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WE REMEMBER... The Sarasota area and Longboat Key will forever be part of the nation’s collective memory of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: President George W. Bush stayed the night of Sept. 10, 2001, at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, on Longboat Key, and he was reading to secondgraders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, in Sarasota, when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. On this page, you’ll read the stories of Terry Lewis and Kevin Kenney, then with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, who helped prepare for Bush’s visit; and on page 3A, you’ll meet Daniel Hoffe, who was on the 61st floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the terrorist attacks occurred. On page 4A, one reporter shares his experience of what it was like to report on one of the most impactful events in the nation’s history. On pages 8A and 9A, we recount the events of Sept. 11 as they unfolded locally. Throughout this issue and on our website, YourObserver.com, you’ll find readers’ memories of 9/11. We invite you to share your own memories of 9/11 by leaving a comment on our website. Cover photo courtesy of Steve Ludlum, New York Times

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by Rachel Brown Hackney | Staff Writer

Securing the president Two Sheriff’s Office veterans reflect on the rapid change of plans on Sept. 11. When the White House announced plans for President George W. Bush to visit Sarasota in early September 2001, Terry Lewis and Kevin Kenney, of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, knew they would be dealing with the usual planning and logistics that revolve around such an occasion. At least for Lewis, then a colonel, the extra work would be tempered by the opportunity to catch up with a good friend who had become a member of the Secret Service’s SWAT-type team. “We had kind of watched this guy grow up” in the Sheriff’s Office, Lewis said, before the friend, Rob Buster, joined the Secret Service. “I saw (Buster) briefly at the airport (on Sept. 10, 2001) and said, ‘Why don’t we get together for a beer tomorrow evening?’ The last time I saw him (he) was in one of those big black Suburbans following the president,” Lewis said. “We never did get that beer.” On the morning of Sept. 11, Lewis was among the law enforcement personnel who accompanied the president to Emma E. Booker Elementary School. Kenney, now a major, was the Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilot waiting at the Venice Municipal Airport. “I was due to pick up a Secret Service agent to conduct the motorcade cover from the hotel to Emma Booker,” Kenney said. “When I got to the airport … it was unseasonably foggy, so I had to cancel the motorcade cover.” Kenney took the opportunity to watch the news at the hangar as he waited for the fog

to lift. As soon as he learned about the second airliner flying into the World Trade Center towers, he contacted the Sheriff’s Office personnel with the president. At that point, even though the flying conditions were still not ideal, a member of the Secret Service detail asked Kenney if he could launch the helicopter. Kenney was told not to worry about picking up an agent; the Secret Service just wanted him to get to Sarasota-Bradenton Airport as quickly as possible. “So that was what I did,” Kenney said. Fortunately, the fog had started to lift, and the further north he flew, the clearer the sky grew. Kenney As he approached the airport, Kenney radioed, as usual, for clearance to enter the airspace. The air traffic controllers refused permission, he said, because the FAA had been rushing to ground all air traffic. Kenney asked if by any chance a Secret Service agent was in the tower. When he received an affirmative, he communicated to the agent a code word he had used the previous day with the presidential Lewis detail. The agent then told the tower to clear him to enter the airspace. By the time he was hovering over Air Force One, Kenney said, the president’s motorcade was coming around the corner of the main terminal. The Secret Service then directed him to fly the airport perimeter and to be on the lookout for any suspicious vehicles or groups of people. He continued his surveillance for the 10 or 15 minutes it took the Secret Service to get Bush and the other members of his team board Air Force One. “They really loaded him up quickly and got him out of there,” Kenney said.

Then, Kenney said, the Secret Service told him to fly to the opposite end of the runway, so the Boeing 747 could take off. After Air Force One had departed, Kenney started noticing numerous vehicles parked along the streets all around the airport. “It was amazing how many people showed up in that short time frame,” he said. “They just wanted to see Air Force One take off, and that was quite a sight. “I’ve never seen a plane that large take off that steeply. It was impressive.” In spite of the gravity of the morning’s events, Kenney said he didn’t recall stress. Rather, he said, “It was chaotic. It was very chaotic on the (Sheriff’s Office) radio.” Lewis reflected on being at Booker Elementary as part of the security detail, which included Sarasota Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Manatee Sheriff’s Office personnel. “Just to be in the same room with (Bush) was pretty cool,” he said. “Being part of history was fascinating.” After the president had flown away, Lewis said, “There was very much a sigh of relief. Then it was just the shock of what had occurred.” The Sheriff’s Office did have one more responsibility at that point, Lewis said. Personnel also had to protect all the security and communications equipment the Secret Service was forced to leave behind on Longboat Key, in the rush to move the president to a secure location. It took a couple of days, he said, for Secret Service agents to return to retrieve everything.

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Daniel Hoffe Daniel Hoffe was attending a training program in the South Tower of the World Trade Center when the Sept. 11 attacks occurred.

Daniel Hoffe’s license plate now reads: “Carpe Diem.” He doesn’t remember when he changed it, but it was sometime after 9/11. Since that day, the Sarasota resident thinks he has become more grateful for life, more spiritually in touch and more willing to hug the people he loves. “Every day, I’m more appreciative,” Hoffe said. “I think of everything I’ve done in the past 10 years. And I think it could have been stolen from me.” He was in the South Tower of the World Trade Center for his second day of a threeweek Morgan Stanley training program on the morning of Sept. 11. He was on the 61st floor, probably for a coffee break, when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower. He didn’t see the impact but saw the tower ablaze and thousands of documents pouring from the skyscraper. The window glass in the South Tower cracked as a result of the impact. Hoffe and others made their way down the stairwell in the South Tower. “As we’re walking down, there was an announcement that Tower One had been struck but Tower Two was secure,” he said. “I remember thinking, ‘Thank God, we’re safe.’ Maybe five or 10 seconds later, the second plane struck. When that hit us, my first thought was, ‘We almost made it.’” Hoffe said those inside the stairwell didn’t know at the time the building had been struck. They felt the building shake and sway and felt the smoke blow up from beneath them while jet fuel poured down the HVAC, but he thought the impact could have been the result of damage to the North Tower. In that narrow stairwell, Hoffe recalls the way people instantly bonded with the person walking next to them. “You became a team,” Hoffe said. “The guy next to me, I think, was from EuroBrothers. It was like, ‘The ninth floor. Thank God it hasn’t collapsed. The eighth floor. We’ve made it another floor.’” They came out through the mall underneath the World Trade Center. “When we got back, I was so happy to have the blue sky above me,” Hoffe said. “That was my goal. I turned around, and the thing I’ll never forget is this beautiful sky and then that horrible sight. My first thought was, ‘This can’t be happening.’ My second thought was, ‘This can’t be happening to me.’”

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While some people wanted to stay and see what was happening, Hoffe insisted on leaving and walking toward mid-town — something that, in retrospect, he considers the best decision of his life. It wasn’t until he spoke to utility workers who told him that the Pentagon also had been hit that he realized the magnitude of the day’s event. Hoffe isn’t sure when he realized the South Tower had collapsed. But at some point, as he walked, he turned around and saw that the tower no longer stood. The first person Hoffe called that day was his wife. He left her a message saying that a plane had hit the tower, that he was OK and that he was trying to reach her while sirens blared in the background. He still has that

message — an eerie reminder of that day’s tragedy. Hoffe stayed in New York for the next three days before driving back to the Sarasota area. Immediately upon his return, he and other survivors began giving talks about their experiences on Sept. 11 to raise money for the New York Firefighters Benevolent Fund. “It was cathartic to be able to get out and do something,” Hoffe said. “The real heroes of that day were the firefighters and those who lost their lives.” Later, they directed their energy toward “Triumph Over Tragedy,” an event held on the one-year anniversary of Sept. 11 that raised more than $100,000 to purchase lifesaving equipment for the Sarasota County Fire Department. Hoffe said this year, he

plans to attend the 9/11 Memorial March and Celebration in Payne Park. There, he’ll say a few words at a ceremony of remembrance. He also spoke at “Triumph Over Tragedy: Remembering 9/11 a Decade Later” Wednesday, at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. For Hoffe, now 45, Sept. 11 of every year brings him back to that tragic day of 2001. But he doesn’t want to forget it, because he believes that if people forget, history could repeat itself. His desk at Sarasota’s BB&T, where he is now vice president and wealth management adviser, faces a series of five photographs his friend took of the first plane hitting the North Tower. “You don’t want to let people forget,” he said. “Part of me will always be in that stairwell.”

Every day I’m more appreciative. I think of everything I’ve done in the past 10 years. And I think it could have been stolen from me.

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WHERE WERE YOU ON SEPT. 11? The Sarasota Observer asked readers to share their memories of Sept. 11. I was in my office in midtown Manhattan when I heard a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. My office was at Fifth Avenue and 56th Street (near Tiffany) but I had previously been at 2 World Trade Center for a number of years (including the earlier bomb attack, which was in the basement garage where our limousine was parked) and had many friends who worked there. At first, we thought the plane was just one of the many small aircraft that flies up and down the Hudson River, but the crash of the second plane showed they were large airliners. As the story unfolded, we watched it all on television. I called my wife, who also worked in midtown Manhattan, and she said she could see the burning buildings from her office. When the buildings collapsed, it was thought at first that delayed bombs went off. Because midtown Manhattan seemed a likely target for further bombs (Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, etc.) we decided to go home. We lived nearby on the Upper West Side, so we began to walk home. Commuters struggled to get out of Manhattan because all public transit was shut down. Thus, when we went into the street it was packed with people walking, some unsure where to go. Immediately we noticed how quiet it was. Everyone talked in hushed tones and there was no traffic. No planes flew overhead. Our route was to walk north through Central Park. Usually this was not crowded, but now it was jammed with people walking silently, some crying and being comforted by friends. All looked dazed and puzzled. When we reached our apartment, we watched further news coverage. I saw that the smoking ruins were visible from the Hudson River. I went down to Riverside Park where there was a recreational pier jutting into the river. It was crowded with people watching the huge plume of smoke coming from the World Trade Center site eight or nine miles away. Only occasionally did someone speak — and then only in a whisper. At first the smoke was blown toward Brooklyn, but eventually the wind shifted and the smoke headed toward us. As it reached us, people fled. The smoke was acrid and unbreathable. The smell was indescribable, a mix of many things, some too horrible to contemplate. Late in the day I heard a sonic boom as a fighter jet broke the sound barrier while flying over Manhattan. Subsequently, I saw the pilot quoted in a newspaper as saying that when he took his combat training he never thought he would be “flying cover over New York City.” These are my 9/11 memories. Richard Reibman Sarasota

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Heading home after dropping my son off at Sarasota High School, I was stopped in traffic on U.S. 41 as I approached the intersection at Gulfstream Avenue. There were lots of police and barricades. I opened my sunroof and stood on the car seat to see President (George W.) Bush and his motorcade coming from Longboat Key on their way to Booker Elementary. They passed, and I sat down. On the car radio the announcer said that there had been a report of an airplane flying into the World Trade Center. Andrea Kaine Sarasota

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Reflections on a day that changed the world Up until last week, I had not — 9/11 —  didn’t conjure such watched any 9/11 footage in 10 devastation. After all, it doesn’t years. The day — that day — was seem right that the day’s events so tragic, so terrifying, so life- only are represented by four litaltering that I could not tle keystrokes. For those bring myself to relive it. of us who remember it, But in preparing for those characters don’t do this Observer special the day justice. edition, I recorded and My 9/11 started way viewed much of National earlier than I wanted. Geographic’s tribute to Back then, the East Coun9/11. I turned the proty Observer went to press grams on only during nap on Monday nights. As a time and after bedtime. cub reporter, Tuesdays My children —  ages 3 MICHAEL were relatively light days I and 20 months — both used to set up interviews ENG were born into a postfor the following week. 9/11 world. But they don’t But with Bush in town need to know what that means. I for what was essentially a pubwant them sheltered. lic relations stunt for his educaAnd with every fabric of my be- tion reform initiatives, my editor ing, I wish we all still were shel- thought it would be good experitered. I wish those two little num- ence for me to attend the press bers separated by a backslash briefing. The week before, I called

the White House and asked for press passes. One phone call. That’s all it took to get into the same room with the president. Of course, the government wanted the press in place well before Bush’s scheduled statement at 9:30 a.m. I pulled into Emma E. Booker Elementary before 7 a.m., walked through a metal detector and received my credentials. “Sept. 11, 2001,” they read. “Trip to the President.” That’s all it was supposed to be. Within seconds of American Airlines Flight 11 striking 1 World Trade Center, reporters’ cell phones started ringing. The first report: A Cessna has hit the World Trade Center. But then, calls kept coming. No, not a Cessna. Something bigger. A commercial plane.

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With my left hand, I held up my tiny digital point-and-click, firing shot after shot as quickly as it would allow. With my right hand, I steadied my notepad on my knee as my pen attempted to capture every word. Bush was in and out in less than five minutes. I rushed back to the East County Observer office with my notes and photos. By the time I had reached Lakewood Ranch, the South Tower had collapsed. The Longboat Observer was going to press that afternoon, and fellow reporter Mischa Viera and I were tasked with working on a story for its deadline. By that afternoon, I must have seen those buildings collapse thousands of times. The day was relentless. All I wanted was for it to be over. Michael Eng is the managing editor of the East County Observer.

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By 9 a.m., we all were huddled into a storage room where the school kept its audio/visual equipment. There was one TV. And for the next 30 minutes, we watched — over and over again — that first plane. Then, the second plane. Over and over again. It looked fake — like something out of a Michael Bay movie. The room, crammed with at least 40 people whose profession is communication, was silent. At precisely 9:30 a.m., Bush emerged to take the podium. The school had assembled a backdrop of students and teachers — all of whom seemed unaware of what was happening. “Today, we’ve had a national tragedy,” he said. “Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country.”

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Shabbat Service Commemorating 9/11

World Trade Center Beam Dedication Ceremony

What: This Shabbat worship ser-

What: The city of Sarasota will dedicate a 2,550-pound steel beam that will hang suspended in front of the Sarasota Police Department. The dedication will honor the hundreds of first responders who lost their lives to evacuate more than 20,000 people from the twin towers before the structures collapsed. The beam also will be a memorial to the 2,996 people who died on Sept. 11 as a result of the terrorist attacks. When: 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane Cost: Free

vice will pay tribute to the tragic events of Sept. 11. Richard Ravitch, who served as lieutenant governor of New York, will be the honored guest joining the commemoration. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 Where: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road Cost: Free Info: Call 371-2788.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 & SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 Summon the Heroes, a 9/11 Remembrance What: This multimedia program will feature orchestral and vocal music, video footage and narration. Music includes performances by the Sarasota Young Voices, baritone Bob McDonald and Jacobites Bagpipers featuring selections, such as Mozart’s “Requiem,” Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and John Williams’ “Summon the Heroes.” The proceeds will benefit local charities. When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11 Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail Cost: $10 to $35 Info: Call 953-3368.

9/11 Remembrance March and Celebration What: The Sarasota Firefighters

Benevolent Fund will host this event. Join members in a march from Five Points Park down Main Street. At approximately 12:30 p.m., the march will reach Payne Park, where the Sept. 11 memorial celebration will commence. Live music, food and activities for children will be offered. When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Starting on Main Street at Five Points Park and ending with a celebration at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane Cost: Free Info: Call 809-5932.

Fallen Heroes Memorial Commemorative Groundbreaking What: See an original steel beam from the World Trade Center that will be the centerpiece of the future monument to Sept. 11 victims and fallen military heroes. The beam will travel across the country to its future home in Patriots Park, where a remembrance and ceremony will commence the groundbreaking. When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Patriots Park, 401 W. Venice Ave., in Venice Cost: Free Info: Call 770-330-7683.

Sept. 11 Commemorative Service What: This hour-long contemplative service will be in commemoration and remembrance of the terrorist attacks that happened 10 years ago. Join Temple Emanu-El in remembering and honoring those who died that day. When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road Cost: Free Info: Call 371-2788.

‘A Service of Remembrance’ Honoring Victims of 9/11 What: This hour-long service will honor the victims of Sept. 11 with music composed spe-

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cifically for the 10th anniversary, which will be performed by the Jubilee Handbell Choir, Palms Chancel Choir and the Creative Signers of the Church. The Sarasota Military Pipers and Color Guard also will participate, and guests from the Sarasota Fire Department and EMS will be in attendance. When: 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road Cost: Free Info: Call 924-1323.

9/11 10-Year Community Commemoration What: Local government representatives, faith leaders, first responders and interfaith associations will participate in Sarasota-Manatee’s commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Coordinated by the Sarasota Ministerial Association, the event will include the participation of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan; Mayor Suzanne Atwell; Sarasota County Commissioners Nora Patterson and Carolyn Mason; Police Chief Mikel Hollaway; Fire Chief Mike Tobias; Sheriff Tom Knight; and representatives of the Sarasota Ministerial Association, the Diocese of Venice, the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton, the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-

Manatee, the Elks Lodges of Sarasota, the Sarasota-Manatee Rabbinical Association and the Venice Interfaith Community Association. The service will honor the memory of those who died on Sept. 11; provide healing for those who lost loved ones; honor first responders; and incline hearts to reconciliation. Special commemorative coins been to mark the occasion will be presented to the first responders. When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: First Baptist Church, 1670 Main St. Cost: Free Info: Call the Rev. Dr. Tom Pfaff at 724-5018 or email tompfaff@verizon.net

Commemorative Concert What: This concert will benefit local firefighters and the Unity Music Department. It will showcase area vocalists and musicians performing songs that will help reflect and commemorate the tragic event. Musicians include Carlton Flonnoy, Mindy Simmons, Russell Fox, Olivia Fox, Dani Fox, Kenn Christopher, Bruce Wallace, The Unity Choir, The Unity Singers and more. When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Where: Unity Church of Sarasota, 3012 Proctor Drive Cost: $10 Info: Call 955-3301, Ext. 23.

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Post 9/11: era of endless war? Come Sunday, millions of Americans will relive that day — Sept. 11, 2001. Its billowing images of horror are etched forever in our minds. We will recall where we were. We will remember the feelings that coursed through our minds and bodies as we watched — stricken, helpless and in shock. And when we see, again and again, the surreal, horrific images on television of the World Trade Center buildings collapsing, the airliner slamming into the Pentagon and the bomb-like hole of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., the pictures will rekindle a sense of near-unbridled anger over the 2,977 innocent lives lost on that day. And in spite of the death of Osama bin Laden, 10 years later, we still want justice, we still want revenge. One of the remarkable aspects of this story is how our little corner of the world — Longboat Key, Sarasota and Venice — were direct participants in that tragic Day of Infamy. Of all the places in the world, our three little towns and cities, nestled on the balmy, peaceful Gulf Coast of Southwest Florida, were among the launch points and starting points of the events of the day. The Venice airport, we subsequently learned, served as a flight-school for a few of the terrorists. Longboat Key’s Colony Beach & Tennis Resort was the overnight home base for President George W. Bush the night before the attacks. It was also a target, the Longboat Observer later learned from witnesses, of a van full of Middle Easterners posing as TV journalists who wanted to film the president, but who were rebuffed at the Colony’s guard gate. To this day, the speculation is they were terrorists who wanted to assassinate President Bush the same way disguised Al-Qaida terrorists two days earlier assassinated Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Afghani government’s top anti-Taliban general. And, finally, Sarasota — in particular, the second-grade class of Sandra Kay Daniels at Emma Booker Elementary School — was where President Bush’s aide, Andrew Card, interrupted the president’s reading class and whispered in his ear that the United States was under attack. President Bush recalled for National Geographic TV those minutes in Daniels’ class and how he went into a makeshift holding room, where he quickly scribbled a statement to be delivered to a worldwide audience. He told National Geographic that he reminded himself that he needed to appear calm and in control. History undoubtedly will remember that the way Bush responded and led in the days and weeks that followed were truly heroic.

Still no definitive victory

Almost 10 years later, on May 2, 2011, U.S. Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden, the most-hated man in America, the diabolical bearded leader of the terrorists. In the hours after his death, many Americans celebrated in the streets of the nation’s capital. Justice at last. But with so much time and the subsequent events in between 9/11 and bin Laden’s death — the Iraq war … no Iraqi weapons of mass destruction …

THE NEW NORM: ENDLESS WAR? “This the American era of endless war … “In previous decades, the military and the American public viewed war as an aberration and peace as the norm. “Today, radical religious ideologies, new technologies and cheap, powerful weapons have catapulted the world into ‘a period of persistent conflict,’ according to the Pentagon’s last major assessment of global security. ‘No one should harbor the illusion that the developed world can win this conflict in the near future,’ the document concludes. “By this logic, America’s wars are unending and any talk of peace is quixotic or naive … “One lesson of today’s endless war seems to be that Americans will have to learn to live with the a certain amount of insecurity and fear.” Washington Post Sept. 5, 2011

Saddam Hussein’s capture and death … free, democratic votes in Iraq … the succession of terrorist attacks around the world … Mumbai, London, Madrid, Bali, Israel … attempted but foiled attacks on the United States … Fort Hood, Texas … the Arab spring … and the continuing war against the Taliban in Afghanistan — for many of us, there still is no sense of victory, no vindication, no sense of complete justice. Sadly, the “war on terrorism” persists. Indeed, it’s remarkable to think how so many churches and Masses around the world have offered the same “prayer of the faithful” every day for the past 10 years: “We pray for the end of the war on terror and the conversion of the terrorists from

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the worship of death and destruction to the worship of a God of love and peace.” But it goes on. As noted in the box, the Washington Post this week assessed this state of affairs as the new norm — endless war. It’s not like World War II, when we confronted government-sponsored enemies and decided there was one definitive option — them or us. The way to end it all was mass destruction of the enemy empires, even if it meant thousands and thousands of civilian casualties. This used to be how nations’ leaders viewed war. Indeed, the belief went, when a nation’s political leaders chose to be violent aggressors, they in turn chose to put at risk their nation’s entire population, sacrificing the innocent lives of their citizenry, all because of their selfish desires for power. And even though President Bush vowed after 9/11 that those nations harboring terrorists would not be spared, our political and military leaders have adopted the view that the war on terrorism is not a war that can be confined to political and geographic borders. To paraphrase retired Marine Col. John Saputo of Longboat Key, it’s a war of killing one terrorist at a time.

Time is running out

Perhaps this is the new norm. But we also know, definitively, we are living in denial. Everyone knows the roots and money behind this worldwide terrorism are centered in one place: Iran. And time is running out. The most crucial question in this post-9/11 era is whether the United States and its allies will let Iran complete its development of nuclear weapons. In the recent memoirs of Reza Kahlili, author of “A Time to Betray,” a book about his double life as a CIA agent in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Kahlili (a pseudonym for his protection) states definitively: “Now, we are running out of time because the Iranians — with the help of North Korea and China — are developing nuclear warheads. They now have over 1,000 ballistic missiles, including missiles that can hit every capital in Europe, and they’re working with North Korea to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles. “Once they get the bomb, all bets are off. It’s checkmate. They will arm Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Venezuela and others. Every U.S. ally in the region and throughout the world will be a possible target. Israel will be destroyed. America will either be hit or live in constant fear of it. And Iran will substantially control the world’s energy resources … ” Come Sunday, we will mourn again the 3,000 lives lost on 9/11 and the 4,000 American soldiers’ lives lost in the war on terror hence. Justice will never be served for them. But we will honor them, especially those who have made and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice. And we will continue to pray — for the end of the war on terror, the end of “the era of endless war”; and for the courage to do what must be done to preserve and ensure what we cherish most: our life and our liberty.


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WHERE WERE YOU ON SEPT. 11? I was near enough on that Tuesday, going to work four miles north of the catastrophe. My daughter was scheduled to be at the World Financial Center at 10 a.m. At 8:55 a.m., I saw the hoards of people staring at the TV in the lobby. Was it an ad for a dreadful new movie? How eerily real the wounded towers were being depicted. Then the terrible realization: This was not a made-for-TV movie. I phoned my daughter to warn her not to take the subway to that area. Everyone at work was staring at the office TV and speculating on the cause of the horrific scene being played out before our eyes. Was the first plane smashing into the North Tower a horrible accident? Could the second plane be another horrible accident? We had all come to do our jobs, but how could we? What about that important letter that had to go out via overnight mail? How does one turn on a computer and function? Following the announcement of a terrorist attack, a co-worker became hysterical. There was no point in leaving the office early — transportation was shut down — so I stayed till the workday (such as it was) ended. By then, the subway system was running again. I went home and then to the nearest pub; the need to commiserate with fellow New Yorkers overrode my vow never to go to a bar alone. I didn’t know any firefighters. They were at least a generation younger, but I learned that 343 had died. I felt a great personal loss and vowed to attend as many memorial services as possible. I went to seven with six empty caskets. Bagpipers played “Amazing Grace,” solemn processions behind fire engines, with the helmet and number of the fallen hero affixed to the top of the engine, huge American flags draped over entire streets. Dennis M. Mulligan, Oct. 6; Manuel Del Valle Jr., Oct. 13; Michael T. Carroll, Oct. 20; Peter A. Bielfeld, Nov. 3; Steve J. Mercado, Nov. 10; Robert B. Nagel, Nov. 17; Michael F. Lynch, Dec. 7

I remember Dennis Mulligan’s dad embracing me; a picture of his son placed on a closed, empty casket, FDNY honor guards on both sides of the coffin. Manuel Del Valle’s mother holding my hand at the church. Curtis Sliwa of the Guardian Angels reminiscing about Steve Mercado, a great stickball player. The note from the Carroll family asking for remembrances of Michael to share with his children. Wynton Marsalis playing a solemn trumpet at the service for Lt. Robert Nagel. Countless friends sharing stories of who was the best bowler, who loved to fish, who had a newborn at home. Afterward, I wrote this poem: I Knew A Firefighter Once He’d be there for me 24/7. I had but to dial three digits He’d rush to my side … it was heaven. I Knew A Firefighter Once And wanted him all to myself. But if one of his other 8 million friends called He’d send me one of his brothers. I Knew a Firefighter Once He must have had a wonderful smile. You see, I never saw my friend But only “knew” him after Sept. 11. I visited Ground Zero more than once because TV couldn’t capture the smell, the pain in people’s eyes, the armored vehicles swarming over downtown streets, a store window display covered in soot. I went to the huge square-block armory on the east side of Manhattan, then Columbus Circle and the subway stations; all were strewn with thousands of pictures, flowers, candles and desperate notes yearning for information about loved ones. I attended a hauntingly beautiful Sacred Buddhist Fire Ceremony for World Peace at Riverside Church dedicating prayers to the victims of terrorism. I dined in an Afghan restaurant, business having drawn to a trickle, and visited a mosque to speak

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On Sept. 11, 2001, I had just arrived at my office at Emerson College, located right on the Boston Common, iced coffee in hand. As I was settling into my day, one of my staff members popped into my office: “A plane ran into the Twin Towers!”  I thought David, the consummate prankster, was joking. Within 60 seconds, CNN’s website proved he was right. Colleagues clustered at my desk and listened to the first reports with stricken looks. Several ran upstairs to the PR department to watch on their television, only to call down later with the news as first one, then the other tower crumbled. I stayed at my desk but was riveted to the coverage streaming live on my computer screen. A colleague down the hall got a call from a close friend whose husband was on one of the planes suspected of crashing into the World Trade Center. All pretense of work was dropped, despite the fact that we had just begun the semester. At last, word came that staff was dismissed for the rest of the day. After trekking a few blocks to see if the Red Cross could use blood donors — the line was well out the door — I hopped on the subway and picked my 1-yearold daughter up from her babysitter. Being with family — knowing that the people I love were safe — helped. Echoes of that day will never leave me. Each year on the anniversary, I take some time to look at photos of the events of Sept. 11 and grieve a bit for the families of people who were unwillingly used as a missile against their fellow countrymen. Emily Chalker Lane Sarasota

with the imam. Me, a jaded New Yorker who would never take a leaflet handed out on the street, hungrily grabbing a pamphlet entitled, “Remembrance, Fallen but not Forgotten.” Later that year, I returned to Florida, but those 343 firefighters were still with me. Coincidentally, the phone company assigned 343 as the last three digits of my new number. After being in New York on 9/11, I didn’t care as much if I got disconnected after holding for five minutes or if a shopper with more than 10 items got on the express line at the supermarket. I didn’t “sweat the small stuff.” When my daughter’s boss referred to their telephone system being down as a “catastrophe,” she responded that 9/11 was a catastrophe; a phone system being down temporarily is a minor inconvenience in the scheme of things. Ann Campagna Sarasota

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As far back as anyone can remember, the board of directors of The Jazz Club of Sarasota has held its meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, we were in the Jazz Club office in the midst of that month’s meeting. It seemed to be business as usual until one of our members, arriving late, came into the room looking absolutely ashen-faced. At first, there was disbelief when he described what had happened. This turned quickly to overwhelming sadness and then anger. Needless to say, there was no more business conducted that morning. What had been so important at the beginning of the meeting ceased to have any significance that awful day.  Dave Walrath Board of directors Jazz Club of Sarasota

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Timeline: 9/11 as it happened The Observer recounts the events before and after Sept. 11, 2001, as they unfolded locally. Early August • Sarasota County school officials learn the White House is considering Emma E. Booker Elementary School for a presidential visit.

Early September • As the dead days of September begin, longtime Colony Beach & Tennis Resort owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber lectures his daughter, Colony President/ General Manager Katie Moulton, and their controller that the resort needs more business. The controller, remembering the summer before, when Vice President Al Gore visited while preparing for presidential debates, jokes that Moulton needs a call from her “friends at the White House.” About an hour later, Moulton gets a call from the White House, telling

her that a high-ranking official is planning to visit the area.

Wednesday, Sept. 5 • Republican Party of Sarasota Chairman Tramm Hudson is playing golf at the Longboat Key Club and Resort when he gets a call from his friend, Dolphin Aviation owner Ron Ciaravella, who tells Hudson that he just sold 40,000 of JP4 jet fuel to the Secret Service and that the president would arrive for an overnight stay Monday, Sept. 10.

Thursday, Sept. 6 • Longboat Key Police Chief John Kintz and Fire Chief Julius Halas, along with officials from other local law-enforcement agencies, meet with President George W. Bush’s Secret Service

team to discuss the logistics of his visit to the Sarasota area.

Friday, Sept. 7 • The Colony preps for the president’s visit, but Moulton still has few details about what to expect. “They always wait until the last minute because things can change so fast,” she tells the Longboat Observer at the time.

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Tuesday, Sept. 11 • 6 a.m. — Longboat Key Fire Marshal Carroll Mooneyhan is at the front desk of the Colony, while Bush prepares for his morning jog. Mooneyhan overhears a conversation between a Colony receptionist and security guard. The two discuss the fact that a van occupied by men of Middle Eastern descent had pulled up to the Colony, and the men had said they had a poolside interview with the president. The self-proclaimed reporters asked for a Secret Service agent by name. Security guards relayed the request to the receptionist, who had not heard of either the agent or a scheduled interview. She gave the phone to a nearby Secret Service agent, who said the same thing. The van’s occupants were told to contact the president’s public relations office in Washington, D.C., and were turned away. The incident remains unverified by the FBI. • 6:30 a.m. — Bush begins a four-mile jog along the Gulf of Mexico. • 8:23 a.m. — Bush walks down the stairs of the Colony, headed to his limousine. Moulton thanks him for spotlighting the children of Sarasota as he gets in his limo en route to Booker Elementary. • 8:46 a.m. — American Airlines Flight 11 strikes the North Tower. • 8:50 a.m. — Marvin Peters, of Longboat Key, is standing on the Sarasota bayfront to watch Bush’s motorcade go by. He says he saw a van with two “Middle Eastern men screaming out of the windows, ‘Down with Bush’ and raising their fists in the air.”

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• 8:51 a.m. — Bush arrives at Booker Elementary to promote No Child Left Behind. Terry Lewis, then a colonel with the Sarasota County Sherrif’s Office, is among the law enforcement personnel who escorts Bush to the school. According to Bill Sammon’s “Fighting Back,â€? before Bush heads into the school, he speaks to National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, who tells him that a plane has hit the World Trade Center. “That’s one terrible pilot,â€? he says to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card before speculating about whether the pilot could have suffered a heart attack. • 9:02 a.m. — United Airlines Flight 175 strikes the South Tower. • 9:05 a.m. — As Bush listens to second-graders read a story, Card whispers in his ear that a

second plane has hit the World Trade Center. • 9:10 a.m. — Kevin Kenney, with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, learns of the second plane hitting the South Tower while he waits for fog to lift at the Venice Municipal Airport. He contacts the Sheriff’s Office personnel with the president and is told to fly via helicopter to SarasotaBradenton Interntional Airport as quickly as possible. • 9:15 a.m. — Bush leaves the classroom and goes to a holding room at the school, where he is briefed by staff. • 9:30 a.m. — Bush addresses the world for the first time from the media center at Booker Elementary. He says there has been “an apparent terrorist attack on our country.â€? • 9:43 a.m. — American Airlines

Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon. • 9:50 a.m. — After gaining clearance and arriving at SRQ, Kenney is asked to fly around the airport perimeter to look for suspicious groups or people. • 9:55 a.m. — Bush arrives at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and heads straight to Air Force One. He waves briefly to the crowd before entering the aircraft, which departs immediately. • Mid-morning — Many Secret Service agents and most of the press corps are left behind at the Colony. Many agents worry about their colleagues, because the Secret Service has an office at the World Trade Center. Reporters continue to file stories while working on making arrangements to get back to Washington, D.C.

I lived in the West Village of Manhattan, N.Y., during the 1970s when the Twin Towers were built. It was a nice walk downtown to watch them going up. After Tower 1 was built, and Tower 2 was under construction, you could actually take a tour outside the top of Tower 1. What a thrill. The building swayed. You could see forever. After they stopped the tours, I would go up to the floor that was allglass. There were two rows of tiered seats and outlines of what you were looking at were painted on the windows. The views were spectacular: majestic and thought-provoking. When out-of-town friends came to visit, I took them to this special place. In 1979, I got married. My brother and sister and their spouses were our witnesses. Because we were already downtown, our first stop after the ceremony was this floor in Tower 1. We moved to New Jersey several years later. I taught in Bergen County and lived in Passaic County. When the local Ambulance Corps was looking for volunteers, I joined. Then I joined the fire department and was certified as an EMT/firefighter. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was standing outside the gymnasium waiting for my next class of third-graders for physical education class. The school custodian came to the gym, told me the news and told me to report to the principal’s office. My principal, and, in fact, the entire central office staff were all sensitive to the fact that there were many volunteer personnel in the district who would be

called to duty. I was released from school to report to my fire department. The call to duty never came. No one to rescue. No one to save. We were on standby, ready to replace our brother and sister firefighters on the scene. It was all recovery. As the dust began to settle, I learned that the Rev. Mychal Judge, the former pastor of my church, who was the FDNY chaplain, had died. One of my favorite students had died — Martin Wortley. I would later find out that Martin called his mom and told her how much he loved her. His brother, who worked in a building on the other side of the Hudson River, watched the entire scene. He was on the phone with his brother as the events unfolded. The stories go on and on and on. There is no forgetting. I still cry just thinking about that day. One year before the 9/11 attack, two of my cousins came to visit. I took them on the Circle Line tour around the island of Manhattan. I must have taken four or five rolls of photos that day. My favorite is one of the towers and one of the “Lady;� They hang on a wall in my home. This July, I went back to Manhattan for the first time since retiring nine years ago to Sarasota. I went to Ground Zero. I took photos of the new tower. I went to St. Paul’s, where Mychal was carried by the firefighters after he died on the scene. I took the Circle Line tour. I took photos. I cried. Martin was never found. I will not forget. Janis Merluzzo Sararsota



 



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On a first reading Tuesday night, Sarasota city commissioners approved, by a 3-2 vote, a higher millage rate, 2.9249 mills, for fiscal year 2012. During a first reading at its regular meeting Tuesday, the Sarasota City Commission approved a 2012 fiscal year budget that calls for a 5.3% millage rate increase. That rate, if approved on a second reading at the end of the month, would rise from 2.7771 mills to 2.9249 mills. Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Commissioners Paul Caragiulo and Willie Shaw approved the millage rate hike and recommendations proposed by staff, which eliminate an $800,000 shortfall by seeking more dollars from taxpayers. More than half of that shortfall will fund expenses and operational costs for the Lido Pool and the new Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Newtown. Vice Mayor Terry Turner and Commissioner Shannon Snyder were the dissenters on Shaw’s motion to accept staff’s budget recommendations. “It’s not fair to our citizens to allow the millage rate to rise when we move to protect the government’s revenue and not the revenue of our citizens,” said Turner, who warned that the millage rate needs to fall with declining assessed property values. If the higher millage rate is approved at the end of the month, it will be the first such rate increase since 2007. The owner of a home assessed at $200,000 would see a rise of about $13 in his city property tax bill, compared to the 2010 bill. One mill equals $1 in property tax for every $1,000 of assessed value. The higher millage rate, according to Finance Director Chris Lyons,

would increase taxes for any property owner whose assessed home value has increased or stayed the same since the previous year. Lyons noted that the city has reduced taxes for its citizens by 40.84% over the past five years. But Turner wasn’t interested in staff’s assessment of the budget. “Staff has argued times are difficult and taxes go down for some people even if we raise the millage rate,” Turner said. “But we are increasing the burden on taxpayers if their income has decreased in the past year and the tax rate stays the same. That’s what happens if we don’t allow the millage rate to fall with the assessed values.” Snyder agreed. “I would like to take a knife to some more of this budget,” Snyder said. “We are better off doing it now than next year.” Turner warned his fellow commissioners that if they approve the staff recommendations on second reading Sept. 19, the city would have to face more difficult decisions next summer, in advance of the following fiscal year. “There is an assumption by city staff that in fiscal year 2013 there will be a 1.5% increase in the tax base and the millage rate could be raised 16% to balance the budget,” Turner said. “That’s not the way we should be thinking.” Former Mayor Kerry Kirschner agreed. “What’s happened here is the good times have stopped,” said Kirschner, who urged a swift change for the city

from funding pension plans to requiring defined benefit contribution plans. “Don’t waste any more time.” But Turner, Snyder and some city residents who offered public comments found no support from the majority of the commission to go through the budget line item by line item, one more time, in search of additional cuts. “Employee costs are out of control, but the reform is in place to curtail them,” Caragiulo said. “We are on track to make some pretty significant changes, and I am comfortable with this proposal as it is.” Atwell, meanwhile, worried the budget as proposed by staff was too lean. “On some level, I can be concerned the cuts go too far,” Atwell said. “We have made a pretty good dent in this. I’m a fiscal conservative, but I’m not of the view at this point that the sky is falling.” If the commission officially approves the higher millage rate, it will generate an additional $842,617 and necessitate the city use only $1,155,909 in reserves to balance the 2012 budget, which is $11 million higher than the 2010-11 fiscal year budget. City staff’s previous suggestion, in June, was to keep the millage rate at 2.7771 mills and take $2 million out of reserves to cover a $6 million budget shortfall. The commission also approved the suspension of city water and sewer impact fees for 10 years to help stimulate growth.

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NEWSBRIEFS + Bartolotta will hold weekly office hours City Manager Bob Bartolotta is holding office hours from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14. 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 would be open to the public. The decision was made after Turner explained that a recent meeting he had held with members of the Gulf Coast Business Exchange had left him with the impression that changes needed to be made to the city’s building division and its permitting process. The office hours will be held every Wednesday.

+ Ringling Fountain to be rebuilt The Memorial Fountain in Luke Wood Park dedicated to Mable Ringling will be rebuilt, according to the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation. The fountain has not been working since World War II. A new, lighted fountain will be built and will act as the city’s southern entrance on U.S. 41. It will cost approximately $112,000 to repair and maintain the structure. The funds are being raised by the Sarasota Alliance for

Historic Preservation, and plans are in the works to move the fountain’s original lion sculptures to the new fountain. They currently sit at J.D. Hamel Park. The goal is to have the money raised and fountain complete in time for the 100-year anniversary of the Ringling family’s arrival in Sarasota in November 1911.

+ City meetings app now available The city of Sarasota’s Office of the City Auditor and Clerk is now offering meetings as MP3 (audio) and MP4 (video) downloads. This expansion makes it possible for remote users to access meeting and city programming archives and allows users of mobile products, such as the iPhone, Android and various tablets, to view the meetings as well. To access these features, go to www.SarasotaGov.com and click the Live/Archived Video icon on the lower righthand corner and select either the audio or video link. Also included in the service expansion is the ability for personal computer-based viewers to share videos over social networking sites, as well as to copy and embed portions of a meeting, or an entire video, through the player. For more information, call 954-4160.

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OPEN HOUSE by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Board wants reports of contractor fraud A city board established to combat contractor fraud wants residents who have been too embarrassed previously to report their fraud cases. Members of the city of Sarasota’s Board of Rules and Appeals, which was established to hear building department appeals, deal with contractor issues and approve alternative standards for various building codes, are starting to question its very existence. Board member Ellen Berman said during the Aug. 31 meeting that she’s tired of coming to sessions only to discuss the state’s Sunshine Law procedures. “We are here because this group is the adjudicator of contractor fraud, but there appears to be none, by the shortness of our meetings,” Berman said. Berman, however, says she is a victim of contract fraud in the city, and she believes other victims are out there. “The public doesn’t know how to lodge a complaint or doesn’t lodge a complaint at all because it makes them look bad or foolish,” Berman said. Berman proposed the board hold a future open house during which residents could learn about the options available to them if they report being victims of contractor fraud. “Consumers can be welcomed and lodge any type

of complaint they have,” Berman said, “and discuss how to remedy the issue with city officials.” Berman suggested the city advertise the open house to entice people to talk about bad experiences. “I hate to come here when we have no business and I know this sort of thing is happening out there,” Berman said. “If something can be done to clean up the industry, then I think we can come and do more than just learning about our email and Sunshine Laws. I would like us to be more proactive for the average citizen. If we do our best shot and no one shows up, then at least we tried.” Board member Michael Epstein and others voiced approval of Berman’s suggestion. Deputy building official Lawrence Murphy agreed that contractor fraud is not uncommon. “Contractor fraud is when a consumer contracted with someone who doesn’t have a license and suffered a financial loss from lack of performance,” Murphy said. “Fraud goes on every day that’s not brought to our attention, in many cases because of embarrassment.”

Problems cited with city employee When city of Sarasota Deputy Building Director Glenn Bliss told the Board of Rules and Appeals at its Aug. 31 meeting that the department was improving its processes and was open to any criticism board members might have, local contractor and board member Michael Epstein spoke up. Epstein told Bliss and deputy building official Lawrence Murphy that some contractors “can turn in a sketch on a cocktail napkin and receive a building permit immediately.” “Others can turn in thousands of pages of documents that are requested by a certain employee, and we can get no response back, no return calls to address our issues and no permit,” Epstein said. Epstein said the problems rest with a single employee in the Neighborhood and Development Services Department. “One house that we were trying to get a permit for while working with this individual took four months to receive a permit,” Epstein said. “In those four months, the price increase that occurred for the contracted work was $50,000. My customer was not happy.” Bliss asked to meet with Epstein to discuss those concerns, and he promised the problems would be resolved. “There will be changes in the future on how we interact with the public,” Bliss said.

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Marina Jack trial could be a year away A lawsuit filed by Marina Jack that disputes the claim the restaurant owes $1.5 million in back property taxes could take another year to go to trial. An Aug. 15 Sarasota 12th Circuit Court filing in the 10-month-old Marina Jack property tax case reveals that restaurant owner Jack Soran and his legal counsel continue to debate Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst’s right to nullify a 1989 court decision that grants the for-profit business a favorable tax exemption because it leases publicly-owned land. In the filing, Jack Graham Inc., the company that leases Marina Jack, replied to Furst’s affirmative defenses by stating that Furst “is not delegated with any statutory authority to invalidate” the 1989 court ruling. That ruling has exempted Marina Jack from paying property taxes for the past 22 years. The decision, however, was also based on the failure of late Sarasota County Property Appraiser John Mikos to present evidence in the 1989 case. “No defenses were pled, no evidence presented,” lawyers representing Furst stated in an April 20 court filing before 12th Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Roberts. The absence of Mikos’ testimony resulted in a default ruling for Marina Jack that Furst now disputes. Jack Graham Inc. is challenging the property appraiser’s August 2010 decision to collect $1.5 million in taxes on the property — $300,000 for 2010 and $1.2 million for unpaid back taxes. The city owns the land and the building, but Jack Graham Inc. leases them both for 3% of its annual revenues, which amounted to about $300,000 in 2010.

Jack Graham Inc. received permission from the city in November 2010 to sue the Sarasota County property appraiser. And in an Aug. 8 court filing, Jack Graham Inc. added the city of Sarasota as a counterclaim defendant to its case. The city had no choice but to enter the lawsuit, according to Furst’s Sarasota attorney, J. Geoffry Pflugner. “The city is a necessary party in this case,” Pflugner said. The company’s Aug. 15 filing states the final judgment in the 1989 case was never appealed and there is no basis for overturning the ruling now. “Appraiser (Furst) is a ministerial officer and has no authority to impose additional conditions or restrictions beyond the plain language of the statute to terminate such an exemption,” the Aug. 15 filing states. Pflugner, however, said the statement and the latest filing are nothing new. “That’s what they have maintained all along and we disagree,” Pflugner said. “At the end of the day, this case is about the value of the property and whether an exemption should be permitted.” Pflugner said he does not think the case will go to trial soon because both sides are still requesting documents to be submitted into the record. The case could take another year from

now to go to trial because several motions for summary judgment are expected to be requested and appealed. Furst declined comment, saying only the lawsuit “is working its way through the court system as we anticipated.” Bradenton attorney John Harllee, who is defending Jack Graham Inc., said the case “is slowly percolating its way through the system.” Jack Graham Inc. and the city continue to argue that Marina Jack serves a public purpose and, therefore, should be exempt from paying property taxes. Late Marina Jack owner Jack Graham paid property taxes on the Sarasota bayfront parcels his company leased from the city in the late 1970s, but stopped in 1980 when the Legislature determined leasehold interests were not subject to ad valorem taxation. Graham resumed paying in 1986 when an appellate court ruled that government-owned property leased to a private entity was exempt from paying taxes only if the property were used for government purposes. Two years later, Graham sued to have the exemption restored successfully. The city’s lease with the company states it is responsible for any property taxes, but the company and city have argued that Marina Jack serves a public purpose and, therefore, should be exempt from paying property taxes. But Furst cites other lessees of public land that pay property taxes, such as O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill at Bayfront Park, which Jack Graham Inc. also operates. The Baltimore Orioles is the only other business that leases public land and does not pay taxes.

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Vantage Point The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol is a specialized unit that serves neighborhoods, civic functions, holidays and special events.

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mile-and-a-half away — and starts pulling over speeding drivers. “We’re at least 10 feet tall when we’re riding a horse,” Laster says. “People can see us from a distance and will always stop when they see a horse.” Seven tickets, two warnings and one prescription drug search later, it is time to break for lunch, and that means prime window seating

and friendly smiles at Cracker Barrel. After 45 minutes, the officers cruise out to Nokomis Beach, where they search for sunbathers who may have brought their dogs along for a day in the sun. “We come out and ask people if they know it’s against the law to bring their animal onto the beach,” Laster says. “It’s always fun to see their reaction when we ride up on horseback.”

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Robert and Sandra Van Langen, Sarasota, sold their home at 3917 Spyglass Hill Road to Mark and Gail Welch, of McLean, Va., for $1,025,000. Built in 2004, it has three bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,805 square feet of living area. This week’s residential real-estate transactions were recorded between Aug. 22 and Aug. 26 at Sarasota County Courthouse. Of this week’s 16 sales, one sale was for more than $1 million. Eight sales took place in Sarasota; two were recorded in Palmer Ranch; five were in Osprey; and one was recorded in Nokomis.

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Bryan Fazio, Sarasota, sold the Unit 12 condominium at 1537 Oak St. to Lana Turner, trustee, Sarasota, for $580,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths and 2,013 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $791,100 in 2007.

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“Before I start any piece, I usually go to the store and purchase some cupcakes,” says Amy Williamson Miller. “I take cupcakes and drop them off the roof and see what happens when they explode — they are idea generators. I like playing with my food.”

Confectionery queen When Amy Williamson Miller entered the world of life-sized confectionery art, she didn’t search art stores for tools to put on the finishing touches — she built her own.

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my Williamson Miller’s ga- fight for space against bulky pieces rage studio looks like a tool- of icing that have such a sugary apbox exploded inside a cake peal that children have been known shop. to run their fingers across for a lick An 8-foot-long, hand-sewn ny- or two. lon icing bag hangs from the ceiling It’s a place where her confectionwhile aluminum icing tips the size ery conceptualizations become reof bocce balls are strewn across a ality — Willy Wonka would be proud. counter. Chunky, hand-cast flowers Through color, texture and forms

native to confections, Miller, a feisty, freckle-faced redhead, has found her artistic voice by fabricating larger-than-life, cake-like sculptures. Sometimes, her recipes require power tools. Her “Extruder 2000,” a 50-pound machine that needs its own pulley system, just happens to be one of her favorite topics.

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“Before I moved to Sarasota, I made the wings for the Victoria’s Secret fashion shows. I worked at Izquierdo Studio, a big costume shop in New York City, for four years. I was the artist for three seasons. Some of the wings were, like, 10 feet tall. Heidi (Klum) would come out with the most grandiose wings — she always had a little extra. Working there, the theatricality of it all, it was a symbiotic retreat.”

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“Everyone wants to call them ‘cakes,’” Amy Williamson Miller says. “They are cake-like, but at the end of the day, the cake is just a symbol to me. The work is really about identity and consumption, and I’m exploring this through life passages and rituals — the extraordinary events you go through trying to discover who you are.”

• “I have favorite moments in snack-cake history. Hostess at one point developed super heroes that represented their products.” • “You have to type ‘Amy Williamson Miller’ when Googling me. Otherwise, you’ll get Amy Miller the porn star.”

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“In 2003, I wanted to get hooks it up to the roof of the serious, figure out who garage. A jug that once held I was and discover my cat litter is filled with water voice,” Miller says. “With to balance out the weight confectionery-based piec- of the Extruder and make es, I needed something to it easier to maneuver and get the oversized icing to rotate 360 degrees. Miller extrude out of to get those crafted an assortment of sensuous, curvy, delicious tips made from aluminum icing textures. My thesis in that attach to the end of the graduate school was build- machine and make anying this thing, and I spent a thing from a basket-weave year in the machine shop to texture to leaves, rose petals learn how to use a mill and and whatever other funky lathe and designed this big textures and shapes she can tube made out of PVC. The imagine. interior part has this ACME “I can get five feet of conthreaded rod down the cen- tinuous flow in one full canter and two steel-backer non, which is about four blades. I get way excited gallons of my secret recipe,” about things a girl should Miller says. “I can’t tell you not get excited about.” what’s in the icing — it’s top Wanting to direct the ic- secret. It’s the farthest thing ing tool with her hands from edible, which is tricky. and not have to control When I put these pieces the power herself, she pur- on display, kids run to this chased a foot pedal, which sweet-looking object thinkshe uses like a sewing ma- ing they can eat it.” chine pedal to control the Every time Miller’s family speed, and wired it to the gathers during the holidays, Longboat ad 2.pdfher8/23/11 AM drill. Because theObserv Extruder brother9:59:16 and father, who weighs 50-plus pounds, she both work for Little Debbie, created a pulley system that engage in conversation that

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The Extruder 2000 allows her to decorate her cakes — an altered mix of pourable urethane rubber and plastic — by daubing, squirting and extruding four feet of “icing.” The icing is a blend of several compounds mixed with fumed silica and emulsion hardeners. “This is my Extruder 2000,” Miller says as she runs her fingers across the surface. “It’s a honkin’ tool that I made specifically so I can make these confectionery, dreamlike creations come to life. I’m always dabbling, casting and mold-making, and I’m usually in a suit trying not to get these sticky, toxic materials on my skin. I’m like a psychotic Betty Crocker.” This Betty Crocker, one of the newest artists to join s/ART/q, certainly grew up with a sugar buzz. For most of her childhood, sweets surrounded her. Miller’s father would return home from his job at Nabisco with Nutter Butter peanut-shaped sandwich cookies and crunchy Nilla Wafers. When he accepted a job with Little Debbie Snacks, the chocolate goodness was too delicious for the family to resist. Because his work truck lacked refrigeration, any time the sweets melted, they were on the house. “I remember him bringing home Swiss Rolls, Fudge Rounds and Double Twins,”

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+ Dirk Meyer named associate conductor The Sarasota Orchestra has announced that Dirk Meyer will assume the role of associate conductor. During the organization’s transition and search period for a new music director, Meyer will focus on the professional orchestra. Meyer, who joined the orchestra in 2006 as assistant conductor, earned his doctor of musical arts and master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Michigan State University, where he served as assistant conductor of the MSU Opera Theatre. He holds bachelor’s degrees in music and philosophy from Germany’s Folkwang Conservatory. The orchestra also announced the appointment of two new youth orchestra conductors for its upcoming sea-

son. Robert Lambert will lead the Youth Philharmonic, the highestlevel ensemble of the five ensembles Courtesy photo in the proDirk Meyer gram. Victor Fernandez, who previously led the youth orchestra’s Chamber Strings ensemble, will conduct the Youth Symphony. Emily Suydam, who conducts the Electa Lee Middle School chamber orchestra, was named new conductor for the Chamber Strings. Rounding out the faulty for the program will be returning conductors Susan Heinz, Cynthia Wiley and Beverly Boardman.

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+ Sarasota Chorus of the Keys seeks vocal men No prior musical training required. Men of all ages are invited to attend a free vocal workshop sponsored by the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys and taught by Stephen Ditchfield, musical director of the Ditchfield Family Singers. The sixweek series takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights from Sept. 13 to Oct. 18, at First Baptist Church, 1661 Main St. Men who enjoy singing and have

+ Animation students win Independents’ Film Festival Ringling College of Art and Design 2011 graduates Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis received the Best Student Animation Award from the Tampa Bay Art and

Education Network’s Independents’ Film Festival for their senior thesis film, “Defective Detective.” According to Lucy Griggs, festival director, the film stood out in

the student animation category because of its fast-paced action, attention to detail and good structure. Last June, Geller and Lewis were also winners in the 38th annual

Student Academy Awards competition — they won the bronze medal in the animation category. They were among only 15 students from more than 500 colleges and universities worldwide who were honored as winners.

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an interest in a cappella music will learn easy-to-understand techniques for tuning, sychronization, artistic interpretation and maximizing vocal production. They will also learn showtunes performed by the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys. And an award-winning a cappella quartet will demonstrate four-part harmony. For information, call 723-8821 or visit www.chorusofthekeys.org.

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Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder and Snoopy come to life on stage, living through a day of writing a school essay, learning about life and falling in love. The show is based on the comic strip “Peanuts,” by Charles Schulz. It runs Sept. 8 through Sept. 25. Tickets are $10 for students and $16 for adults. Call 488-1115 or visit www. venicestage.com.

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How we process guilt is such an individual endeavor. In the context of the Holocaust, it’s sometimes collective but also extremely personal. In the new film “Sarah’s Key,” it’s both. The story shifts back and forth between 2002 and 1942. Kristin Scott Thomas portrays an American journalist (Julia) living in Paris who is writing a piece on the 60th anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup. On July 16, 1942, 13,000 Jews were herded into an arena without food, water or toilet facilities. Shortly after, they were dispatched to Auschwitz — not by Nazis, but by the French people. During her research, Julia discovers a personal connection to a Jewish family that was forcibly removed from their apartment during the atrocity. Her in-laws have owned the apartment ever since. She becomes obsessed with finding out what

happened to the displaced family and her own family’s involvement. Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner wisely opted to shoot the 1942 scenes with a handheld camera. It chillingly intensifies the terror of children being torn from their mothers’ arms at the camps. The horror and chaos is so vividly captured it will haunt your dreams — as will Thomas’ amazing performance in this disturbing film. Known for her understated and powerful acting ability in movies such as “Leaving” and “I’ve Loved You So Long,” Thomas never disappoints. The title refers to the 10-year-old Sarah, who protects her little brother by locking him in a closet when the authorities come to take them away. She promises to come back. How she and Julia address their guilt from different perspectives lends vast insight into the human psyche. — Pam Nadon

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ALL ANGELS BY THE SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH — Exhibit of artwork by Longboat Key artist Marcia Freedman is on display in September. Located at 563 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key; 383-8161; www.allangelslbk.org.

ART CENTER SARASOTA — “The Other Persona,” featuring artwork ranging from costumes to assemblages by artists Ray Peper, Jo Proietti, Viki Chelf and Jeff Schwartz, runs through Oct. 22. Located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail; 365-2032; www. artsarasota.org. DABBERT GALLERY —“Summer Showcase,” featuring the works of six sculptors, one printmaker, 23 painters, one pastel artist and one photographer, runs through September. Located at 76 S. Palm Ave.; 955-1315; www.dabbertgallery.com. RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART — “Crosscurrents of Design: Asian Export Ceramics” and “The Art of Jade” run through Oct. 30. “The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company 1878-1939” runs from Sept. 17 through Jan. 29. “20th Century Abstract Art from the Ringling Collection” is an ongoing show. Art After 5 takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday in the art museum and Circus Museum. Tickets: $10, adults; children,

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s/ART/q’s third annual Print Party takes place Sept. 10, at The HuB. 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 through Sept. 17. Galleries located one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way; 359-7563; www.ringling.edu/selbygallery.

adults. Located at 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice; www.venicestage.com; 488-1115.

SELBY PUBLIC LIBRARY — Clay artist Judy Pirkey will guide children ages 7 to 14 in “Experimenting with Textures” found in nature and creating their own “fossils” at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 20, through a program of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County, the Van Wezel Education and Outreach Program and the Sarasota County Library System. Located at 1331 First St.; 861-5000; www.sclibs. net.

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ENGLEWOOD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH — “9/11 Tenth Anniversary Memorial Concert” takes place at 3 p.m. Sept. 11. Free-will offering to be taken. Church located at 700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood; 474-5588.

SIMON’S COFFEE HOUSE — “Splashy Colors,” featuring Impressionistic works by Joan Schnuerch, runs through Oct. 3. Restaurant located at 5900 S. Tamiami Trail; 926-7151. 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. 955-2787; www.sarasotafineart.com. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH — “Suncoast Watercolor Society Exhibit: Directors Show” runs through Oct. 26. Located at 3975 Fruitville Road; 3774897. WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER — “Te Amo,” an exhibit of artwork by Anita Wexler, runs through September. Located at 340 S. Tuttle Ave.; 366-1700.

S/ART/Q — Third annual Print Party, featuring an opportunity to interact with art and artists, including free screen-printing, takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 10. Located at The HuB, 1413 Blvd. of the Arts.

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SELBY GARDENS — Sixth annual Selby Instructors’ Summer Showcase, in the Museum of Botany and the Arts, runs

VENICE THEATRE — “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” runs Sept. 8 to Sept. 25. Tickets: $10, students; $16,

GOLDEN APPLE DINNER THEATRE — “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; www.thegoldenapple.com.

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Reese Balliet stars as Lucy, and Jason Brenner stars as Charlie Brown, in Venice Theatre’s “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” which runs through Sept. 25. SARASOTA ORCHESTRA – “Summon the Heroes: A 9/11 Remembrance” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. The concert features participants from various area choral groups and The Jacobites bagpipers. Tickets: $10, $20 and $35; 953-3368; www.vanwezel.org.

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by Molly Schechter | Food Editor

Culinary iPad app brings electronics to chef’s table Culinary apps were among the first developed for tablet computers, and most are recipe collections and cookbooks — existing content repurposed for the new platform, sometimes successfully. Now things are getting more exciting with the launch of a secondgeneration app with content created especially to take advantage of the tablet’s capabilities. It is called “CulinApp,” and a crew recently visited to shoot one with Giuliano Hazan. CulinApp is the brainchild of Bob Huntley, whose first career was as a software guru in the videogame world. When he retired, his wife suggested cooking lessons to keep him busy, and he quickly became an overthe-top food enthusiast. Add the introduction of the iPad. Combine with meeting Emmy Award winner Geof Drummond, who has directed and produced food programming for the best-of-the-best, including Julia Child. Stir gently, fold in software developer Chris Howard as a third partner, and you have the mise en place for CulinApp. The driving idea here is to “bring the immersive experience you have with games into the kitchen,” according to Huntley, who further describes his baby as “geeks in the kitchen.” Each app will feature a major culinary personality who will collaborate with the CulinApp team to create its content, look and feel. The immersive quality comes from software design and production tailored to the style of the individual talent. But there’s more to it. CulinApp offers the user four different views of each recipe. “Cookbook” is similar to its eponym but with multimedia enhancements. “Step-by-Step” is a guided walk through the recipe with video instruction for each step. “Spin View” is a video carousel that allows cooks to set their own pace: for example, skipping steps with which they are comfortable. CulinView is the company’s proprietary way of showing the recipe on a timeline similar to a Gantt chart. These choices allow us-

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LINGUINE WITH A PINK SHRIMP SAUCE

(From the soon-to-be-released CulinApp featuring Giuliano Hazan) Servings: 4 3/4-pound large shrimp 2 garlic cloves 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1/2 cup dry white wine Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 pound linguine 5 to 6 sprigs flat leaf Italian parsley 1 cup heavy cream

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CulinApp partners Bob Huntley, left, and Geof Drummond, right, with Giuliano Hazan. ers to personalize the app to their own interests and skill levels, for example, by switching between views when they want more or less instruction on any given step. “Students” can, in effect, question the “teacher” at any step along the way and take full advantage of the tablet’s technology. The first CulinApp is “Baking with Dorie,” featuring James Beard and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) award-winning cookbook author and food writer Dorie Greenspan. It is set for release by mid-September. Hazan’s, featuring more than two-dozen of his pasta recipes, is due out in the fall. In addition to Huntley and Drummond, the CulinApp team that visited included Traci Ayer, chief operating officer; Paul Swensen, executive producer; Alan Hereford, director of photography; Chris Styler, culinary coordinator (an aptly named food stylist); Angel Torres, assistant to culinary coordinator; and Ryan Grosjean, gaffer/ grip.

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This CulinView Gantt chart is a proprietary recipe format — one of four choices for each recipe. Drummond, executive producer and director, describes the CulinApp approach as a, “Personal style of filming that puts the viewer in control and gives the user the opportunity to interact with the instructor.” It intrigues this writer sufficiently to consider purchasing a tablet. You can watch for CulinApp to show up at the Apple store or keep up with the latest at www.CulinApp.com.

• Fill a pot for the pasta with about 6 quarts of water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil. • Peel and devein the shrimp. Cut one-third of the shrimp into 1/2-inch pieces and leave the rest whole. • Peel and lightly crush the garlic cloves. Put them in a 12-inch skillet with the olive oil and place over mediumhigh heat. Sauté the garlic cloves until they are lightly browned on all sides, then remove them and discard. • While the garlic is sautéing, dissolve the tomato paste in the white wine. After removing the garlic cloves, add the wine with dissolved tomato paste to the pan and cook until the liquid has reduced by about half. • Add the whole shrimp, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the shrimp have turned pink, 2 to 3 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat. • Add about 2 tablespoons salt to the boiling pasta water, put in the linguine, and stir until all the strands are submerged. Cook until al dente. • Finely chop the parsley. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked shrimp to a food processor. Chop the shrimp to a medium-fine consistency then return them to the pan. Place the pan back over a medium-high heat and add the cream. Cook until the cream has reduced by about half, then add the cut pieces of raw shrimp and the parsley. Season lightly with salt, and cook until the shrimp pieces are cooked, 1 to 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat. • When the pasta is done, drain well, toss with the sauce, and serve immediately.

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