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Sarasota County Commission to backtrack on height vote Commissioners will pursue a remedy after voting Oct. 12 on a zoning change that could allow Miami Beach-style skyscrapers on the county’s barrier islands.
Beginning Nov. 15, the Sarasota County Commission will start discussing the reversal of an Oct. 12 vote that has alarmed Key residents. Although commissioners say they thought they were voting on a zoning matter that affected Nokomis only, they learned later
their approval of a change to the ordinance governing any critical area plan affected every part of Sarasota County, including the barrier islands. That change would allow owners of commercial, office, industrial and residential multi-family parcels to ignore maximum building
heights that were established in 2003. “The No. 1 concern is that CAP plans really shouldn’t apply to the barrier islands,” Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson said. “If there’s ever an area where you should be pretty strict, (it is one such as Siesta Key).
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returns to Siesta Key From its Nov. 10 tribute to veterans to its Nov. 14 conclusion, the master sandsculpting competition could draw up to 100,000 people. The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition “was wildly successful in its first year (2010),” Virginia Haley, president of the Sarasota Visitors and Convention Bureau, said Monday. And even though it drew tens of thousands of residents to the island, organizers had no expectation how quickly the Crystal Classic would attain major international status. The event’s selection as host of the World Championships of Sand Sculpting Doubles competition in only its second year shocked organizers. “(It) was one of those things you hoped to have four or five years down the road,” Haley said. “It’s going to be amazing,” Haley said. This year’s participation of three of the sculptors from The Travel Chan-
nel’s “Sand Masters” show, Haley said, also is bringing to the event “a whole new league of fans.” Thanks to “Sand Masters,” Haley said, more and more people have realized that master sandsculpting competitions are not just about sandcastles. “These are professional-level (creations),” she added. Siesta’s own master sandsculptor, Brian Wigelsworth, came up with the idea of the event on the Key after traveling all over the United States and overseas to participate in competitions. “I’m expecting 80,000 to 100,000 people this year,” he said of the Crystal Classic. The 2010 event brought drew 60,000 people, Haley said, agreeing with Wigelsworth
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“I can tell you the County Commission was not aware (the Oct. 12 amendment) was as sweeping as it was,” Patterson said. “I can guarantee you that the public was not aware (either).” Lourdes Ramirez, past long-
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At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, the 2011 Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition will kick off on Siesta Public Beach with a military color guard, the singing of the national anthem by opera star and Temple Beth Sholom cantor Jeffrey Weber and remarks by County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson; Danny Bilyeu, field representative for U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan of Longboat Key; and retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. “Top” Harrison. The ceremony will include the unveiling of a sand replica of the national Marine Corps monument in Arlington, Va. The Crystal Classic will remain open until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10. The event will run through Nov. 14. Tickets are $5 per day, or $10 for a three-day pass. Proceeds go to Mote Marine Lab’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital. For more details, see the special publication inside this issue of the Pelican Press, or visit www.crystalsand.org.
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Three steps to undo a vote Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson expects first the Planning Commission, then the County Commission, will address three measures to remedy an Oct. 12 County Commission vote that opened the door to skyscrapers on barrier islands in the county. First, she said, a revised county ordinance would stipulate that critical area plans, used in planned development,
HEIGHT/PAGE 1A time president of the Siesta Key Association, brought up the Oct. 12 vote during the Siesta Village Association meeting last week. “A lot of people were concerned about it,” she said. “A lot of people don’t want to see the entire coastline with these tall buildings. We’re such a great community. I think people love the way it looks.” Ramirez provided background on the County Commission’s Oct. 12 action in her Siesta Key Community blog, a regular update on Key news she began shortly after she stepped down from the SKA board in March. A CAP is a tool used in developing a strategy for how property should be developed, she pointed out. It can be applied to areas that need additional guidelines, as in the Nokomis case. In light of recent changes to the county’s Comprehensive Plan, according to a memo to the commission dated Oct. 12 from county Executive Director Rob Lewis, the commission asked staff to draft proposed amend-
no longer apply to barrier islands, as they previously did not. Second, the ordinance would stipulate that height restrictions be put back into effect for the barrier islands. Third, any County Commission approval of a CAP would necessitate a supermajority vote: four out of five commissioners would have to approve it. ments to the zoning ordinance relating to increased densities allowed through critical area plans. The ordinance already stipulated that “to preserve the scenic character of the Intracoastal Waterway and the bays, and ensure appropriate massing of buildings along these waterfront areas,” certain restrictions applied. Among them was the restriction that no structure on the waterways could exceed 85 feet in height above the Federal Emergency Management Agencymandated minimum height in a flood zone; it also would have to be at least 250 feet from the waterway. FEMA requires new construction seaward of the state’s Coastal Construction Control line on the barrier islands to be at least 19.4 feet, to the first habitable floor, Laird S. Wreford, the county’s coastal resources manager, said. The ordinance also stipulated that structures closest to the waterways could not be taller than 35 or 45 feet above the FEMA minimum, depending on the
zoning district in which they were located. The ordinance changes the County Commission approved Oct. 12 included the tables for maximum heights and setbacks that the county had been using. However, the amendment included the proviso, “An adopted Critical Area Plan may establish a maximum height above that indicated in this table, for mixed-use developments as defined in that plan.” “So I want that (CAP language) removed, just to honor the fact that so many people participated in that conversation,” Patterson said. The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations worked with other groups to make sure the County Commission in 2003 included height stipulations in the zoning code, Ramirez pointed out in her blog. Siesta residents first voiced concerns about the need for height restrictions after a highrise building at The Oaks was completed on the Gulf of Mexico, Patterson said, as that condominium complex suddenly interrupted the water view some Siesta homeowners had enjoyed. Even after reverting to the original protections for the barrier islands, Patterson said, the County Commission still could grant special exceptions allowing developers to circumvent the height standards, but the vote would require a supermajority of the commission, four out of five votes. “That (supermajority option), too, was very, very heavily debated (before the County Commission approved it in 2004),” Patterson said.
The Terrace buildings on the Key are among the island’s tallest structures. Residents are worried that, unless the Sarasota County Commission can reverse an Oct. 12 zoning vote, even higher condominium towers might be in the island’s future. Referring to the Nov. 15 meeting, Patterson said she was unsure whether the necessary language is already going to be written for referral to the Planning Commission. Nevertheless, she said, the discussion will
focus on what commissioners want to see happen to remedy that Oct. 12 vote. Either way, Patterson said people should not expect to see skyscrapers in the future on the barrier islands.
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Radar signs expected in December on Key New radar signs are expected to help traffic adhere to posted speeds on the island.
The most recent concept plan for the Siesta Public Beach improvements shows the planned stormwater pond adjacent to the Gulf & Bay Club property, in the right-hand part of the design.
An extension sought for SWFWMD grant With construction of a beach stormwater project still delayed, county staff is worried about getting an extension of a grant to cover half the cost of the work.
Sarasota County project managers planned a meeting this week with representatives of the Southwest Florida Water Management District with the hope of saving a $1 million grant planned to cover about half the cost of stormwater drainage improvements at Siesta Key Public Beach. “They’ve been upfront and said that’s not going to be an easy task,” said Spencer Anderson, program manager in the county’s Environmental Infrastructure Office. The grant must be used by March 31, he said, or the county will lose the funding. “That date is coming up real quick,” he added, necessitating the request for an extension. Nonetheless, Anderson said, “We still anticipate beginning construction (of the stormwater project) early next year,” possibly even a bit earlier than that. Referring to county staff, Catherine Luckner, president of the Siesta Key Association, had said during her organization’s Nov. 3 meeting: “They are going to miss the Jan. 1 deadline” for beginning work on the new drainage system. Anderson had hoped to pres-
ent an update to the County Commission this week on the stormwater project. However, he said staff still was working to pull together design-sequencing options for all the planned beach improvements, including the drainage project. It would be Dec. 13, he said, before the presentation would be ready. During a Sept. 14 regular meeting, County Commissioner Joe Barbetta had asked Anderson and other staff to explore possibilities for completing the beach park work in a time frame as compressed as 18 months. “The construction sequencing is very straightforward,” Anderson said. However, he said, staff was vacillating on the aspects of the design services contract for the project, including costs. “It’s just really (about) being able to put something out for advertisement (for bids),” he added. Anderson said they would discuss Barbetta’s request Dec. 13. In the meantime, he said, even though staff had been able to work out an agreement with Gulf & Bay Club condominium residents regarding the placement of the proposed stormwater pond at the beach, a few aspects of the
design work for the overall project also were under review. The pond itself will cover about twoand-a-half acres, another county project manager, Curtis Smith, said last month. The original design covered a half-acre, Smith said. If possible, Anderson said, staff would like to add more features to improve the drainage along Beach Road. The public consensus, he said, is that there are flooding issues on that road. County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson has told SKA members during numerous meetings over the past five years that she receives email and phone calls from residents during times of heavy rain about standing water on Beach Road. She reminds the public, she has said, that Siesta is a low-lying island; therefore, it takes a while for rainwater to drain from that road. Luckner did point out to the SKA members one optimistic note about her conversation last week with Anderson. “(County staff) said they would not need to close off any of the existing parking (for construction of the stormwater project at the beach),” she said.
Although the exact timetable is uncertain, Siesta Key should be getting radar signs by the end of the year. Siesta Key Association board member Joe Volpe made the announcement during the organization’s Nov. 3 regular meeting. Although the SKA had hosted a presentation on the signs almost a year ago, he said, it had taken time for the county to pursue the necessary steps to purchase them. “Hopefully, it’s going to help the speeding problem and safety on the island,” Volpe said of the installation of six signs. After the County Commission Oct. 25 approved the recommendation of its Traffic Advisory Council for the speed limit to be lowered from 35 mph to 30 mph on Beach Road between the Village and the Midnight Pass Road intersection, Efrain Duque, manager of the county’s Mobility/Traffic Engineering Office, said the new speed limit signs would not be erected until the radar signs could be installed on the Key. Chris Hauber, technical specialist in the Mobility/Traffic Engineering Office, said he was optimistic the signs would be in place around the Key by Dec. 31. Given that both the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays fall in November, he said it was doubtful the work could be done before December. The signs had been shipped to the county, he said. However, concrete foundations have to be poured for them. “The important thing is that we actually were finally able to get them ordered,” he said. The first email he could find regarding county discussion about purchasing the signs was in March, he said. However, the first exchange about the signs between Public Works and Procurement department personnel was in mid-April. “We’ve been at this for a while,” Hauber said. During the SKA meeting, Volpe said County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson liked the idea of the signs so much she had suggested the county pay for them, instead of the SKA and other groups trying to pool funding for them. The total cost of the 12 signs is just under $50,000, about $4,158
Speeders beware New radar signs purchased by Sarasota County are expected in several Key locations before the end of the year: • Midnight Pass Road in the vicinity of the Commonwealth Drive intersection, near the “hump bridge” over the Grand Canal • Ocean Boulevard by the Pass Key Road intersection, facing northbound traffic • Midnight Pass Road just south of the Stickney Point Road intersection • The exit from Siesta Public Beach near the tennis courts • The westernmost Siesta Public Beach exit • One that may “float,” if county staff is able to figure out how best to install concrete foundations in other areas, so it can be moved. One factor in the signs’ locations will be lack of shade. “We do need as much sun exposure (for them) as possible,” said Chris Hauber, a technical specialist II in the Sarasota County Mobility/Traffic Engineering Office. “These are solar-powered.”
per sign. Signs will be placed in other areas around the county in addition to the Key, Hauber said. The purchasing was delayed because not all of the companies bidding on the project complied fully with the county’s request for proposals. To prevent having to re-bid the project, he added, the county had asked for clarifications of the deficient bids. The signs will flash a vehicle’s speed as it approaches. If a vehicle is speeding, the sign will display the words, “Slow down.” The signs will be able to store information about the vehicles’ speeds, which will be accessible by the Mobility/Traffic Engineering Office staff if the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office wants to study traffic trends, Hauber said. The data should make it clear how fast vehicles are moving at certain times of day, for example, he said.
The radar signs that will be installed on Siesta Key will be similar to the models well known to drivers on Orange Avenue in Sarasota.
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+ County staff looking into charging-station grants Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson has asked Lee Hayes Byron of the Sustainable Sarasota County Office to investigate the possibility of obtaining grants for electric-vehicle charging stations in the county. Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson raised the charging-station topic during the commission’s Nov. 8 session, noting it had come up for discussion Nov. 1 during the Siesta Key Village Association meeting. “How neat it would be,” she said, “if we could have one dedicated plug-in spot” in the Village. As she understood it, Patterson said, the charging stations range in cost from $3,000 to $20,000, depending on how many vehicles they can charge at one time and how quickly the vehicles can be charged. “It may be that the county wants to chip in and be part of this,” Patterson said. Because Venice residents also were interested in charging stations, Robinson said she had talked with
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St. Denis misses cut for administrator The list of finalists for Sarasota County administrator includes two Floridians, the manger of York County, S.C., and the administrator of the Augusta, Ga., city/county government. The only Sarasota County semifinalist failed to make the cut Tuesday as the Sarasota County Commission narrowed the field to four candidates in its effort to hire a new administrator. Although County Commissioner Joe Barbetta offered positive comments about Bruce St. Denis, the former Longboat Key town manager, St. Denis won no more than two votes during a winnowing process suggested by Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson. The finalists are James Baker, manager of York County, S.C.; Edward Mitchell, administrator of West Palm Beach; Randall Reid, manager of Alachua County; and Fred Russell, administrator of the consolidated city/county government of Augusta, Ga. In his comments about St. Denis, Barbetta said that although some Longboat town residents “say that we’re nuts (to consider him), others say he’s done an incredible job … I just feel he’s worth being on the list to talk to.” Patterson disagreed with Barbetta, saying she felt managing a town with a population much smaller than the county’s was not a strong enough qualification. She added that the new administrator would be managing 2,000 people. For the same reason, she said, LBK -Brown, 2010 -Sarasota’s K Marlon deputy LBKmanager, - 2010also - Khad not made city her short list. James Mercer, president and CEO of The Mercer Group, the con-
sulting firm hired to conduct the search for a replacement for former Sarasota County Administrator Jim Ley, said he had placed St. Denis 14 years ago in the Longboat town manager’s position. Because St. Denis had worked before that as director of facility management in Pinellas County for about 10 years, Mercer had found him qualified as a semi-finalist. During the discussion Tuesday, which was part of a regular meeting in Venice, Mercer told the commissioners he had not begun background checks on the eight people he had proposed last week as semifinalists. Patterson pointed out that the county’s first meet-and-greet with the finalists is Sunday and was hoping the background checks would be completed before then. “We typically don’t do that until we have a meeting like we’re having today,” Mercer told the commission. Nonetheless, he said, his staff had started working on three or four of the names. No results have come back yet. The commission was hoping to
avoid any problems “that might make us reduce our list to a couple of names,” such as private bankruptcy, Patterson said. Mercer had done some checking on the Internet, he said, just to see what types of comments he could find about the semi-finalists. Commissioners also said they had undertaken their own Internet searches. Commissioner Jon Thaxton, for example, said he had read in an online news story that Russell had withdrawn from consideration for the Sarasota County position. “He has not informed me,” Mercer said. “Which would be a first step, I would think,” Patterson responded. “We’ll find out pretty fast.” One of the semi-finalists had notified him he was withdrawing, Mercer said: Jim Chisholm, city manager of Daytona Beach. When Mercer began a review of the remaining semi-finalists, Patterson stopped him. “You’re not telling us what’s good about them that you put them on the short list … That’s what I was
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The first “meet-andgreet” public meeting for the finalists for Sarasota County administrator will be held at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. Each candidate will be given an opportunity to talk about his experience; a 45-minute question-andanswer session with the public will follow. Then the candidates and the public will have about an hour to socialize. At 6 p.m. Nov. 14, the second “meetand-greet” session will be held at the Potter Building at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. The format will be the same as that for the Nov. 13 session. The commissioners will conduct public interviews with the candidates between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Following the interviews, the commissioners may rank the candidates and decide whether to make an offer to one of them. If necessary, the commissioners will meet again Nov. 17 to continue their deliberations.
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Thanks to them, we are free Thomas Jefferson famously said, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” That price includes a lot of blood and sacrifice on the part of American veterans who have put on the uniform and stood in harm’s way. Our veterans are the tip of the spear of eternal vigilance, keeping Americans safe to fight for freedoms at home. Amercian fighters have battled enemies of freedom from without so the rest of us can live safely and productively. Without American veterans, there is no America. So we celebrate Veterans Day Friday with full-throated support and thankfulness to all of our veterans. As time moves inexorably forward, it was no surprise the last U.S. veteran of World War I died this past year. Therefore, all 24 million veterans being remembered this Veterans Day fought in the wars following, or served between wars. There has been the need for too many — too many wars and too much sacrifice. But we remain free for having fought on the side of right, defending the one country that is a bulwark of freedom globally. It is our contention that American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have made the entire world a safer, freer place with their sacrifices. History makes the point. • Would the world be better if Imperial Japan or Nazi Germany were the ruling powers? • Would the world be better if there were no South Korea and the whole Korean peninsula was under the rule of insane familial dictators with nukes? • Would the world be better if China’s hegemony of Asia was long established and it had conquered neighbors or created satellites, a la the Soviet Union, because we did not make Vietnam so costly? • Would the world be better if the Soviet Union remained a world superpower, stocked to the brim with modern nuclear weapons, spreading its brand of Communist tyranny everywhere? • Would the world be better if Saddam Hussein controlled Kuwait and the Persian Gulf oil, able to disrupt Western economies and drive us into depressions? • Would the world be better if Serbia and its genocidal leaders were still in power? • Would the world be better if Iraq and Afghanistan were still havens for Islamic terrorists plotting against the United States? The answers to all of these are selfevident. The world is a better place, thanks to our veterans who fought in all of those wars, including the Cold War.
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To the veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the war in Serbia, the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War, we as a nation say: Thank You. In our gratitude, we remember that many came back from service with injuries that will have an impact on the rest of their lives and their families’ lives. They paid the price in legs and arms and eyesight, and many paid a price in the loss of peace of mind. Surviving a battle can leave scars that don’t show; we remember those veterans, also.
‘The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.’ John F. Kennedy But that should not diminish the day’s value. It is one of our most important national holidays, because it is on the backs of veterans that we are, and remain, free. Veterans Day has its roots at the end of the “war to end all wars,” or World War I. It was known originally as Armistice Day, a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially occurred Nov. 11, 1918. The legislation enacting it officially as Armistice Day was signed in 1938, ironically the year before Nazi Germany invaded Poland to trigger World War II. In 1953, Alvin King, of Emporia, Kan., came up with the idea of expanding Armistice Day to all veterans. The owner of a shoe-repair shop, King had been involved with the American War Dads during World War II. He pushed his local chamber, then his congressman and finally persuaded veterans organizations to join the cause. In 1954, Congress responded to this tenacity and changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor the American veterans of all wars. On Aug. 4, 2001, Congress designated the week of Nov. 11 through Nov. 17 as “National Veterans Awareness Week.” The resolution calls for elementary and secondary schools to educate students on the contributions and sacrifices of veterans.
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And although this is not Memorial Day — which justly honors American soldiers killed in wars — we never, ever forget those who gave the last full measure, who traded their lives for our freedoms, who traded their futures to ensure our futures. To the men and women who fell on the battlefields of Europe, the Pacific, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, we say: Thank you. Veterans Day is one of the more overlooked holidays. It is often confused with Memorial Day, and it is not one that gins up consumer consumption, as do Christmas, Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July and Halloween. Remembering veterans is more the act of going to a parade, often on a workday.
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Sarasota and Manatee counties are blessed to have an abundance of veterans from all the wars, but particularly World War II and the Korean War. Retirement demographics ensure that we will continue to have plenty of veterans in our community. We salute them all, because their sacrifices have created a debt that the nation truly cannot repay. And we salute those who still serve and will serve, because they remain the line between the enemies who want to destroy a peaceful, industrious America. Our enemies were the Kaiser; then Japan and Germany; then the Soviet Union, along with many smaller countries. Now they are the Islamist extremists and their allies. The world never has been or ever will be a peaceful, harmless place. We will always need the men and women willing to don uniforms and take up arms to protect the United States. On this Veterans Day, let those of us not in uniform salute those who have been, and those who are, with utmost respect and gratitude.
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Dear Editor: Thanks to Occupy Wall Street, more Americans are learning about the steady growth over the past 40 years of a sickness in our society: the sickness that in our wonderful America, distribution of wealth among our residents (all of whom contribute to economic growth) is so unfair. Fifty years ago, Barry Goldwater said that free markets would discipline themselves and spread wealth throughout the citizenry, so long as government did not get in the way with taxes and regulations. He was wrong then, and the Republican leaders who continue to promote the same unproven, false and harmful ideas, are wrong now. Just Google “income gap in the
Dear Editor: Over the past few years since the tea party emerged, there have been many warnings from the far left about the future danger they could be in in the near future. One prediction was that the tea party members could turn into a unruly crowd and cause disruptions in America. It never happened. Another was that the tea party members are hateful and race mongers and could be a danger to our society. They are just patriotic people who want “We The People” back in America. The funniest and strangest objection that was said by the left was that the tea party members’ dress and appearance was “suspiciously too neat.”
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Dear Editor: Nov. 11 is Veterans Day in America. This national holiday is proclaimed by the president of the United States and by state governors to honor members of the United States Armed Services and to recall their sacrifices. These veterans are honored this day because they have served, fought and even died for what they believed in: rights and liberty for our nation and for all people. From the Minutemen, who won our independence during the Revolutionary War, to the present time, our heroic men and women have shown their strong commitment here and in countries throughout the world. Their patriotism and bravery are part of the collective heritage that we honor each Nov. 11. Veterans Day is a great day for all people who enjoy America’s freedoms and prosperity to wave the beautiful United States flag and take the time to salute and thank the proud and brave military veterans. I urge you to attend the Veterans Day parades and ceremonies dedicated for their
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Dear Editor: It’s an absolute disgrace to have stood and watched the “steam team” erase the stunning art created by the most gifted artists I have had the pleasure of seeing. What is going on with this heartless town lately? The city commissioners have done everything possible to prevent a positive spin in this city. They tried to pull the plug on this wonderful event within weeks of its opening date. Why? This event brought thousands of people here who spent their money in our restaurants, paid the ridiculous parking fees and put some homeless people to work. So far it has become the event of the year! Were the police overworked? I doubt it, because I saw officers every day and night watching over the crowds. If this has to do with catering to the 1%, I am here to tell you
the rest of us are sick of it. What did this event cost the city? What did the city merchants gain? Plenty of revenue, I am sure. We met people from all over the state who had traveled hours to see this event. How could city staff members have swept the streets bare of all this wonderful art? It should have been, as in the past, allowed gradually to fade away. The commissioners ought
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CLASSIC/PAGE 1A about a bigger count this year. “I would expect this year to see growth,” she said. Haley cautioned only that those people not staying on the Key should plan on taking the shuttles that will operate regularly from the parking area at Phillippi Estate Park, located at 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. “Really, the easiest thing is to stay on Siesta Key,” she said, and walk or bike to the beach. Along with the larger crowd, another new facet for the 2011 Crystal Classic will be Wigelsworth’s creation of an 8- to 10foot sand replica of the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Va., which depicts Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi during World War II. Wigelsworth’s sculpture will be unveiled Nov. 10, during a ceremony marking the Marine Corps’ 236th birthday. “They’re going to draw a lot of people on Thursday,” Haley said. Eileen Parkinson, co-chair of the Crystal Classic with her husband, Bob, said organizers have contacted veterans group to let them know about the Nov. 10 program. “We have no idea whether 20 (veterans) will show up or 200,” Parkinson said. “It should be quite moving.” Additionally, Wigelsworth said the traditional “group carve,” in which all the participating sandsculptors collaborate on sponsor logos and other artwork representative of the Crystal Classic, will be dedicated to veterans. “We’re going to have a really
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great show,” he said. “We have the finest natural beach sand for sandsculpting.” Parkinson said the 24 artists were scheduled to arrive in Sarasota throughout the day Monday. Wigelsworth was hosting a reception for them at his home that night. Eileen Parkinson and her husband had been out to Siesta Public Beach Monday morning, she said, to observe as county staff moved the sand, “creating the huge piles” from which the sculptors will carve their entries. A couple of non-competing sandsculptors were helping direct the bulldozers, Eileen Parkinson added. Along with the Nov. 10 event for veterans, she said, the amateur sandsculpting event on Sunday, which will be judged by the master sculptors, also has been drawing considerable attention. Registration for that event begins at 8 a.m.; the sculpting will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. The $18,000 in prize money for the master sculptors will be awarded during a 3 p.m. ceremony Sunday. The Vendor Village, offering a selection of food, beverages, specialty retail items and arts and crafts will be open Friday through Sunday. Artwork also will be made available Monday. “It’s just very exciting to have the entire community come together to create this event on the beach,” Parkinson said. In coming years, Wigelsworth hopes the Crystal Classic can join forces with the Chalk Festival, which concluded Sunday. “I can see Sarasota being a real ephemeral arts center,” he said.
Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta; Kumar Mahadevan, president of Mote Marine, Maria Bankemper of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Crystal Classic Co-Chair Eileen Parkinson and Mark Smith, past president of the Siesta Key Village Association, gather Nov. 8 during a VIP preview event to raise funds for the second Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition.
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Patty’s on Main closes A feud between two restaurants with similar names ended last month when Patty’s on Main announced it was closing. A dueling piano bar is expected to open in its place. The feud between two downtown restaurants with similar names and menus didn’t last long — about three months to be exact. Last week, brown paper covered the walls of Patty’s on Main restaurant and a new sign appeared, stating that the Five Points Restaurant & Lounge, complete with dueling pianos, would be opening soon in Kress International Plaza at 1440 Main St. Harry Walia, owner of Kress International Plaza and a partner in the Patty’s on Main eatery, said the new restaurant would hold a soft opening Nov. 14 and a grand opening Nov. 16. Kurt Schultheis Walia declined to discuss why Patty’s on Main, which he helped open more than Patty’s on Main closed its doors last week. three months ago, after former tenant Jim A dueling piano restaurant and bar is Sullivan relocated his Patrick’s Restaurant expected to open in its place. and Tavern down the street, closed. “We’re looking ahead,” said Walia, who Walia and Sullivan exchanged barbs in said he is not a partner in the new restau- July over why Patrick’s moved and what rant. Walia declined to disclose more infor- led to the erosion of their relationship over mation. time. The announcement marks the end of a “To be honest, I counted down the days food war that erupted when Walia decided and couldn’t wait to get away from that old to open a restaurant in the former Pat- building,” said Sullivan at the time. rick’s location and name it after restaurant Now, Sullivan says his restaurant revmanager Patty Ridings (a former Patrick’s enues are up more than 20% and his rent employee who Sullivan claims was sto- has decreased $10,000 since he opened his len away from him). Ridings quit just two new location May 7 and signed a 25-year weeks after the restaurant was named after lease. her. Sullivan said the closing of Patty’s didn’t Sullivan said in July he was upset with surprise him. the name and a menu that was similar to “I said all along the restaurant wouldn’t Patrick’s, a downtown Sarasota staple for last,” Sullivan said. “The residents of SaraAmerican cuisine for the past 25 years. sota knew what Walia was doing and supWalia said the name and menu choicesAlso ported me with their business all along. were “purely coincidental.” That other restaurant never had a chance.”
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Approximately 75 boaters filled City Hall last week to let city staff know they don’t want to be told what to do in Sarasota Bay. During a public workshop Nov. 3, city residents and boaters were encouraged to comment on regulations for a proposed bayfront mooring field near Marina Jack that calls for construction of 35 mooring balls to be secured by chains at the bottom of Sarasota Bay. The workshop also was designed to get feedback on how the city should manage boats that want to anchor for free outside the proposed mooring field, whose construction is scheduled to begin next month. Currently, cities and counties in Florida have no control over where boats can anchor and for how long the vessels can stay offshore. But the city of Sarasota is one of five locations picked to be part of a new state pilot program to formulate written regulations for boat mooring. Mooring Project Manager Tony Russo explained that new rules are being written for both the future bayfront marina and the current Sarasota Sailing Squadron mooring field. “This discussion will help shape the waters outside of mooring fields and how we control them,” Russo said. But boaters at City Hall made it clear last week they weren’t interested in being part of a test and didn’t want the city regulating where they can anchor their boats. “Once upon a time, a person could live on a boat as long as they wanted and have much more privacy than they would on a downtown park bench,” said boater Pete Tyson. “Please don’t give boaters further regulation.” Although Russo explained that part of the reason for shaping regulations was to control derelict boats that are left behind in the waters, some in attendance questioned whether that was an issue. From 2004 to 2007, the Sarasota Police Department tagged and hauled away 160 derelict boats at a cost of $150,000. The expense was covered through Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission grants. It cost about $1,000 to tag and tow away each derelict boat. Any boat that cannot move freely under its own engine power is deemed to be derelict. “My solution would be no time limits on anchoring outside of the mooring field,” said boater Scott Keddy. “You need a harbor master who can control how close the boats get to the mooring field, and if a boat causes a problem or becomes derelict, it can be quarantined off and hauled away.” Boater Patrick Egan told those in attendance that he can’t afford to pay approximately $300 per month to rent a permanent mooring fixture in the future mooring field. “If my wife and I can’t anchor outside of the field, we will have to sell our boat,” Egan said. “I urge you to put as long a time frame as you can on anchoring time limits.” David Kennedy, a representative from BoatUS, the Boat Owners Association of the United States, agreed with the assessments from local boaters. “Your ordinance needs to allow boaters to have a safe place to anchor close to facilities,” Kennedy said. “You have to offer both paid and free choices for boaters and don’t create a revenue source for the city.” Russo said the city would not make money off the proposed mooring field. Great Room “The Department of Environmental Protection has supplied a grant for this project that makes it clear that the only money made from the field must be used to pay for the field and its upkeep,” Russo said. “This can’tFoyer be a moneymaker for the city.” Paul Gilbert, a boater who for the last 45 years has anchored every winter off Sarasota Bay, said a boater needs the option to anchor outside a mooring field. Entry “We also need the ability to stay as long as we would like,” Gilbert said. “I object to having my rights as a legitimate cruising sailor threatened and want the freedom to come and go as I please as I continue to spend money in your fair city.”
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welcome back By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor
While you were gone … It didn’t take an oil-spill-free Gulf of Mexico to create a busier summer season on the Key than the island has experienced in many years. The credit goes primarily to one person: Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, better known as Dr. Beach. Bright and early the morning of May 27, county officials gathered in the background as the Florida International University professor proclaimed to “The Today Show” audience that he had ranked Siesta Public Beach No. 1 in the country for 2011. The two previous years, Siesta seemed permanently affixed to
the No. 2 spot on Leatherman’s list, despite local sentiment that he was crazy not to recognize Siesta’s beach as the best. Once Siesta hit that top spot, though, Village merchants and others throughout the county learned being No. 1 truly does translate into millions of dollars of extra income. Although the Dr. Beach publicity was the biggest story for the Key from late May through fall, what traditionally devolves from a slow season into a slower one saw plenty of other action — from detailed planning for renovations of the north bridge in
2012 to worries about protecting a pod of manatees that regularly traverses the Grand Canal, to continued County Commission action over Village upkeep. For the Pelican Press itself, the biggest news was a change of ownership in early June. The Observer Group bought the Pelican from Journal Community Publishing in Wisconsin and returned the Pelican to its roots, with a focus on the Key and its people. In the following pages, we offer recaps of the events that made the headlines on Siesta while you were gone.
The Siesta beach also won international recognition when a figure resembling a Legoman appeared there Oct. 25. The 8-foot-tall, 100-pound figure finally was linked to a Dutch artist coming to Sarasota for the 2011 Chalk Festival. The artist, Leon Keer, denied any link, but the group he represented for the festival has numerous figures resembling Legoman on its website. Keer and his fellow artists also created a Chalk Festival design depicting the Terracotta Army, with the members of that ancient Chinese army looking much like Legomen.
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At long last, Siesta Key welcomes a fish market Scott Dolan has been coming to Siesta brought to the SKA boardâ€™s attention the since he was a child. Heâ€™s been a full-time daily traversal of the Grand Canal by a pod resident since 2000. And although he has of manatees. During the organizationâ€™s found much to love about the island, he Nov. 3 meeting, he said heavy emphasis on realized it was missing one Key ingredient. the need to protect the creatures had made â€œWe needed a fish market here,â€? he said. a big difference â€” at least for now. Having owned a fish market and a deli Thomas reported he saw law enforcein New York and in Atlanta, Dolan decided ment personnel patrolling the canal at to remedy the situation. Big Water least once a week. Fish Market will have its grand Nonetheless, Thomas joked, â€œI opening Nov. 11. It is located want one of those radar signs,â€? at 6641 Midnight Pass Road, in referring to the speed limit equipthe same plaza with Javierâ€™s and ment the county plans to install Miguelâ€™s restaurants. on Beach Road later this year. Dolan points out that Siesta (See the related story, page 3B.) Spirits is right next-door for those who would like to stop in and pick Cleanup crews welcome up some beer and/or wine to go Members of the Siesta Key with their fish. Association and the Siesta Key â€œItâ€™s a family-owned business,â€? RACHEL Village Association will combine Dolan emphasized. â€œMy mother forces again Nov. 19 in their quarBROWN (and other relatives are) going to terly Adopt-A-Road effort to pick HACKNEY up trash along Ocean Boulevard, be very involved.â€? The Dolans began working on SKA member Peter van Roekens the project in September. Dolan previously reported last week during both groupsâ€™ worked as manager at the Daiquiri Deck monthly meetings. on Ocean Boulevard and as manager of Anyone interested in helping out may the Bobby Jones Bar & Grill at the city golf start the morning with a free breakfast at course of the same name. 8 a.m. at Village CafĂŠ, van Roekens said, The market will carry fresh-caught fish courtesy of co-owners Tom and Kay Kouand shellfish, and it will focus on local, vatsos. The trash patrols will get under way Gulf of Mexico varieties. Some of the fish at 9 a.m. will be imported, though, and the market SKA member Michael Shay will direct will offer a variety of specialty items. volunteers along Higel Avenue and Siesta Additionally, the market will have a small Drive. grocery section with local products, fresh â€œHeâ€™s going to need lots of people to and organic produce and fresh-squeezed come out (for those two stretches),â€? van Florida orange juice. It also will offer a Roekens said. daily lunch special. SKA President Catherine Luckner noted The hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to the organization has its own yellow T-shirts 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. During for sale, which would make its members season, Dolan plans to keep the shop open easily recognizable during the cleanup on Sundays as well. effort. The cost is $8 per shirt, she said, For more information, call 554-8101 or adding with a laugh that the SKA was not email firstname.lastname@example.org. selling the attire as a moneymaking venture. The cost covers the groupâ€™s expenses, Slower boaters she said. Two months after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Another new business Sarasota County Sheriffâ€™s Office represenThe Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce tatives promised the Siesta Key Association this week held an official ribbon-cutting members they would patrol the Grand ceremony for a new business in the Village, Canal more regularly, as a visible reminder appropriately named The Village Gourmet. to boaters to observe the â€œno wakeâ€? speed The shop, which offers freshly made limit, an SKA member reported during meals to go, is located at 5263 Ocean Blvd., the groupâ€™s Nov. 3 meeting that heavier conveniently right next-door to the Siesta enforcement still is evident. Beach Resort. During the summer, Dave Thomas Stay tuned for more details.
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Karen Mahoney, with Erin and Teddy; Sally Langer, with Molly; Gino Dilallo, with Casey, Bo, Murphy and Gabby; and Dave Thomas, with Dakota and Andy, enjoy their daily jaunts on the Key. Sally Langer, a Key resident for 20plus years, called recently to tell me about the group of friends with whom she enjoys walking her dog every day. She contacted me, she said, because people have asked the groupâ€™s members more than a few times if they were professional dog-walkers, as a result of the number of humans and canines involved. Usually, she said, they have four or five people in their
group, but one of those has five dogs. Iâ€™ve spied them myself, so I understood that people unacquainted with them might mistake them for a service. â€œWe walk every day at 8:30 in the morning,â€? she said, except on Sundays, when they wait an extra 30 minutes to allow those who attend the early service at Siesta Chapel time to get home and change into the appropriate attire.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
welcome back: what you missed
By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor
May + ‘Tenacity’ garners a win After four years of wrangling and two previous denials, the owners of two Gulf-side lots along Beach Road received their variances and plan on building two triplex condominiums. Seaward of Beach Road is another “road” called Tenacity Lane. It was platted in the 1920s, existing only in the minds of old surveyors, planners and lawyers. But lots seaward of Tenacity Lane remained marketable, except no one could build on them. The owners, Gulf Shore LLC and Siesta Key LLC, finally won County Commission approval for their project. They plan to build on lots along Beach Road and give the county a perpetual conservation easement for adjoining lots along Tenacity Lane. First, the developers planned to demolish two existing quadplexes at 610 and 614 Beach Road. In their stead, the developers plan on six units in two, 50-foot-tall buildings, with a pool in the rear, on four platted lots. In 2007, the Siesta Key Association expressed concerns about the owners’ plans to build a pair of 50-foot-tall, single-family homes between Tenacity Lane and the Gulf of Mexico, more than 260 feet on the seaward side of the coastal construction setback line. The association also raised issues about previous transfers of density from the
Tenacity lots to the Beach Road property, arguing the development rights were used up in 1979 when the original quadplexes were built. The two owners paid $3 million for the property in 2006. As of May, the lots were valued at $800,000 for tax purposes.
+ The more parking, the better County plans for improvements at Siesta Public Beach continued to raise questions. During the May 5 Siesta Key Association meeting, the top concern was whether the project would eliminate parking spaces. County Project Manager Curtis Smith assured the audience and board the plan would provide for a net increase of 103 spaces. Other concerns were raised about the design of a 15-foot-wide esplanade proposed to enable people to move safely from one end of the beach park to the other. Audience members questioned wheth-
er it would be preferable to use some of that space for additional parking.
+ Paving the way for traffic disruptions Florida Department of Transportation officials announced they would begin renovations of the north Siesta bridge at night, starting June 5, 2012. One lane of traffic would remain open at all times, they said. The work would be undertaken from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., excluding a break for the July Fourth holiday, from June 29 through the daytime of July 8; and Labor Day weekend, with work stopped from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. If all goes well, FDOT officials said, the project should be completed by mid-October. The cost of the project was estimated at $3.49 million.
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Observer group acquires the Pelican Press The Observer Group Inc. closed June 8 on the purchase of the 40-year-old Pelican Press, acquiring it from Journal Community Publishing Group Inc. of Milwaukee, Wis. Hugh McGarry, general manager of Journal Community Publishing Group, said the company sold the Pelican Press because of a strategic decision to concentrate on its cluster of newspapers in Wisconsin. “The acquisition should give The Observer an expanded footprint in the Sarasota market,” McGarry said. Journal acquired the Pelican Press in June 1998 from Sarasota entrepreneur John Davidson, who had founded the newspaper in 1971 as a way to help promote his startup drug store. For the first 20 years of its existence, the Pelican Press primarily served Siesta Key. Over the past two decades, however, it had broadened its coverage and focused more on Sarasota city and county government and downtown Sarasota. “We’re thrilled to become the new stewards of the Pelican,” said Matt Walsh, CEO of The Observer Group Inc. “Although we have been direct competitors for the past seven years in Sarasota and on Siesta Key, the Pelican is a great fit for our company. We focus on the same thing — helping local businesses with their advertising and providing the Sarasota market with hyper-local community news and information.”
+ Looking at expense reports In response to Village property owner Chris Brown’s second lawsuit against Sarasota County — this one over parking assessments as well as the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp.’s handling of Village upkeep — discussions were continuing among Maintenance Corp. board member Mark Smith and county officials over documentation of expenses. The general consensus among Maintenance Corp. board members and Morgan Bentley, Brown’s attorney, was that county staff was the crux of the problems. Parties told the Pelican Press off the record that it was easy to see how the county had become mired in the scandal emanating from mishandling of contracts by Procurement Department staff.
Siesta Key Association board member Joe Volpe had been complaining for months about two grooves that had developed on both sides of Siesta Drive, where the city of Sarasota completed a drainage and resurfacing project in the fall of 2010. Finally, after getting the attention of Florida Department of Transportation representatives, news came that the contractors who handled the project had been in a dispute over money. The city had been withholding the final payment on the work until the dispute was resolved. The section of road with the grooves was going to be resurfaced July 25, city staff said.
+ Lizards in smaller numbers Siesta Key Association President Catherine Luckner reported during the organization’s June 2 meeting that a combination of two cold winters and county-financed trapping had reduced the numbers of iguanas on the Key to the point of their being almost eradicated. However, intrepid wildlife photographer Tatiana Staats, who lives on the south end of the island, was quick to produce evidence that the critters still are plentiful enough to be observed at ease in trees.
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+ Pedestrian island plan A subject county commissioners thought was gone popped back up on the Florida Department of Transportation radar. With concerns about so many pedestrians trying to cross Midnight Pass Road between the Beach Road and Stickney Point Road intersections, especially during season, the County Commission in 2007, at the request of condo managers along that stretch, had sought some sort of island refuges in the center of the road. The idea ultimately died because of a lack of funding. However, FDOT suddenly found money for the concept and revived it. State officials were all ready to proceed when Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson won their agreement to hold off until they could hold a public meeting with condo residents to
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June + Trained and ready The Sarasota County Junior Lifeguard Program celebrated another successful summer, with the conclusion of its final camp on Siesta Key. The group of 28 junior lifeguards, who spent a week at Turtle Beach, learned all about life-saving techniques, how to identify marine life and the importance of fitness.
July + All the news that can fit New modular news racks made their debut on the Key, thanks to a County Commission modification of the Siesta
+ ‘Promises to keep’ Florida Department of Transportation representatives appeared during the July 7 Siesta Key Association meeting to answer questions about the state plans for renovations of the north bridge. Jon Sands, the FDOT construction engineer for District 1, said he expected the project to be bid out in December. The goal remained for work to start June 5, 2012, he said, with no complete closure of the bridge. Work will proceed only at night. In fact, Sands said, FDOT was providing a $7,500-per-day incentive for early completion. County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson cautioned that the contractor would have to keep traffic moving or face serious public backlash.
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+ A refund for Brown In settling part of a lawsuit Village property owner Chris Brown filed Jan. 31, the county refunded him about $2,500 for overcharges on his 2010 parking assessments related to The Hub Baja Grill. The County Commission agreed that annual reviews of the assessments were necessary to make sure property owner were charged appropriately.
+ Project threatened Complaints from residents of the Gulf & Bay Club could delay the start of construction of a new stormwater management system at Siesta Key Public Beach, county staff said. Officials worried the
delay could cause the project to lose a $1 million Southwest Florida Water Management District grant, which would cover about half the cost of the work. If the project could not get under way before the end of the year, county staff was uncertain SWFWMD would extend the grant. Staff was continuing negotiations with the condo management and board to keep the project on track.
+ Controlling interests After Sarasota County staff suggested to the County Commission that it may be better for the county to take over full control of the Village upkeep, members of the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. cried foul, saying if they were going to continue to pay a special assessment for the maintenance, they wanted to be able to keep oversight of it.
+ Let’s make this clear
‘Baby Bobs’ still roaming Thanks to the quick camera work of photographer Tatiana Staats, residents learned the bobcat cub she had spotted in December wasn’t an anomaly. Staats spied not one but two cubs with their mom on the south end of the Key one summer day, and she produced another group of photos to support the finding. The mother bobcat kept a wary eye on Staats, too, while she was snapping pictures of the babies.
At the outset of another County Commission discussion about Village upkeep, Chairwoman Nora Patterson let it be known that the board already had voted June 8 to make sure the Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. would keep oversight of all the work necessary for the Village to continue looking good. Moreover, improved record keeping and a revision of the ordinance that set up the SKVMC would be designed to make sure no future questions arose about maintenance expenses, county staff reported. Those stipulations satisfied Morgan Bentley, attorney for Village property owner Chris Brown, whose Jan. 31 lawsuit against the county had contended the Maintenance Corp. was not adhering to the ordinance in its management of the vendor handling the Village upkeep.
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+ Help the pedestrians Members of the Siesta Key Condominium Association launched an effort to help pedestrians get across Beach Road between the Midnight Pass Road intersection and the Village. Their first step was a letter to the county’s Traffic Advisory Council seeking the lowering of the speed limit from 35 mph to 30 mph on that stretch of road.
+ Safe manatee crossings Residents along the Grand Canal have discovered a pod of manatees moving daily through the waterway, in the search for seagrass on the other end. However, with boaters regularly speeding through the canal and manatees naturally inclined to move to deeper water when they feel threatened, the residents said they feared for the safety of the creatures. New SKA Environmental Committee member Dave Thomas, who lives on the Grand Canal, has been following the manatees in his kayak. Siesta Key Association President Catherine Luckner urged her members to report to law enforcement personnel report any boaters they observed going faster than the posted “no wake” speed.
+ Good-bye to Sunsets? The owners of the nine-unit Sunsets on the Key resort, just a block over, proposed selling the property to the county so it could be used for an expansion of island parking. Commissioners Jon Thaxton and Nora Patterson said no matter how attractive the idea, the county just didn’t have the funds to pursue the project.
+ Wanted: a sturdier fence After repeated attacks by vandals, including an incident in late July, the fence along the boardwalk by the Treasure Boat Way/Ocean Boulevard intersection had fallen into such a state of disrepair that Key residents feared for pedestrian safety. County officials began work on finding a new type of fencing that would better withstand wear — and vandals.
+ No 1 beach = big business Just as predicted, the ranking of Siesta Public Beach as No. 1 in the United States had translated into a much busier summer on the Key. Merchants and restaurants said they were seeing far more tourists than they had in years. A couple previous of businesses reported 20% more revenue in 2011 compared to 2010 for June, July and August.
+ Short-term rentals raise ire John Lally, the Key’s zoning code enforcement officer, reported the lively tourist season also had translated into far more issues of people violating the county ordinance regarding short-term rentals. He had tried not to come down too hard on visitors, he told the Siesta Key Association, because he didn’t want them going back home with a figurative bad taste in their mouths. However, Key homeowners said enforcement was necessary for them to
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Welcome back: What you missed Although county staff members were able to create and erect simple signs that met county code in proclaiming Siesta as the No. 1 beach in the country, the signs did not win an overwhelmingly positive response. Even County Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson, who lives on the Key, said she thought the signs “could be much improved upon.” The signs were modeled after those already used by the county’s Parks and Recreation Department; they were attached to Sarasota County Area Transit signs near the Key.
September + Fewer permanent folks on Key The 2010 U.S. Census showed Siesta’s population had declined by 8.18% from 2000, with a population of 6,565 reported last year. The female residents barely outnumbered the males, 3,404 to 3,161. However, the female population had declined 9.32% from 2000 to 2010, compared to a smaller drop for the men, 6.92%.
+ Help on the way Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office personnel promised members of the Siesta Key Association Sept. 1 that they would patrol the Grand Canal more regularly, thereby serving as a deterrent to boaters inclined to speed. FWC and county officials also pointed said no boater in the canal should be traveling faster than idle speed, a speed just fast enough to make sure a vessel has forward momentum. SKA members said the enforcement would help protect the pod of manatees seen regularly in the canal.
+ How fast can we do that? After the Sarasota County Commission in mid-September heard an update on the improvement plans for Siesta Key Public Beach, Commissioner Joe Barbetta proposed staff look at options for getting all the work done in as short a timeframe as 18 months.
Plovers see Siesta success again Although not as many this summer made it to the fledgling stage — the point of flying on their own, — volunteers with Sarasota Audubon and a paid manager oversaw another summer of success with beach-nesting birds. With construction costs low and the county’s strong bond rating, he said, it would be wise to proceed. Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson warned that parking could not be disrupted, regardless of what option the board pursued.
+ Next phase for Access 12 Just in time for Labor Day weekend, most of the improvements that had closed Beach Access 12 at Crescent Beach were complete, so the parking area could be reopened. The work, which began Aug. 1, entailed a realignment of the parking and the construction of a turnaround area on the west end of the access. The next phase of planned work, for which county staff still was pursuing permits, would allow county trucks to use Access 12 to reach the beach for removal of seaweed, during times the amount of seaweed on the beach proved problematic.
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+ Dock construction Putting in the past a legal fight over who owns right of way between Avenida Del Norte and property between the road and the Grand Canal, the County Commission Sept. 27 approved requests for two single-family docks. The commission also said it no longer needed staff to spend time presenting details on future requests for docks in that area of the Key.
October + Third time’s the charm? Village property owner Chris Brown Oct. 4 filed his third lawsuit against Sarasota County, this one also dealing with parking assessment issues. The new complaint says the county didn’t even wait four months after paying him $2,500 to settle a Jan. 31 lawsuit over excessive parking fees before it sent him a TRIM notice with big spikes in assessments for three of his properties in 2011. Brown alleged in the suit that the latest action, on top of problems going back to 2007, shows a pattern of discrimination against him.
A dispute over beach property rights involving parcels on North Beach Road led the County Attorney’s Office to reaffirm that any land above the Mean High Water Line is private property. Only land on the water side of that line is public property. Therefore, a person who had posted “For Sale” and “No Trespassing” signs above the Mean High Water Line was within his rights, contrary to views of some of his neighbors.
+ Some help from FDOT Although a contractor began working Aug. 1 to clean up Palmer Point Park on the north end of Casey Key, the contractor ran into problems with two different neighborhoods opposing his plan to truck out materials being dredged up from Roberts Bay in the restoration of the park. County officials obtained a permit from the Florida Department of Transportation that would allow the contractor to use its right of way on the mainland side of the north Siesta bridge, to offload the material from barges and truck it away to the contractor’s property in Palmetto. As of Oct. 31, the county still was awaiting a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to proceed with that plan. County officials nonetheless were excited about the project, as it would be the first in the county to restore an island created by spoil material from the construction of the Intracoastal Waterway.
+ Fence finagling County officials and Key representatives, along with Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson, finally settled on a wrought-iron fence to
Tennis anyone, any time? Contrary to rumors, county officials affirmed that tennis courts will be available at all times once construction of Siesta Public Beach improvements begin. A county staff member said the old courts would not be demolished until after new ones were built. A person or persons had posted a sign on the courts to indicate the county was closing them once the construction began. Project Manager Curtis Smith went to the Key to talk with residents and reassure them about the inaccuracy of the information on the sign. replace the damaged wooden fence at the Treasure Boat Way intersection on Ocean Boulevard. However, a contractor’s supply problems prevented the new fence from going in before Halloween, as Siesta Key Village Association members had requested, to protect children during the Safe Treats event. The contractor erected a temporary wooden fence for safety measures until the new fence materials were available. At last report, county staff hoped that wrought-iron fence would go in before the end of November.
+ Beach Road traffic The Sarasota County Commission Oct. 25 voted unanimously to lower the speed limit on Beach Road between the Village and Midnight Pass Road from 35 mph to 30 mph, at the request of the Siesta Key Condominium Association. New signs were expected before the end of the year.
In response to the negative comments on the county’s brown-andwhite No. 1 beach signs at Sarasota County Area Transit stops near the Key, county staff decided to assemble a stakeholders group to work on new signage. The County Commission Sept. 13 asked Interim County Administrator Terry Lewis to coordinate that redesign with the Florida Department of Transportation, the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and other major organizations representing businesses.
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Siesta Events Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 10-13; 3 p.m. Nov. 13, awards ceremony; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14, sculpture viewing only. Events at Siesta Public Beach, featuring 24 of the top master sandsculptors from around the world. Event will feature the 2011 Doubles Division World Championships. For schedule details, visit www. crystalsand.org. Block that Roxx — Nov. 11, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar and Gilligan’s Island Bar will feature all-day musical entertainment; noon, a master sandsculpting demonstration will be presented at SKOB; and at 8 p.m., master sandsculptors from the Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sandsculpting Competition will be pitted against each other in a fast-paced competition at Lelu’s, next to Gilligan’s. For more details, call 223-7242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Exercise Classes — 9 a.m. every Thursday, Siesta Key Physical Therapy, 5147 Ocean Blvd. Space limited. For details and to register, call 870-5811. Yoga on Siesta Key Beach — 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Free. For more information, email avanandamaui@ yahoo.com YES — 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Young Entrepreneurs of Sarasota share
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PUBLIC EVENTS Veterans Day Parade and Dedication Ceremony — takes place at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, beginning at Main Street and Osprey Avenue. Participants include veterans service organizations, law enforcement agencies, marching bands, color guards, fire departments and more. A ceremony will follow at approximately 11 a.m. Old Miakka Round-Up — 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12, on the grounds of the Old Miakka Methodist Church, 1620 Myakka Road, featuring the Myakka Band, Gulf Coast Cloggers, roping and pie eating contests, miniature horses and games. For more information, call Brad Fitzgerald, 342-6419, or email email@example.com. Veterans Stand Down — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12, Salvation Army, 1400 10th St., Sarasota. Veterans will receive assistance with basic needs, housing, social services, Veterans Administration benefits and Sarasota County criminal and civil issues. Veterans
must bring their DD Form 214 or their VA card. For more information, call the United Way at 211 or call 308-4357. Pioneer Day — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12, Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12t St., Sarasota, featuring historic crafters, games and crafts for children, demonstrations, live music, barbecue and docent tours of the BidwellWood House and the Pioneer Cemetery. For more information, call the Historical Society of Sarasota County, 364-9076 or visit www.hsosc.com Book Signing — 6 p.m. Nov. 14, featuring cookbook author Ellie Topp, whose latest book is “Fresh and Healthy Cooking for Two: Easy Meals for Everyday Life”; 5 p.m. Nov. 18, book signing by Tayari Jones, author of “Silver Sparrow,” at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe offices, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. For more information, visit www.bookstore1sarasota. com or call 365-7900. Gwen MacKenzie Award Dinner — 6 p.m. Nov. 17, Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota, a fundraiser for the American Jewish Committee, West Coast Florida chapter, with presentation of 2011 Civic Achievement Award to MacKenzie, president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. For ticket information, call 365-4955 or email Brian Lipton, firstname.lastname@example.org. Poetry Open Mic — 6 p.m. Nov. 21, Bookstore1Sarasota,
Farmers Markets — 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, downtown Sarasota on Lemon Avenue between First and State streets. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Sunday, Siesta Key Organic Market on Ocean Boulevard at Davidson’s Plaza. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through April, Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Visit www. siestafarmersmarket. com. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Saturday, Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Visit www.lwrmainstreet. com. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every Friday, Sarasota Fairgrounds at Tuttle and Fruitville, arts & crafts included; 239287-0890.
BEST BET Benny Kimsey’s Bluegrass Picnic — Noon to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12, featuring Skeeterland Band, the Siesta Key Boys and Carl Wade & Something Special, at Turtle Beach. Proceeds go to Southwest Florida Red Cross. Attendees invited to bring sack lunches and chairs. Free. For more information, call Kimsey, 400-7212, or visit www.turtlebeachbluegrass. com. 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Participants may bring their own poetry to read aloud or just be part of the audience. For more information, visit www. bookstore1sarasota.com or call 365-7900. Lipizzan Pre-Season Training Sessions — 10 a.m. Saturdays, Nov. 5 through Dec. 17. Regular training shows begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, and will continue at 1 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays through early May. Herrmann’s Lipizzan stallions perform Airs Above the Ground at the Myakka City ranch. For details and directions, visit www.hlipizzans.com or call Gabriella Herrmann, 322-1501.
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John Santucci, of Lake Barrington, Ill., sold his Unit 220 condominium at 1315 Dockside Place to Russel and Stephanie Campbell, of Minnetrista, Minn., for $565,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,737 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,000 in 2009.
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BUILDING PERMITS Address 5330 Siesta Cove Drive 8600 Midnight Pass Road 1260 Hidden Harbor Way 5411 Avenida Del Mare 539 Commonwealth Lane 5177 Sandy Cove Ave. 6154 Midnight Pass Road 6154 Midnight Pass Road 6326 Midnight Pass Road 5880 Midnight Pass Road 5880 Midnight Pass Road 5880 Midnight Pass Road 5880 Midnight Pass Road 4195 Higel Ave. 8735 Midnight Pass Road 5966 Midnight Pass Road 6304 Midnight Cove Road 5858 Midnight Pass Road 9122 Midnight Pass Road 5911 Midnight Pass Road 6140 Midnight Pass Road 6711 Midnight Pass Road 680 Beach Road 5855 Midnight Pass Road 5963 Midnight Pass Road 20 Whispering Sands Drive 5435 Cape Leyte Drive 1280 Whitehall Place 4312 Higel Ave. 8897 Midnight Pass Road 304 Whispering Sands Drive 6154 Midnight Pass Road 5532 Cape Aqua Drive 508 Avenida De Mayo
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The following residential real estate transactions took place between Oct. 24 and Oct. 28. A home in Siesta Beach tops all transaction in this week’s real estate. Diana Barrese, Sarasota, sold her home at 5161 Oxford Drive to Adrianus Kruf, Sarasota, for $877,500. Built in 1996, it has five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,929 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $600,000 in 1997.
David Siebenburgen, Cincinnati, sold his Unit 356 condominium at 5963 Midnight Pass Road to Joseph and Catherine Puthoff ,of Wexford, Pa., for $285,000. Built in 1974, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,012 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $360,000 in 2002.
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Temps. High Low 82 61 81 62 74 58 77 56 82 59 82 63 83 62
Wed., Nov. 2 Thurs., Nov. 3 Fri., Nov. 4 Sat., Nov. 5 Sun., Nov. 6 Mon., Nov. 7 Tues., Nov. 8
Record Temps. High Low 92 (1971) 40 (1993) 89 (1995) 41 (1963) 90 (1992) 36 (1966) 91 (1959) 41 (1927) 92 (1972) 40 (1976) 90 (1987) 41 (1934) 90 (1987) 44 (1934)
Average Gulf water temperature: 70.9
Thurs., Nov. 10 Fri., Nov. 11 Sat., Nov. 12 Sun., Nov. 13 Mon., Nov. 14 Tues., Nov. 15 Wed., Nov. 16
Sunrise 6:46 6:47 6:48 6:49 6:49 6:50 6:51
Lynne Osterman took this photo on Crescent Beach.
Karenia brevis, the red tide organism, was not detected onshore or offshore Sarasota County, Friday, Nov. 4, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Sunset 6:42 6:41 6:41 5:40 5:40 5:39 5:39
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