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the kickoff The well-known former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Martin Gramatica and his placekicking brothers chose Sarasota to start their green building business, which has just secured a deal to provide housing to earthquake-ravaged Haiti. By Robin Roy | City Editor

+ Official opening will be a close shave Russell Matthes and Troy Syprett, co-owners of Daiquiri Deck and Daiquiri Deck Raw, are refusing to shave their beards — at least for a little while. With their newest Daiquiri Deck site set to open in just a couple of weeks on St. Armands Circle, the guys say they’re letting their facial fuzz reign until they officially open for business.

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+ Make yourself right at home We spotted cute and cuddly Zeus sprawled out on the sidewalk Jan. 19, outside of Pastry Art. According to his owner, Zeus is doing “the turkey.” However, this position has also been referred to as “the platypus” and “frog legs.”


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The Gramatica brothers have made a habit of sticking together. When eldest brother Martin Gramatica became a football kicker, younger brothers Bill and Santiago followed. Gramatica decided to go pro (with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), as did, Bill, who played with the Arizona Cardinals, and Santiago, who was injured before he could play with the New York Dragons in the Arena Football League. “We always looked up to Martin and wanted to follow in his footsteps,” said Santiago Gramatica. “He was a father figure.” After their pro careers ended, there was no question that the Gramatica brothers would stick together in the post-football lives. What they didn’t know is that their new line of work would bring them to Sarasota. Martin, Bill and Santiago Gramatica created last January a construction company called Gramatica SIPS Inc., with its office on 19th Street East, in Sarasota. “We love Sarasota,” said Gramatica, who won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers in 2002. “We live in Tampa, but our staff lives in Venice. So we wanted to choose a place in the middle.” Gramatica SIPS manufactures a special type of insulated panel wall that is easy to build, less expensive to buy and more energy-efficient than regular wood, brick or concrete walls. The company just signed an agreement to build six homes in Haiti to replace those destroyed in the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, and, eventually, they plan to create an entire village. “We’ve been working toward this since the earthquake happened,” said Santiago Gramatica.

A roundabout way

The Gramaticas admit just two years ago they knew nothing about construction — and they’re still learning. “I feel like a rookie every day,” said Gramatica. Gramatica ended his career

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Brothers Martin Gramatica and Santiago Gramatica stand in front of the panels that will be used to build three homes for underprivileged families in Haiti.



in 2008 with the New Orleans Saints. He knew he wanted to start a post-football business with his brothers, but he wasn’t sure just what. Three years after Hurricane Katrina, he saw how the city of New Orleans was still devastated. “It looked like the hurricane had just come through,” he said. He knew then that he wanted to do something to help the victims of that disaster and other disasters. The Gramaticas began researching construction materials and stumbled upon SIPS

— structurally insulated panel systems. “We didn’t just jump into this,” said Santiago Gramatica. “We wanted something new, energy-efficient, easier, quicker. The future.” The panels the Gramatica SIPS creates are made of a strong but lightweight fiber cement surrounded by water-resistant plywood. They won’t rot and are termite-proof. And the unique place-bynumber system the company created makes building a home


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Gramatica SIPS created panels that are made of lightweight fiber cement and surrounded by water-resistant plywood. The panels won’t rot and are termite-proof. One Habitat for Humanity home that was built using the panels reported a 70% reduction in energy costs.

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+ Columbia sophomores address local high school students

Scavenger hunts have always been a fun way to connect with other people and, in many cases, win prizes. SCVNGR and Sarasota County have partnered to allow people to play on-the-go with a mobile scavenger hunt. Right now, there are two SCVNGR hunts going on in Sarasota County. One is based around being out-

+ Homemade instruments create unique image for The Garbage Men

+ Key Club sponsors annual walk-a-thon

Recycling is not only good for the environment but, apparently, also for making music. The Garbage Men jumped on the recycling bandwagon and have now found themselves on the verge of stardom. The five freshmen who make up the band attend Pine View School and made their instruments out of cereal boxes, old toys, glass bottles and other recyclables. Band members Harrison Paparatto, Austin Seigel, Ollie Gray, Jack Berry and Evan Tucker are headed this weekend to Atlanta to try out for “America's Got Talent.” This past Saturday, the group played at the Sarasota Farmers Market and asked for donations to help pay for gas for the trip. Their goal is to make it through at least one round of judging.

The Key Club of Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School will sponsor its 10th annual five-mile walk-a-thon Saturday, Jan. 29, to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, All Children’s Hospital and the Joey Powers Leukemia Project. Powers was a junior at Cardinal Mooney who died in November, after having been diagnosed with leukemia. In the past nine years, the Key Club has raised more than $35,000 during its walka-thons. The walk takes place at the school’s Austin Smithers Stadium, 4171 Fruitville Road. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the walk takes place from 10 a.m. to noon. The entry fee is $10. For information, call 371-4917.

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Columbia University sophomores Dan Mullins, Caroline Lisankie, Maria Sulimirski and Eric Williams spoke at the luncheon.

doors. The other SCVNGR trek features the “Intersections” public-art exhibit in downtown Sarasota. People who participate in the art scavenger hunt have the opportunity to win gift certificates from downtown Sarasota merchants. In order to get in on the fun, go online and download the free SCVNGR app for either the iPhone or the Android. For more information, visit scvngr.

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Jack Berry, Harrison Paparatto, Ollie Gray, Austin Seigel and Evan Tucker perform at the farmers market.

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The Columbia University Club of Sarasota featured four Columbia sophomores during a luncheon Jan. 13, at the Field Club. Eric Williams, Dan Mullins, Caroline Lisankie and Maria Sulimirski spoke about their transition from Sarasota to New York City, the core curriculum, Greek life and challenging classes. The audience included students from Cardinal Mooney and Booker high schools, Pine View and Out-of-Door Academy. George Ruhl, a local alumni board member with dual degrees from Columbia’s engineering and business schools, organized the alumni luncheon.

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won’t end with the harvest Enriching farmland is our labor and our love. We provide American farmers with nutrients to grow the food we need. This means lower food costs for us and more land that can be preserved for the environment. But our work doesn’t stop there. After mining the natural phosphate needed to make our products, we reclaim the land for recreational and environmental uses. We bring more food to your table, along with a commitment to stewardship of our natural resources.


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Palmer Ranch Lowe’s to begin construction The home-improvement chain will start construction on its long-dormant Central Sarasota Parkway store. By Robin Roy | City Editor

Construction will begin on a Lowe’s home-improvement store in Palmer Ranch nearly four years after it was first proposed. In May, residents will begin to see crews working on the vacant plot on Central Sarasota Parkway, between the Bella Villino condos and former Albertson’s supermarket. It’s expected to open as early as next January. “We’re very happy to be coming to Southwest Florida and serving the residents there,” said Lowe’s spokeswoman

Stacey Lentz. The 94,000-square-foot store is smaller than the originally proposed 153,000-square-foot facility. The Sarasota County Planning Commission had denied that original plan, because it believed the size of the building was too big for the 20-acre site. WilsonMiller, the land-planning company that had been representing Lowe’s locally, has said the long construction delay was because of the downturn in the economy. The Lowe’s store will create 120 jobs and, more important for some, a little


Siesta Key residents riled over rumor Robin Roy

The wooded property beyond this gate off Central Sarasota Parkway will be home to a new Lowe’s store, which could open next January.

bit of buzz for the area. “I feel this area is turning into a ghost town,” said Margaret Brading, president of the Palmer Ranch Communities Coalition. With vacancies in the shopping centers on Tamiami Trail and in Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, Brading said Palmer Ranch needed something to attract more businesses to the area. “Lowe’s is definitely a positive,” she said. “The residents are very happy.”


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John and Rita Steele visit the Brown’s Grove stand with their dog, Bill, Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Sarasota Farmers Market. See more photos on pages 14 and 15.

When Key residents saw a chain-link fence on Shell Road, they mistakenly thought homeowners put it up. By Robin Roy | City Editor

Siesta Key Association President Lourdes Ramirez is receiving complaints from Key residents who think homeowners have blocked access to the beach from Shell Road, a small north Siesta Key street. Fencing has recently appeared on the road. “When people saw the chain-link fence, they thought (homeowners) were doing it again,” said Ramirez. In the past, Shell Road residents had grown weary of beachgoers using the access point to the beach and had tried to limit that access. One homeowner even placed boulders in the area to try to keep people out. “It is a public access, but people have abused it,” Ramirez said. She describes some instances in which homeowners have been in their yards when beachgoers choose that place to urinate or have sex. Other beachgoers have walked onto private property and begun using a grill at a home they thought was empty. “People who abuse it make it hard on (the homeowners),” she said. “That’s why they push back.” This time, it was not the Shell Road residents, though, who put up the fence. The city did, because it is replacing a water pipe there. Javier Vargas, the city’s director of utilities, explained that the new pipe, which will carry drinking water, will be placed under Big Pass and link Siesta Key and Lido Key. The city’s contractor placed the fence on Shell Road last month and is expected to remove it by the end of February, when the project is complete.

new chapter

County checks out library service for Osprey By Robin Hartill | Staff Writer

The community of Osprey will soon begin a new chapter. The Sarasota County Commission approved a sublease with Gulf Coast Heritage Association Inc., in which the county will pay the group $500 per month for operating expenses in exchange for space to operate a library service in the 630-squarefoot space that is currently used as a visitor’s center for Historic Spanish Point. The plan will create what Osprey residents began pushing for years ago: a small library in Osprey, located on the 12-mile stretch from the Gulf Gate Public Library and Venice Public Library. “This has been a long time coming,” said Osprey resident Rick Noyes, a founding member of Friends of the Osprey Library, when he learned of the commission’s approval. “It’s gratifying to see everybody being in enthusiastic agreement that this is a good step for Osprey.” Osprey residents came close to getting a library in 2006,

Getting technical Sarabeth Kalajian general manager of the Sarasota County Library System, has been seeking feedback from residents about what they would like to see in the Osprey library. But many library users are interested in a new service in which they don’t have to leave home to access new reading materials. Earlier this month, the county announced a new program in which library cardholders can download free eBooks through the Sarasota County Libraries’ website, The collection includes titles for adults, teens and children. when Bay Street Village developer Henry Rodriguez donated a quarter-acre of land for the county to build a library within the development, although county budget cuts and sales setbacks for Bay Street Village

ended those discussions. Sarabeth Kalajian, general manager of the Sarasota County Library System, said that the library, which could open in March or early April, will be a “fairly modest start-up,” possibly operated with a single staff member, along with volunteers. Kalajian said that the county looked at “Connections” libraries that have become popular in the Seattle area and in Oregon that utilize small spaces in neighborhood centers, government buildings and shopping developments. They often resemble coffee shops with multiple computers, along with books and magazines. One advantage of the Connections model is that it draws people who may not be traditional library users, Kalajian said. But, in Osprey, a community in which many residents already use libraries, Kalajian said that the main advantage of the new library will be its convenience. The library will have new features, such as a locker bank system, in which library users can

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A 630-square-foot space at the visitors center at Historic Spanish Point will house a library to serve the Osprey community. reserve materials and pick them up from a locker using a code 24 hours a day; that system could eventually be used at other county libraries. Some communities that the county studied also have lockers in non-library locations, such as bank kiosks. “We certainly want to take a pulse of what’s working at the location and what could be ap-

plied to other locations,” Kalajian said. Kalajian expects that the arrangement will be beneficial for both Historic Spanish Point and the library. “There’s something of value to both partners in this,” she said. “There are people who come to our libraries who haven’t been to Spanish Point.”

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were all in attendance for the ceremony. The $58 million project will consist of paring down 38 buildings now into eight buildings for a total 190,000 square feet of state-of-the-art instructional space. The 80 classrooms will be able to accommodate 1,600 students. In addition, baseball and softball fields will be built. Completion date for the project is 2013.

+ Agreement signed for Palmer Ranch park

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+ Booker High breaks ground on new school project The Booker High School rebuild groundbreaking ceremony took place Wednesday morning, at Booker High School. Student council representatives, school board members, county and city officials and the project management teams for the building project

A new park will soon serve Palmer Ranch, thanks to a donation from the owner and developer of the massive residential community. Hugh Culverhouse Jr., owner of Palmer Ranch Holdings, signed over ownership Jan. 19 of 82 acres of undeveloped land that will become a park as soon as late spring. The tract is bordered by The Legacy Trail on the west, The Hamptons subdivision to the southeast and the Wellington Chase subdivision to the northeast. Palmer Ranch Holdings values the land at about $24 million. Culverhouse told county commissioners last year that he had one condition in sign-

ing over the land. “What I want is a park,” he said, “one for both the residents of Palmer Ranch and for (the county’s) children. I want to bring some youth in.” The park will be a passive one, with minimal construction and minimal amenities, which will include a community garden, nature trails linking with The Legacy Trail, an open play area and a shelter with restrooms.

Sarasota County saw a significant drop in crime in 2010. Index crimes, including murder, rape, arson, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft, fell 8% from 2009 to 2010. Sheriff Tom Knight believes the reduction in crime is attributed to the targeting of habitual offenders, strong partnerships with community groups and redrawn patrol zones to better handle calls for service. A Sheriff’s Office report also found that LBKarrests - 2010 - K and traffic fatalities total fell 12% fell 13%, while traffic citations rose 5% and DUI arrests jumped 17%.

 County Commission Budget Workshop — 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd.  Charter Review Committee — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, City Hall, 1565 First St.

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‘labor of love’

Mote specialist horses around during lab tours Mote Marine Aquarium now offers tours of its Seahorse Conservation Laboratory. They’re the only species with a face like a horse, pouch like a kangaroo, tail like a monkey, skin like a chameleon and fins like a fish —and they’re the only species where the males become pregnant. And, should the males not feel up to mating, they have the ability to “fake” being pregnant by filling up their bellies with water. Lab supervisor Shawn Garner provides even more facts about seahorses during Mote Marine Laboratory’s Seahorse Conservation Lab tours. Garner earned his bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology at Ball

One of the seahorses wraps itself around the feeding cone hoping to be the first to be fed.

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>> FAST FACT Creature comfort: Adopt a seahorse by visiting www.mote. org/adopt. State University and has raised and bred seahorses for about 12 years. He joined Mote Marine in 2007, when the aquarium dedicated only a small exhibit space to seahorses that was not open to the public. With the average survival rate of seahorses in the wild being one in 1,000 and their survival rate at Mote Marine being one in two — the highest in the country — it took only about a year before the lab outgrew its space, all because Garner cares for the little creatures like they’re family. In fact, he even makes colorful homemade twist-tie toys for them, adds vitamins to their food to help them grow and also invented a feeding cone that has saved the organization a considerable amount on the cost of food. “The 4- to 5-month-olds are like 13-year-old boys, always wrestling, punching and roughhousing,” Garner said. “They hold on to each other with their tails because they feel comfortable. In the wild, you won’t see huge groups of seahorses do that.” Guests can see how Garner raises lined seahorses, a species

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A few seahorses hold on to a plant with their tails for support. from Southwest Florida often found in aquariums, and learn about everything from breeding and coloration to camouflage and diet. Guests are informed of the threats seahorses face in the wild and how Mote breeds them for conservation. Mote’s seahorses are displayed in more than 40 aquariums, zoos and science institutions around the country. Garner is getting ready to ship 24 seahorses to Monterey Bay, Calif. “If one zoo gets one seahorse from us and not from the wild, it’s equivalent to saving 1,000 seahorses,” Garner said. “I ship three seahorses per plastic bag

A lone seahorse swims and feeds on zooplankton in one of the aquariums at Mote.

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“We come to the conclusion … for states to justify allocating scarce state funding toward economic development incentives, a clearer understanding of the actual returns to these incentives needs to be obtained. Without better ways to measure state development incentive outcomes, the economic success of such initiatives remains uncertain.” — The State of Economic Development Incentives Wells Fargo Securities Economics Group The above paragraph comes from an eight-page report released Monday. It’s the latest in a large, large library of academic and economic studies that essentially conclude that providing tax breaks in exchange for corporate locations or relocations is marginal at best, but mostly a losing proposition for taxpayers, states and local communities. The timing of this report was fortuitous. It was released just as large groups of politicians, economic development agents and business proponents in Sarasota, Collier and Hillsborough counties, as well as in Tallahassee, are courting officials from Bar Harbor, Maine-based Jackson Laboratory. The $160 million (annual revenues), notfor-profit genetics research organization is considering locating a new branch lab that would employ about 250 people. The catch is: It is seeking in the neighborhood of $260 million in taxpayer funding to build its Florida institute — with the money being split 50-50 at the local and state levels. The noise in favor of this subsidization is

rising, just as it is for the state taxpayers to subsidize a high-speed train. Jobs! Think of all of the jobs, the proponents pant. Even some state economists who should know better — i.e. Sean Snaith of the University of Central Florida — are puffing in favor of these taxpayer subsidies. Not only will this taxpayer funding help create construction jobs, it will lead to other economic spin-offs and ripples that will justify the “investment.” The economists at Wells Fargo Securities’ Economics Group are not nearly as sanguine or giddy. Their eight-page report — with ample references to previous academic studies — concludes that states do a lousy job of tracking the return on investment of such subsidies. “As a result of these measurement deficiencies … there is not a clear evaluation of past programs for policy makers to make informed decisions about where to invest a state’s increasingly scarce funds,” the Wells Fargo economists write. But let’s cut to the quick. The Wells Fargo report isn’t nearly as blunt on these subsidies as one of the country’s leading economists on this subject, Dr. Richard Vedder, distinguished professor of economics at Ohio University. Vedder has spent 30 years studying the field of public finance and economic incentives. As he told us this week: “The evidence, as best as I can tell, is that states that put money into corporate food stamps don’t get a high pay-off.” Get that? “Food stamps.” Corporate welfare. Let’s go further with professor Vedder. “It’s

a stealth kind of thing,” he says. When, say, Jackson Laboratory builds and opens in Florida, we see the jobs that are created. “But what’s lost or not seen,” Vedder says, “are the jobs invisibly lost or that would have otherwise occurred.” What’s more, he says, “That $260 million doesn’t come out of thin air.” It comes from taxpayers. And that $260 million could be used in a lot of different ways — as in tax relief, Vedder says. Or, as the late Nobel economist Milton Friedman once told us, what the politicians seldom take into consideration when giving big subsidies to corporations is how else that $260 million might be used if left in the hands of the taxpayers (who worked hard to earn it to begin with). Few politicians consider that taxpayers likely would use that money for other economic activity that could create as many or more jobs and spin-offs as Jackson Laboratory. It’s wrong for a politician to think otherwise. What’s more, Vedder adds, “Politicians make political decisions not on the basis of cold economic realities the way consumers and businesses do. Any time the government is spending $100 million, it is crowding out other spending that is more likely to be done more intelligently (by the private sector) because the private sector doesn’t have political influences.” It’s alluring and sexy to be in the hunt for big elephants like Jackson Laboratory. But it is neither moral nor justified to take $260 million from taxpayers and give an unearned benefit to any corporation.


Better DEAL than Jackson Labs and Carolyn Mason both gushed at the that may be about it. There are two clarifying opportunities for possibility of snagging such a big catch. Second is the lure of Jackson Labs. The Sarasota County leaders looking to restart But how big is it? Jackson itself is Maine-based research organization thought the community’s job-generating capacities. it had lined up a jaw-dropping $260 million promising 244 employees. At the $260 First the DEAL, announced last week million original Collier price tag, that comes for a research operation in Collier County. for Lakewood Ranch, is the kind of smart, The plan was for $130 million to come from to north of $1 million per employee. Sign forward-looking concept we’ve all come to me up! Of course the expectation is that expect from Rex Jensen, CEO of Schroeder- the state and $130 million to come from Jackson would become a hub spinning off Collier. Manatee Ranch. The DEAL center — When Gov. “Checkbook Charlie” Crist was all sorts of other wonderful, high-paying, Design and Economic Acceleration Lab clean technology jobs that everyone is so in office, that seemed possible. With what — would pull together we all hope is a fiscally responsible governor gaga over. bi-county resources to But all that is guaranteed is a few in office, Jackson Labs knows the game be a one-stop shop for hundred Jackson jobs. All the rest is crosshas changed — changed for the better for companies looking to fingered hope. taxpayers. relocate or expand. Sarasota County should pass. If there is But Jackson clearly still wants a lot of It’s a great deal, if the some land and maybe regulations to ease local moolah. After meeting with Sarasota two counties and their and red-tape to slice through, great. But officials, Jackson officials marched straight respective economic if it comes to bellying up with millions in development boards can up to Hillsborough County. Like sports taxpayer funds, forget it. team owners and companies looking set aside territorialism to expand, the Jackson folks know the and work together. For ROD + Clothing not optional importance of getting local government of the border THOMSON much The nudists are wanting to preen again, at yahoos competing against each other to give between Sarasota and least for each other. The Suncoast Naturists the private lab the most public money. Manatee, there is no want Sarasota County to create a beach area First, get them all excited. Sarasota real break. It is one community. But being where clothing would be optional. County Commissioners Christine Robinson in different political jurisdictions creates Probably not going to headaches, particularly for happen, but let’s remember outsiders. GOVERNMENT PROLONGS THE AGONY that Sarasota County beaches Here is one perfect opportunity have a great reputation right to prove if there is a chance this Government interference is dragging out the residential real now. Having a nudist section could really work: Both counties’ estate downturn by as much as two years, at least according to on a portion of beaches would EDCs commit not to offering Wells Fargo Securities Senior Economist Mark Vitner. not only not improve that any financial incentives to lure a reputation, it would probably At a meeting of the Urban Land Institute recently in Bonita company currently located in one hurt it. to the other. Springs, Vitner pointed at two acts that are delaying the needed We attract a lot of families I know, I know, what a nocorrection: in the summer months. The brainer, right? Unfortunately, • The first-time homebuyer tax credits program was only a threat that children could be there is a growing list of temporary salve; exposed to exposed sunbathers companies that have hopped • The multiple states’ attorneys general pursuing legal actions is an unacceptable risk to a borders and received taxpayer against lending institutions that are in the foreclosure process. major industry. goodies — incentives, that is — to “Most builders are going into survival mode again,” says Plus, juxtapose these two do so. A net transfer of tax money Vitner, a longtime observer of the Florida economy. “Housing thoughts, but not for long: to private companies for little prices are likely headed lower.” Nudists + Sarasota County’s if any gain. Breathtakingly bad On the other hand, the government’s relative lack of politicaldemographics. policy, but on it goes. driven intervention in commercial real estate has allowed marIf this simple step of Rod Thomson is executive cooperation and bi-county ket forces to quickly correct. “I feel much better about commereditor of the Gulf Coast unity cannot be taken, then cial real estate than residential real estate,” Vitner says. Business Review and can be the grand vision for DEAL —RT reached at rthomson@review. could be truncated. It can be a net. clearinghouse of information, but

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The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has announced Roxanne Jerde, an executive of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, as its incoming president and CEO. Jerde was selected from hundreds of candidates nationwide after a year-long search process following the retirement of longtime CEO Stewart W. Stearns. She will assume her new position in March. Jerde is currently senior vice president for donor relations and education at the GKCCF. She has spearheaded many initiatives there, including the development and implementation of DonorEdge, an online tool that enables donors to evaluate their philanthropic choices. The North Dakota native has stayed close to her roots, by living in various places throughout the Midwest after earning her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Iowa, as well as an MBA in finance and organization behavior. Before joining the GKCCF, Jerde spent 11 years at Hallmark’s Kansas City, Mo., headquarters. She became familiar with the Ringling College of Art and Design during her time there, because the company would often recruit artists from the college.

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Chapter CE, the largest chapter of the Philanthropic Education Organization in Sarasota, celebrated its 50th anniversary Jan. 26 at Church of the Palms. PEO is a philanthropic organization that has helped women with opportunities for higher education since its inception in 1869. The celebratory luncheon featured presentations by several of the chapter’s members, each one representing a different period in the organization’s history. Throughout the luncheon, images of scholarship recipients from throughout the years flashed across a several projection screens.

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Bunny Skirboll, Ann Hartka and Jennifer Archangeli, Compeer program coordinator for the Senior Friendship Centers, met Tuesday to finalize the details of the upcoming Compeer breakfast.

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Compeer program builds friendship, lends support locations. The organization strives to empower people to become more soFor two months in 1965, Bunny Skir- cially integrated while combating the boll lay confined to a hospital bed in the effects of mental illness — typically, intensive-care unit in Rochester, N.Y. loneliness, isolation and a lack of conShe’ll never forget the near-fatal auto- nectedness. mobile accident that landed her there “Through the years, I’ve been so for— causing a fractured femur, crushed tunate to see the changes in the lives of chest, collapsed lung, people who have been fractured pelvis and inpositively impacted,” IF YOU GO ternal bleeding. Skirboll said. “What I But she will always feel proudest of is that What: Compeer breakfast remember that not a Compeer stood the test When: 9 to 10 a.m. Thurssingle day passed where of time. This is a very day, Jan. 27 she didn’t receive a visicomplicated and stresstor, card or gift. ful world, and people Where: Senior Friendship “I was so fortunate need to know they are Centers Friendship Café, to have the support of cared about.” 1888 Brother Geenen Way friends,” Skirboll said. After living on LongCost: Free “It meant so much to boat for the last 30 Information: Call me. It increases your years, Skirboll is ex556-3266 or visit www. self-esteem, self-worth cited to bring the and makes you feel like gram closer to home to you’re a worthwhile huthe Senior Friendship man being. These are Centers, because of its the things we gain when people believe strong history in volunteering. in us.” “I was so impressed how the PhiladelExperiencing firsthand the healing phia Compeer made such an improvepower of friendship and with a back- ment on the mental health of my family ground working in the mental-health member who was suffering from parafield at the Rochester Psychiatric Cen- noid schizophrenia,” said Ann Hartka, ter, Skirboll sought to found a com- who, along with Skirboll, helped bring munity service program for children the program to the Senior Friendship and adults that brings friendship and Centers. “He is now a member of socimentoring support to people undergo- ety, gainfully employed and consulting ing treatment for mental illness. That for the Philadelphia Department of program is called Compeer, and now in Behavioral Health. He is a speaker for its 36th year, it’s an international non- Compeer about the impact it made on profit organization with more than 80 his life.” By Loren Mayo | Community Editor

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Siesta Key Chamber announces recipients of annual awards By Loren Mayo | Community Editor

The rainy weather Wednesday morning made for a cheerful valet, as Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce members pulled up one after another to attend the 2010 Annual Report and Awards Breakfast, at Ophelia’s on the Bay. SKCC Board Chairwoman Cheryl

Gaddie and past Chairwoman Aimee Holmes welcomed incoming Executive Director Kevin Cooper and also presented the recipients with their awards. “This year, I want to make sure everyone — members, non-members and community members — realizes how great the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce is,” Cooper said.

Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Board Chairwoman Cheryl Gaddie chats with incoming Executive Director Kevin Cooper.

Award winners 2010 Large Business of the Year: Daiquiri Deck and Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar

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2010 Shining Star: Trish Ivey, Pelican Press

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 Toni Anderson gets some love from Axel while shopping.  Mannequin heads wear hats created by Dee Dee Derenne and

Delight Cash, who run a booth at the farmers market called Dee Dee & Delight’s Eco-Friendly Clothing.

▼ A purple-and-green organic cabbage sits in a bucket at the Worden’s

Organic Farm stand.

 Michael Olivero adds the finishing touch to a flower arrangement. Olivero is one of the two men who

make up The Flower Guys booth.

 Natalia Winn makes fresh crepes at Roverta’s Crazy  Thousands of fresh strawberries are set out at Brown’s Grove stand.

Crepes stand Saturday morning prior to the mad rush that the stand gets later in the day.

 Alex Thompson, 21 months, makes  Bill Malvers sells some colorful flowers to Nancy Schlossberg.

a face after taking a bite of a fresh strawberry.

 By 10:30 a.m., the market, open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., is at  Christine Nordstrom, owner of Sift Bakehouse, talks to a customer about her wide variety of baked


its busiest. The Sarasota Farmers Market, which was established in 1979, offers 5,000 square feet of produce and plants for the thousands of visitors.




The Sarasota Farmers 70 vendors and draw to 8,000 people


 Vendors at the farmers market arrive as early as 2:30 a.m. to set up. All vendors must be set up by 6:45 a.m. according to Sarasota Farmers Market Manager Phil Pagano.

 Lynn Glassman learns more about the grow bucket that Carmel

Monti sells.

 Michael Olivero adds the finishing touch to a flow

make up The Flower Guys booth.

 Natalia Winn makes fresh crepes at Roverta’s Crazy  Thousands of fresh strawberries are set out at Brown’s Grove stand.

Crepes stand Saturday morning prior to the mad rush that the stand gets later in the day.

 Alex Thompson, 21 months, makes  Bill Malvers sells some colorful flowers to Nancy Schlossberg.

a face after taking a bite of a fresh strawberry.

 Christine Nordstrom, owner of Sift Bakehouse, t





s Market currently has ws an average of 5,000 e each Saturday.


 John Cream, part owner of Sweet Bread by Grandma, shows off some of the biscotti he makes and sells at the farmers market.

 Toni Anderson gets some love from Axel while shopping.  Mannequin heads wear hats created by Dee Dee Derenne and

Delight Cash, who run a booth at the farmers market called Dee Dee & Delight’s Eco-Friendly Clothing.

▼ A purple-and-green organic cabbage sits in a bucket at the Worden’s

Organic Farm stand.

wer arrangement. Olivero is one of the two men who

talks to a customer about her wide variety of baked

 By 10:30 a.m., the market, open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., is at

its busiest. The Sarasota Farmers Market, which was established in 1979, offers 5,000 square feet of produce and plants for the thousands of visitors.


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Public art sculptures add colorful flair By Rachel S. O’Hara Staff Photographer

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City Manager Bob Bartolotta, volunteer public art coordinator Virginia Hoffman and Darlene Sparks

The Intersections project celebrated its official kickoff Thursday, Jan. 20, at Selby Five Points Park. The public-art project that has been in the works for more than a year finally came to fruition with a total of 12 sculptures located throughout downtown Sarasota. The kickoff celebration included music by the Pine View Jazz Combo. Many of the sculptures’ artists were in attendance and talked about their pieces with those who came out for the event. Virginia Hoffman, volunteer public-art coordinator, spoke about the project and the impact the project will have on downtown Sarasota. “Public art is the wardrobe of your community,” said Hoffman. A brochure featuring photos of the sculptures and a detailed map can be found at the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Ofra Friedman’s “Freedom-Sky,” located in Selby Five Points Park, is one of the 12 pieces featured in the Intersections public art walking tour.

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Garden Club blooms at beautification awards By Maria Amodio | Staff Writer

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Marty Hurwitz, speaker William Isaac, Lee DeLieto and Lee DeLieto Jr.

BGC and Habitude event highlights financial industry By Loren Mayo | Community Editor

Andy Papineau gives a special commendation to Aldo Massara, a unit owner and member of the landscaping committee at L’Elegance Condominiums, for L’Elegance being one of the Garden Club’s first corporate members.

Isaac, chairman of LECG’s global financial services and author of “Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America,” gave guests an insider’s perspective of Washington’s role in financial reform and the financial industry. Every guest received a signed copy of Isaac’s book.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and Habitude co-hosted the inaugural Networking and Newsmaker Luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Michael’s On East. Keynote speaker William “Bill”

The Sarasota Garden Club continued its long-standing tradition of encouraging beautification of the community at its annual Civic Beautification Awards Friday, Jan. 21, at the Sarasota Garden Club’s headquarters. One Sarasota Tower was awarded the coveted Silver Bowl Award for consistent presentation of a commercial property. The Palmer Ranch Master Property Owners Association received the American Award for 20 years of positive landscaping among all its properties. And the Natural Beauty Award went to Urfer Family Park in recognition of a joint effort among private, county and commercial segments to preserve important natural elements of the county for citizen enjoyment. Garden Club President Ginger Vance chaired the event.

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The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Associations held its first meeting of the year Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Approximately 60 people attended the luncheon, including guests and new members of the FPRA. Joey Panek, director of interactive media at the social-media marketing company LocalSocial, was this month’s featured speaker. Panek, who is also known for his role as the Sarasota Elf, shared his knowledge of how to get noticed by using social marketing and discussed some of the most current practices in social-marketing tools, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Kerry Conboy, vice president of membership for the Central West Coast Chapter of the FPRA, welcomes members.

BUSINESS OBSERVER + Sarasota Memorial ranks among top U.S. hospitals Sarasota Memorial Health Care System has been ranked among the nation’s top 5% of hospitals, according to an independent study of mortality and complication rates released by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company. Sarasota Memorial also received the 2011 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award for the ninth year in a row. Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals surveyed, SMH is one of only 268 hospitals in the nation to receive the award and one of only 29 hospitals in Florida. The results of the study are based on each hospital’s performance in 26 procedures and diagnoses, from bypass surgery to hipreplacement surgery. More specifically, the study found that patients admitted to the top-performing hospitals were less likely to suffer complications and had a 29.82% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate. “We’re very proud of this distinction, because it is a testament to the commitment and caliber of our physicians and health-care team who are saving lives every day,” said Sarasota Memorial Health Care System CEO Gwen MacKenzie in a prepared statement.

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+ Sarasota Chamber honors two of its members Tom Roberts, owner of A New Approach Financial Planning, was named 2010 Partner of the Year at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. The organization recognized Roberts, chairman of the Chamber Partners, for his dedication, support and exemplary service to the chamber membership. In addition, the chamber presented Greber Appraisal of Florida LLC with the Insignia Award for the month of January. Company President Howard Greber is a state-certified residential appraiser who has been a member of the National Association of Realtors since 1972 and a member of the Sarasota Board of Realtors since 1983, when he relocated to the area from Pennsylvania. The company provides residential, commercial and industrial appraisals to lenders, attorneys, real-estate professionals and private individuals. The award recognizes the achievement of quality customer service and commitment to the community.

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Home in Cocoanut Bayou sells for $2.75 million previously sold for $158,000 in 1999.

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

The following residential realestate transactions took place between Dec. 27 and Dec. 30. A home in Cocoanut Bayou tops all transactions this week. Icon Development LLC sold the home at 4141 Higel Ave. to John and Deborah Darling, Sarasota, for $2.75 million. Built in 2009, it has five bedrooms, five-anda-half baths, a pool and 7,548 square feet of living area.


John and Gail Bohannon, Sarasota, sold their Unit 15 condominium at 5858 Midnight Pass Road to Stephen Craig, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., for $230,000. Built in 1966, it has one bedroom, one bath and 693 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $220,000 in 2004.



Spice Bay Lot 11 LLC sold the home at 1219 Sharswood Lane to Douglas and Sharyn Chapman, Sarasota, for $1,802,000. Built in 2010, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,764 square feet of living area.

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Snavely Siesta Associates LLC sold the Unit 903C condominium at 1660 Summerhouse Lane to John and Mary Cassidy, Sarasota, for $1.7 million. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,835 square feet of living area.


George and Sarah Hudson, Sarasota, sold their Unit B-1 condominium at 460 Beach Road to Martha Hudson, Mary Hudson and Harris Hudson,

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This home at 4141 Higel Ave. has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a pool and 7,548 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.75 million. Sarasota, for $640,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,363 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $315,000 in 1993.

Sarasota, for $590,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,215 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $340,000 in 1996.

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Richard Moffett sold his home at 8335 Midnight Pass Road to HIGHFI Investments LLC for $630,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,120 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $250,000 in 2003.

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Ronald Pearson, of Stillwater, Minn., sold his Unit 511 condominium at 6518 Midnight Pass Road to Leslie Pitstick, trustee,

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J. Williams Burrows, trustee, sold condominium units 115A and 116A to Douglas and Joanne Millett, of Armonk, N.Y., for $575,000. The first is located at 1157 Peppertree Drive. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 975 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $98,000 in 1987. The second is located at 1161 Peppertree Drive. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 975 square feet of living area. It

two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a pool and 1,850 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $830,000 in 2007.

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Fannie Mae sold the Unit 812 condominium at 1771 Ringling Blvd. to John and Faye Drake, Osprey, for $262,700. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,483 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $433,100 in 2006.



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Chad and Bradlee Roffers, Sarasota, sold their home at 222 Osprey Point Drive to Lucia Howell, trustee, Sarasota, for $800,000. Built in 1985, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 4,144 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.2 million in 2004.

ACP/Alinari LLC sold the Unit PH1610 condominium at 800 N. Tamiami Trail to Marilyn Sellman, trustee, Sarasota, for $475,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths and 2,471 square feet of living area. Lazarus Family Holdings LLC sold the Unit 1005 condominium at 1255 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Marguerite Coppa, trustee, Sarasota, for $457,500. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,656 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $545,000 in 2003.

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Selby and Catherine Sullivan, Oviedo, sold their home at 5159 Riverwood Ave. to R. Mark and Karla Manitz, Sarasota, for $275,000. Built in 1962, it has


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Kamal Majeed and his wife, Najla, trustee, sold the home at 8901 Bloomfield Blvd. to John and Pauline Tobey, Sarasota, for $600,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,268 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $975,000 in 2005.

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E.T. phone home 5:28 p.m. — 8200 block of South Tamiami Trail. Petit Theft. A man rode his bike to the mall to see a movie. He locked it and went inside. When the movie was over, he went outside and saw the bike was gone.

Brick house 10 p.m. — 4100 block of Tonga Drive. Throwing a Deadly Missile. A woman answered a knock at the door. Two teens, a boy and girl, asked to see the woman’s teenage daughter. The woman said her daughter could not come to the door. About 30 minutes later, a brick paver was thrown through the daughter’s bedroom window. Nobody was hurt.

You talking to me? 12:19 a.m. — 6500 block of Superior Avenue. Battery. A man inside a bar got into an argument with a group of people and ended up getting punched in the mouth. The puncher took off in a friend’s truck. When a deputy was responding, he noticed a truck speeding around Gulf Gate with its headlights off. Inside the truck was the puncher. He told the deputy that the victim was trying to talk to his girlfriend, and that’s why he got hit. The victim told the deputy he was with his own girlfriend and didn’t try to talk to anyone else. He believes the suspect mistook him for someone else, but he still wanted to press charges.

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Jan. 17 Unwanted visitor 8:39 a.m. — 4200 block of Santo Avenue. Civil Disturbance. A woman called the Sheriff ’s Office to complain that a man would not let her take her belongings from his house. The man told a deputy that the woman drove from out of state and showed up unannounced. She walked into his garage as he was leaving for work and demanded that she take the couch and television that were in the garage. The man said she had no way of transporting them. The man said he would contact the woman when she could pick up her stuff, and he asked that the woman be issued a trespassing warning.

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HOMEMAID CLEANING Service. Fourteen years on the Key. Reasonable rates. LBK References. 795-1705, 401-835-0503.

LBK: TIFFANY Plaza Beachfront Condos, 1st floor, 2BR/2BA, walk out to beach. Beautifully furnished, heated pool, covered parking. 1 mo. min. 941-383-3338.

RENT SEASONAL/YEARLY- 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, 4TH FLOOR, GULF FRONT CONDO W/WRAP AROUND BALCONY @ SUNSET BEACH, LBK. 217-493-6216 SIESTA KEY (SANDY HOOK). DEEDED PRIVATE BEACH. Sarasota School of Architecture home designed by Tim Seibert located on 4/10’s of an acre of tropical plantings. Main home is 2BR/2BA with caged lanai plus a 1BR/1BA studio or guest house, heated pool, a few steps to the Gulf of Mexico and near “The Village” for your shopping and restaurants. MSL# 3936380. $635,000. RON STAHL REALTY 941-374-1671

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With snow blanketing most of North America and Northern Europe last week, its no wonder so many international home buyers from such wintry places as Canada, Germany, the U.K. and Scandinavia are already on the ground in Southwest Florida. The great thaw in our property market is underway; and in numbers that suddenly recall much healthier times, they’re lining up early in the season—alongside domestic buyers—to take advantage of the lowest home prices in over a decade. Confidence that now is the right time to buy in Southwest Florida is not only being borne out by monthly sales that show our market edging closer to normalcy—especially in the lower price ranges—but also by a strong resurgence in confidence that real estate with its corrected pricing is a better choice over the long haul than stocks. A new national survey—conducted last month for Reecon Advisors— found that confidence in buying real estate is significantly higher than the stock market in spite of the two-year drop in property values. Or, more likely, because of it. The survey, the first since the onset of the Great Recession, provides the latest gauge of buyer sentiment toward real estate versus stocks. By a margin of 53.7 to 30.8 percent, those surveyed believe that real estate is the wiser long-term alternative. And it’s starting to show, with buyers from all over eager to join the hunt for the best values in our region.

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It is a generally accepted principal that a real estate market achieves balance when the number of homes for sale—based on the monthly rate of sales—approaches a six month supply. With closed sales across all price ranges up by 32.5% between November and December the overall supply of homes dropped from 11.7 to 8.8 months. Pendings likewise fell from 8.4 to 7.9 months. (Source: Trendgraphix) The improvement in our market was even more dramatic for homes under $300,000, with sales in the segment up by 34.3% from November to December; and the months of available properties based on closed sales down from 8.9 to 6.6. The months of inventory based on pending sales was also down—from 6.2 to 6.0—a strong indicator that this trend will continue, as pendings portend of closed sales to come 60 to 90 days later. In the price range below $500,000 the trend toward normalcy is also beginning to crystallize. Closed sales were up 32.3% between November and December, reducing the months of available properties from 10 to 7.5. For pending sales, the number dropped from 7.5 to 6.8 months.

November and December; but still have a long way to go before balance in this segment is achieved. Still, the months of available properties was cut from 51.8 to 33.2 between November and December. To put this in a better perspective, in October it stood at 73.6. The improvement in our market’s closed and pending sales present a strong case for a market in recovery. Anecdotal evidence on display throughout all our sales offices—from Bradenton to Burnt Store—is also indicative of a market on the mend. Appointments to show properties, as recorded daily by the MS&C Appointment Center, are among the highest levels in our 35-year history. With 9 out of 10 buyers using the Internet to launch their property search, domestic and international visits to are off the charts; and walk-in traffic is keeping our floor representatives busier than they’ve been in six years.

Although one month’s improvement does not a trend make, even the market for properties under $1 million showed signs of life last month, with sales between November and December up by almost a third.

Meanwhile, the number of homes being bound to contract throughout all price ranges is the best evidence yet that properties priced correctly are finding buyers in ever-decreasing time frames. The mood in the marketplace is decidedly upbeat, the energy level of our agents is soaring; and buyers are so taken by our region’s beauty, its cultural scene and international reputation for value that they are buying on their first visit.

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“I believe circus people are the unsung heroes of entertainment,” Joseph Dominick Bauer Jr. says. “We risk our lives and hope there isn’t a mishap every time we work.”

Lord of the ring After more than two decades of touring the world with his “Wheel of Thrills,” Circus Sarasota ringmaster Joseph Dominick Bauer Jr. performs his signature stunt before a hometown crowd.


t’s the day before Joseph Dominick Bauer Jr.’s headline-making Sarasota stunt. The fog is so thick you can barely make out the crane

hoisting Bauer’s 50-foot Wheel of Thrills to the top of One Watergate — the tallest condominium in downtown Sarasota. Thirty minutes earlier, the weather on I-75 was dismal.

A torrential downpour pelted the interstate, forcing cars to drive with their hazard lights flashing. The forecast in Bradenton included a tornado watch.




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+ ‘La Bête’ scribe has a Valere moment David Hirson sure knows how to pack it in. The New York City playwright, who arrived in Sarasota Jan. 21 to watch the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s “La Bête,” not only caught the Saturday matinee of his Broadway baby, he also watched the company’s productions of “Twelve Angry Men” and “Boeing Boeing.” The Molièreinspired comedy, which Hirson penned Courtesy photo more than 20 years Playwright David ago, pits two 17thHirson century performers against one another— the vulgar and irreverent Valere (Danny Scheie) and the intellectual and humorless Elomire (Bryan Torfeh) –– in a battle for the

attention of Prince Conti (Jud Williford). The play closed earlier this month after enjoying a four-month revival on Broadway starring “Frasier’s” David Hyde Pierce. During a Sunday morning phone interview from his hotel room at the Hyatt, Hirson answered this pressing question: Are you more of a Valere or an Elomire? “I’ve always seen the play as an expression of the extreme features of everyone’s personalities,” Hirson said. “It’s almost as if, in the play, these extremes are exaggerated in a fun-house mirror. I think the vast majority of people exist in a continuum of both. I view myself as having both to a greater or lesser extent from day-to-day and yearto-year.” As for where on the continuum he fell on this particular day, Hirson laughed and said, “I’m having a very Valere moment talking to you. Watching the words coming out of my mouth, I’m afraid I’m not choosing them wisely.”

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+ Inspired teens nab art awards at county art show

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BAUER from 1B Yet the skies in downtown Sarasota remained dry, which was good enough for Bauer. He’s not called a daredevil for nothing. “I’ve never had the wheel this high,” Bauer says hurriedly, perhaps nervously. “I’ve been 100 feet off the ground with Cirque du Soleil, in Montreal, but never 240 feet off the ground.” To clarify, Bauer, 45, explains that the 19-story Watergate tower is only 190 feet from rooftop to ground. His Wheel of Thrills adds 50 feet to the spectacle. “Let’s hope the weatherman is good to us tomorrow,” Bauer says, joining his father, Joseph Bauer Sr., and his wife, Caroline, in the condominium parking lot. The elder Bauer reassures his son that all will be fine. The 78-year-old patriarch of The Fearless Bauers, Joseph Bauer Sr. brought his family sway-pole act from Switzerland, to the United States, in 1954, when he signed with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Sarasota stunt is especially significance for the father-son duo. In the 24 years Bauer, a Sarasota native, has performed inside his popular steel contraption, he’s never attempted the stunt in his hometown. “He was an incredible aerialist,” Bauer later says of his father. “For him to be here now, watching this go down, is really special.” Bauer takes a seat inside the condo lobby, taking a breather from rigging what he refers to as his “big erecter set” and what his 18-year-old daughter, Ambra, refers to as his “giant hamster wheel.” Next month, Bauer, a 15th-generation circus performer, will host Circus Sarasota’s winter performances as ringmaster for the fourth year in a row. It’ll be the first time the circus’ ringmaster will perform a daredevil stunt at the end of the show.


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Hundreds of spectators gathered last Tuesday below One Watergate Condominium to watch Bauer perform 240 feet above the city.


Circus Sarasota opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 and runs through Feb. 21, inside the Big Top at Tuttle Avenue and 12th Street. For more information, call 355-9805 or visit “I think it’ll be neat at the end of the show if the ringmaster actually gets off the ground and does more than just say ‘goodnight’ and ‘good evening,’” Bauer says. “It shows the ringmaster has additional talent. It’ll be a bigger reward for the audience.” The audience is what concerns Bauer the most. It’s what has driven him to perform at amusement parks and in big tops and arenas his entire life, beginning with his childhood spent traveling the world with his family’s troupe and now with his Wheel of Thrills act, which seven years ago was featured on a 13-episode circus mini

series that aired on Bravo TV. Some daredevils are adrenaline junkies. Bauer, as much as he loves the thrill of the stunt, is, at heart, a people person. “I don’t want to sound like the Hannah Montana of the circus,” he laughs. “But I’ve always wanted to be a host and an aerialist. I’ve always had stunt work in my blood, so it was a really big thing for me when I was given the opportunity to do both in the same show. After hosting a show for two hours, the people pretty much know me. It’ll be cool to go up in the wheel at the end and have the crowd go, ‘Whoa, wait a minute. What’s the ringmaster up to?’” Like Circus Sarasota’s previous headlining acts — daredevil clown Bello Nock and tightrope walker Nik Wallenda — Bauer was thrilled to pull from his bag of tricks to help generate buzz for the local circus. Although Bauer felt no pressure to outdo Wallenda’s 600-foot high-wire stunt or Nock’s 92-foot sway-pole spectacle, Circus Sarasota founder and CEO Pedro Reis did. “There’s extreme pressure,” Reis says.

Joseph Dominick Bauer Jr.’s “Wheel of Thrills” is one of two giant space wheels in the world designed by former White House security guard Clay Beckett. Retired aerialist Leigh Heisinger, who lives in Tallahassee and plans to attend Circus Sarasota’s opening night, owns the second wheel. The original Beckett space wheels are 64 years old and, according to Bauer, holding up just fine. “I’ve treated this thing like porcelain,” Bauer says. “It’s expensive to fly, though. Most of the time I ship it, but if I’m doing a one-day gig in Hong Kong, I have to ship it out two months in advance, which can be limiting.” Bauer says he’d like to purchase Heisinger’s wheel, that way he’d always have one wheel at home and one wheel to send overseas. “It’s a nightmare for me to literally ‘top it’ every year. When I hear things like, ‘This is the best circus we’ve ever seen,’ I think, ‘Oh, God, what are we going to do next year?’” Reis is confident that the audience will be blown away when the warm-and-fuzzy ringmaster they’ve grown familiar with ends the show with a hair-raising stunt. Bauer agrees. “I hate being far away from the audience,” Bauer says. “With this condo stunt I know that’s the whole point, but I love the crowd. I love making eye contact.” For a second he considers the advantages of performing 240 feet in the air, other than the obvious shock factor. “I can see St. Martha Catholic Church from up there,” he says. “I’ll be doing a little prayer before I begin, so that’s convenient.”







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“He wrote it for his second wife, Janice. He didn’t know how to tell her how he felt about her, so he wrote it into his music.”

“I think it’s going to be bigger than we thought,” Sheldon Roden says of the musical. “I know I’m not the only person fascinated with his music.”

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“It talks about the environment and the way people are treating each other. It mirrors the way I feel. I’m one of those people who likes people to get along all the time. The song touched me tremendously.” “Marvin and I came up the same way,” Roden says. “Other than the way his father treated him, a lot of the particulars of our lives are identical. We’re from two different lifetimes, but we share so much that I feel so in tune with him when I sing. It’s not that I’m up there acting out someone else’s life. What he went through, I went through.” Roden jokes that he’s become a kind of Gaye scholar. In 2008, when Jacobs first handed him

the music for “Motown,” the singer poured himself into researching Gaye, whom he knew little about at the time. He took the music with him on vacation to Atlanta, in addition to a Gaye biography and of course, his computer, on which he spent countless hours reading about Gaye on the Internet. “The songs were no longer songs to me,” Roden says. “They were feelings and stories.” And, like his newfound alter ego, Roden has found himself experiencing the thrill of fame, albeit on a much smaller level — for now. Roden, who works full time at a Sarasota Verizon store, says people have begun to recognize him from his WBTT performances. “I’m feeling the pressure,” Roden says. “I told Nate the weight of the world is on my shoulders. It would be different if this was a

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Sarasota Opera’s resident lighting designer explains why he prefers to create limelight — not bask in it. When Ken Yunker was a student at the University of Michigan, he thought he wanted to be a concert pianist. However, early into his training, stage fright crippled his fingers, so he decided to switch to voice lessons. But that didn’t make it any better. His voice teacher told him he had the pipes for singing, but that the support in his diaphragm was missing. His voice was too young, too wobbly for opera. Yunker was told to come back when he was 35, which at the time felt like eons away. “At that point, I figured, ‘Why fight it?’” Yunker says. “That’s when I turned to lighting.” Yunker, 45, had always had a fascination with theater, in particular backstage technical work. He found it an escapism. Growing up in Richland, Wash., — home to the military’s Handford Nuclear Project for which his father, a nuclear chemist, and his grandfather, a physicist, worked — Christmas was Yunker’s favorite time of year. “It was a pretty governmentstructured town,” Yunker says.

“The only time of year when things came to life was Christmas when people put their lights out. All of a sudden it became this beautiful place.” Raised by a family of scientists, Yunker felt pressure to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. That all changed in junior high school, when Yunker’s brother came home one day gushing about operating the follow spotlight for the school’s theater department. Uninspired by science and disenchanted by the dismal landscape of a town built on plutonium, Yunker decided to join the school’s stage crew. In 1976, he received his first paycheck for running the follow spotlight for a community-theater company. His parents figured it was a passing phase. “They kept nudging me toward a career in chemistry or biology,” Yunker says. “It was like, ‘The theater stuff is nice, but one day you’ll have a real job.’” In 28 years of working as a lighting designer, Yunker has never been without work. Based in Atlanta, Yunker, now in his fifth season as Sarasota

TRICKS OF THE TRADE According to Ken Yunker, ingenuity and resourcefulness often trump expensive technology in the opera lighting business. Some of the best lighting effects Yunker has ever created have been inexpensive and relatively simple to design. Here are two of his favorites:

The fire flicker

When a scene calls for a lit fireplace or stove, Yunker will wire fluorescent lighting with regular non-fluorescent bulbs. The pairing creates a flicker effect that perfectly mimics a flickering fire. “It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book,” Yunker says. “The old guys like me who’ve been in this business for a while always fall back on it when we need to create fire. It’s so simple and realistic.” Opera’s resident lighting designer, has designed the lighting for more than 500 operas, ballets and theater works. His resumé includes stints

The star drop

For romantic day-to-night scene changes, Yunker likes to use his star drop effect, which he created by taking apart a Swarovski crystal chandelier and stringing individual crystals on transparent spools of thread. The crystals, which function as stars, can hang within a painted backdrop throughout the course of a show and the audience will never notice they’re there. That is, until the lights go out on stage and only the crystals are lit, producing what Yunker calls a “winky, blinky” star effect. Yunker’s crystal star drop has been used in Sarasota Opera’s “Madame Butterfly” and “Tosca.” The lighting always draws gasps from the audience. at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Utah Symphony, New Orleans Opera, Tulsa Opera, Knoxville Opera, San Antonio Opera, Opera New Jersey, Nevada Opera

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Ken Yunker landed his first opera lighting gig in graduate school when he was asked to design the lights for “Hansel and Gretel” within a hectic two-day window.

and Atlanta’s Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre Company, for which Yunker currently serves as the principal lighting designer. “What I love about lighting is that you create this artistic vision in your head and then you produce it using all these tools,” Yunker says. “If you do it right, the art emerges through the technology.”

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For Ricky Newkirk, food is love “The cupcakes are here.” That’s what the construction workers who were building Ricky and Karl Newkirk’s Harbor Acres home would say when they saw her car. Every Wednesday, Ricky Newkirk would bake about four-dozen cupcakes for the crew of 20 to 30. She brought two kinds: apple cinnamon and devil’s food. They were, she says, “My way of saying thank you.” Newkirk grew up in Cheshire, England, southeast of Manchester. Then she lived in Surrey, southeast of London. Her passion for cooking comes from her grandmother. “She switched on the light for me,” Newkirk says. “I lived with my grandmother from age 18 to 20. We were both working. She could produce the most amazing meal in the shortest time. She always had a pot of chicken stock on her Aga cooker. She would use some then put some more ingredients in the pot, creating the most

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marvelous flavors.” Newkirk is a self-taught cook, largely from cookbooks and mag-

azines. Some that she loves made the trip from the U.K. with her in 1988: three volumes of “Delia Smith’s Cookery Course” and several binders of Robert Carrier’s newsletters from the ’70s. They contain, she says, “Everything I need to know about cooking.” If Newkirk’s grandmother “switched on the light” for her, Newkirk did the same for her son, James Arnsby, who started working in restaurants as a bus boy when he was only 11 years old. After several jobs in casual restaurants, his interest in fine food was piqued by a chef at Ophelia’s, and Arnsby studied at the French Culinary Institute, in Manhattan, N.Y. At the moment he is taking a break from professional cooking, but he still fixes dinner for his wife, Ester, five or six nights a week, and he was happy to show up for the cupcake shoot and render an expert opinion: “I am not really a sweettooth guy, but these are excellent.”


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Ganache, a mixture of chocolate and cream, is the richest and most delicious of all chocolate frostings. If the frosting becomes too firm to spread, reheat in a bowl over a pan of simmering water until it begins to melt around the edges. Remove from heat and stir until smooth. 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 2 1/2 cups heavy cream 1/4 cup corn syrup

1. Put chocolate in a large heat-proof bowl. Bring cream and corn syrup just to a simmer over medium heat. Pour mixture over chocolate. Let stand without stirring until chocolate begins to melt. 2. Begin near the center and work outward. Stir melted chocolate into the cream

until all combined and smooth. (Do not over-stir.) 3. Refrigerate, stirring every five minutes, until frosting just barely begins to hold its shape and is slightly lighter in color. Use immediately. (Ganache will continue to thicken after you stop stirring.) See note to the left to reheat.


Ricky’s devil’s food cupcakes Yield: approximately 30

3/4 cup unsweetened Dutchprocess cocoa powder 3/4 cup hot water 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (three sticks) 2 1/4 cups sugar 4 large eggs, room temperature 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1. Preheat over to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together cocoa and hot water until smooth. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 2. Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and pour into mixing bowl. With an electric mixer on mediumlow speed, beat until mixture is cooled — four to five minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Add vanilla, then cocoa mixture and beat until mixed together. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture in two batches alternating with the sour cream and beating until just combined after each addition.

1 cup sour cream, room temperature Chocolate ganache frosting (optional) Chocolate curls (optional) 3. Divide batter between lined cups, filling approximately three-fourths full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until cake tester comes out clean (approximately 20 minutes). Transfer tins to wire racks to cool, approximately 10 minutes. Turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature or frozen up to two months in an airtight container. To finish, spread ganache frosting onto cupcakes and garnish with chocolate curls if desired. These are so delicious just plain. Enjoy! Note: Ricky Newkirk sometimes adds chili or chocolate chips or substitutes leftover coffee for some of the water.

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Colin Farrell stars in “The Way Back.” an ex-pat American (Harris). Both men have been wrongfully imprisoned and yet, ironically, they’re diametrically opposed, politically. This is Weir’s first film in seven years, his last having been the magnificent, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” Known for his acute ability to explore expertly the complexities of the human condition, Weir is on top of his game in “The Way Back.” The depths of horror exemplified in the gulags provide a sharp contrast to the gentle bonding among the escapees. It’s as though man’s inhumanity to man knows no boundaries until it’s compared to man’s intense love for his fellow

man, which prevails in this glorious film. The stunning cinematography provided by longtime collaborator Russell Boyd rivals the amazing experience that the film depicts. Endless mountains of sand, blindingly beautiful snowstorms and jet-black evening skies slathered with millions of sparkling stars are a feast for the eyes. “The Way Back” is presented as having been “inspired by real events.” It now seems that tag is somewhat questionable and shrouded in doubt. Nevertheless, it’s a remarkable story and an excellent film, which most certainly deserves an audience. — Pam Nadon

Robert Burns will, I trust, forgive me if I paraphrase him and remind those of us in the 21st century that the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. And, I trust many of you will forgive me when I lay this quote directly at the feet of the highly praised and ne’re maligned Westminster Choir. Students attending New Jersey’s Westminster Choir College often find themselves in the enviable position of singing with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors; it’s a marvelous training ground for future pedagogues and choir members. Last week, under the direction of Joe Miller, about 40 members of this elite ensemble stopped off at First United Methodist Church, in Sarasota, as part of a rigorous Florida tour for a program called “The Cloud-Capp’d Towers.” The program featured works that ran the musical gauntlet from Bach, Brahms and Mahler, to several contemporary composers. The singing was near perfection. But the spirit and vitality were often missing. Even though the repertoire ranged over 300 years, many of the works — including the juxtaposition of Ola Gjeil’s “The Spheres” from “Sunrise Mass” and a portion of Bach’s motet, “Lobet den herrn, alle Heiden,” — sounded

the same, with a straight, harsh tone that sapped the vibrancy and left only a chaste, stainless sound. This is not to say the students were untalented or the concert wasn’t good. It was beautifully sung but too often lacked color and energy. “To a Locomotive in Winter,” a persistently driving and probably amusing work by Jaakko Courtesy photo Mantyjarvi, was a nice Joe Miller attempt to invigorate things, but with the house lights almost completely out, it was impossible to follow the all-important text. Life came into the group, almost against its and its conductor’s will, in the stunning performance of Vaughan Williams’ setting of Shakespeare’s “The CloudCapp’d Towers,” a richly haunting work, as well as in its exquisitely languorous but disappointingly predisposed rendition of Shaw’s arrangement of “Set Down Servant” and almost all of Kinley Lange’s “Esto Les Digo,” which took on an otherworldly hue. — June LeBell



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There were 216 people and 81 dogs, and they all had a great time Friday, Jan. 14, at Saks for Animal Rescue Coalition’s “Dogs’ Night Out.” It was a nose-y networking night for pets and people alike. Attorney Tom Hudson’s Pippi, the tri-pawed pitbull, came prepared with her own business card. There were three pooch prizes: Best of Show, Real Dog and Sassy Lassy. Elle McComb’s Izzabella (aka Miss IZ) won the latter for the second year in a row. Had there been a people prize, it would have gone to Kathie Viner; her elegant, gentle yellow lab, Abby, is a big shedder, so Kathie dressed to match her coat.

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Janet Schaberg was one of the driving forces behind the justopened Aging in Paradise Resource Center at Longboat Island Chapel. It must feel familiar; in 1988, she created the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, which grew to serve Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk, N.Y., with services from pre-diagnosis to endof-life issue. The Aging in Paradise Center is a dream of the Rev. Kenneth Gill, who stresses that it is an outreach program for the entire community, not just his church.

Harvard in our yard … former Harvard President Dr. Derek Bok will speak about his new book “The Politics of Happiness” at a benefit luncheon for the Literacy Council of Sarasota Feb. 4, at Michael’s On East. Tickets are $50; call 955-0421 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. … His and hers birthdays … Asolo Board member Judy Zuckerberg celebrated her 70th birthday last month at the Ritz-Carlton with 102 of her nearest and dearest, including all the third-year conservatory students. “They don’t call her ‘Mama Judy’ for nothing,” says her hubby, George Cole. He celebrated his 64th birthday Jan. 17. The kids got lucky and got invited again but, this time, the cougar cooked. Another zero … Asolo Crystal Society member Joan

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“At the Circus” event Chairman Harold Ronson and Chuck Sidlow

Mendell had a significant natal anniversary Jan. 17. Her children took Joan and best buddy Bob Coppenrath off to South Beach for the weekend to celebrate … Winner, winner … Children First received the “Be More … Encouraged Award” at the sixth annual WEDU Be More Awards Jan. 13. The award honors an organization’s “original and extraordinary approach to its respective endeavor and/or providing an independent voice for those less heard” … Brilliancebehind-the-scenes … was the story at the Jewish Housing Council gala honoring Gloria Moss, thanks to the excellent-as-always work of Janet Hunter … Requiescat in pace … Robert Caswell, the unfailingly charming, bright and generous husband of Joy Server. He will be fondly remembered by many.

In a few short years, the Palm Ball at Bay Preserve has earned a reputation for being both elegant and intimate, evoking a kinder, gentler time. It is a more personal party, perhaps because it takes place at Bay Preserve, the former home of Honorary Chairwoman Cornelia Matson. Guests enjoy their cocktails while strolling along the water’s edge, watching the sun set and the pelicans fish. Or, champagne in hand, they can ascend to the upper deck of the boat house. The Palm Ball has a dress specification each year; for 2011, it is “jewel tones” and black tie — inspired by beautiful lanterns that Carlos and Janelle Beruff found while honeymooning in Turkey. Co-chairwomen are Pauline Joerger, Nora Johnson, Lynn Morris, Amie Swan and Margaret Wise.

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By Molly Schechter | Social Editor Ladies, gentlemen and children of all ages! Sarasota loves the circus. Sarasota loves Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini. Put them together and you get the 2011 Circus Sarasota Gala on Friday, Jan. 21, honoring the 25th anniversary of Michael’s On East Restaurant and Catering and their exceptional support of non-profit organizations. You also get the wackiness that the circus’ playful party is famous for: Raymond Peper’s long-armed creature out in the parking lot directing traffic

… Billy Bob Steinberg’s corny, clowny, cowboy humor … Bobbie Ward’s liberal interpretation of a wardrobe call which specified “sensible shoes” … Elaine Keating’s vintage leopard print “hostess gown” … Sally Schule celebrating a birthday with girlfriends … Sen. Bob Johnson masquerading as the Scarecrow … and a proclamation by Mayor Kelly Kirschner that Jan. 21 will be recognized as “Michael’s On East Day.” Funds from the gala will go to completing the capital campaign and the purchase of the Ulla Searing Big Top, named in honor of her generous bequest.

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Sarasota Observer - Thursday, January 27, 2011  

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Sarasota Observer - Thursday, January 27, 2011  

Sarasota Observer - Thursday, January 27, 2011