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BANNER YEAR Will Siesta be able to trumpet No. 1 status?

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Siesta Public Beach has been drawing even more people than usual this summer, no doubt a reflection of its status as No. 1 beach in the country.

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Siesta Key beach attendance appears to be up this summer, but members of the Siesta Key Village Association and the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce feel banners should go up on both approaches to the island to proclaim it home of the No. 1 beach in America. Siesta architect Mark Smith broached the idea during the

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SKVA meeting Tuesday morning at the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar. “That is something we would like to capitalize on … until next May,” he said. In May 2012, Siesta Public Beach will rotate permanently off the annual list of the top beaches in the country, released each year by “Dr. Beach,” Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, direc-

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Condo residents along Beach Road say using a pedestrian crosswalk at Beach Way to access Siesta Public Beach is dangerous.

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issues that she hoped to bring before the County Commission in early September. “We will certainly keep your No. 1 beach in mind as we go forward … and see how we can accommodate that,” she added. Because of county zoning code restrictions regarding signage,

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tor of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research. All No. 1 beaches are “retired.” Leatherman generally publishes his Top 10 list prior to the start of Memorial Day weekend. Donna Thompson, assistant county zoning administrator, who was a guest at the meeting, said she was working on signage

Members of the Siesta Key Condominium Association are urging the county to reduce the speed limit on Beach Road from 35 mph to 30 mph between the Midnight Pass Road stoplight and Siesta Village.

Although the Sarasota County Traffic Advisory Council plans to take up the matter during its Sept. 12 meeting, the final decision will rest with the County

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Siesta Key groups believe banners at entryways to the island should proclaim Siesta Beach’s status as No. 1 in the country. The question is whether such signage will be allowed under the county zoning code.


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BEACH/PAGE 1A John Lally, the Key’s code enforcement officer, suggested such banners might be permitted under the “community events” allowances in the code. Lally has reported to the SKVA and the Siesta Key Association on many occasions over the years about his efforts to make Village businesses adhere to code restrictions. Thompson asked the SKVA members to email her the types of banners they could envision working for the proclamation. “Why don’t you check on what the city allows?” County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson suggested. “I see banners up at museums quite frequently.” In an informal discussion with Thompson and Patterson after the meeting, Smith said he felt a statement as simple as “Sarasota County welcomes you to the No. 1 beach in the world” would work for the banner on the north end of the Village. “This only happens once in a lifetime,” he added.

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“I actually don’t like overhead banners,” Patterson told him. “I think the ones that are cool are on light posts.” In a telephone interview with the Pelican Press, John McCarthy, manager of recreational tourism development for the county, said, “The banner idea would seem to be quite nice,” especially for tourists driving into the Village. It would be a means of letting them know they had arrived at the place with the best beach in the country, he added, because many of them will have read about the announcement in newspapers or seen it on TV. “It just seems we need to find some legal and respectful way to let people know they’ve arrived,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s a pride factor.” McCarthy also envisions permanent signage about the honor at Siesta Beach, once planned improvements have been completed over the next few years. “We’ve got 10 months” before Siesta Beach will be retired from Dr. Beach’s list, he pointed out. “Time’s a wastin’ here, folks.”

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Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, tells the “Today Show” audience May 27 that he has ranked Siesta Key Public Beach No. 1 in the United States.

County tourism up before No. 1 beach designation According to the Sarasota County Tax Collector’s Office, tourism tax revenue was up 8% from May 2010 to May 2011, John McCarthy, the county’s manager for recreational tourism development, told the Pelican Press Tuesday. McCarthy said he previously had learned from the tax collector’s staff that the month-over-month revenue level for May was up 12%. However, upon further investigation, he said he was reminded that the County Commission had raised the so-called “bed tax” from 4.5% to 5%, effective May of this year. Factoring out that increase, he said, gave him the 8% figure. It will be two more weeks before the

tax collector’s staff releases the tourism tax revenue figure for June, which will be the first reflection of Siesta Beach’s designation this year as the No. 1 beach in the country. In the meantime, anecdotal information from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the county code enforcement officer on the Key indicates a much busier summer beach season. “We’re seeing the beach lots filling up Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which we have not seen before,” Sgt. Scott Osborne told the Siesta Key Village Association members Tuesday. SKVA member Mark Smith concurred, saying that before this summer,

he was not used to seeing the beach lot full the early part of each week. Adding to comments he made to the SKVA members last month, John Lally, the Key code enforcement officer, said that although the No. 1 beach designation is good for businesses, “there’s not enough parking, and the overflow has to go into these residential neighborhoods.” Lally added, “I can’t blame some of these people for what they’re doing. They’re actually helping the tourists by giving them a place that they can park their car and (the tourists) come back and their car will still be there.” One homeowner on Canal Road, he said, had been parking up to 40 ve-

hicles in her yard at a cost of $20 each. “Was there demand for it? Sure,” he said. “(Drivers) were lined up trying to get into her yard.” In another case, he said, he had seen a man park his vehicle with New York plates right in the middle of the turn lane on Ocean Boulevard. At first, Lally said, he thought the man had stopped to unload something. When he saw the man start to walk away, Lally said he called to him: “Buddy, when you come back, that car is going to be gone, towed … ” “I enforce the ordinances the way the ordinances are written,” Lally said. “I don’t change the ordinances. That’s you guys’ job.”

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By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor

Skydivers request restriction change

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When the County Commission last year amended the county code to restrict certain activities on the beach, it stipulated that parachuting would be allowed by permit only. After recent public comments decrying the policy, the commission has agreed to reconsider it. More than a year after the Sarasota County Commission amended rules to regulate skydivers’ landings on local beaches, a plea from aerial enthusiasts has prompted the commission to take another look at the matter. In June 2010, the County Commission approved numerous changes to Section 90 of the county code regarding beach activities. The revised code prohibits parachuting, paragliding and landboarding, unless an individual has applied for and received a permit for the specific activity. A Feb. 1 email from Rob LaDue, a Parks and Recreation Department supervisor, noted, “Staff recommended that (skydiving) be regulated with a permitting process in order to ensure that the sport would protect public safety, abate liability to the public, protect public resources (e.g., protected native habitat and listed species) and ensure that a conflict did not exist with other scheduled events, crowded tourist seasons or municipal laws that may also apply … ” He added that representatives of local group Suncoast Skydiving began talking with county

staff in September 2010 about the permitting process. Several issues went unresolved, LaDue added, including the necessity of a $1 million general liability insurance policy for landings on the beach. During the July 26 County Commission meeting, Steve Michael appeared on behalf of Mike Swain, of Swain Film and Video, to ask the commission “to reconsider making parachuting illegal for no compelling reason.” Michael had signed up to read the statement during the public comment portion of the meeting because a speech impediment would have made it difficult for Swain himself to deliver the remarks, Michael said. Swain’s statement pointed out that he had made almost 2,600 skydiving jumps in the Sarasota area over the past 47 years. “My main contention,” Michael read, “is that prohibiting parachuting from taking place on county beaches and parks was done without due cause … With the current law in place, we have been asked to work with the Parks and Recreation Department to implement a permitting process. This has

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proven to be impossible because of unnecessary restrictions and unobtainable insurance requirements.” Swain attributed the county code change to several misconceptions. The first, the statement said, is that skydiving is dangerous. “Hundreds of thousands of skydives, both sport and tandem, are made every year all over the world and the safety record is enviable,” Michael read. “Any experienced and licensed skydiver has the skill to land safely and accurately on an open area such as a beach or a park without endangering the public or themselves.” Second, Michael read, “I imagine when most people think of the beach on a crowded day, they envision a horizontal view with wall-to-wall people under the hundreds of colorful umbrellas. However, if the same location is viewed from above, you will see that people naturally congregate near the water. Behind that is always a huge empty area of high dry sand devoid of people … even on the most crowded day … Skydivers land where people aren’t — period.” In his own, separate com-

ments, Michael told the commission he had walked one recent day from Casperson Beach all the way to Casey Key, stopping to speak to concessionaires, restaurant managers and the public. “I found absolutely no person who had anything bad to say about skydiving,” he said. Michael added that the Sarasota County Convention and Visitors Bureau often includes skydiving scenes in promotional material. Moreover, he said, visitors who skydive in the area take videos home with them to show friends and relatives, spurring more tourism interest. “It’s a tremendous free advertising system for the county,” Michael said. Following the public comments that afternoon, Commissioner Jon Thaxton said he would like staff to contact the local skydiving group to discuss the matter. He recalled, he said, that parachuting was put on the list of prohibited activities on the beaches primarily because of worries about county liability in the event of accidents. Perhaps the skydiving group could suggest a means, other than by permit, for the county to allow parachuting again.

by Robin Roy | County Editor

Egret addicted to fast food

The same cattle egret has been visiting a McDonald’s for more than a year, because customers were regularly feeding it. Now wildlife officials are warning people the diet could harm the bird. The average cattle egret dines on insects and lizards, but one of the birds has become hooked on McDonald’s french fries, thanks to customers at the restaurant franchise on U.S. 41 near Stickney Point Road, where the bird has been hanging out regularly. Employees at the fast-food establishment say the same cattle egret has been visiting their McDonald’s location for more than a year, but last month its visits became much more frequent. “Since July, it’s like he works here,” joked Manager Fernanda Lima. The egret has two favorite resting spots — an outdoor table, where it can stare through the window at two indoor tables filled with diners, and on the ground outside the front door. The bird has been visiting the restaurant every day, because customers feed it. French fries are the snack it wins most readily through its begging. Lima said one senior citizen bought a small order of fries each day specifically to give the bird. “(The customer) came one day during breakfast, when we didn’t have fries, and he said, ‘The bird’s not going to be happy with me today,’” Lima said. As frequent feedings made the egret more comfortable around humans, restaurant employees began to fear it

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The cattle egret appears to try to guilt customers inside a McDonald’s into feeding it by staring at them through the window. The bird has been meeting great success with its ploy. would get hit in the parking lot, because it freely weaves in between cars. The restaurant’s owner called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to see if it would take the bird to a safer location. The agency refused but asked the owner to post a letter on the restaurant doors, warning patrons that the

bird would die if it is fed an unnatural diet. Since that note went up a few weeks ago, Lima said fewer customers are feeding the bird. As a result, the egret is visiting less often. Is it going to the Burger King a couple of blocks away? “Hopefully, not,” Lima said with a laugh.

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Cattle ranchers to watch over land Sarasota County is gauging the merits of a pilot program that gives ranchers the opportunity to let their cattle graze on property owned by the government. County commissioners are expected next month to receive an update on a pilot program they authorized, which is intended to better manage the 35,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land the county owns. Advocates of the cattle-grazing program, which is six months old, say it is working well. “(The county) wanted to show that cattle grazing could help us with (property) management and provide a needed source of cattle-grazing agreements with the county,” said Belinda Perry, a natural resources manager with the county. The three-year pilot program calls for cattle ranchers to bid on placing up to 35 cattle on a plot of county land and agree either to pay a fee or perform in-kind services on the property. A single rancher has his cattle grazing on 190 acres of land, known as the Jordyn Parcel, in the county’s Deer Prairie Creek site, which is near the Carleton Reserve, close to North Port. In exchange for the opportunity to let his animals feed there, the man performs tasks such as keeping the trails mowed and monitoring exotic species. But according to Perry, the most valuable service the ranchers will perform is providing security. “He’s an extra set of eyes,” she said. “Anytime you have vacant land, you can have poaching, vandalism, joyriding and unauthorized trail-making.” According to a 2008 survey of its 35,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land, the county determined only about 600 acres were suitable for cattle grazing. For that reason, that activity will most likely not be a significant revenue generator for the county, so land management will be the program’s most important goal.


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+ Traffic tickets to fund driver’s ed The school district will get an expected influx of $235,000 to help fund driver’seducation programs. School board members voted unanimously Aug. 3 to accept Driver Enhancement Funds. State and county laws call for a $5 surcharge to be placed on each civil traffic fine in Sarasota County. That money goes toward driver’s-education programs in public and nonpublic schools that require students to spend a minimum of 30 hours in behind-the-wheel training. The funds can be used only for direct educational expenses.

+ No charges indicated in purchasing scandal

“It wasn’t bad apples (in the employee pool),” he said. “It was poor leadership.”

+ County names new fire chief Mike Tobias, Sarasota County’s assistant fire chief, has been named the fire department’s new chief. Interim County Administrator Terry Lewis made the appointment Monday. “(Mike) has a record of commitment to our community and the safety of our citizens,” Lewis said. Tobias, a 32-year veteran of the Sarasota County Fire Department, replaces Ken Ellerbe, who resigned after just a year and a half on the job to return to his previous department, in Washington, D.C.

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 Environmentally Sensitive Lands Oversight Committee — 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice

Siesta Key Association — 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Room F, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key

 Community Alliance Legislative Advocacy Committee — 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, Health and Human Services building, Room 226, 2200 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota  Community Alliance Executive Committee — 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota

applicants are required to attend to be eligible for a grant. The proposed schedule is on the county website, www.scgov.net, keyword search “neighborhood grants.” Grant applications are due by Nov. 7.

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A four-month sheriff’s office investigation into county employees’ use of purchasing credit cards has determined that while the use of the cards was improper,

no employee intended to break the law, so no one is facing criminal charges. “We looked for instances of personal gain and corrupt intent,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Based on all the facts, the state attorney’s office found insufficient evidence (to prosecute).” County policy holds that for any services costing more than $3,000, verbal quotes and/or written bids are required. The investigation found that employees routinely charged their purchasing cards to the $3,000 limit to avoid going through the lengthy quote-and-bidding process. For example, an employee might want to contract for a service that costs $21,000. He would make seven $3,000 charges to pay that amount. Instead of placing the bulk of the blame on the employees, investigators pointed the finger at supervisors. “Some (employees) broke the rules because that was how it was always done or just because they were able to,” said Knight. “It was a failure of management.” The sheriff scolded the county management for putting its employees in a position where they were at risk of being prosecuted for crimes.

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Ed Smith Stadium a homeless shelter? In researching how best to address the homeless issue in Sarasota, legal consultant Michael Barfield discovered an obscure state law that prompted him to make an unusual suggestion — use Ed Smith Stadium as a homeless shelter. Barfield was among a group of residents who met recently with City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo to discuss homelessness. In his research, Barfield found Florida State Statute 288.1166, which states that publicly funded professional sports facilities, such as Ed Smith Stadium, “shall be designated as a shelter site for the homeless” (see box). Barfield was part of the legal team that sued the county over what it claimed were out-of-sunshine negotiations with baseball teams wanting to use the stadium. “My initial reaction: I laughed,” he said of the homeless shelter prospect. “But after thinking about it more, it made sense. (The stadium) has showers, food preparation areas, and it’s only used a few weeks out of the year.” The statute was part of the rule written as a result of local governments using state funds designed specifically to build stadiums to keep spring-training baseball in Florida. Millions of dollars have been poured into Ed Smith Stadium during the past year to upgrade it for its new tenants, the Baltimore Orioles. An Orioles did not LBK - 2010spokesman -I return messages seeking comment.

A paralegal has found an obscure state law that requires publicly funded professional sports stadiums to be used as shelters for the homeless, and he’s suggesting the local home of the Baltimore Orioles comply.

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Florida State Statute 288.1166 states that publicly funded professional sports facilities, such as Ed Smith Stadium, “shall be designated as a shelter site for the homeless.” Caragiulo said he’s not yet sold on the idea, but he’s not shying away from it, either. “Once you get over the initial shock, it’s very intriguing,” the commissioner said. “I don’t know if it could work, because it’s all in the logistics.” Barfield suggested just a small part of the stadium be designated

as a shelter, so the Orioles’ operations are not impacted. He also said a full-time security guard would be needed. County Attorney Steve DeMarsh is not sure that the state statute will require that use in Ed Smith Stadium. Said Interim County Administrator Terry Lewis: “At first blush,

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Missing the parking point The Sarasota County Commission is not getting the point on the Siesta Key Public Beach renovations. The most pressing issue for the continuation of the beach’s success is parking. Parking is required for visitors to get to the beach and enjoy it in such a way that they will want to come back again and again. The experience should be all good. But without adequate parking, it cannot be. All other efforts to attract visitors will be undermined with the current parking shortage. A recent survey of Siesta Key Beach users found the most important changes they wanted was parking and restrooms. Go to the beach around noon, and it will be obvious why. But in its pre-vacation flurry of decisions last week, commissioners approved the first phase of a plan that, in later phases, would actually reduce the number of parking spaces at the beach. The plan does nothing for parking but includes building new restrooms, concession area and retail shops, relocating the public-safety building so it is less prominent at the entrance, resurfacing the parking lot and making improvements

Unchanged: Trolling for parking at Siesta Beach will remain the norm for visitors to sidewalks and landscaping. These will all be great improvements. But they are not the top priority. If visitors can see what the most important issue is — and they are the market — then the County Commission ought to be able to see it. But they have the restrooms first. And a planned esplanade walkway is called for in phase three of the renovations, which would not start until 2019. That would take about 100 parking spaces out of the configuration. Commissioner Joe Barbetta is dreaming if he thinks that a Siesta Key trolley system is going alleviate the parking needs. Sarasota is not a mass-transit community by nature. And for visitors, a trolley adds a level of complication that would not reflect well on their experience. They will likely drive to the beach and troll the lanes, waiting for a park-

ing space to open up. Further, the trolley grant money — should it actually arrive — is not due until 2014. This should not have been a hard decision. You don’t need the bathroom if you cannot find a place to park. And waiting for a space each day of your visit is an aggravation we don’t want to give tourists we are hoping to attract for return visits.

+ Getting the Village point

The County Commission made the right choice in allowing Siesta Key Village property owners to retain control of the maintenance of the new Village landscaping. The county’s former finance director had suggested the county take over maintenance, but that would have been a disaster for Village business owners. They would have the higher assessment fees they volunteered to pay, but control would have been given back to the county — which is absorbed in scandals in procurement. The Village is expected to get a new maintenance contractor in the fall and more accountability can be written into that contract.

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Give school boards more control The nearly 40-year-old, school-funding program de-links those who set tax rates with those who spend the money. This erases accountability. The different directions of school tax rates in Sarasota and Manatee counties demonstrate the dysfunction that has long been a part of school funding. This problem has nothing to do with how much money is spent or even who benefits. The dysfunction is that the Legislature sets the property tax rate for schools, but the 67 local school boards decide how most of the money is spent. This creates a disconnect by de-linking accountability to the taxpayer and generates bizarre rituals in a funding formula that is more complex than quantum ROD THOMSON theory. It also explains why school tax bills will fall next year in Sarasota County as the tax rate declines about 3%, while Manatee County school tax bills will remain the same as the tax rate actually increases 5%. Neither of those decisions was made by the Sarasota or Manatee school boards. They were made by legislators in Tallahassee last April, along with 65 other tax rates in the state.

It’s a system in which taxpayers are left clueless about whom to hold responsible. School boards blame Tallahassee for cutting money and mandating certain programs, while legislators say school districts are getting plenty of money and need to do a better job living within their means. The reason Tallahassee sets school-tax rates is in pursuit of a Utopian idea of providing equal education to every student in the state — and fear of lawsuits over unequal education if each school district is allowed to set its own. In the opening overview to school-district funding in this year’s statistical report, the Florida Department of Education wrote: “In 1973 the Florida Legislature enacted the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) and established the state policy on equalized funding to guarantee to each student in the Florida public education system the availability of programs and services appropriate to his or her educational needs that are substantially equal to those available to any similar student notwithstanding geographic differences and varying local economic factors.” The FEFP takes a head-spinning number of inputs, from race and ethnicity, to special needs to cost of living in a district, to students who speak other languages, to poverty,

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to rural or urban — and so much more — and plugs them in. The formula then spits out tax rates for each school district in an attempt to make funding as equal as possible considering it costs more to do the same thing in some counties. In this way, the state takes all the money and then spreads it around, so wealthier school districts subsidize poorer districts. But part of the funding law keeps districts from contributing more than 90% of the cost of running their district. The state average is 54%. Sarasota went over that 90% cap, and so its tax rate had to be reduced 3% — something the school district would never have chosen to do. And because of the decline in property values, Manatee’s tax rate was increased — which in Tallahassee educrat-funding-speak is called a “rollback.” The solution is simple and grounded in reality and accountability. Get the state of Florida out of the business of setting local school-tax millage rates and let each school board set the rate and spend the money. Only then will we know exactly whom to hold accountable for getting our money’s worth and eliminate the blame game. If the Legislature wants to give more money to poor districts, let it do it from the state lottery, that piggybank that supposedly was designated for education. Unfortunately, there is a degree to which both sides benefit politically by being able to blame the other. They do not have to take responsibility, and that is sweet music in a politician’s ears.


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Dear Editor: There is absolutely no evidence that keeping taxes low for the wealthiest Americans and corporations is good for anyone but them. There is no credible evidence that it will create jobs and help those 98% of Americans who are not wealthy. In spite of the recession last year, our wealthiest got wealthier and corporations made record profits. That is why Republicans never cite evidence supporting their outrageous claims in favor of continuing wealthy tax breaks. There is none. Check it out on the Web. This is a major sticking factor now in why Republicans will not agree to raise the debt ceiling. Last fall, many of us thought that voting new people into office would help. Unfortunately, many of the people that we voted for had little experience in governing but very strong ideas. Ideas that go against the basic policies of our country’s brightest and most experienced economists. Ideas that also go against common sense and the American way of caring for one another. Many Republicans (though not all) are saying that they do not believe that we need to raise the debt ceiling. They do not believe, or maybe care, that this will cause much greater hardships for many already suffering Americans — those same middle

and lower class Americans that these newly elected officials claim to be working for. Now we are paying the price. Well, we are getting what we voted for. If you care, pick up your phone and call your congressman. Brad Hardin Venice

+ A 3% cut in pay is still a 3% cut in pay Dear Editor: It continues to amaze me how Rod Thomson can twist the truth to pit people in the middle class against each other. He argues that by having a 3% cut in state payments for retirement, such workers “are still winners because that 3% of income is still theirs.” The fact is that the 3% cut to payments that is going into pensions is a cut not a win. Workers in fact are forced to use their income to patch up that cut, and then he wants to call that winning?! I wonder who really thinks that 3–3=6. He argues it helps the economy because the pension funds are invested. The problem in this argument is that prior to July 1, there was 3% from the state being invested in the pension funds and the full income of the workers spent by them as consumers or going into other investments. Now, 3% of income is going into the pension fund, but there is less

money with which to buy things, including the goods and services advertised in this newspaper. There is no way around the fact that: 1) The majority of state workers are not overpaid, they are in the middle class or lower; and 2) a 3% reduction in take-home income is not a gain, it rather is a tax on one sector of the middle and lower class. Furthermore, state workers pay taxes, including property taxes. I would rather not get tax cuts. I get more per dollar by investing in public education than on a video game for Christmas or outings to the theater. If you think you can get more for less, consider why do most of politicians and wealthy Americans pay dearly for their children’s private schools? You get what you pay for. Sarah Hernandez Sarasota

+ Deep changes needed in Washington, D.C. Dear Editor: The talk and noise in Washington, D.C., should remind us of the warning by George Washington about political parties and the division they cause. The issues today are not about good government and sound economics, but are about who will prevail and who can make the others look worse. Basic economics tells us that our spending binges and vote-buying must stop. Excessive taxation and low morality are undermining the character of our nation. Those who caused our crisis now want to give us more of the same. Will we allow it? John Lewis Venice

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Commission, Efrain Duque, manager of the county’s Traffic Engineering office, told the Pelican Press. In the meantime, Walt Olson, vice president of the condo association, has been building a case for the change. In fact, Olson conducted his own traffic study, with his wife as the guinea pig, during the height of season. Residents who try to cross Beach Road at Beach Way to access Siesta Key Public Beach may push a button to turn on in-ground lights adjacent to a pedestrian walkway. Olson said drivers often ignore the warning lights. For two hours one day in March, he said his wife, Cala, tried to utilize the walkway while he observed traffic responses. “About a third of the time she about got run over,” Olson said. “We want the speed limit changed … so (drivers) can respond quicker” to the walkway lights, Olson added. “It’s all relatively low-cost. It would be good to do now.” Given the county’s plans for improving Siesta Public Beach, Olson said, the odds are high that even more people will be on Beach Road in the future. And that means the potential for more problems. In a May 16 letter to County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson, John Jodia, president of the Condo Association, wrote that the speed-limit change “will dramatically reduce the stopping distance when drivers don’t realize that people are ready to cross.” Olson pointed out that an earlier effort to convince the County Commission to put a stoplight at Beach Way failed. County officials said the road did not have enough traffic to justify the light when they considered that request in late 2009. “Obviously, the light would solve all the issues,” Olson said. With no chance of that action, he added, the best hope is the lower speed limit. Duque said his staff will study traffic on

the section where the Condo Association wants the speed limit lowered. Part of that effort will involve determining the speed of 85% of the vehicles, an industry standard for such studies, he said. The results will go to the Traffic Advisory Council for its consideration. If the TAC members agree on the need for a lower speed limit, Duque will forward that recommendation to the County Commission. Olson is optimistic the change will come, he said, pointing out that the Condo Association prevailed after about two-anda-half years in its campaign to get the state to lower the speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph on the section of Midnight Pass Road from the Stickney Point Bridge to the stoplight across from Fire Station No. 13. Two other issues on Beach Road the Condo Association brought to county officials’ attention have been resolved. In his May 16 letter to Patterson, Jodia also had asked for expanded and improved ground lighting at that Beach Road crosswalk and for the trimming of low branches on four palm trees just north of the pedestrian crossing sign, because those fronds were blocking the view of southbound drivers. Duque said one bulb was burned out in the walkway lighting system when a county worker checked it. Olson was present when the worker was kneeling in the road to examine the lights, he said. A car flew between the man and four girls in bikinis trying to cross the road, narrowly missing all of them. Olson said he told the county worker, “You see what we mean?” Staff is looking at how the walkway can be improved, Duque said. However, because of talk that the new beach design may involve brick paver walkways, like those in the Village, Duque said staff needs to await the final word on the beach plan before proceeding with any recommendations about the walkway. As for the palm branches, Duque said those already have been trimmed.

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cle. Battery. A tourist was sitting on a hotel porch reading her Bible when a teenager she did not know walked up behind her, reached around her shoulder and grabbed her breast. He then ran away. The woman was not going to take that sitting down. She chased him, but soon lost sight of him. She believed he was between 16 and 18 years of age.

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County has poor follow-up on trees in developments Once commercial developments have been completed, according to a county sustainability official, county staff does a poor job of ensuring trees stay healthy in the landscaping. Sarasota County does a poor job of following up on the health of trees that it requires in the landscaping of commercial development, the head of the Sustainable Sarasota Community Partnership told about 20 people attending the group’s monthly meeting Tuesday at the County Administration Building. “We don’t go back and police it once a project is done,” Nina Powers said in response to a question. Many of the trees do die, she added, and others are trimmed severely to make signs more visible. A national survey, Powers said, has shown that trees normally flourish for just seven to nine years in urban development settings, unless porous concrete has been used over their root systems. Earlier during the meeting, Powers pointed out that if impervious concrete is poured over the roots, in a parking lot, for example, the trees end up dying because they cannot absorb the nutrients they need. Powers said she was involved in the design of the first porous concrete parking lot in the county; it is used by the Sarasota County Fire Department and Emergency Services. “There’s no water going into the street” in periods of heavy rain, she pointed out, because the water can seep into the ground. Furthermore, she said, the trees in that lot have not died. Robert Wright, coordinator of the Sarasota County Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship Team, asked the group, “How many times do we go in parking lots and trees are up on medians?” Those trees also cannot flourish, he said, because the water runs off the medians instead of soaking into the roots. Evoking laughter, attendee Dale Lewis asked Powers, “Has the county ever arrested … retired volunteers” to undertake regular surveys of trees in commercial development that has been completed. Pow-

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Visitors and residents alike enjoy the shade and ambience of the tree-lined section of Main Street. Many county commercial development sites, however, have failed to enable trees to flourish. ers replied, “The short answer is, no.” County regulations call for such surveys, Martha Horton, a retired county employee, pointed out, because the trees are supposed to remain alive. “But we don’t have people officially go out and do (surveys).” Before she retired in 2008, Horton reviewed landscaping plans for every commercial project submitted to the county, she told the Pelican Press. If she received any complaints about tree health after a project was completed, she said, she took a code enforcement officer with her to the site to check it out. In most cases, she said,

they gave property managers and owners warnings. “Unfortunately,” Horton told the Pelican, when she retired, “they didn’t replace me.” “Honestly,” Powers told the group, “business does not like Sarasota County coming out and saying, ‘We don’t like how your place looks.’” However, Powers noted, an abundance of trees in a commercial area prevents heavy stormwater runoff. “All those leaves are taking up the water” during a rainfall. And trees add to an area’s livability, she

said. Using NASA graphics, Powers showed the group that high concentrations of concrete contribute to “urban heat islands”; concrete absorbs heat throughout the day. At night, when it releases that heat, she said, inner-city temperatures often can be higher than they were in the daytime. Powers encouraged the attendees to participate in the Sarasota County “wiki” on the upcoming revision of the comprehensive plan. Any interested person can go to the county website (www.scgov.net) and follow directions to participate in the process.

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Brother, sister duo to compete at CanAmMex Games Siesta Key residents McKayla and Travis Taaffe will participate in the regatta this month in Canada.

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Travis and McKayla Taaffe rowed at the 2011 Club National Championships in July, at the Indianapolis Rowing Center. “CanAmMex is an agreement made between Canada, Mexico and the U.S.,” Taaffe says. “It’s for people who don’t make it to Worlds. It’s a similar experience: You travel out of your comfort zone to

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Siesta residents Shabbat regulars Siesta Key residents have been among the hundreds of Temple Emanu-El members and guests enjoying summer Shabbat celebrations at the synagogue. Every Friday night during the summer, Temple Emanu-El holds a kiddush gathering of wine, challah, cheese and light appetizers at 5:30 p.m., with Shabbat worship services at 6 p.m. Following the service, all attendees are invited to share a warm and friendly Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant, notes Rabbi Brenner Glickman. Temple Emanu-El is located at 151 McIntosh Road. For more information, call 371-2788.

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Commissioners tell staff to fix that leaky irrigation system When James Harriott, the county’s executive director of public works, appeared before the County Commission July 26 to resolve questions about the operations of the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp., he brought up an ancillary problem that has drawn Village attention for more than a year: a malfunction in the landscaping irrigation system. Commission ChairRACHEL woman Nora BROWN Patterson, HACKNEY who lives on the Key, was keen to get that problem resolved as soon as possible. While Harriott was discussing the SKVMC potential budget for the 2012 fiscal year, he mentioned that he learned about the leak just that day. “I’m told that (maintenance crews) turn (the water) on and off,” he said, though the irrigation system should run automatically. “Is that leak something that was there from the very beginning, when the (Siesta Village Beautification Project) was finished?” Patterson asked. Harriott said he understood the problem was discovered six months to a year after the project’s completion.

Public Improvement District tax revenue for Village maintenance, he added. When Patterson asked if her fellow commissioners agreed with her on that point, no one said a word.

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Hub owner Chris Brown has declined a spot on the Village Maintenance Corp. board. Brown’s complaints about paying extra taxes for upkeep of his Village property, when he said the property wasn’t being kept as clean as it could be, led to months of county discussion over the Maintenance Corp.’s future. Inset: Trash in the landscaping at the restaurant. In fact, Pelican Press staff members were among the first to notice the leak in a landscaping bed across the street from the Pelican’s office at 5011 Ocean Blvd., and reported it immediately. When Patterson asked whether the irrigation system was under warranty, Harriott replied, “That is something we need to … check over the next few weeks.” “It is possible for a truck or Lord knows what to screw up an irrigation system,” Patterson said, and it’s also the system was not installed properly. The leak might not be the responsibility of the Maintenance Corp., she added.

The maintenance budget discussion proceeded, but Patterson came back around to the leak before the board completed that agenda item. “A water leak is just not acceptable,” Patterson said. Unless people in the Village damaged the irrigation system, she said, “I believe we need to get in there and fix it, and that’s we, the county … In construction sometimes, things happen.” “We can definitely (fix it),” Harriott said. “It is a reasonable request.” The work would not have to come out of Siesta Key Village

The same day the County Commission addressed the Maintenance Corp. problems again, Village property owner Chris Brown sent an email to Mark Smith, chairman of the Maintenance Corp. board, declining the board seat to which Brown had been elected July 13. “Even though I know we share the same goals in keeping the Village looking beautiful,” he wrote to Smith, “I expressed several concerns about liability issues pertaining to (the corporation). Those concerns, plus some other issues, prevent me from accepting the nomination and election to the board. If it is too late to unwind the process, please consider this a resignation.” Brown, owner of The Hub Baja Grill, the Beach Club and The Cottage, started the debate over the Maintenance Corp. when he filed a lawsuit against the county Jan. 31, contesting the $9,136.28 he had been assessed in 2010 for the Village upkeep.

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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people last week on grand theft charges following kayak thefts from Sunrise Cove on Midnight Pass Road. According to the report from Det. G. Carrillo, deputies began surveillance July 25 of Robert M. Briley, 22, of 5011 Susan Ave., in connection with recent kayak

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tions required. For details, call Carol Newman, 488-5082 or email carolnew@verizon.net; or call Dr. Mona Jain, 758-5005 or 320-6048.

Siesta Key Chamber Networking Luncheon — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 5, Blu Smoke Island Grill, 149 Avenida Messina. Cost: $12. Make checks payable to Blu Smoke Island Grill. RSVP by noon, Aug. 4, to 349-3800 or tess@siestakeychamber.com

Every Child Inc. Fundraiser — Noon, Aug. 27, Carrabbas restaurant, 5425 University Parkway. All proceeds to go toward programs such as backpack giveaways, food pantries, holiday parties and after-school programs for low-income children. Every Child is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit. Tickets: $45; on sale at www.everychildsarasota. org and at Spice Girls, 1821 Hillview St.; Amber Bridal, 1662 Main St.; and First Federal (126 Osprey Ave.) For more information, call Judy Alexander, 376-2663.

Free Exercise Classes — 9 a.m., every Thursday, Siesta Key Physical Therapy, 5147 Ocean Blvd. Space limited. For details and to register, call 870-5811. YES — 11:30 a.m., every  Tuesday, Young Entrepreneurs of Sarasota share success strategies at Clayton’s Siesta Grille, 1256 Old Stickney Point Road. Cost: $12 at the door, including lunch. Visit www.yes941.com.

Public Hearing on Redrawing Districts — 6 to 9 p.m., Aug. 30, at Harry Sudakoff Conference Center, New College, 5845 General Dougher Place. Event to provide residents an opportunity to offer comments before the Florida Legislature redraws Senate and House districts. Visit www.flsenate.gov/ Session/Redistricting/Hearings For details, call 850-4875855.

Alcoholics Anonymous — 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, Siesta Key Men’s Group meets at Siesta Beach Shelter, south side of beach; open to all. Call 951-6810.

PUBLIC EVENTS   Women’s Equity Luncheon — Aug. 20, celebrating the 91st anniversary of women’s right to vote, hosted by the Sarasota and Manatee Commissions on the Status of Women and the Sarasota and Manatee Leagues of Women Voters. Located at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts. 11 a.m., registration and exhibits; noon, luncheon. Tickets: $30; reserva-

Farmers Markets — 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Saturday, downtown Sarasota on Lemon Avenue between First and State streets. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Sunday, Siesta Key Organic Market  on Ocean Boulevard at Davidson’s Plaza. Visit www. siestafarmersmarket.com. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Saturday, Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Visit www.lwrmainstreet. com. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Friday, Sarasota Fairgrounds at Tuttle and Fruitville, arts & crafts included; 239-287-0890.

PROGRAMS/CLASSES        NRA First Steps Pistol Course — 8 a.m., Aug. 6, AmericInn Hotel, conference room, 5931 Fruitville Road. Course covers basics of safe gun handling and shooting and meets requirements for Florida’s concealed carry permits. For details, call Dr. Gerald Colbert, 706-4358, email drgeraldcolbert@gmail. com or visit www.ftisarasota.com American Littoral Society Kayak Trip — 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 7, South Lido Park/ Bird Key. Enjoy a quiet-water trip

If your organization would like to have meetings or events publicized, email or fax the information at least one week in advance to rhackney@yourobserver.com. All announcements must be typed, include hour and date of meeting, complete address of meeting place and a telephone reference number. To ensure accuracy, no telephone calls. Deadline is the previous Thursday, 5 p.m.

around South Lido Park and the mangrove tunnels. All kayak equipment provided. Short course on kayaking given before trip. Cost: ALS members/$20; non-members/$25. To reserve space, call John Sarkozy, 9667308. Boat Safety Class — 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 8, 10, 15 & 17, conducted by the Sarasota Power & Sail Squadron at the Squadron Building, 2814 Hyde Park St. Cost: $55, which includes all materials. For details and registration, call 927-5879 or visit www.sarasota-boating.org. ‘Walking the Camino Real to Santiago de Compostela’ — 7 p.m., Aug. 8, Professor Roger Barry, who has worked on urban planning projects worldwide, to describe his recent adventures in Spain. Located at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St. For details, visit www. bookstore1sarasota.com or call 365-7900. Pierian Spring Academy Lecture Series — 2:30 to 4 p.m., Aug. 9, Mary Jane De Genaro on the topic, “Leaving a Trace,” regarding personal histories. Located at Plymouth Harbor, Pilgrim Hall, 700 John Ringling Causeway. Free; seating limited. Reserve space at 361-7252. Paddling the Waters of Nokomis — 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 10, an American Littoral Society kayak trip to explore the bays and canals around Nokomis. All kayak equipment provided. Short course on kayaking provided for novices. Cost: $20/ ALS members; $25/non-members. To reserve space, call John Sarkozy, 966-7308.

BEST BET Ready, Set, Grow Infant to Kindergarten Family Fair — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 6, Westfield Sarasota Square, U.S. 41 and Beneva Road, featuring tips on health, education and nutrition. Live entertainment. Free. For details, call 366-2686, ext. 312.

Incentives for Home Energy Improvements — 10 to 11:30 a.m., Aug. 10, Twin Lakes Park, Extension Office, 6700 Clark Road. Class to explain the 2011 federal, state, local and utility incentive programs available to residents. Registration required: http://sarasota.ifas.ufl.edu For details, call 861-5000. Rodent and Mole Management — 1 to 2:30 p.m., Aug. 10, Twin Lakes Park, Extension Office, 6700 Clark Road. Learn how to exclude and control roof rats and moles, including how to trap them. Registration required: http://sarasota.ifas.ufl. edu For details, call 861-5000. Scottish Country Dancing — 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday, John Chidsey Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail. All dances are walked through; no partners needed. Cost: $5. For details, call 923-2431 or visit www. sarasotascd.webs.com.

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Lobster Pot

✦ In the Center of Siesta Key Village, Lobster Pot is Siesta Key’s New England Seafood Restaurant. Open for lunch & dinner Mon.-Sat. and dinner seasonally on Sundays. They offer everything from fresh fish cooked the way you want it... to Steak, Chops, & Chicken... to Homemade Soups and more... Premium Wine & Beer. • 5157 Ocean Blvd. • 941-349-2323

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Future babysitters of Sarasota County learn all about safety For the 16th year, Sarasota County students have taken an opportunity to learn as much as possible about safe practices in babysitting, thanks to a comprehensive course provided by the Sarasota County Medical Society Alliance Foundation (S.C.M.S.A.F.), a not-forprofit organization. G.E.M.S. (Good Emergency Mother’s Substitute) Babysitting Course,

which is offered as a community service, is a three-day program. This summer, it ran from June 8 to June 10, at the Selby Public Library. As usual, it was filled to capacity, this time with  52 12- to 15-year-old boys and a girls. The course was run and taught by  S.C.M.S.A.F. member Bonnie Silverman. The students received their  training from infant/child CPR instruc-

tors based at Venice Regional Medical Center. They also enjoyed visits from representatives of the Tampa Poison Center, the Sarasota County Fire Department, the Sarasota Police Department and the Child Protection Center. Finally, babies and moms from the community came for a “Diaper Demo,” which included sharing tips on caring for infants.

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Siesta Key home tops sales at $1.975 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between July 18 and July 22. A home in the Revised Siesta subdivision tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Joy Naylor, trustee, Sarasota, sold the home at 3319 Higel Ave. to Roy and Marie Cohen, of Summit, N.J., for $1,975,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,689 square feet of living area. The property previously sold for $475,000 in 1999.

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William and Margaret Ames sold their home at 600 Beach Road to Siesta Properties LLC for $1.9 million. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,840 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,875,000 in 2001.

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James and Linda Hinton, trustees, of Brentwood, Tenn., sold the home at 644 Tropical Circle to Stephen and Reba Winter, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for $425,000. Built in 1977, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,968 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $390,000 in 2003.

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In 1990, Dale Chihuly toured a glass school on the island of Niijima, China. While there, he was reminded of Japanese fishing floats, which he collected on the beach when he lived in Washington. He started creating a series of round balls — the idea was to make them large and to use an abundance of color. The space has since become one of the most meditative areas of the Chihuly Collection, at the Morean Arts Center, in St. Petersburg.

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repare to be transfixed by crystallized glass chandeliers, a tumbleweed forest and a meditative boat room as you take a tour of the Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center, in St. Petersburg.

The Chihuly Collection opened to the public July 10, 2010. One of the newest jewels of St. Pete’s vibrant artsand-culture scene, it features 16 stunning installations ranging from small vessels to room-size installations.

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ADDITIONAL ARTS ATTRACTIONS St. Petersburg offers a variety of familyfriendly venues. Here are some noteworthy places to check out when visiting.

AMERICAN STAGE THEATRE COMPANY

163 Third St., St. Petersburg 727-823-7529 American Stage started out in an old cinema house in downtown St. Petersburg with 179 seats. In 1984, it moved to an alternative site, an intimate 130-seat space with a lobby, costume shop, rehearsal hall and office space, where it flourished for the next quartercentury. In the 2006-2007 season, the theater entered into a partnership with St. Petersburg College to build a new state-of-the-art building in the heart of downtown St. Pete.

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Dale Chihuly was born in 1941 in Tacoma, Wash. His fascination with glass began as a weaving student while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, he enrolled in the first glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he later established the school’s glass program and taught for more than a decade. In 1968, Chihuly received a Fulbright Fellowship to work at the Venini Factory, in Venice, Italy. It was there that he learned well the team approach to blowing glass, which he continues to this day. In 1971, he co-founded Pilchuck Glass School, in Washington, where he has paved the way in the development of glass as a fine art. Chihuly is perhaps better known for his vessels, which he began developing in the mid-1970s, focusing his interest in sculpture on the vessel to create individual pieces that gradually increased in size and color. He has worked on several temporary outdoor projects, such as “Chihuly over Venice,” during which he worked in glass factories in Finland, Ireland, and Mexico, and “Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000.” The Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center includes large-scale installations for which he is celebrated, such as the stunning Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier, created specifically for this collection, along with popular series work that includes Macchia, Niijima floats, Persians and Tumbleweeds.

Museum of Fine Arts

255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg 727-896-2667 www.fine-arts.org This museum is on the water and surrounded by a shady park, restaurants and shops. The collection encompasses more than 14,000 objects from antiquity to present day, and features French impressionist paintings, plus galleries of Steuben glass, decorative arts and preColumbian objects. Make sure to take a walk through two interior gardens and the second-floor gallery, where paper and photographic works are displayed. Not to miss is the museum’s photography collection of more than 10,000 images.

The Dali Museum

1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg 727-823-3767 www.thedali.org The permanent home of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Salvador Dalí’s work, The Dali Museum boasts 96 oil paintings, more than 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures and objects, plus an extensive archival library. The event calendar for August features Yoga + Dali every Sunday; Dillydally with Dali,

The Dali Museum where children can learn via storytelling, puzzles and games; Dali and Beyond Film Series, a documentary that surveys the life and art of Dali; Get Social @The Dali, a social media event for Tweeters and Facebook followers; and more.

STUDIO@620

620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg 727-895-6620 This quaint little studio in downtown St. Petersburg is home to both the visual and performing arts. The brainchild of Artistic Directors David Ellis and Bob Devin Jones, the studio’s calendar is jam-packed with movement and dance classes, summer repertory, film screenings and concerts.

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Chihuly created the Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier as the Morean Art Center’s signature piece.

The original Persian Ceiling is large enough for viewers to lie down on the floor and watch the lights. If you see this exhibit, try to spot Cupid and the crab.

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ART UPTOWN — Third annual Dog Days Art Show runs through Aug. 25. Opening reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12, at 1367 Main St.; 955-5409; www. artuptown.com. BOLIVAR ART GALLERY — Small works show featuring 20 local artists runs through August, at 506 S. Pineapple Ave.; 3661649. DABBERT GALLERY — “Summer Showcase,” featuring the works of six sculptors, one printmaker, 23 painters, one pastel artist and one photographer, runs through September. Located at 76 S. Palm Ave.; 955-1315; www.dabbertgallery.com. ELIZABETH STEVENS GALLERY — “Easy Living,” featuring gallery artists, runs through August. Located at 1945 Morrill St.; 365-4222; elizabethstevensgallery.net. LOCAL COFFEE & TEA — “Ticki Towne Collection,” featuring works by Maryjo Floryjanski, runs through Aug. 17. Located

RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART — “Voices of Hip-Hop in Art” runs through Aug. 14. The ongoing exhibitions are “Crosscurrents of Design: Asian Export Ceramics,” “20th Century Abstract Art from the Ringling Collection” and “The Art of Jade.” Art After 5 takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday, in the art museum and Circus Museum. Tickets: $10, adults; children, 6 to 17, $5; children under 6, free. Tickets for the museum are $25, or $20 for seniors 65 and up; children ages 6 to 17, $10; children 5 and under, 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. RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN — “Hanging in Balance: Ten Emerging Chinese Artists,” runs through Aug. 12 to Sept. 17. Opening reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 12. Galleries are located one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 359-7563; www.ringling.edu/selbygallery. SELBY GARDENS — Sixth annual Selby Instructors’ Summer Showcase, runs through Oct. 2, in the Museum of Botany and the Arts, 811 S. Palm Ave.; 366-5731; www.selby.org. STATE OF THE ARTS GALLERY — “Dive in to the Art World,” featuring water interpretations by Sarasota’s legacy artists, runs through Oct. 1. Located at 1525 State St.,

“Yellow Marsh,” by Heidi Edwards, is on display at the Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery. with exhibit of gallery artists. 955-2787; www.sarasotafineart.com.

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GLENRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER — “Songs, Stories & Mr. Chatterbox,” featuring Roberta MacDonald, takes place at 8 p.m. Aug. 20. at 7333 Scotland Way. Tickets: $15 or $10 for GPAC family. 5525325; www.gpactix.com.

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HERMITAGE ARTIST RETREAT — Readings and performances by the first State Teachers Artist Residency artists in residence takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12, at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Free. 475-2098.

FIRST FRIDAY WALKS — Downtown galleries of Burns Square, Pineapple Avenue, Palm Avenue and Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m. feature live music and refreshments. Next artwalk will be held Aug. 5. FRIDAYFEST — One Night Rodeo plays country hits Aug. 12. Bird Street Players perform funk, soul and reggae Sept. 16. At the Van Wezel, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. Guests are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs; vendors offer food and beverages. Coolers and weapons prohibited. In the event of rain, the concert moves indoors to the Grand Foyer. 953-3368; www.vanwezel. org.

SARASOTA FARMERS MARKET — Performance by The Fantum Brothers Jazz Orchestra of New York City, featuring former Sarasota resident Jake Pinto, takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 6, in downtown Sarasota between Lemon Avenue and Main Street; 504-1077.

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+ Landscape paintings evoke light and color Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art Gallery presents “Florida Landscapes: Another Look” Aug. 11 through Oct. 1, at 1288 N. Palm Ave. The exhibit showcases Florida through diverse paintings by Bruce Marsh, Heidi Edwards and Jim Couper. Marsh’s large-scale, photorealistic oil paintings hang in museums and corporate collections around the state, including the Ringling Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, in St. Petersburg. Edwards, who has been painting landscapes for 40 years, has yet to tire of the inspiration that Florida’s flat topography provides. Couper’s works explore

The Hermitage Artist Retreat is hosting open studios to present the work of its first five STARS — State Teachers Artist Residency — artists-in-residence. The event, which marks the culmination of the Hermitage’s first residencies for Florida arts teachers, runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12, at 6660 Manasota Key Road,

Roberta McDonald as she reminisces about her life in New York at 8 p.m. Aug. 20, at 7333 Scotland Way. There will be a Q&A following the performance. Tickets are $15. Call 552-5325 or visit gpactix.com.

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“Ruskin Sky,” by Bruce Marsh nature’s wild side, showing Florida’s natural landscapes through beauty and grace. For information, visit www.allyngallup.com.

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is searching for those who have made significant contributions to the arts and are actively engaged in the cultural life of the community. The most recent recipients include Christine Jennings, Michael Martella, Betty and Bert Morris, Joseph Arnegger, Tim Jaeger and Jeff Schwartz. Nominations can be made in the following categories: philanthropy, management, government, arts education, media, artistic achievement and volunteer. Forms are available at

+ Public invited to meet the stars in Englewood. The artists will participate in open studios, readings and a musical performance. Call 475-2098 or visit www. HermitageArtistRetreat.org for information. Courtesy photo

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Abraham Feder performs a cello solo as part of the tribute in memory of Virginia Toulmin at last year’s 12th annual awards ceremony. www.SarasotaArts.org, by calling 365-5118 or emailing bnorwood@SarasotaArts.org.

Maria Wirries takes a bow as Ti Moune in “Once on this Island.”

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Relationships rule at Libby’s Café Libby’s Café + Bar

1917 Osprey Ave. 487-7300 www.libbyscafebar.com Owners: Steve, Patrick and Joe Seidensticker Hours: Open seven days a week. Lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday, brunch and dinner Sunday. sticker expressed a yearning for a White Castle burger. Libby’s version is called “Shades of White Castle,” pun intended. It is a big half-pound prime beef burger with Berkshire ham and a wedge of fried Velveeta cheese. (Note here, please, the good-natured relationship between chef and owner.) Another example is the Karubi pork belly ribs small plate — a fork-tender rib that’s not a rib at all. To call it whimsy doesn’t do justice to the culinary artistry involved. What’s intriguing is the undeniable and deliberate element of fun in Libby’s food. Casciato says that the restaurant’s giant, baked-to-order, chocolate-chip cookie “sums up the concept of the restaurant — great ingredients and the appeal of simplicity.” It also exemplifies the restaurant’s priority on relationships, because about a year ago, Libby’s took the classic off the menu. This caused a furor. Taking the kids for a cookie had become a ritual for Southside moms. They organized a petition drive; the cookie was quickly reinstated; and the neighborhood and its café appear to be living happily ever after.

RECIPE

Libby’s cedar-wrapped sustainable salmon with a maple-dijon crust Four servings

Ingredients DIJON CRUST 1/2 cup Dijon mustard 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup fresh panko breadcrumbs

CEDAR-WRAPPED SALMON 4 each shaved Georgia sustainable cedar wraps 9.5-inch-by6-inch 4 each 8-ounce centercut salmon fillets

Executive Chef Fran Casciato has run the kitchen since Libby’s opened in October 2008.

METHOD

1. Soak the cedar wraps in water for an hour before grilling. This allows the cedar to become more pliable and helps to release steam during the cooking process, which keeps the fish moist. 2. Lay one salmon fillet on the work surface and evenly spread about two tablespoons of the Dijon crust across the top of the fillet. Repeat with each fillet. 3. Remove the cedar wrap

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The cedar-wrapped salmon with a maple-Dijon crust is one of Libby's signature dishes.

from the water and pat dry. Lay cedar wrap down lengthwise from left to right. Position the prepared salmon fillet in the center of the wrap in a north-to-south fashion. 4. Lift the sides of the cedar up and around the fillet, allowing the sides to overlap on the top center of the fillet. Use a small pinch of leftover Dijon glaze to secure the cedar flaps together. 5. Place the wrapped salm-

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Fran Casciato, the executive chef at Libby’s Café + Bar in Southside Village, has an unusual world view for a chef. It is a strong focus on relationships — with customers, kitchen staff and owners. His passion for food and a commitment to running a successful business guide how he runs the kitchen of what has become a Sarasota institution in a little less than three years. In the interest of building ongoing relationships with customers, the Libby’s menu is designed so customers can create the dining experience they want, from a light meal on a weeknight to a big night out for a major occasion. The menu is large with lots of small plates — 20 items are under $10 on the new summer menu. But they are not small; most are two servings. And a popular choice is to order two and share them for a light meal. There are regular entrées, as well. One of Libby’s signature items in that category is the cedar-wrapped salmon (see box for recipe). Another is wasabi-crusted tuna. The popular Kobe meatloaf is never on the menu, but it’s always available as a verbal special offered by waitstaff. Casciato describes his food as “creative comfort food” and believes that ongoing success means “being chameleon like, anticipating what customers will want and continually developing and changing the menu.” A tongue-incheek sense of humor is at play in his approach. “The restaurant offers serious food without taking itself too seriously,” he says. A case in point is what resulted when Libby’s co-owner Steve Seiden-

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