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bridge project By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor

Keep traffic moving SKA board members urged FDOT officials to ensure smooth traffic management.

DIVERSIONS Meet Leon Pitts, 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.’

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Business directory.........27A Classifieds................... 27A Community Calendar......10A Cops Corner..................10A Crossword.....................26A Opinion..........................6A Real Estate...................25A

Vol. 41, No. 52 | Two sections YourObserver.com

Norman Schimmel

When repairs of the North Siesta Bridge begin at night in June 2012, the bridge will continue to open for boat traffic, Florida Department of Transportation officials say.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR by Matt Walsh | Editor / CEO

Pelican Press going back to its roots Greetings, Pelican Press readers and advertisers. This edition of the Pelican Press marks the completed transition of the Pelican Press’ ownership from Milwaukee-based Journal Community Publishing Group to our company, The Observer Group Inc., locally owned and publisher of the Sarasota Observer, Longboat Observer, East County Observer and Gulf Coast Business Review and the Palm Coast Observer on the east coast of Florida. Our staff of 75 is excited about

the opportunity to build on the Pelican Press’ outstanding 40year tradition of serving this community. Straight away, you’re going to see some changes this week. They are not dramatic, but they no doubt may ruffle longtime Pelican Press readers who have come to view this community newspaper with the same affection as that favorite pair of old shoes — those comfy, trusted shoes that are an everyday part of your life. Before long, our hope is that

you still will feel that way — and then some — about the Pelican Press. That’s our challenge. We’re energized to take it on. One step in that direction is this: We’re taking the Pelican Press back to its founding roots — the community newspaper and primary source of news and information about Siesta Key and for Siesta Key residents and business owners. Those roots go back to March 1971 when a young pharmacist

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Smooth traffic management and a completed project 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. Although 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-perday incentive for early completion. Likewise, he said, if the project exceeds the allowed time, the contractor will be fined $7,500 per day. The incentive/disincentive maximum is $150,000, he said. When rain interrupts more than 50% of a work day, Sands said, the contractor will not be penalized. The primary work will be the replacement of the bridge decking, said Bronoris Pye, structures engineer for the project. Renovation of the bridge-tender house also will be undertaken, he said. If that

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‘Ears to the ground’ When John and Elizabeth Davidson published the first edition of The Key News to the Key, one of the tiny boxed articles on page 5 of the sixpage paper said:

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“We have our ears to the ground but we may not hear it all, so if you have any news, tidbits about yourself, your friends or the Key, please contact us.” That same message holds true today. Contact Rachel Brown Hackney at the Pelican Press at 349-4949 or email her at rhackney@yourobserver.


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PELICAN/PAGE 1 and his wife, John and Elizabeth Davidson, published the first edition of The Key News to the Key, the precursor to the Siesta Key Pelican, which later became what you know today as the Pelican Press. In their first edition, the Davidsons articulated part of their rationale for starting their six-page, tabloid-size paper: “Siesta Key can no longer be called a rustic tropic Key just a stone’s throw from the city of Sarasota. However, we like to think we are a very special place with a very special brand of people who support the things which add to the quality of life.”

Sarasota and Longboat Observer staffs. Robin Roy, city editor for the Sarasota Observer, will serve as county editor for the Pelican and Sarasota Observer, while Kurt Schultheis, city editor at the Longboat Observer the past five years, will cover the city of Sarasota for both papers. Their leader will be Pelican Press Managing Editor Rachel Hackney, who in addition to that role, will continue as the Pelican Press’ eyes and ears on Siesta Key. The Pelican Press and Sarasota Observer also will share the talents of Sarasota Observer staffers, including Community Editor Loren Mayo; Arts & Entertainment Editor Heidi Kurpiela; and Black Tie Editor Molly Schechter. They have anchored the Observers’ “Diversions,” the arts and entertainment section that the Suburban Newspapers of America recognized last year as the top entertainment section among weeklies in the United States and Canada. For advertisers, we have combined the sales staffs of the Pelican Press and Observers. If your business needs a professional to help you attract customers, we have the pros to advise you and the design staff to create your message — for print and online. More important, we have the audience coverage advertisers want to reach. The combined Pelican Press and Sarasota Observer — which is one purchase for advertisers — has a weekly distribution of 30,500 copies in the off season. If you include the Longboat Observer with the Pelican and Sarasota Observer, the three papers combined have a weekly circulation of 43,000. For comparison, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s distribution in the same coverage area totals 45,746 on Sundays, 38,850 on weekdays. If we add in the East County Observer, the Observer Group papers have weekly distribution of 63,000. That tops the Herald-Tribune’s 57,452 in the same area. As we said at the outset, joining forces with the Pelican Press is a great opportunity. We’re charged up. Don’t hesitate to let us hear how we can do better.

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and advertising will be integrated into YourObserver.com, judged Florida’s best website among weekly newspapers. Any searches for pelicanpressonline.com will be directed to YourObserver.com. Look for the “Siesta Key” button at the top of the page.

• The layout and design of the Pelican Press has been modified to adopt the headline and text fonts used in the Observers. The Observers consistently have been reocognized for their attractive design and readability. • We have lengthened the paper by an inch and a half to improve visual impact.

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• The combined distribution of the Pelican Press and Sarasota Observer will be 31,000 in the off season. • Prior to this week, the distribution of the Pelican Press and Sarasota Observer almost overlapped 100%, with each distributing between 22,000 and 30,000 papers. The Pelican Press’ distribution is being refocused primarily on Siesta Key and in Gulf Gate, with a weekly distribution of 8,500. Almost 6,000 of that will be free home delivery. • The Sarasota Observer’s distribution will total 21,500 weekly. It will be distributed primarily on the mainland, from the Asolo down to Osprey and Casey Key and from the bay east to Interstate 75. About half will be home delivery in selected zip codes, the other half in targeted commercial locations. • If you would like free delivery of the Sarasota Observer or Pelican Press to your home or business, contact Donna Condon, 941-366-3468. She will determine whether your address is eligible.

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• The Pelican Press will continue its tradition of providing aggressive, watchdog coverage of the Sarasota County Commission and Sarasota City Commission. This coverage will be shared and published in the Pelican Press and Sarasota Observer. • The Pelican also is going back to its roots, re-emphasizing local news, events and people coverage on Siesta Key. If you want to find out what’s going on Siesta Key, the Pelican Press will be the most authoritative and trustyworthy source. • Pelican Press readers also will begin receiving “Diversions,” the nationally recognized arts, entertainment and society section published weekly in the Sarasota and Longboat Observers. • We have upgraded the weekly crossword puzzle. • The opinion page is shifting its politico-economic philosophy to that of The Observer Group’s newspapers, embracing the principals of individual freedom and capitalism and Austrian economics; and the founding principles of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. • Readers will see some new features and columnists (i.e. cartoonist Jorge Blanco’s “The Castaway”), replacing several of the Pelican’s previous columnists. Many of the decisions to discontinue columnists were economic.

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• Pelican Press and Sarasota Observer advertisers will get two for one. All advertisements in the Pelican Press also will appear in the Sarasota Observer. • Altogether, Pelican Press and Sarasota Observer advertisers will reach more than 65,000 readers a week.

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Those words still ring true today about Siesta Key and its residents. Little has changed in the 40 years. And just as the Davidsons filled their little newspaper with folksy, homespun articles that focused on the comings and goings on Siesta Key, we see that as one of our aims as well. In fact, we see one of our challenges with the Pelican Press similar to that of our sister paper on Longboat Key: to give the Pelican Press the feel, voice and content of a friendly, small-town chronicler of local people and local happenings, while at the same time providing the Pelican Press’ smart, accomplished readers with the kind of sophisticated news reporting they deserve. We believe we can do it. And we will — accurately, professionally, passionately. Be assured, we are not abandoning one of the trademarks of the Pelican Press over the past 15 to 20 years — that is its award-winning and aggressive, illuminating coverage of Sarasota County and Sarasota city government. We are committed to continuing to serve as a watchdog for taxpayers — in print and online. To this end, the Pelican Press and Sarasota Observer will share two highly competent government reporters from the

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stormwater By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor

Project could lose funding Residents’ worries about the new stormwater retention pond at Siesta Public Beach have held up a pipeline project designed to prevent future beach closures. With the deadline looming for use of a $1 million grant, Sarasota County officials are trying to resolve concerns raised by some Siesta Key condominium residents about plans for the new stormwater retention pond at Siesta Key Public Beach. County officials have planned a July 22 meeting with what Spencer L. Anderson, program manager for capital management services, calls “the larger stakeholders” involved in the matter. If the county does not go ahead with construction of a new stormwater pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico by December, it will lose a $1 million grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District that has been planned to cover about half the project’s cost, Anderson told the Pelican Press. “We have to get moving on that project very quickly,” he said. “Spencer’s right,” County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson said. “We can’t afford to lose that grant.” Catherine Luckner, president of the Siesta Key Association, also concurred. “We’ve got to get the go on this,” she said. “This has got to be a No. 1 priority. Other things don’t have to be decided right now (about the redesign of the beach park). … We’ve wanted (the new pipeline) for five years now.” Because Gov. Rick Scott and his staff are scrutinizing all state funding, Anderson said, if the stormwater project is not under way by the end of the year, the county could lose the SWFWMD grant. Before the work can begin, however, Anderson said, county officials must determine the size of the new stormwater retention pond that will be part

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The new stormwater project will prevent runoff flowing from the beach to the Gulf. of the Siesta Public Beach improvements. The county’s plans for the larger pond and the new pipeline to the Gulf resulted from a couple of swimming closures of Siesta Public Beach in recent years. County health department staff had detected high levels of E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria in the water. Runoff from the surrounding area, flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, was linked to the contamination. A May 2005 report to the county by University of South

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Florida biologists noted, “There is evidence that the stormwater conveyance system is acting as a reservoir, or ‘breeding ground’ for (the) bacteria.” During a March open house at St. Boniface Episcopal Church to unveil the latest design for the beach improvements, about eight Gulf & Bay Club residents approached her, Patterson said, worried about an expanded parking site that would be separated from Gulf & Bay Club by a vegetation buffer. The stormwater pond is in the same vicinity

of the beach park plan as the new parking area. One idea Gulf & Bay residents had broached, Anderson said, was moving the stormwater retention pond to the property line between the condominium complex and the beach park, just south of Fire Station No. 13, instead of keeping it parallel to Beach Road. Now, Anderson said, they’ve received some objections to that move. “It’s probably not the best idea,” he said. Patterson said she also had heard recently “that the Gulf & Bay Club folks … maybe like (the stormwater pond) where it is” in the proposed beach park redesign. Patterson cautioned that no one had seen the final plan for the improvements. A spokesman for the Gulf & Bay Club told the Pelican late Tuesday afternoon that the homeowners association board of directors had no comment at this time. In a July 8 email to Anderson and Curtis R. Smith, the project manager for the beach redesign, Patterson wrote that she had spoken the previous day with a Gulf & Bay resident who had told her, “The Gulf & Bay board is not necessarily representative of the residents.” Anderson said he had invited representatives from the Gulf & Bay Club, the Siesta Key Association, the Siesta Key Village Association, the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) to the July 22 stakeholders meeting. “The beach is for everybody in the community,” Patterson said. “We will certainly please Gulf & Bay if we can, but, in the end, we probably will have to move on with something.”

by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

County holds off on approving upkeep bills The Sarasota County Commission’s latest foray into the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. saga ended Tuesday with a request for more information from staff. Sarasota County commissioners Tuesday decided by consensus not to approve the latest payments to a contractor hired by the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. until they can review earlier bills. It was the latest chapter in a saga that began in January, when Siesta Village business owner Chris Brown challenged his 2010 tax bill, which contained $9,136.28 in taxes assessed against his three properties in the Siesta Key Village Public Improvement District. Brown asserted that the county should be handling the Village upkeep itself, instead of forcing property owners to pay extra for it. The improvement district was designed to raise funds from Village property owners to make sure a major renovation project in the Village continued to be maintained after it was completed in March 2009.

On March 15, in response to a lawsuit Brown filed, the commission directed staff to draft an ordinance that would keep the village upkeep a county function. After an April meeting of board members from the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. — which oversees the village upkeep ­— and county staff, staff subsequently informed the commission that it had insufficient information when the commissioners voted in March. The commission then decided June 8 to keep the Maintenance Corp. as the body overseeing the Village upkeep. Nonetheless, Brown’s attorney, Morgan Bentley, of Williams Parker, has continued to question the validity of numerous expenses charged by JWM Management, the firm hired by the Maintenance Corp. to perform some of the upkeep and to contract with other firms for work it

could not handle itself. Chief County Financial Planning Officer Jeff Seward told the commissioners Tuesday that staff had met with Bentley and reviewed all the invoices covering county and JWM expenditures. He added that, based on what had been budgeted for the Village upkeep and what had been paid, he felt the expenses incurred had been reasonable. No duplication of expenses had been discovered, Seward said. Therefore, staff recommended the county pay the latest bills. However, Seward said, because the idea behind creating the Maintenance Corp. was to keep the county at arm’s-length from the Village upkeep — and that has not been the case — it wouldn’t make any difference if the commission decided to have the county handle future maintenance matters; the staffing involvement would be about the same.

When County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson asked about Bentley’s assertion, on behalf of Brown, that some properties that should have been assessed for the Village upkeep have not seen any bills, Bentley said he had hired a surveyor to try to determine all the properties that should be included in the Public Improvement District. His research, Bentley added, showed that 18 condos that should have been assessed have not been getting bills. Patterson replied, “It’s not the commission’s job to check over invoices. You are telling us staff has not done their job.” Seward said the contract with JWM expires next month.“What we want to do is tighten up the ordinance (establishing the Maintenance Corp.) and the contract the corporation signs with a maintenance company,” Seward said.

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parking perils By Rachel Hackney | Managing Editor

County agrees to annual parking review A property owner’s second lawsuit involving parking leads to a county commitment for more care in taxing parcels. As a result of a lawsuit filed against Sarasota County Jan. 31, the Sarasota County Commission agreed with staff members that annual reviews are needed to make sure property owners are not assessed an inappropriate amount of tax each year to pay for a municipal parking lot created in 1998 between Avenida Madera and Avenida de Mayo. The lawsuit was the second time parking issues had had a prominent role in legal action taken against the county by Siesta Village property owner Chris Brown. When Brown began renovating a structure in the village that became The Hub Baja Grill in late 2007, he was told he could not get a building permit unless he paid into the Siesta Key Parking Fund for on-site and off-site parking spaces. The reason, county staff told him, was because he did not have adequate spaces adjacent to the restaurant to support the planned 160-person seating area. Disputes over that parking situation were one factor in a lawsuit he filed against the county in late 2007. That matter ultimately was resolved a couple of years later by a change of county ordinance. After months of discussions about the Village parking problems — involving county officials, the Siesta Key and Siesta Key Village associations and business owners­ — the county finally amended the zoning code to eliminate the parking requirement for restaurants with less than 2,000 square feet, including The Hub. Brown’s attorney, Morgan Bentley, of Williams Parker, pointed that out in the second lawsuit filed in January. Yet, when Brown received his 2010 tax bill, he found he had been assessed $2,107.16 bill for the original parking deficit at The Hub, plus an assessment of $1,244.25 for the general parking requirement that went back to the 1998 parking lot issue. A March 14 memo prepared by the Office of the County Attorney pointed out that Brown should not have had an assessment on his 2010 tax bill as a result of his 2007 renovations at The Hub. However, it said, the municipal parking project was to be paid over 20 years. The total cost of that project was $863,714.51; as of fiscal year 2010, about $382,000 remained to be assessed to complete the payment. Brown recently was reimbursed for the assessment, Bentley told the Pelican Press. However, until Tuesday the County Commission had not resolved other points Bentley had raised about the parking assessments. In an email response to questions Tuesday, Bentley told the Pelican that the county staff recommendation presented to the County Commission Tuesday “says they will make sure the (parking assessment) numbers are accurate in the future. Technically, they were supposed to do that each year.” The Pelican was unable to reach Ryan Montague in the Public Works/Traffic office for comment.


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+ Seats still open for Civics 101 session Sarasota County government’s popular Civics 101 program still has a few seats open for the session beginning Sept. 8. Civics 101 is a 10-week session that introduces people to the operations and services of Sarasota County government. The Thursday night classes give students a better understanding of how county government works and allows them to build relationships with county staff, a county press release says. In addition to the classroom learning sessions, several outdoor outings are planned. Sessions are offered at no charge in the spring and fall each year to Sarasota County residents and anyone working in Sarasota County. Twentyfive people are selected each term on a first-come, firstserved basis.

The program application and 10-week schedule are available on the county’s website at www.scgov.net by clicking on Neighborhood University (Citizens Academy) under Neighborhood Services in the County A-Z list. For more information about Civics 101, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000 or send an email to vfrench@scgov.net.

City budget to be discussed at July 20 The City Commission will host a Budget Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, July 20, at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First St., to gather public input on the proposed Fiscal Year 2011-2012 budget. Residents and business owners are encouraged to provide their comments or suggestions in person or online, city offi-

cials say in a news release. During the town hall meeting, members of the community will be invited to ask questions about the proposed budget and provide comments. The city commissioners and city staff will be on hand to answer those questions and discuss issues. The proposed budget is available online at www.sarasotagov. com A copy also is available for public review in the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk at City Hall, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An overview of the proposed budget was presented to the City Commission during a workshop on July 7. City staff will present the city commissioners a detailed review of the proposed budget during two days of workshops on July 19 and July 20. The workshops will be televised live on Access Sarasota as well as video streamed on www.sarasotagov.com

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By Robin Roy | County Editor

City eyes job, service cuts 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 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 director, investment director, codecompliance coordinator, utility billing field service representative, street-sweeper me-

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chanic, vehicle-maintenance 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-to-be-opened Robert L. Taylor Recreation Center, in Newtown, and three in the parking division, although with the bagging of parking meters until at least October, the

of 3.3384 mills for Fiscal Year 2012. The resolution also certifies millages for Sarasota County general operating, debt service, mosquito control and other various districts. The commission can lower the proposed mill-

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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

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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. The costs to the state and local municipalities to contribute to the state pension fund is a bankrupting element for governments during the recession. So, the Legislature approved a budget this ROD year that requires teachTHOMSON ers and other government workers using the state retirement plan to contribute 3% of their pay toward their pension. For most everyone in the private sector, this has long been the case for pensions, and more so with tax-free personal retirement accounts such as 401(k) plans that require the employees to put in mostly, or all of, their own money. 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? But the moment this largesse is threatened, even in a minimal way, the response is anger and lawsuits. 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: Who 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. That is the

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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.

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purpose of unions. 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. If you are not a member of the union, it has no interest in your benefit one way or another, any more than a company does if you are not a customer. This is true of teachers unions also. They never have and never will make children or education their top priorities. Teachers do. Teachers unions do not. Their role is that of unions. 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 point, union members will get great benefits, and taxpayers will shoulder the burden. Lesson three: Threat of government unions. 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. For instance, when a school board needs to make some cuts, and most of the expense is in teachers and salaries, the board naturally must look there. But any attempt to reign in costs through

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THOMSON / FROM 6A that method 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 all elected officials. Recognize that unions are not your friend. 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 legislation banning government employees from unionizing. It sounds draconian, but it is not. They were not allowed to unionize until the 1950s (in Wisconsin first, and look at the disaster that has caused) and in the 1960s for federal employees. Since then, the cost of government and employee benefits has skyrocketed. Meantime, if the Florida government unions prevail in the lawsuit, there will be a $1.2 billion gap opened in the state budget. This would need to be filled every year either by increasing taxes or cutting other services. That is the reality. The time has come for teachers and other government workers to do what is done in the private sector — pay for their own retirement — and to defang the government unions. Rod Thomson is editorial pages editor of the Observers and can be reached at rthomson@yourobserver.com.

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Dear Editor: I am writing about something that has me quite distressed. Gov. Rick Scott is pulling the promised $5 million from the Nathan Benderson Park rowing facility, in Sarasota. He complains about money, but he has a potential $1 billion a year income for the State of Florida that he is willing to throw away. There is no Olympic-size rowing facility in the U.S. and only nine in the world. This Sarasota rowing facility would draw Olympic hopefuls from around North America who would be eating in Florida, sleeping in Florida, spending money in Florida and providing jobs in Florida. Yet, he wants to take that all away. In an article published by the Herald-Tribune on April 24, writer Kevin McQuaid stated, “The last time Nathan Benderson Park hosted the Florida Scholastic Rowing Championship, in April 2009, the closest Publix sold out of bread. The Super Target store, adjacent

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PUBLIC EVENTS Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser — 6-9 p.m., July 15, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing-Budweiser hospitality room, 7051 Wireless Ct., Lakewood Ranch. House of Cards Game Night. Cost: $75/ person; $125/couple. Limited seats. Tickets at www.habitatsrq.org. Paint & Purr — 11 a.m.-5 p.m., July 16, Cat Depot, 2542 17th St. Oneday-only discount prices on adoptions, with 150 kittens and cats to choose from; half off paintings and prints by local artists Nancy Colby and Carolyn Ritter; half off select items and gently used items in the retail store. Raffles and fun for the entire family. For details, visit www.catdepot.org or call 366-2404. Book Signing — 1-3 p.m., July 16, Big E’s Sweets and Gourmet Coffee, 2805 N. Tamiami Trail Gerald H. Fickenscher, Sarasota resident, will

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sign copies of his book, “Beware of Demagogues.” For details, call 888361-9473. Celebration of Self Publishing — 2-4 p.m., July 19, Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., book signings by Verna Safran and Marvin Sabkovsky; 6-8 p.m., signings by Helga Harris, Linda Cooper, Arlene Klein and Barry Rothman. For details, visit www.bookstore1sarasota.com or call 365-7900. A Night Out at the Loft Fundraiser — 6-8 p.m.,July 20, The Loft Ristobar, 5911 Fruitville Road. Wear your best 1980s outfit and groove to the music from the ’80s. Ticket includes all food served and one drink. Pre-sale tickets: $20 at www.takestocksarasota.org. Tickets at the door: $25. Fifty percent of the night’s proceeds benefit Take Stock in Children scholarship program. Farmers Markets — 7 a.m.-1 p.m., every Saturday, downtown Sarasota on Lemon Avenue between First and State Streets. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., every Sunday, Siesta Key Organic Market, on Ocean Blvd. at Davidson’s Plaza. Visit www. siestafarmersmarket.com. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., every Saturday, Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Visit www.lwrmainstreet. com. Every Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sarasota Fairgrounds at Tuttle Avenue and Fruitville Road, arts & crafts included; 239-287-0890.

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11:30 p.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Battery. A man and his girlfriend were taking a romantic stroll on the beach late at night. They heard a commotion somewhere in the dark, and the man shined a spotlight in the direction where he heard some yelling. The light revealed three men, also walking on the beach. They yelled at the man to turn off the light, and he complied with their request. A few minutes later, two of the men crept up behind the flashlight bearer and punched him in the jaw; then they ran away. The sucker-puncher must not have been too strong. The blow did not leave a mark, and the victim required no medical attention.

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8:44 p.m. — 200 block of Beach Road. Impaired Person. A deputy responded to a report of a drunken man walking into the water. The deputy found the man wading in the surf, and he asked the man to get out of the water. The man stumbled to the sand and slurred his words. He was apparently so drunk that he forgot his last name. The deputy took him to a treatment center.

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7 a.m. — 900 block of Ocean Boulevard. Criminal Mischief. A sheriff’s deputy reported damage to a county-owned fence near Treasure Boat Way. No one knows how the damage occurred, and there are no suspects.

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Car-burglary spree

Midnight — 200 block of Beach Road. Suspicious Incident. Complainant reported hearing a loud banging on his back door. He went to the sliding glass door and saw a man with a military-style haircut trying to open it. The homeowner asked the man what he was doing, and the man replied that he was looking for a friend. He even provided a name. The homeowner told him that the friend does not live there. The apparently intoxicated man stumbled off into the night.

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10:45 a.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Disturbance. A homeless woman was causing a commotion at the beach concession stand, soliciting beachgoers for food and beverages. Someone had also complained that the woman had exposed herself, but a deputy did

5:15 p.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Vehicle Burglary. An out-of-state visitor found his car burglarized in the public beach parking lot. The suspect used what appeared to be a screwdriver to break into the driver-side door. The man had left his wallet in the car, and his wife had left her purse in there. About $400 in cash was stolen, as well as credit cards and driver’s licenses. During the same time period, three other vehicles were burglarized in the same parking lot. The thief or thieves broke a window on one van to get inside, while other vehicles were left unlocked. Several items from all four burglaries were located eight miles away on Clark Road, east of Interstate 75.

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Siesta Key Association President Catherine Luckner, Nancy Wilson, SKA Vice President Peter van Roekens, Deet Jonker, Detlef Zimmerman, Michael Shay, Beverly Arias and Ann Kaplan enjoy breakfast at Village CafĂŠ before beginning the trash collection.

Turnout collects record haul Members of the Siesta Key Association, the Siesta Key Village Association and the Bay Island Association joined forces on Saturday to pick up trash on Ocean Boulevard and on Higel/ Siesta Drive all the way to the north Siesta bridge. They also collected trash from a 2-mile area of Stickney Point Road as well as Peacock and Old Stickney Point roads. “With this larger area we collected a record number of bags – 20!â€? SKA Vice President Peter van Roekens pointed out in an email to the Pelican Press. The record turnout contributed to the success of this Adopt-A-Road Catherine Luckner Program venture, van Roekens Siesta Key Association Vice President Peter van Roekens and SKA said, with 15 people participat- member Bob Luckner take a break from picking up litter on Siesta Key. ing: Beverly Arias, Deet Jonker, Ann Kaplan, Catherine and Bob Zimmermann and van Roekens. monthly effort. Kay Kouvatsos, SKA board member Michael co-owner of Village  CafĂŠ, treats Luckner, Russell Matthes, Annarita and Malcom Scott, Michael Shay had told the July 7 SKA the crew to a free breakfast beShay, Mark Smith, Jane and Bob meeting audience that volun- fore the clean-up starts at 9 a.m. welcome wor for the Waechter, Nancy Detlef Over the pastWilson, 30 years, Bevteers hasalways been are involved

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LeBarge passed under the Siesta Key Bridge.

The LeBarge is docked by Island Park and runs almost every day and night week with different cruises.

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

The sun sets Saturday, July 9, by South Lido Park during the LeBarge Sunset Cruise over Sarasota Bay.

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The LeBarge passes many islands such as this one. Below: LeBarge passes many beautiful waterfront homes on the tour.

Sunset The LeBarge Sunset Cruise is a sight itself, with palm trees fixed upon its top deck while it floats around Sarasota Bay. But LeBarge also offers cruisers a unique way to see the sights Sarasota and the surrounding areas has to offer. The two-hour cruise around Sarasota Bay leaves from a dock near Marina Jack and Island Park and travels from Sarasota to Siesta Key and back.

While on the barge, small islands, wild birds and dolphins are common sights, as are unique waterfront houses that showcase Sarasota architecture. The barge captain makes sure that when the sun is setting that the barge is in the best spot for people to view the sunset as well as take pictures of themselves with the sun setting as a backdrop.

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Many small islands that are homes to birds and other wildlife dot Sarasota Bay.

A group of young women stood at the front of the boat looking for dolphins and other wildlife on the LeBarge Sunset Cruise. Left: A dolphin pod swam by LeBarge during Friday’s sunset cruise.

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The topic has been broached many times a 52-year-old male tourist from New York before at Siesta Key Association meetings, who had come to the area and rented a but new residents raised it again July 7. boat. Her friend later saw him towing it on Detlef Zimmerman, who, with his wife, U.S. 41. Katherine, moved about two months ago “The beer cans were falling off the boat” to the Key from Switzerland, said onto the road, she said. everyone with a seawall in front Patterson noted that each of of their home must be concerned the county’s municipalities on the about damage from the wakes of water has a marine patrol officer, boats that do not comply with the and the county has its own ma“slow” signs in the canals. rine patrol. A minimum of $1 milThe Zimmermans said they lion a year goes to those enforceregularly call out to folks on fastment efforts, she said. moving boats to ask them to lower Because the county has excelthose engine rpms. lent resources in its U.S. Coast “The ones who speed in the caGuard Auxiliary, Patterson said, nals don’t care,” said SKA board RACHEL the SKA could ask someone from member Joe Volpe. All anyone can the auxiliary to make a presentaBROWN do, he added, is take down the boat HACKNEY tion on boating regulations at a registration number, note the time future meeting. of day and call 365-TAGS to lodge As far as she knew, Kaplan said, a complaint. the U.S. Coast Guard has just has one perThe state will send the offender a notice son responsible for all boating in Sarasota about the incident, Volpe said. County. “So, good luck to us on (enforceWhen the Zimmermans said they didn’t ment matters),” she said. believe enough “slow” signs are posted in The day following the SKA meeting, I the canals, Sarasota County Commission made a couple of attempts to reach the Chairwoman Nora Patterson said, appar- Coast Guard about the “no wake” speed ently, restrictions exist regarding the num- and a couple of other matters raised at the ber of signs that can be put up. Still, she meeting. The Washington, D.C., office reagreed that more signs would be helpful. ferred me to the St. Petersburg office. I left Zimmerman said he thinks the public a voicemail, but I had heard nothing by late needs more education about boating regu- that afternoon. lations. I also tried searching for the Coast “I’ve been dealing with this for 11 years,” Guard’s public affairs office in Fort Myers. board member Ann Kaplan said, especially The computer search simply bombed out as an advocate for manatee protection. on that one. Adding that she lives on the Grand Canal, Kaplan said that because that canal is Keep those doors locked so narrow, “it’s dangerous to do anything During the SKA’s July 7 meeting, Deputy more than ‘no wake.’” Chris McGregor, of the Sarasota County When she served on the county’s mana- Sheriff’s Office, reported that since June 1, tee protection committee, Kaplan added, the Sheriff’s Office has had 20 reports of she learned that plans called for chang- thefts from vehicles on Siesta Key — the ing all the “slow” signs in the canal to “no majority of them were unlocked vehicles. wake.” She had not been on the canal in Most of the victims lost loose change and months, she said, “So I’m gathering (the electronic equipment, such as laptop comsignage) hasn’t (been re-marked).” puters and GPS systems, he said. The elecKatherine Zimmerman said Kaplan was tronics end up at pawn shops, he added. correct. “We do have a suspect,” he told the au“Well, that’s actually news to me,” Patter- dience. He said an arrest was anticipated son said. soon. When she had checked on the issue of When Kaplan asked him if any home “slow” versus “no wake” more than a year burglaries had been reported, McGregor ago, she said, she was told that the canal said he did not know of any on the Key. could not have “no wake” signs. Now that the Fourth of July holiday is “I’ll get back to you on that,” Patterson over, McGregor said, the Sheriff’s Office is added. anticipating the usual lull until Labor Day When SKA President Catherine Luckner weekend. asked if anyone knew what the speed of a boat should be to comply with the “slow” The holiday itself signs, Patterson said she thought it is 6 Regarding July Fourth events, McGregor mph. said the Sheriff’s Office recorded just a Luckner then asked her boating vice “handful of arrests.” president, Peter van Roekens, if he knew As for traffic after the fireworks show at the speed. He elicited some laughter when the beach, he said, the rain late in the day he responded that, having had a sailboat, cleared out a lot of the visitors before the he never had kept track of the speed. show. All of the fireworks crowd was off SiPatterson also pointed out that an adult esta within 90 minutes to two hours after in the state does not have to be licensed to the show ended, he added; in years past, drive a boat; only youth under a certain age that process has taken as long as four hours. have to take a safe boating course to be alKevin Cooper, executive director of the lowed legally to operate a boat. Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, said the Zimmerman told the group that a friend VIP picnic and the fireworks show “went off of hers had related to her an incident about without a hitch,” except for the rain.


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Plant of the Month Every once in a while in my travels, I am stopped in my tracks by a plant that is stunningly beautiful. This happened recently at one of my client’s homes when a bleeding heart vine suddenly erupted in an abundance of red and white flowers. I have never seen this particular plant or any other of this species look better. Clerodendrom thomsoniae needs some support, such as a lamppost provides. Though I maintain one at a height of about 4 feet, if taller support is provided, it can grow to a height of up to 15 feet. It prefers rich soil and a shady location. Mine is actually growing under a dense oak canopy, which probably gave it adequate protection from the recent years’ cool snaps. With a little fertilization a couple of times a year and adequate moisture, it will grow rapidly, requiring fairly frequent light trimming to keep it compact. The rich, verdant foliage is shaped like elongated, oval hearts and will produce cycles of bloom during the warmer months. The blossoms are deepest red with pure white calyxes.

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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.

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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,

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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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While Rorer’s internal moves have defined and led to most of the company’s growth, it certainly helps that the natural-food industry hasn’t been completely crushed by the recession. Indeed, organic food and beverage sales increased 7.7% in 2010, from $24.8 billion in 2009 to $26.7 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association. Even better for Rorer, the association reports that the natural-food stores segment of the industry has a 39% market share. That moves it closer to the 54% controlled by mass-market retailers such as Publix, Whole Foods and Sam’s Club. Rorer and others familiar with Richard’s Foodporium, however, say the company’s edge comes not from industry growth, but its business model. That’s where Rorer mixes the nostalgia of an old-time neighborhood store with a shopper’s club mentality on bulk food selection and price points. Most stores range in size from 1,800 square feet to 3,000 square feet. Greg Leonard, an executive with Jacksonville-based natural foods distribution firm Tree of Life, says Rorer’s philosophy has shifted with the times, but has always leaned toward value — long before the recession forced the issue. Leonard has worked with Rorer for 30 years. “In one sense the stores have a convenience-store feel,” says Leonard. “But bulk food is also im-

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Richard Downey might not have dreamed the chain would ever be that big back in 1979. His focus was instead to build an eclectic list of hard-to-find natural-food items. When Downey first launched Richard’s, then called Richard’s Whole Foods, Rorer was on the east coast of Florida. A Virginia native, Rorer was a massage therapist in Melbourne, when he received a call from a friend in St. Petersburg. The friend’s nonprofit health food co-op was floundering, and he sought help from Rorer. Rorer thought it would be temporary. “At first, I was like there is no way

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I’m going to do that,” says Rorer. “But after six months, I realized how much I liked the natural-foods industry.” Rorer learned the business by doing and reading how-to business books. Rorer doesn’t have a college degree, nor did he graduate high school. In fact, Rorer left high school in the 10th grade, came back for a year and left again. He earned a GED in his early 20s. He then went on to various entrepreneurial careers. He was a real estate broker, ran a silk-screen printing firm and painted houses. “School and I never really meshed,” Rorer says. “I was always an average student and getting into trouble.” Rorer did help guide his friend’s coop out of trouble in the early 1980s. And he stayed in natural foods. First, Rorer and two business partners opened a store, Rollin’ Oats, in St. Petersburg. The partners bought the six-store Richard’s chain from Downey’s widow in 1997. The chain was significantly outdated, recalls Rorer. Stores didn’t have phones or credit card machines. Refrigerators were used sparingly. The new Richard’s owners took a blue-ocean approach to an overhaul of the chain. They gutted some stores. They tinkered with others. It was a costly investment, but the payoff came quick. Revenues company-wide doubled by 1999, for instance, from $3 million to $6 million. By 2004 there were 12 stores and $9 million a year in sales. Rorer took another risk in 2005, when he bought out his business partners. It was congenial, he says, but the trio disagreed on long-term strategy. Rorer thought the best way to fight mass-market competitors was to build small and be nimble, to find specific spots and products on which it could win. His partners, though, wanted to invest $750,000 to $1 million into one store. They wanted to attack big with big. “I had a vision they didn’t share,” says Rorer.

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Rorer has spent the half-decade since he bought out his partners making the entire chain bigger, not just one store. He hired new managers and executives, and he updated the marketing materials. He changed the name to Richard’s Foodporium in 2009. The next big growth area for Richard’s could lie in franchising. The first three franchise locations opened in 2010, including the one in Flagler County, the company’s first move outside the Gulf Coast. Startup costs to open a franchise range from $285,000 to $400,000, with most of it going to furniture, equipment, rent, initial inventory and early advertising. The franchise fee is $35,000. Richard’s has a competitive advantage in franchising because few natural-foods companies are doing it. Interest from perspective franchisees is high, says Diana Capirano, franchise development and operations director. Capirano works through a continuous stream of would-be franchisees everywhere from Sarasota to Norway. Still, Rorer and Capirano aren’t in a rush to blanket the state with stores. “A lot of new franchisors have grandiose plans to grow quickly,” says Capirano. But the plan at Richards’s is to go slow, so executives are sure they have the right franchisee in the right market. In that regard, the company actually took a franchising timeout in 2011. Capirano hopes to open at least four franchised locations in 2012, with target markets including Orlando and the Fort Lauderdale-Boca Raton area. Rorer meanwhile, intends to keep his focus on the big ideas side of the business. “I’d like to step back and let other people do things here,” says Rorer, “but I’m not the type to retire.”

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Debt causes direction of market to stay questionable 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 condilars as part of their reserves represent the tions; the dollar would continue to fall until

American-made products can be purchased abroad at a “favorable price.” This is not only an ugly scene — it’s probable. Here are a few other reasons to suggest the stock market might be in for a rough couple of years: We are a petroleum-based economy. The 1. Ben Bernanke’s speech recently suggested that the price of petroleum is important to the U.S. U.S. economy is headed in the right direction. QE2, he and our competitive position in the world. claimed, was responsible for adding 700,000 fulland then giving it to the other part. Once time jobs. Although that sounds good, the this surplus is exhausted by total confiscacost of each new job comes to $850,000.  tion, a further continuation of the policy is 2. The rise in the Standard and Poor’s impossible. The crisis of interventionism Index of 500 stocks under QE2 has mostly is summed up by the adage: “The probbeen a result of the decline in the purchaslem with socialism is that eventually you ing power of the dollar, the price in which run out of other people’s money!” It is not the shares are measured.  coincidental that growth of public debt fits 3. Housing prices continue to go down, hand-in-glove with large and invasive govand although the government says inflation ernment. is running at 3.1% annually, we all know inFor real recovery to take place there must flation exceeds 3.1%. be political reform. We’re in this mess be4. Yale University professor and houscause of unethical politics. There is the usuing expert Robert Shiller expects the stock al noise out of Washington that reform is market to gain only between 2% and 3% on the way. The Democrats and the Repubannually over the next decade. He sees no licans were complicit in creating today’s resurgence of consumer spending because problems. So far, all “reform” proposals are the “real” unemployment rate is 16%, and, designed for political expedience instead of he points out, housing prices continue to reform. Reform can only come from a vastly head south. smaller government. Otherwise, our gov5. Seventy percent of the money borernment will continue to increase our pubrowed in the worst week of our crisis (Oclic debt until further catastrophe occurs.  tober 2008) was borrowed by foreign banks. The wise investor will try to protect himBecause the Fed refuses to be audited, we self from the stock market. Gold and silver do not know how involved the Fed is with have a long way to go up in price, because the debts of the rest of the world’s countries the dollar has a long way to go down. Cash that are at risk of going into permanent provides the patient investor with great fudefault (Greece, Spain, Ireland, etc.). How ture buying opportunities. For investors much is the U.S. taxpayer at risk because of who cannot resist the stock market, A-plus the obligations that the Federal Reserve has growth stocks selling at low PEs and yieldundertaken, in secret, on our behalf, outing more than 3% are Abbott Labs, Chevside of Congress’ authority? ron, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson. Public debt has been the bane of governCaveat emptor. ments throughout history. The great Austrian economist, Ludwig Von Mises, called this the “Crisis of Interventionism.” Inter- George Rauch, Longboat Key, is chief execuventionism aims at confiscating (stealing) tive officer of Bradenton-based General Propeller the “surplus” of one part of the population and a former Wall Street investment banker.

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Richard Formisani, trustee, sold the Unit 106 condominium at 8635 Midnight Pass Road to Gerald and Bette Smith, of Buffalo, N.Y., for $310,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,115 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $275,000 in 2001.

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Daniel Murphy, of Du Page, Ill., sold his Unit 608 condominium at 5911 Midnight Pass Road to Duffy Murphy, of Culver, Ind., for $295,000. Built in 1984, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,260 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $650,000 in 2004.

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Rita Rebhan, of Sarasota, sold her home at 2930 Tuckerstown Drive to Roxanne Major, of Sarasota, for $210,000. Built in 1974, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,855 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $147,000 in 1990.

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TemperatureS

Temps. High Low 91 74 84 75 86 75 89 73 91 76 88 76 90 75

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

RED TIDE

Sunrise/sunset Sunrise 6:45 6:45 6:46 6:46 6:47 6:47 6:48

Sunset 8:28 8:28 8:27 8:27 8:27 8:26 8:26

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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Lucy Fox submitted this photo of Cardinal Mooney graduate Matthew Taylor catching a snook on Father’s Day on Siesta Key.

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Condos For Sale

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

Homes For Sale

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Open House

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

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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.’

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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.

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“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.”

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“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 wbttroupe.org. 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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by Loren Mayo and Molly Schechter

+ 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 www.vanwezel.org or call 953-3368.

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+ 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 www.gpactix.com.

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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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Kevin Spacey, right, plays Jason Bateman’s “horrible boss” in this funny film. What are Oscar winners Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx doing in a film like “Horrible Bosses?” A bang-up job at being hilarious. This non-stop laughfest is the best comedy that I’ve seen in ages. The movie works on so many levels. A primo cast is the fantastically funny foundation upon which “Horrible Bosses” is built. The three leading characters, Jason Bateman (“Juno”), Charlie Day (TV’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”) have a chemistry between them akin to the Three Stooges. It’s perfect. Bateman plays Nick, a financial trader whose boss, Mr. Harken (the ever-enigmatic Kevin Spacey), is on a par with the antiChrist. Kurt’s (Sudeikis) boss (a super slimy, almost unrecognizable Colin Farrell) is an incredibly cruel cokehead. And Dale (Day) is a dental assistant whose boss (the ravishing Jennifer Aniston) takes sexual harassment to a whole new level. For all three friends, switching jobs is not an option. Rather, killing their tyrannical bosses seems more plausible. The trio seeks out a hit man at a sleazy bar and ends up hiring M.F. Jones (the delicious Foxx). For $5,000 he refuses the “whack” but agrees to be their

“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 banyantheatrecompany.com 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; allyngallup.com.

 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; www.artsarasota.org. 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; artuptown.com. 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; MegPierce.com. 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.edu/selbygallery. 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; selby.org. 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 jvhewitt2@verizon.net

THEATER

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; banyantheatercompany.com.  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; floridastudiotheatre.org. 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; thegoldenapple.com. LAZY FAIRY IMPROV TROUPE — Aug. 3 performance. Tickets: $12. Located at The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail; 365-2494; theplayers.org or lazyfairyimprov.com 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; venicestage.com. WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE — Through July 24, “The Soul Crooners.” Located at 1012 N. Orange Ave. Tickets: $25. 366-1505; WBTTroupe.org.

FILM

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; wylandkw.com.

ART WALKS

ELIZABETH STEVENS GALLERY — Through Aug. 31, “Easy Living,” featuring gallery artists. Located at 1945 Morrill St.; 365-4222; elizabethstevensgallery.net. 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; gwiz.org.

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.

MUSIC

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; vanwezel.org. 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; venicestage.com. 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; theglenridge.com.

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 DABBERT GALLERY — Through Sept. 30, “Summer Showcase,” featuring the works of six sculptors, one printmaker, 23 painters, one pastel artist and one photographer. Located at 76 S. Palm Ave.; 9551315; dabbertgallery.com.

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.

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

RECIPE

Mind your mango manners …

MANGO SALSA

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.

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• 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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