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Out-of-Door Academy celebrates mothers at tea party.

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Walter Derdeyn turned 100 years old last week.

+100 years and still going strong Walter Derdeyn's 100th birthday was celebrated in style with a party Friday, May 6, at the Regency House. Derdeyn has been living at the Regency House for 25 years. Residents and staff members toasted Derdeyn and told their favorite stories during his party. At 100, Derdeyn still does daily laps in the pool while wearing a Speedo. Derdeyn will be moving out of the Regency House to move in with his girlfriend, Micheline Pulli, at Bay Plaza.

+ Student makes special donation When Fruitville Elementary first-grader Kai Sutter purchased a $25 raffle ticket at a recent fundraiser, he promised his mother, Jan, that if he won the $10,000 prize, he would give half of the money to charity. Kai did win the raffle and kept his word — he donated $4,000, more than half of his winnings after taxes, to Heifer International. He learned about the organization, which gives families a source of food rather than short-term relief, through his school’s SPARK team of gifted classes. The team worked on a project all year in which they gave of themselves through their allowance, chore money and tooth-fairy money, without asking their parents to donate. Up until Kai’s donation, his class had raised $60, and the five-class team had raised approximately $400.

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As part of the week’s events for the reunion of the USS Sarasota crew, former crew members Harry “Skip” Kister, Paul Vulopas, Ted Stavrakos, Rodney Willis, Paul Ivins, Paul Neumann, George Krumenaker and Glen Jensen charge up Lido Beach Tuesday. The beach scene was a recreation of the Lido Beach “invasion” of 1951.

FAMILY REUNION About 30 former crew members of the USS Sarasota Naval ship visited Sarasota this week, 20 years after the group’s inaugural reunion. Betty Brown stood on Main Street blissfully unaware that in the next moment she would encounter the dashing sailor who, three months later, would become her husband. “He came off of the USS Sarasota in 1952 and almost knocked me down,” Betty (Brown) Shilalie says, her eyes growing wide at the thought of the then-19-year-old John Daniel Shilalie. “I still wonder if he didn’t do that on purpose.” Straightening himself, Shilalie politely apologized to the petite girl, whom he towered over by nearly a foot, and asked if she wanted to take a walk with him. The two strolled together until they found a nearby bench, where Shilalie learned the sailor was only in town for the weekend. “We went to the movies — it was probably a love story —  and then he walked me home,” Shilalie says. “We had a long ways to walk, and he said, ‘Can I write to you?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’” The USS Sarasota was a 12,000ton Naval attack transport ship in

USS Sarasota By the numbers

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

The attack transport ship the USS Sarasota, which was nicknamed the “SARA,” was commissioned Aug. 16, 1944. the United States Fleet named after Sarasota County. Having just returned from a six-month Mediterranean cruise, the ship departed from its anchored location two miles out from Lido Beach and cruised to just outside Norfolk, Va. “Off and on he’d come here,” Shilalie says of her husband. “We wrote letters almost every day. He’d tell me he how missed me. Three months later, I got a letter that said, ‘Will you marry me?’”

Full-steam ahead

Nicknamed the “SARA,” the USS Sarasota was built in California and commissioned Aug. 16, 1944. The ship served in the Southwest Pacific Ocean during World War II, and during the war, transported troops, defended itself against air attacks, aided wounded ships and engaged in assaults and landings

8,500 — amount of horsepower on the ship 350 to 500 — number of crew members 10,000 — displacement in tons in 1951 10 — number of decks on the USS Sarasota 17 — speed in knots 3 — number of battle stars earned during World War II 2 — number of boilers 1 — number of propellers 1 — main engine 0 — number of crew members killed during the invasion of Okinawa, Japan

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REUNION / FROM PAGE 1A on Iwo Shima, Japan; Okinawa, Japan; and the Philippines. This week, a 30-person group of the ship’s former crew members and their wives are celebrating their reunion in Sarasota. Their first stop Tuesday was the Terrace Building to view the official model of the USS Sarasota. Frank Cona, an original crew member, peers at the model. He points to a spot on the front of the ship where he manned a 20 mm gun and starts recalling dozens of memories from his adventures at sea. In a matter of seconds, Cona is surrounded by other crew members, who were stationed at various places on the ship, from the engine to the deck. In August 1944, the ship commenced its shakedown cruise in the Pacific, off San Pedro, Calif., where it engaged in practice operations to prepare for duty in the war zones. Within weeks, the society of fighting ships devoted to fighting Japan accepted the USS Sarasota, and on Oct. 25, 1944, it steamed toward the Western Pacific as an attack transport. In November, the crew — many of whom were first-time seamen —  got its first taste of war. “I remember leaving for the first time and going under the Golden Gate Bridge and the rolling fog coming in,” Cona says. “My first instance of war was off Manus Harbor, in the Admiral Islands, where a ship — the Mount Hood (an ammunition ship) — blew up.” Cona remembers well the days he bathed in saltwater in the communal showers. Every food item they consumed —  with the exception of cabbage — was powdered. The only thing that would keep was cabbage, so the crew ate fried cabbage, baked cabbage and coleslaw. Occasionally, they got lamb from Australia. “Every time there was an invasion, we’d get fried eggs and bacon,” Cona says. “The troops used to say they were fattening us up for the kill, because we were making an invasion.” In preparation for its first assault opera-

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tions in December 1944, the USS Sarasota began loading Army troops off of the Second Battalion, 129th Regiment, 37th Division at Bougainville, Papa New Guinea. Throughout the month, the crew practiced rehearsal landings for the Lingayen Gulf invasion at Lae, New Guinea. When the ship arrived Jan. 8, 1945, off the western coast of the Philippines, it, along with other ships in its convoy, were subjected to Japanese suicide torpedo boats and dive-bomber attacks. The only casualty was the Escort Carrier, Kit Kum Bay, which was hit and left in the water. The ship sailed again Jan. 26, hauling the Second Army Battalion, 34th Infantry for the assault on San Antonio Beaches, Southern Zambales, in the Philippines. The troops disembarked at dawn Jan. 29 and again had no casualties. In March, troops loaded up for Okinawa, Japan. By April 1, the invasion of Okinawa began. One thousand ships — battleships, cruisers, destroyers, subchasers and minesweepers — were launched in the waters off Okinawa. The crew members spent 19 straight days in its general quarters, never leaving their stations. “Every time we sailed, there were no lights, because we didn’t want the Japanese subs to see us,” Cona said. “I remember the first time after the war was over and the ship lit up.” Battleships and cruisers opened fire on the shore, while the USS Sarasota and other transports prepped to off-load the troops. Men from the ship gained the first foothold in the fight for Okinawa and later began unloading cargo to the men who were fighting. But during the unloading operations, kamikaze “suicide” plans appeared in the sky and began making runs on the ships. Gun crews attacked from all sides, and one ship on the USS Sarasota’s starboard side was hit by a kamikaze. On April 4, the ship attempted to relieve the USS Henrico but found it dead in the water. The Sarasota crew spent the next four days unloading troops and cargo from the Henrico. Although three more ships were hit by kamikazes, the Sarasota was not hit.

Anchors away

Although the ship was decommissioned in 1946, it was ordered re-commissioned for the Korean War in 1951. It was that year, on the ship’s way to its new home in Norfolk, Va., that Sarasotans invited the USS Sarasota to help the city celebrate Independence Day. Because of its nearly 10,000-ton displacement, the ship had to anchor at least two miles off Lido Beach when it arrived. Crew members from World War II and the Korean War reunited for weeklong festivities, including a fish fry at Bayfront Park and dancing at Sarasota Yacht Club. The highlight of the week was when troops “invaded” Lido Beach as if it were Okinawa, and took residents for tours of the ship. They carried thousands of people between the city pier and the ship, and the visit proved so successful that the ship returned the following Independence Day. It was during that visit that the Shilalies met; the couple settled in 1985 in Sarasota. In 1991, John Shilalie (who died in 2004) and Sarasota residents Jack Hoffman (an ex Navy man) and Dick Clark organized the first USS Sarasota reunion, held in Sarasota. This week’s reunion marks the 20th year of their first reunion, and the second time it has been held in Sarasota. The group will host its reunion dinner Thursday, with Betty Shilalie as its honored guest. As part of the week’s scheduled events, members of the ship’s crew and their wives — among them, Shilalie — crowd around the glass-enclosed $250,000 model of the USS Sarasota ship. With help from John Shilalie and Hoffman, the wood-and-brass model was moved in 1989 from the Naval Museum, in Washington, D.C., to Sarasota. At 4 feet tall and 11.5 feet long, the ship was built to a precise 1/48-inch scale. After recounting stories from their service days and pointing out various spots on the ship that hold the most memories, the men drape their arms around each other’s shoulders, uniting for a photograph. One of the men pulls Shilalie in with them. A few minutes later, she pulls out her own photo, a black-and-white picture of herself and her sailor.

TIMELINE 1941 — USS Sarasota is commissioned and acquired by the U.S. Navy. June 14, 1944 — The ship is launched under the command of James I. MacPherson. 1945 — The ship transports troops to “blue beach” west of San Antonio, in the Philippines. April 1945 — The ship lands the assault troops from the 96th Infantry Division off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. August 1945 — The battle at Okinawa ends, and the ship earns three battle stars during World War II. Aug. 1, 1946 — The ship is decommissioned and berthed with the 19th inactive fleet. 1950 — The ship is ordered into activation with the outbreak of the Korean War. February 1951 — The ship is re-commissioned, undergoes alterations and is assigned to its new home in Norfolk, Va. 1951 — The ship visits Sarasota, anchors off Lido Beach and plans to “invade” the beach in a simulated assault for Sarasota residents. 1952 — The ship visits Sarasota for a second time. Sept. 2, 1955 — The ship is decommissioned and remains in reserve until being transferred in June 1966 to the Maritime Administration. There it remains in custody as a unit of the National Defense Reserve Fleet. May 17, 1991 — The USS Sarasota former crew hosts its first reunion, held in Sarasota.

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by Robin Roy | City Editor

Newtown pushes Shaw over top

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natural habitat by Robin Roy | City Editor

A large turnout in the North Sarasota neighborhood helped Willie Shaw defeat Linda Holland and secure the District 1 City Commission seat. Although his opponent won a majority of the precincts in District 1, Willie Shaw collected more votes in the ones he did capture to handily win a City Commission seat. Shaw, a retired postal worker, defeated Linda Holland in the May 10 runoff election. He received 733 votes, or 59%, while Holland got 499 votes, or 41%. Nearly half of his votes, 345, came from just one of nine precincts in District 1. Precinct 31, which runs from 17th Street to Myrtle Street and U.S. 41 east to the railroad tracks, has been a stronghold for Shaw. He got 95% of the votes in that location in the runoff. Holland only received 16 votes. In the March general election, Shaw received 185 votes in that precinct, while Holland got three. Although he received fewer total votes in Precinct 153, Shaw’s margin of victory was even higher there, securing 97% of the vote. Out of 42 total votes, Shaw received 41. Precinct 153’s boundaries are 47th Street, 17th Street, Tuttle Avenue and U.S. 41. A major force in electing Shaw was Precinct 76, where he received 85% of the vote. That precinct also goes from 17th Street to Myrtle Street, and its east-

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west boundaries are U.S. 301 and the railroad tracks. Shaw won 134 votes in Precinct 76, while his opponent got 24. Holland had strong support in four of the five precincts she won, receiving between 70% and 82% in each of them. Those precincts are in the Gillespie Park, Park East and Bayou Oaks neighborhoods. Shaw will be sworn in May 13, along with Commissioners-elect Paul Caragiulo and Shannon Snyder.

DISTRICT BREAKDOWN District 1 total vote

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Shaw declared winner.

Palmer Point Park sits between Casey Key and Siesta Key. It is a natural park, with no facilities for people. The park improvements the county is conducting are designed to improve the water quality in the area and eliminate invasive species.

HOLLAND SHAW 41% 59%

Precinct 153

Shaw's strongest precinct. HOLLAND 2%

SHAW 98%

Palmer Point Park is slated to have its invasive and exotic species removed and replaced by marsh grass and native mangroves.

Precinct 146

Holland's strongest precinct. SHAW 18% HOLLAND 82%

by Robin Roy | City Editor

Nesting birds ruffle some feathers Hundreds of wading birds have made two golf course islands home and are disturbing nearby residents, who object to the noise, mess and smell. The Oaks Club has come up with a plan to accommodate both the natural setting and area development. Four homeowners at The Oaks Club have grown so weary of some of their neighbors that they’ve asked club management to seek the removal of those living in their backyards. Those neighbors are hundreds of wading birds that have taken up residence on two small islands in a golf course pond. They nest mainly in Brazilian pepper trees, an invasive species. The homeowners said they are fed up with the noise and the smell and mess from the droppings. “They’re damaging lanais, concrete, roofs,” said Victor Balcom, The Oaks Club general manager. “The smell is so bad, (the residents) can’t go outside.” Balcom held a meeting May 7 with homeowners, club members and environmental experts, hoping to find a solution that satisfies not only the affected homeowners, but also the overall environment. “We definitely like the birds. There’s no doubt about it,” said Balcom. “It’s an amenity to have things like that.” The two islands were carved out 27 years ago, when The Oaks Club was built. They sit in a pond on hole No. 3 at the Heron golf course, one of two club courses. The islands are less than 50 yards from the nearest home. At about one-half acre each, both islands are covered in trees, which have drawn many different kinds of birds. Balcom said several years ago, Brazilian peppers began popping up on the islands. Now one island is made up of about 30% of Brazilian peppers. With the growth of the Brazilian peppers came an explosion in growth of the bird population. Sandy Cooper, a resident of The Oaks and member of the Audubon Society, estimates there are now 12 species of wading birds that nest on the islands, includ-

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Two half-acre islands on the No. 3 hole of the Heron golf course are home to at least one-dozen species of wading birds. Residents who live in homes that are about 50 yards away have complained about the smell and mess from bird droppings, as well as chirping and squawking for much of the day. ing five species of herons, three species of egrets, two of ibises and others. Cooper has also seen several different songbirds coming and going and said they could also be nesting there. “It would be a real blessing if they weren’t too close to a couple of homes,” Cooper said. “Some of the homeowners have said they’re getting too much of a good thing.” The current plan is to wait until nesting season ends, which could be October or November, and then consult with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about the best strategy for culling some of the foliage.

Casey Key restoration to begin

Balcom hopes that by removing many of the Brazilian pepper trees that some of the birds will find new places to nest in subsequent years. “We do not want to harm the birds, just reduce the places for them to nest,” said Balcom. Cooper said if that plan holds, then it would be a satisfactory solution for him. “A number of people were concerned that too aggressive a removal all at once of the Brazilian peppers will drive the birds out,” he said. “That would be a disaster of the first order. We’d like for them to do it in stages and hope that will be the final decision.”

A plan to return the park at the northern end of Casey Key to its native wetlands habitat is set to begin. County commissioners approved May 10 a $559,650 contract with an environmental-restoration company to improve Palmer Point Park, which is currently overrun with invasive species, such as the Australian pine. Water quality and wetlands restoration are the project’s main goals. It used to be a wetlands, but the placement of dredge spoil in the area destroyed that natural habitat. The project will restore two acres of Palmer Point Park by removing invasive, exotic and nuisance trees and plants, re-grading the land by taking out excess dredged material and re-plant native coastal vegetation, such as mangroves and marsh grass, as well as live oaks and sabal palms. “We’ll return it to being a coastal wetland,” said project manager Curtis Smith. The park is strictly a natural habitat, with no facilities for people. Re-grading of the property will take it below the mean high-water line, which will result in it being entirely covered by the tide at times. The project, which is funded through a combination of sales-tax money and grants, could have cost about $100,000 less if Casey Key residents had approved the use of their road for the construction vehicles. Smith met with a group of residents three years ago to ask their permission to use North Casey Key Road for the removal of the vegetation and spoil from Palmer Point Park. The contractor would have trucked in heavy equipment, including dump trucks and front-end loaders at the beginning of the project. The non-native plants and trees would have been cut down and mulched on site. Workers would then have burned the mulch there, but if that weren’t feasible, the mulch would have been hauled out of the area. The neighbors objected, saying the road was too narrow for the trucks. They were also concerned that canopy trees could be damaged. The county wanted to be sensitive to those concerns, so it came up with a plan to access the site by boat and remove the debris on a barge. “Yes, it’s more expensive to do it from the water, but it gives more flexibility to the contractor to find a location to stage (equipment),” said Smith. Construction is set to begin this month and will wrap up in September.


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+ Water-meter replacement begins

restore public confidence and trust in the police department. That meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. May 20, at City Hall, 1565 First St.

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An extensive water-meter replacement program has begun in the city of Sarasota. About 17,000 residential and commercial meters will be upgraded to an advanced system that will allow the meters to be read from radio receivers in moving vehicles and fixed receivers. The replacement program has begun in the northwest part of the city. A notice will be attached to a customer’s trashcan about one week before a meter is upgraded, and a door hanger will be placed on a front door the day before a replacement. The water will need to be turned off for up to 30 minutes, while a meter is replaced. The entire program will take about eight months.

+ Inaugural police-panel meetings scheduled The first meetings of the two new permanent police panels will be held within the week. The Police Complaints Committee will

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+ Ed Smith Stadium changes approved

The most read stories online last week were: 1. Photo gallery: RHS Prom (April 30) 2. Photo gallery: A Royal Affair (April 29) 3. Picture-perfect Prom (April 28) 4. Motherly Love (May 5) 5. Photo of the Day: Love is in the Air (May 3)

hold its inaugural meeting at 3 p.m. May 17, at the Federal Building, 111 Orange Ave. The PCC is tasked with advising the police chief on policies, procedures and practices relating to the handling of citizen complaints made against Sarasota police officers. Meeting three days later will be the Independent Police Advisory Panel, which was formed to ensure police accountability and transparency and

The County Commission has signed off on more than $1 million in additional upgrades to Ed Smith Stadium. About 60 upgrades will be performed, many of them minor. They include modifying the outfieldwall pads, adding stucco and trim in places, creating more storm drainage around practice fields and installing hydro-therapy equipment. Funding for those upgrades comes from a spring-training grant the city of Sarasota secured from the state. That money cannot be spent on anything but spring-training baseball. Any cost overruns will be drawn from a constructionproject fund that consists of the same state grant, county bond paid through tourist-tax dollars and a contribution from the Baltimore Orioles.

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 City Commission Swearingin Ceremony — Noon Friday, May 13, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota  City Commission — 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota  Arlington Park Neighborhood Association — 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota  Community Alliance Steering Committee — 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, First Floor Auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota  City Commission Workshop — 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota

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Governor Scott pleased with session results Asked to grade his accomplishments in his first legislative session — from “A” for superior to “F” for failing, Florida Gov. Rick Scott knew the answer: “The right group to judge that is the people of Florida,” Scott said Wednesday afternoon. But at the end of a 40-minute interview, during which Scott reviewed his campaign promises and legislative agenda compared to what Florida lawmakers adopted or didn’t adopt, you would be hard-pressed to argue against the scorecard tilting in his favor. Remember his repetitive campaign promises? A quick snapshot: • Lower taxes — check. Florida’s corporate-income tax and water management districts will collect less money next year because of tax cuts — $230 million. • Less regulation — check. Two red-tape-laden departments — Community Affairs and Environmental Protection — have undergone partial castrations, and the state development review process has been lessened for local projects. • Increased government accountability — check. Teachers’ performance will be measured against student performance, and those teachers who don’t measure up, well, it’ll be far easier than before to fire the underperformers. • Jobs, jobs, jobs — check. Since-Scott LBK 2010took - Ioffice in January, Florida’s employment has increased by 59,000 new jobs while

Scott Scorecard: Progress on every issue SEE PAGE 7A the unemployment rate has fallen from 11.5% to 10.6%. You can’t credit Scott with creating those jobs; government doesn’t create jobs. But Scott still wants Florida voters to measure him against his promise — 700,000 new jobs in seven years. Altogether, when Scott assessed his administration’s first legislative session compared to what he proposed in his budget and State of the State address, the governor said: “Clearly we have started the process of reducing taxes and regulation. We made significant progress for making our state No. 1 for business.” Put another way, if you were looking at a meter, the Republican-dominated Legislature moved the needle to the right. “The principles of lower taxes and less regulation are in the budget all in a manner that will get jobs going,” Scott said. The evidence of Scott’s agenda moving through the Legislature is in the accompanying box. To be sure, however, Scott’s most vocal critics (the Tallahassee press corps and daily newspaper editorial writers) will crow — indeed they already have — that Scott wasn’t all that successful. He did not get the $5 billion in cuts from the state budget or the $2 billion in tax cuts he proposed. The governor was aiming

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for the latter by eliminating the state’s 5.5% corporate income tax and the state-required portion of school property taxes. But being the business dealmaker that he was in the private sector, Scott said he knew that a complete adoption of his agenda would have been too optimistic and unrealistic. “It’s no different than when I was negotiating as a CEO,” he said. “I know where I like to be, and I explain as best I can why I like to get there. I’m also realistic.” He knows it’s a process. “My goal was to phase out the corporate income tax over seven years; that’s been my plan all along,” Scott said. “Don’t forget, this year we had to deal with a $4 billion deficit. My focus was to start the

process. I know we still have a lot of work to do.” Scott said he is not going to waver from his agenda. “My job every day is to improve, and ask: ‘How do we get better?’” he said. “I’m going down the exact same path (next session) and follow the principles I believe in and talk to the legislators why I believe them.” Asked what he learned about dealing with the Legislature, Scott said the lawmakers didn’t surprise him. The lobbyists did. “There are so many special interests. It’s unbelievable. That was my biggest surprise,” Scott said. And with his first legislative session now complete, asked his view of whether government can be run like a business, Scott said: “Businesses are supposed to fo-

cus on customers and constantly measure and improve. Government should do the exact same thing. You absolutely should run government like a successful business. If you do, everyone will get better service for the dollars spent.” When Scott delivered his State of the State address in early March, he challenged lawmakers to deliver bold action. Pressed to grade lawmakers on a scale of “bold,” “status quo” or “more mush from the wimps,” Scott said: “They did very well. We made big progress. We are positioning Florida as the state in which to do business.”

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Right turns in the Legislature Gov. Rick Scott, a Tallahassee outsider decomprehensive plan to allow a new developspised by the media and willing to take unment the commissioners saw as beneficial popular stands on principle, had a surprising to the community, but a bureaucrat in Talamount of success during his first legislative lahassee could rule it was not an adequate session as governor. plan. That was always a bad setup. Let local He demonstrated the tough negotiation elected officials decide, and then voters can skills that helped him so much in business decide on elected officials. and now are in play for the benefit of the + Education. Officially, K-12 spending people of Florida — if not, perhaps, for many was cut 7.5% to $1.35 billion, or about $542 special interests that formerly held sway. per student. Those are the numbers generalScott and the Legislature pushed an ly used and misused. But there are two huge agenda of smaller government and a better caveats: First, school districts statewide will job-creating climate from which all Floridsave $859 million through the new requireians can benefit. ment that teachers must contribute 3% of The session provided a balanced $69.67 their pay to their retirement funds. billion budget by closing a $3.8 billion gap The second caveat is that the state wisely entirely through reduced spending. That required school districts to set aside $554 is important because it means that state million in federal stimulus money last year, government shrank, and so the burden of which can be applied this year against the supporting it by individuals and businesses reductions. Combined, these two caveats also shrank. In a time of trying to get some mean that real school district cuts amount tax cuts are part of his plan for revving up momentum going for a sustained economic to only 1.25%, or $85 per student — nothing the state economy and creating jobs using recovery, that is critically important. like the hyperbole being reported. the Arthur Laffer/Milton Friedman concept Through persistent persuasion and an Now as to actual education, and not just of freeing up businesses from the bottom unwillingness to cave early, Scott was able spending, the Legislature increased the numup, rather than the Keynesian model of to get a decrease in corporate income taxes. ber of charter schools; expanded the state’s top-down government spending and more Remember, while these taxes are called “cor“opportunity scholarship” program, giving deficits. porate,” don’t think big fat-cat corporations. children in failing public schools the chance Lawmakers, however, did not have the They are on any profitable businesses in the to go to better schools; made it easier to fire stomach to make the cuts necessary to cover state, including the one that employs you. crummy teachers; and made teachers more the tax cuts and were not going to provide Scott and some legislators refer to this accountable, allowing 50% of teachers’ merit any. But Scott held out and eventually got year’s work as only “a start.” We are hoping pay to be based on students’ performance. lawmakers to agree to move toward him. they keep pushing for reduced taxes and + Election law changes. This is anThat first move increases the threshold regulations and will dump the targeted tax other bill where the hyperbole of opponents that triggers the tax — from $5,000 in profits cuts and incentives that would be unnecjust does not match the law. It was called a to $25,000. That knocks out nearly half of essary if the overall business climate were rollback of voting rights, disenfranchisement the state’s companies, but only achieved a friendly enough. of minorities and racist. For instance, one $30 million reduction in tax revenue. That’s Here is a brief overview of what went right rule change that was attacked was requirbecause it only helps the smallest compaduring the legislative session. We will be exing third-party voter-registration groups to nies — not big business, as will be charged panding on several of these issues in coming register with the state and file reports. After because, you know, Republicans are in bed weeks as the details emerge. the corruption we’ve all witnessed by groups with big business. Right. Check the facts. + The budget. Of course the biggest such as ACORN, this sort of change was necThis should fairly be labeled a “small busiissue each year, particularly in years with essary to ensure the validity of the process. ness” tax break, because the big corporations declining revenues, is the budget. By balancThe law also requires voters who want to ing it and lowering taxes, state government is will still be paying plenty of taxes. But this is change their name or address at the poll to the kind of unshackling that can help thousmaller and leaner. cast a provisional ballot, which is then verisands of small businesses feel free enough to The balancing came through spending fied and counted later — if it is legal. This expand and hire workers. cuts, including a $1.3 billion cut to public should make voting multiple times more The budget also reduced property taxes a education, or about $540 per student. Howdifficult. A perfectly valid safeguard. small amount through a $210 million reducever, for local districts, much of that expense + Unborn baby protections. A woman is offset by an $859 million savings in teacher tion in water management district funds. wanting an abortion now must get an ulThe water management districts have been pension plans. trasound first. The goal is to give a full set of sitting on millions in reserve funds without Specifically, the pension changes start the facts, not hazy verbiage such as “choice” that choosing to reduce property taxes in the goprocess of bringing public-employee benobscures the underlying reality. Let a mom efits nearer to the reality of the private sector, go years. So the Legislature did. see the baby she wants to do away with. + Growth management. This is a major where most of us toil. The state’s 650,000 Another new law also makes it harder for change, rolling back some of the most employees, including teachers, will for the pregnant teens to be moved to a different expensive, time-eating regulations from the first time contribute 3% of their pay toward area of the state to get an abortion without state’s 1985 growth management law. their pensions. While in reality that is a parental notification and to get waivers from The bill repeals concurrency, which was take-home pay cut, state employees remain the notifying parents. A parent must be told the law that required developers to pay for in an enviable situation compared to most if a child is given an aspirin, but not if a child infrastructure upfront on major projects. private-sector workers, who are responsible is having an abortion? Wrong. Concurrency eliminated smaller developers for building their own retirement savings + Unemployment benefits. The new with big dreams and killed a lot of projects — law would cut benefits from 26 to 23 weeks through 401(k) plans. and jobs — because bureaucratic car-counAnother big budget cut was to reduce rewhen unemployment is higher than 10.5%. imbursements to hospitals by 12% — or $510 ters in Tallahassee could not be satisfied. The lower the rate, the fewer the weeks a Speaking of which, the bill also gets rid of million — to rein in state Medicaid costs. The person can be on unemployment. state oversight of major, local land-planning media report these as deep cuts hospitals Unfortunately necessary. Just ask an emdecisions. Previously, an elected county will somehow have to absorb. But if Scott ployer who received dozens of applications commission could approve a change to a had not made the cuts or increased funding, until unemployment was extended and job his first name would have been applicants dried up. “former hospital executive” and it + Amendments. One amendwould be insinuated that he was ment lowers the cap voters apgiving goodies to cronies. That’s prove on annual increases in comThere were two important laws that should have passed: how the media agenda works, and mercial property tax assessments curtailing public sector unions and verifying someone’s legal Scott has been right to go around from 10% to 5%. Another amendcitizenship status if he is arrested. the mainstream, despite the ment gives first-time homeowners Regarding public unions, the paycheck-protection bill would howling. Plus the cuts spared two an added exemption that dishave banned public-employee unions from using automatic programs, serving the catastrophicounts a home’s assessed value by payroll deductions to collect union dues and then using that cally sick, aged and disabled. 50% in the first year, which would money for political activity. That this is a partisan issue is obviThe only thing left for Scott to then phase out over five years. ous in that unions give almost all of their financial support to do with the budget now is veto And, in an attempt to reinvigoDemocrats, and the Legislature is run by Republicans. That it some of the turkey spending. rate states rights and repudiate failed a Republican legislature shows the continuing strength of There is still far too much of that Obamacare, there will be an public unions. in the budget, i.e. $46 million to amendment that would state that But there is more to it than partisan politics. Union members University of South Florida Polyno law can “compel, directly or can be quite diverse in their political views, from green to libtechnic in Lakeland; $5 million for indirectly, any person or employer ertarian. But dues that are deducted under state law go almost the regatta sports center at Nathan to purchase, obtain, or otherwise entirely to one party. Benderson Park in Sarasota; $3 provide for health care coverage.” Further, it means that public-sector unions use pass-through million to expand Polk State ColThe overall session was good for tax dollars to support candidates that will give their members lege; $3.4 million for the Pine Hills business. And that means good for more tax dollars, and therefore more dues, which are then used Neighborhood redevelopment jobs and workers. to elect friendly candidates and so on. This has always been district in Orange County; and Lawmakers have taken the first bad law and changing it is the right thing. $10,000 for an Institute for Cuban necessary steps. “We are positionThe immigration bill would have required using the federal American Studies. ing Florida as the state in which to E-Verify to determine if someone is in the country legally when + Taxes. Scott wanted $459 do business,” Scott said. they area arrested. Perfect common sense. million in corporate tax cuts, cutBut everyone knows there is ting the rate from 5.5% to 3%. The more to do.

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Scott Scorecard: Progress on every issue

Florida Gov. Rick Scott always talks about measuring results and accountability. He welcomes it — even that of his own performance. In that vein, if you measured the results of the most recent session of the Legislature against Scott’s specific legislative agenda outlined in his State of the State address and on the campaign trail, the following shows how he fared. Scott didn’t get exactly what he sought on every issue, but on every issue on Scott’s agenda, the Legislature at least moved in his direction. To wit:

 BUDGET — Scott proposed cutting the budget to $65.9 billion. The Legislature adopted a $68 billion budget.  TAX CUTS — Scott proposed tax cuts totaling $2 billion, including the phase-out of the corporate income tax. The Legislature delivered $308 million in tax cuts. The cuts included $210.5 million from the state’s five water-management districts, a 30% drop in their property-tax collections. The cuts also include $30 million from corporate income taxes. This will be achieved by increasing the threshold that triggers the 5.5% income tax. The new threshold rises to $25,000 in profits, up from $5,000. Scott said this change will mean nearly 50% of Florida’s corporations will no longer pay the state corporate income tax.  REGULATION/DEREGULATION — Scott called for the elimination of “unreasonable regulation that stands in the way of job creation” in his State of the State address. The Legislature in turn adopted what it dubbed the “Community Planning Act,” one of the biggest easing of regulations in the state’s 1985 Growth Management Act. Some of the provisions of the new legislation shift more responsibility to local governments on whether to continue to require developers to pay for infrastructure improvements. The bill also removes limitations on the number of times local governments may process plan amendments, and there is no longer a state-mandated review of all changes to comprehensive plans. Scott said “probably one of the biggest steps we’ve taken” is the downsizing of the Departments of Community Affairs and Environmental Protection. “They’re dramatically different, and they now work with our economic development team,” he said, alluding to a practice that wasn’t common in pre-

vious administrations.  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Scott said recruiting companies to Florida would be a top priority. He wanted to combine multiple agencies into one super Department of Economic Opportunity. The Senate was expected to adopt Scott’s plan Friday, the last day of the session. The measure was expected to combine the functions, duties and programs of Enterprise Florida Inc., the Florida Sports Foundation Inc., VISIT Florida, the Florida Black Business Investment Board Inc. and Space Florida into a not-for-profit corporation called the Jobs Florida Partnership Inc.  EDUCATION — Scott made this a top priority in his State of the State address. He called for increasing the number of charter schools; expanding the state’s “opportunity scholarship” program, which allows students in failing public schools to attend better performing schools; and he wanted legislation that would allow the state to give publicschool teachers merit pay based 50% on students’ performance and to make it easier to fire underperforming teachers. The Legislature gave Scott all that he asked. Previously, teachers’ contracts were almost automatically renewed and raises given on the basis of length of service. And in the event of an underperforming teacher, it often would take more than two years to fire a teacher, with the teacher remaining in classrooms all the while. No more. “The right thing happened” Scott said. “We are now putting kids first.”  STATE PENSIONS — Scott began his term, saying state employees needed to contribute some of their own money to their pension plans, heretofore not required. The Legislature adopted a measure that will now

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require state employees to contribute 3% of the salaries to the pension system. “It’s important that this system be fair to state workers and to taxpayers,” Scott said. He said he will determine before the 2012 session whether he will pursue additional pension reforms.  MEDICAID REFORM — Scott’s State of the State address said the costs of Medicaid in Florida ($21 billion a year) “have been spiraling out of control.” He said the system could save money by “adopting market principles and giving patients more choices.” The Legislature complied. It adopted Medicaid reforms that would call for Medicaid recipients to enroll in private-sector operated health maintenance organizations. The legislation also places limits on medical malpractice awards against physicians who treat Medicaid patients. Scott was unable to estimate how much the HMO system would save taxpayers. “The reforms should increase the access for recipients, and the service will be at prices that are better for taxpayers,” Scott said.  UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION — “The costs of unemployment insurance cannot be allowed to deter job creation,” Scott said in his State of the State address. “By working with the Legislature, we will bring those costs down.” The Legislature complied. It reduced the length of time unemployed workers can receive unemployment insurance compensation. The higher the state’s unemployment rate, the longer benefits will be paid — up to a maximum of 26 weeks if the unemployment rate is 12% or higher (that’s in the Senate version). When the unemployment rate falls to 5% or lower, unemployed would be eligible to receive benefits up to 12 weeks.

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Observer team scores big with fun season The Observer coach-pitch team played the Ball ’N’ Shoe team in its final game of the spring season Monday, May 9, at Twin Lakes Park. The Central Sarasota Little League season began in February, and all the teams are finishing their seasons this week. The Observer team was made up of 12 kids ranging in age from 6 to 8. Tim Enos coached the team, along with Prather Crisp and Adam Cuffaro. Although the score is not kept in coachpitch, the team members all agreed that they had a winning season and a lot of fun.

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Owney Haney, No. 5 from Ball ’N’ Shoe, tags out Josh Fields, No. 11 from The Observer. The Observer team poses on the mound after its final game of the spring season.

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Evan Crisp gets ready to run to third base.

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Ricky Jackson, No. 9, of Ball ’N’ Shoe, calls out for the ball after Brandon Viera, No. 1, of the Observer, makes it safely to second base.

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John and Robyn Gaudiano sold their Unit 71 condominium at 37 Sunset Drive to Jerome and Kathryn Chesley, of Sarasota, for $490,000. Built in 1971, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,883 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $509,000 in 2002.

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Daniel and Linda Turner, of Sarasota, sold their home at 2238 Alameda Ave. to David and Kimberly Dunn, of Sarasota, for $475,000. Built in 1965, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,811 square feet of living area.

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Brian and Marilyn Kneafsey, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 406 condominium at 1100 Imperial Drive to Peter and Helga Gutschow, of South Royalton, Vt., for $275,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,187 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $205,000 in 2002.

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Cherie DiNoia, trustee, sold the home at 3212 Austin St. to Charles Zuill, Sarasota, for $200,000. Built in 1980, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,643 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $340,000 in 2004.

ACP/Alinari LLC sold the Unit PH1604 condominium at 800 N. Tamiami Trail to Ann Marie Davis, of Sarasota, for $467,500. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths and 2,471 square feet of living area.

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ESD Investments LLC sold the home at 1602 Bay Road to Brett Benger, of Sarasota, for $467,500. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,784 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $825,000 in 2006.

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Barbara Mecklenburg, trustee, sold the Unit 9-C condominium at 1111 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Adam and Ingrid Walker, of Sarasota, for $325,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,736 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,000 in 2002.

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest city of Sarasota, Sarasota County and Siesta Key building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of April 25 through April 29, in order of dollar amounts.

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Lynn Coppage Robin Speidel Priscilla Stowe, trustee Michael Daniec Charles Hegener George Reid Steven Booth Argylene Bridges Michele Stephan

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Renovations Caroline Clark Addition Brian Sullivan Re-roof Jay Cohen, trustee Pool Earl Stockton Jr. Mechanical Leonard Krygowski Re-roof Kenneth Klementowski Doors/Windows Peter Kuper, trustee Garage conversion Claudia Cannon Foundation repair E.R. Tirabassi

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Gwen Freese, trustee, sold the Unit 111 condominium at 5400 Ocean Blvd. to Barbara Bruchmann, trustee, for $820,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,187 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $185,000 in 1986. Kendra Dayger, trustee, sold the Unit 124 condominium at 5400 Ocean Blvd. to Timothy and Lisa Rink, of Granger, Ind., for $599,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,187 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $47,100 in 1971. Joseph and Cheryl Abraham, of Trivoli, Ill., sold their Unit 83 condominium at 5400 Ocean Blvd. to John E. Twomey Corp. for $550,000. Built in 1970, it has one bedroom, one bath and 928 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $600,000 in 2010.

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Amount $400,000 $175,000 $50,585 $37,000 $33,192 $25,000 $20,385 $20,000 $20,000

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1260 Hidden Harbor Way 5740 Midnight Pass Road 5770 Midnight Pass Road 5300 Ocean Blvd. 1275 Dockside Place 5790 Midnight Pass Road 8977 Midnight Pass Road 8900 Blind Pass Road 1215 S. Portofino Drive

Windows/Doors Remodel Remodel Remodel Remodel Renovations Renovations Windows Remodel

William Firth Constance Randolph Ian Maclure Vicki Drown Katherine Sovik, trustee Anthony Senft Dennis Ruehl John Lambertus, trustee Brent David

Amount $269,000 $93,600 $73,500 $62,750 $35,000 $32,000 $25,000 $10,000 $9,100

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You’ve got guts Noon — 2000 block of Ringling Boulevard. Property Damage. A sheriff’s deputy noticed damage to the rear bumper and taillight of his patrol vehicle. He was un-

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Thou shalt not yell 12:58 p.m. — 1200 block of North Gulfstream Avenue. Noise Disturbance. The police department received a report of loud praying in the area.

Flew the coop 3:47 p.m. — 1000 block of Tamiami Trail. Animal Problem. Complaint informed police dispatch that an animal was locked in a parked vehicle. It was not a dog or even a cat, as one might imagine. The pet left behind was a parakeet.

You’re fired 8:33 p.m. — 7100 block of South Tamiami Trail. Disturbance. A restaurant employee began arguing with his boss during working hours. The employee was upset that his girlfriend had been fired from the same restaurant. The owner told the employee that he was negatively affecting business by openly arguing, so he was also fired. As the employee left, he told his former boss, “I hope you have fun in jail tonight.” The business owner asked the sheriff’s office to give the man a trespassing warning.

Shouldering the load 9:23 p.m. — South Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard. Suspicious Incident. Complainant saw a man carrying a woman over his shoulder. He then dropped her.

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May 6 Discriminating burglar 12:39 a.m. — 600 block of South Osprey Avenue. Burglary. A man reported his home had been burglarized. The burglar, however, did not touch three flat-screen TVs or any computer equipment. Instead, the thief rummaged through clothing draws and ended up taking $50 in cash that was left in plain sight.

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Wed., May 4 Thurs., May 5 Fri., May 6 Sat., May 7 Sun., May 8 Mon., May 9 Tues., May 10

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Average Gulf water temperature: 79.8

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Items Under $200 For Sale

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales

3 SOFAS: sleeper $50.00; classic, $55.00; loveseat, $50.00; dining table, 4 chairs, $45.00; 941-914-1759

WALKER - Folding walker with 2 front wheels. Light weight. Like new. $30.00 941-377-6747

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GARAGE/ MOVING SALE, May 14th, 8a.m., 10611 Winding Stream Way, Bradenton FL 34212. Antiques, chaise lounges - 4 patio, generator 15,000 watt, table saw, misc. tools, clothing, misc. furniture, dining table, 4 chairs, china cabinet. Must sell all!

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Homes For Rent LUXOR MHP $425mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 5811 14th St. W. Bradenton. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc, Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034

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Vacation/Seasonal Rentals LBK: 1BR furnished condo, water views, includes cable, Longboat Harbor. Covered parking, no pets/ smoking, Gulf/ private beach house access. Boat dock available. Available May 1st - Nov. 1st. $750/mo. +utilities. 248-231-3793. LBK: BAYFRONT, 2BR furnished condo, Longboat Harbour. Spectacular water views from every room, ground floor, end unit. Covered parking, no trucks/ pets/ smoking. Gulf/ private beach house access. Boat dock available. Avail. May 1st to December 1st. $950/mo +utilities. 734-216-6622. 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. PALM AIRE. Fabulously furnished 2BR/2BA condo. Screened lanai, golf views, W/D, community pool, carport. $1400 through $2500. Inquire: Eileen, 732-740-9398. UPSCALE CONDO wanted for Rent. 2 Bedroom condo with Gulf view, preferably South of Avenue of the Flowers. February and March 2012. Email posnansky@hotmail.co.uk

Rye Wilderness. DR Horton. Half acre homesite, tile roof, 3 car garage. 2670 sf. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 3 car garage. Formal LR & DR, kitchen opens to family room. Walk- in pantry, granite, and stainless. 20” tile in main living areas, Price reduced to $313,500. Caryn Lukas 941-567-6173 PALMER RANCH DISTRESSED PROPERTIES FREE computerized list with pictures. buyforeclosures@realtyofsarasota.com 941-468-4917 Brigett Stinson Century 21 Advantage SARASOTA HOMES & CONDOS One Site for All Your Needs! Property Search Homes - Condos - Golf Communities Short Sales - Foreclosures www.LarrySellsSarasota.com LARRY BRZOSTEK RE/MAX Alliance Group. 941-993-3125

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R.J. DAVIS HOME RESTORATIONS. Historical or modern - we completely repair and restore any home. 18 yrs. Lic/Ins. 941-586-8996.

STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS

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Entering into a mutually acceptable contract between a buyer and seller in today’s market has suddenly become something of a feat; one best accomplished through the efforts of a skilled negotiator. Seeing it through to a successful closing requires even more diligence, as too many sales fall apart for lack of it. Here’s what you need to know to keep your transaction moving toward a smooth and successful closing: No matter how many real estate sales you’ve ever been involved in, your next one is bound to be different; as no two transactions are ever alike. Each, in its own right, is an intricate process involving so many parts moving simultaneously that your real estate agent must function with the precision of a world-class orchestra conductor. Each individual performer must be coaxed by the maestro into playing brilliantly; then perform in perfect unison with the others. From the first note to the final bar.

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If you don’t fully understand how a real estate transaction gets from Point “A” (a successfully-negotiated contract) to Point “B” (a successful closing), be sure to have your agent explain the process before you get started. An excellent rule of thumb is to also choose an agent whose company can complete as many phases of the transaction under one roof as possible—especially when it comes to procuring a mortgage and clearing title to the property. The problems that can potentially scuttle a real estate sale are at least as numerous as the number of people involved in the typical transaction. For every person tasked with a responsibility—from the mortgage originator to the real estate appraiser, home inspector, pest inspector, title officer, insurance agent and numerous other specialists—there are at least as many potential missteps involving timing, communications or follow-up that can threaten the outcome. That’s why it’s to your benefit to have every aspect of the sale managed by a single, unquestionably capable professional—presumably your agent—overseeing an equally proficient squad of top professionals who not only understands your

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DANCE ANTICS

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

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“I always felt I had one chance with an audience or one chance with a class,” Elizabeth Weil Bergmann says. “If people don’t walk away having had an ‘a-ha’ experience, then they’re not going to come back.”

Mover and shaker Retired Harvard dance Director Elizabeth Weil Bergmann brings her Ivy League moves to Sarasota’s Carreño Dance Festival.

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hen Elizabeth Weil Bergmann says she dances alone in her living room, you believe her. Her sun-drenched house in Sarasota’s quiet Oyster Bay neighborhood has an open floor plan with plenty of space to move, say, if one

were to put on Schubert and twirl with reckless abandon. Bergmann is exactly the kind of retired dance doyenne that you can picture twirling — not in a prima ballerina kind of way, but in a loose-limbed, interpretive dance kind of way. She’s the picture of fluidity: dan-

gling earrings, rayon pants, big smile and an unfussy crop of short, white hair. “I thought I’d die on the dance floor,” says Bergmann, who retired this year from her post as dance director at Harvard University. “I still might. It just won’t be in Cambridge.”

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BERGMANN from 1 A Juilliard graduate with a resumé that includes a 21-year professorship at the University of Michigan, Bergman joined the faculty of the Carreño Dance Festival in February. She signed on hoping to impart her love of modern dance to up-and-coming performers. “I’m on a mission,” she says. “So many kids trot off to these ballet schools, and outside of ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘Nutcracker,’ they don’t know much. I feel strongly that our young dancers need to learn everything there is to learn about dance. There are plenty of opportunities beyond just making a ballet company.” Bergmann is sitting at a glass table, sipping an unsweetened iced tea, waxing nostalgic about her dance days in New York City — the late 1950s, a time ruled by Martha Graham, José Limón, Antony Tudor and Louis Horst, all of whom she studied under in her youth. “It really was the golden age,” Bergmann says. “Of course, at the time I didn’t know it. That’s the thing with golden ages. You don’t know you’re living through them until years later.” Hired in 2000 to helm Harvard’s fledging extracurricular dance program, Bergmann was practically a legend by the time she left the school, which was, she says, her objective. Venerated as it is, Harvard is not exactly

BERGMANN ON HER CELEB PUPILS Madonna (University of Michigan, 1977)

“She came to me as a freshman. She was a very slim, typical ballerina type. She was definitely going to make it as a dancer. There was no question about it. When we brought Pearl Lang in to make a work, she took Madonna under her wing, and as a result Madonna went to New York to dance with Martha Graham. As you know, things changed from there.”

Natalie Portman (Harvard, 2000)

“By the time she took my class she had already done ‘Star Wars’ and was a pretty big star. I’m almost embarrassed to admit it, but I didn’t recognize her. She’s very little and nondescript, and at Harvard she went by her birth name –– Natalie Hershlag. I was always apologizing for forgetting her name. Finally, one of the other students came up to me and asked, ‘Don’t you know who she is?’ I was so intimidated after that.” known for its dance program. When Bergmann arrived on campus, a handful of no-credit dance classes were being taught out of a cramped basement studio buried at the end of a series of tunnels. In just 11 years, she managed to build a dance center, expand the program to include a dense curriculum of credited courses and build a roster that included more than 800 student dancers. “I wanted to see if I could put a chink in the staid bricks,” Bergmann says. “I didn’t think there were any dancers at Harvard, and, then, they just came out of the woodwork!” Rising to let her cat in from outside, she glosses over the weight of her Ivy League accomplishments, leaving the rest of the story

to be filled in by a quick Internet search. A Harvard arts blog reveals that, in December, members of the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company performed pieces of Bergmann’s choreography at a farewell dance concert. In a post dedicated to the choreographer and teacher, former students expressed their gratitude for Bergmann’s vision and leadership. “There is one person who is the heart and soul of the dance program,” states 2007 grad Sonia Todorova. “(And that’s) Liz Bergmann.” A native of Evansville, Ind., Bergmann was 16 years old when her mother wrote a letter to then-New York Times dance critic John Martin inquiring about suitable out-

lets for her dance-crazed daughter. “I came out of the womb dancing,” Bergmann jokes. Aside from a handful of small schools that taught beginning tap and tumbling lessons, there weren’t many dance studios in Southern Indiana in the 1950s. So Martin suggested sending Bergmann to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in Becket, Mass. “It was nine weeks of non-stop dance,” Bergmann says. “I saw every performance and I went to every class. It changed my life.” Two years later, she was accepted to The Juilliard School on the recommendation of a ballet teacher from Indiana University, who slipped the then-18-year-old dancer into the school on probation. Five years later, she became the youngest faculty member at the University of Michigan, where she remained a professor in the department of dance until 1982. “I learned at a young age that I’m a giver,” Bergmann says of her decision to pursue teaching over performing. “To have an impact on a person’s body right in front of you. Golly. It doesn’t get any better than that.” She says she would have hung around New York for years hoping to get into a ballet company had she not been exposed to so many different options as a young dancer. “I’d still be sitting through rehearsals, knitting wool tights and smoking,” she laughs. “How boring is that?”

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the 13th with Sarasota’s favorite teases: Miss Petite Coquette, Lotta Love, Mademoiselle Rowdy Pants and Madame Morphus. Join the disrobing damsels for a tantalizing performance at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre at 9:45 p.m. Friday, May 13. For tickets, call 925-3869 or visit www. mccurdyscomedy.com.

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+ Perales places first at RCAD exhibit If Mona Lisa taught us anything about art, it’s that there’s an allure to not smiling, so kudos to Stephanie Peters for channeling the famous muse in this photograph by Daniel Perales. And the same to Perales for capturing it in such a way that viewers at this month’s juried photography exhibit at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, a Division of Ringling College of Art and Design, couldn’t tell if the image were a photo or an oil painting. Perales, who won Best in Show at the Ringling-sponsored exhibition, mimicked the painterly touch of the old masters. (Chiaroscuro lighting, anyone?) The photo, which was chosen out of 150 entries, is one of several works by Perales currently on display in Sarasota. The photographer, who is also a member of the local arts co-op s/ART/q, has portraits hanging at Westfield Sarasota Square Mall and Eckerd College.

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Stephanie Peters is a Sarasota hairstylist and artist-about-town. Up next at the Arts Center: work by artists Fiore Custode and Nathan Skiles. The “RCAD Creatives” kicks off with an opening-night reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 19, in the Durante Gallery. For more information, call 3832345.

+ ‘Joint Collective’ comes to State Street Following in the footsteps of s/ART/q, “Joint Collective,” a group of Ringling College students and alumni, has been setting up art exhibitions in

vacant real estate. The group, which has been working with European Focus Village and The Isaac Group to create temporary art galler-

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Good news for the meatpacking industry: Boar’s Head president and Van Wezel Foundation Chairman Mike Martella was recognized this month by The Broadway League — Mike Martella the national trade association for the Broadway industry and co-presenters of the Tony Awards — for his support of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Nominated by Van Wezel Executive Director Mary

The John and Mable Ringling Museum continues to make curvy babes feel good about their bodies with the addition of a new hip-hop-influenced exhibition — “Beyond Bling: Voice of Hip-Hop in Art” (May 21 through Aug. 14). We all know Peter Paul Rubens loved his women with a little padding. Well, so do the artists featured in “Beyond Bling.” The street-chic exhibition includes a mix of work by Gajin Fujita, Luis Gispert, Sofia Maldonado, Nadine Robinson, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Kehinde Wiley and Vince Fraser. Developed by Matthew McLendon, the museum’s associate curator of modern and contemporary art, the exhibit will open with a hip-hop lounge party Friday, May 20, in the museum courtyard. The evening will include music by DJ Imminent, custom cars by Mad Marks, a hip-hop dance routine by Urban Spiral and green screen photo booth opportunities. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. We strongly suggest popping in for a look-see. When’s the last time you heard the word “bling,” “hip-hop” and “Ringling Museum” in the same sentence? Yeah. That’s what we thought.

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Bensel, Martella received the league’s Star of Touring Broadway Award, which is given to people in public or government service who show significant support for theater. Bensel was in New York City this week accepting the award on Martella’s behalf at the annual Broadway League Conference. This marks the CEO’s second do-gooder award this season. Martella was named Philanthropist of the Year by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. Finally, a cultured meathead!

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“Lend Us Your Voice,” a documentary theater program run by the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Education and Outreach Department, will present three original plays by Sarasota and Manatee county teens May 20 to May 22, at the Asolo Rep’s Cook Theatre. Pulled from actual interviews with local residents, the performances will focus on technology, change, access and stress. For more information, call 351-8000 or visit www.asolorep.org.

Asolo Rep Education and Outreach Director Brian Hersh isn’t waiting for students to come to the theater. He’s staging it on their turf. Ten years ago, Brian Hersh was a drummer living New York City. Armed with a music degree from Indiana’s DePauw University, Hersh, an Ohio native, jammed with hard-rock bands and folkie singer/songwriters at bars and coffee shops. “Celebrities would come to our gigs,” he says. “It was cool.” Cool, but not professionally fulfilling. Hungry to make a difference, he signed up to be a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, for which he was paired up with a 13-year-old boy, whom he often took to museums, concerts and cultural landmarks around the city. It was a relationship that would change the course of Hersh’s career. “I realized that I could reach more people as an arts administrator than as a drummer,” Hersh says. “From that point I was on a new path.” In 2002, he was hired by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where for five years he administered the organization’s Meet the Artist School Series, a program that draws more than 20,000 students each year to the famous 16-acre arts complex. It taught Hersh, 34, a lot about

arts programming. Without it, he might not have ever landed his current position as education and outreach director at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. “It was such an easy choice to move here,” says Hersh, who joined the Asolo Rep staff in 2008. “The level of artistry in this area is amazing, and you can really make a big impact in a short amount of time.” Case in point: During Hersh’s first year with the Asolo Rep, he helped launch the education department’s New Stages initiative, a collaborative project with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory aimed at producing more plays for young people. The series, which stars thirdyear conservatory students, kicked off in 2008 with an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s award-winning book, “The Giver,” followed by last season’s critically acclaimed production of “Life in the Middle.” Both plays reached thousands of local teens. Hersh, however, was convinced he could reach more. “Schools intrinsically understand the value of live theater,” he says. “But it’s difficult to get them to come here in a traditional way. Busing is complicated. Budgets are stretched. Time is an issue.”

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“I speak to a lot of community groups about the importance of education,” Brian Hersh says. “That’s the kind of performance I do. It comes from a sincere place, and it doesn’t require a lot of effort.” So, he did something the theater company hasn’t done in 20 years: He took a show on the road. This season’s production of “Antigone Now,” which opened Oct. 4, reached more than 10,000 students in just six weeks. The cast and crew made 40 stops at schools and community centers from Tampa to Punta Gor-

da. Hersh attended about half of the shows. “There were obvious costs and logistics to making it happen,” he says. “But it was so worth it.” He wasn’t the only one who saw the value in resurrecting an Asolo Rep tour. On April 29, Publix Super Markets Charities gave the theater a

$25,000 grant to go toward next season’s student matinees and touring production of “Hamlet.” Hersh, along with Asolo Rep Managing Director Linda DiGabriele and Education Committee members Betty Jean Bavar and Susan Dweck, was there to accept the check. “Everybody studies Shakespeare in school, but to see it performed in real life … doesn’t that instantly make it more exciting?” Hersh asks. The question is obviously rhetorical, but in asking it, Hersh seems to have reaffirmed his decision to leave New York and retire his drumsticks. Now the father of two, he says he can’t imagine doing anything else for a living. “Having kids helped shape things even more,” Hersh says. “I look at my 2-year-old and she sings and dances and has that little spark, and I think, ‘She’s the reason I’m here doing what I do.’”

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WHEN IT’S PIZZA NIGHT AT YOUR HOUSE… When I was young and going out to Mario’s or Pasquale’s, in Royal Oak, Mich., after a high school football game, pizza was simple and singular — a chewy, yeasty crust liberally smeared with acidic tomato sauce and topped with pepperoni and cheese. Oh, that cheese! Garden-variety mozzarella in strings that extended from as high up as your arm could hold the piece of pizza down to your mouth, and

sometimes below. Today, pizza is everywhere and everything. Some fans stay close to the tried and true; others are more adventurous, exploring the likes of the Ritz-Carlton’s cremini mushroom white pizza. But even the most devoted bec fin brings a pizza home once in a while. Here are some folks’ choices across demography and geography.

Café Epicure — I like to sit at the bar, closer to the oven when it’s chilly outside. I just ask Pepe for a pizza with no cheese and whatever vegetables he wants to throw on there. I haven’t been disappointed. — Colleen Yuskaitis, Sarasota

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With 17- and 18-year-old girls running through the house, we have had quite a few cardboard boxes delivered on Friday and Saturday nights. Kayla insists on Domino’s. I like it when we get Papa John’s. While most normal people would go to the Ritz for fine dining, Sharon Black and I would sneak off for a little girl time and meet at the Cá D’Zan Lounge. Their “white” pizza is fabulous! They call it cremini mushroom white pizza with truffles, ricotta and spinach. (Editor’s note: Yes, you can carryout pizza from the Ritz-Carlton bar.) — Mollie Nelson, Sarasota

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This is easy. Ciáo is definitely our No. 1 pizza place. Lenny likes the pizza he grew up on in New Jersey. So he needs sausage or pepperoni. I basically like what we call designer pizza ... lots of goat cheese, mozzarella, spinach, and no tomato sauce. Ciáo will give us a half and half pizza if he leaves off the sauce. Then he gets a side order of sauce and fixes his pizza slices like he wants them. We are both happy and full! — Susan Landau, Longboat Key

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Mine is Michael Angelo on State Road 70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. As close to New York pizza as you can get ... — Iris Starr, Lakewood Ranch

OK, the best pizza is from Rico’s, and the reason is the crust — they make it there, slinging it around in the air — the whole bit. It is fabulous. My favorite toppings are anchovies and pepperoni, with lots of cheese. — Butch Amerson, Sarasota

My favorite pizza is at Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria on Clark Road. They have a quaint eat-in restaurant, but I usually call for delivery. My favorite is the bruschetta pizza that has fresh tomato, basil, arugula and fresh mozzarella on a warm, brick-oven crust (the toppings are cold). They serve pizza by the slice and whole. — Coral Pleas, Lakewood Ranch

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sion, and all becomes right with the world. Caroline Bottaro’s directorial debut is definitely a dandy. She’s acutely aware of her leading lady’s disarming beauty and immense talent and uses it expertly. Her camera serves as the third participant in every exchange between her characters as well as the chessboard. The mere raising of Kline’s eyebrow or Bonnaire’s exotic smile speak volumes sans words. A lovely score and lush locales enhance the perfection of this wonderful film. Some movies contain moments that etch themselves forever in the mind of the viewer. “Queen to Play” has many. My favorite is when Helene and Kroger play an imaginary game of chess gazing into one another’s eyes. Their love is chaste, their bond impenetrable. Kline (“A Fish Called Wanda”) and Bonnaire (“Vagabond”) give their finest screen performances ever in “Queen to Play.” It’s a casting coup made in heaven. Their chemistry is reminiscent of that between Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady.” And, shockingly, Kline speaks fluent French, providing an extra “piece de resistance.” Ooh la la! — Pam Nadon

Just what is the “American Sound”? According to Leif Bjaland and the Sarasota Orchestra in their ingenious “Journeys to Genius” program, this country is a “musical melting pot,” using the resources of its many immigrants and pooling its musical genes with native cultures. At this past weekend’s “Inventing the American Sound,” a brilliantly conceived and executed performance by Bjaland, the orchestra, baritone Michael Redding, tenor Brad Diamond and pianist Jonathan Spivey, with consultant Steve Schlow and video editor Austin McKinley, the field was narrowed down to three central innovators: the sons of of Russian Jewish émigrés Moses Beilin, Moisha Gershowitz and Morris Kaplan. Irving (Beilin) Berlin, George (Gershowitz) Gershwin and Aaron (Kaplan) Copland did more than Americanize their surnames. They Americanized this country’s music. And, in telling their stories, Bjaland brought their lives, backgrounds, commonalities and music to vibrant life through a vivid script with wellchosen musical excerpts and imaginative videos that made this one of the most powerful concert-narratives yet. There is, indeed, an American sound. Our popular music — yes, even today’s —has roots that reach far into Russia, Africa and the great plains of this country. And our socalled “classical” music, with its melodies of perfect fourths and harmonies of open, parallel fifths, may have been born across

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Dennis Stover and Phil King were all but packed and ready to leave for L.A. in late April to see “Dancing with the Stars,” a trip they bought at the Humane Society’s Hot Dogs and Cool Cats last fall. But the company providing the package couldn’t come through with the original dates, so they are now looking forward to going in late May. Penny Hill and Larry Wild, on the other hand, bought a similar trip at the Cattle Barons’ Ball April 16, thinking it was for the 2012 season … only to find themselves on a plane May 6.

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+ Roasters toast at SYC Sarasota has a chapter of bailliage of the Chaine des Rôtisseurs, the world’s oldest gastronomic society. The name comes from the old French royal guild of meat roasters, or rôtisseurs. The organization’s primary focus is excellence in food and wine, which members enjoyed most recently April 17, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Chef Jack Wenz created an impressive

menu, and Thomas Coundit, president, and Lou Bevilacqua, vice president, came up with the wine pairings. A grand time was enjoyed by Chaine members and their guests, including Bob and Joan Brand, Fred and Judy Fiala, and Lee and Kathy Pokoik. Wenz notes that the over-the-top menu was also great fun for the young chefs in his kitchen. For membership info, call Coundit at 378-4599.

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Two couples were celebrating couplehood quite differently at Circus Sarasota’s Laughter Unlimited luncheon. Dolores and Frank Infanger are closing in on their 60th wedding anniversary, while Dan Pressler and Marge Markman want it known that at age 80, they are a happily unmarried couple. Congratulations to both!

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and John Moran are co-chairs for this year’s gala, which honors college basketball coaches John Calipari, of Kentucky, and North Carolina’s Roy Williams, and tennis legend Nick Bollettieri. All four head coaches of this year’s Final Four teams will be present with national champion Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun, Butler’s Brad Stevens and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Shaka Smart joining Calipari. The celebs pay their own way to the gala as their personal donation to the Foundation — quite a tribute to their friendship with Dick Vitale.

+ Tidbits Scientifically blonde … An unexpectedly large number of women showed up May 6 at the Field Club for a planning session for Women in Science, a new program to benefit the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation. The call to arms came from foundation board Chairwoman Margaret Wise. She has recruited Ann Charters, who ran a similar program as chairwoman for Rockefeller University, in New York City. The annual program will showcase the research being conducted at the hospital in conjunction with major universities, Harvard among them. Look for a launch event in January … Major Major … Flora Major recently became a member of CAMIT — the Council of the Arts at MIT … Drinks with a new twist … it had to happen. Pablo Castro, proprietor of Selva Grill, has created five martinis named in honor of local organizations,

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Margaret Wise, Alex Quarles and Ann Charters and $1 from the sale of each drink will benefit its namesake. The names are irresistibly clever and largely self-explanatory: Orchestratini, Exploratini, Crescendotini, Dramatini and Manatini. Skål! … The Y Tabernacle? ... The crowd of 360 sang “Happy Birthday” to YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Board Chairman Paul Bowman at Element Au last weekend … Can it be over so soon? … As this season comes to an end, you are invited to submit calendar information about your events for next year to Black Tie Editor Stephanie Hannum, shannum@YourObserver.com.

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Reduced $10K $219,900 Longboat - Beach Harbor Club Move in Ready, Beachand to Bay at a great price! Many For more information directions: updates to this 2BR/2BA unit. Great amenities. Low Maint. visit A3940119 www.PruLWR.com or call 941-907-2000 fees. Harris/Mondello 780-2352 $649,500 Islands West $2,200,000 Panoramic Gulf, Bay & City views, Floor to ceiling windows. 1 acre directly on Gulf, 100ft of beachfront. A3940585 Mark Huber 356-2435 A379491

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$2,000,000 Christ Church, Barbados Near Accra & Worthing Beach. El Sueno a treasure for an astute developer. A3940351 Rayman/Tan 724-0519

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Sarasota Observer - Thursday, May 12, 2011  

Sarasota Observer - Thursday, May 12, 2011

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