertaining alfresco are overlooks a pleasant back yard with low maintenance gardens, extensively paved areas and front curb appeal. $195,000

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BOB RUIZ & SHERI LASLEY 1333 Vista Drive

Located in exclusive HARBOR ACRES, this expansive family home is conveniently situated between downtown Sarasota, St. Armands Circle and the beaches of Siesta Key. With 7 bedrooms and 6½ baths, this home accommodates a large extended family. The over ½ acre property boasts a beautifully landscaped front lawn and generous back lawn with oversized pool and spa. 100â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of seawall with a large sundeck and 48â&#x20AC;&#x2122; dock on sailboat water will accommodate most any boat. This is a special property. Keep the existing home or build the estate-home of your dreams. MLS#3976061 $2,500,000

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166 GOLDEN GATE POINT #70

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This magnificent 8,330+ square-foot home enjoys a serene Zen-like environment. The main house consists of four bedrooms, an office, den and exercise room on the main level, and a living room/bedroom/bath getaway suite on the second floor. Separate 953 square-foot guesthouse. 180-degree bay views, infinity edge pool and spa set in natural stone and overlook the dock and sandy beach. $3,995,000

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NATURAL TALENT S If James Griffin were to create the cover art for a book about his career, it would illustrate just enough of his story to seduce you to read the pages beneath it.

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“When I’m working in my studio, I get a little more fantastical than when I’m out in nature doing plein air stuff,” James Griffin says. “It’s so compelling; you’re desperate to get it down before the light changes.” This Maine plein air-inspired piece is called “Sonata for Wind and Sun.”

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2. Color — I don’t use color the way people normally would think of using color. The sky is not always blue; it’s blue, red, green and yellow. And so is the grass. So is everything else.

Where: Dabbert Gallery, 76 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota Cost: Free Info: Call 955-1315 ONLINE: Visit YourObserver. com to see James Griffin talk about some of his different styles of work. help. Being an assistant quickly evolved into Griffin doing the work himself, and then it became his career. But he would always continue his non-commercial art on the side. Cover art is planned. It comes from photo shoots that use models followed by illustrating and painting the scene. Over the years, the cover-art process has evolved to creating pieces digitally. Sometimes, Griffin will use this process to help plan what he’ll paint for a gallery-style piece. One consistent theme in his series is that all of Griffin’s works tell a story. For instance, Forces of Nature uses women to portray a part of the natural world in a realistic way. For instance,

“Fugue” is on display at Dabbert Gallery. It’s part of one in Griffin’s Forces of Nature series. ”The Dabberts were quite open to my work,” Griffin says. “I like them very much; I think they are a wonderful team, and they work hard for the artists and collectors.” to portray the energy of Florida’s daytime, he painted a portrait of a woman reaching for a grapefruit — she is posed similarly to the Columbia Pictures iconic image. And, even if the piece doesn’t contain an obvious story, his objective is to make the viewer feel what he was feeling when he painted it. “I think an artist is always inventing, or reinventing himself,” Griffin says. “It’s kind of a strange thing because it’s like a meditation … does what I’m putting down really represent what I am feeling?”

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6. Telling a story — Every painting is telling a story … the main reason you paint is not just to move pigment around on a canvas — it’s to actually reach out and communicate with somebody and to touch somebody. If they can feel a little about what you were feeling, even if it’s just a glimmer, that’s a really cool thing.

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FST’s newest project explores what ‘Older than Dirt’ means What does it mean to age? It could mean a drawer full of hair dye and wrinkle cream; it could mean a metaphoric drawer full of life experience and wisdom; or it could mean you share your good, bad, dramatic and comedic stories with a Florida Studio Theatre interviewer. In its new community project, “Older than Dirt,” starting Oct. 14, it will use the interviews to explore what aging is all about. It started in October 2009, when “Life in the Middle” was first presented at Asolo Repertory Theatre. For that production, New Jersey-based playwright KJ Sanchez worked with FSU/Asolo Conservatory third-year students to interview area middle-school students. She turned these interviews into a comedic, documentary-style script and, eventually, into a production. Richard Hopkins, artistic director of Florida Studio Theatre, was in the audience — he introduced himself to Sanchez following the show. “He said, ‘I saw your show, and I liked it,’” Sanchez says in a phone call from New Jersey. “We’ve kept in touch since then and have been looking for the right project (to collaborate on).” Sanchez operates American Records, a theater company that creates plays from real-life interviews; each aims to tell the bigger picture. For instance, “ReEntry” is a hard-hitting play that used interviews with Marines who had returned from Iraq and Afghani-

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the age of 65, according to a 2012 U.S. Bureau of the Census Population Estimates Program. stan to create a story of the challenges servicemen face when they attempt to reenter civilian life. “ReEntry” was a project, like every one of Sanchez’s projects, that sought to promote understanding and change. Sanchez hopes to serve the same function with a focus on specific issues of aging using Sarasotans’ stories to create a plot. A team of FST interviewers will conduct interviews with as many people who want to participate. Sanchez estimates they’ll conduct between 40 and 100 interviews and expects the bulk of interviews to come from people ages 60 years and older, although, she hopes to speak with teenagers and middle-aged people, as well. Some people will become the main characters, whom they might interview on a few differ-

ent occasions. All of the interviews will be anonymous once they are turned into a script. Sanchez isn’t fishing for certain answers — she lets the interviews lead the way. It always starts with a question, similar to: “Do you experience any sort of biases relating to your age?” Sanchez calls it a “thrill ride” because there’s no way to know what the end result will be. “What’s so cool about being willing to participate — these people are actually impacting the play,” she says. She hopes that the eventual outcome, the play, will get people talking and thinking and will be funny, smart and entertaining. “Hopefully it will help the younger members of our country understand the issues and how to take better care of (the elderly),” she says.

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Volunteers held together by The Ringling glue There are three volunteers manning the welcome desk at The John and Mable Ringling Museum. One of them, Roberta Schaumleffel, or “Bobbi,” as her museum friends call her, greets another volunteer, John Fisher, as he arrives for his shift. She says that although she has logged more than 500 hours so far this year, he has probably doubled that. One of their friends, who is also a volunteer scheduled that day, has been having a rough month. “You need to go talk to her today,” Schaumleffel tells Fisher in a caring voice. The museum volunteers are a tight-knit group. Schaumleffel explains that September at the museum is one of the slower months, but it gives the volunteers a chance to get to know each other better. During Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) from Oct. 9 through Oct. 12, there’s a lot of foot-traffic and people to greet — she likes it best when it’s busy. Schaumleffel has volunteered for the festival since its first year. She and Fisher work the membership table in the front lobby of the museum. “They were supposed to do the festival every other year,” she says, “but, after the first year was over, it came back to us that Mikhail Baryshnikov would like to see this event every year — he was pleased.” The festival is a partnership between The Ringling and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. And, speaking of Mikhail

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“A lot of us are so busy greeting, talking to people and loving it,” Roberta Schaumleffel says of the volunteer perspective on RIAF. “But every year I buy a ticket, and I can tell you my favorite performance — it was when Mikhail Baryshnikov performed.” Baryshnikov, his performance in 2010 was Schaumleffel’s favorite RIAF event. She sat on the edge of her seat, wanting to cry, and could hardly breathe during the performance. She mostly volunteers at the festival because she sees many members and recurring visitors, people with whom she can have “reunion chitchat.” The types of

people to whom you ask, “How was your summer?” “What have you been up to?” or “How was Michigan?” She says there are some who are drawn to one particular RIAF event. For example, Schaumleffel says her exterminator is a big fan of flamenco dancing and is planning to see Rocío Molina. Others get tickets to every event.

Schaumleffel says that this year, she’s planning on buying a ticket to the closing-night party and attending as a non-volunteer. She’ll attend with some of her volunteer friends. This group of friends, ages 56 to 88, socializes outside of The Ringling and gets together for dinner every once in a while — there’s a tram driver, a couple

of docents, an ambassador who works in the pavilion and more. “The Ringling is what we might have used to call full-circle banking but, instead, full-circle volunteering,” she says. You make friends; you learn; you’re part of a support group; there are wonderful restaurants; there are events and concerts on the grounds; the museum is constantly changing; and you can sit out on the terrace and read a book if you don’t want to do anything else, she says. You can find her there some days. For Schaumleffel, the biggest perk of her job is the camaraderie. “Being with people whom you like, who like you and whom you have something in common with (is a perk),” she says. “It’s a bond — The Ringling glue.”

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 Fred Astaire Dance Studio staff and dancers presented “Puttin’ on the Ritz” Sunday, Oct. 6, at Sarasota Opera House. The pieces they performed were perfected over the past three months and were choreographed by Bruno Collins. Performers included Jeisenia Gonzalez, Dr. Harvey Levine and Petra Pennington, left, and Jesse Goodnight, lifting Pennington.

 Manatee County Cultural Alliance celebrated the opening of “The Skeletons of Bone Valley” exhibit Friday, Oct. 4, at Bradenton’s Village of the Arts first Friday art walk. The exhibit features photography of Florida’s phosphate country, Bone Valley, from photographers, including Richard Porter, curator Matt Allison and Virginia Robinson, pictured, as well as other photographers. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 28.

 Every October, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens hosts a music series. The 2013 series kicked off with Photos by Mallory Gnaegy The First Brass performing “Red, White and Brass: American Salute” Sunday, Oct. 6, with vocals by Sharon Scott. Attendees, such as Mimi and John Greco, lounged beneath the banyans, where they enjoyed a patriotic salute to our veterans. The series takes place every Sunday in October. The next concert, “O Som Do Jazz,” takes place Oct. 13. Tickets are $5. Call 366-5731 for more information.

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American theatrical comedy loves men suffering mid-life crises and scratching their seven-year itches. Steven Dietz’s “Becky’s New Car” gives equal time to women-of-a-certainage stuck in various ruts. Our titular Becky (Becky Holahan) is a 50-something wife and mother. She has a good job at a car dealership, a stable husband (Neil Kasanofsky as a roofer with his feet on the ground) and a good life. She’s bored to tears. Not that Becky complains … exactly. Though she does maintain a running dialogue with the audience. Dietz’s play doesn’t so much break the fourth wall as it crashes through it like a four-wheel-drive assault vehicle. (More automotive puns ahead. Proceed with caution!) Becky maintains a running chatter with the audience, offering them soda and beers — or getting them to help with her collating. (If you’ve ever wanted to break into theater, sit in the front row at this play. You’ll get your chance.) Becky never asks the audience for help with her midlife crisis, though. No problem. Becky’s working late one night when Walter (Neil Levine), a befuddled-but-charming millionaire appears. While Becky fills out his last-minute order for nine cars, Cupid zaps his heart. Widower Walter gets the impression that Becky is also a widow. She never corrects him. Complications and an affair ensue. Nothing bad happens … exactly. The comic engine simply accelerates Becky into the farce lane. Becky, (a four-square, moral lady) is suddenly juggling lies and double lives. Like all good people, she’s bad at it, and all the stuff she’s juggling comes crashing down. But, failure is always funny — just ask Wile E. Coyote. John Michael Andzulis’s excellent set design helps sell the joke; the action all

happens in one set, doubling as home and office. Becky leaps across time and space. Aristotle’s unity of action gets hit in the crosswalk. Such wacky comedy needs savvy comedic talents. Venice Theatre delivers. Director Murray Chase’s screwball rhythm is firing on all eight cylinders. The actors are equally fine. Holahan doesn’t exactly steal the show — the car belongs to “Becky,” after all. But the weight of the play is on her, and she carries it effortlessly. Kasanofsky is wonderfully deadpan as the husband. Levine serves up the dead-opposite vibe as the heart-on-his-sleeve millionaire. Diane Brin is winning as a poor little ex-rich girl. Ronald Krine Myroup is Robin Williams-esque as Becky’s co-worker — a widower on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Great performances also from Scott Ireland (as Becky’s psycho-babbling grad student son) and Arianna DeCecco (as his bubbly girlfriend). Strong script. Strong cast. Strong direction. It all adds up to a light, tight, bright performance. At the end of the road? It’s no spoiler to say: Becky’s life resets. A few dings and scratches, maybe. But no shootings, stabbings, ghosts or “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” shouting matches. Comedy (farce especially) forgives. Especially when it’s Becky we’re talking about. This is a play that wants you to like it, with a central character who shamelessly wants you to like her. It works. If Becky wanted to sell the audience cars, they’d all walk out with keys in their hands when the curtain came down. — Marty Fugate

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Esteemed director Alfonso Cuaron has always wanted to be an astronaut. In his new film, “Gravity,” it’s extremely apparent that he has a meticulous vision as to what it would be like, weightless, drifting about in space. And it’s stunning beyond words. Four years in the making and seven years since his last film (“Children of Men”), “Gravity” is about the utter lack thereof. A veteran astronaut, Matt Kowalski, (George Clooney) and medical engineer, Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), are in the middle of making a technical repair outside of their space shuttle. Suddenly, all hell breaks loose when a shower of debris from the explosion of a Russian satellite hits them. For an amazing 13 minutes, the audience is in perfect tandem with the two until they are, literally, lost in space. Matt, velvety smooth and cocky (so signature Clooney), reassures Ryan as she’s frantically losing oxygen to “sip it like wine, not gulp it like beer.” He then performs a drastic act of heroism and leaves Ryan to her own devices. The gravity of the situation is dreadfully dire. One need not give a hoot about sci-fi thrillers to immerse himself in this visually gripping survival saga. There are no aliens, evil forces or unexplained events inhabiting this groundbreaking piece of filmmaking. Cinematographer Emmanuel

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Use an electric sander to sand all the reachable areas of each pallet. Take care to get all of the edges. The less it’s sanded, the more the paint will soak in. It takes about 15 minutes to sand each pallet. If you wear gloves, it can decrease the soreness of your hands when you are sanding the last pallet.

3 APPLY PAINT AND POLYURETHANE You could save a little time and buy spray paint, but it limits your color options and makes it look more finished as opposed to rustic. If you want it to look shabby chic, it’s best to apply paint with a brush. If you’re going for the brush method, like we did, just know this step takes the most time. Dip your brush about one inch into the paint and apply sparingly. If you can see a little of the wood color, that’s a good thing. If it dries and you want to make it look more rustic or worn, you could always go over the paint with a sander around some of the edges. Apply polyurethane (see photo above) to protect your wood bed frame. If you choose white paint, use a water-based polyurethane; oil-based can turn yellow over time.

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Mallory Gnaegy We used fewer brackets, so it makes it easier to take apart in demonstrating case of moving. But, if you’re pretty stationary or have kids who how to build like to jump on the bed, then you could also apply brackets in a pallet bed the middle sections. frame at Lay the bottom layer of four pallets flat (they should equal YourObserver. around 80 inches by 100 inches, give or take a few centimecom. ters). You’ll attach mending braces in the middle sections where the pallets touch. We attached screws in the two outermost holes of the four-hole, 4-inch mending braces. You’ll then lay the top layer of four pallets flat on top of this layer, and apply braces in the same areas.

Finding eight pallets can be an issue, especially during the rainy season. To make things easier, there are services through which you can purchase pallets. The most important part is that they haven’t been exposed to lots of rain and humidity and that they are in good shape. Pass on pallets that smell, look oily or are stained. The newer-looking pallets are more trustworthy. You could always scrub them down with bleach and soapy water and lay them out to dry. Eight pallets provided about a 10-inch platform — another four would make the bed higher. You would have to do some measuring and cutting for any other size bed.

5 ATTACH THE BOTTOM LAYER TO THE TOP LAYER You’ll vertically attach one 10-inch flat straight bracket to each of the corners so that they attach the bottom and top layer of pallets. You can attach these on the inside corner or outside corner, depending on your preference.

TIPS: • If a pallet is stamped with HT, it means it has been heat-treated rather than chemically treated, which is healthier to use for building purposes. • An electric sander can be purchased

for $30. If you don’t use it, the project could take weeks. • Paint the brackets and braces once they are attached to hide the metal color. • It’s necessary to use an electric drill with a bit to create a hole. By using a bit, you can prevent splitting the wood.

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Cosimo’s Restaurant and Catering is launching a charitable program called “Cosimo’s for a Cause” and will be raising money for schools and non-profits in our area by hosting fundraisers on select Tuesday evenings this month at the restaurant with 10% of every check going to the featured organization. John Ganley, general manager, says, “We’ve been part of this community for more than 15 years, and it’s important to us to give back.” For information, go to www.cosimos.net. We’ll tell you more about this charming restaurant in the future but, for now, we want you to know about Fresh Start Café, an appealing indoor-outdoor hideyhole at 630 S. Orange Ave. that’s family owned and has spectacularly great sandwiches, salads, soups and breakfasts concocted by Chef Matt with Hanna and Susan doing a little of everything and Sam serving. Oh, and don’t forget Jonah. He’s responsible for those yummy shortbread and butter cookies they give out as gifts when you get the check. “We like slave labor,” Sam joked. “Jonah’s 9.”

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Think Italian and you might see visions of pastas swimming in red sauces. Not at Gabbiano. Chef Paolo, who’s originally from Ischia, has an osso buco ravioli that floats. His fillet of grouper, with sundried tomatoes, spinach and capers in a white-wine sauce, is perfect for waste-line watchers. And the scaloppine Mamma Lucia, sautéed in Marsala with wild mushrooms, thinly sliced eggplant and fresh mozzarella, is so tender you won’t need your knife. Peter has been in the restaurant business since he can remember and, together with Marc, Café Gabbiano has taken on a whole new ambience that caters to romantic evenings for two and parties of 150. My favorite is a charmingly intimate paneled dining room that would be perfect for an intimate, candlelit dinner of 10. Like home, but better. Oh — they also have a full bar and 220 different kinds of wine — 3,000 bottles on the premises — and 23 hand-selected Italian wines with artistically designed ceramic labels.

as an entry into the Great American Beer Festival Competition this month. And, because Chef Darwin is from South America, there are also “American craft beers inspired by and infused with the exotic flavors of the Amazon and the Andes.” We’ll still find Chef Darwin spending most of his time in Sarasota, but Matt says, “This is a family business. My family partners with Chef Darwin. I had completed law and graduate school in Chicago and was beginning a career there, but ultimately couldn’t pass on the opportunity to work with Darwin and our brewmaster, Jorge Rosabel, in getting this operation off the ground.” Matt moved in March to Sarasota. The concept of a lawyer involved in brewing beers (and probably drinking them) fascinated me, so I asked how one affected the other. Matt replied, “I’m not licensed to practice in Florida, although I am giving some consideration to sitting for the Florida Bar next summer. But that will depend on how busy we are at the brewery.” Meanwhile, he adds, “A background in law helps in any business or profession.”

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afé Gabbiano on Siesta Key just north of the Village has been reinvented, and it took a family, not a village, to do it. Peter Tracy actually lives in California but, because he’s spending more time on Siesta Key near the Gulf of Mexico than along the Pacific Coast, he’s really a Sarasotan. His job as general manager of the 4,000-square-foot café keeps him in town most of the time. And his nephew, Marc Grimaud, the restaurant’s proprietor, has moved here with his wife, Laura, and they love every minute. Four thousand square feet may sound big, but Café Gabbiano feels intimate. It also has one of the best chefs for authentic, delicious Italian cuisine. Chef Paolo is known as “The man behind the vision,” and that vision is more like a magnificent vista filled with delicacies such as burrata — fresh Italian cheese made from creamy mozzarella so delicate it melts on the tongue, served with speck (a sort of gentle prosciutto), fresh pesto and yummy, crusty Italian bread.

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K, it hasn’t opened yet, but Darwin’s on 4th, one of our favorite spots in town, is building a brewing company in Bradenton. Matt Cornelius, who’s helping Chef Darwin Santa Maria pull it together, says, “We’re in the process of winning approval from the Bradenton Zoning Board and City Council before construction begins. Our goal is to be open at 803 17th Ave. W., across from McKechnie Field, by March.” That doesn’t mean Darwin’s on 4th is closing. Far from it. It just means the brews that are made and on tap in Sarasota will soon be available to the north. “We are a production brewery and will be strictly serving beer in our Bradenton tasting room and accompanying beer garden,” Matt explains. “But we plan to invite community food truck vendors to serve on our property.” What are some of the brews we can expect in Bradenton? Well, among them are the West Coast IPA, which was second runner-up as best beer in Florida. There will also be Ayawasca — a Belgian dubbel; and Charapa — a spiced porter, which Matt says was accepted

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St. Martha Catholic School held its annual interactive dinner and auction Saturday, Oct. 5, at Michael’s On East. All committee members, as well as Chairwoman Amanda Lopez, donned blue aprons, while a sold-out crowd of more than 200 guests mingled, bid on silent-auction items and were introduced to the live-auction

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on his cake, along with the Rev. Sebastian Szczawinski, whose birthday was earlier in the week. Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and Mancini then took the stage and instructed the guests on how to cook each course — all to raise money (more than $100,000 and counting) for St. Martha Catholic School.

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SARASOTA’S BELOVED JEWEL t was a sad day last week in the Black Tie department as news arrived that sweet Jewel Ash had died. Ash had been a friend to many of us here, so we wanted to share a few memories of her. Molly Schechter: The Sarasota Opera Guild; Sunshine from Darkness (international mental health research organization); Temple Beth Israel of Longboat Key; Catholic Charities; The Sahib Shrine; Jewish Family & Children’s Service; Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center; St. Jude Catholic Church HispanicAmerican Center; Circus Sarasota; Designing Women Boutique, where she was a longtime board member, styling chairwoman and originator of the Salon Series; Senior Friendship Centers; and the list goes on … There are 117 photos of Jewel Ash in our Black Tie online galler-

Newlyweds Peter Plotkin and Diane McNeelPlotkin cut the groom’s cake.

Jewel’s husband, Mike, had gifted her a few dresses that she didn’t feel were “her” and that she thought I would love (I guess Mike knows our little secret now!). Our lunches always took place at Bijou Café, and because she knew I loved its famous pommes gratin dauphinois, she always ordered them and acted like she’d help eat them, which she never did. She just wanted to see me happy, and that was one of the many things that was so special about Jewel. I wore the dresses she gifted me this week in her honor and will continue to miss her friendship.

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ies, which only go back to 2006 — a tiny, but telling, descriptor of the extent of her community involvement. And she was not just a name on a committee list; she really worked. If “stalwart” is an odd word to describe a delightfully delicate little lady, it is an apt one. Jewel was as determined and persistent as she was kind and generous. Before they wed in 1978, Jewel took Mike Ash to her doctor, wanting him to fully understand her medical history. The doctor told them, “You’ll be lucky to have five years together.” They had 35. She was proud of and happy about that, as she had every right to be.

Emily Walsh: Who knew that someone so small in stature could behold so much power? Well, this BT Editor certainly didn’t until she unleashed it upon me during the Designing Women fashion shows that she so expertly styled for so many years. Many of you know that my style is, uh, let’s say conservative. The only, and I mean only person who could ever convince me to wear a white suit with nothing underneath the suit jacket but a lacy bra was Jewel Ash. And, believe it or not, I did it. And I did it because I loved her. And, I’ll have to agree with her ... I didn’t look half bad! Well, being in my late 20s at the time probably didn’t hurt, either.

Stephanie Hannum: Although I always loved seeing Jewel’s smiling face at events, I especially loved the occasional phone call from her saying, “We need to have lunch. I have a dress for you.”

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