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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
Garage murals approved With a 3-2 vote Monday, the Sarasota City Commission approved a $25,000 Palm Avenue parking garage mural project.
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+ Some bunny gets a special blessing
Thanks to Sarasota City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo’s last-minute reconsideration, a $25,000 art mural project for the Palm Avenue parking garage is moving forward. Caragiulo initially expressed concern about the project, which calls for the expenditure of $25,000 in public art funds to create the first
downtown public art murals. “I’m a huge fan of this building,” Caragiulo said of the garage. “But I’m having a problem visualizing the continuity of how this coincides with other downtown public art projects.” Caragiulo questioned whether public art funds should be used to
fund the initiative. After a brief presentation from architect Jonathan Parks and Jonathan Parks Architect senior planner Chris Gallagher, Caragiulo made a motion to deny funding for the project.
SEE MURALS / PAGE 2A
St. Wilifred Episcopal Church has a long-standing tradition of celebrating the feast of St. Francis with a Blessing of the Animals. This year marks the second year that the church has joined with the Humane Society of Sarasota County, adding to the number of animals blessed and blessing some with a new home. The event took place Sunday, Oct. 2.
+ County unveils historical marker The Sarasota County Historical Commission recognized Riverview High School with the dedication of a marker that explains the historical significance of the original school, which opened in 1958. It was designed by architect Paul Rudolph, who influenced a group of designers who became known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. The marker, significant because it is the first historical marker dedicated for a post World War II architectural resource, was requested and funded by the Sarasota County School Board and school district administration. Marker researcher Sonya De Long, Superintendent of Schools Lori White and architect Joseph King unveiled the marker Tuesday, Oct. 4, at RHS.
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Dexter lounges in his owner’s arms while he waits to have a personal pet blessing Friday, Sept. 30, outside of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Deacon Tom Grant led the group pet blessing ceremony, which was for abused, lost and living animals. To see more photos, see page 14A.
by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
City will spend $1.25 million for backflows A state and federal mandate requires municipal water systems be protected with backflow prevention devices. In total, an additional 4,400 backflow devices are required locally. The Sarasota City Commission said Monday it would prefer the city pay $1.25 million over the next five years to install backflow prevention devices than endure the code-enforcement headaches that would ensue if it
leaves the financial responsibility up to the city’s water users. During its Oct. 3 regular meeting, the commission agreed to spend $250,000 per year for the next five years to install approximately 3,000 residential and
1,400 commercial backflow devices that are required. In an emergency, such a device prevents the backflow of contaminated water from a house or office from getting into the city’s water system.
A city ordinance was created to comply with federal and state Health Department standards, but city staff said the current
SEE BACKFLOW / PAGE 2A
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MURALS / FROM PAGE 1A Caragiulo had support from Vice Mayor Terry Turner and Commissioner Shannon Snyder. As a majority, they turned down the project. Turner said that although he gave much weight to Parks’ presentation and passion, he couldn’t justify the expenditure. “We have spent a fortune on this building, and I think we need to be distributing our resources more broadly through downtown,” Turner said. “It will be five years, if we are lucky, before this garage is intensively used. At a later date, if we have lots of money and people are using the garage, I might feel quite different about it.” Mayor Suzanne Atwell, however, disagreed with the majority. “Now is the time to do this,” Atwell said. “I think this will breathe life into this gorgeous building. This is a stunning idea that will draw people to this structure.” Parks told the commission his garage is an unfinished piece of art right now. “You trusted me to get it this far,” Parks said. “I think I have control over the process and can present a canvas for the artists to make it successful … The artwork will say, ‘This is Sarasota.’ After we get this done, it will be a finished piece.” That plea prompted Caragiulo to make a motion at the end of the afternoon session to revisit his earlier motion. “I was going against what
two designers of this building saw as something that makes their building complete,” Caragiulo said. “I’m not an artist. Who am I to say it doesn’t work?” When the commissioners voted again, Caragiulo, Atwell and Commissioner Willie Shaw were in the majority to approve the art project. Gallagher and Parks, who rushed back into the commission chambers in time to see the vote reversed, were pleased with the decision. “We have an opportunity to do something we have not done yet in the city,” Gallagher said. “We will be creating public art murals that the public can get extremely close to.” The firm’s concept calls for five artists painting sweeping, colorful murals, with a different theme planned for each floor of the garage. The proposal calls for a dance theme for the second floor, a film theme for the third floor, a music theme for the fourth floor, a theater theme for the fifth floor and an opera theme for the sixth floor. The Sarasota Chalk Festival will be incorporated into the project by allowing the artists to work with local children. The city already has set aside money for art in the facility. The city’s zoning code requires that every new project downtown set aside .05% of the construction cost toward downtown artwork. In the case of the garage, that translates into $54,000 for future artwork.
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BACKFLOW / FROM PAGE 1A backflow prevention program has encountered problems in forcing the remaining water users who need backflow prevention devices to install one. More than 2,150 backflow devices have been installed in the city to date. However, approximately 1,400 commercial backflows still need to be installed. Among residential customers, 3,000 of the of the original 4,000 required need to be installed. Utilities Director Javier Vargas offered the commission several options, including forcing water users to pay approximately $400 for a backflow device, finding ways to spread out customers’ payments for the expense and/ or providing rebates to customers. “It’s going to be controversial,” Vargas said. “It’s hard to ask customers to spend $400 to install a device that doesn’t provide visible benefits to their homes.” The metal pipe backflow devices, which typically sit in the middle or front of a yard, can be covered with foliage or fake plastic rocks. The commission agreed with staff’s assessment, choosing to fund the program entirely rather than try to force customers to comply with the cost through code enforcement. The program calls for addressing the commercial backflow
Why are backflow devices needed? A backflow is defined as “the reversal of flow of water in a public water system or customer's potable water system in such a way that foreign substances enter the public system that can cause a health risk.”
Backflow prevention devices must be installed per state and federal Health Department requirements.
devices in the first two years of the program, while working toward installing residential backflows in the second through fifth years. The goal, Vargas said, is to schedule last the installation of backflow devices at residences with pools, in the hope that the state might reverse its course and not mandate backflow installations for pools. Commissioners were committed to the program but visibly frustrated by the expense. “This isn’t something we dreamed up,” said Commissioner Shannon Snyder, who was upset the work had to be done even though the city has had only two backflow incidents in the past 20 years. “Spending $1 million for a problem we don’t have is frustrating.” City Manager Bob Bartolotta,
meanwhile, said every customer with a backflow device will be responsible for paying to have the device tested periodically. “If we do nothing, we are subject to fines,” Bartolotta said. “This is what we have to do.” Snyder urged city staff to make sure the backflow devices are installed as close as possible to homes and away from driveways, front yards and sidewalks. Although installing the devices as close as possible to water meters, which typically are in front yards, is safer and better prevents a backflow problem, the city can ask customers to sign waivers that allow the devices to be placed closer to their homes. “These things get run over all the time,” Snyder said. “Let’s keep them out of sight as much as possible.”
This isn’t something we dreamed up. Spending $1 million for a problem we don’t have is frustrating. — Commissioner Shannon Snyder
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City will not take gamble on casinos Lido Pool Sarasota city commissioners unanimously agreed Monday that Las Vegas-style casinos are not in the cards for the city’s future. The Sarasota City Commission is concerned that the Legislature might open up casino gaming to non-Indian-tribe Florida properties in the future. It plans to make it virtually impossible for a developer to submit a plan that involves building a casino within city limits. At its Monday, Oct. 3, regular meeting, city staff made a presentation at the commission’s request that outlined the possibility that the Legislature might pass a bill this spring at its annual Tallahassee session that would allow Las Vegasstyle casino gaming in other parts of Florida. Currently, casino gaming is only allowed on Indian-tribe properties in the state. Although the Legislature will most likely review a bill that would only allow such facilities in Miami-Dade County (where three casino gaming facilities are proposed), all
five commissioners want to be prepared in case the allowance spreads to other areas of the state. Noting that the site of the longtime Miami Herald building was purchased by a developer who intends to build a casino on the waterfront, Commissioner Shannon Snyder said there are too many similarities between the Miami Herald building and the site of the former Sarasota Quay on Sarasota Bay. “I find it completely inappropriate to put in a gaming facility anywhere in the downtown core or on our bayfront,” Snyder said. “I understand the state is trying to capture lost revenue, but I just hope they
leave us with somewhat local control when the changes come along.” City Attorney Bob Fournier, however, warned the city could not ban casinos altogether. “We could be required to find a lawful location for casino gambling,” said Fournier, who urged the commission to keep an eye on the Legislature but take no action at this point. But the commission wanted no part of that suggestion. Sn y d e r, along with Vice Mayor Terry Turner, proposed the commission direct city staff to move forward with zoning code and Comprehensive Plan amendments
that would make it difficult for casino gaming companies to propose such businesses in the city of Sarasota. Amendments to its code and comp plan would further bolster the city’s chances of never having to review such an application. Also, by only allowing for such a facility in a specific zoning district, a developer’s chance of being able to build a casino in Sarasota would be unlikely if the city chooses a district that couldn’t accommodate such an operation. “I just don’t think casino gaming is consistent with our family entertainment brand,” Turner said. “Waiting to see what the Legislature does is too late.” Mayor Suzanne Atwell agreed. “We are making a pre-emptive strike here,” Atwell said. City staff received direction to begin making code and comp plan changes that will take at least six months to prepare and be reviewed by the state for official approval.
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Residents of Hudson Bayou and Gulfview Drive expressed concerns with the traffic light being removed at Orange Avenue and Gulfview Drive.
Residents happy city sees the light After Sarasota residents expressed concern with the potential removal of a neighborhood traffic light, city staff made a recommendation to keep the light. The city of Sarasota will most likely keep a traffic light at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Gulfview Drive after Hudson Bayou and Gulfview residents expressed their displeasure with the possibility the light might be removed. At a Sept. 26 meeting at City Hall, city planner Alex DavisShaw reported that the city was evaluating traffic lights within city limits and considering removing those that aren’t mandated through a traffic-control program. If city residents agreed the light was not needed, which would save the city money, a three-way stop sign could be installed in its place.
But Hudson Bayou and Gulfview residents made numerous claims as to why they believed the light should stay in place. In an email to Hudson Bayou residents sent Sept. 26, Hudson Bayou President Rob Patten wrote that the Gulfview traffic signal crosswalk is the only safe (and legal) place to cross Orange Avenue between Hillview Street and Mound Street. “Removing the signal and forcing people to cross at Mound is unsafe because the east sidewalk on the Hudson Bayou Bridge is very narrow,” Patten wrote. “We are a pedestrian- and bike-oriented neighborhood.”
Due to the speed of the traffic on Orange Avenue, Patten said families and children must stay on the sidewalk. There are no bike lanes over the Hudson Bayou bridge. “Crossing at Gulfview makes sense for anyone crossing Orange Avenue so that they gain access to the much wider west sidewalk on the bridge,” Patten wrote. Patten also explained that Orange Avenue between Mound Street and Bahia Vista is a popular cut-through from Osprey Avenue and U.S. 41. “If we are forcing our kids to cross Orange randomly without a crosswalk, what are we teaching them about traf-
fic safety in general?” Patten wrote. City staff decided the traffic light should remain in place. “Based on the overwhelming support of that particular traffic signal, we have recommended to the city manager’s office that the light stay in place,” Davis-Shaw said. “The concerns expressed were valid ones that we took under consideration before making our decision.” Patten told the Sarasota Observer that he was happy to hear the news. “The city was receptive to our safety concerns all along,” Patten said. “It’s the right decision.”
agreement approved The Lido Beach Pool will continue to be operated by its current concession operator.
The Sarasota City Commission agreed Monday to sign off on a new contract with the current concession operator of the Lido Pool, with the understanding that it expects bigger and better things for the beachfront pool. Commissioners approved by a 5-0 vote a contract with Seabreeze Concessions LLC. The contract city staff negotiated with the company calls for Seabreeze to pay a base concession fee of $3,500 per month, plus 15% of gross monthly sales and 80% of the Lido Pool fees the operator collects. In addition, the agreement requires the licensee to pay for all sales tax on the concession fee and all property tax associated with the concession. City Purchasing Manager Mary Tucker called the contract “the highest rent” contract the city has ever negotiated. But, in the meantime, commissioners expressed interest in a long-term plan for its future. In August, Commissioner Shannon Snyder called the pool an “underperforming asset.” Snyder and other commissioners said they think it can be highlighted as a destination point. Until the city is able to review more long-term options for the pool, which could include an upscale waterfront restaurant, city staff negotiated the deal with Seabreeze, which had previously expressed an interest to terminate its lease agreement. The new lease agreement runs through April 30, 2013, and has one fiveyear renewal option. Vice Mayor Terry Turner had several questions about how the lease could be terminated and wanted to make sure the city wasn’t responsible for paying for capital improvements to the property while Seabreeze is the concession operator. Tucker assuaged his concern, explaining that the city has to sign off on any capital improvement Seabreeze proposes. “This is an agreement with low expectations we can get out of when and if we need to,” said Commissioner Paul Caragiulo. City staff agreed that was the direction provided by City Manager Bob Bartolotta, previously told the commission the city wants to find a long-term tenant that would be willing to sign a 10-year lease. The city inherited the operation of the Lido Pool after the county turned it over to the city in a reshuffling of parks funding. Although Caragiulo believes a waterfront restaurant might be a tough sell for residents and the Lido Key Residents Association, he believes the city is on the right track with finding a long-term approach. The Lido Key Residents Association has also created a committee in support of the pool that is working to gauge the future interest of the property for its residents.
Underperforming asset Budget memos this summer showed that the Lido Pool has $180,000 in expenditures and only brings in $78,000 worth of revenues. City commissioners believe the pool can eventually be groomed to be a major asset that makes money and draws visitors.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011
+ All libraries will be closed on Sundays
Beginning Sunday, Oct. 2, Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, and Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, will be closed on Sundays. Of the county’s eight public libraries, Selby and Jacaranda were the only two open on Sundays. All eight Sarasota County public libraries will be open Monday through Saturday. The Sunday closing, as well as several other measures, is the result of a $450,000 budget reduction proposed by library staff and approved by the Sarasota County Commission earlier this summer during a series of fiscal year 2012 budget workshops. In addition to closing on Sundays, libraries also will temporarily suspend the Interlibrary Loan Service, cut back the number of days items are transferred between libraries and reduce the amount spent on items such as books, magazines and periodicals by $96,000. For more information, call the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000 or visit www.sclibs.net.
The most read stories online last week were: 1. “Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam” (Sept. 23) 2. “Drowning victim off Siesta Key shore identified” (Sept. 30) 3. “Sarasota police arrest murder suspect” (Sept. 26) 4 .“Roundabouts set for season” (Sept. 29) 5. “Video: D2L Dance Party ‘Behind the Ropes’” (Sept. 26)
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Ex-employee’s allegations to be independently reviewed
DSA debates downtown New Year’s Eve event
A former city employee’s claims about improprieties in the city’s Auditor and Clerk’s Office has prompted the City Commission to ask an outside source to review the matter.
The Downtown Sarasota Alliance Board of Directors approved a New Year’s Eve event for downtown Sarasota at its monthly meeting Wednesday. The event would not allow the sale of beer and liquor by vendors so that the event won’t compete with downtown restaurants and bars. Meeting materials included the reasoning behind the no-alcohol stipulation: “The reason for this suggestion is this event and the DSA should contribute to sustaining the downtown business community, economically, by eliminating any perceived competition by the DSA.” The proposal also included a fireworks celebration on the bayfront because Marina Jack owner Bob Soran agreed to contribute $27,000 toward a $30,000 fireworks show that would be similar to the downtown Fourth of July fireworks show. But City Manager Bob Bartolotta quickly nixed that portion of the suggestion. “We have a lot of concerns with fireworks happening that night, which would involve closing down U.S. 41,” Bartolotta said. The number of expected visitors downtown that night would jump from 30,000 to 60,000 with the addition of the fireworks show, city officials said. Also, the fireworks would require the closure of U.S. 41 and would require 50 police officers to monitor the event. So, instead of fireworks, the annual midnight ritual of dropping the pineapple at Pineapple Square is back on for another year. In the meantime, anyone wishing to receive a permit for a fireworks celebration on New Year’s Eve is not prohibited from doing so.
leased a 25-page response from employees who had encounters with McGrath and witnessed her abrupt departure. The employee comments overwhelmingly refute McGrath’s claims. Nonetheless, Vice Mayor Terry Turner told the commission McGrath’s email should not be ignored. “From our point of view, we have no way to verify or discredit her allegations,” Turner said. “I have no idea whether the allegations are true, but (McGrath) has 20 years in auditing experience and graduated in the top of her class.” Although the rest of the commissioners agreed, Snyder suggested the city save money by recruiting a retired senior judge to perform the service for free. Commissioner Paul Caragiulo agreed with that suggestion, but he said the commission would find nothing wrong with the department. “I’m fine with it, but I think (the analysis) won’t take more than a few minutes,” Caragiulo said. Turner said that’s his overall goal as well. “It’s my hope the allegations are unfounded,” Turner said. Commissioner Willie Shaw, who has an extensive background in personnel relations and is already acting as a mediator between City Manager Bob Bartolotta’s office and Nadalini’s department, also approved the decision. “If transparency is what we’re looking for, that’s what we will get,” Shaw said.
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An email the city’s former senior internal auditor sent to the city commissioners Sept. 16 has prompted them to seek an investigation into one of the city’s departments. During its Monday, Oct. 3, regular meeting, the commission voted 5-0 to have Commissioner Shannon Snyder find a local, retired senior judge to review allegations made by former employee Maryellen McGrath against City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini’s office. McGrath, the city’s senior internal auditor for only four weeks, wrote an email to the commissioners last month after she resigned. McGrath questioned the way the audit regarding the Newtown youth program double-billing scandal was performed and released, claimed her audit manager spent her days searching town emails and said she doesn’t believe the department is following proper procedures. “The Auditor and Clerk’s Office is a liability rather than an asset to the city of Sarasota, conducting audits in a combative nature with the auditees rather than working with them,” McGrath wrote. “The approach of the audit department does not provide or suggest recommendations for improvements to the city’s processes and procedures to save the taxpayers money or provide employees with guidance on an efficient process to alleviate their workload.” Nadalini’s department has since re-
The decision reached involves closing Main Street from Orange Avenue to Palm Avenue, offering a carnival on State Street for families and working with restaurants to request donations for the event and to create large outdoor café seating areas in the street. In the meantime, the DSA will work next year to create a different New Year’s Eve celebration by partnering with downtown restaurant owners and downtown entertainment venues. Before the DSA reached its decision, board member Chris Gallagher questioned the event as a whole. “Why do anything?” Gallagher asked, theoretically. “If you did nothing, would not every restaurant downtown be filled? And if we do anything, are we bringing our target audience downtown or attracting a crowd we don’t wish to have?” Bartolotta, however, said although the DSA could request a permit and then cancel the event, he didn’t recommend it. “You have to have businesses sign off on a permit, get police officers and make an effort to hold the event,” Bartolotta said. The discussion prompted DSA Vice Chairman Tony Souza to question why the city no longer partners with the downtown for such events to reduce the costs associated with off-duty police officers and permits. “I have polled other cities and they still act as partners for such events,” Souza said. Bartolotta said it’s strictly a financial decision by the city. “We used to pay for everything, even the fireworks on July 4,” Bartolotta said. “But these are tight times.”
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The Sarasota County Commission’s freshly approved 2012 budget looks more like a bubble correction than Draconian cutbacks of critical services, at least when viewed through a 10-year lens. In 2002, before the enormous run-up in real estate prices poured money into county coffers, Sarasota County’s budget was $808 million. The budget approved for next year is $870 million, $62 million more than in 2003, even after five years of reductions. As we know, population growth in the county was minimal in that time, and there was an actual population decline during the recession. At the same time, productivity of the average American worker improved, largely on the strength of technological advances, meaning that there should be no noticeable loss of county services. Was the county so terrible in 2003? Of course not. The problem is the perception driven by the boom. The county ran the budget up to $1.14 billion in 2007 — not based on need but based on the cash cow that real estate became temporarily. If there had been more spending restraint in those years, the cuts now would not appear as
drastic as they may seem. And looking at the cuts the commission made, with a few exceptions, the county is still not cutting basic necessities. Some of the main budget cuts that just are not that painful include: • Closing the Selby and Jacaranda public libraries on Sundays and suspending the inter-library loan program. The library system will also be buying fewer new items. Sunday hours for libraries can hardly be considered a necessity. • Reducing small recreation programs and events and putting off some equipment replacement and minor maintenance at parks. Recreational programs, by definition, often are luxuries for which users should pay. The cut that could be considered more serious is the 5% reduction in primary care for people seeking discount medical work — if you consider offering health care a role for the county. Patients will have longer waits. Another budget change was to increase bus fares from 75 cents to $1.25, which brings them up to par with surrounding counties and the state average. Hearings
materials. That is 260,000 tons of materials not being buried in the landfill, increasing the lifespan of the facility and thereby saving the taxpayers the expense of having to build a new one. Currently, because of our community’s successful recycling efforts, along with proper planning and best practices in solid-waste disposal, there continues to be no need to plan for another landfill. In direct response to the author’s statements, I offer the following: The author stated, “The U.S. has more landfill capacity than ever before.” Absolutely correct, the point that was left out is we have more space available, in large part, because of recycling! Less material going into the landfill means less space taken up. In the early ’90s, when recycling was not as prevalent as it is today, population growth and consumption trends led many to believe we would run out of landfill space. Obviously, our recycling efforts have had a positive impact and saved the taxpayers the millions of dollars it costs to build a new landfill. The author argued that landfills are safe, so why not just bury everything? I agree with the first part, they are safe. But why would we want to go back to burying materials that we can recycle? In addition, those recyclable materials can be sold and reused so, basically, burying items that can be recycled is just like burying money. In 2010, 27,000 tons of residential recyclables collected in the unincorporated county generated more than $1 million in net revenue. The author stated that new growth in forests exceeds worldwide consumption
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+ Recycling the right choice
Dear Editor: A few weeks ago, the Sarasota Observer published an opinion column titled “Recycling as religion” in which the author expressed his view that recycling is a waste of valuable resources and that the county justifies its recycling program with arguments that don’t “stand up to research.” The author went on to say that the county’s recycling program is an example of “ … government waste at its finest.” Having been involved with solid-waste programs for more than 24 years, I offer a different perspective that will allow your readers to be better informed to judge whether the county’s recycling efforts are justified, worthwhile and appreciated. In 1988, the Legislature established a goal for the state to recycle 30% of its solid waste, and the residents of Sarasota County soon after voted to establish a local recycling program. The reasons for the program included the cost of building new landfills, preserving our natural lands and waterways and protecting Florida’s wildlife; all goals that continue to make sense today. Voters adopted Sarasota County’s mandatory recycling ordinance in 1991 and over the years, our community has regularly exceeded the 30% goal. In 2009, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Recovered Materials Report showed Sarasota County recycled more than 260,000 tons of
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around the county brought nary a peep of opposition to the fare hikes. As the real estate bubble that county government rode could not be sustained, so county government spending at those levels could not be sustained. Despite the rhetoric, we have simply returned to more normal levels.
+ A tax by any other name
The fourth largest source of revenue in 2009 — behind property taxes, the halfcent sales tax and the infrastructure surtax — was the FPL franchise fee. This is the fee that FPL allegedly pays for the right to a quasi-monopoly on selling electricity in Sarasota County. But this is a tax by another name. FPL has its rates set by the Florida Public Service Commission, an arm of the state. The PSC looks at all of the company’s costs and then sets the rates to provide a profit. So FPL simply collects the franchise fee from consumers and gives it to Sarasota County government. If there were not a franchise fee, the rates would be lower. Make no mistake. This is a tax on county residents.
of wood by a factor of 20. His point is we do not have a shortage of trees, and he is correct. However, I would argue that our paper-recycling efforts have reduced our demand for wood from forests. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, three cubic yards of landfill space, two barrels of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity. That’s enough energy to power the average American home for five months. Why wouldn’t you recycle? The author stated that there is no proof that recycling reduces pollution. In fact, recycling does reduce pollution, because manufacturing using raw, virgin materials releases waste that pollutes the environment. The truth is processing recycled paper generates up to 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution than processing new paper. The author argued that recycling doesn’t save energy because the energy expended to collect and process recyclables exceeds their value. Again, the facts and numbers for that argument just don’t add up. Trucks currently collecting recyclables would still be needed to collect the increased amount of garbage if we were not recycling. With the recycling of paper, 64% less energy is required than that of creating new paper and recycling tin and steel cans saves 60% to 74% of the energy required to produce the cans from raw materials. Sarasota County citizens and businesses should be proud of their recycling efforts. We are a leader in the state each year with our recycling efforts, because as a community, we are fiscally prudent, we care about the environment, we wish to preserve resources and we believe that recycling, reuse and diversion should always come before landfilling. Larry Alexander Manager, Sarasota County Solid Waste and Recycling
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Dear Editor: As community supporters and corporate sponsors of the Sarasota Chalk Festival, we are grateful for the Sarasota City Commission’s decision to overturn its 4-1 vote to implement a mid-process grant criteria change. We also applaud the commission’s intent to better align our city grant process with relevant best practices by changing application criteria. But we must express our disappointment that the City Commission considered — let alone voted to approved — immediate implementation of last week’s grant criteria change instead of applying the change to next year’s process and funding. The vote to change the process took place after the festival and other organizations had completed grant applications and after the city communicated grant and funding approval to the festival. The rush to implementation was a careless choice made without due consideration to cost. The festival paid those costs. At a mere five weeks away from the event, the non-profit organization’s time, effort and focus were diverted from festival production and promotion to disaster recovery. Those are precious resources that cannot be recovered. The City Commission cannot shake responsibility for this outcome. Nor can it deny accountability for the local, national and global black eye it gave Sarasota’s reputation as a community devoted to the arts. We are confident that Sarasota Chalk
residents and tourists alike. We chose to make an unprecedented investment in our community via the Chalk Festival because it consistently delivers on its vision and commitments to the community, families, residents, visitors and artists. Needlessly throwing a stick in the spokes of growth is bad government and bad business in the best of times. Right now such actions are devastating and negligent. Moving forward, we expect local government to recognize economic momentum and respect enterprise. We survivors of the worst of times are pulling up with broken bootstraps and re-building the economic ramp as we climb up. What we need from our local government remains the same: lead, follow or get out of the way. What we hope is that Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy take note and give local government efforts to generate festival tourism their just results: mockumentary. Rich and Katherine Miller Owners of DirectBuy of Sarasota
+ Claims of homelessness at library are baseless
Jennifer Nichols Chaparro’s chalk portrait featured the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz” at last year’s Chalk Festival.
Dear Editor: In a recent article by Kurt Schultheis, downtown resident Phil Grande claims the homeless have taken over the Selby Public Library; that they are using it “as a homeless shelter”; and that 80% of the daily visitors are vagrants. I use the library almost daily, and I can say that these claims are absurd. Has Grande spent any time here? Yes, the homeless are present, but are they dis-
Festival Chairwoman Denise Kowal has the knowledge, network and capabilities to turn the commission’s lemons into our community’s lemonade. She has, after all, grown the festival from an idea to an internationally recognized arts event that adds value to Sarasota as a destination for
ruptive? Not in my experience. Many use the computers here (as I am doing right now), others read. So what does Grande really want? Closure of the Selby Library? Turning the downtown into a gated community open only to the rich? May I remind him that Five Points Park and the Selby Library are public property and belong to all of us, the homeless included. Like many other places, Sarasota does have a homeless problem, and that problem has its roots in our troubled economy. Removing benches from Five Points Park or defunding the library is hardly an appropriate or constructive response to the problem. Indeed, it may make the problem worse, because the library is a place where people can search online for work. Selby Library is a valuable resource to the people of Sarasota. It is also a pleasant place to read or to look for books or movies to check out. I am grateful for it. Paul B. Laub Sarasota
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Sarasota Animal Services sees increased adoption need Sarasota County Animal Services won’t turn away any animals that are dropped off at its facility on Bee Ridge Road. Instead, it either includes the animals in its adoption program or refers or transfers animals to rescue organizations. The animals not transferred are strays, rescue animals that have been treated with cruelty or neglect or are animal-biting cases. One of Animal Care Supervisor Tami Treadway’s eight dogs is a biting case; she says he is a sweet animal. An abused dog she rescued named Boo was used as a search-and-rescue canine. In fact, most of the seven staff members who work at the facility have rescued animals from the shelter. “They’re perfectly good cats and dogs,” says volunteer Karen Ankerstar. Ankerstar, who fosters kittens without mothers, says this is one of the worst years Animal Services has had in terms of overcrowding. The facility takes in approximately 8,000 dogs and cats each year. In 2010, there were 1,265 euthanizations of animals at Sarasota County Animal Services. An animal is only euthanized if there is a medical issue or temperament issue; once an animal is admitted into the facility’s adoption program, it typically stays there. “I took a mini survey among
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Main Street: Where the tiled sidewalk ends? A $10,000 ceramic tile sidewalk project is in jeopardy of being removed if sidewalks are torn up for a new project. The city of Sarasota’s Downtown Improvement District (DID) and its Public Art Committee want to restore and preserve aging ceramic tiles that were placed in the Main Street sidewalk two years ago. They also plan to install the tiles in other sections of the downtown sidewalk. But the project can only move forward if a Main Street streetscape project doesn’t require the existing sidewalk, where the tiles now sit, to be torn up. At the Oct. 4 board of directors meeting, Sarasota resident and Public Art Committee board member George Haborak said his committee is disappointed with the aging and cracking art tiles that were placed in the sidewalk between Orange Avenue and Lemon Avenue. Noting that the 33 16-inch-by-16-inch ceramic tiles created by local artists were installed two years ago to add color to the sidewalks, Haborak said he’s disappointed with how the tiles look today. “We spent about $10,000 (approximately $250 per tile) to create designs for the tiles and place them 30 feet apart from each other in the sidewalk,” Haborak said. “Now, some are already cracking and falling apart.” Haborak believes the reason is because local artists designed the tiles individually and there was no uniformity in how they were created and shaped in a kiln. “I think it’s a learning experience for us as we move forward with the project for other sections of Main Street,” Haborak said. “But my concern is how does the Main Street streetscape project affect
the tiles and will the existing sidewalk be ripped up?” DID Chairman Ernie Ritz said he didn’t know the answer. “I, too, was disappointed with the tiles, which are missing pieces and cracked,” Ritz said. “But I doubt we will ever tear out the existing sidewalks as part of the project.” Ritz suggested the DID work with the art board to find ways to upgrade the existing tiles so they don’t get damaged easily. Haborak said the committee planned to work with the local artists to make repairs and create a more uniform project in the future. “I can envision creating a design and finding a tile contractor to create them all in a professional manner for future segments,” Haborak said. In the meantime, Ritz said he will make sure the issue is brought up to residents and business owners at a 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, Main Street streetscape workshop at City Hall. The public will have the opportunity to shape the project, which includes plans to upgrade Main Street, and define how the downtown historic district should look. City officials, however, warned that the broad streetscape project, which includes concepts such as brick streets and new street lamps, could mean the sidewalks might need to be torn up. Ritz and others, however, cringed when they heard that. “That would be a nightmare for downtown merchants,” Ritz said.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011
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2:22 a.m. — 3400 block of North Tamiami Trail. Disorderly Conduct. A bartender told police that a man was causing a disturbance while he was trying to close up the bar. Officers transported the intoxicated man back to his hotel room.
9:20 p.m. — 100 block of South Pineapple Avenue. Dispute. A father told police that his daughter’s boyfriend has been driving by his home and screaming obscenities at him. The dispute might have something to do with the fact that the father doesn’t want the boyfriend to date his daughter. The father planned to file a restraining order against the boyfriend.
Mobile upgrade 2:25 p.m. — 2800 block of South Tamiami Trail. Robbery. A man told police he was waiting for a bus when a man on a red bicycle approached him and asked for a cigarette. While the man attempted to get him a cigarette, the bicycler snatched the bus pass out of the man’s hand and ran away.
Police presence 8:05 p.m. — 500 block of Gillespie Avenue. Noise Disturbance. A woman complained of loud music coming from a car that was surrounded by several men. The music was turned down by the time police arrived, and police advised them to keep it that way.
Sept. 23 Keeping the pace 8:33 a.m. — 1500 block of First Street. Suspicious Person. A security guard told police he had an uneasy feeling about a man who was pacing pack and forth from the bus station to the sidewalk. The pacer, who appeared to be homeless, told police he was “nervous and scared someone was going to hurt him.” The man promised he would enter a nearby facility if he felt the need to hurt himself or anyone else.
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Sept. 25 When a craving hits ... 3:20 a.m. — 1100 block of Central Avenue. Burglary. The owner of a convenience store told police someone broke into his establishment by breaking a plexiglass window and stole $165 worth of Newport cigarettes from above the cash register.
Change of heart 9:15 p.m. — 1000 block of Cocoanut Avenue. Family Dispute. A woman told police that she was in the middle of a fight with her aunt, who was trying to kick her out of her house. The aunt told police she is tired of her niece hanging out with the wrong crowd, and if it continues, she is no longer welcome to live with her. When police offered the niece a ride to a youth shelter, she told police she would comply with her aunt’s request.
Sept. 26 Dog on the loose 8:15 p.m. — Intersection of Alta Vista Street and Lincoln Drive. Lost Dog. A woman flagged down a police officer and explained that while she was dog-sitting, the dog ran away when she removed the leash at her apartment. Henry, a white border
Sept. 27 Circling around 11 p.m. — 1700 block of South Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Person. A hospital public safety officer told police officers that he saw a suspicious man on a bicycle circling the Arlington Street parking garage, near a neighborhood where several burglaries have occurred. The officer promised to alert police if he saw the man again.
Road. Worthless Document. A gas station employee reported receiving a fake $10 bill from a customer. The customer told police she got it from a nearby McDonald’s. The bill was taken into evidence.
Nailed to the crime 6 p.m. — 8200 block of South Tamiami Trail. Theft. A woman told police she saw a customer take some nail polish from a shelf and put it in her purse. Mall security discovered two bottles of unused nail polish in her purse valued at $17. The woman was arrested.
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Batman strikes again 2:05 p.m. — Intersection of Central Avenue and Myrtle Street. Suspicious Circumstance. A man told police he was walking westbound on Myrtle Street when he was struck in the head with a plastic Batman figurine while a school bus passed him. Police discovered to which school the bus had been loaned, and the school planned to pull its seating chart and interrogate students likely to have thrown the Batman figurine.
The door’s always open 5:01 p.m. — 1700 block of Ingram Avenue. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman reported an open front door at a neighbor’s home. Police found the door open and discovered the home was mostly empty, although some furnishings remained and a car was parked outside. Police secured the home and left a business card behind.
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Having just returned from biking across the country for hospice, J.W. Frye will host ‘Sarasota Celebrates Volunteers’ Sunday, Oct. 16, at Payne Park Auditorium.
In January, before Sarasota resident J.W. Frye left the southernmost point of Key West to bike 7,500 miles across the United States to the northernmost point of Alaska, he thought “roughing it” was when Starbucks ran out of heavy cream. Frye had never been a bike enthusiast. But while biking the Ringling Bridge one day on a borrowed bicycle, he was inspired to make the trek to Alaska for Hospice, which looked after his mother during the last months of her life. “I will never forget the tireless work of Hospice,” he said. “They cared not only physically for my mother as she died, they loved and nurtured an entire family back to life.” His mother, Tara Mullin, was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. “When she was diagnosed (with cancer), I asked how she felt, and she said, ‘J.W., I don’t know why, but this (her cancer) is going to help people,’” he said. “I just had no idea what to do with that.’” Six years later, it hit him. Frye decided he could pay it forward
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Former Sarasota Crew member rescues fellow rower Courtney Berger is the first NSU athlete to receive the national sportsmanship award. Courtney Berger spent many of her days growing up on the water in Sarasota as a member of Sarasota Crew. When she was younger, she rowed, but soon her height of 5 feet, 2 inches, wasnâ€™t ideal for rowing, and she became a coxswain, which she describes as â€œthe eyes, ears and brainsâ€? of the boat. She excelled as a coxswain Courtney Berger for Sarasota at the collegiate Crew; she is FIRA Regatta the former held in April at coxswain for Benderson Park. state champion Sarasota Crew Menâ€™s Varsity 8. â€œIâ€™m loud, and I can command people pretty easily,â€? says Berger. The skills she learned as a coxswain for Sarasota Crew helped her to lead her college team not only to a victory but also to help a rival crew member in May.
Courtney Berger sits in the Rollins teamâ€™s boat and holds up the rower in distress during the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta held in May in Oakridge, Tenn. The Nova Southeastern University Sharks Freshman Eight had just won their race in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, in Oakridge, Tenn., when Berger, the teamâ€™s coxswain, noticed that the second-place finishers from Rollins College were having trouble on their boat. As she looked more closely, she realized one of the girls on the rival team had collapsed. Berger quickly got her crew to paddle their boat closer to the Rollinsâ€™ boat, and she jumped onboard. â€œI asked if she was OK, and they (her team) said no,â€? Berger said. â€œI looked for an official, because they were supposed to check on everyone, but they didnâ€™t. They (her team members) were freak-
ing out and crying. I had to take some sort of action. It was natural instinct.â€? Berger repositioned the distressed rower, who was slumped over her oar, and held her upright and spoke calmly to the rower and her teammates. Berger tried to help the woman breathe properly. â€œI was calm, but I was in emergency mode, so I had to just try to calm the girl down and calm the teammates down,â€? Berger said. While Berger was helping the rower, the NSU and Rollins rowers attempted to notify an official for help. After about 10 minutes, an official arrived, and the rower was taken to the onsite ambulance and treated for dehydra-
tion and an abdominal injury. Berger talked to the rower after she had been treated. â€œI think she blacked out,â€? Berger said. â€œShe said she could hear my voice, but everything was black, and she said she tried to focus on my voice.â€? For their assistance in the medical emergency, Berger and the crew of the NSU Sharks Freshman Eight were selected as the winners of the 2011 Sunshine State Conference Female Sportsmanship Award. Berger was also awarded the 2010-2011 NCAA Female Student-Athlete National Sportsmanship Award; it is the first time an NSU student has received the national award and also the first time a Sunshine State Conference school has re-
ceived the honor. She was also featured in the Sept. 12 issue of Sports Illustrated as one of the seven athletes in its â€œFaces in the Crowdâ€? section. Berger spent her summer coaching at Sarasota Crewâ€™s rowing facility and is now a sophomore at NSU, where she is a pre-med student majoring in biology; she is also currently practicing for the fall rowing season. Berger said she will continue to keep a vigilant watch for dangers on the water for her team and for those around her. â€œIâ€™m usually pretty observant â€” Iâ€™ll still be the same,â€? said Berger. â€œI just hope the officials are a little bit more (aware) â€Ś they could have taken action quicker.â€?
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The Sarasota 5000 Regatta Oct. 2 drew 20 teams, from Miami to Halifax, Canada, for races Sunday at Blackburn Point Park. The first county regatta of the fall season, it featured events at four different levels: middle school, high school, collegiate and masters. The hosts were the Sarasota Scullers. For details about the winners, visit w w w. r e g a t t a c e n tral.com/regatta/ results/?job_id=2011.
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Left: Berkeley Prep BC B took seventh place in the Men’s High School 4-Plus.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011
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Pets receive bountiful blessings Members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel brought their furry friends — large and small — to the annual pet blessing ceremony Friday, Sept. 30, outside the church. Deacon Tom Grant led the group pet blessing ceremony by blessing the abused, the lost and the living animals. Grant also did personal pet blessings for those who wanted them.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011
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Roller derby divas prepare for takeoff Sarasota’s roller derby girls are putting the final touches on a giant roller skate that they hope to send soaring through the air Saturday at the 2011 Red Bull Flugtag Tampa. If you go
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For the past two months, Denise Leider’s neighbors have been creeping past her house at a pace that might embarrass even the slowest snail. She’s not installing new pavers, putting in a pool or hosting dance parties with her roller derby team, the Suncoast Quad Squad. The object of attraction is a life-sized, purple-and-black, human-powered roller skate with bat wings that is parked in the driveway. It moves forward and backward — but will it fly? “It will after we take the nuts and bolts off of everyone else’s flying machine,” jokes one member of the Suncoast Quad Squad, which will compete against 40 other homemade flying contraptions this weekend at Red Bull Flugtag, in Tampa. For those who don’t speak German, “flugtag” — pronounced “floog-tog” — means “flying day.” The first Red Bull Flugtag took place in 1992, in Vienna. Since then, more than 35 flugtags have taken place around the world, drom from Ireland to San Francisco, and attract as many as 250,000 spectators. The homemade flying objects have included everything from a flying purple people eater, Santa and his sleigh, a flying toilet and even an Oscar Meyer weiner, which sail over the edge of a 30foot deck, ultimately splashing into the water below. For the competition, the teams build themed flying objects out of any material, with one person from the team who pilots the
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Homebuilder in Paradise
Jim Butler rarely hesitates to invest money — a lot of money — in his entrepreneurial ventures. His latest stake, homebuilding, has been a winner.
Jim Butler founded Paradise Homes in 2003. The company has since become one of the fastest-growing homebuilders in the Sarasota-Bradenton market. modelers, which includes the cabinet business and a tile and granite plant, have 65 employees, up from about 40 last year and 10 in 2006. Says Butler: “We’ve kind of exploded.” It’s easy to see why Butler says
the seven-figure investment in the Sarasota showroom, despite the timing and the risk, “was the best thing I ever did.” The second-best thing, says Butler, was when he secured the ability to build homes in Lakewood Ranch, the east Manatee
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When Jim Butler’s cabinet credit crisis. company tanked in the reces“It was a pretty fearful time. sion, he countered with the riski- Most people, family members est business move of his life. and friends, said I was crazy for He totally changed directions. spending all this money,” says He invested more than $1 mil- Butler. “But I believed in what lion in a glossy new showroom, I’m doing. We had to reinvent a display center for a remodeling ourselves.” and custom B u t l e r ’s homebuild- at a glance faith has ing busibeen reExtreme Remodelers ness he also warded. of Sarasota ran. ConThe comsidering pany, ExYear Revenues % growth the cabinet treme Re2008 $2.6 million — firm, Venmodelers of 2009 $3 million 15% ice-based Sarasota, a Country parent enti100% 2010 $6 million Cupboards, ty over sev2011 $30 million (projected) — went from eral units, nearly $10 including million in revenues in 2005 to Butler’s Paradise Homes, is on next to no sales by 2008, the de- a gigantic growth spurt in revcision was certainly gutsy. enues, hires and homes. Annual Several other factors upped revenues in 2010 for example, the gamble. For one, the funds were up 100% from 2009, from behind the investment were $3 million to $6 million. Butmade up mostly of Butler’s life ler projects revenues will be up savings. Butler also opened the significantly more by the end of showroom and sales center in a 2011, to at least $30 million. high-traffic, albeit high-rent area Paradise Homes filed 21 buildon Osprey Avenue, a few miles ing permits in 2010, and another south of downtown Sarasota. 33 so far in 2011, figures that outMore ominous: Butler decided pace nearly every local hometo expand in early fall 2008, the builder. Finally, the consolidated height of the global banking and companies under Extreme Re-
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summer for the first time since 2006. Homebuilding in Lakewood Ranch facilitated the recent success spurt, Butler says, but the firm builds in a variety of communities, and in a variety of sizes. In addition to Lakewood Ranch, Paradise Homes has projects on Casey Key, Longboat Key and Siesta Key. The average size of a Paradise Homes home is 3,400 square feet, though current projects include an 18,000-square-foot home in the Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch.
An explosion in work, however, didn’t only come from Butler’s big investment. A big key is the Paradise Homes business model, which counters the traditional homebuilder approach. In the standard model, homebuilders use subcontractors to perform the bulk of the work, from plumbing and electrical to windows and cabinets. It’s the way many homebuilders grew during the boom. It’s also how Butler grew his cabinet business when he was a subcontractor. At Paradise Homes, though, work is done in-house. Butler’s employees include interior designers and architects and professional engineers and cabinet installers. In sum, Butler sidesteps the middleman who eats into many homebuilders’ margins. “Our strength is that we are the builders,” says Butler.
“We are able to put out a product that’s still high-end, but also competitive.” Another reason behind the growth, Butler says, is the company’s simplified and transparent pricing model. He says that allows it to separate itself from homebuilders that push upgrades on buyers. Paradise Homes has six models and three levels of interior upgrades. Some standard models are priced between $297,000 and $497,000 A final step in the Paradise Homes model is its connection to several high-end product brands that fill a home’s kitchen and bathrooms. The list includes Wood-Mode cabinets and Viking kitchen appliances. Viking, in fact, represents Butler’s second million-dollar gamble in his company, and, to a certain extent, the resiliency of the Sarasota-Bradenton new-homes market. Butler’s bet: He opened a Viking Culinary Center on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch Sept. 14. The 4,000-square-foot center, one of 19 nationwide and the second in Florida, offers an array of cooking classes, small kitchen products and large appliances. It also helps Butler get in front of potential homebuyers. (See sidebar, right.) When all those steps are put together, Butler believes he can exert near total control over a homebuilder’s three most common worries: the quality of the home; the cost of the products
to build the home; and the construction schedule. “My competitors,” says Butler, “can’t be sure of those things.”
Butler developed the idea to flip the homebuilder business model while revenues and profits fell at his Venice-based cabinet business during the downturn. “I was being squeezed,” says Butler, over negotiations with homebuilders over prices for cabinetwork from 2006-2008. “I couldn’t make any money that way.” Like any good entrepreneur, Butler also has undying confidence in his vision. “As I supported the builders with cabinets,” says Butler, “I always thought I could do it better.” Butler founded Paradise Homes in 2003. Along with Extreme Remodelers of Sarasota, it was a way for Butler to diversify. The cabinet business is still operational, but the bulk of Butler’s time, money and resources are now in homebuilding. The cabinet business, too, was a proving ground for Butler’s spend-money-to-make-money mindset. Indeed, Butler invested at least $6 million in Country Cupboards soon after he bought the business in 2001. His expenditures included $250,000 for a computerized saw and $4 million on a new factory. The investment paid off. The firm grew from $1 million in annual revenues when he bought
it to more than $10 million by 2005. (See Business Review, Nov. 17, 2006.) Similar to the Paradise Homes showroom and the Viking Culinary Center, the money for Country Cupboards’ expansion came from a combination of profits and Butler’s personal savings. “I believe the only way to do better,” says Butler, “is to reinvest in the company.” A mechanical engineer by trade, Butler was born and raised in Rhode Island. He started his first business, metal stamping, in his garage when he was 25 years old. He built the company into a 30-employee, $7 million enterprise over a decade. Then he moved to Florida. The metal stamping business and the rise and fall of Country Cupboards leaves Butler — he hopes — prepared to handle the next big challenge: managing rapid growth. Butler says he will continue to use a business axiom to manage the fast growth by hiring people smarter than he is. And while he’s doing that, Butler will keep a close watch on the competition, which includes homebuilders for whom he used to do cabinetwork. He worries his success might invite copycats. “I think they thought I was just going to fail. They thought I was going to fade away,” Butler says. “Now I think they are trying to change their business plan to be more like me.”
I believe the only way to do better is to reinvest in the company.
Build the Brand In an effort to find a unique marketing approach for his homebuilding firm, Jim Butler ended up in cooking school. Now Butler, founder of Extreme Remodelers of Sarasota and Paradise Homes, runs a new business, the Viking Culinary School in Lakewood Ranch. It opened Sept. 14 and is one of two schools in Florida under the flag of Greenwood, Miss.-based Viking, a luxury kitchen appliance firm. Butler sought to open a Viking facility in the Sarasota-Bradenton area for four years. But the timing was off until this past year, he says. The school offers classes in everything from pickling to foods of Provence. It also sells Viking products, from pots and pans to appliances. The 4,000-square-foot facility, says Butler, is also a way to showcase the type of kitchens his firm can build and the appliances it can use to fill them. “It’s a nice marketing tool for the homebuilding side,” says Butler. The school cost Butler more than $1 million in build-out and preparation. After the school is open a few months, Butler expects to have 30 employees. Says Butler: “It’s a big investment.” — Mark Gordon
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Holiday Harbor home sells for $1 million Richard Bores and Mary CuthbertBores, Sarasota, sold their home in Holiday Harbor at 7776 S. Holiday Drive to Edward Stolarski, Sarasota, for $1 million. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,382 square feet of living area. This week’s 13 real-estate transactions took place between Sept. 19 and Sept. 23. The top sale of the Holiday Harbor home was the only sale to reach $1 million. Of this week’s sales, eight took place in Sarasota, and five took place in Palmer Ranch.
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David Marlow, Palmetto, sold his home at 3866 Bay Shore Road to Long Nguyen, North Port, for $365,000. Built in 1948, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,846 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $297,700 in 2008.
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Mark and Ann Lupo, Sarasota, sold their Unit 42 condominium at 1477 Landings Circle to Treehouse 42 LLC for $335,900. Built in 1981, it has three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths and 2,048 square feet of
The home at 7776 S. Holiday Drive has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,382 square feet of living area. It sold for $1 million.
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The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends have named three local RE/ MAX Alliance Group associates among America’s top real-estate professionals. The Al Dumas Team, May Aston and Drew Peterson are now members of the “Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” a prestigious national ranking sponsored annually by the two publications. “We are proud that RE/MAX associates have been recognized for their achievements by such an elite group,” said Peter Crowley, president of RE/ MAX Alliance Group. “Their accomplishments are impressive, especially in this challenging real-estate market.” The associates now rank in the top .05% of the more than 1 million Realtors nationwide. The list honors the top 250 residential agents and agent teams for excellence in individual sales professionals by sales volume; individual sales professionals by transaction sides; team professionals by sales volume; and team professionals by transaction sides.
Signature Soetheby’s International Realty announced the addition of Greg Hudson and Rosemary Gillies as sales associates. Both Hudson and Gillies will focus on luxury real-estate sales and will be based out of Signature Sotheby’s The Plaza at Five Points office. Hudson has worked in area real estate since 2002; he previously owned and operated Avalar Real Estate of Sarasota with his wife, Mary Beth. He has consistently been recognized as a top proGillies ducer in the Sarasota real-estate market with a multi-milliondollar sales history. Hudson graduated from the University of Florida-Gainesville with a bachelor’s in telecommunication Hudson and with a doctorate in chiropractic from Life University in Georgia. Hudson specializes in waterfront properties and golf course communities in Sarasota, Siesta Key and Lakewood Ranch. He has been certified as a Fine Homes Specialist, Certified Negotiation Specialist and Special Asset Management Specialist. Gillies has 19 years of new home construction sales experience. She was a top producer with luxury homebuilder Arthur Rutenberg Homes. Gillies has earned an International Property Professional certification to assist in
+ Keller Williams doubles operations in Sarasota Joanne Owens, operating principal of Keller Williams On the Water, has signed a lease to more than double its operations at 630 S. Orange Ave., in Sarasota. The new space will open Nov. 1, on the third floor of the Swift Center. The new space will allow additional offices for its agents. Keller Williams On the Water retains offices in downtown Bradenton and on Manatee Avenue West.
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1 Partner of faith and charity 5 Flaky mineral 9 A lift, in Aspen 13 Pack down firmly 17 Dash of panache 18 Colorado’s thirdlargest city 20 Constellation bear 21 Face shape 22 Some informal freestyle musical events 24 Machine-gun setting 26 First lady of Eden 27 “I’m at my ___ end!” 28 It may read “Happy Birthday” 30 Motion of the ocean sickness 31 Ostrich relatives 33 Got a perfect score on 34 Many times, in verse 35 Affliction said to be caused by worry 37 Wood-smoothing machine 39 With the same legal standing 44 Unload, on Wall Street 45 ___ tube (TV set) 47 Poison-detection job 49 “Back up” command, in word processing 50 Beelzebub’s bailiwick 51 “Don’t fire ___ fired upon” 53 Hollow between hills 54 Televises 55 Certain musical event 57 Lacking imagination 59 Tic-tac-toe outcome, sometimes 60 “Deal me in” indicator 61 “Lights out” bugle tune 64 “A Fish Called Wanda” character 65 Body part that produces wax
66 “Buena ___ Social 129 Concludes Club” dOwn 69 Jurassic Park terrors 1 “Present!” 71 “Growing Pains” 2 Norwegian king, co-star Joanna 1957-1991 73 Blotter stain 3 Fasten, in a way 74 Andean civilization 4 A winner has two? 77 Cocky Aesop 5 Absolute character requirements 78 A freelancer may 6 It gives the eye color work on it 7 Act lovey-dovey 80 Quiet ___ mouse 8 Bright yellow rayed 81 Four make an acre flower 83 Descending a 9 “No U-___” mountain, in a way 10 Toot one’s own horn 88 Party snack 11 African snake assortment 12 Brazil has the world’s 90 Racetrack boundary largest 91 Damascus resident 92 “Dragonwyck” author 13 Protein source for vegetarians Seton 14 Hertz competitor 93 Girls’ books hero 15 Stallion’s mate Nancy 16 Defendant’s part of 94 Band of traveling the bargain actors 18 Pacific Rim region 96 “Meet Me ___ Louis” 19 Lift-off followers 97 “So this is the thanks 23 Washstand accessory ___?” 25 Jan. 1, 2012, e.g. 98 Order of angels 29 Aftermath of a 100 Extracting ores, e.g. brainstorm 102 Waste allowances 32 Cheerleader in a CW 103 ___ out (barely make, comedy-drama as a living) 33 Calgary’s province 104 Sound of a small bell 34 Black-spotted cat 105 “God ___ America” 35 End ___ (ultimate 107 Area needing urban customer) renewal 36 Bulgarian monetary 111 Mountain climber’s units accessory 37 Barbershop emblem 113 1.3 ounce Asian 38 Answer an invitation weight 40 “Sine ___ non” 114 Loveseat capacity 41 “I’m a ___, not a 117 Intelligence that is divider” (G.W. Bush) piercing and keen 42 Mrs. Rocky Balboa 119 Rascal or rogue 43 Short-straw drawers 122 Touched down 45 Lay one down in 123 Lessen, as pain baseball 124 Porterhouse and 46 Without repetition sirloin 48 Root vegetables 125 “... golden days of 52 Type of infection, ___” briefly 126 Art ___ (retro style) 56 Recording studio 127 First husband sign 128 Acts human
58 Nerd from the country 62 After-hours school gp. 63 “My humble apologies!” 66 Choice foods 67 Get coverage for 68 Certain Winter Olympics competitor 69 Ham’s device 70 Bringing up 72 Cream-filled pastries 75 Country established in 1948 76 Like some sandpaper 78 Springs for vacations? 79 ___-up (confined) 82 Run-down part of a city 84 ___-Pong 85 Swallowing of food, e.g. 86 Putin denial 87 Gangsters’ guns 89 Namibia’s old name (Abbr.) 91 Twelfth graders 95 Brad of Hollywood 99 “Charlie Hustle” Rose 101 Existing from birth 102 “Ask me no questions and I’ll ___ ...” 105 Stands behind 106 Rural expanses 107 Sheepskin holder 108 ___ and hearty 109 Impressive in size or scope 110 Bandleader Puente 111 Leaning Tower city 112 Twosome in the gossip columns 113 Pre-Russian Revolution ruler 115 Dictionary entry 116 End drawer in a till 118 A big spender may flash one 120 ___ capita 121 Soapmaker’s caustic need
Last weeks Cryptograms 1. The Young Cows’ Revolutionary Council cut back milk production until the farmers agreed to reforms and upgrades in grass supplies. It was dubbed the “Lactation Provocation.” 2. The chickens were flying around and making a racket, disturbing the farmer. They claimed they were egged on by the roosters.
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Items Under $200 For Sale
ADVERTISE YOUR merchandise with the total value of $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks. Email ad to: email@example.com or online at: www.yourobserver.com/classifieds ANTIQUE BRASS Wash Basin. Good condition, $50. 941-388-9600.
STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.
DRIVERS - TEAMS: $6,000 Team Sign-On Bonus when you team drive for Werner Enterprises! Call Now for details! 1-888-567-4856.
Things To Do
HAIRSTYLIST WANTED Rental, Salon Capelli, Siesta Key Village. Must have clientele. 941-349-5257 or leave message 941-320-2356.
HP INK Cartridges: (9) for NP Printer. Black & Color ink. $150 for all. 941-365-7221. JEWELRY CANVAS Carrier for Trays. Used twice. Black, Standard size. $20.00. 941-925-0970. PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE gate-leg, drop-leaf, dining table, 2 leaves, 4 chairs, $125 OBO. 822-1726. PIANO UPRIGHT piano in good condition. Perfect for a student, $200. Please call 941 356-1040. ROLLTOP DESK, oak, solid wood, locks, 56”wx24”dx43”h, $200. 941-312-6677.
Your Mini-Vacation Includes: s 'ULFSIDE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR NIGHTS
s #ONTINENTAL "REAKFAST "UFFET s $INNER EVENING VOUCHER AT YOUR CHOICE OF LOCAL RESTAURANTS
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WEBER BABY-Q Gas Grill. Great tailgater unit, like new, many accessories. $99. 941-966-2264.
* Available April 24 to December 21, 2011. Holiday weekends excluded. Based on double occupancy. Tax, tip & resort fees extra. Type of accommodation subject to availability. Bayside condominiums available at different rates. ** An 18% gratuity will be added by lunch and dinner vendors. ***Limited to one per customer.
AUTOS WANTED! Let me take the hassle out of selling your car. Cash offered today! Call Mike, 941-713-2277.
CALL (800) 243-9076 or (239) 597-3144 9225 Gulfshore Drive North, Naples, Florida 34108
****ESTATE SALE**** BY NANCY DUNN 941-925-1993 Saturday, 10/8 9AM-2PM 5168 Sandy Cove Ave. Siesta Key ---------------------------Antique Settee & 2 Chairs, Grandfather Clock, 2 Fainting Sofas, 3 Queen BR Suites, 2 Desks, Etagere, Soji Screen, Bunk Bed, Twin Bed, 4 Clocks, DR Suite, 2 Lift Chairs, Library Table, Misc. Tables - Chairs - Lamps Sofas - Pictures, Curio, Books, Roseville, Pewter, Full Kitchen & Garage Bistro Set, Razor Scooter, Washer & Dryer, Costume Jewelry & More! #’s Out at 8AM ---------------------------for pictures go to: www.estatesalesbynancydunn.com AUCTION MID-CENTURY DESIGN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9TH @ 1PM Inspection Sunday Day of Sale 11am-1pm The sale will be held at our Auction Gallery located on the Southwest corner of 301N & University Parkway. *****FEATURING: Danish Modern Furniture, Lucite, Signed Modern Art, Retro Lighting Fixtures, Signed Sculptures and Modern Design Collectibles from several local Estates.***** 13% Buyer’s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AU3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: www.auctionzip.com Auctioneer ID#8290 FINE FURNITURE: rugs, drapery sale. Oct. 8 & 9, 10a.m.-3p.m. 6630 Turnstone Lane, Lakewood Ranch (Greenbrooke - Vistas). 941-758-5457. Baker, Woodard, Kravet, Masland, Yves DeLorme. Chess, foyer bench, dining tables, chairs, rugs, wrought iron, drapery and bed linens, retired Dickens villages. NOT A GARAGE SALE. Cash only.
Merchandise Wanted SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.
Musical Instruments KIMBALL ORGAN Model EP10, with padded bench. $250. 941-312-6677 for viewing.
BAY VIEW: 2BR/1BA updated condo with water, sewer, cable, close to all, unfurn. 941-914-1759.
Affordable Affordable Senior Senior Housing Housing
JEFFERSON CENTER 930 N. Tamiami Tr., 930 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, Sarasota, FL FL 34236 34236
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RENTALS 4 NIGHT MIN. GULF FRONT/ GULF VIEW Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/ MC Fax: 941-383-7925 “Take our video tour at” www.casadelmar.net Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive Longboat Key 34228
WASHER/ DRYER IN EVERY UNIT BEAUTIFUL KITCHENS LARGE HEATED POOL GULFSIDE FREE Wireless High Speed Internet
“Where People Return Year After Year”
Rentals Rentals from from $427-$588 $427-$588
Classified Ads Bring Results 941-955-4888
BOOKKEEPING SERVICE Business & Personal, 20+ yrs. exp., available nights and weekends. 941-685-8633 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Homes For Rent
Adult Care Services
Wholesale Retail 2 locations Nets 240,000 Price 450,000 + inventory Franchise to net 110,000 price 85,000 Commercial lawn co. nets 140,000 price 200,000
ANNUAL RENTAL: Longboat Key, Twin Shores Mobile Home, 55+, private beach, 2BR/1BA. Call Karen (813)377-6864.
A LENDING HAND HOURLY OR 24/7 CARE Assistance with Personal Care/ Shopping/ Transportation/ etc. Excellent references, Insured and Bonded. Call 941-809-3725.
Condos/Apts. For Rent
Utilities Utilities & & Cable Cable Included Included
LIDO SHORES: Waterfront home 3BR/3BA. Pool, Dock, Private Beach access. Walking distance to world class shopping and restaurants! Furnished or unfurnished. Annual rental. $5100/month. Call 941-928-1542.
$425mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 5811 14th St. W. Bradenton. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc, Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034
EARN EXTRA MONEY
We are recruiting individuals to deliver phone books in the following communities:
Sarasota, Bradenton, Parrish, Longboat Key, Osprey Must be 18 years of age Must have valid driver’s license Insured dependable auto
MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 7:30 am to 6:00 pm CT
SOFA HIDE-A-BED, queen size, green/beige multiple stripe, perfect condition, $125. 941-349-0079.
EXPERIENCED TELEMARKERTER: Seeks part-time position. Flexible hours. 30+ years experience. You have it. I sell it! 941-780-3958.
CASA DEL MAR BEACH RESORT
SPACIOUS 2000 sq.ft., 3BR/2BA with den, enclosed porch, on partially fenced treed private yard. West of trail. Prestigious Field Rd. neighborhood. Pets okay. Lease, references and deposit required. $1900 negotiable. 941-400-0950. TOWNHOUSE: OUR house on the beach. 1600/sq.ft. 1st floor, across from Siesta Key Beach, totally renovated, 2BR/2BA, tennis and pool. Reference required. $1925/mo. 609-560-5098.
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER: Mature lady will drive, shop, organize, etc. Available 24/7. Excellent refs. Valentina, 941-376-1728. HOME AIDE COMPANION. 6 years experience, CPR trained, bi-lingual, HHA, Certified. Excellent references. Clara Douglas, 407-535-2569. HOME CARE COMPANION seeking P/T position. Please call Ellen, 941-924-8443. IN-HOME CARE/ COMPANIONSHIP/ HOMEMAKING available all hours; days, nights, weekends. Call 377-4465 for more information or visit our website @ www.eldercaresarasota.com Lic. #30211372 Bonded & Insured.
Auto Transport RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer & associate. Drive your car to the North and back. 941-713-1596, 941-720-0426.
Real Estate Wanted
A CLEANING EVEN YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW WILL APPROVE! Every time, guaranteed! Lic./Ins. Bonded. Pamela, 941-320-0023. www.CleanTimeServices.com
WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS
BETTY’S HOUSECLEANING Service. High quality cleaning. Reasonable rates. Licensed. References. Call 941-650-6180.
For Qualified Waiting Clients
This week’s crossword answers
Sarasota Luxury Rentals Please phone - Vicki: 941-356-5610
Vacation/Seasonal Rentals Homemakers/ Companions CNA’S/ HHA’S
You Can Make a Difference. Help seniors stay independent. We provide: non medical care, personal care, meals, light housekeeping, transportation & companionship. Flexible hours available- F/T, P/T, Overnight, Weekends and Live-In. Positions available in Sarasota/ Bradenton/ Venice. To work now fax resume to 941-929-7438 or email: email@example.com FL Reg #HCS227965, #HHA299992670
LONGBOAT KEY PIERRE CONDO on the beach. 8th floor. 2 bedroom plus den/convertible 3rd bedroom. Garage parking. Furnished. 2,410 sq ft. Available 10/1/11 thru 9/30/12, or any portion. Pool, tennis, fitness center. Outstanding Gulf of Mexico and sunrise views. 3 guest suites in bldg. for occasional company. Photos available. 248-310-8308.
THE OBSERVER GROUP LP # 56733
LIDO KEY. Seasonal rental on beach. Months flexible, 3 month minimum. 3BR/2.5BA, large terrace, direct view of city/ bay/ Siesta Key. Tennis, Olympic pool, spa, gym. 215-833-5967.
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FREE CLASSICAL Records. Moving. Also some Broadway show albums. All FREE. 941-966-2096.
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BRICKMAN GAS Grill: 3 burner. approx. 2 yr. old. $45.00. Call (941)918-9043.
GULFSIDE MINI-VACATION IN NAPLES
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Thursday, October 6, 2011 Cleaning
Home Improvement/ Remodeling
BRAZILIAN CLEANING Service by Maria. Residential/ Commercial. Meticulous Cleaning. Excellent References. Free Estimates. Reliable. Lic./ Ins. 941-400-3342
MENNONITE DOES Housecleaning - Weekly, Bi-Weekly. Thorough Cleaning. Experienced with Excellent References. Please call 941-955-0064.
WATER HEATERS, faucets and small plumbing repairs. Reasonable rates. License #CFC1426756. 941-737-0349.
PRESSURE AND WINDOW CLEANING. ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY. AFFORDABLE. FREE ESTIMATES. 941-879-3683.
RESIDENTIAL/VACATION HOMES & Offices: Flexible schedule. Low rates. Call Amanda 941-357-3296.
HOUSEKEEPER PROFESSIONAL, reliable +17 years prev. employer. Housekeeping, driving, shopping, cooking, house sitting. Live out. 941-323-3336.
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