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Thursday, JULY 14, 2011

chopping block

by Robin Roy | County Editor

City eyes job and service cuts Thirteen positions are targeted for elimination, and city residents may see reductions in a host of services they once took for granted, as City Hall seeks to trim millions from its 2012 budget.

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+ Stephen King joins blood drive

To cull $6.5 million from next year’s city budget, some drastic actions are being considered at City Hall. More city employee positions will probably be eliminated, bringing personnel levels below

where they were 24 years ago; the Lido Beach pool could be closed six months out of the year; the Children’s Fountain might close for four months each year; greens and cart fees could be increased at Bobby Jones Golf Course; and

the frequency of residential street sweeping could be dramatically reduced. With yet another decrease in property tax revenues, the city is



The Suncoast Communities Blood Bank kicked off its sixth annual Boots vs. Badges blood drive competition with an open house Tuesday, July 12, at the Sarasota donor center. The goal is to raise 500 units of blood between law enforcement and firefighters in Sarasota and Manatee counties. In conjunction with the campaign, a series of public-service announcements taped for SCBB by author Stephen King will be released. King credits blood donors and first responders for saving his life after being hit by a van 11 years ago. He now donates blood to SCBB as often as he can. Seventeen agencies will participate in this year’s event, which runs through Aug. 2.

+ Free fun for families on Friday Grab your blankets and lawn chairs Friday, July 15, and find a spot at the Van Wezel’s FridayFest on the bayfront. You may find yourself discovering your inner hippie with the ’60s tribute band, Yesterdayze. Don’t be afraid to wear your favorite ’60s getup, because the band’s musicians will surely dress the part. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. No outside food and drink is permitted.


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Erica Brown, Shaquira Collier and Matilda MacDonald-Davies perform on stage Friday, July 8, at the Players Theatre. See more photos from the Players Theatre summer camp’s final performance on page 15A.


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What happened to my Pelican Press? Dear Readers: Wednesday was a big day for us. It marked the completion of the transition of the Pelican Press’ ownership from Milwaukee-based Journal Community Publishing Group to our company, The Observer Group Inc. And it marked the first week our combined staffs produced the Sarasota Observer and Pelican Press. Many of our readers need to know this because they may be wondering why they’re receiving a Sarasota Observer on their driveways and not a Pelican

Press. Or they may be wondering why they can’t find a Pelican Press in the usual place. Now that the Pelican Press has become part of our family of community weeklies (which also include the Longboat Observer and East County Observer here and the Palm Coast Observer on the east coast of Florida), this week marks a shift in distribution for the Pelican Press. We’re taking the Pelican Press back to its roots — focusing more of its content and distribution on Siesta Key, making it the community newspaper and

primary source of news and information about Siesta Key and for Siesta Key residents and business owners. In Sarasota, the Sarasota Observer will become the more visible paper and full of more Sarasota-oriented content. This doesn’t mean the Pelican Press will lose the trademark for which it has become known — the strong and aggressive reporting on Sarasota County and Sarasota city governments. That will remain. But those stories now will appear in the Pelican Press and the Sarasota Observer.

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tor, investment director, codecompliance coordinator, utility billing field service representative, street-sweeper mechanic, vehiclemaintenance inventory technician and six police-department support positions — none of them police officers. The savings will be tempered, though, with the addition of eight new positions — one in the finance department, four at the soon-tobe-open Robert L. Taylor recreation center in Newtown and three in the parking division. In terms of savings steps, the public will notice, residential street sweeping may be reduced from once a month to once a quarter; the Children’s Fountain at Bayfront

contending with a smaller tally in the collection of its primary revenue source. City Manager Bob Bartolotta said he hopes no one has to be laid off — that the elimination of 13 positions can be handled through attrition. Some employees will be retiring; their positions will not be filled. Five other employees are applying for other vacant jobs at City Hall. “That’s the good news,” said Bartolotta. “We won’t have people losing jobs. They will have comparable positions.” The positions proposed for the chopping block include those of a deputy human resources direc-

Park may be closed for four months in the off-season; the Lido Pool could be shuttered for six off-season months; longer processing times may become the norm for such activities as obtaining permits and seeing requests for service fulfilled; and greens fees at Bobby Jones Golf Course could increase by as much as 3.4% . All of those possibilities will discussed at two budget hearings from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19 and July 20, at City Hall. A town-hall meeting concerning the proposed budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 20, also at City Hall. After the town-hall meeting, the commissioners will set the preliminary millage rate.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN Total city budget Source



% change

General fund




Special revenue $25,426,234



Debt service








Internal service


Retirement costs $4,838,674

Revenue changes

13.53% 25.39%

2010-2011 $16,068,033 $5,118,000 $5,995,308 $3,825,000 $3,475,000 $1,660,000 $885,000 $1,324,641 $1,835,000 $3,883,256 $8,756,295 $52,825,533

Fiscal year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

Taxable values % change $6.85 billion (6.33%) $7.32 billion (10.47%) $8.17 billion (11.07%) $9.19 billion (11.01%) $10.33 billion 6.38% $9.71 billion 27.92%

2011-2012 $15,255,848 $4,928,081 $6,128,122 $3,766,417 $3,600,000 $1,820,000 $487,314 $2,050,037 $1,298,000 $4,339,882 $9,411,633 $53,085,324

Property-tax revenue $21.2 million $22.6 million $24.9 million $27.7 million $31.6 million $28.1 million

Difference ($812,185) ($189,919) $132,804 ($58,583) $125,000 $160,000 ($397,686) $725,396 ($537,000) $456,626 $655,338 $259,791

by Robin Roy | County Editor

Residents fight for Lido Pool Hoping to keep the public pool open year-round, the Lido Key Residents Association is enlisting the help of city commissioners and residents. With the city proposing to close the Lido Pool for up to six months a year, Lido Key residents are searching for ways to keep it open yearround. Facing the need to cut $6.5 million from its budget, the city is floating a plan to close the popular public pool during six months in the off-season. The Lido Key Residents Association has created a committee, with a mission to eliminate the need to close the pool. “The committee is looking at different avenues to keeping the pool open,” said Carl Shoffstall, a LKRA board member. The goal of the committee is to come up with a proposal by November to present to the city. City Hall inherited the operation of the Lido Pool after the county turned it over to the city in a wideranging reshuffling of parks funding. Commissioner Paul Cara-

giulo has met with Shoffstall and wants to hear more from Lido residents. He has expressed the desire to keep the pool open, as well, but is also exploring a plan for the Lido pavilion. “I’ve had a half-dozen restaurateurs expressing interest in doing something there,” the commissioner said. That something, according to Caragiulo, could be anything from a revamped concession stand; a tiki bar with food, similar to one at a hotel; something more upscale like Turtles restaurant on Siesta Key; or some sort of combination of those options. City management is in contact with the residents’ committee and is coming up with its own proposals that will be presented during city budget hearings July 19 and July 20. “I’m just trying to facilitate a solution,” Caragiulo said. “If we get jobs and revenue out of it, even better.”


Source Property taxes Electric and gas franchise fees Excise taxes Communication-service tax Half-cent sales tax State revenue sharing Investment earnings Grants/other state funding Premium taxes for police and fire Other financing sources All other revenue sources Total revenue

$15,373,124 $6,066,972

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THURSDAY, july 14, 2011

point of no return

by Robin Roy | County Editor

MEET In THE MIDDLE Concrete medians that were meant to protect Osprey residents from heavy traffic are being fingered as culprits behind dying businesses and long waits at red lights. After years of complaining about restrictive street medians, Osprey residents will finally see some relief soon — at least partial relief. The county is planning to break up the three-block-long median on East Bay Street at U.S. 41 to allow turns onto smaller residential streets. When the development Bay Street Village was being constructed in 2007 on U.S. 41, just south of Bay Street, the county and Florida Department of Transportation began planning for high-volume traffic. With 550 condos, 100,000 square feet of commercial spaces, a village green and a new county library, hoards of cars were expected to enter and depart the area. Residents feared that traffic would swamp their quiet side streets and create noise, pollution and dangerous situations. Responding to those concerns, the county installed long concrete medians that would make it impossible for cars to avoid a traffic light and turn onto East Bay Street. FDOT used a traffic-count formula to determine that long medians, with long leftturn lanes, were needed on U.S. 41. But when the real-estate market turned sour, Bay Street Village never realized its full potential. A few shops are open, but there are no condos, no village green, no library — and no huge influx of traffic. Dan Knauf has become the most vocal critic of the medians. He lives in the Park Trace development, which is at the easternmost end of East Bay Street. “They put in this weird thing that you can’t make a


final report

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City audit finds no wrongdoing A look at how city employees were using purchasing credit cards shows the city largely in compliance with rules.

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Drivers turning onto East Bay Street from southbound U.S. 41 experience wait times at the red turn light of up to five minutes and 10 seconds.

Time is on my side

Turn lane location Length of red light East Bay Street to U.S. 41 1:49 U.S. 41 to East Bay Street 2:20 to 5:10 left turn at (Washington Avenue) or a U-turn at (Pennsylvania Avenue),” he said. Cars going east on East Bay Street have to travel three blocks before they can make a U-turn to access businesses, all of which have closed, on the other side. That was to prevent drivers traveling south on U.S. 41 from avoiding the lengthy leftturn light at East Bay Street by ducking into a side street and taking Washington or Patterson to East Bay Street. Drivers faced with the prospect of long waits at left-turn lanes on U.S. 41 — and to access East Bay Street ­­— are


Length of green light 0:13 0:07

waiting at the light for more than five minutes (see box), running the red light or making a U-turn at M&D Restaurant and heading back north on U.S. 41. “We call it the ‘M&D shuffle,’” Knauf laughed. The county has heard those concerns, and as soon as fall will create openings in the East Bay Street median to allow left turns and U-turns. However, FDOT, which controls U.S. 41, will not be altering the three-block-long median leading south to East Bay Street. Some retail business owners on the east side of the

street had complained about the median choking off customers. Of eight businesses on the east side of U.S. 41 from East Bay Street to Ogburn Street that were greeting customers before the median was built, only two remain open. Gabby’s Patisserie, the gas station, Bay Street Subs and Smoothies and Bay Street Fine Wines are all out of business. However, only Gabby’s Patisserie directly blamed the medians. In a 2008 Sarasota Observer interview, owner Michael Byrne said: “If this keeps up, we won’t make it.” Knauf, though, believes the medians are going to make it difficult to find someone willing to set up shop in those vacant storefronts. “Who’s going to buy a business when you have got to go on a Humpty-Dumpty carnival ride to get there?” he asked.

As the county wrestles with the fallout of impropriety and perhaps illegality in its procurement department, a city audit of some of its own procurement practices identifies some areas of improvement but discovers no wrongdoing. City Manager Bob Bartolotta ordered the audit into the city’s use of purchasing credit cards, or P-cards, before the county procurement scandal broke in March. “It was a pretty good audit,” he said. About 60 city employees have been issued P-cards, and the audit found that unlike in the county, transactions on the cards were compliant with the city’s rules and regulations. During a county audit, it was discovered that county workers were using their P-cards to get around county rules that required a bidding process, and they used the cards on what appeared to be personal items at retail stores. The city auditor was concerned with the fact that many of the city P-cards had not been used or were used infrequently and asked whether the number of cards could be pared. It was also determined that individual P-card accounts were not closed immediately when a cardholder ended his employment with the city. Bartolotta said he was looking into both of those issues. The city manager, though, disagreed with another recommendation. It was suggested in the final report that new employees not be issued P-cards until they were through their probationary period. Bartolotta felt that should depend on the level of employee. “We can’t have a new director and not give them the ability to make purchases,” he argued. But, overall, Bartolotta was pleased with the audit’s findings. “I thought we did pretty well,” he said.

by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

County denies city-funding request for brownfield The Sarasota County Commission will not give the city of Sarasota $500,000 to clean up a former dump site. Until the city of Sarasota exhausts all other funding sources, Sarasota County refuses to give $500,000 to clean up the site of an old dumping ground. The county made the decision Wednesday after learning it will take $5 million to $7 million to clean up the Marion Anderson Brownfield, which is a former landfill that sits on the edge of Newtown just east of U.S. 301. The city maintains the site is integral in injecting life into the North Sarasota economy and could be the future gateway to the revitalization of North Sarasota. At the Sarasota County Commission meeting Wednesday, North Sarasota Redevelopment Manager Lorna Alston told the commission the approximately 13acre Marion Anderson Brownfield site, at 2046 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, is an important part of the revitalization process. The Florida Brownfield Association designated sites such as this one as “brownfields” to describe the various commercial

and industrial properties that were abandoned in once-thriving Florida cities. “My thrust is economic development and job creation, and this is an important part of that puzzle for the city,” Alston said. County commissioners don’t deny that the site, which was discussed as a possible Wal-Mart location in 2006, needs to be redeveloped. But they are hesitant to commit to giving the city $500,000 at this time. County attorney Stephen DeMarch also advised the commission that a verbal agreement between the city manager and county administrator in 2004 did not obligate the county to enter into an agreement for the money. Although the commission will consider giving the city funds in the future, it decided against it at this time, because the city is still working with the Department of Environmental Protection to create a cleanup effort for the site. The county has already paid the city $67,873.37 to pay for site-monitoring ac-

tivities required by the state. But the commission was told that no developer is currently committed to building any commercial development on the site. “What worries me is we have no developer who can tell us what the final price tag will be to build something on the lot,” said County Commission Vice Chairwoman Carolyn Mason. Alston told the commission the city has already committed $1.2 million toward the cleanup effort and the county’s commitment would bring the total contributions to date to $1.7 million. “If you add our contribution, you still aren’t close to where you need to be,” said Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson. But Alston said the city is actively talking to developers and has reclassified the property to a commercial/residential site. County support, Alston said, is crucial. Patterson, however, urged the city to try and obtain state and federal grants before

coming to the county for a commitment. “The goal is there, but the way this thing is written, we can continue giving out money and a developer and federal funds might not ever be there,” Patterson said. Commissioner Joe Barbetta agreed. “I don’t think we pay a penny until a remediation plan is approved by the state,” Barbetta said. The County Commission authorized staff to work with the city to explore entering into a future interlocal agreement to contribute funds for the cleanup effort that’s contingent on city staff obtaining other funding sources. City Manager Bob Bartolotta told the Sarasota Observer that despite the decision, he is pleased with the action of the commission. “They made a firm commitment to continue to work together with us,” Bartolotta said. “The goal was to bring to the forefront a previous verbal agreement and discuss the cleanup effort moving forward.”


THURSDAY, july 14, 2011

+ Homeless fed at vice mayor’s home To protest what he called Vice Mayor Terry Turner’s “changes of position on the issue of feeding homeless,” downtown resident and radio show host Phil Grande chartered a bus, filled it with homeless people and catered a dinner for them Tuesday evening. The dinner was held directly in front of Turner’s home in the tony Cherokee Park neighborhood. Grande has been an opponent of the homeless feedings in Selby Five Points Park, because he wants to move them, instead, to other parts of town. Turner had also been opposed but recently told Grande that he was rethinking that position. “There has to be a balance with the needs of the greater community,” said Turner. “It might be too onerous to pass more restrictions (on the homeless). “Turner flip-flopped,” said Thomas Biggs, senior producer of Grande’s radio show. “He said it’s OK to feed at certain locations. So, Phil said

Meetings agendas


Parks, Recreation and Environmental Protection Board — 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota 

 Independent Police Advisory Panel — 1 p.m. Friday, July 15, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota  City Budget Workshop — 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota  City Budget Workshop — 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota

Turner’s street could be one of those certain locations.” The vice mayor said he thought it was “appalling” that Grande took advantage of the disadvantaged to make a political point.

+ Citizens group demands another county audit A citizens group is asking that

an audit of the process of awarding spring-training contracts be redone. Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government believes the audit, conducted by Sarasota County Clerk of Courts Karen Rushing, did not go far enough in examining the relationship between the winning bidders of two baseball-related contracts and top county officials. “There’s an obvious problem in procurement and a failure of checks-andbalances,” said the group’s leader, Cathy Antunes. Antunes is critical of the audit that found no wrongdoing in the awarding of contracts to Barrett Sports Group, which was chosen to facilitate negotiations with the Boston Red Sox, and IFG, the company selected as an owner’s representative during talks with the Baltimore Orioles. Some of her many criticisms of that process that awarded those contracts include: • Allowing a county employee to stay on the committee that voted for the IFG contract, after it was discovered he had a personal relationship with its owner.


The most read stories online last week were: 1. “It’s Read Everywhere” photo contest 2. Natural design (July 6) 3. Commission hits brakes on parking meters (July 5) 4. Photo gallery: Bayfront fireworks (July 4) 5. Photo gallery: Siesta Key fireworks (July 4)

• Knowingly using language that came directly from IFG in the contract on which IFG itself was bidding. • Allowing IFG to craft job requirements that none of the other bidders could match. In asking for another audit, Antunes said her goal is to hold county government, and its top officials, accountable for their actions. “We’re hoping that this will make an impact,” she said. “There’s a cultural problem in county government.”






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by Rachel Brown Hackney | Staff Writer

Traffic, rainy delays top concerns with Siesta Key bridge project Smooth traffic management and making sure the work is completed before tourist season begins in earnest: Those were the foremost concerns voiced July 7, when the Siesta Key Association board of directors hosted Florida Department of Transportation officials for a discussion of the 2012 north Siesta Key bridge rehabilitation project. That project will be bid out in December, Jon Sands, FDOT construction engineer for District 1, told the audience of about 10 people gathered at St. Boniface Episcopal Church. Though bid protests do occur, Sands said, in 99% of cases, projects are awarded within a few days of FDOT’s receipt of bids. Therefore, Sands said, the contractor should have five months to plan how the $3.49 million project will be undertaken. “The whole idea is, June 5 (2012), they will come in and hit the ground running,” he said. Thirteen extra days have been included to accommodate holiday traffic for the Fourth of July and Labor Day, Sands pointed out. A contractor cannot bid to exceed a 133-day schedule, he added. When board member Ann Kaplan asked about bridge closures, Sands emphasized the work will be undertaken at night — 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. — with one lane of the bridge remaining open. With this contract, Sands said, FDOT is providing a $7,500 per day incentive for early completion. Likewise, he said, if the project exceeds LBK - 2010 - Kthe allowed time, the contractor will be fined $7,500 per day. The incentive/disincentive maximum is

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Although the Siesta Key Bridge has undergone routine maintenance, the entire roadway deck steel grating has never been replaced. $150,000, he said. Luckner asked, will the bid award provide When rain interrupts more than 50% of funding flexibility to enable the contraca work day, Sands said, the contractor will tor to hire extra flagmen — or even law not be penalized. enforcement assistance? The primary work will be the replace“They’d better manage the traffic,” ment of the bridge decking, said Bronoris said Sarasota County Commission ChairPye, structures engineer for the project. woman Nora Patterson, who lives near the Renovation of the bridge tender house north bridge. also will be undertaken, he said. If that “They will have flagmen that can conwork can be done in the daytime without trol the traffic,” Sands replied. “They can any lane closure, Pye said, the contractor hire off-duty law enforcement,” he added, will be allowed to do it. though he doubted that measure would Kaplan responded that even without a be necessary. lane closure, daytime work on the bridge When Kaplan asked whom to contact if could slow traffic. back-ups occurred during the day, Sands Sands told her that if FDOT learned day- told her, “We brought the sacrifice,” elicittime work was hampering the traffic flow, ing laughter among the audience. officials would tell the contractor to stop. Barry Williams, FDOT project adminisIf circumstances arise that hold up traf- trator, raised his hand. He was seated near fic unexpectedly, SKA President Catherine the rear of the room.

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Poor decisions drive budget Sarasota’s new city commissioners knew they had some tough going ahead of them following the spending and promises of previous commissions. Residents also had a hint, electing at least two new commissioners bent on reining in spending and government scope. But now they know just how bad it is, as City Manager Bob Bartolotta presented his budget proposal that includes the frustrating combination of increasing taxes ever so slightly, drawing down reserves and increasing spending $11 million while cutting services and personnel. It stinks. And there is blame to share. This did not just cosmically happen. The economic downturn has not helped — although similar factors at the national level are at play. This is the direct and foreseeable result of years of poor decisions and no decisions, the infamous kicking-the-can-down-theroad syndrome. So, the city is dealing with government employee pensions that it simply cannot afford. The budget includes additional pension contributions of nearly $3 million while eliminating 13 positions and giving no pay raises. And there could be further problems,

because budgeting officials slipped on happy glasses to adjust projections upward by nearly $2 million for new city programs. It’s not easy times for city employees or commissioners. But all of the commissioners asked for the job and now have to make some tough calls. The first should be: no more delaying on pensions. The system has to be fixed. Now. There are no signs that we are turning the corner economically. The signs are quite the opposite, actually. The city could see flat or falling revenues for years to come. It is past time for city commissioners to prioritize what the city must do, and what it can do without, during a long-term period of economic stagnation. If things get better sooner than expected, then the city is all the better off. Here are a few suggestions. • More than $550,000 for the operating expenses of the new Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Newtown, even after the county kicks in $320,000 for it. It is scheduled to open this summer and was far more lavish than it should have been with lighted tennis and basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, pool, kitchen, meeting rooms and so

on. Scale back operations sharply or delay opening it. • $180,000 for Lido Pool operations (with the county kicking in $78,000.) A public swimming pool 30 yards from the Gulf of Mexico is a luxury. And all of the county money comes from city taxpayers, too; they are part of the county. • Stop throwing money at Newtown. Money is not the solution. When people stop getting killed, robbed, mugged and drugged; when parents start acting like parents; and when businesses see enough change to risk investing in Newtown, its future will improve. Ineffective city “initiatives” just throw taxpayer money away, which is bad enough in good times but just plain foolish in these times. • Review and stop any projects that will mean increased operating expenses in the next five years. And one other thought: It may be time to get creative about outsourcing city services on a large scale. This is being done elsewhere in Florida and could mean significant savings. New commissioners: Eliminate former assumptions and look everywhere for savings.


Teacher lawsuit instructive There is much to be learned from the lawsuit filed by the statewide teachers union and joined by others, including an entitlement mentality. The lawsuit by the Florida Education Association and other public-sector unions against a new Florida law requiring a small pension contribution is truly educational. The state has been far too generous with taxpayer money by providing free, full pensions to all employees, including teachers. So, the Legislature approved a budget this year that requires teachers and other government workers using the state retirement plan to contribute 3% of their pay toward their pensions. For most everyone ROD in the private sector, this THOMSON has long been the case for pensions, and more so with tax-free personal retirement accounts. Workers in the state pension fund have had a free ride toward retirement; the rest of the state’s workers have not. It had to come to an end. But the Florida Education Association — the largest teachers union in the state — is suing to stop the increase, leading a group of other public-sector unions such as the AFL-CIO, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Service Employees International Union and the Fraternal Order of Police. There are three important lessons to learn in this action.

Lesson one: entitlement mentality. First, it shows how a mindset toward entitlement is part of human nature and the generosity of taxpayers in retirement benefits — which those same taxpayers do not enjoy — is completely unappreciated. When was the last time a government worker, or government union, was actually thankful in a public way for the incredible largesse that has been part of his or its pension plans? There quickly develops an automatic entitlement to the benefit package that, for much of the private sector, is always in flux and only a fraction as abundant. Lesson two: What unions are. Unions exist to get members higher pay, better benefits and job security — the latter of which often means making it difficult to get rid of crummy employees. Unions do not exist to be a team member with management in government, nor to have any responsibility for the efficient operations of governments or companies. They are not supposed to be looking out for taxpayers or shareholders. This is true of teachers unions, also. They never have and never will make children or education their top priorities. Teachers do that. Teachers unions do not. It is long past time that school boards and other government officials recognized that unions are not a friend or a team member. They are an adversary with completely different goals. As long as elected officials are confused on this

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point, union members will get great benefits, and taxpayers will shoulder the burden. Lesson three: Government union threat. Even though Florida is a right-to-work state, government unions have become so big — because, of course, government has become so big — that they wield enormous power with the political class that decides their pay and benefits. But any attempt by a school board to rein in costs through cutting teachers or salaries will bring out masses of placard-waiving teachers and kids on street corners, ginning up support for “education.” These events are organized by government unions and not something that elected school board members want to see. Politicians hoping to get re-elected are frightened by groups of people on the street, or in a meeting, opposing a policy. They are further frightened by the amount of money government unions can pour into political campaigns through their PACs. These three lessons should serve a purpose for the public and elected officials. Elected officials need to remember they are to defend and protect the treasury of taxpayer resources, not befriend unions. At the state level, legislators and Gov. Scott ought to consider banning government employees from unionizing. It sounds draconian, but it is not. They were not allowed to unionize until the 1950s and in the 1960s for federal employees. Since then, the cost of government and employees has skyrocketed. Meantime, if the government unions prevail in the lawsuit, there will be a $1.2 billion gap in the state budget. This would need to be filled either by increasing taxes or cutting other services. That is the reality.


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land to serve the community as they agreed to in 1923. According the Karl H. Grismer’s “Story of Sarasota,” it was Sarasota’s greatest gift. Deborah G. Dart Sarasota

+ World is changing, voting law is wrong Dear Editor: Regarding Rod Thomson’s June 23 column “Setting the vote straight” — what fraud?

Sewage-treatment smell riles Palmer Ranch A wastewater-treatment plant on McIntosh Road had a new odor-elimination system installed, but residents complain the smell is worse than ever, and they are demanding the county take action. Palmer Ranch residents living near a county wastewatertreatment facility have been complaining for years about the smell coming from the plant — a rank, raw sewage odor that occasionally wafts through the air. “They complained bitterly,” said Howard Pascoe, vice president of the Deer Creek Homeowners Association. The county had been leasing a chemical scrubber to reduce the hydrogen-sulfide gas emissions from the McIntosh Road plant, but that wasn’t working well. So, county officials decided to replace the scrubbing system. The new system, however, was even worse. “We don’t know why (it was replaced), but it’s not working,” said Dave Cash, executive director of operations and maintenance. Cash inherited the problem. A former county employee initiated the purchase of the new

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Dear Editor: The Observer July 7 editorial titled “Sell Payne Park” did not accurately report the history of the park. Payne Park was a gift to the city of Sarasota from Calvin N. and Martha E. Payne in October 1923. Upon acceptance of the deed to the 60 acres of land, the city agreed to use the land for a “park, playground and kindred uses.”  The park provided an immediate home for the Sarasota County fairs. A portion of the land became a ball field for Sarasota’s first major league baseball spring-training team, the New York Giants, in 1924, and later home for the Tin Can Tourists conventions. In 1931, a trailer park was established in the park; an auditorium and shuffleboard and horseshoe courts were added. The city did not purchase additional land to create today’s Payne Park. In recent years the city began to finally live up to the terms of the deeded gift. They removed the incompatible residential trailer park and restored and renovated the

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Chairman Marty Rappaport. Rappaport said he has met with city officials to request a parking garage. When contacted by the Sarasota Observer, he declined to comment about a potential garage on the Circle, calling the discussions “too premature for publication.” The city already has a contract for the State Street parking lot, which must be built according to the city’s master plan and an agreement in place with Pineapple Square. Pineapple Square gave the lot back to the city as long as a garage is built in its place, within four years. Turner, however, said a garage is not totally out of the question for the Circle. “This fall, city staff is going to look into the possibility of a parking garage being placed near the St. Armands Circle fire station,” said Turner, who believes a combination of special district tax monies and parking meter revenue could help fund the project. Parking meters coming to St. Armands Circle, however, will not be tolerated, according to Rappaport. “Every Circle merchant and every Circle landowner would be opposed to it,” Rappaport said.

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The Sarasota Cal Ripken 2011 8U Rookie “A” Team — Sarasota Sluggers — has placed fifth in the state of Florida. Recently, the team traveled to Ocala to qualify for the district. After a three-game win they became the district champions and qualified for the state tournament, in Palm Beach Gardens. Four teams qualified to move on to the Southeast Regional, in Tennessee. The Sarasota Sluggers lost 3-0 in the semi-final game, ranking them fifth in the state — one game shy of making it to Tennessee.


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Led by Chairman Joe Gruters, the Republican Party of Sarasota is attracting the attention of primary hopefuls. On Saturday, July 9, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman visited Columbus Hall to speak before a standing-room only crowd. While there, he outlined his vision for America and presented his road map to prosperity as a candidate for the presidency in 2012. On Wednesday, July 13, Adam Hasner, Republican primary candidate for the U.S. Senate, was the featured guest at the “Meet the Candidate on Main Street” gathering. Following the morning meet-and-greet, Hasner appeared on The Dr. Rich Show on Talk of the Suncoast Network.

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1:53 a.m. — 1700 block of South Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Person. A hospital security guard received a call from a drunk man, who said he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood and that he and his friends had the hospital surrounded. The man hung up the phone and then called 911 to state the same thing. He told the 911 operator that his girlfriend was in one of the hospital rooms. The girlfriend was contacted. She said he was her ex-boyfriend, and she didn’t want anything to do with him. She added that he was harmless.

On the right track 10:05 p.m. — 5100 block of Ocean Boulevard. Petit Theft. A woman accidentally left her iPhone in a bar bathroom. She went back five minutes later and it was gone. However, she tracked the phone using its internal GPS, and it indicated that it was at an address on 10th Street.

Circle of trust? 10:30 p.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Grand Theft. A woman was at the Siesta Key Beach drum circle and placed her purse on the ground, so she could walk a few steps away to take a photo. When she was framing her shots, she noticed a woman rummaging through several backpacks and purses. It wasn’t until she went to where she placed her belongings that she realized her purse was one of the ones being pilfered.

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Meat your match 4:25 p.m. — 1300 block of South Tamiami Trail. Theft. A supermarket manager told police that she saw two people enter the store and steal


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No refunds 7:36 p.m. — 1500 block of Main Street. Suspicious Incident. A driver called police to help him remove his ATM card, which was stuck in one of the new downtown parking meters.

June 28

Smoke break 12:45 a.m. — 3400 block of Clark Road. Burglary. A restaurant manager discovered that someone had broken into his business overnight. The thief came through an air vent in the roof. He took $400 from the cash registers and tried unsuccessfully to get into the safe. Video surveillance shows the man taking a break during the burglary, smoking a cigarette and pouring himself a beer from the bar tap. Any time is Miller time.

Persistent little bugger 2:44 p.m. — 3900 block of Clark Road. Harassing Phone Calls. The office manager at a doctor’s office said an employee’s ex-boyfriend called the office more than 350 times in one day asking for his ex-girlfriend. He then called about 200 times the next day. The manager said he had called in the past to ask for his exgirlfriend and would say vulgar or threatening things to any employee who answered the phone. The manager had blocked his number, but he used other phones to call. At one point, he even used two different phones to call at the same time.

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Rabbi fulfills sky-high dream Rabbi Brenner Glickman spent his 40th birthday on Cloud Nine, while hang-gliding at Wallaby Ranch. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Nope — it’s a rabbi! When the plane in front of him started its engines, Brenner Glickman could feel the slack in the tether line attached to his hangglider pulling taught. The sensation was identical to the initial movement of a roller coaster — once it starts, there’s no getting off. Glickman, who is a rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, has wanted to hang-glide ever since as a teenager he visited the Air and Space Museum, in Washington, D.C. To celebrate his 40th birthday, Glickman gave himself the present he always wanted. “What’s appealing about hang-gliding is that it’s serene,” Glickman says. “It’s majestic and blissful and quiet. You feel like a hawk or vulture that just sort of glides through the air. It’s exhilarating being up there.” In Jewish tradition, when a person reaches the age of 40, it marks a level of maturity; it’s a point when one can be trusted with esoteric teachings, particularly the mysticism of Kabbalah. “In the earlier times, it (Kabbalah) was forbidden to anyone under the age of 40 be-

cause they were considered too reckless,” Glickman said. “I went in the opposite direction of doing something that was not exactly in the spirit of that.” When Glickman discussed his birthday wish about a year ago with his wife, Rabbi Elaine Glickman, she didn’t exactly agree with his decision. “She was upset about it initially, but I think she understood early on that this was important to me and really was a lifelong dream,” Glickman said. “It was not something I had thought little about.” On July 9, Glickman headed to Wallaby Ranch, in Davenport. Traditionally, hanggliding is done by jumping off a mountain peak to get the altitude necessary to slowly drift down. “What’s done here, is they tow you up in an ultra-light plane, and you’re tethered to the plane about 60 feet or so behind it, and you tether up, 2,000 to 2,500 feet in the air,” Glickman said. “Then, you release the tether and slowly drift down for 10 to 15 minutes. It’s dreamlike and so wonderful.”



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Rare finds Bruce Holst and Laurie Birch, from Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, are gearing up for an important long-awaited trip. Holst, the director of plant collections, and Birch, a conservation project assistant, will be traveling with four other employees and volunteers from Selby this week to the Everglades, specifically to Long Pine Key, to begin reintroducing some rare orchids and ferns back into their natural habitats. The opportunity came to Selby from the Institute for Regional Conservation, a privately funded institute that focuses mainly on the botany of South Florida. The institute secured funding and contracted Selby’s research department in 2005 to do collections and propagation of the rare plants. Starting in December 2005, Holst made his first of four or five trips to the Everglades to collect specimens along with Jimi Sadle, an Everglades park biologist. Half of the specimens for the project, titled Rare Plant Augmentation in Everglades National Park, were left with Sadle, and the other half were brought back to Sarasota. The project’s importance lies in the fact that the four plants that have been collected by Holst and Birch’s team are native Florida plants that have been slowly disappearing from the Everglades, due to charges in water flow that have impacted the vegetation; some poaching,


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Bruce Holst and Laurie Birch have had their fair share of working in labs and with rare, tropical plants. Holst attended University of California-Davis and graduated with a degree in plant science and then joined the Peace Corps and worked in Honduras. He also worked at the Missouri Botanical Gardens for 10 years and has been working on “The Flora of the Venezuelan Guyana” for the past 25 years. Birch graduated in 2004 from University of Florida with a degree in eco-tourism and fell in love with working with rare plants after working at a botanical garden that focused on rare plants of Florida. especially of the big, showy orchids; and loss of habitats. The populations have diminished to the point that some of the species are not present in the Everglade National Park anymore. The project involves two types of orchids (the mule ear and the Florida dancing lady) and two types of ferns (the maiden hair and the pecluma). The seeds and spores of these flora were kept in labs and germinated on an agar medium, a gel-like substance that is full of nutrients, inside test tubes and glass jars

for about a year-and-a-half. Germinating these plants is not easy, and they spent a year-anda-half in the lab before being placed into the greenhouses. “For months, you would be looking at them (the spores and seeds) in the lab and nothing looked different,” said Birch. Birch joined Holst on the project in 2008. “The fact that we have grown these orchids for so long, the ferns, too, it’s like we are finally releasing them out into the wild!” she said. Although the project is mainly Holst’s and Birch’s, Holst feels that without the volunteers and help from the Horticulture Department, the project would not have come this far. “They took them (the plants) over after we grew them up from babies,” he said. “We also had a lot of volunteer help. Without them, the plants wouldn’t be to the stage they are. They have helped really increase heir chance for survival.” Holst and Birch will be traveling to Long Pine Key with about 1,000 plants in total and will have another 500 to 1,000 plants to put back into the wild when they meet up with Sadle. Holst and Birch will also be accompanied by Lisa Wade, the senior gardens horticulturalist at Selby; Heather Hill, a graduate student; David Troxell, Birch’s fiancé and former gardens horticulturalist at Selby; and Chad Papa, a re-

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Laurie Birch and Bruce Holst left Wednesday to reintroduce rare orchids and ferns back into their natural habitats in the Everglades. cent college graduate and volunteer. The team will also meet up with a few members from the institute who will be coming to help with the project. The two-day trip will require the team to scout out the best places to place the plants, whether they need to be put into the ground or need to be attached to the trunks and branches of trees. The epiphytes, plants that do not grow in the soil, will be attached to the trees with a special mesh and a grafting tape.

For now, the four plants are waiting in two of the seven greenhouses at Selby Gardens. Holst and Birch check on the plants daily and will have to figure out the best way to transport the orchids and ferns down to Long Pine Key. While inspecting one of the paclumas, he finds that on the underside of one of the leaves, there are tons of spores. “This one here is ready to be a productive member of society,” says Holst with a large smile.

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Strapped into the pilot seat of his Cessna 172, Dennis Flood left May 22, from the Suncoast Air Center, in Venice, for Alaska. Fifty-eight chocolate-chip cookies, 22 bananas, 18 peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, 18 hard-boiled eggs, 16 apples, five cans of sardines and two cans of cashews later, the wheels of Dennis Flood’s Cessna 172 — The Liberty — safely touched ground after an 11,000-mile trip to Alaska. Two years ago, Flood, a Sarasota resident, decided to make the flight to Alaska because it is the farthest distance he can fly from Florida.

“I didn’t want to look back someday and say, ‘I wish I had.’ We all need to do those kinds of things,” Flood said. “The big thing about the trip is to show that an average guy like me can go to flight school, restore a 1981 aircraft and put together a flight plan to fly from one end of the country all the way across to the other.” The map below features various stops along Flood’s route to and from Alaska.

TRAVEL LOG 1. Suncoast Air Center, Venice — After inspecting all engine

components, replacing the regulator, removing the back seat, which eliminated 40 pounds from the plane and allowed more storage space, and purchasing a GPS, Dennis Flood and The Liberty depart May 22 from the hangar in Venice.

2. Eufaula Airport, Ala. — “It’s very nice and my favorite place to stop. I’ve been there 12 to 14 times. Everyone stops there to see the owners, Eric and Ruta Langham. Ruta always makes sandwiches, and Eric is a mechanic. He noticed a crack in my exhaust system and did a temporary repair that lasted until Michigan.” 3. South Haven, Mich. — Flood

visits his mother, who is 94 and writing an article about his trip for the South Haven Tribune. He stops by the Warren Center to lead an exercise class that he started 10 years ago and leads whenever he’s in town.

4. Minot, N.D. — Flood runs into bad

7 11 ensure he can enter Canada. “When you plan to go over the border, you have to let Canada know you’re coming in within a 30-minute time period and tell them what altitude and where on the border you’re going to cross. Two guys and a lady come out of customs in bulletproof vests and I’m waving hi to everybody because I’m so glad I’m in Canada. They were not smiling. They meant business. I got some fuel and kept going.”

6. White Horse, Canada —

“White Horse is when you get to the Rockies. There are big hills 4,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level, so I’m flying along and looking out the windows where the snow-covered peaks of mountains are. The outside air temperature is 32 degrees farenheit. I turn on the heater, shut the air vents and put gloves on. The cloud layer is at 6,000 feet, and inside there are snow flurries and ice crystals.”

7. Gunsight Pass Valley

— “The walls of mountains are half a mile long, and I’m flying right down the middle. You have to fly in the right area, not too low, because the walls get closer, and not too high because the mountains are there. It’s really very breathtaking and exciting.”

weather, and one of the ignition switches malfunctions. He volunteers with the National Guard and helps with flood evacuations. “It was heartbreaking because all of these people were losing their homes. The river was flooding, and I was helping people move out, put furniture in their trucks and trailers, sandbagging homes, a zoo, bicycle shop and beauty shop and unloading materials from an American Red Cross truck. At the end of the day, I was so covered in mud you couldn’t recognize me.” Flood leaves early so residents can have his hotel room.

8. Northway, Alaska — Flood’s first thought is relief. “My client, Orva Burns, she’s 97, gave me some advice. She said, ‘Your real destination is to get back here to Sarasota. So don’t relax, don’t let down your guard — stay as sharp as you can on the way back.’”

5. Regina, Canada — Flood checks

9. Wasilla, Alaska — Flood has

into the customs office to complete a non-user friendly computer application to

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“I want kids to read about this and know that they have the possibility to do something like this, to be the very best they can,” says Dennis Flood.

dinner with the Palin family (Sally and Chuck Heath and Todd Palin) and consid-

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ers it one of the highlights of his trip. He talks with Palin about sports, fitness and snow machines and meets their dog that fetches antlers. “In Alaska, you never say ‘snowmobile’ — you say ‘snow machine.’”

10. Lake Hood, AlaSKA — Located near

Anchorage, Alaska, Lake Hood is famous as the largest floatplane base in the world. Flood radios to air-traffic control that he is preparing to land the plane on the strip. There is some confusion, and ATC thinks he is commandeering a floatplane and landing on the water. “They don’t know I don’t have floats and they say ‘clear to land.’ I’m thinking, ‘They didn’t give me a runway.’ I call back in and tell them I have wheels, not floats, and I’m headed to the gravel strip. I think they might have detected panic in my voice.”

11. Talkeetna Cemetery and

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— Flood refers to this point during his trip as his “walkabout.” He pays his respect to pilots and climbers who have died on Mount McKinley and in the DeNali National Park. He visits a plaque for bush pilot Keli Mahoney, the sister of his flight instructor, Steve Mahoney.

12. Sarasota — Flood lands smoothly June 29 and taxies to Dolphin Aviation.



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John Rorer is the head proprietor of Richard’s Foodporium. The Sarasota-based company of natural foods and specialty goods runs 13 corporate and three franchise locations in Florida, from Port Charlotte to Flagler County.

Stream of Dreams John Rorer built a small natural foods empire on the Gulf Coast during the past decade. His lynchpin is a lesson for all entrepreneurs: He isn’t afraid of new ideas.

Richard’s Foodporium executives tend to gulp with jitters when they hear a few fateful words from their boss, John Rorer: “I’m going on a business trip.” Although the top managers for the Sarasota-based natural foods and specialty goods chain certainly like Rorer, they aren’t nervous because they will miss him. Instead, they know an avalanche of business dreams — some doable,

others, not so much — is in their future because Rorer will have time to kill. “They don’t like to see me go away,” says Rorer. “If I do, I’m at an airport and I’ll come up with a lot of ideas.” Rorer, 57, admits some of his ideas aren’t always easy to execute. Nonetheless, the stream of dreams has certainly done a lot for Richard’s Foodporium, which has 13

corporate and three franchise-run stores in Florida, from Port Charlotte to Dunedin and Oldsmar. A franchised location recently opened in Flagler County, in Palm Coast. Founded in 1979 by Richard Downey, a Sarasota businessman with an admitted eccentric side, the chain is on a growth spurt, both in sales and locations. The entire company run by Rorer,

which includes a distribution center and a few affiliated businesses, totals about $17 million in annual sales. Revenues have grown by about 18% company-wide since 2008, says Rorer, although average sales per store vary widely, from high growth to flat. The good news there, adds Rorer, is the economic downturn deluge has subsided since the spring for Richard’s, with same-store sales up at least 5% since April. Locations-based growth at Richard’s, meanwhile, comes from franchising and buying out competitors, the latter of which has been part of Rorer’s growth strategy for most of the last decade. For example, Rorer bought three Good Earth Natural Foods stores in April in Manatee County. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. The move was both offensive and defensive. On defense, Rorer closed a Good Earth in East Manatee County a few miles from a Richard’s Foodporium location to avoid duplication. On offense, Rorer will convert two other Good Earth stores into Richard’s Foodporiums. That project includes new décor for each store, expanded bulk food offerings and equipment, from shelves to point-of-sale machines. The project, says Rorer, will cost at least $300,000 and should be done by the end of the summer. Growth is also forthcoming in warehouse and office space. The company long ago outgrew its 5,000 square feet of warehouse-office flex space south of downtown Sarasota. Rorer and some other executives have even been forced to work from home the past few years to conserve space. Rorer has worked with a few lo-

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Right now, even though the market has economies that want to make the change. sold off recently, we remain in what is tech- These countries have whopping trade balnically called a bull market. Under current ance surpluses with America. And, as they economic circumstances, it’s amazing the continue to hold those surpluses, they risk market is not at half of its current the value of reserves deteriorating value of 12,250 points. At half curfurther as the dollar goes down in rent values, a market priced at value. Countries such as China, 6,125 points would represent a that hold large dollar reserves, do cash yield on the Dow Industritwo things when dollar reserves als of 4.8% instead of the current are at risk of losing value: 2.4%, far more realistic when the 1. They add to their gold reaverage dividend yield over the serves, which China has done, last 100 years is 4.6%. In analyznow becoming the fifth-largest ing what is ahead, we can at least holder of gold in the world behind get some idea of the risks involved the U.S., Germany, France and Itain further investment in the stock ly, respectively. GEORGE market. 2. They try to make their own RAUCH For 50 years we have used debt currencies into a currency fully acto fuel growth by increasing the ceptable around the world. China money supply through government defi- is already doing that successfully by using cit spending. Growth fueled by anything its currency, rather than dollars, to settle inother than savings is an invitation to disas- ternational contracts. ter. Without real political reform, U.S. ecoWe are a petroleum-based economy. The nomic outlook is disastrous. More than 200 price of petroleum is important to the U.S. years ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I place and our competitive position in the world. the economy among the most important Estimated reserves of natural gas in our virtues, and public debt as the great danger country were recently upgraded to 2.2 trilto be feared. To preserve our independence, lion cubic feet, enough to satisfy consumpwe must not let our leaders load us with tion for 100 years. We are importing 51% perpetual debt. We must make our choice of our oil now, down from 60% only a few between economy and liberty, or profusion years ago. Our newly discovered oil fields, and servitude.� especially the Bakken Field in North DaHere is what we are looking at: The dollar kota, South Dakota and Montana, are estiwill lose its reserve status; the U.S. will sink mated to be Saudi-sized reserves. Off shore, into a more severe slump than we are expe- where moratoriums on drilling exist, there riencing; and there is likely to be a currency are another 60 billion barrels of oil, enough collapse far greater than what has already for us to become fully independent, and be occurred, because 65% of the world’s mon- exporters of oil within 15 years.  etary reserves are in dollars. This will create The U.S. pays an average of $2.72 for each a panic for gold, and a new currency will gallon of gas that we bring to this country have to be created. The battleground in the and resell. Here are competitive economies next five years is the future of the dollar and relative prices: Norway — $7.41; Germany the dollar’s reserve status.  — $6.82; England — $6.60; Italy — $6.40; International contracts are written in dol- France — $6.04; Japan — $5.40; and Canada lars. As previously written in Market Watch, — $3.81. It’s easy to see mathematically that there are several viable movements cur- if the dollar ceases to become the world’s rerently under way to replace the dollar as the serve currency, fuel prices would substanworld’s reserve currency. As always, debtor tially increase. That would increase the cost countries such as the United States want of production of U.S. goods by 10% to 20%. to maintain dollars as the reserve currency. It would be difficult to be price competiSimilarly, countries that are holding dol- tive in world markets under those condiOver theofpast years,represent Bev hasthe beentions; involved lars as part their30 reserves the dollarwor would continue to fall until

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Tower Residences condo sells for $2 million A condominium in The Tower Residences tops all real-estate transactions in Sarasota from June 27 to July 1. Property Healers Inc. sold the Unit 1603 condominium at 35 Watergate Drive to Roger Hauger and Cathy Convery-Hauger, of Sarasota, for $2.09 million. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,985 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.35 million in 2003. Also at The Tower Residences, David and Alberta Purpora sold their Unit 801 condominium to Bankunited for $1.66 million. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,751 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.17 million in 2006. Thomas Pipp sold his Unit 1106 condominium to Cecil and Shirley Pickett, of Sarasota, for $1 million. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,799 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.4 million in 2007.

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 J une 27 through J uly 1, in order of dollar amounts.



Aqualane Estates

Gerd Petrik sold the home at 1808 Stanford Lane to Sharon Petrik, of Sarasota, for $900,000. Built in 2007, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,105 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $959,500 in 2009. Anthony and Bettye Dillon sold their home at 6148 Hollywood Blvd. to Robert and Nancy Barbera, of Sarasota, for $450,000. Built in 1968, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,944 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $129,000 in 1985.

Beau Ciel

David Arnsby, of DeRuyter, N.Y., sold his Unit 702 condominium at 900 Blvd. of


3609 Camino Real 2566 Ringling Blvd. 40 N. Orange Ave. 1610 N. L odge Drive 2708 Wisteria Place 612 Ohio Place 500 S. Palm Ave. 5027 Remington Drive 3152 Bay St. 626 46th St.

Pool Philip Walsh Re-roof J o Fenn-Martin, trustee Mechanical Curtis Toale Seawall William Harrison J r. Enclosure Thomas Olson Mechanical Martha Stinnett Mechanical J odie Sullivan Enclosure Bruce Manilla Mechanical J oseph Ingeborg Re-roof J anet Smith


Amount $24,000 $14,000 $9,856 $8,808 $7,600 $7,499 $7,023 $7,000 $6,780 $6,000


SARASOTA Carol Krug, trustee, sold the Unit 63 condominium at 340 S. Palm Ave. to Julius and Carol Nicolai, of Sarasota, for $1.2 million. Built in 1998, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 2,437 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $545,000 in 2003.


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Unit 1603 at The Tower Residences, 35 Watergate Drive, has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,985 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.09 million.

the Arts to Milton and Laurie Boniuk, of Houston, for $730,000. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,335 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1 million in 2005.





4587 Camino Real 1624 Stickney Point Road 1624 Stickney Point Road 1624 Stickney Point Road 2402 Ashton Road 1620 Shelburne L ane 173 Windward Drive 2245 Bispham Road 4043 L as Palmas Way 1082 Derian Place

Renovations Re-roof Re-roof Re-roof Addition Pool/Spa Re-roof Re-roof Shutters Re-roof

Chris Harris Walter Mamak Walter Mamak Walter Mamak Robert Villetto Patrick Hebda Neil Hansen Toni Young Gerald Snyder Irene Heller

$66,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $31,600 $30,000 $26,520 $20,930 $19,000 $14,560

Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

100 Central

Anthony and Kathy Sanzo, of Allegheny, Pa., sold their Unit F-812 condominium at 100 Central Ave. to Dennis and Margaret Adams, of Fallston, Md., for $625,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,532 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $650,000 in 2008.

One Watergate

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., sold the Units 17A and 17F condominium at 1111 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Hasan and Ebtisam Jaber, of Sarasota, for $600,000. Built in

1974, it has three bedrooms, four baths and 3,154 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1 million in 2003.

The Landings

Steven Gardner, trustee, sold the home at 1627 Peregrine Point Court to Lisa Gialdini, of Sarasota, for $445,000. Built in 1984, it has four bedrooms, three-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 3,176 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $260,000 in 1989.

1350 Main

Garry and Valerie Jacobsen, of Old Saybrook, Conn., sold their Unit 1007 condominium at 1350 Main St. to Stephen Kingshott, of London, for $360,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,165 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $447,000 in 2007.

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Wed., July 6 Thurs., July 7 Fri., July 8 Sat., July 9 Sun., July 10 Mon., July 11 Tues., July 12

Record Temps. High Low 96 (1995) 60 (1948) 98 (1995) 66 (1984) 100 (1948) 65 (1984) 95 (1995) 63 (1948) 96 (1992) 63 (1948) 97 (1981) 66 (1948) 96 (1989) 65 (1967)

Average Gulf water temperature: 86.1

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Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected alongshore or offshore Sarasota Friday, July 8, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

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ForHOUSE, Sale LANDINGS Condos CARRIAGE Condos Sale 2BR/2BA plus den. For EndHOUSE, unit, LANDINGS CARRIAGE High ceilings. 2 Lanais plus Patio. 2BR/2BA plus den. End unit, LANDINGS CARRIAGE HOUSE, By Appointment. High ceilings. Lanais plus unit, Patio. 2BR/2BA plus2 941-925-3981. den. End By Appointment. High ceilings. 2 941-925-3981. Lanais plus Patio. Homes For Rent By Appointment. 941-925-3981.

Sarasota upgrades. Sarasota $295,000. upgrades. Sarasota $295,000. upgrades. $295,000.

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

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OPEN SUNDAY 1-4pm. 8406 Wethersfield Run Open House #204. 2nd floor with den. OPEN Outstanding SUNDAY 1-4pm. 84062BR/2BA Wethersfield Run Boca Grove condo with viewswith of den. the #204. 2ndunit floor 2BR/2BA OPEN Outstanding SUNDAY 1-4pm. 8406 Wethersfield Run LegacyOutstanding Golf condo Course and with its accompanying Boca Grove viewswith of den. the #204. 2ndunit floor 2BR/2BA lake. $199,900. Rayunit Wize Realty Legacy Golf condo Course and its Wagner accompanying Boca Grove with views of the 941-962-7539. lake. $199,900. Ray and Wizeits Wagner Realty Legacy Golf Course accompanying 941-962-7539. lake. $199,900. Ray Wize Wagner Realty 941-962-7539.

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Autos For Sale

2006 LEXUS SC 430 Convertible. Excellent condiAutos For Sale tion. kept. Excellent Never wrecked. 2006 Every LEXUSoption. SC 430Garage Convertible. condiNon 941-809-3260. tion. Every kept. Excellent Never wrecked. 2006smoker. LEXUSoption. SC 430Garage Convertible. condiNon 941-809-3260. tion. smoker. Every option. Garage kept. Never wrecked. Autos Wanted Non smoker. 941-809-3260.

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Items Under $200 For Sale

Items Under 4 WHEELER, 300 lbs., $200 like new,For $75.Sale Sanyo TV, Items Under $200 like new, 26x17, $75. 941-556-9547. 4 WHEELER, 300 lbs., like new,For $75.Sale Sanyo TV, like new, 26x17, $75. 941-556-9547. 4 WHEELER, 300 lbs., like new, $75. Sanyo TV, BABY Swing, $25.00. Bouncy Seat, like new,ITEMS: 26x17, $75. 941-556-9547. $15.00. Play Mat,Swing, $10.00.$25.00. All excellent condition. BABY ITEMS: Bouncy Seat, Call 371-0026. $15.00. Play Mat,Swing, $10.00.$25.00. All excellent condition. BABY ITEMS: Bouncy Seat, Call 371-0026. $15.00. Play Mat, $10.00. All excellent condition. COCKTAIL TABLE: extra large, square 48” each Call 371-0026. side, 5 glassTABLE: inserts on top,large, $70. square 941-927-2299. COCKTAIL extra 48” each side, 5 glassTABLE: inserts on top,large, $70. square 941-927-2299. COCKTAIL extra 48” each COLLAGE matted, side, 5 glassPICTURE: inserts onbeautiful, top, $70. framed, 941-927-2299. 18x22, $50.PICTURE: G.E. Juicer, excellent cond.,matted, clean, COLLAGE beautiful, framed, $40. 941-952-1097. 18x22, $50.PICTURE: G.E. Juicer, excellent cond.,matted, clean, COLLAGE beautiful, framed, $40. 941-952-1097. 18x22, $50. G.E. Juicer, excellent cond., clean, DESK941-952-1097. & Chair: mahogany, $75. TV component $40. cart, 50”x22”, smoked front, $30. DESKblack, & Chair: mahogany, $ TV component 941-966-7585. cart, 50”x22”, smoked front, $30. DESKblack, & Chair: mahogany, $ TV component 941-966-7585. cart, black, 50”x22”, smoked glass front, $30. DINKEY TOY gun on trailer $100. Lionel 6419 941-966-7585. work caboose "O" $100. switches DINKEY TOY gun$45. on trailer Lionel$45/pr. 6419 941735-1452. work caboose "O" $100. switches DINKEY TOY gun$45. on trailer Lionel$45/pr. 6419 941work 735-1452. caboose $45. "O" switches $45/pr. BIKE: Excel magnetic recumbent EXERCISE 941735-1452. bike, model BIKE: 396r. Excel Excellent shape. recumbent $100 obo. EXERCISE magnetic 941-925-7690. bike, model BIKE: 396r. Excel Excellent shape. recumbent $100 obo. EXERCISE magnetic 941-925-7690. bike, model 396r. Excellent shape. $100 obo. LUGGAGE: AMERICAN Tourister. 3 sizes, 941-925-7690. fits inside & AMERICAN 1 shoulder bag, black. $50 obo. LUGGAGE: Tourister. 3 sizes, 941-924-8477. fits inside & AMERICAN 1 shoulder bag, black. $50 obo. LUGGAGE: Tourister. 3 sizes, 941-924-8477. fits inside & 1 shoulder bag, black. $50 obo. PLAID ENTERPRISES Craft Stencil kits (2), $10 941-924-8477. each. PLAID941-822-2517. ENTERPRISES Craft Stencil kits (2), $10 each. PLAID941-822-2517. ENTERPRISES Craft Stencil kits (2), $10 QUALITY COPIER: $200. 941-954-5988. each. 941-822-2517. QUALITY COPIER: $200. 941-954-5988. RATTAN FURNITURE: 2 941-954-5988. chairs with cushions QUALITY COPIER: $200. and glassFURNITURE: top table. 2 Excellent cond. $75. RATTAN chairs with cushions 941921-1965. and glassFURNITURE: top table. 2 Excellent cond. $75. RATTAN chairs with cushions 941- 921-1965. and glass top table. Excellent cond. $75. REFRIGERATOR-FREEZER: Kenmore Coldspot, 941- 921-1965. ice and water dispenser, good condition, no REFRIGERATOR-FREEZER: Kenmore Coldspot, damage, $195. 941-378-3848. ice and large water36x69, dispenser, good condition, no REFRIGERATOR-FREEZER: Kenmore Coldspot, damage, $195. 941-378-3848. ice and large water36x69, dispenser, good condition, no RUG: 9X6, runner, 10x2.5, 4 yrs., exceldamage, large 36x69, $195.colorful, 941-378-3848. lent cond., Rug As Art,colorful, $150. 941-586-6659. RUG: 9X6, from runner, 10x2.5, 4 yrs., excellent cond., Rug As Art,colorful, $150. 941-586-6659. RUG: 9X6, from runner, 10x2.5, 4 yrs., excelSEWING MACHINE: Pfaff Creative 1475 CD. Cost lent cond., from Rug As Art, $150. 941-586-6659. $1800. plus. Attachments. Rarely used. SEWING MACHINE: Pfaff Creative 1475 CD.$200. Cost Call 941-966-5161. $1800. plus. Attachments. Rarely 1475 used.CD.$200. SEWING MACHINE: Pfaff Creative Cost Call 941-966-5161. $1800. plus. Attachments. Rarely used. $200. SHIRLEY TEMPLE dolls: 50’s Shirley Temple, $30 Call 941-966-5161. & 70’s Shirley Temple doll,50’s $10. 941-650-8181. SHIRLEY TEMPLE dolls: Shirley Temple, $30 & 70’s Shirley Temple doll,50’s $10. 941-650-8181. SHIRLEY TEMPLE dolls: Shirley Temple, $30 SOFA 50’S: pale gold, $125. Desk: wood, $45. & 70’s Shirley Temple doll, $10. 941-650-8181. 941-922-2046. SOFA 50’S: pale gold, $125. Desk: wood, $45. 941-922-2046. SOFA 50’S: pale gold, $125. Desk: wood, $45. 941-922-2046.Autos For Sale

SARASOTA Observer THE SARASOTA OBSERVER/ THURSDAY, july 14, 2011 Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

Adult Care Services

Home Improvement/ Remodeling

Personal Services

ASHTON LAKES: 2BR/2BA, $3000/mo. 2 miles to Siesta Key, walk to shopping, heated pool, tennis, active clubhouse. Ashton Realty, Inc. Joe Bonsell, 941- 923-1945, 941-356-6356.

PERSONAL MEDICAL ALARM. 24 hour voice communication. Locally owned. Made in USA. First Response Monitoring. 941-927-8740.

WATER HEATERS, faucets and small plumbing repairs. Reasonable rates. License #CFC1426756. 941-737-0349.


Adult Care Services CNA: LICENSED with Experience. Available immediately. Great references. All Certifications completed. Call Angie at 941-993-2480.


In Home Companion (Senior Concierge) Services. ď Ź Errands/ Social ď Ź Medical Appointments ď Ź Medication Reminders ď Ź Light Housekeeping ď Ź Lawn Maintenance Available ď Ź Meal Preparation ď Ź Companionship ď Ź Shopping ď Ź Exercise Implementation ď Ź Anything else, just ask!

A CLEANING EVEN YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW WILL APPROVE! Every time, guaranteed! Lic./Ins. Bonded. Pamela, 941-320-0023. BRAZILIAN CLEANING Service by Maria. Residential/ Commercial. Meticulous Cleaning. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Reliable. Lic./ Ins. 941-400-3342 CLEANING 10 years experience, Licensed, Insured. Residential & Commercial. Housecleaning, Windows, Carpet, Wax Stripping, etc. 941-735-3826

BUSH HOG MOWING. Fast. Free Estimates. 941-773-4808. PERSONAL GARDENER. Plant Maintenance. Native, Ornamental. Reliable, Local References. 941-366-2919

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“You will have the same companion each day� Bonded and Insured 941-302-6193 Jeffrey Rudge (Owner) I AM a licensed male CNA, 48 yrs, married, who is currently available. Help with dressing, bathing, light housekeeping, cooking, outdoor maintenance, errand .....etc! I have experience working with Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, stroke patients, Osteoporosis, Neuropathy, & Diabetes etc. I provide enthusiasm and a very positive attitude towards my work. I am an excellent exercise motivator! Great References, Insured. Call Jeff .....hurry! 941-302-6193. IN-HOME CARE/ COMPANIONSHIP/ HOMEMAKING available all hours; days, nights, weekends. Call 377-4465 for more information or visit our website @ Lic. #30211372 Bonded & Insured.




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We launched a senior companion/caregiver program for our church and have 7 years experience providing these services. Household and personal care. After surgery, loss of spouse, during rehab. Strong computer and business skills. Live-in/Live-out. Dan & Margie Curry 941-840-3497.

R.J. DAVIS WHOLESALE FLOORING, LLC. Tile Setter, Wood Floor Installer. Lic./Ins. 10 Years working in Lakewood Ranch custom homes. You buy the material, we install. 941-586-8996.


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“In theater, you have a responsibility to the audience,” Leon Pitts says. “You never know what each person has going on throughout the day, and as an actor or performer, you have the responsibility of taking them away from that. You see these people out here singing these songs, and it brings a smile to their faces, because it’s bringing some happy moment back.”

Soul Man

Meet the romantic, sweet-talking teddy bear of a man who will perform in the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s summer shows, ‘Soul Crooners’ and ‘Dynamic Duets of the ’70s.’


eon Pitts did not grow up thinking he’d ever dance on a stage. He grew up sneaking across the house and into the living room, stealing glances at Michael Jackson on the television and mastering the moonwalk. As a kid, he obsessed over the

Jacksons and how they chose their careers based on a love of their art. He has carried that idea with him to this day, and to Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, for which he performs as a singer, actor and dancer. “In 2000, when I was at Manatee

Community College, Mr. (Nate) Jacobs asked me what I was doing with my life,” Pitts says. “I must have looked like I had no direction at the time, but he gave me my first solo act in a Eubie Blake show — I had to sing ‘Great Big Baby.’”



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He’d never heard the song before, but he liked it. Of course, he did question Jacobs’ motive for this particular tune. “It was about a big guy who thought he couldn’t get love, but then he realized that big people need love, too,” says, Pitts, 30. “I thought maybe Mr. Jacobs chose it because I’m a big guy and he thinks I’m a big baby.” Pitts had always kept up with the latest hip-hop dances, however, he had never shuffled, stomped or done a “falap.” But in order to sing the song, he had to learn the dance steps. There are two noticeable sounds to a falap (a dancing term), therefore it is a two-part process. Part one: Lift your foot, and then lift the heel of that foot so the ball and toe point downward, but don’t touch the floor — yet. Then, move the lifted foot forward and downward, and brush forward on the floor with the ball and underside of the toe. Part two: Put the ball of your foot back onto the ground and stop all motion of your foot. “Mr. Jacobs had a lady teach me, and the whole time I was thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh, what is this lady doing to me?’” Pitts says. “It was fun learning it, but it was difficult. You get confused.” A few years later, Pitts found himself learning to tap dance for the show, “Sophisticated Ladies.” He was always the heavyset guy in the group and struggled to keep up with the smaller guys, but he had the moves and the routines down in two weeks. They practiced on a tile floor, which aided in teaching them to be more distinct and defined with their steps and movements in order to ensure everything was correct. “There was one moment when it hit me,” Pitts says. “Mr. Jacobs has a gift. You don’t know what’s in you. You could be the oddest person, and he’ll tell you to try something, and you’re looking at him thinking, ‘You know nothing about this.’ But he will pull these gems out of people. I still feel like I’m growing every day.”

• Describe your first time on stage. It was at my church, and I was 5 years old. I had to lead a song with the youth choir. We were singing “Decently and in Order,” a song about teaching kids what not to do. It was my first solo. I was scared and very nervous. I barely held the mic to my mouth. The funny thing is that the kids had to repeat what I said, and I don’t even know if they heard me.

Loren Mayo

“The fun of theater is putting it together, seeing the creativity, the learning process,” Leon Pitts says. “We have all these different threads that become one fabric.”


oNLINE: See video of Pitts singing The Viper’s Drag from “Ain’t Misbehavin.’” When asked about his upcoming show, “Soul Crooners,” also one of his favorites, Pitts grins and breaks into song. “Why can’t a song be like, ‘I wanna love you, you make me feel brand new … make her fall in love with you?’” he asks. “This was a time when songs were pure. I guess I am part of the last generation that grew up with respect, especially in music. This show brings back the realness in music, the realness in love. Nothing’s coming from the heart anymore, that’s why they call this ‘soul music.’ We’re just trying to bring back the respect.” The show is also one which, as soon as the guys open their mouths and start hitting notes, the audience immediately starts to sing — every single word. If someone on stage gets the lyrics incorrect, the audience

“The Soul Crooners” opens at 8 p.m. July 12, at the Westcoast Black Theater, 1646 10th Way. Shows start at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The show runs through Sunday, July 24. Tickets are $25. “Dynamic Duets of the ’70s” runs Aug. 16 through Aug. 28, with shows at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 366-1505 or visit never hesitates to inform them. “Growing up doing plays, I would stay in the back,” says Pitts. “I never wanted to be out in the front — or so I thought. Then I got a taste of it, and the light became my friend. Theater isn’t something I have to do — it’s something I love to do.”

• Ever have a stage blooper? Just recently, during “Five Guys Named Moe.” I played “Big Moe” in there, of course. I was supposed to say a part, and the guys were looking at me, but I forgot I was supposed to say it. I’m sittin’ here, snappin’ like this, and they’re looking at me just smiling and smirking at me. Another time, when I was doing “Sophisticated Ladies,” I was doing a dance move and forgot I was supposed to do a kick and then go into a split. I forgot to do the kick, so I did it and tried to catch up, and my feet went out from under me. I was sitting there looking up like, “How did everyone get up before me?” • Whom do you idolize? Nate Jacobs, because he’s sincere and serious about what he does and he loves it. Andre Descheer for his style of dancing, the way he moved and the way he spoke. Reggie Kelly — he was instrumental in taking me under his wings and helping me with my growth in theater. Harry Bryce because he taught me about my diction, got me into ballet and helped me sharpen the different nuances of dancing. My dad, because he taught me how to be consistent and how to stick with things, even though they might look bad sometimes.

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+ YPGers distracted by unusual suspect On Thursday, Sarasota YPGers piled into the Asolo Repertory Theatre for a happy hour and musical combo to watch “Marilyn: Forever Blonde.” One gentleman in the audience made sure everyone was paying attention with his highpitched catcalls and whistles each time Marilyn Monroe stepped on stage. “At first, the thought of spend-

ing two hours silenced while a woman descanted on about her life made me wary of attending,” said Jimi Goethe, YPG member. “However, Asolo kept par with this performance by exhibiting a show with one actor that proffered an entertaining evening, which was both humorous as well as informative. Each time she would make her risqué costume change, the audience would burst out laughing at his (the audience member’s) loud, but jovial, comments.”

+ After 300 hours, artist deems work is done

Local artist Brian Schlenger recently completed his latest colorpencil drawing, “Eye Was Blind, Now Eye See,” after spending 300 hours on it. He started his “Eye” works last year when he attended the “I am Home Project,” at Tommy Bahama. “Much of the drawing I let transform from the energies around me, thinking all the time about a higher power and the world’s turmoil,” Schlenger said. “There’s a lot in this. It’s as I say, ‘A straight from the brain and heart, colorful creation.’” Schlenger has donated “Optical Eye-lusions” to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, “Dream

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“Eye Was Blind, Now Eye See,” by Brian Schlenger Angels” to the I am Home Project and “Angel Eye on Paradise” to the Trinity Church, in Venice.

one and only Dolly Parton will stop in Sarasota on The Better Day Tour for one night only at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Van Wezel. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 15. Visit or call 953-3368.

GPAC presents ‘Summertime Songfest’: Featuring the local

+ WBTT, Players Theatre announce open auditions

men’s group, Chorus of the Keys, The Glenridge Performing Arts Center will hold its “Summertime Songfest” at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, at 7333 Scotland Way. The performance will feature three famed quartets — The Bowery Boys, The Best of Times and Old Guys Rule. A free Italian ice reception will follow the show. Tickets are $15. Call 552-5325 or Dolly Parton visit

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+ Spirit of India inspires colorful exhibition

Want to star in “Love Sung in the Key of Aretha,” “A Raisin in the Sun” or “Blackbird, the Josephine Baker Story”? The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will hold open auditions for men and women ages 18 and older from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at 1646 10th Way (behind the Binz building at 10th Street and Orange Avenue). Those auditioning should be prepared to perform a short monologue and sing a musical selection. Call 366-1505 to schedule a reservation. The Players Theatre will hold auditions for its New Play Reading Festival from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 18, at 838 N. Tamiami Trail. Actors and actresses of all levels are encouraged to audition and are requested to perform a one-minute monologue. Reservations are required. Call 365-2494.

Meg Pierce, of the Meg Pierce Art Studio, will showcase a series of abstract pattern paintings inspired by the colors and spirit of India from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 15, during the Towles Court Third Friday Art Walk. Pierce’s recent trip to India was the fulfillment of a lifetime dream. She interprets her

experiences from the tour by using a subtle combination of fabrics, sequins, metallic trims and acrylic paint. To reflect the richness of the Indian culture, Pierce details her work with a layering of glazes, strings, waxed paper and flashes of silver and gold. The studio is located at 1938 Adams Lane.

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“murder consultant.” He suggests that if they kill each other’s bosses no one would be the wiser. The lovable louts agree. What transpires is a series of incredibly funny situations, which include homage (indirectly) to some classic films. There’s an “Annie Hall” cocaine moment, a “Pulp Fiction” fix for revival and references to Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” (which Dale confuses with “Throw Momma From the Train”). “Horrible Bosses” also boasts a raucous, risible script ... sometimes imbecilic and at others times copiously clever. Writers Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein deserve credit for a creatively comedic collaboration. Director Seth Fordon also deserves kudos for crossing so many lines without being overly offensive. To be quite honest, I wasn’t expecting much from “Horrible Bosses.” But the film wildly exceeded those expectations. When a film manages to inject Bob Newhart in its closing scene, you know why these gifted actors wanted on board. And sit tight when the film’s credits roll. You’ll see some of the best outtakes ever. — Pamela Nadon

New Car’

Director Gil Lazier has chosen a true actor’s showcase for the Banyan Theatre Company’s season kick-off production, and the actors he’s chosen are truly showing off their stuff. The directing is smooth and smart; the script witty and wise. The play focuses on the romantic mid-life crisis of a working woman who has a successful marriage and a 26-year-old live-in son. What happens when Mr. Impossibly Right is thrown into the lap of an average, relatively content, happily married, upper-middle-class American woman? The light-hearted, sophisticated play, written by Steven Dietz, is robust and involving and modern, yet timelessly well-observed. The characters are real and endearing slice-of-life contemporaries. Dietz, who has written a whopping 29 plays, is most well-known for “The Lonely Planet,” about the AIDS epidemic, and “God’s Country,” an examination of white supremacy. He’s recognized as the eighth most-produced “regional” playwright in the country, tying with Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams. Most of his work is either political or comedic, and his themes tend to revolve around personal betrayal and deception. “Becky’s New Car,” which won the Steinburg New Play Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, is a comedic look at the lighter, more farcical side of deception and betrayal. An added embellishment to an otherwise straight-up narrative is the breaking of the “fourth wall.” The main character, Becky, begins the play with a monologue in which she speaks directly to the audience. This Shakespearean conceit is not consistently employed after that, except for a couple of funny bits. In one of them, three women from the audience are invited on stage to help Becky change clothes for a dinner party. Geraldine Librandi, as Becky, strikes the perfect notes as she strums the chords of Becky’s sudden self-discovery. She is funny, frustrated, self-deceptive; bemused, bothered, bewildered and utterly believable. Librandi gives us a woman who is stunned by herself, as if she’s going along for the ride in a trance, testing out her new car and admiring the scenery along the open, undiscovered road of her hitherto unimaginable new life. Don Walker is marvelous as the husband. He plays him in a wry, understated way as is called for by the comfortable, supportive relationship between the pair. Walker reveals a strong, confi-

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Geraldine Librandi, as Becky, and Don Walker, as her husband, Joe, kiss in Baynan Theatre Company’s production of “Becky’s New Car.”

IF YOU GO “Becky’s New Car” runs through July 11, at the Jane B. Cook Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail. For ticket information, call 351-2802 or contact dent, patient man. The son, whose life is still unsettled, is played with charming exuberance by Jesse Dorman, who bounces around the house, consumed by a newly acquired passion for jogging. Each part is carefully written with an interesting back story, and each actor is perfect for the part. The funny Robert D. Mowry transforms himself into Walter Flood, a garrulous car salesman stuck in the past. Peter Thomasson plays the disingenuous millionaire with delightful winsomeness. Rachel Swindler, as his beautiful and smart daughter, is a joy to watch, and Melliss Kenworthy flawlessly embodies the worldly, upper-class family friend, Ginger. Set designer Richard E. Cannon admirably provides a set divided between two extremely different houses. Adorable outfits are by costume designer Dee Richards. ­— Paula Atwell

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ALLYN GALLUP CONTEMPORARY ART — Through Aug. 1, “Far Horizons,” featuring works by Syd Solomon, John Henry and Melissa Meyer. Located at 1288 N. Palm Ave.; 366-2454;

 ART CENTER SARASOTA — Through July 30, “Garden: A Collaboration with Nature,” featuring deliquescence photographs by Richard Creamer and a juried all-media exhibition featuring Florida artists. Located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail; 365-2032; ART UPTOWN — Aug. 2 to Aug. 25, third annual Dog Days Art Show. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12. Work being accepted from artists 21 and older; receiving date July 30. Entry fee: $20. Located at 1367 Main St.; 955-5409; BOLIVAR ART GALLERY — Through Aug. 31, small works show featuring 20 local artists. Located at 506 S. Pineapple Ave.; 366-1649.

abstract pattern paintings: “The India Series.” Located at 1938 Adams Lane; 266-7318; RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN — Through Aug. 3, “Two from the Past: Richard Floethe/Teacher, Ralph Ray Jr./Student.” From Aug. 12 to Sept. 17, “Hanging in Balance: Ten Emerging Chinese Artists.” Opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12. Galleries located onehalf block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 3597563; RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART — Through Aug. 14, “Voices of Hip-Hop in Art.” Ongoing: “Crosscurrents of Design: Asian Export Ceramics,” “20th Century Abstract Art from the Ringling Collection” and “The Art of Jade.” From 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, Art After 5, in the art museum and Circus Museum. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 children 6 to 17; children under 6 admitted free. Tickets for the museum are $2, or $20 for seniors 65 and up; $10 children ages 6 to 17; children 5 and under are admitted free. Art museum free to all on Mondays. Located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, 351-1660. Admission includes the Ringling Museum of Art, Cà d’Zan mansion, Circus Museum, Mable’s Rose Garden and grounds. SELBY GARDENS — Through Oct. 2, sixth annual Selby Instructors’ Summer Showcase, in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. Located at 811 S. Palm Ave.; 366-5731; SIMON’S COFFEE HOUSE — Through July 25, “Images in Good Taste,” giclées and small collages by Lakewood Ranch artist Janet Mishner. Restaurant located at 5900 S. Tamiami Trail; 926-7151.

Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway. Suggested donation: $6. Call Jean Hewitt, 377-9256 or 320-4774; email


BANYAN THEATER COMPANY — Through July 17, “Becky’s New Car,” by Steven Dietz. From July 21 to Aug. 7, “Animals out of Paper.” From Aug. 11 to Aug. 28, “Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun,” by Norm Foster. Tickets: $28.50. Located in the Jane B. Cook Theater, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail; 5521032;  FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE — Through July 31, “Our Son’s Wedding.”

From Aug. 3 to Aug. 28, “The Savannah Disputation.” Located at 1241 N. Palm Ave. 366-9000; GOLDEN APPLE DINNER THEATRE — 8 p.m. July 26, special fundraising event, “An Evening of Lindbergh,” with Jenny Aldrich as Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Steve Carroll as Charles Lindbergh. Summer buffet at 6:30 p.m. Summer tickets: $25; summer dinner is extra — donation is $45. Through Aug. 7, “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off.” Located at 25 N. Pineapple Ave.; 366-5454; LAZY FAIRY IMPROV TROUPE — Aug. 3 performance. Tickets: $12. Located at The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail; 365-2494; or PLAYERS THEATRE — July 21 to July 24, “Undaunted.” July 14 to July 17, “The Foreigner.” July 28 to July 31, “Over The Tavern.” Tickets: $18 for adults; $45 for all three Summer Sizzler Series shows. Located at 838 N. Tamiami Trail; 365-2494. VENICE THEATRE — July 15 to July 16, “A Night at the Oscars,” an original production by Ronald Myroup. Tickets: $8. July 28 to Aug. 6, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Tickets: $24 for adults; $12 for students. Located at 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice; 488-1115; WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE — Through July 24, “The Soul Crooners.” Located at 1012 N. Orange Ave. Tickets: $25. 366-1505;


CINE SELBY 2011 —5 p.m. last Tuesday of every month. For July: “Chung King Express” (China). Located in Geldbart Auditorium, Selby Library, 1331 First St. Admission is free.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER — Through Sept. 30, “Te Amo,” an exhibit of artwork by Anita Wexler. Located at 340 S. Tuttle Ave.; 366-1700. WYLAND GALLERY — July 14 to July 16, Steve Barton to showcase his latest tropical canvases. Located at 314 John Ringling Blvd. on St. Armands Circle; 388-5331;


ELIZABETH STEVENS GALLERY — Through Aug. 31, “Easy Living,” featuring gallery artists. Located at 1945 Morrill St.; 365-4222; G.WIZ — July 28, “Archaeology in Action!” with guest speakers talking about Odyssey Marine Exploration’s deepocean work, plus a display of shipwreck artifacts. Admission: $20. Through July 31, Odyssey’s “Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure,” an interactive exhibit bringing deep-ocean shipwrecks and pirate history alive. Located at 1001 Blvd. of the Arts; 309-4949;

TOWLES COURT GALLERY WALK — Art walks from 6 p.m. every third Friday of the month. Many galleries and restaurants are open for evening strolls and dining. Parking on Adams Lane. Live music. 3658683. Next walk is July 15.


FRIDAYFEST — July 15, YesterDaze playing oldies. At the Van Wezel, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. Guests invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs; vendors to offer food and beverages. Coolers, weapons prohibited. In the event of rain, the concert moves indoors to the grand foyer. 9533368; VENICE THEATRE —8 p.m. July 16. Jimmy Jay and the Jay-Men perform hits from the 1960s. Tickets: $23. Located at 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice; 488-1115; GLENRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER — 2 p.m. July 17, “Summertime Songfest,” featuring Chorus of the Keys. Located at 7333 Scotland Way. Tickets: $15 for non-members; $10 for GPAC family. 552-5325;

 MEG PIERCE ART STUDIO —6 to 10 p.m. July 15, showing of a series of

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FIRST FRIDAY WALKS — Downtown galleries of Burns Square, Pineapple Avenue, Palm Avenue and Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring live music, refreshments and general merriment. Next walk is Aug. 5.

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by Loren Mayo | Community Editor

Contemporary actress plays the part Katherine Michelle Tanner is gearing up for her first role with the Banyan Theater Company in ‘Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun.’ Katherine Michelle Tanner can still feel the weight of Margaret Fuller’s dress on stage as it grew 50 feet in every direction, stars appearing all over it. It was the role of a lifetime. “I had eight layers of clothing on, because that’s what they wore in the 19th century,” Tanner says. “I had to train and run the treadmill just to be able to wear all the clothes. I was blazes hot.” Tanner played the part of Fuller in the play, “Charm,” based on Fuller’s real life, held at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Company. “Margaret was the first feminist in America and very ahead of her time, so the playwright, Kathleen Cahill, wrote things like high-fiving into it,” Tanner says. “I don’t think many roles are written like that, but it very much embodied

this character.” But Tanner is currently investing her time into a character that has become her favorite role yet. She’s playing Holly in the Banyan Theater Company’s production of “Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun.” To many actors, there are certain roles they’re meant to play at certain times in their lives, and this role seems to mirror Tanner’s own life. “When I was given the script, I was really taken by Holly and her strength — she’s really determined,” Tanner says. “She’s in her late 20s and a recent graduate with a teaching degree, but she can’t find a job in her field, so she’s really going through hard times. She makes impulsive decisions, which I like, but she grows up in the play, and it’s nice that she takes her time to do so. It’s really

Katherine Michelle Tanner on ... ADVICE TO YOUNG ACTORS:

“Study the craft, take classes in all of the arts and be interested. By being interested in your character, other people and the director, you will find your way.” FAVORITE ACTRESSES: “Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep are simultaneously neck-to-neck for me. They commit fully and

give fully of themselves, which allows their range to be really big.” GETTING INTO CHARACTER: “You live truthfully under those imaginary circumstances. So, if there’s something in a play that you can’t wrap your head around, you have to bring another part of your imagination to let

kind of a beautiful journey. She’s struggling and trying to find her way and make the right choice.” In the play, Holly spends much of her time at a bus stop, where she meets an interesting character named Robert. The two develop an unlikely, unique friendship. “Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun” marks Tanner’s first show with The Banyan Theater, which will perform the play at Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Jane B. Cook Theatre. The last time Tanner performed there, it was in “Heiress” in 2003. She remembers portraying the heart-wrenching story just before she left for London for the summer. “It’s nice to come back and do something contemporary at Asolo,” Tanner says. “This is a very sweet, poignant and important little play.” it come to life for you. Over the years, you learn to really follow those characters’ instincts and your instincts as that character and come back out of it as needed. I’m not becoming that character, it’s just a take on their life. You study the craft for 15 to 20 years and find the toolbox as an actor. There are no two ways to approach a character the same.”

Loren Mayo

“I grew up in Hastings, Minn.,” Katherine Michelle Tanner says. “The best way to describe it is: ‘Grumpy Old Men’ was written, shot and directed all in my hometown — ice fishing, beautiful summers and kind people.”


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by Molly Schechter | Food Editor

July is mango month in Florida This month, the mangoes are literally falling off the trees. If you want them at their prime, you have to pick them before that happens and let them ripen a few days or more on your kitchen counter. Or, purchase them at the supermarket where the Florida fruit is presently 10 for $10. It’s a buck apiece for a delicious, healthful fruit that can be used in so many different ways — some of them stunningly simple. Nothing demonstrates that point better than mango salsa. Colorful, beautiful and tasty, it is a classic accompaniment for simple grilled or poached salmon. It is also excellent with other grilled fish, chicken and London broil and is a delightful condiment for spicy dishes from all manner of cuisines, especially Mexican. It is great as a side dish at a hamburgerand-hot-dogs cookout. You can also serve it as a dip with pita or other chips of your choice. So delicious is the mango, that its health advantages are often overlooked. It is rich in vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6 and C) and a good source of potassium and beta carotene, high in fiber but low in calories (110 per average-sized fruit), fat (1 gram) and sodium (2 mg). Mangoes contain an enzyme with stomach-soothing properties similar to the papain of papayas; it acts as a digestive aid and contributes to the feeling of contentment that many experience after eating the fruit.

Molly Schechter Courtesy photo

Mangoes are abundant on this tree on St. Armands Key.


Mind your mango manners …


Discovering a laden mango tree in your neighborhood leads to temptation. Before you help yourself even to the groundfall fruit, ring the bell and ask if it is OK to do so. Most tree parents are glad to share when asked but justifiably riled when fruit is taken without permission.

Yield: 2 3/4 cups

2 cups chopped, pitted and peeled mango (about two medium mangos) 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about one medium) 2/3 cup chopped green onions 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Mangoes are prolific. A small portion of the harvest from the other half of the tree is shown here.

Photos by Molly Schechter

Mango salsa garnished with cilantro

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and season lightly with coarse salt and freshly ground pepper. Salsa can be made six hours in advance. Store covered in the refrigerator. It will keep for a day or two, but it is best eaten shortly after being assembled.

Variations …

Flavor and garnish your mango salsa with your choice of cilantro, mint or parsley.


• Add a small jalapeno chili, seeded and finely minced. • Substitute red onion for the green onions or use a mixture of the two. • Substitute seeded and chopped tomato for the red pepper. • Parsley or mint can be used instead of cilantro for a significantly different flavor. • Add one small cucumber peeled, seeded and diced (about one cup). • Leave out the oil.

Lime juice, red bell pepper, green onion, red onion and mango are the foundation of this salsa.

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