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+ DWB to hold grand re-opening event Designing Women Boutique is holding an official grand re-opening 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15. The store expanded its retail space and will now be able to showcase a large collection of fine jewelry, due to the successful estate liquidation business established under the Designing Women banner, as well as a space for the new home accessory and furniture display. The store has also acquired more than 70 new gowns and cocktail dresses, and the sale room will be holding a clearance sale of high-quality items. The boutique is located at 1226 N. Tamiami Trail at 13th Street. For more information, call 366-5293.

+ Johnson selected for YMCA award Former Sen. Bob Johnson was selected as the 2012 YMCA First Citizen. The award is given annually to someone who contributes to the community and lives out the missions of the Sarasota YMCA. Johnson Johnson was a member of the state Senate, for which he created the Y Runaway Shelter; he is also a member of the Y Metro Board. He will be honored at the Y Foundation’s annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon Nov. 16. “It’s virtually impossible to look in any direction in Sarasota County, be it the arts, education or human services, and not see the influence of Bob’s efforts,” said Y Foundation President Karin Gustafson in a prepared statement.


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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Ministerial association plans homeless feeding meetings

The Sarasota Ministerial Association will hold discussions this fall with all groups involved in the controversial homeless feedings at Selby Five Points Park.

The Sarasota Ministerial Association has approached city officials, because it wants to become a facilitator among Selby Five Points Park area residents, business leaders and groups feeding the homeless in the park. Sarasota Ministerial Association President and Goodwill Industries of Sarasota Chaplain Tom Pfaff told the Sarasota Observer


his organization would hold two separate, independent meetings this fall to address the issue. One meeting will be held with city residents and merchants to address how the homeless feedings in the park have disrupted the community. The other meeting will be held with area churches and associations that have held feedings in the park.

Downtown residents object to the large number of homeless who loiter in the park after the feedings, saying the homeless begin drinking, doing drugs, fighting and panhandling. Pfaff noted that in 2001, the Sarasota Ministerial Association was formed to address concerns residents and business owners had with groups feeding the

homeless in their community. “We were able to bring together both the merchants and providers of food,” Pfaff said. “Just like then, this is an opportunity for everyone to talk about the best way to have the downtown thrive while caring for the community at the same time.”


by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Downtown hotels in the works Two potential parcels for Sarasota hotels lie in the downtown core, both near Main Street. The best bet for a downtown hotel still lies with a sliver of cityowned property on North Palm and Cocoanut avenues. The city of Sarasota continues to work to bring a hotel to the 40,000-square-foot piece of land it owns next to the Palm Avenue parking garage. Chief planner Steve Stancel told the Sarasota Observer the Neighborhood and Development Services Department hopes to finalize by the end of the month an “invitation to negotiate” with potential hotel developers. Once it’s complete, city staff can begin looking at proposals on an individual basis and negotiate the terms of bringing a hotel to a site that permits a 10-story hotel. In the meantime, the city has surveyed the property; a recent appraisal came back at $3.5 million. “It’s a goal of the city to have a working hotel right in the urban core,” Stancel said. “This makes for a good site because it’s a block-and-a-half from the waterfront and a block from Main Street. It’s an attractive site for a hotel developer.” General negotiation parameters, Stancel said, include a willingness to put a hotel on the site,


A vacant parcel near the Palm Avenue parking garage and the Walia hotel application are the only two downtown hotel sites still under consideration. PALM AVE. HOTEL SITE











the mandatory use of the adjacent parking garage and the purchase of the land from the city. “We anticipate several inquiries that meet those basic requirements,” Stancel said.









In December, the city received three preliminary letters of intent from three developers: University Park-based Benderson Development Company LLC, St. Petersburg-based Strategies In-

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Pfaff approached Mayor Suzanne Atwell and City Manager Bob Bartolotta in July to discuss the concept. It’s the goal of the Sarasota Ministerial Association to report back to the Sarasota City Commission by the end of the year with its findings. “Of course, we have a heart for the caring of anyone in need, but we also want merchants to thrive and the residents to enjoy the beauty we have here in this city,” Pfaff said. “We clearly have resources to help the homeless in an organized way that doesn’t create collateral damage.” One of the topics that could be discussed at the meetings with both groups File photo is whether it’s necessary to continue The group Food Not Bombs gives homeless people free food in Selby Five Points Park in this photo taken in April 2009. feedings in the park. “There are those that think they should open up shop there and feed the “They really just want to be a facilihomeless and there are those that think tator and bring the sides together in a we should be supporting local shelters meaningful way,” he said. “They have in the area that already feed the home- no agenda except to bring the divergent March 28 — A petition drive led less,” Pfaff said. opinions together. That’s a good thing.” by Phil Grande urges the modiSandy Gallagher, manager of St. MarMore than 100 downtown residents fication of a city ordinance that tha Catholic Church’s Bethesda House, have signed a petition asking the city to allows groups of up to 75 people said an argument could be made that change the ordinance requiring a perto gather on city property without enough places already exist where the mit when more than 75 people gather in obtaining a special permit. homeless can be fed downtown. a public park; they want that limit lowMay 19 — The city approves the “For instance, people can eat break- ered to 12 people. removal of five benches in Selby fast, lunch and dinner at the Salvation At the recommendation of City AttorFive Points Park. Army every day,” Gallagher said. “A dis- ney Bob Fournier, the commission will cussion needs to be had about where not change the ordinance until city staff May 23 — Two-dozen demonstradowntown should put its focus on can put together sufficient documentators protest the removal of the homeless feedings.” tion so the commission can determine benches. City leaders say they were happy to what changing the law would solve. discuss the issue with the Sarasota MinJune — City approves a tobacco Fournier advised that city staff collect isterial Association, that they welcome facts on all alleged activities, so it will ban at all city parks. the group’s involvement with open have supportive material if a new ordiJune 20 — Tempers flare over arms. nance is challenged in court. the feedings issue at a City “The goal is to get Five Points resiIn the meantime, the city has already Commission meeting. dents and business owners involved,” removed six benches from the park, beAtwell said. “Holding faith-based meet- cause residents had complained that July 11, July 12 and July 15 — ings about how to work together is a the benches attracted transients and Grande organized bus rides for the great way to begin moving in the proper panhandlers and allowed them to mass homeless to be fed in front of Vice direction.” in that setting, intimidating some resiMayor Terry Turner's home. Bartolotta agreed. dents and tourists.

reviewed the letters of intent in February and instructed staff to create the invitation to negotiate process. Once staff completes its negotiation process with prospective developers, it will make a recommendation to the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board before the commission reviews the staff’s selection. Another potential hotel site downtown that’s still in the works is Kress International Plaza owner Harry Walia’s plans to build a hotel on the corner of Main Street and Pineapple Avenue. City planner Courtney Mendez, however, said the application is more than 1 year old and has not been recommended by city staff, because Walia wants the hotel to be 180 feet taller than the city’s 10-story height maximum. The planning board has upheld the city’s recommendation, and Walia has appealed the decision. The commission will review the application in September. Other sites that have been discussed for a hotel are part of the Pineapple Square project and the future State Street parking garage. “Anything is possible with the State Street garage site, which will have retail on the bottom floor and some sort of active use on the second floor,” Stancel said. The city issued a request this week for proposals to begin soliciting a design build team for the State Street garage, which allows the city to also begin discussions with potential garage retail tenants. Although there has already been a discussion held about a year-round farmers market and a CVS Pharmacy at the garage site, Stancel said the city has not been approached by a hotel developer for that site. Other sites that have been discussed in the past for a hotel site include a lot at Cocoanut Avenue and U.S. 41, the site of the former Quay and the Bank of America site at Main Street and Orange Avenue. But those sites have no current interest, and some former hotel site plans have since expired. “It appears the ideal spot for a hotel in downtown is near Main Street,” Stancel said.



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DID refocuses marketing efforts

by Robin Roy | County Editor

The Downtown Improvement District, Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau and other organizations discussed pooling their resources for maximum impact. The Downtown Improvement District never has tracked results from its expenditures of marketing dollars, DID Operations Manager John Moran said during a Tuesday workshop at City Hall. “That’s the reason we are here,” Moran told city leaders and representatives of community partnerships attending the session. “We are trying to get smarter about this.” DID Chairman Ernie Ritz said district officials are not prepared to dole out more money to market the city until they’re sure they’re getting the most out of their money. In years past, Ritz said, the DID has given as much as $80,000 to the Downtown Sarasota Alliance for marketing purposes.


“But we have less money to give out this year because of the economy, and we want to make sure we are leveraging our money correctly,” Ritz said. Therefore, instead of holding a meeting this week to allocate marketing dollars, Ritz and Moran scheduled the workshop to discuss ways to maximize marketing efforts. Moran also suggested the DID needs to start focusing its downtown marketing dollars on year-round programs. “In the past, we have spent all our marketing dollars for three months of the holiday season and have nothing left for the rest of the year,” Moran said. Representatives of the Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association, Downtown Sarasota Alliance (DSA),

Sarasota Farmers Market and others pledged assistance. DSA Chairwoman Eileen Hampshire noted that her organization spent $18,000 last year on advertising, but she said it would be more appropriate for the groups to pool their resources. “For instance, we spend money to make a map of downtown and so do other organizations,” Hampshire said. “Why don’t we think of pooling that money together to make one spectacular map for downtown?” Virginia Haley, president of the Sarasota County Convention and Visitors Bureau, explained that because the SCVB has a $4 million budget, she could work with groups to market the downtown area more effectively. “With Siesta Key Beach be-

ing ranked No. 1 this year, we are hot right now,” Haley said. “This is the right time to market our community.” Ritz said he was glad to hear of the interest in joint downtown marketing plans, which could lead to more efficiency in spending. “We are all doing really good things to advertise our city,” Ritz said. “But we are all doing it without the right hand knowing what the left hand is doing.” The DID members agreed to meet again at the end of the month to discuss future collaborations, with the goal of the DID allocating $60,000 in marketing funds by the time its new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. “The goal is to become an A-plus marketing task force,” Ritz said.

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Jay Patel, president of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership, owns the Regency Inn and Suites, and he hopes to attract other business owners to North Tamiami Trail.

North Trail pushes for economic leader The County Commission pledged $40,000 toward hiring a North Trail economic-development coordinator.

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Jonathan Freed’s electric cars have been running customers up and down Siesta Key for about a year. Jonny’s Free Beach Rides’ six-seaters are just that — free to ride.

Public-transportation plan demands no subsidizing The operator of a free, electric-car transportation service on Siesta Key wants to bring his business to downtown Sarasota and carry passengers up and down Main Street for free. City and county officials have discussed the possibility of creating a public-transportation circulator system, either a bus or trolley, to ferry people to various attractions and businesses in downtown Sarasota. Each plan would cost the city millions. But a new player is beginning to make the rounds at City Hall, pushing a publictransportation plan that would be free for riders and would not cost taxpayers a dime. For the past year, Jonathan Freed, with business partner Brenda Anderton, has been running a free transportation service on Siesta Key called

Jonny’s Free Beach Rides. The company’s six-passenger electric cars run up and down the Key from The Old Salty Dog restaurant in the Village south to Turtles restaurant. Freed’s service has become quite popular. “We’ve gone 22,500 miles in just under a year,” he said. His drivers pay to drive the vehicles, similar to the manner in which a hairdresser rents a chair in a salon; the drivers make their money in tips. The business doesn’t charge customers for the rides. It earns its income by charging businesses to place advertisements on the cars. The same business model

is being proposed for downtown Sarasota. John Moran, operations manager for the Downtown Improvement District, is a big believer in the concept. He is facilitating meetings with the city’s top brass. “There are 85 potential stops on Main Street, from Marina Jack to Kane’s Plaza,” said Moran. The plan calls for six to eight electric vehicles running simultaneously — three going east and three going west. A passenger’s wait time would be about four minutes. Freed met individually with city commissioners Aug. 4. His plan will get its first public airing during the

CROSSROADS Jonathan Freed’s electric cars are street-legal and can be used on roads that accept speeds up to 35 mph. The cars themselves top out at 25 mph. The plan is for the cars to operate the length of Main Street, which would have them crossing U.S. 301 and U.S. 41, both posted for speeds exceeding 35 mph. The law states that low-speed vehicles, such as Freed’s, are allowed to legally cross roads that have speed limits higher than 35 mph. Freed is proposing that he store and charge his vehicles in the Palm Avenue parking garage, which has electric-car charging ports.

Aug. 15 City Commission meeting, when commissioners will decide whether to include low-speed vehicles, such as Freed’s, in the pedicab ordinance, a necessary step in the process.

The North Trail Redevelopment Partnership believes it has a plan in place to transform the North Trail into a thriving business district. It has already convinced the County Commission of that, and now it will try to do the same before the City Commission. Jay Patel, president of the NTRP, will urge city commissioners Aug. 15, to contribute $40,000 toward the hiring of a North Trail economic-development coordinator. Two weeks ago, county commissioners approved a contribution of $40,000 for that purpose, contingent upon the City Commission and the NTRP also pitching in the same amount. “Nothing like this has been approached before,” said Patel. “(The job) is very important for North Trail.” Patel said the NTRP has more than half of its $40,000 committed, and he is actively seeking more contributions from other North Trail business owners. The main goal of the new economicdevelopment coordinator will be business recruitment. NTRP leaders hope the position will be filled by the end of the year. “We want businesses to relocate on the Trail,” Patel said. “We have a lot of vacancies in terms of buildings and land.” Former City Commission candidate Richard Dorfman has been pushing for North Trail redevelopment and supports hiring a coordinator who would concentrate solely to that purpose. “For the first time, all stakeholders on the North Trail have the opportunity to be represented by a dedicated, economic development coordinator whose singular focus will be on commercial growth for the betterment of the entire North Sarasota community,” Dorfman said. “New business means job creation and economic opportunity.” To help attract new businesses, the NTRP expects to conduct a full demographic study of the North Trail and develop sales materials based on the findings. A website dedicated to the commercial opportunities in the area will also be created. “If redevelopment is going to happen, the time is now,” said Patel.





+ Bartolotta investigates office hours routine City Manager Bob Bartolotta hasn’t started office hours yet. At an informal meeting of the Sarasota City Commission last month, commissioners agreed with a concept proposed by Vice Mayor Terry Turner to create weekly office hours for Bartolotta that will be open to the public. The decision was made after Turner explained that a meeting he held with members of the Gulf Coast Business Exchange left him with the impression that changes need to be made to the city’s building division and its permitting process. But, first, Bartolotta wants to set up a meeting with the Gulf Coast Business Exchange and the city of St. Petersburg to investigate how the process has worked.

+ Dolphin Tower units depreciating in value A downtown Sarasota condominium complex that has a faulty concrete

for a unit in July, 65% less than its $99,400 purchase price in May 1998. Unit owners were recently told they have to pay $8.2 million to repair a cracked concrete slab that acts as a main support beam. The condominium’s insurance company has denied its claim to repair the slab.

Meetings agendas


Community Alliance Steering Committee — 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, School Board Brown Awning Building, A/B Conference Room, 1980 Landings Blvd., Sarasota 

+ City of Sarasota to host free lobbying workshop

City Commission Regular Meeting — 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota. 

 Arlington Park Neighborhood Association — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota

slab led to units in the 117-unit Dolphin Towers building being sold in July for less than half of what previous owners paid. Orchard Park, N.Y.,-based Sarasota Equity Enterprises LLC bought two units for a total of $95,000, or 86% less than what its former owners paid. And Mahi Towers LLC paid $35,000


The city of Sarasota will host a free training session concerning lobbying for public officials from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the commission chambers at City Hall, 1565 First St. The Florida League of Cities will present the free workshop session. The course, designed for elected officials, local government administrative personnel and ManaSota League exofficio and associate members, will focus on how to effectively lobby on behalf of local government and the ManaSota League of Cities. Three professional lobbyists will provide advice and instruction about


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by Robin Roy | County Editor From left, Mark Huey, CEO of the Economic Development Corp.; Allan Lane, economic-development manager for North Port; Randy Welker, economicdevelopment coordinator for the city of Sarasota; and Allen Carlson, CEO of Sun Hydraulics.

Public-art coordinator Virginia Hoffman presented a new interactive public-art project to the Public Art Committee Wednesday. “We have two committees right now,” Haborak said. “One of the committee and one of another person (Hoffman). There are too many cooks in the kitchen right now.” Smith defended Hoffman and her position. “Virginia was tasked by my office to research this project,” Smith said. “It’s simply a proposal and the (Sarasota Observer) article reflects that.” Both Smith and Hoffman urged the board to approve the project. “This will raise the bar in public art for this community,” Smith said. Haborak asked for a motion to table the discussion until the artwork selections were finalized. “To simply just agree to something now with public money isn’t right,” Haborak said. Committee member Trulee Jameson also expressed concern. “I’m concerned about approving this before we know what we are branding for our city,” Jameson said. The board, by a 3-2 vote, agreed to approve a motion to support the publicart project with a budget up to $55,000. As part of the motion, Jameson will be appointed to the project’s steering committee to work closely with the formation of the project. The Sarasota City Commission has the final say on the project’s approval. Mayor Suzanne Atwell, who attended the meeting, voiced her approval of the project. “We need something interactive to draw people downtown,” Atwell said.

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Business experts: Get the government out of the way Three of Sarasota County’s top economic-development officials and a local CEO have provided a roadmap for the county’s economic recovery. Asked how best to revitalize Sarasota County’s economy, the area’s top economic-development officials responded with two predominate themes — getting government out of the way and fostering teamwork among communities. “A lot of people have the misconception that it’s the government’s job to create jobs,” said Allan Lane, economic-development manager for North Port. “That is not the case.” Lane was part of a panel at the Aug. 4 Sarasota Tiger Bay luncheon, during which the local economy was the primary topic. The other panelists were Mark Huey, CEO of the Economic Development Corp.; Randy Welker, economic-development coordinator for the city of Sarasota; and Allen Carlson, CEO of Sun Hydraulics. The panelists agreed that government’s

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Public-art coordinator Virginia Hoffman and Dr. Clifford Smith, who oversees the Public Art Committee, officially proposed Wednesday a new $55,000 interactive public-art project along Main Street that could take more than a year to complete. The project calls for nine bronze sculptures to be made and placed along Main Street. The art project, which would be owned by the city, could mimic a popular art-project concept in downtown Greenville, S.C., called “Mice on Main,” which allows adults and children to walk the streets of downtown and find sculptures of mice in unique places. But board member George Haborak opened the discussion on the new project by expressing concern with an article published in the Aug. 4 edition of the Sarasota Observer, in which Hoffman discussed the project before it came before the board for discussion. Hoffman, however, told the board the project has been discussed openly for months. Members of the committee also expressed disappointment that none of them was invited on a recent rip to Greenville, taken by some art committee members and public officials, to see the sculptures there. “We haven’t even talked about this project yet,” Haborak said. “How can we already be planning this when the Public Art Committee hasn’t even reviewed it?” Haborak questioned the role of the public-art coordinator and said it was reducing the committee’s duties.

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Value of bay already known Sarasota Bay is part of what makes Sarasota, Sarasota. It contains two of our three coastlines, is lined with beautiful homes and natural habitat and is enjoyed by kayakers, boaters, Jet Skiers, fishermen and many more. It is an enormous asset and, as such, needs protection from inadvertent damage. After suffering pollution problems during early community growth, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program was created in 1989 through an act of Congress, literally, to improve water quality, increase habitat and generally enhance the natural resource of the bay for public enjoyment and asset protection. The bay has such collective value that there is a role for a quasi-governmental organization such as the Bay Estuary Program to be overseeing its health. Now the Bay Estuary Program has commissioned the first-ever economic value study of Sarasota Bay. Paul Hindsley, an assistant professor of environmental studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, will be paid $21,000 to study the economic value of the bay during the next year. “The decision to do an economic-value

study of Sarasota Bay is timely given its importance to our region,” said Mark Alderson, SBEP director. “This is the first major economic study focused on the key assets associated with Sarasota Bay.” This is where things get a little worrisome. The purpose of this study is to give economic credence to the Bay Estuary Program’s future requests for public funding. No longer will it be that seagrasses are dwindling and algae blooms are blooming and so (fill in government body) should provide funding to expand sea grasses and limit algae. Instead, or in addition to the environmental sway, the argument will be that the bay is an economic asset worth a bazillion dollars and so how can (fill in government body) not be willing to fork over a few hundred thousand dollars to grow seagrass and prevent algae blooms? We can’t risk our bazilliondollar asset! It will be an extra level of arm-twisting to leverage the most public money possible for the bay. Such studies, we have seen, can be notoriously padded with assumptions on economic spin-offs, dollar multipliers and so on (see baseball spring training economic impact

studies). A similar study of the Indian River National Estuary Program in 2007 found a value there of $3.7 billion — whatever that means. After all, that body of water, like Sarasota Bay, could not be bought privately. The happy truth of the matter is Sarasota Bay has been getting steadily cleaner and healthier for decades. In 2010, the Bay Estuary Program’s annual report found that there has been a 64% reduction in nitrogen pollution since 1988, which has contributed to a 24% increase in seagrass coverage, the re-establishment of bay scallops and new oyster colonization. Of course, part of this success — perhaps a large part — must be attributed to Sarasota County’s large-scale replacement of septic tanks with central sewer systems in the lowlying Phillippi Creek watershed. That has reduced fecal pollution and other wastewater contaminants considerably at the south end of Sarasota Bay. Further, the county has enacted stricter fertilizer laws to reduce nitrogen runoff into the bay. Elected officials need to recognize the purpose of this number when asked for future public funds from the Bay Estuary Program.


Government debt is a moral failure The moral compass for the majority of our political leadership in both parties is what is right for re-election, not the country’s future. The budget deal last week that averted a possible default by the federal government completely dodged the underlying monster that must be slain before it slays us. We have been living beyond our means for a long time. Every level of government is bigger than we can afford and still maintain a standard of living beyond Argentina. That reality clearly has not set in, not in Washington, Tallahassee or locally. Florida and her cities and counties must balance their budget ROD every year, so pushing THOMSON off tough decisions is not an option. Yet even in an economy that in reality is in a fouryear recession, Manatee County schools increased their taxes, and Manatee County jacked up impact fees and has tentatively approved a property tax increase. State College of Florida increased tuition 8% to cover spiraling expenses, yet planned to buy a $71,000 Cadillac SUV for officials (replacing a 2008 Lexus), that is, until the Bradenton Herald outed them. Gov. Rick Scott is trying to ratchet down

state government but meeting resistance at every level and from every party, including his own. His success so far has been limited, but is a start. Washington, D.C., however, is rapidly destroying our children’s hopes for prosperity, because the compass for the majority of politicians in both parties points toward what is right for the next election, not right for the future of the United States. The numbers tell the story, and they are not the numbers you read about. The media always tend to tell the horse-race story, who is winning and the he-said-she-said of the moment, without providing ongoing factual context that could change the minds of Americans. As a result, more and more Americans simply get frustrated and call down a pox on both parties. The $14.3 trillion debt ($14.4 trillion, $14.5 trillion, depending on what day you read this) is the one looking in the rearview mirror, the one already outstanding to creditors, the one yet to be paid off. All last week’s deal did was lift the cap to borrow more from our children to pay today’s bills, not the debt. The cuts are incredibly tiny, and somehow you just know Congress will find a way to slither out of them. The institution containing our U.S. senators and representatives is incapable of controlling itself.

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The real debt is what we have by law promised to pay in the future minus the revenues we expect in the future. Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff put that number at $211 trillion. It is called the fiscal gap, the net present value of all future expenses minus all future revenue. That $211 trillion was not on the table in these debates, because it includes the enormous financial and political liabilities of Social Security and Medicare payments. That means senior citizens. Senior citizens are organized, and they vote. Re-election trumps future hopes. Moral failure. There are three ways to deal with the fiscal gap between future revenues and expenses: Raise revenues, cut spending or a combination of both. • Raising revenues. Theoretically this could be accomplished through economic growth. Unfortunately, economic growth is included in Kotlikoff’s assumptions already. So that gap exists with economic growth. The other revenue source is to increase taxes. The brazenly political way to do that is increase taxes on the rich — the majority voting to take from the minority — who already pay far more than their fair share. The top 1% of income earners pay nearly 40% of all income taxes. But beyond that, there just aren’t enough rich with enough money to make a dent in the gap. According to the IRS, about 2% of U.S. households have an income of $250,000 and above. If Congress taxes 100% of in-




come above that, it would raise $1.4 trillion. One time. People don’t work for free. Spurious tax increases on corporate jets and yachts would raise laughably paltry amounts, if anything, and hurt workers in those industries as a luxury tax did in the 1990s. That is heinous politicking to the ignorant. Immoral. Corporate taxes are already some of the highest in the Western world. But if we took 100% of all the profits of the Fortune 500 companies, we would raise $400 billion. One time. Companies don’t work for free, either. Without ever making the argument that tax increases hurt economic growth, which itself is an economic truism on which both parties largely agree, it becomes obvious that increasing taxes on the rich will not close the gap in any appreciable way. It only helps re-election chances. Moral failure. There is only one place to get the kinds of money that the taxincreasers want. The middle class. En masse, that is where most of the country’s wealth is. And even the most fervent tax-raiser will not propose broad middle-class tax hikes because that is a sure method to losing re-election. There is no way to slice it. Revenues cannot solve the fiscal gap. • Cutting spending. This is the heart of the matter. To win political points and the next election, Congress and presidents from both parties have for decades promised huge entitlements they have not funded. Entitlements they cannot fund because they are simply too big. The problem here is moral, also. And not just in Congress but among



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Dear Editor: I notice news and opinion items almost daily in our city’s daily newspaper on why and by how much Gov. Rick Scott’s popularity ratings are falling, but I also notice in that newspaper a virtual total blackout on why and by how much President Barack Obama’s popularity has taken a precipitous fall. I think it is worthy of being reported in all the media that by now a whopping 63% of Americans disapprove of his policies, particularly public debt and health care. They believe the country is on the wrong track. Meanwhile, in other media, especially in national financial newspapers, I read that Gov. Scott’s fiscal and employment measures introduced since his election have been quite successful compared to most other governors. Bold measures have brought excessive, wasteful spending under control. Fiscal deficits are being turned into surpluses. Unemployment has been brought down in Florida. Perhaps our governor is unpopular with those large numbers of public sector employees, labor unions such as teachers and others who dislike seeing their habitual living high off the hog at the taxpayers’ expense now being checked by Gov. Scott.  The readers of our hometown newspapers deserve to be told by all of them what our politicians are doing right, or wrong, instead of one newspaper selectively printing ad nauseam on the negatives of a candidate the paper had not endorsed editorially, while hardly informing on the negatives of another candidate it did endorse. Nick Catsakis Sarasota

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Dear Editor: On the editorial page of the Aug. 4 issue of the Sarasota Observer, you printed a comment about the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre’s application to convert to a nonprofit theater. Since 1971, this theater has resisted turning non-profit, despite advice from a number of knowledgeable theater professionals to take the non-profit route. Since then, the handful of theaters, which then existed in Sarasota, has grown to many more theaters, every one of which is non-profit. The Golden Apple alone has struggled on as (quite inaccurately) being a “for profit” theater.   At Sarasota’s non-profit theaters before almost every performance, the audience is told that “the first act,” or anywhere from 40% to 50% of tickets sales, covers the cost of the production they are about to see. This is not idle talk. To speak of “paying 35% tax rates on profits” is completely unrealistic and inaccurate referring to the Golden Apple. The application for non-profit status is an attempt at survival. Being able to pay for the second act by having the ability to request donations and apply for grants is vitally necessary to make the theater’s survival possible.     For the 40 years of its existence, the Golden Apple has served this community in numerous ways. It has helped other theaters with props, scenery, costumes and made the theater space available during community events. It has provided employment not only to performers but to a staff, some of whom have been working at the Golden Apple for more than 30 years. The Golden Apple “family” encompasses not only the Turoff family but actors, musicians, office personnel, etc.  My hope is that before long the Observer Group will print an editorial in support of the Golden Apple and all it has done for the local community in the past and help its survival into the future. Eva T. Slane Sarasota


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Recycling as religion Every week in Sarasota a green army fans out to pick up “recyclables.” Most residents never question the appropriateness of such an undertaking and work diligently to support the war against waste. The cult of saving trash — paper, plastic and glass — has become religion in our culture, the faithful assuming waste is bad so recycling has to be good. Unfortunately, environmentalists who blindly follow conventional wisdom in order to feel good about themselves do not think about the costs of their moral adventures. Let’s take a look at the county’s recycling program. In 2010, Sarasota made slightly more than $1 million selling the recyclables you donated at Kalahar the curb in those fancy red and blue bins. Unfortunately, it spent $8.65 million in tax dollars on recycling. In a lame attempt to command the market, the recycling program, guided by 52 pages of regulations, increased collection rates, mandated residents to divide their trash or be fined, was more destructive of scarce resources and resulted in a loss of at least $7.5 million for the county. By any measure, that’s government waste at its finest. By these accounts, Sarasota’s public enemy No. 1 is not a murderer; it’s an empty milk jug. There’s nothing wrong with recycling when it’s approached from a perspective of sound economics. People recycle all sorts of stuff that takes a large degree of labor, time and resources to produce, such as cars, homes and pianos, without even thinking twice about it. Why? Because the free market, incentives and voluntary exchange guide scarce resources

to their most valuable uses. If it is profitable and efficient to recycle a resource, rest assured it was economized by the private sector long ago. Hypocritically, however, to the “green demigods,” only when an individual is forced to do so by government compulsion or political correctness is he said to be engaged in recycling. If the county is bent on tithing to Mother Earth, it should focus on aluminum with direct payment drop-off centers for residents. Profit-driven mechanisms for the collection of aluminum cans emerged without government mandates long ago because recycling drink cans requires 10% less energy than transforming bauxite into aluminum. Other compassionate reasons to recycle also don’t stand up to research. • We are running out of landfill space. The U.S. has more landfill capacity then ever before. A landfill that would hold all of America’s garbage for the next 100 years would be only about 10 miles long on a side. Ironically, 40% of the recyclable waste is not of suitable quality so it ends up in the landfill anyway, while “good?” recyclables are often piled to the

ceiling in warehouses with no market for sale. • Trash is harmful to our health and environment. Today landfills pose absolutely no hazard to the environment, employ hundreds of workers and can produce electricity. The EPA says risks from modern landfills are virtually nonexistent and can be expected to cause only 5.7 cancer-related deaths over the next 300 years. Naturally occurring carcinogens found in fruits and vegetables are more dangerous to humans than modern landfills. • We’re running out of trees and other raw materials. The total area of forestland in the U.S. is all but the same as it was 75 years ago, while tree density per acre has increased dramatically. Three million acres of trees are planted every year by private landowners, while the amount of new growth that occurs each year in forests exceeds by a factor of 20 the amount of wood and paper that is consumed by the world each year. Since 1845, the average inflationadjusted price of raw materials has fallen more than 50%. R e m e m b e r, price is inversely related to supply. The “running out of” argument becomes nothing more than a mystical sermon, preaching that paper does not grow

on trees and glass is made from diamonds. • Recycling reduces pollution. It’s not clear whether secondary manufacturing (recycling) produces less pollution than primary manufacturing. Simply changing the nature of pollution through recycling does not make pollution any less polluting. • Recycling saves energy. More energy and resources are spent than saved in the process of mandatory recycling. Curbside recycling can double the cost of waste disposal as an entire second fleet of vehicles and manpower using massive amounts of energy, water, capital and labor are used to collect, sort, clean and process the materials. Mandated recycling efforts come at the cost of wasting more resources to actually recycle the product than would be used if recycling did not take place. As such, recycling programs misallocate scarce resources and inhibit economic growth, which lowers our wealth level and standard of living. This is counter to the gospel of “sustainability.” The moral tragedy is that we see recycling and think “good,” but we fail to see are the people whose pain and suffering could have been lessened had the resources been allowed to serve more economically efficient purposes. Recycling abundant resources allows the self-righteous to feel superior while they blindly promote the suffering of others they so piously claim to have compassion for. Maybe it’s time to recycle the way we think about recycling. Amen. Dean Kalahar teaches economics and psychology at Sarasota High School, and has authored three books, including Practical Economics.

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Tip of the iceberg 9:25 a.m. — 1800 block of South Osprey Avenue. Theft. A restaurant manager discovered one of his waitresses was altering customers’ credit-card charges. She would change the amount of the tip, so she would receive more from her customers. In May, she altered seven transactions for $10. In June, she changed 33 charges for $99, and in July, she collected $198 from 31 altered transactions. The woman was fired the day the theft was discovered.

Father doesn’t know best 1:27 p.m. — 1000 block of Azinger Way. Negligent Treatment of a Child. Golf-course employees say a man has been leaving his 9-year-old son unattended in the clubhouse restaurant while he plays golf. An officer saw the boy curled up on some chairs put together and covered with a tablecloth. The father has apparently been doing this three times a week for about a month. Dad told the officer that he leaves the boy in the clubhouse, because he can no longer afford to pay for the boy’s summer camp.

Gun control 5:36 p.m. — Mound Street. Suspicious Incident. Someone spotted a gun lying in the road. An officer arrived and saw it was a toy gun that had since been demolished.

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8:47 p.m. — 3600 block of Colorado Street. Vehicle Burglary. A woman was driving through the intersection of Beneva Road and 17th Street, when she saw a minivan traveling recklessly down the road. She called police to report that it was weaving in and out of lanes and even into oncoming traffic. The van almost hit the woman’s car, so she began to follow it. She trailed the driver for more than a mile, until the car stopped in a driveway. The woman parked

On the prowl 1:05 a.m. — 1700 block of Cherokee Drive. Trespassing. Three kids were loitering in a yard. They were running around on the grass and on the porch. The homeowner called police. The boys told officers they were bored, so they decided to see some girls. Of course, everyone knows there’s no better way to attract the opposite sex than running in circles at 1 a.m.

Out of the way! 11:20 a.m. — 100 block of South School Avenue. Dispute. A young man told police he was walking along the road, when a motorcyclist intentionally tried to hit him. The young man’s father immediately got into an argument with the motorcyclist. The rider told police that he was making a U-turn, and didn’t make any contact with anyone. The young man was not injured.

They forgot the floss 4:30 p.m. — 2700 block of South Tamiami Trail. Theft. A dentist’s office had a Tube Dude statue in front of its building. It portrayed a man holding a toothbrush. The dentists arrived at work to discover the Tube Dude was damaged. Surveillance video showed two kids trying to steal the entire statue, not realizing it was cemented to the ground. Instead, they pried loose the toothbrush and took it. Be on the lookout for a kid brushing his teeth with a 2-foot metal brush with a yellow handle and orange bristles.

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7:44 p.m. — 2300 block of Gull Lane. Trespassing. A mother called police to report five kids, who knew her daughter, were at her house and were harassing both her and her daughter. The four girls and one boy were shouting and banging on the door. An officer arrived and asked the kids what they were doing. One girl said she had been staying at the house and wanted to retrieve some of her belongings — a few drawings, a cell phone and a few articles of clothing. The boy said he left a hair iron in the home. The two were able to recover their belongings.

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Trains stalled in neighborhood More than four months after residents were told empty boxcars were to be moved from their neighborhood in a matter of days, they sit in the same place they’ve been since March.

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The control tower at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport was built in the early 1980s. “It’s outlived its usefulness,” said airport President and CEO Rick Piccolo.

Sarasota International seeks funding for new control tower With its existing control tower about 30 years old, SRQ Airport is designing a new one. However, problems at the FAA threaten to throw a wrench in those plans. Uncertainty at the Federal Aviation Administration is causing uncertainty at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The airport is in the midst of a $1.2 million design of a new control tower, which will have a total project cost of $16 million to $20 million. Airport President and CEO Rick Piccolo said about two-thirds of the total funding is already in place, but the airport needs the rest from the FAA to build the new tower. “The only issue is the FAA reauthorization,” he said. “But I’m reasonably confident we’ll get the funding.” Congress has yet to fund the FAA, which has put many airport projects on hold throughout the country. The current tower was built in the early

1980s; Piccolo said it needs to be replaced. It’s 85 feet tall and on the extreme northern end of the airport property. It could have line-of-sight issues if the airport moves forward with construction of a new building planned for an aviation-related function, possibly maintenance. A new tower would be about 140 feet tall and would be built closer to the airport’s terminal. The tower’s design is scheduled to be complete next spring. Piccolo said that provides plenty of time for the FAA funding questions to be answered. He hopes to begin work on the new tower shortly after design is complete. Tower construction would take about 18 months.

Two Sarasota communities have been trying unsuccessfully for months to rid themselves of some nuisance neighbors, and despite assurances, it doesn’t appear those neighbors will clear out anytime soon. In March, about two-dozen graffiticovered railroad boxcars rolled to a stop on the tracks between the Alta Vista and Gardens of Ringling Park neighborhoods. The train sat just 20 feet from Shade Avenue between South Pelican Drive and Novus Street. Neighbors began complaining to the city that because some of the boxcars had doors that were open or missing, they were a temptation not only for kids, but also for transients. Some of the open cars revealed pillows, blankets, clothing, food wrappers and beverage containers. City officials contacted the Seminole Gulf Railway to see when the cars may be moving. Harry Neeves, a railway vice president, assured them that the tracks between the two neighborhoods were only being used as a temporary storage area. He wrote March 30 to the city’s neighborhood and development director, Tim Litchet, to tell him that the train would be moving in a couple of weeks. More than four months later, the boxcars have not moved. Alta Vista resident and former City Commission candidate Pete Theisen has been exchanging emails with Neeves, whom Theisen calls “that nasty man from the railroad.” “He keeps saying (Seminole Gulf) will

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move them,” said Theisen. It’s frustrated City Hall as well. “Seminole Gulf Railway is not what one would call ‘a good corporate citizen,’” said City Commissioner Shannon Snyder. Neeves did not return a call seeking comment. However, the city has no recourse other than to ask the rail company to move the cars. Federal law gives the railroads autonomy from state and local laws. Neeves said private security monitors the boxcars to make sure no illegal activity is happening in them. But that hasn’t done much to reassure neighbors. “There are two dangers,” said Theisen. “One is to kids, and the other is to women and seniors from the derelicts making their home in (the boxcars).”

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+ Sarasota Crew team rows its way to multiple golden victories In July, Sarasota Crew traveled to Indianapolis to participate in the U.S. Club National Championships and brought home four gold medals and one bronze medal. This month, the team traveled to St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, to row in the 129th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, where the team picked up four gold medals. Gold medals were won at the U.S. Club National Championships in the following categories: Men’s Junior B single, rowed by Travis Taaffe; Men’s Junior A quad, rowed by Taaffe, Ryan Anderson, Carson Green and Victor Tarra; and Women’s Intermediate Double and Women’s Senior Double, rowed by Carli Goldberg and Cara Linenkohl. Gold medals were won at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in: Women’s Under 23 Double, rowed by Goldberg and Linenkohl; Men’s Under 17 Single rowed by Taaffe; Women’s Senior Double rowed by Linenkohl and Meghan O’Leary; and Women’s Senior Quad by Goldberg, Anna Kobayashi, O’Leary and Linenkohl.

+ Sarasota Council welcomes new board members in its 33rd year Donald Kayton, of Longboat Key, was elected as the new board president of the Literacy Council of Sarasota. The council is a 33-year non-profit organization that focuses on improving the English skills of adults in Sarasota County. Vice president will be Ted Lindenberg, secretary will be Toni LaMotta, and Charles Gallagher will serve as treasurer. Another addition to the organization is Sarasota Courtesy photo native Shon Ewens, who will serve as Nina Insinna with the council’s new executive director. Donald Kayton

+ Non-profit launches diaper drive The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Inc., a non-profit with a goal to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants and young children, is collecting diapers. An estimated one in three families in Sarasota County is having a hard time providing basic needs for their children. All month, there will be drop-off locations available for unopened diaper packages or cash. For more information and a list of drop-off locations, call education and development coordinator for The Healthy Start Coalition, Ciera Galbraith, at 373-7070, Ext. 303.

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For the past week, all of the students in the FST summer program have brought in spare change to raise money for the Cancer Support Community. So far, they have raised more than $200. Nick hopes they can raise at least $350. “The thing I’m struck by,” Duda said, “is often times we just assume that a topic as heavy as cancer is something we should keep from children to shelter them. But it’s most eye-opening for me, because Nick gave us a really great opportunity to share, open up and take some action so that every child in camp feels better because they’re doing something.”



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Every morning and evening, operations officers such as Mike Schukraf inspect the airfield for debris and potholes and ensure the lighting and signage are functioning properly. The airport recently installed LED lights. It’s 2:30 p.m. Monday, and the airport is quiet. Communications specialist Gerald Noeske is sitting inside the communications hub at SRQ, Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, staring at computer screens connected to 80 cameras. The cameras dart left, right and turn in circles to show every activity happening on the grounds. One activity they show is the conveyer belt of suitcases once they are handed over by airline passengers to be loaded on the correct planes. Operations Officer Lionel Guilbert walks through an office area and into a room where two TSA agents are waiting for bags to pass through. The bags make their way down the belt, through the X-ray computer, up a ramp and drop back down onto a baggage belt, before they are scanned and loaded onto a cart that will take them out to the appropriate aircrafts. As Guilbert walks around the outside of the airport, he

is constantly entering pass codes, swiping his badge and talking on the radio. At the airport’s on-site fire station, garage doors open to reveal three all-terrain, six-wheel-drive trucks that spray both foam and water on the aircrafts and hold 3,000 gallons of each. The sharp probe on the end, called a “Snozzle,” can pierce through to the inside of an aircraft. (In case of an emergency, the probe could be used to cut open the aircraft.) The airport also has its own police station, home to a holding cell and lost and found. Operations Officer Mike Schukraft starts his truck and drives out to the runway, where two aircraft await clearance for takeoff, then zoom by, just a few feet from where he’s standing. It’s just another day at the airport.

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BY THE NUMBERS 1,600 to 3,000 — number of people who fly at SRQ a day 29 — number of countries whose aircrafts have landed at SRQ 109 — number of airport employees 4 — number of major airlines that operate out of the airport 3 — number of baggage claim belts

Communications specialist Gerald Noeske keeps watch over the 80 cameras housed at the airport from the Air Communications Center, which is open 24 hours a day.

Left: As baggage is removed from the back of the plane, Wilbur Wilson stands on top of a baggage cart near the front and loads suitcases for the next flight.





A member of the ground control crew directs the pilot toward the gate. Airframe and power-plant mechanic Vess Ploskov removes the panels on an R44 Raven II helicopter that’s due for its annual inspection.

In addition to an on-site police department, the airport also has its own fire department, located in the center of both runways, that helps the crew to respond quickly to crashes and other emergencies.

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by Loren Mayo | Community Editor

by Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

Organizations unite for lunch meeting Broadway Bar. Theater owner Bob Turoff informed members that it was in their best interest to find a new meeting location, because he did not want them to find themselves without one. “We met at the Golden Apple for 39 years, so this transition is huge for us,” said Dana Keane, Kiwanis Club president. “We are still exploring other options for meeting locations but have been very happy with Broadway Bar so far.”

Photos by Rachel S. O’Hara

Sarasota Bay Watch co-founder John Ryan, Sarasota Yacht Club Commodore Jeff Birnbach and Sarasota Bay Watch President and co-founder Rusty Chinnis

‘Scallopalooza’ makes a big splash at SYC Members of the community as well as Sarasota Yacht Club members attended Scallopalooza Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Sarasota Yacht Club. T h e evening included a cocktail hour, dinner and a silent auction to raise money for Sarasota Bay Watch’s scallop restoration project. The importance of scallops was highlighted during the dinner presentation, during which those in attendance learned about the history of coastal waters and new advances in restoration and ecomanagement. Attendees could also sign up for the fourth annual Sarasota Bay Great Scallop Search that will take place, Saturday, Aug. 13.

Photos by Loren Mayo

Joe and Leslie Banzarella

Richard and Suellen Field

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Play Golf just 2 miles from Siesta Key! This beautiful 27 hole course is a favorite for local golfers. We are family (and kid) friendly, inexpensive, and very convenient. Gulf Gate Club is the perfect place for your next golf outing. Enjoy the beautiful lake views and nature while playing or simply rest at the Bar.

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The Downtown Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club of Sarasota held an interclub lunch meeting Friday, Aug. 5, at the Broadway Bar. Members felt it would be beneficial to both organizations to work together on various items, so they scheduled a lunch date, bonded over a meal and got down to business. Recently, Kiwanis members decided to move their meeting location from the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre to the



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Emcee Mark Gauthier talks to Kai Hunkeler about the fishing rod given to him by Alan Anderson, left.

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Jason Kebisiak poses with his son, Gavin, 3, after Gavin received a free fishing rod.

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Ryan Shannon shows off his 4.67-pound trout that he caught.

By the numbers 192 — Number of anglers 50 — Number of boats in the competition 181.85 — Number of pounds the tournamentrecord grouper weighed 600 — Number of pounds of fish the Sarasota Slam donated to the Salvation Army



Fishing tournament hooks anglers The Home Builders Association Manatee-Sarasota 2011 Sarasota Slam fishing tournament reeled in 192 anglers last week, with the final weigh-in held Saturday, Aug. 6, at Marina Jack. Team Hooker took first place this year with 500 release points. Winner of the offshore division was Team Braggin’ Rights, with a tournamentrecord grouper weighing in at 181.85 pounds. Each year, the tournament committee selects a charity to which to donate the proceeds, and this year’s chosen charity was Homes for Our Troops, in particular the home being built for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Juan Roldan, in Parrish, who was severely wounded in Iraq. Also, Sarasota Slam donated 600 pounds of freshly caught fish to Salvation Army locations in Bradenton and Sarasota.

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Beau Ciel condominium sells for $1.2 million Constance Thompkins, trustee, Sarasota, sold the Unit 1004 condominium at 990 Blvd. of the Arts to Bengal Holdings of Florida LLC for $1.2 million. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 3,135 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,318,000 in 2003. The following residential real-estate transactions were recorded at the Sarasota County Courthouse between July 25 to July 29. The Beau Ciel condominium sale was one of two sales to top $1 million. In this week’s 18 sales, eight were in Sarasota County, two were in Palmer Ranch, five were in Osprey and two were in Nokomis.


Michael and Christina Howlett, of Ontario, Canada, sold their home at 1727 Hyde Park St. to Robert and Anne Silverstein, of Sarasota, for $850,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,134 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $694,000 in 2004.

Phillippi Gardens

Matthew and Maureen Morris, of Sarasota, sold their home at 5547 Merrimac Drive to Gregory and Elizabeth Grauel, of Sarasota, for $500,000. Built in 1963, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,836 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,000 in 2002.

Coral Cove

Stan Jones, of Sarasota, sold his home at 7313 Starfish Drive to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., for $466,300. Built in 1971, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,964 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $245,000 in 2003.

Aqualane Estates

Edward and Sheila Johnston, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1741 Stanford Lane to Dalia Shyevitch, of Sarasota, for

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





990 Blvd. of the Arts 939 Pomelo Place 1020 S. Orange Ave. 2525 Colony Terrace 2449 Main St. 464 Golden Gate Point 2375 Temple St. 3518 Jacinto Court 605 S. Gulfstream Ave. 435 S. Gulfstream Ave.

Remodel Water Heater Demolition Re-roof Re-roof Mechanical Re-roof Re-roof Mechanical Mechanical

Maria Carver, trustee Anne McLean Edward Schindler Stephen Rees Jr. Frank Steiner Jon Findlay Wolter William Karen Sailor Don Spivey Robert Stewart

$97,500 $10,000 $9,340 $8,000 $7,450 $6,300 $6,300 $6,000 $5,378 $5,335


Unit 1004 at Beau Ciel, 990 Blvd. of the Arts, has two bedrooms, three baths and 3,135 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.2 million.

$460,000. Built in 1969, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,747 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $170,000 in 1989.

Harbor Acres

David Pierce, of Sarasota, sold his home at 1349 Harbor Drive to Jevon and Donna Holland, of Sarasota, for $415,000. Built in 1949, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,911 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $227,000 in 1994.

McClellan Park

The Reluctant Landlord LLC sold the home at 1750 Seminole Drive to Janet Lytle, trustee, for $330,000. Built in 1941, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,332 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $44,500 in 1975.

Desota Park

David Haenel sold his home at 1827 Hibiscus St. to A&B Interests Inc. for $270,000. Built in 1950, it has three bedrooms, one bath and 1,159 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $210,000 in 2009.


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William Woods Detlev Von Kessel Susan Rosenberg Helene Myers, trustee Denise Hetrick Shelly Maxwell Mireya Alday-Eavey Martin Entler Maria Schlunk, trustee Warren Middleton

Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

Broadway Promenade

Sabal Palm Bank sold the Unit 1133 condominium at 1064 N. Tamiami Trail to Jonathan Whitney, of Sarasota, for $225,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,551 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $378,900 in 2007.

PALMER RANCH Villagewalk

U.S. Bank, N.A., trustee, sold the home at 7883 Bergamo Ave. to Ronald and Suzanne Moscati, of Buffalo, N.Y., for $212,500. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,845 square

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Palmer Square West

Gail and William Firing, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 19 condominium at 3609 Square W. Lane to Michael and Galina Kalmanovich, of Sarasota, for $200,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths and 2,086 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $385,000 in 2005.

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Record Temps. High Low 98 (1925) 65 (1976) 97 (1989) 66 (1971) 96 (1993) 70 (1971) 95 (1970) 69 (1947) 97 (1989) 62 (1982) 96 (1973) 67 (1916) 96 (1993) 68 (1971)

Average Gulf water temperature: 88.5

Arlene Fortsch submitted this sunrise photo taken on Siesta Key overlooking Little Sarasota Bay.



Sunrise 6:59 7:00 7:00 7:01 7:01 7:02 7:02

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Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected alongshore or offshore Sarasota Friday, Aug. 5, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

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1. Fish in the water eat other fish and sometimes grow as much as an inch a month. Yet, once caught, they grow an inch a minute! 2. It was quite a problem. We all knew the team needed a good makeover. Our offensive line was so bad the quarterback used to signal for a fair catch on the snap!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales

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ESTATE SALE: 2852 Hardee Dr., Gulfgate Woods. Friday and Saturday, 8a.m.-2p.m. Tools galore, furniture, kitchen items, office furniture, IBM Selectric III, teacher supplies, clothing, electronics and more! OUR BOOKS 1/2 Price BEE RIDGE BOOKS 4104 Bee Ridge Rd. - Bee Ridge Plaza Trade-In your Paperbacks 941-377-8998

General Merchandise GRANDFATHER CLOCK: Howard Miller Company, excellent cond. $450. 941-925-7079.


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LAKEWOOD RANCH ESTATE- Aluminum 5-piece patio (cost $1700-Restoration Hardware) now $699; Sofa & loveseat (Robb & Stucky) like new $850. Henredon and Drexel bedroom sets, Stearns & Foster Beds, Stiffe lamps, Stanley Entertainment Center for plasma/LCD ($350@Robb &Stucky) $995. 5-piece Cherry Home Office w/2-lateral files, La-Z-Boy sleeper, much, much, more. Manatee Furniture 3015 1st St. Bradenton, 10 Blocks north of DeSoto mall on US Hwy 41. 941-745-2596

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Events BACK TO SCHOOL BASH FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES FREE HAIRCUTS, FREE FOOD Saturday, August 13th 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Haley Hall Trinity United Methodist Church 4150 South Shade Avenue Sarasota, FL 34231 941-924-7756

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Real Estate Wanted LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS WANTED for qualified clients. Furnished or unfurnished. Licensed Realtor. 941-356-5610.

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Cleaning A CLEANING EVEN YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW WILL APPROVE! Every time, guaranteed! Lic./Ins. Bonded. Pamela, 941-320-0023.


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CLEANING YOUR interior will shine! Free Estimate. Call Kate: 941-928-1128. DETAILED WHITE Glove Cleaning. 15 years experience in Sarasota area. Residential/ Business, Move-in/ Move-out, any day, anytime. Excellent references. Debbie, 941-780-3667.


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

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Waterfront Property WANTED! I have cash buyers from Europe lined up. Retired TV producer from Germany are looking for 2-3 BR Condo or House near the beach. Call Helmer 941-592-8853 - Michael Saunders Lic. R. E. Broker

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BETTY’S HOUSECLEANING Service. High quality cleaning. Reasonable rates. Licensed. References. Call 941-650-6180. CLEANING 10 years experience, Licensed, Insured. Residential & Commercial. Housecleaning, Windows, Carpet, Wax Stripping, etc. 941-735-3826

Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Fax: 941-383-7925

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When Sarah Lane watched Amanda McKerrow dancing “Giselle” at The Metropolitan Opera House, that moment inspired her to dance with the American Ballet Theatre. In the photo above, Lane dances a peasant pas de deux in ABT’s “Giselle,” at the Met.

Dancing queen Look out, Sarasota. Natalie Portman’s famous dancing double will pirouette her way to town this month for the Carreño Dance Festival.


f Sarah Lane looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve watched this prima ballerina dance both parts of the fragile white swan and her evil twin, the black swan, as Natalie

Portman’s double in the 2010 feature film, “Black Swan.” Lane, a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, in New York, will join Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño in the Car-

reño Dance Festival this month, at the Sarasota Opera House. Last week, while on vacation in Spain with her husband, Luis Ribagorda, Lane agreed to an email Q&A with The Observer.



Peper shares his other personas. / 4

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LANE from 1

What’s in your ballet bag?

Extra shoes, lamb’s wool, bunion spacers, leg warmers, Thera-Band, foot roller, massage ball, bobby pins, sewing stuff (needle, floss, extra ribbons, elastic and scissors), iPhone, gum, a snack and perfume.

What kind of little girl were you? I was definitely a very girly girl. I loved my Barbies, doing my hair, dressing up, singing and writing poems. I liked to play house with my two little brothers and I usually tortured them by dressing them up. I loved my cat, M&M, and, of course, she got dressed up once in a while, too.


Did you grow up prancing around in a tutu or were you more of a tomboy? Yes, I loved to dance around — tutu or not. I would drive my mom crazy by twirling around the kitchen while she was trying to cook.

Where did you grow up? We lived in the country outside of Memphis, so I didn’t mind getting dirty. I liked to pretend to cook with grass, flowers and mud. Our neighbor was a real cowboy, so we got to go horseback riding.

Which dancers did you idolize as a girl? Only my teachers and classmates, because I didn’t see my first professional fulllength ballet until I was 16. Then, I went with a friend and her family to see Amanda McKerrow in “Giselle,” at the Met. That’s the first moment that I was inspired to dance at American Ballet Theatre.

Do you have any dancing superstitions or rituals? Well, I have my faith, which conquers any silly superstitions. I grew up in a Christian family, and it’s always been an important part of who I am. As for rituals, I guess all professional dancers have their own process to prepare for a show. We know when to sew and break in our shoes, do our hair/ makeup, stretch, warm up, put on our costume, go over choreography and rosin our shoes. I like to listen to music while I get ready. Having that consistency helps me to feel calm and focused.

WHAT: The Carreño Dance Festival

and Summer Intensive programs

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Sarah Lane joined American Ballet Theatre in 2003 and was appointed a soloist in 2007. Here, she dances in “The Sleeping Beauty.”

What music do you listen to before performing? I like U2, Coldplay, Linkin Park, One Republic, Casting Crowns, Mercy Me, Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Crystal Lewis — I like everything. I like to mix it up, because I get bored.

Is the life of a ballerina realistically portrayed in the movie “Black Swan”? No. There are some things that do exist, but in the movie they are completely extreme and ridiculous. Those things happen in many other professions, as well. The dancers who have endured to become professionals and have long careers are smart, healthy and love what they do. We enjoy creating beauty and emotion. That is ballet — and it wasn’t portrayed at all in “Black Swan.”

How did you land the Natalie Portman dance double job? The casting people, or one of the costume ladies, saw me in class at ABT. The director and producer asked to be introduced to me after a performance.

WHEN: Summer Intensive programs

are currently being held at the Sarasota Opera House. “Festival of the Stars” final performance takes place at 5 p.m. Aug. 27. COST: Summer intensive per-session admission passes start at $10; four sessions are $36. Final performance tickets range from $15 to $50. INFO: 328-1300 or

Have you ever dance doubled in any other films? No.

What are your favorite ballets and roles? My favorite is MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet.” I love “Giselle,” too. I, also, love many Jiri Kylian works.

for the Carreño Dance Festival, at the Sarasota Opera House. How did you get involved? José (Manuel Carreño, artistic director) asked me to be a part of his summer program.

Are you close with José? We have danced together several times, and it’s always been a treat. He is such a great partner. He makes all the steps feel so much easier. He has a wonderful personality and energy onstage to connect with. Such an artist is rare to none.

What dances will you be doing? I am doing the Black Swan pas de deux with José.

Have you ever been to Sarasota? I believe once when I was in ABT Studio Company and once to do a “Nutcracker.”

Will you have any time to sightsee while you’re here?

I’m not a huge fan of the dance movies that have been made, but I have friends in “Center Stage.” “White Nights” and “Mao’s Last Dancer” were very good.

I guess we’ll see. I’ve been traveling a lot, so I’m pretty content just being there, teaching and dancing. I think that my husband, (Luis Ribagorda) corps de ballet dancer in ABT, will accompany me. He is friends with José as well.

If you weren’t a dancer, what career would you have chosen?

Is there something you’ve been looking forward to doing once you arrive?

What is your favorite dance movie?

Writer? Physical therapist? No idea, really!

You’ll be heading to Sarasota this month

Enjoying the nice weather and time out of the crazy city. Other than that, I’m open to suggestions.

August 12 – September 17, 2011


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+ Gloria Musicae artistic director seeks singers for musical commemoration The Sarasota Orchestra has asked Joseph Holt, artistic director of Sarasota’s professional vocal chamber ensemble, Gloria Musicae, to select singers in the Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Venice and Fort Myers area to participate in a musical commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Singers should be currently or recently affiliated with one of the area’s vocal organiza-

tions. Gloria Musicae, Key Chorale, Florida Voices, Belle Canto and other local community church and synagogue groups have also been contacted to find singers for these special placement auditions. The goal is to find 75 singers to form a chorus to represent every singing group in the area. For information on auditions, rehearsal times and performance calls, contact Rachel Assi at 551-206-3919.

+ Night of comedy to benefit homeless youth McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre owners Les and Pam McCurdy and the Y Angels, led by Debbie Dannheisser, have partnered to host a night of comedy to benefit Sarasota County’s homeless youth. The awareness event will raise donations to help homeless students with their back-to-school needs — backpacks, calculators, writing materials, shoes, uniforms, etc. The Y Angels are members of the Y Foundation of Sarasota’s Community

Coalition for Children. This year the group has selected the School House Link, a collaborative venture of the Sarasota Family YMCA and the Sarasota County School District. The pre-show meet and greet starts at 6 p.m. with the curtain rising at 7:30 Thursday, Sept. 8, at McCurdy’s, 3333 N. Tamiami Trail. Tickets are $20 per person, and premium tables of four are $100. Call 9253869 or visit

HOT TICKETS Naarai Jacobs to serenade at scholarship concert: Naarai Jacobs,

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sing some of her favorite pop, R&B and show tune songs. Most recently, she has starred in the company’s “The Motown ’60s Revue.” She is entering her sophomore year at Howard University’s School of Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door (checks or cash only). Scholarship opportunities are also available. Call 371-4974.

+ Sarasota Ballet appoints new development director On Monday, the Sarasota Ballet announced the appointment of Noreen Delaney as development director. Delaney joined the ballet staff for the 2009 and 2010 seasons before joining Sarasota magazine and has been an account executive for Vanity Fair and Allure magazines. In her role as development director, Delaney will be responsible for individual gifts, donor relations and related development initiatives. “I am thrilled to be rejoining the Sarasota Ballet as development director and to be part of such a growing, dynamic and innovative dance company,” said Delaney in a prepared statement. Michael Scott, former development director, is now business manager and will be responsible for events, corporate sponsorships and special projects. “Noreen will bring her enthusiasm and passion for the Sarasota Ballet to her position as development director,” said Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb. “We welcome her to our team.”

Gabrielle Ayala, 12, Carson Sandiford, 17, Tanner Bleck, 13, William Dugan, 14, Alexandra Burman, 13, Gabrielle Mengden, 12, Rachel Mengden, 15 and Michael Mengden, 15, participated in summer intensive classes on Monday. Rachel S. O’Hara

+ Carreño Dance Festival kicks off with intense summer programs The Carreño Dance Festival and Summer Intensive began Aug. 4 and will run through Aug. 27. Intensive dance classes led by heralded leaders in the dance world, such as Loipa Araujo, José Carreño, Rinat Imaev and Liz Bergmann, are being offered during the next few weeks. Dance enthusiasts can purchase observer passes for $10 per session; or four sessions for $36.

The special closing performance, “Festival of the Stars,” takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 and features international stars such as Sarah Lane (see this week’s Diversions cover story on Pages 1 and 2), who is known for her role as Natalie Portman’s dance double in “Black Swan,” Carreño and others. Tickets range in price from $15 to $50. Call 328-1300 for ticket information.

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Alter ego It was just another Friday morning in Sarasota, when Marie Antoinette waltzed out of the John Carl Spa & Salon, frolicked through the library parking lot in flip-flops, pressed one palm against the nearest column and the other on her hip and struck a pose. The now glittery flower-adorned turquoise coat started out as a $3 tablecloth from a yard sale three years ago at the Marie Selby Public Library. Even then, Ray Peper knew it would become a French coat, and he knew that he’d need a hat complete with a clock to complement it. Both will be on display in Art Center Sarasota’s exhibition, “The Other Persona,” which opens Aug. 25. Peper’s display is titled, “Out of Mind: Costumes and Ephemera.” Other artists showing their works in the exhibit are Joe Proietti, Vicki Chelf and Jeff Schwartz. “The only pattern I had was a Johnny Depp pirate coat, so that’s what I used,” Peper says, fluffing the coat and stretching the material out as if he’s about to curtsey. “I enhanced it with Dollar Store flowers brushed with silver paint and added a glaze of sparkle glue to make it shimmer.” The sparkle glue has left its dusty mark in the shower, all over Peper’s Sarasota apartment and in Key West, where he used to live. He’s entered nearly 250 broaches in the exhibition, in addition to 15 items, spanning from hats to masks. “It’s amazing what sparkle glue and Dollar Store flowers and paint will do,” Peper says. “I’m making this because it’s a little more spectacular than what I had in the closet. Three of my best costumes are in Baltimore at the American Visionary Art Museum.” One of his hats, inspired by “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” features airplane wings found at the flea market on the Circus Sara-

Art-lovers will have the chance to chat with Ray Peper while he works his magic on a costume made of Barbie dolls for Circus Sarasota’s gala and a Halloween costume titled ‘Ghosts of the Titanic.’

IF YOU GO WHAT: Community opening reception for

“The Other Persona” WHEN: Reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25; exhibition runs through Oct. 22. Ray Peper will be onsite from 1 to 3 p.m. most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Aug. 30 to Oct. 1 to chat as he works on two costumes. WHERE: Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail INFO: Call 365-2032 or visit sota lot, a bird made from a fabric pillow and a safari-helmet nest. “I’ve taken a whole rack of stuff over to the art center,” Peper says. “A Davy Jones costume made out of commercial fishnet, a golden dragon costume that’s double-faced — the front is a Thai dancer princess and the back is a golden dragon made of cupcake foil and a Jackson Pollock wedding dress. It’s 8 1/2 yards of fabric collaged with yarn and fabric to look like thrown paint, and the bridal veil is topped with a paint can.” Also on display is a piece that resembles a lacy pirate coat, but is actually leopard fabric underneath sheer fabric, which Peper once paraded around in while wearing a pirate ship hat. “I had to make a political statement,” he says. “I was a pirate in the rose garden. All of this started with Fantasy Fest, in Key West. Last time I was there, I was Marie Antoinette in underwear.”

OTHER PERSONAS Vicki Chelf calls the series of paintings to be displayed at Art Center Sarasota “Food is Sacred.” It is her reaction to how she sees society’s tendency to take food for granted. She wants to inspire viewers to reconsider their relationship with food. Jeff Schwartz’s works explore gathering places. One of his pieces features the Hob Nob, one of his usual lunch spots, where he likes to people watch.

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“I wake up some mornings at 1:30 a.m.,” Ray Peper says. “When I wake up with an idea, I have to get sketchbook and write it down. I have a studio on the second floor of the apartment. I go up there to sew or do whatever. A lot of it has been therapy.”

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Theater >> ‘The

Savannah Disputation’

If you haven’t been “saved” yet, you’ll feel holier than thou after you’ve seen “The Savannah Disputation” at Florida Studio Theatre. Director Kate Alexander, who describes the play best as reflective of a “dogma eat dogma world,” energetically and shrewdly referees this hilarious smackdown between two Christian super sects. Although it initially opened to mixed reviews in New York and has been dismissed by highbrow critics as a funny but silly and insubstantial sitcom, the play has undergone a recent, highly successful revival. Playwright Evan Smith was inspired to write a religious satire during the 2002 midterm elections, while he was living in Savannah, Ga. He was intrigued by the sudden intrusion into politics of the religious right, so he launched into a study of the Bible and the views of Protestant evangelicals and their detestation of the Roman Catholic Church. Even funnier than the skewering of fanatically held beliefs are the characterizations Smith contrived to represent those beliefs. He’s accomplished the seemingly impossible task of bringing to life characters simultaneously stereotypical and vulnerably believable. They are empathydeserving beings doing their best to find comfort in the face of their own mortality. FST has a brilliant and beatifically entertaining cast for this production. The main characters in the ensemble are two Catholic spinsters, in whose living room the action takes place. Like so many sisters, Margaret and Mary can be described as a salt-and-pepper pair. Susan Greenhill fabulously captures

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every nuance of Margaret, a kind, loving, naive, wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly innocent who declares, “I’m smart enough to know I’m stupid.” Greenhill is an FST veteran who has appeared in numerous TV shows. Lisa McMillan, recently seen in “Sheer Madness” at FST, provokingly plays Mary, self-satisfied, strong-willed and outspoken, to perfection. Her Broadway credits include “La Cage Aux Folles.” Lindsey Wochley plays Melissa, the door-to-door evangelical who comes calling at the sisters’ home. Wonderfully unexpected, her character is more of a hot babe than a card-carrying missionary, and her approach to her messianic calling is more reminiscent of a well-organized vacuum salesperson working her way through college. Sheffield Chastain as Father Murphy successfully straddles a fine line between prototypical Irish priest and realistic, lonely individual. Chastain made a hilarious appearance in “The 39 Steps” this year at FST. April Soroko captures the visuals in both scenic and costume design. David M. Upton provided the lighting design, with stage management by Will Willoughby. — Paula Atwell

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>> ‘Rise

Caesar, an intelligent chimpanzee played by Andy Serkis, is fostered by neurogeneticist Will Rodman, played by James Franco, in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”

of the Planet of the Apes’

If animal abuse tears at your heartstrings, you better skip “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” Although the apes are not living creatures, the film’s astounding effectiveness at portraying them as such can be difficult to watch. Last year’s Oscar nominee, James Franco (“127 Hours”), stars as Will Rodman, a neurogeneticist who’s involved in creating a drug to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease. Working for a drug company greedier than hedge-funders, Will is forced to test it on chimpanzees. The effects are startling. The chimp’s IQs soar. The experiments are halted when one goes berserk, and Will fosters her baby, Caesar. Caesar (Andy Serkis, in an Oscar-worthy performance) has inherited the genetic alteration from his mother. As he ages, he becomes intelligent enough to play a “decent game” of chess. But as we all know, chimps become apes — and apes become dangerous. So, when Caesar gets busted for biting a neighbor, he lands in a shelter for simians. This is when the film becomes disturbing. Caesar and his cell-

mates are brutally abused by their “caretakers.” The first half of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is mildly tiresome. But when the apes organize and decide to exact revenge, all hell breaks loose on the streets of San Francisco. Incredible camerawork (by cinematographer Andrew Lesnie) captures apes defying gravity and reeking havoc on the Golden Gate Bridge. One can’t help but to cheer them. Director Rupert Wyatt (“The Escapist”) deserves credit for concocting wizardly computer technology that makes apes out of human beings. It’s mind-blowing to behold. But on so many other levels the film falls short. Lame dialogue, a flimsy plot and bad acting keep “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” from being the great film it should have been. Aside from its shortcomings, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” is a visual treat and definitely a prerequisite for the probable upcoming sequel. Let’s hope they do the franchise justice in the future. — Pamela Nadon




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ALLYN GALLUP CONTEMPORARY ART — “Florida Landscapes: Another Look,” featuring works by James Couper, Heidi Edwards and Bruce Marsh, runs Aug. 11 through Oct. 1. Located at 1288 N. Palm Ave.; 366-2454;

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., with exhibit of gallery artists. 955-2787;

ART CENTER SARASOTA — “The Other Persona,” featuring artwork ranging from fantastic costumes to assemblages, by artists Ray Peper, Jo Proietti, Viki Chelf and Jeff Schwartz, runs from Aug. 25 through Oct. 22. Opening reception takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail; 365-2032; ART UPTOWN — Third annual Dog Days Art Show runs through Aug. 25. Opening reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12. Located at 1367 Main St.; 9555409; 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; ELIZABETH STEVENS GALLERY — “Easy Living,” featuring gallery artists, runs through August. Located at 1945 Morrill St.; 365-4222; LOCAL COFFEE & TEA — “Ticki Towne Collection,” featuring works by Maryjo Floryjanski, runs through Aug. 17. Located at 5138 Ocean Blvd. in Davidson’s Plaza on Siesta Key; 870-2671; RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART — “Voices of Hip-Hop in Art” runs through Aug. 14. Ongoing exhibitions are “Crosscurrents of

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WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER — “Te Amo,” an exhibit of artwork by Anita Wexler, runs through September. Located at 340 S. Tuttle Ave.; 366-1700.


“The Wave,” by D.L. Steiner, can be viewed at the State of the Arts Gallery. 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, admitted free. Tickets for the museum are $25, or $20 for seniors 65 and up; children ages 6 to 17, $10; children 5 and under, 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. RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN — “Hanging in Balance: Ten Emerging Chinese Artists,” runs from Aug. 12 to Sept. 17. Opening reception takes place from 5

TOWLES COURT GALLERY WALK — Art walks take place at 6 p.m. every third Friday of the month. Many galleries and restaurants are open for evening strolls and dining; live music is also featured. Parking on Adams Lane; 365-8683. Next art walk will take place Aug. 19.


FRIDAYFEST — One Night Rodeo playing country hits takes place Aug. 12. Bird Street Players performing funk, soul and reggae takes place Sept. 16, 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. 953-3368; www.vanwezel. org. GLENRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER — “Songs, Stories & Mr. Chatterbox,” featuring Roberta MacDonald, takes place at 8 p.m. Aug. 20. Tickets: $15 or $10 for GPAC family. Located at 7333 Scotland Way. 552-5325;

HERMITAGE ARTIST RETREAT — State Teachers Artist Residency artists will do readings and performances from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12. Located at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Free; 475-2098.


ART CENTER SARASOTA — “Clay’s Life,” featuring Frank Colson in a melodramatic comedy about Carla O’Brien’s philosophy regarding how the creation of ceramics parallels transitions in human life, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23. Admission is $5 for ACS members; $8 for non-members. Located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail; 3652032; BANYAN THEATER COMPANY — “Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun,” by Norm Foster, runs Aug. 11 to Aug. 28. Tickets: $28.50. Located in the Jane B. Cook Theater, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail; 351-2808; FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE — “Our Son’s Wedding” runs through Aug. 14. “The Savannah Disputation” runs through Aug. 28. Located at 1241 N. Palm Ave; 3669000; GOLDEN APPLE DINNER THEATRE — “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off” runs through Sept. 4. “Drag Queen Bingo Bonanza: The Show” takes place at 6:30 p.m. every Friday. Tickets: $5. Located at 25 N. Pineapple Ave.; 366-5454; VENICE THEATRE — “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” runs Aug. 12 to Aug. 28. Tickets: $12 to 27. Located at 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice; 488-1115 WESTCOAST BLACK THEATRE TROUPE — “Dynamic Duets of the ’70s” runs Aug. 16 to Aug. 28. Tickets: $25. Located at 1012 N. Orange Ave. Call 366-1505; email


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Kitchen remodel: from ‘whew’ to ‘wow’ Carolyn Michel and her husband, Howard Millman, love their St. Armands home, which has a large kitchen (304 square feet) with wonderful light. But it was original to the 1970s house and had not been updated. The room was functional and familiar but tired — and they were tired of it. So, Michel put together a team for a major remodel. She knew she wanted contractor Gregg Kaplan, of LBK Contractors and Design, who had redone the home’s bathrooms. She considered many options and portfolios before choosing David Asher, of Eurotech Cabinetry, and Ginny Galer, of Tradewinds Interiors. She also knew what she wanted and told her team: “More contemporary, but not ultra, and we need to find a home for everything.” She wanted to be sure that the kitchen remained warm and inviting and a reflection of her. The process took two years, though the actual build (from bare studs) was accomplished in only seven weeks. Two decisions were difficult. Relocating the refrigerator took a lot of persuasion. And the choice between a stainless steel or black composite sink was only made when both were viewed on-site. The Michel-Millman kitchen not only meets but exceeds the couple’s expectations. There is more efficient use of space and more storage. “Before, a lot of stuff was outside

David Asher, of Eurotech Cabinetry, and Gregg Kaplan, of LBK Contractors and Design, and their client, Carolyn Michel. because there was no room for it in the kitchen,” Millman said. “Now, it is all in — and we have empty drawers.” He is the one who argued for the bold and stunning “Blue Bahia” granite. The beauty of this makeover is that when it was done, there was not one thing that Michel and Millman wished they had done differently — remarkable in any remodel and especially so with a kitchen. And it is testimony not just to the creativity and skill of both the clients and resources but to their patience, communications and collaboration, as well. Most tellingly, Michel says, “I wanted it to be, ‘Wow! I love my kitchen.’ And I got, ‘Wow, I love my kitchen.’”

EXPERT ADVICE Here’s what Carolyn Michel’s team would recommend to those considering a kitchen makeover.

David Asher

“The client should be heavily involved in planning the kitchen. The homeowner is always the best designer.”

Ginny Galer

“The client should really know their living and cooking habits and keep the ‘walking triangle’ (stove to refrig-

Above: A wall of essentially dead space, right, became wall-to-wall storage and display space. A same-size picture window replaced a three-panel one to great effect.





Above: Interior designer Ginny Galer cites the removal of the suspended upper cabinets over the peninsula as the most outstanding feature of the new kitchen.

Above: The designers recessed the full-depth French door refrigerator to give it a built-in look. The decision to move it was one of the toughest for the owners to make.

erator to sink) to no more than 17 feet total. It is practical to have deep drawers for pots and pans and as many roll-outs behind doors as possible so one doesn’t have to stand on one’s head to get things.”

Gregg Kaplan

“The quality of the end result will parallel the quality of communications between client and team members; the better the communications, the better the outcome.”

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