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how fast? By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor

County wants more options The Sarasota County Commission Tuesday asked staff to create options that could lead to the completion of the Siesta Key Public Beach improvements as fast as 18 months after their start.

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With interest rates and construction costs so low, the Sarasota County commissioners Tuesday asked staff and Interim County Administrator Terry Lewis to bring them options next month that could result in all the improvements to the Siesta Public Beach being completed as quickly as 18 months, instead of prolonging the work through fiscal year 2024. However, County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson told

her fellow board members, “I can’t support anything that’s going to flat shut down the parking for a season.” The board Tuesday also approved a request from project manager Spencer Anderson to allow the firm already under contract, Kimley-Horn and Associates, to proceed with the design and engineering work for the improvements. Included in the motion, which passed unanimously, was the approval for staff to pro-

ceed with getting bids for the construction of a new stormwater drainage system that has been designed to prevent polluted runoff from necessitating future beach closures. Anderson explained that the stormwater pond would be moved in the site plan to the border with the Gulf & Bay Club. Anderson has had numerous discussions with residents of that


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Drainage improvements at Siesta Key Public Beach have been planned to prevent runoff carrying high levels of bacteria to the Gulf of Mexico.



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Vol. 41, No. 9 | Two sections

slow down

By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor

Council recommends lower Beach Road speed The Sarasota County Traffic Advisory Council this week approved a Siesta Key Condominium Association request to lower the speed limit from 35 to 30 mph on the section of Beach Road that includes the public beach. The Sarasota County Traffic Advisory Council Monday approved unanimously a request from the Siesta Key Condominium Association for a reduction in speed from 35 to 30 mph on the portion of Beach Road from the Midnight Pass Road intersection to Ocean Boulevard. The recommendation will go before the Sarasota County Commission, which will have final say on the matter. Efrain

Duque, manager of the county’s Mobility/Traffic Engineering Office, said it typically takes his staff five to six weeks to get a TAC recommendation on the County Commission agenda. Staff will start the process immediately, Duque said. Walt Olson, vice president of the condo association, has been working for months to convince county officials of the need for the lower speed limit. However,

Chris Hauber, an engineer with the Mobility/Traffic Engineering Office, told the five TAC members during their regular meeting Monday that traffic studies showed the current speed limit is appropriate. According to standard traffic management practices, the speed limit should be within 5 mph of the speed 85% of the traffic travels, Hauber said. Traffic counts taken this year, he

said, showed that of the 4,250 eastbound vehicles along that stretch of Beach Road, the 85th percentile was traveling 36.4 mph; for the 5,846 westbound vehicles, the 85th percentile was moving at 34.9 mph. A traffic study undertaken in May 2010, he said, showed slightly higher speeds: 40.1 mph for the eastbound traffic and 39.5 for vehicles heading west. TAC member Joseph Glickman said a lot of the signage near the public beach is covered by vegetation, which should be trimmed



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Residents of the Gulf & Bay Club, whose property abuts the Siesta Key Public Beach, have been working with county staff over the placement of a new stormwater retention pond at the beach. The drawn-out discussions threatened a $1 million grant the county has received to fund half the cost of the project. Patterson said. “My head’s about 80% where you’re going (but) you can’t shut the beach down for a year” to complete the project as fast as possible. Barbetta said he expected the work could take no more than 18 months. But Patterson emphasized the parking concerns. “Just imagine even a single season of shutting down the beach,” she said, especially the impact on businesses and the lost tourist revenue. Perhaps the work could be spread over three years so as not to disrupt the parking, she said. Barbetta reiterated a point he has made in the past — that the county should have “trolleys going in and out of (the beach park) every 10 minutes,” making it possible for visitors not to have to worry about fewer parking spaces while construction is under way. “I hope you’re absolutely right,” Patterson told him. The only commissioner who voiced concerns about accelerating the proj-

ect was Christine Robinson. “I don’t have an appetite for a whole lot of borrowing (of money) right now,” she said. “Let’s make sure we’re not bankrupting some other projects we need,” Patterson said. If the board could see a matrix showing estimated construction costs from doing the project in phases through fiscal year 2024, compared to the extra cost in interest rates from borrowing funds for faster construction, Barbetta said, “I think you will see quickly that there is substantial savings.” Finally, Patterson asked Lewis if he understood what the board was seeking. “We know what to come back with,” he said. The next scheduled update on the project is Oct. 25. At that time, Anderson said he would have the design and construction options, with construction slated to begin in the summer of 2013.

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the next step By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor


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By Rachel Hackney | Managing Editor

County may begin installing bigger signs Because drivers need more time to respond to speed limit changes, Sarasota County may install bigger signs on roads with speed limits of 45 mph or higher.

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Although the rainy weather was a deterrent to some beach-goers last week, Access 12 re-opened just before Labor Day with improvements that make it a more desirable location for parking. Signs in the parking lot warn drivers not to back out onto Midnight Pass Road. Instead, they are to use the turnaround on the west end of the access.

County staff concentrates on Phase 2 plans for Access 12

Now that the parking lot and drainage improvements have been completed at Access 12 on the Key, county staff is hoping it can move forward before the end of the year with plans that would allow emergency use of the access to collect beach seaweed. With Phase 1 improvements to Beach Access 12, just south of the Stickney Point Road intersection, mostly complete, county staff members are turning their attention to Phase 2. The access closed Aug. 1 to enable county workers to improve drainage and realign the parking spaces. Over time, the parking lot had become known for standing water following downpours. The project involved replacing asphalt with impervious material, as well as the construction of a turnaround area at the western end of the access, so people parking there no longer would have to back out onto Midnight Pass Road when they were ready to leave. Brad Robertson, the project manager in the county’s Public Works department, said he and

other county staff completed a final walkthrough of the access Sept. 2. He saw one vehicle using the new turnaround area Sept. 8, when he was checking on the last of the final projects, he said. Phase 2 entails modifications that would allow heavy county trucks to use Access 12 for emergency removal of seaweed from Crescent Beach. Presently, the county can use only the Siesta Public Beach access for those trucks, which means longer travel times for the workers and greater fuel expense, county project manager Rob LaDue has reported to the Siesta Key Association. In years past, LaDue said, county staff has had to collect seaweed standing 5 feet high, spreading 30 feet wide and running the entire length of Crescent


Beach. Ideally, he said, county maintenance staff would be able to close Access 12 for one day while workers came in with their heavy trucks to collect such large amounts of seaweed for proper disposal. LaDue said early this month that before Phase 2 work can be undertaken, the Sarasota County Commission would hold a public hearing and consider granting a coastal setback variance request. The law requires all residents within 1,500 feet of the access be notified in advance of that public hearing, he said. Additionally, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will have to issue the county a coastal construction line permit, LaDue said. About three weeks ago, staff requested DEP grant a 60-day extension for

the completion of the permit application. DEP has to rule on the project, because it involves the dunes on Crescent Beach. State officials will want to make sure the county will minimize impact to the flora and fauna in that area, LaDue said. The earliest the County Commission will hold a public hearing on Phase 2 will be December, LaDue said. If the County Commission grants the variance, staff will submit that documentation to the state, too, he said, as part of the application process for the DEP permit. “We actually need both of those permits,” he said of the county variance and the DEP approval, before Phase 2 work can proceed.

By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor

School board approves millage rates, budget The Sarasota County School District Tuesday approved a drop of 9.6% in millage rates for the new fiscal year. With no members of the public present to offer comments, the Sarasota County School Board took about five minutes Tuesday evening to approve the fiscal year 2011 millage rates and final budget. The new budget reflects an 11.8% decrease in the required local effort millage rate dictated by the state. The total millage rate, 7.635 mills, represents a 9.61% decrease from last year’s rate. One mill equals $1,000 of property tax value; the owner of a $200,000 home, therefore, would pay $53.20 less in school taxes as a result of the vote. Mitsi Corcoran, the district’s chief financial officer, said she had received few calls this year

about TRIM notices because the millage rate was decreasing. “Even though this went really fast, it seems like it’s been going on forever,” Chairman Frank Kovach said after the votes. Board member Caroline Zucker said that was because the board began working on the budget in October. “It’s been a difficult journey,” Superintendent Lori White said. Last month, Kovach proposed the board members take a more active role in suggesting future spending cuts, instead of White and her staff taking the lead on that effort. “There are no easy places to cut anymore,” he said at the time.

“That’s going to be a real, real tough year,” Kovach said. Total appropriations for the 2012 fiscal year are $373.2 million, down 3.18% from the 2011 fiscal year, primarily a reflection of fewer teachers and a move to have employees pick up more of their health costs. More than three-fourths of the budget — 77.91% — pays for salaries and benefits. This school year, the district has about 2,350 teachers, down from about 2,420 last year. However, the official five-day student count was 41,088, which was higher than expected. Last year, enrollment was 41,238. The district will be paying an extra $921,168 in salaries this

year because it had to put 20 more teachers in classrooms to comply with the state’s Class Size Amendment. Enrollment over the past decade peaked in the 2006-07 school year, with 42,460 students. One school board vote Tuesday approved a budget amendment reflecting revenue changes since the board voted July 26 on the tentative fiscal year 2012 budget. The biggest change is a $537,880 increase in federal funding related to extra Medicaid-eligible families in the district. On the opposite side of the ledger, the district expects to pay $1.63 million less for employee benefits in fiscal year 2012, because the cost of the group health plan will be less than originally estimated.

Although they took no formal action, members of the Sarasota County Traffic Advisory Council Monday agreed larger speed limit signs, especially on roads with faster-flowing traffic, would be an improvement. The next step is for the county’s executive director of public works to decide whether the change is feasible. Chris Hauber, an engineer in the county’s Mobility/Traffic Engineering Office, told the five council members that county policy calls for speed limit signs measuring 24 inches by 30 inches. “We almost entirely install 24 by 30,” Hauber said. However, studies had shown that the faster a vehicle is traveling, the farther away a speed limit sign should be visible so a driver can react appropriately, Hauber said. Hauber suggested on county roads with speed limits greater than 45 mph, the county could install signs measuring either 36 inches by 48 inches or 30 inches by 36 inches. At present, signs that large are used only on county roads with speed limits of 50 or 55 mph. On any road with a speed limit of 45 mph, the council agreed the county should have the option of using signs measuring 30 inches by 36 inches. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really gotten to appreciate the bigger signs,” council member Frank Domingo said. The drawback, however, he said, is that if a person becomes accustomed to seeing larger signs in one area and travels to another place where the signs generally are smaller, the person may miss those signs more easily. Council member Joseph Glickman agreed larger signs are a good idea. He added the sooner the county could make the changes, the better.

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County roads with posted speeds greater than 45 mph soon may be getting new signs as large as 3 feet by 4 feet, so they are more visible to drivers.


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+ Attempted kidnapping investigation still active The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its search for leads in the attempted kidnapping incident reported Sept. 5 at 6703 Midnight Pass Road. Public Information Officer Wendy Rose said Tuesday detectives have been checking footage from surveillance cameras in the area. The 12-year-old victim, whose name was withheld, was walking to her family’s vacation home when the suspect reportedly grabbed her from behind. The victim resisted, and the suspect fled the area. Patrol and K-9 units were used to search for the suspect, but they had no success that morning. The victim described the suspect as a white male, about 25 to 35, about 6 feet, 1 inch tall, with shaggy strawberry-blond hair and a pale complexion. He smelled of cigarette smoke, Sgt. Scott Osborne told members of the Siesta Key Village Association last week. Anyone with information that might be helpful is asked to call Criminal Investigations at 861-4900 or

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by Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor

Residents describe the county administrator they want A strong sense of ethics and the ability to work well with people are among the desired traits for the person who will take Jim Ley’s former job as Sarasota County administrator. Integrity, a willingness to listen to and collaborate with others and a desire not to be “the sixth commissioner” were among the top traits listed last week for the person who will become Sarasota County’s new administrator. Experience with governments and business in Florida also was a much-valued résumé bullet point. The average attendance at five focus group sessions hosted last week by John T. Maxwell of the Mercer Group Inc., which is conducting the search for former County Administrator Jim Ley’s replacement, was 25 people. Maxwell said the first session, held at Selby Public Library, drew the largest group, 35; the last, at the North Sarasota Library in Newtown, drew the least, 17. Sessions also were conducted at Phillippi Estate Park and in Venice and North Port. Maxwell said he hoped to have a report ready by early next week that will reflect the public comments. His firm will recruit candidates based on the comments, he said. “We go after the people who meet the criteria that’s been established,” he said. Maxwell anticipated submitting candidates to the commission within 90 to 120 days. “They want this done tomor-

row,” he said. Niki McBride came prepared with a written statement when she arrived Sept. 8 at the Edson Keith Mansion; many of those seated with her at the table offering an “amen” chorus when she concluded. The county needs a new administrator “who is absolutely neutral politically … and should not be making policy,” McBride said. “(He or she should have) strong staff relations across the board … with a record of open and successful communications … which has been missing for more than a decade here. “We do not need an administrator to rule by fear,” she said. “This government has lost very good and capable people.” Virginia Haley, president of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the county over the past five years had experienced the creation “of the worst polarized workforce I’ve ever seen.” “I’d like to see a county administrator with a demonstrated strength of character,” Bob Waechter, a Siesta Key Association board member, told Maxwell. Furthermore, Waechter said, the person should understand his role is to implement policy set by the commission. Kerry Kirschner, executive di-

rector of The Argus Foundation and former Sarasota mayor, said the county needs “a strong administrator and not a sixth commissioner.” “One of the biggest issues in this county right now is one of ethics and corruption,” David Schwab said. “The person coming into the job is going to be pressured by a lot of special interest groups (so a strong sense of ethics will be vital).” Cathy Antunes, a member of a citizens group that brought suit against the county over the recruitment of the Baltimore Orioles to the community, said, “I think we’re here primarily because the ethics of our county administrator and the administration have been found (to be) a failure … People who were honest were actually booted out by the old county administrator, which is an unacceptable, horrendous situation.” “I believe we already have very fine ethical guidelines that just aren’t being implemented,” said Catherine Luckner, president of the Siesta Key Association. “It would be a shame to (recruit) someone who thinks his mandate is to come in and clean house,” Waechter said. Mary Dougherty-Slapp, executive director of the Gulf Coast Builders Xchange, said the new

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County Administrator Jim Ley resigned in late May. administrator should be able to create a business-friendly environment in the county. Dougherty-Slapp was among several people who suggested Interim Administrator Terry Lewis would be perfect for the job. “I don’t think he would be easily swayed,” she said. “But I’m going to keep trying.” Lewis later reiterated he has no interest in taking the job fulltime. Susan Chapman, a member of the city’s planning board, was the only person to criticize The Mercer Group for not having done the best possible background check on City Manager Robert Bartolotta when he was applying for his current job.

“I was severely disappointed in (the firm’s) services,” she said. “There were some unpleasant surprises.” Those surprises included a hospital nurse’s allegation that Bartolotta had tried to smother his gravely ill wife. The vetting of the county administrator candidates should be much more thorough and public, Chapman said. Mollie Cardamone, a former city commissioner, drew laughter during the Phillippi Creek Estate session when she summed up the comments. “We need the absolute perfect person,” she said. Then, looking at Maxwell, she added, “That’s your job.”

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Three out of five Sarasota City Commissioners and city staff still do not get it: The city must keep prioritizing and cutting costs, not raise taxes. Naturally, city staff paints the picture of a city that has been cut to the bone and needs to increase taxes to avoid damaging cuts. Voting last week to increase property taxes, three city commissioners bought it. “To cut ourselves any further, we’ll be bleeding all over the place,” said Commissioner Willie Shaw. But what the city chose to fund with the tax rate hike puts the lie to that sentiment. The majority of the $800,000 tax increase is going to fund the operations of the Lido Beach pool, some neighborhood parks and the newly opened Robert L. Taylor Complex in North Sarasota, a luxurious community center replete with indoor and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts; a walking trail with fitness stations; exercise rooms; dance studio; art room; computer lab; teen room with a 65-inch high-def TV and Xbox

360; pool, ping-pong and air hockey tables; childcare; a 350-seat multipurpose room with stage featuring a 360-degree projector; swimming pool, state-of-the-art kitchen; amphitheater and playground areas. Not exactly core services that, if cut, constitute “bleeding all over the place.” Two points are consistently missed here. First and foremost, it is morally wrong to force a tax increase on many city residents who are themselves living on the edge of solvency. Vice Mayor Terry Turner seems to be one of the few who understands this moral aspect. “It’s not fair to citizens to increase the millage to protect government when our citizens are not protected,” he said. “We increase that burden on the taxpayer.” And, remember, it is not for cops, as the public ploy goes. It is to operate a luxury community center that never should have been built, plus a beachside pool and some parks. To people struggling mightily to make it month to month, cutting a com-

munity center and beachside pool hardly constitutes “bleeding all over the place.” Second, it solves nothing. It delays either more cuts or yet higher tax increases next year. Guaranteed. City staff is building the following year’s budget on rosy assumptions that the economy and real estate will come back strong and still includes another tax increase. That is a train wreck. This was yet another kick-the-can-downthe-road moment. Next year will be worse because the city is unwilling to right-size government with what residents can afford. The city’s cost foundations remain too high, and the services that the tax increase will pay for prove it. Commissioners need to start seeing their first constituency as all residents and taxpayers — the most taken-for-granted and overlooked of all city groups — not just city employees. Staff cannot do that. We’d hoped Commissioner Paul Caragiulo would be the swing vote in that direction. His pivotal vote to raise taxes is disappointing.

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Government turns efficient private-sector jobs into inefficient government ones. And then does it far more than necessary. Does government create jobs? It seems like a no-brainer. Pretty much everyone recognizes that government does not create jobs, certainly not net jobs. The best it can do is relocate them at a premium through taxes, taking from the private sector and putting in the public sector. Even President Barack Obama recognizes this reality, writing that “governments do not create jobs” in the Times of London newspaper. Everyone seems to understand that employing people is not the same ROD “creating” jobs. THOMSON asWell, almost everyone. Thomas Tryon, opinion-page editor at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, wrote recently a column headlined, “Contrary to the new mantra, government does create jobs.” Tryon points out that, according to the Bureau of Labor, 19,000 people were employed by local government in Sarasota and Manatee counties. State and federal workers bring the number to 24,000. “In our area, government directly provides 10% of all non-farm jobs,” he wrote. His thesis boils down to this: Look at all the people working for government! How can you say government does not create jobs? Here is how: The private sector creates

jobs. It creates wealth. It innovates and produces products and services for more than it costs, thereby producing a profit. Most companies generally tend to reinvest some or all of their profits back into their firms, creating more jobs and opportunities — more net jobs. By force of law, government takes a portion of those profits that could be reinvested by the company or invested in some other fashion in the private sector and spends the money on government jobs. See, that doesn’t really create jobs in any sort of “net” way. It changes the employer and most economists — even Keynesians — acknowledge the private sector is more efficient than the public sector. See, the government doesn’t buy and sell, generate a profit and then hire more people. It hires people by taking other people’s profits, or part of their earned income or a portion of a purchase, and paying government employees. It’s a transfer. Saying government “creates” those jobs is kind of like arguing that a mosquito “creates” human blood because, gosh, look at all the human blood in the little pest. This is not to say that every government job is a blood-sucker, or that government work is inherently inferior. But recognize that every one of them exists by sucking tax dollars from the productive, more efficient private sector and diverting the money to the less efficient

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government sector, resulting in fewer net jobs. None “created.” An accurate way to look at those 24,000 jobs that Tryon believes government created is to see those are costing the private sector more than 24,000 jobs by limiting what efficient companies have left to reinvest. Those 24,000 are a cost, not a benefit. Some of those jobs — cops, judges, firefighters — are necessary. But the government did not create them. The private sector did. Government is just the passthrough employer, using the wealth the private sector generated. Consider some of the avenues by which the money is diverted: federal income tax, Social Security tax, Medicare tax, corporate tax, sales tax, property tax, gasoline tax, communication services tax, intangible tax, doc-stamp tax, unemployment tax, tangible property tax for businesses, pollution tax (which includes any petroleum product, pesticide, chlorine, etc.) license fees, impact fees and on and on. This reflects that simple economic reality that government cannot inject money into an economy without taking it out first. It cannot “create” jobs without first taking jobs. This is not a debate about stimulus spending — a theory for economic growth that has now been discredited at least five times (Hoover, Roosevelt, Ford, Bush II, Obama). Or about the cronyism and political pork inherent in government spending. Those things only contribute to the public-sector inefficiency that results in the following truism: Government just does not create jobs. In the net, it actually destroys jobs. Rod Thomson can be reached at


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR + More regulations for renters is sensible

Dear Editor: In response to your article on short-term rentals, I offer the following. I live in a singlefamily district in the village area and have had several noxious neighbors wake me up in the middle of the night. Some were short-term renters, some 30-day renters and some annual renters who partied late into the night with an open fire that wafted smoke into my windows. The problem was not isolated to short-term renters. I’ve met some nice families who were short-term renters, became friendly and have now made Sarasota their home. In fact, there are some long-term renters who are a greater nuisance. So, do I call zoning and ask them to enforce broad-brush property rights restrictions? No. Do I blame the landlords? Yes, somewhat, in their shared responsibility with their rude tenant. My point is we have laws against disturbing the peace and limiting the number of unrelated persons per household, and if we enforce those laws, all that is needed is a nonemergency call to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office to send a deputy to the door and some effort on the part of the landlords to restrict spring-breakers and

late-night parties outdoors. When visiting the Florida Keys, I stayed on Key Colony Beach, a large single-family neighborhood with both annual owner occupants and weekly renters. I spoke to the neighbors and stopped by city hall to ask some questions and found they enforce the number of occupants. Also, the landlords and rental agencies will not rent to the young, rowdy crowds. In fact, the notice at the residence had a list of rules for vacationers, including no loud parties after 10 p.m. The city, landlords and residents all benefited from the revenue and boost to the local economy. None of the residents had a problem with the weekly renters, which helped fund their golf course, fishing pier, beach, tennis and bocci courts. Moreover, the article has the ordinance language quoted as “not more than one rental in a 30-day period,” which, if correct, means that it can only be rented once in a 30-day period with no mention of minimum lease period. Where some may see an opportunity to close the door to newcomers, further restrict property rights and put some out of business, I see an opportunity here for an economic boost in tough times. Bob Stahlschmidt
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The truth about Social Security With a national debt of $14.587 trillion, the U.S. is on track for bankruptcy. Don’t be fooled by politicians. The largest part of the federal budget is entitlement spending. Nobody wants to touch entitlements, but basic math demands we feel the shock before we all get burned. The Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA), also known as Social Security and Medicare, was designed based on purchasing political power, not care for the afflicted. Kalahar In the largest scam ever perpetrated upon Americans, politicians have stolen the money and cooked the books. In simple terms, FICA is a Ponzi scheme, in which people on the top collect as long as they can get others below them to pay in. As the baby boomers retire, the takers outstrip the payers, and like all Ponzi schemes, this is when the system will collapse. Your FICA deductions are supposed to be placed in a “trust fund” providing retirement income and health-care benefits when you need them most. Social Security is not like a private pension, however, in which money is saved, invested and grows for the rainy day of retirement. FICA is a pay-as-you-go system, meaning that the taxes paid by today’s workers are immediately sent out to pay beneficiaries. If Social Security revenues ex-

ceed expenditures, the surplus is credited to the trust funds in the form of U.S. government “nonmarketable” bonds that are not worth the paper on which they are printed. When the bonds mature, they are rolled over into new bonds. In short, the government confiscates the public’s hard-earned money, writes IOUs from one branch of government to another and pays off mature bonds with newer IOUs so the trust fund appears solvent. The real wealth earned from hard-working Americans goes into the general fund of the Treasury, where it is spent by politicians as fast as it is confiscated. As everyone knows, you cannot spend and save the same money. In fact, the Social Security trust fund is actually a white metal file cabinet. When the federal government takes cash coming into Social Security, it writes the trust fund a bond on a laser printer located at the Bureau of the Public Debt in Martinsburg, W.V. It is then stored in a three-ring binder and locked in the bottom drawer of a fireproof filing cabinet. The agency has about $2.5 trillion in bonds sitting in the binder. Some will say they are all backed by the “full faith and credit of the U.S. government.” But when political faith is a fraud and our credit is flawed, good

luck getting your benefits. The trust fund balances are real current-dollar claims on the Treasury. To repay those IOUs, the government will have to: raise taxes, borrow the needed funds from private markets, reduce or cut other federal programs, reduce Social Security benefits by increasing the retirement age, link benefits increases to longevity or lower automatic adjustments to benefits based on inflation. In 2017, when Social Security begins paying out more than it takes in, the percentage of spending for entitlements in the federal budget will begin to rapidly expand, forcing massive cuts in other programs. The trust fund will become fully exhausted by 2041, overwhelming the budget and forcing the U.S. to borrow itself into insolvency — or forcing Congress to raise taxes catastrophically. Not even the all-powerful Oz can spend other people’s money, write an IOU to himself and then on some future day expect to use those IOUs to fund the Emerald City. It’s time to pull back the curtains. It’s in everyone’s self-interest to stop the train and de-energize the “third rail” before it runs us over. Dean Kalahar teaches economics and psychology at Sarasota High School and has authored three books, including “Practical Economics.”

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County releases job creation figures In light of current discussions about whether governments create jobs, Sarasota County Deputy Administrator Dave Bullock last week showed the county commissioners that their use of economic stimulus funds and advancement of county surtax projects from fiscal years 2008 through 2011 translated to jobs for about 2,900 people. “And I think it probably made a difference in (those people’s) lives,” Bullock said. During the four years he cited, the county spent $82.4 million in stimulus money. The county’s non-stimulus spending totaled $226.2 million. The stimulus funds resulted in about 770 jobs, with wages of about $26.3 million, according to a chart Bullock provided the commission. The non-stimulus job total was about 2,130, with wages of approximately $51.8 million. “I think it’s worth noting … that the capital projects (involved) by and large backlogged facilities … that we knew that this county was going to have to construct within the next few years anyway,” said Commissioner Jon Thaxton. “We just moved (the projects) up two years” to create jobs, he added.



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County more pessimistic than state on property values Sarasota County staff projects taxable property values will drop 4% in fiscal year 2013, while the state is projecting a 2.7% increase. Moody’s is even more pessimistic than the county. Sarasota County’s budget officials are continuing their trend in being more conservative than state budget-watchers when it comes to property tax values. During a budget workshop Sept. 6, Deputy County Administrator Dave Bullock presented a chart to the County Commission showing state projections compared to that of the county for fiscal years 2013 through 2017. As of Aug. 11, he said, state officials estimated the county would see taxable property values rise 2.7% for fiscal year 2013, while the county estimated the value would drop 4%. “We are more pessimistic than the state,” Bullock said. Moody’s, the internationally known credit rating service, is even more pessimistic than county officials, Bullock told the commission. Its analysts predict county taxable property values will decline by 6% in fiscal year 2013, he said. At least state budget officials had dropped their projections over the past year, Bullock added. In August 2010, the state was estimating taxable property values in the county would rise 5.8% by fiscal year 2013. Referring to state officials, Bullock added, “In fiscal year

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Bullock also said the Moody’s representative with whom he spoke “was really discouraging … and I’ve seen the model (Moody’s uses); it’s a comprehensive, very sophisticated model.” Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson said the question never would be whether the county would be able to pay its bills, because county officials always would make certain they did not default on payments. The commission has tapped its reserve funds to plug budget holes the past two fiscal years. For fiscal year 2012, county budget Interim Chief Financial Planning Officer Steve Botelho said $33.1 million would be coming from reserves. Bullock also noted expected increases by fiscal year 2013. “We are starting to show a 3% annual increase in expenses — that’s all expenses, fuel and electricity and the thousands of goods and services (for which the county contracts),” he said. “We know we’re going to have to deal with salaries (too).” Continuing with projections, Bullock said the county is not looking at a shortfall in meeting its projected budget, without an operating fund millage rate increase, until fiscal year 2015. Then, he said, the shortfall has been projected at $24.9 million. He called the number “our best conservative estimate.” By fiscal year 2015, he said, the county will have no reserves remaining except its emergency hurricane fund. “To state the obvious, 2015 is the place where we don’t have an answer right now,” Bullock said.

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A crowd gathered at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, for the dedication of the World Trade Center Memorial and Police Memorial at the Sarasota Police Department. The city of Sarasota World Trade Center Memorial is dedicated in memory of the 2,997 victims, including the 343 New York firefighters, 37 Port Authority police officers and the 23 New York

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“If you practice discipline and good manners in music class, you’ll see it in everything else you do,” Julia Rohr says.

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The music ma’am The 94-year-old matriarch of Julie Rohr Academy proves she’s still got what it takes to make kids sing.


ulia Rohr has a reputation for being strict. The 94-year-old music teacher admittedly has little patience for slackers. Her pupils and her colleagues know this. Even her daughter, Julie Rohr McHugh — a bubbly 65-year-old for whom Rohr purchased her private

school on Fruitville Road — refers to Rohr as a disciplinarian, followed by this label: “old school.” “Kids used to say they felt sorry for me,” McHugh says. “They didn’t know my mother wasn’t stern at home.” Stern is the last thing Rohr appears to be on this particular morning. Dressed in a green tracksuit decorated with fabric, painted butterflies,


Rohr teeters merrily across the lobby at Julie Rohr Academy on a gold cane bedecked in rhinestones. McHugh, Rohr’s only child, trails closely behind. An ageless motherdaughter duo, the two are inseparable. Together they’ve touched thousands of lives in Sarasota and have served as tireless champions for youth music programs.



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ROHR from 15A Their greatest legacy is, of course, the academy that bears their name. With its focus on visual and performing arts, JRA has staged about 150 musicals over the course of 37 years. Rohr, with her pink lipstick, flashy cane and halo of white hair, is the grande dame of the school, which she purchased in 1973 when it was a rundown day care with only 17 kids on the roster. She famously bought the building so McHugh, who followed in her mother’s footsteps, would leave her post teaching music at a Fort Lauderdale middle school and return to Sarasota for work. “You know how mothers are,” Rohr says. “I was determined to have my daughter near.” The plan worked. McHugh took over the school the following year and embarked on the herculean task of overhauling a neglected building with grease splatters so thick on the kitchen walls it took weeks to scrape them clean. “I thought it would take a miracle worker to change this place,” McHugh says. “But Mother kept saying we could do it. I tell ya, when she sets her mind to something … ” “What?” Rohr asks. “You’re the one who did it.” Humble as she is, Rohr has set her mind to many things since she and her late husband, former Sarasota Concert Band Director Arthur Rohr, moved in 1953 to Sarasota. A classically trained violinist, Rohr played the viola in the Sarasota West Coast Symphony,



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“I don’t think anyone ever mouthed off to my mother,” says Julie Rohr McHugh of her mother, Julia Rohr, pictured here directing the Sarasota Boys Choir in the 1970s. founded the Sarasota boys and girls choirs, led an all-accordion band and for 48 years directed the Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church Choir and the Sarasota Choral Society, for which she still serves as director emerita. “I’ve always felt that music was as important as math or science,” says Rohr, who during her nearly 30-year tenure as a music teacher in Sarasota County taught in every public elementary school in the district. “Music helps everything else in the brain develop.” Perhaps this is why her brain has stayed so sharp.

Three years ago, she suggested creating “Sarasota’s Got Talent,” a performing-arts competition in the vein of her three favorite TV programs: “American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” The school opened the contest to children and adults; the auditions are held at the Plymouth Harbor Auditorium. The first year, 35 performers auditioned. Last year, that number doubled. “Working with children all of these years has kept my mother young,” McHugh says. “Teaching and being with her grandchil-


dren and great-grandchildren has kept her in a youthful frame of mind. Although, if you ask her, she’ll say she’s old.” The two women are sitting sideby-side in Rohr’s tiny wood-paneled office at JRA. Even though she retired from teaching in 1982, Rohr still gives piano lessons and keeps an office at the school. Her desk is cluttered with photographs, stacks of sheet music, an assortment of awards and a glass jar of jellybeans. Among the framed accolades is a plaque from the city of Sarasota proclaiming Nov. 28, 2004, “Dr. Julia W. Rohr Day.”

“When she complains about being old, I tell her most women her age are in nursing homes,” McHugh says. “And here she is driving, shopping and working.” McHugh emphasizes the word “working,” to which Rohr rolls her eyes and shrugs. As much as she’s scaled back her involvement with other organizations, Rohr continues to throw her weight around at JRA. “The teachers here have learned that when she says, ‘Jump,’ they ask, ‘How high?’” McHugh jokes. “When she needs a new cane bedazzled, the art teacher bedazzles it.” Rohr chuckles quietly to herself. Some schools have a mascot. The Julie Rohr Academy has a matriarch –– and she rules with a sparkly cane. “All the children call me ‘Dr. Rohr,’” Rohr says, referencing her 1991 honorary doctor of liberal arts degree from her alma mater, Shenandoah University. “I always get a charge out of that.”

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Designing Women Boutique is apparently recession proof. Not only did the consignment shop see a 25% increase in sales this year, but also it ushered in a new estate liquidation and downsizing department and added 800 square feet of new office space to its North Tamiami Trail location. And the makeover continues. In just one weekend last month, DWB Development Director Pam Day and a team of volunteers (Annie Sundeen,

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+ Baby, I’m back! Wondering where I’ve been all summer? Yeah, me too. In case you missed the photo of my new favorite subject –– Baby Henry, who made an appearance in this column following his June 5 birth –– here’s another shot of the little guy. (You know us new moms. We’re relentless when it comes to baby pictures.) Anyway, I’m back from the abyss, and by abyss I mean maternity leave, and by maternity leave I mean the haze of sleepless nights, soggy burp cloths, dirty diapers

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and endless consoling of inconsolable cries. Ah, who am I kidding? I’m still in the thick of it. But, I’m happy to be back to work, because the only arts and entertainment in my life right now is a musical rattle that never shuts up and a stuffed dog that sings “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” in a cringe-worthy falsetto. Thank you to Loren Mayo for doing a killer job with this section while I was away. If you see Loren around town, please give her a hand for a performance well done. And, please, by all means, tell me my baby is cute.

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Score lore


Music Director Michael Sebastian returns to his Golden Apple stomping grounds with a feisty new musical about disgruntled Disney princesses.

nomadic lifestyle and the variety of theater credits it affords him, he says there’s nothing quite like musicdirecting a show at the Golden Apple. A cello major from the University of Michigan, in 1978 Sebastian moved to Sarasota to play for the Florida West Coast Symphony, where he served as its principal cellist for six years. Tired of stringing Bach, Sebastian took a gig as a keyboardist with a top-40 cover band. At the time, it was 1985. Bob Seger and Huey Lewis dominated the radio. “I loved it, but I still felt like I was exclusively doing one thing,” Sebastian says. “I still wanted to mix it up.” After a three-year stint working as the music director on a cruise ship, he returned to Sarasota, landed “South Pacific” at the Golden Apple and was soon hired as the theater’s resident music director. The job taught him how to work fast. The 40-yearold dinner theater has notoriously short rehearsal

Smokey Robinson “He turned to the string section and said, ‘I should have hired a synth player instead.’ Ouch.”

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“The score is my bible,” Michael Sebastian says. “If I can’t translate what’s in the hard copy of the score, I don’t have the right to be a music director.” periods — one week to 10 days. It taught him the delicate art of stroking an actor’s ego or, as Sebastian describes it, “getting inside an actor’s head and learning what makes ’em tick.” It’s also where he met

his husband and current manager, Mark Marvell, the theater’s former box office manager. “We have a really long and wonderful history,” Sebastian says. “Both personally and professionally.” He even digs the Golden

Apple’s music pit, which, unlike most orchestra pits, is located above the stage instead of below it. “It’s cool up here,” Sebastian says, tugging at the dusty black curtain that keeps his piano from being spotted by the audience. “You can misbehave and no one knows.” His first show back is “Disenchanted,” a new musical about bitter fairy-tale princesses whom Sebastian describes as “quick, smart and bitchy.” No, he’s not being judgmental. The musical’s full title –– “Disenchanted: Bitches of the Kingdom” –– is curiously missing from the theater’s website. “It has its raunchy mo-

ments,” says Sebastian, who is looking forward to meeting the 10 females who will round out the cast. The musical, which opens Oct. 11, hasn’t been cast yet. In the meantime, Sebastian has begun the process of “internalizing” the score, a process he repeats with every musical, no matter how many times he’s seen other productions of the show. “I always find something in the score that I’ve never seen before,” Sebastian says. “With the last show I did, the composer wrote ‘Congrats! You did it,’ at the end of the score. With this show, the composer wrote, ‘A tempo di insane.’ That’s a first.”

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IF YOU GO Jpan Restaurant and Sushi Bar 3 Paradise Plaza 954-5726 Owner: Daniel Dokko Hours: Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday Dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday The restaurant is closed on Sunday. tuna wrapped with rice paper, edamame puree and cherry tomatoes and tuna tataki (see recipe below). For a main course, he suggests traditional tempura and a combination sushi boat for three to four people. And for dessert, he suggests a tempura fig. His lunch recommendation is a lunch bento box priced from $8.99 to $12.99. Dokko, 28, learned the restaurant business from the scullery up and has done virtually every job in the kitchen and the front of the house. At Amura, Orlando’s largest Japanese restaurant, he rose from chef to general manager. He came in 2008 to Sarasota and built a team including his right-hand man, Bao Kosai Tep, also 28, with whom he worked in Orlando and later recruited from Atlanta, and Victor Ahn, 21. The three chefs practice their art daily and create new masterpieces on a monthly basis.

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Forty years ago in this country, sushi was exotic — a rarity sought out and enjoyed by a culinary intelligentsia. Today, you can buy it in plastic containers at your supermarket, and in some ways, that’s good news. But there is more to sushi than fish with rice. It’s a legitimate culinary art form that requires talent and skill. And eating sushi can be an artful, unique dining experience. That’s what it is at Jpan Restaurant & Sushi Bar, tucked away on the north side of Paradise Plaza. The menu delivers raw fish treated with respect in all the conventional guises and some uniquely Jpan ways. There are the expected Japanese classics, here called “kitchen entrées” — tempura, teriyaki, miso sea bass and more. The black-garbed servers are knowledgeable, efficient and pleasant, and the place manages to be simultaneously tranquil and lively. This is sushi — the experience — as well as sushi — the food. What gives Jpan a twist is the heritage of chef/proprietor Daniel Dokko, who was born and raised in Brazil. “Sushi has a clean taste, so it goes really well with fruit,” he said. He means tropical fruits — for the most part: kiwi, mango, strawberry and Asian pear. He says the idea is popular with customers. An example from the list of Jpan’s specialty rolls: Aloha Roll, made of shrimp tempura and cream cheese topped with mango and coconut. Other specialties include low-carb options such as Cucumber Delight, which consists of tuna, salmon, kani and asparagus wrapped in transparently thin cucumber. In an economy that has been hostile to restaurants, Jpan is thriving. Just three months ago, Dokko doubled the size of his place so it now seats 90. The art of the food finds its match in a wall decorated by a collaborative effort of Professor DongHuy Kim, from Ringling College of Art and Design, and Dokko’s 3-year-old son, Dario. Asked what he would recommend to a new customer visiting for the first time, Dokko’s appetizer choices included the Summer Breeze roll of white and regular


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• Block of tuna should be about 2 inches wide by 3 inches long and 1 inch tall. • Chichimi powder is a blend of seven spices available in oriental markets. Coat tuna with chichimi powder. Sear on all four sides in an extremely hot non-stick pan, about five seconds per side. Put tuna in an ice water bath to stop cooking and cool.

Put a handful of spring mix in the center of a plate, slice the tuna paper thin and arrange around the greens. Combine remaining ingredient for sauce and pour over tuna.

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Siesta Olympian Sgt. Scott Osborne, leader of the community policing station on the Key, has been winning medals since 2002 in the Florida Police & Fire Games.

When Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Scott Osborne finishes his shift on Siesta Key, he doesn’t just head home to relax. He takes off on a run; then, three or four days a week, he spends another hour weight training in the garage gym of a good friend. “I love to train,” he says. “I love to stay in shape.” His athleticism doesn’t just keep him fit for his job as the officer in charge of the Village’s community policing station — it also has enabled him to rack up multiple medals since 2002 in the Florida Police & Fire Games, law enforcement’s version of the Olympics. This year, he brought home a gold medal in the five-stand skeet competition and bronze in the low-light shooting and tactical shotgun events from the games in Port St. Lucie. Osborne, 40, also participated in the sporting clays, skeet, doubles skeet and riot shotgun events. Thanks to incentives from the Sheriff’s Office, he has won more than enough compensated hours to keep taking time off every year to go to the games. Each gold medal is worth 24 hours; each silver, 16; and each bronze, eight. “I’m very fortunate the sheriff does that,” he says. “It’s a great incentive to stay in shape.” The games are open to all Florida law enforcement officers, firefighters and military personnel. State corrections officers also participate, Osborne says. Federal law enforcement personnel in the state compete, too.

This year, Osborne competed primarily in shooting events.

Sgt. Scott Osborne’s favorite event in the Florida Police & Fire Games is the sporting clays event. According to the website, www., about 5,000 competitors annually represent more than 200 agencies in more than 45 Olympicstyle events. The Sheriff’s Office often takes top honors overall in its category, because departments are divided by size for the competitions. Additionally, individuals generally compete with others in their age range. Registration is always Father’s Day weekend. Osborne’s events are spread out from Monday through Wednesday. His favorite event is the sporting clays, which requires participants to shoot from 10 different stations. “You don’t know where the ‘birds’ are coming from,” he says, noting they fly up from behind the shooter at times. One of the other more enjoyable events, Osborne says, is riot shotgun skeet. In past years, Osborne has participated in weightlifting and running events. One year, he competed in the Toughest Competitor Alive, which includes seven events in one day: a 3-mile run, a 100-meter dash, shot put, bench press, an obstacle course, as many pull-ups as the participant can do at one time, then a 20-foot

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Osborne competes in a weightlifting event during the Florida Police & Fire Games.

rope climb using arms only. Although he won the silver medal, Osborne says it wasn’t that much fun. “It takes all day long,” he says, emphasizing each word. The competition typically runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Osborne makes a point of cross

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training to keep in shape, but he especially enjoys running. He competed in the 2009 Space Coast Marathon in Titusville, and he’s done a half marathon in St. Petersburg. “I’m trying to get into the New York City Marathon, but (because contestants are chosen by lottery) I’ve been denied three years in a row,” he said. He also participates in many 5Ks, as well as numerous runs on Siesta Public Beach. “We need to spread the desire to want to stay in shape to more people,” Osborne says, adding he has been on the move since he was a boy. “I was a very active child. My mother has said she hopes I get what I gave to her with my own children.” So far, however, he admits his 6-year-old son, Cody, and his 11-yearold daughter, Anastasia, are not that keen on running with him. Beyond the physical benefits of the games, Osborne says, they are a valuable means of getting to know other law enforcement personnel. “You make great contacts with all the agencies (from) all over the state,” he says. “It’s like spring break for cops and firemen. Everybody gets to let loose a little bit. It’s a good time.”



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Manatees spark light-hearted comments The subject matter was serious, but both Siesta Key Association directors and audience members injected more than a little levity into the Sept. 1 discussion about protecting the manatees in the Grand Canal. Dave Thomas, a new member of the SKA’s environmental committee, at one point drew some laughter when he mentioned an incident from the previous evening. He was watching TV at 7:50 p.m., he said, when he spotted “an obviously large ripple and splash RACHEL in the water,” referring to the canal. BROWN The source was a HACKNEY manatee, he said, about 10 to 12 feet long. “He didn’t want to stop for a drink,” Thomas said. “He just kept going.” Thomas spoke again, as he had at the August SKA meeting, of how he had been observing a pod with as many as 10 manatees making its way through the canal to graze on the seagrass growing at the furthest point. His visitor the night before, he said, probably was “some guy staggering home from the grass bar.” Dr. Allan Worms, a wildlife biologist and retired professor, told Thomas the “he” was more likely a “she.” The females generally are larger than the males, Worms said. Thomas explained that he is “not constantly on a vigil” to spot the creatures. “I happen to work at home, and I look out the window a lot,” he said. Later, audience member Shawn Glen Pierson asked whether wildlife or county

officials had made any effort to undertake some “social engineering” with the manatees’ movements. “They go where they want to go,” responded Nancy Deckard, a Gulf & Bay Club resident. As the group discussed how narrow the canal is in places, making it difficult for the manatees to move far enough away from speeding boaters, SKA President Catherine Luckner drew more laughter when she joked that the canal needs redlight cameras. Finally, after Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson suggested a sign alerting boaters to slow down could be put on the bridge over Midnight Pass Road near the Mangrove Point Road intersection, board member Ann Kaplan added, “Put ‘no littering’ and ‘no living under the bridge’ also” on that sign.

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It turns out that the photo of the solitary snowy plover chick in the Sept. 1 Pelican Press was taken by photographer Mike Mosca instead of Catherine Luckner. Mosca stopped in last week to talk about how much time and patience it requires to get those adorable shots. He said he also had to keep his camera covered with plastic, so windblown sand wouldn’t ruin his images. One day, he said, he felt especially rewarded when two chicks climbed out of their nest and looked around. It didn’t take long, though, before Mom and Dad showed up to shepherd them back to the nest. Luckner said she had not realized she had mixed in a small group of photos from contributors with her own shots. Because Luckner and her husband, Bob, were among the volunteers who checked nests regularly over the past months, she also had considerable opportunity to photograph the endangered birds.

And speaking of the manatees, I received a call last week Map courtesy of Sarasota County from a 21-year Key resident who As shown in the map, the speed zone for the Grand Canal also lives on the Grand Canal. on Siesta Key is “slow speed minimum wake,” which is a Ernie Buel read my Sept. 8 arMoving on ticle about the manatees, which lot slower than some boaters travel through the waterway, Licensed massage therapists said the speed limit in the canal according to residents who live along the canal. Brent Bullock and Carol Gonzais 25 mph. lez have relocated this week from That “is like five or 10 times faster than is officially “slow speed minimum wake,” The Massage Store to Siesta Key Massage what people normally do,” he said. in Siesta Center. Their first official day which means just enough speed for a I suggested he call Rachel Herman was Sept. 12. vessel to maintain forward momentum. from the county’s Natural Resources Bullock has been working on the Key Apparently, I was still confused about Department, because she had discussed for 20 years. Gonzalez isn’t far behind the canal speed after the Sept. 1 SKA the speeds during her Sept. 1 SKA her, at 15 years. Both are excited about meeting. Thanks to Buel and Herman, I presentation. Later that day, Herman am pleased to be able to clear that up for seeing clients at their new “home.” emailed me to say the speed in the canal readers and for myself. They may be reached at 349-8140.

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Angela Damon, Montverde, sold her home at 3913 Solymar Drive to Lynne Hansen, trustee, of Oakton, Va., for $890,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths, a pool and 2,959 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,546,700 in 2004.

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Marcony and Sander Oliveira, of Northampton, Pa., sold their home at 5188 Siesta Woods Drive to Timothy and Renee Cookerly, of Brownsburg, Ind., for $587,500. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths, a pool and 1,688 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $367,500 in 2008.

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Thomas Towler, trustee, Sarasota, sold the Unit 105 condominium at 5916 Midnight Pass Road to Larry Howenstein, Fairview Heights, Ill., for $515,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,240 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $695,000 in 2004.

US Bank, N.A., trustee, sold the Unit 501 condominium at 5916 Midnight Pass Road to Michael Ciccolini, of Uniontown, Ohio, for $402,100. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,240 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,000 in 2000.

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Kenneth Cornacchinoe, of Martinsville, Ind., sold his Unit 1319-C condominium at 1319 Siesta Bayside Drive to Kathleen Gallison, Sarasota, for $415,000. Built in 1988, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,280 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $417,500 in 2009. Kathleen Gallison, Sarasota, sold her Unit 1342-C condominium at 1342 Siesta Bayside Drive to Betty Macleod, of Melrose, Mass., for $381,500. Built in 1988, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,280 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $398,000 in 2009.

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The following residential real-estate transactions took place between Aug. 29 and Sept. 2. A home in Revised Siesta tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Ogden House Partnership, Sarasota, sold the home at 100 Ogden St. to Robert and Michele Lomnitz, Sarasota, for $2.1 million. Built in 2007, it has five bedrooms, four-and-ahalf baths, a pool and 5,739 square feet of living area. The property previously sold for $850,000 in 2005.

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FLEA MARKET. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. Saturday, September 17, 10a.m.-5p.m. & Sunday, September 18, 10a.m.-4p.m. For info: 954-4165 GARAGE/MOVING SALE. Furniture, tools & other household items. 5341 Beneva Woods Circle, Sarasota. SAT 9/17 8AM to 1PM. LONGBOAT KEY & PRESTANCIA ESTATE SALE Friday 9/16: 9:00 – 1:00 (#’s at 8) Saturday 9/17: 9:00 – 1:00 Airport Mall 8251 West University Parkway (Old US 301 east of airport)

SOFA & Matching loveseat: loveseat opens to twin size bed. Like new condition. $199. 941-4846726. SOFA GOOD condition, pale gold $50.00. Kitchen stove vent $30.00. Tv 27” $30.00. 941-922-2046. WATERFORD CRYSTAL: decanter, sugar & creamer, never used, $99.00 for all three. 941- 726-6083.

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siestA Key Condo sAles 6327 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 832 MIDNIGHT COVE II $230,000 34242 5657 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 709 WHITE SANDS VILLAGE $181,000 34242 6140 MIDNIGHT PASS RD # 902 HORIZONS WEST $250,000 5254 AVENIDA NAVARRA # 108 VILLAGE WEST $375,000 34236 lonGboAt Key Condo sAles 34239 1241 GULF OF MEXICO DR # 404 WATER CLUB $1,270,000 34239 4965 GULF OF MEXICO DR # 201 POSITANO $2,725,000 34233 doWntoWn sArAsotA Condo sAles 1650 PINE TREE LN # 201 BAYOU HOUSE $74,500 34233 850 S TAMIAMI TRL # 321 CENTRAL PARK $89,000 34231 1268 11TH ST # 2205 BROADWAY PROMENADE $157,000 34231 850 So TAMIAMI TRL # 125 CENTRAL PARK II $130,000 34231 34231 sArAsotA Condo sAles 1525 PELICAN POINT DR # 201 PELICAN COVE $245,000 34238

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siestA Key sinGle FAMily HoMe sAles 120 ISLAND CIR SARASOTA BEACH $1,250,000 5050 COMMONWEALTH DR SIESTA BEACH $1,425,000 doWntoWn sArAsotA sinGle FAMily HoMe sAles 165 TYLER DR LIDO BEACH $440,000 2105 BOUGAINVILLEA ST LONG MEADOW $75,000 2414 TANGERINE DR SOUTH GATE $169,900 sArAsotA sinGle FAMily HoMe sAles 4427 DIAMOND W CIR EMERALD GARDENS $232,960 4011 SOUTHERN MANOR CT COUNTRY MANOR $260,000 1735 WHARF RD TROPICAL SHORES $70,000 7449 CURTISS AVE GULF GATE WOODS $148,000 4335 OLIVE AVE FLORA VILLA $122,500 3106 LOCKWOOD TER GULF GATE $132,000 pAlMer rAnCH sinGle FAMily HoMe sAles 8529 GREAT MEADOW DR TURTLE ROCK $315,000

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THURSDAY, september 15, 2011


Life Insurance AwArENESS MONTH

The following NAIFA – Sarasota Federation members actively promote Life Insurance Awareness Month All our members are held to the highest standards in the life insurance industry. James P. Ball, CFP, CLU, ChFC

Martin Faust

George Quarterman, CLU, LUTCF

Bernard H. Barrie, LTCP

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William Riley, LUTCF

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Dorsey Hoskins’ father Bryan felt a tingling in his arm. The diagnosis—an inoperable brain tumor. Six months later, he died at the age of 33, leaving his wife to raise Dorsey and her sister Hattie. Fortunately, Bryan bought life insurance when he married, and again when his daughters were born. Thanks to Bryan’s foresight, Dorsey, Hattie and their mom are taken care of. Are you prepared should the very worst happen? Without adequate life insurance, your financial plans may be just a savings and investment program that dies when you do. Consult a qualified insurance professional to help you create a plan that will continue to provide for the ones you love.

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