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how low? By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor

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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.

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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

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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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CRYSTAL CLASSIC From far lands, master sandsculptors will vie for $18,000 in prize money. We have all the event details for you.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor

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-

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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

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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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Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government, some of whose members are parties to a new term limits lawsuit against Sarasota County, issued a statement after the suit was filed Nov. 8. Among other comments, the group said, “As citizens, we find ourselves taking this action because we believe the current Board of County Commissioners has abrogated its responsibility to uphold the will of voters and the County Charter … The BCC instructed the county attorney to craft a misleading ballot amendment that would extend their eligibility for office from two terms to three and grandfather their existing time served.”

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The Sarasota County commissioners voted unanimously Nov. 8 to hire Longboat Key Town Attorney David Persson to represent them in a lawsuit filed the same day over the board’s pursuit of a new charter amendment on commissioner term limits. Persson represented the county in 2005, when it fought a lawsuit seeking to overturn a 1998 charter amendment imposing on commissioners a limit of two consecutive terms. The county lost that lawsuit. County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh informed the commissioners about the new suit during their regular meeting in Venice. Sarasota attorney Andrea Flynn Mogensen, who last week had predicted legal action against the county over the term-limits charter amendment, filed the lawsuit in the 12th Judicial Circuit, in Sarasota County. The suit asks the court to declare that the Sarasota County Commission is bound to the term limits approved by voters in 1998. The lawsuit further asks for a court ruling that the language for the proposed charter amendment, which the County Commission approved in a 4-1 vote Oct. 26, is not clear. The suit also contends the charter amendment is unnecessary anyway, because in August, a Florida Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal ruling on term limits binds Sarasota County to the 1998 charter action.

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Boaters denounce regulations Sarasota boaters told city staff last week they don’t want to be told when and how long they can anchor off the shores of Sarasota Bay. That statement and others like it were met with applause from the boaters in attendance. Russo said the city staff understands the boating community’s concerns. “In December, we will present our findings to the City Commission and you will have an opportunity to make your voices heard again at two more public hearings,” Russo said. The new mooring field is expected to be operational in spring 2012. Plans call for Marina Jack to manage the harbor area, where vessels will hook up to the mooring balls. Marina Jack staff will collect rent, provide restrooms and shower and laundry facilities and pump out sewage holding tanks, as well as ferry ashore boaters who have moored in the city field.

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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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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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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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spied them myself, so I understood that people unacquainted with them might mistake them for a service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We walk every day at 8:30 in the morning,â&#x20AC;? 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.

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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

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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.

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‘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.

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+ 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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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.

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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 bethskob@gmail.com. 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

success strategies at Clayton’s Siesta Grille, 1256 Old Stickney Point Road. Cost: $12 at the door, including lunch. Visit www.yes941.com. Alcoholics Anonymous — 8 a.m. Monday through Friday, Siesta Key Men’s Group meets at Siesta Beach Shelter, south side of beach; open to all. Call 951-6810.

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 brad@andro-tech.net. 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, liptonb@ajc.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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Terry Lane LLC sold the Unit 64 condominium at 5400 Ocean Blvd. to Lucy Brightwell, of Louisville, Ky., for $273,300. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,187 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $900,000 in 2007.

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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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ANTIQUE SONY Radio, Historic Newspapers/ Publications, Civil War, WW1 WW2, $40/each, $200 for all. 941-925-3054. BABY CRIB: $70. White with gold trim, standard size. Arched head boards. Great shape. 941-925-9654. BARBIE & KEN: Vintage, w/auto, case, wardrobe, 50 pieces of clothing/accessories. Fair. $135. 941-488-8271. BATHTUB: ANTIQUE claw foot, cast iron, small size. Needs remodeling. $175. 941-586-5672. BOOKS (100): good variety (e-mail for list of books), $100. 941-545-0480 or E-mail: jlynchslu@gmail.com BROTHER FAX/COPIER/PHONE Model: Intellifax 4750e. Excellent condition! $200. 941-650-6889. CHAIR AND ottoman: wicker with pillows. Nice. $20.00. St. Armand's. 724-846-1739. HANGING ENTRYWAY Light: New, black trim, 3 bulbs. $20. Nonstick frying pan w/lid $12. 941-966-0618. JEWELRY & Crafts Canvas Carrier. Used twice. Black. Case only. Standard size. $20.00 941925-0970. LAWN MOWER: Toro Power: 21 inch. Model #20036. $200. 941-342-1940. LEATHER JACKET: Phase 2, XL, New! $200. 941-549-0407. MALIBU PILATES Chair, New $340. Selling for $120/obo. Knee Replacement forces sale. 941-758-0912. MEN'S SUIT, Evan Picone wool, grey check, size 42 long. $40.00. 941-921-4229. RECORD PLAYER: Zenith Automatic, 33, 45, 78's, includes radio, cassette player and recorder. $50. 941-924-1008. SEWING MACHINE: White Overlock, Model 1800 with parts, instruction tape, booklet. Excellent condition. $200. 941-922-7100. SILK PALM tree. Five feet tall with lights. $15.00. St. Armand's. 724-624-0100. TIRE & rim: Bridgestone V Steel R18 265, mounted on Chevy truck rim. $75. 941-822-0431. XMAS TREE: LuxArt Silks 6'Hx56"W Snow Twig Pine w/Lights, 2 yrs old. $100. 941-365-9295.

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Events ARTS & CRAFTS SALE - Oakwood Manor Clubhouse. 3330 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Saturday, Nov. 12th. 9AM-1PM. Christmas, Handcrafted items, and more! GULF GATE FESTIVAL- Stop by for Family Fun with Arts and Crafts, Yard Sales, Food, and much more, Dec. 3rd, 9AM to 3PM. At 6908 Beneva Road, on the property of St. Andrew. Booth rental still available for $20. For more information call 941-544-6306.

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Bay Front 3BR/3.1BA sits on tropical setting. Hardwood floors, newer kitchen and each bathroom has its own updated full bath. New 3 zone A/C in 2011, private gas-heated pool and refurbished deck. MLS# A3939501 Offered at $ 1,395,000

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Below are some things to consider if you are selling your condo: • What is the income your property generates on an annual basis? • What are the comparable sale prices for similar units at your complex? • What is the time frame you would like to sell in? • Ask me what I will do to market and sell your property. • Would you like to work with the Agent that sells more condos on Siesta Key than any other Agent or Broker?

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ZIP CODE ADDRESS SUBDIVISION SOLD PRICE SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES 34242 601 AVENIDA DE MAYO SARASOTA BEACH $820,000 34242 4651 HIGEL AVE SIESTA BEACH $950,000 34242 4940 PEACEABLE WAY HARMONY $531,387 LONGBOAT KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES 34228 3384 BAYOU LN BAY ISLES $648,000 Downtown Sarasota Single Family Home Sales 34236 228 SEAGULL LN BIRD KEY $1,800,000 34236 344 W ROYAL FLAMINGO DR BIRD KEY $2,675,000 34236 1106 POMELO AVE BUNGALOW HILL $260,000 34236 333 W ROYAL FLAMINGO DR Bird Key $890,000 34236 1042 POMELO AVE BUNGALOW HILL $535,000 SARASOTA SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES 34233 4111 GREEN TREE AVE GREEN TREE $269,500 34233 4648 MEADOWVIEW CIR SOUTHFIELD $259,000 34233 3776 COUNTRYSIDE RD COUNTRY PLACE $230,000 34233 5384 LEVI LN COLONY GROVES $179,000 34233 4629 MACEACHEN BLVD SOUTH GATE $92,500 PALMER RANCH SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES 34238 4477 WHITE CEDAR TRL DEER CREEK $220,000 34238 5986 ROSETO PL ISLES OF SARASOTA $315,000 34238 4531 DEER TRAIL BLVD DEER CREEK $200,000 34238 5867 HELICON PL VILLAGEWALK $235,000 34238 4180 HEARTHSTONE DR HUNTINGTON POINTE $234,900 34238 7380 FEATHERSTONE BLVD STONEBRIDGE $282,500 34238 4005 VIA MIRADA MARBELLA $239,000 34238 7556 PESARO DR VILLAGEWALK $243,900 34238 9105 WILLOW BROOK DR WILLOWBROOK $215,000 34238 9504 HAWKSMOOR LN STONEYBROOK $354,875 Based on information compiled from the Mid-Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. This information may or may not include all listed, expired, withdrawn, pending or sold properties of one or more members of the Mid Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service.

Amenities include: 2-Fitness Centers, Barbecue areas, 24-hr. security, 3-pools (incl. Lap Pool), 8-tennis courts, 3-saunas, Shuffleboard, Library, Racquetball court, Basketball court, Covered parking, 2-clubhouses, Lighted fountains, Fresh water lake & much more!

Units for Sale - All Furnished: B-309 2B/2B - Water Views ....$799,000 D-309 2B/2B - Water Views ....$750,000 D-608 2B/2B - Water Views ....$715,000 C-107 2B/2B - Water Views ....$549,000

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5586 Siesta Estates Ct. Light an bright 3BR/2BA, one block to Siesta Beach in single family home community. MLS#3949005 $820,000

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2BR/2BA on 1/3 acre on mainland, minutes to Siesta Beach, shopping & dining. $165,000

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Danielle Brown and Ricardo Graziano dance the pas de deux from “Diamonds” at the Kennedy Center.

‘Diamond’ exchange As Sarasota Ballet gets ready to stage its hometown performance of ‘Diamonds,’ five dancers reflect on what it was like to dance the piece at the Kennedy Center in the company of a Balanchine muse. Last season, when Sarasota Ballet Director Iain Webb told his dancers that they would be traveling to Washington, D.C., to perform George Balanchine’s “Diamonds” with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, he purposely downplayed the partnership. He didn’t want to put too much pressure

on the company. Or, perhaps he didn’t want to put too much pressure on himself. Of course, downplayed or not, the dancers (and especially Webb) understood the significance of the collaboration. Balanchine created “Diamonds” in 1967 specifically for Farrell. The former New

York City Ballet principal was perhaps Balanchine’s greatest muse. Adding further weight to the project was the fact that Farrell’s company, which is based out of the Kennedy Center, would be celebrating its 10th anniversary season this year.

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Sarasota Ballet will perform The Great Masters at 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 18, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The program includes George Balanchine’s “Diamonds” with The Suzanne Farrell Company and Sir Frederick Ashton’s “The Two Pigeons.” A special performance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Nov. 19, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, in Clearwater. For tickets, call 359-0099, or visit sarasotaballet.org

DIAMONDS / FROM PAGE 1 To quote Webb, the opportunity was “brilliant.” On the night of Oct. 13, when Sarasota Ballet dancers Danielle Brown, Ricardo Graziano, Kate Honea and Victoria Hulland were scheduled to perform their solos, Webb was sitting in the audience at the Eisenhower Theater. Sitting directly behind him was Alastair Macaulay, the dance critic from The New York Times. “I didn’t want to look over my shoulder,” Webb says. “They were all there … critics from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. I recognized a lot of them.” Scattered among the crowd were dozens of Sarasota dance fans who had traveled to see the show. When the curtain fell on the finale polonaise — a rousing processional of 34 dancers in dazzling costumes moving in a flurry of patterns — Webb’s wife, Margaret Barbieri, Sarasota Bal-

let’s assistant artistic director, had tears in her eyes. “I couldn’t have wished for it to go any better,” Webb says. “There were so many amazing moments I don’t know where to begin.” To help fill in those amazing moments, we asked Brown, Graziano, Honea, Hulland and corps de ballet dancer Emily Dixon to share their experiences. Victoria Hulland on the significance of dancing ‘Diamonds’ “Diamonds” is very elegant. It’s the third part of a larger ballet called ‘Jewels.’ I found it to be so elegant. It has a Russian quality to it. When I saw it on stage for the first time with the white-and-gold Rachel S. O’Hara costumes and the lighting, all I Emily Dixon, Danielle Brown, Ricardo Graziano, Kate Honea and could think of was pure elegance. Victoria Hulland share their stories from the Kennedy Center stage. It was such an honor to learn it from Suzanne Farrell. It was created on her, so I felt like everything It’s ingrained in all of us. It’s funny to be on stage for 10 minutes and she said was coming directly from because I’m always being told to keep the audience connected. You the source. At the same time, she smile more. I guess you don’t see it don’t want them to get bored and was clear about telling us that as much on my face. “Diamonds” fall asleep! Danielle and I work we were free to be ourselves. Just isn’t the most smiley piece, so it well together. We understand because it was set on her, didn’t was hard to find the right balance each other, which is what you mean she didn’t want to see our and portray the right character. need when you’re dancing a pas personalities come through.” When I saw that I was mentioned de deux. Chemistry is important in The Wall Street Journal and … and teamwork. You must speak Danielle Brown on being The New York Times, I was so sur- the same language. There’s no me praised in The Wall Street Journal prised. My mom ordered both pa- or you. Just us.” “The one day when I saw Kate pers. It was like, ‘Oh my gosh, our and Tori doing their demi solos little girl is in a big paper.’” Emily Dixon on what she with the two dancers from Sulearned from working with Farrell zanne’s company, I noticed they Ricardo Graziano on danc“Suzanne has a completely difwere so bright and energetic, ing a long, slow pas de deux ferent teaching method than what while the other dancers were “Divertimento No. 15” was my we’re used to. She taught me to more serious. It’s not that (Far- first classical Balanchine ballet. I really engage my mind in class, rell’s company) didn’t dance well. loved it because I love moving all instead of just going through the It’s that our dancers were smiling over the stage and jumping and motions and relying on everything more. You could tell they were dancing fast. When it comes to I’m used to. You have to be able to enjoying themselves, and I think “Diamonds,” it’s a whole differ- pick things up quickly. To be able that came across on stage. It’s ent story, of course. It’s a slower to execute the kind of steps she something Iain and Maggie defi- ballet with a longer pas de deux — teaches with different combinanitely encourage, ‘Smile bigger.’ about 10 minutes. It’s a challenge tions and patterns so early in the

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+ Oscar winning costume designer visits RCAD The gap between Hollywood and Sarasota continues to get smaller with each VIP that passes through the halls of Ringling College of Art and Design. Last week students in the college’s digital filmmaking program rubbed elbows with Academy Awardwinning costume designer Ann Roth, whose list of film credits include “The Hours,” “The Birdcage,” “Cold Mountain,” “Midnight Cowboy” and “The English Patient,” for which Roth won the 1997 Oscar for Best Costume Design. During her stay in Sarasota, Roth attended an exhibition of her work, taught three master classes and participated in a Q&A session following a screening of “The Hours.” (Fun fact about the film: It was Roth’s idea to stick a fake schnoz on Nicole Kidman’s face — a genius move considering Kidman nailed Virginia Woolf and won an Oscar.) At a reception prior to the movie’s screening, film department head Bradley Battersby could hardly contain his excitement. “Ann Roth is a legend,” Battersby says. “She’s got more than 100 film credits and more than 70 theater credits. She represents history. You can’t put anyone else on her pedestal.” Ironically, when the 80-year-old costume designer arrived at the

The Asolo Rep’s upcoming production of “Yentl” just prompted me to download a song I haven’t heard in years — and, no, it’s not Barbra Streisand singing “Papa Can You Hear Me?” It’s “I Kissed a Girl” by singer/songwriter Jill Sobule, whom I recently learned is composing the score for “Yentl.” On Thursday, members of the play’s cast and crew stopped by the Sarasota Bay Club to meet with sponsors and

discuss the new production, which opens Jan. 20. In addition to Sobule, Director Gordon Greenberg and actors Howard Millman, Carolyn Michel and Doug Jones were in the crowd. Greenberg, who three years ago directed the Asolo Rep’s revised version of the musical “Working,” met Sobule through another singer/ songwriter who shot to fame in the 1990s: Lisa Loeb.

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Ann Roth with Ringling College President Larry Thompson reception, few people noticed. She was draped in a black Pashmina scarf and wearing dark glasses. When asked how her tour of Ringling College was going, Roth, whose visit was made possible thanks to a grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, admitted to being uncomfortable with all the classroom technology. “I’m a little intimidated by the word ‘computer,’” Roth said. Given that she’s probably seen more A-list actors in their underwear than anyone else in the business, I’d say Roth has a pretty warped sense of intimidation.

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Blues Fest strikes the right chord with crowd The crowd was on its feet, clapping to the music and swaying to the bluesy beats at the 21st annual Sarasota Blues Fest Saturday, Nov. 5, at Ed Smith Stadium. This year’s festival included performances

by Mike Imbasciani, with special guest Alex Shaw, The Selwyn Birchwood Band, Lightnin’ Malcolm, Shaun Murphy, Ryan Shaw and three-time Grammy Award winners Los Lobos.

Camiron Myers and Corbin Gilpin try on cool chapeaus at the Mad Hatter tent.

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Man of steel Sarasota Season of Sculpture is back on the bayfront, and in case you hadn’t noticed, the show is much less in-your-face than previous exhibitions. There are no junkyard cars planted upright in the grass, no giant teeth, no dancing stick figures and no public displays of affection. At the helm of this year’s selection is John Henry — a TennesIF YOU GO s e e - b a s e d Sarasota sculptor with Season of a Southern Sculpture’s sixth drawl, a fitseason, “Under ting name Azure Skies,” and a reputaopens at 5:30 tion for crep.m. Nov. 11 ating monuwith a ribbonmental steel cutting ceremony structures. on the bayfront. At an age when most For more informen are startmation, visit ing to settle sarasotaseasonofinto retiresculpture.org. ment, Henry, 68, is busier than ever, flying in and out of cities every week to install work, attend museum events and gallery openings. Last week he was at the International Art Fair in Canada. Prior to that, he was in northern Wyoming. And, now, this week he’s in Sarasota, kicking off the sixth Season of Sculpture. “Under Azure Skies,” which Henry curated in 2007, features work by Verina S. Baxter, Chakaia Booker, John Clement, Isaac Duncan, Terry

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John Henry is one of a few famous sculptors who still produces his work from his own studio and with his own crew. These days, most sculptors subcontract the work to fabrication facilities. Karpowicz, Peter Lundberg, Albert Paley, Bret Price, Douglas Schatz and Henry. It’s a diverse collection of 10 abstract works sculpted from steel, concrete, wood, granite and rubber. Up until now it’s been on public display in Lucerne, Switzerland. “Aesthetically, I think maybe it’s a little more challenging than other shows in the past,” Henry says of the exhibition. “I don’t think it’s as provocative as the cars buried in the ground, or as ‘Unconditional Surrender.’”

That’s not to say that he took umbrage with any of the previous shows. A statement-making artist in his own right, Henry says he thought Dustin Shuler’s dancing cars were “pretty cool.” Over the course of 40 years, Henry has produced some of the largest contemporary public-art sculptures in the United States. Take, for example, his 70-foot-tall “Star Pointer,” which went up on the Sarasota bayfront during Season of Sculpture’s fourth show. The striking geometric structure,

which stayed up long after the rest of the exhibition came down, had all the elements of a typical John Henry sculpture. It was towering; it was steel; and it was red. “There has to be a certain amount of camaraderie between the environment and the sculpture,” Henry says. “A lot of good sculptures get lost in the urban environment because of the scale of the buildings around it. It becomes an afterthought. I’m not interested in that. I’m interested in sculpture that makes a strong individual statement.” Usually this means his work ends up painted red. “It’s not that I love red,” Henry says. “It’s just a good, strong color that sets itself apart from other things. Why do you think fire trucks have been painted red for years?” As a kid he thought he wanted to be an architect, until he took his first art class at the University of Kentucky and realized he was more interested in the creative side of construction. Listening to him talk about space and scale, size and color, you wonder what kind of signature buildings Henry would have designed had he not pursued a career in art. Then again, with a name like John Henry, how could he not work with steel? “I’ve heard that one maybe 1,000 times,” Henry says with a heavy sigh. “There are actually three famous John Henrys out there. There’s John Henry the steel-driving man, John Henry the racehorse, and John Henry the guy who makes shirts and underwear.”

Like many non-profit organization, Sarasota Season of Sculpture has had to find creative ways to produce shows with dwindling funds. The organization can no longer afford to pay an executive director, which means a volunteer board of directors is responsible for running this year’s exhibition. According to board President Susan McLeod, by bringing in a show that had already been curated, the organization was able to cut its expenses by 50%. “This is really a make-or-break show for us,” McLeod says. “It’s not the largest by any means, but it’s one of the strongest, and we were fortunate to be able to work with John Henry to make it happen in these economic times.”

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>> The Chalk Festival Meets Puccini On Sunday, the Sarasota Opera moved Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” outdoors to downtown’s Dolphin Street and Pineapple Avenue to meet the artists of The Chalk Festival. This may sound like a curious coupling, but it worked. As a music person, my immediate question was: What does this collaboration do for the opera? On one hand, it brings hordes of people, many of them first-time opera attendees, so it’s good publicity and great public relations. But, on the other, they’re missing some of the opera’s important elements — the orchestra, a real stage, lighting, scenery, translating subtitles and the glorious sound of the operatic voice soaring into an enclosed space with acoustics meant for unamplified singing. And, because this outdoor “Butterfly” was condensed into less than an hour, they even missed out on some of the characters who flesh out the story. Collaborations are always good because they get arts groups to think outside of their usual parameters. They also bring new audiences, and that’s important. Best of all, they’re fun, especially when they’re outside; the sky is blue, the air is balmy and the atmosphere is festive. Is it serious music or significant art? Sometimes. But it’s hard to draw the line on the folks who are standing around, hopping from one foot to another, weaving in and out, calling their kids, rounding up their dogs and wishing they’d chosen a bleacher seat (if they got one in the first place) in the shade. All that being said, this is the kind of stuff we need to do more often in Sarasota. Picture a rectangular space with bleachers on one end and a street on the other. The chalk artists have painted (or should I say drawn?) a colorful floor depicting the sea and sky in shades of blues, browns and khaki with white billowing clouds drifting across. The only scenery and props are properly spare: three black cubes, which double as tables and chairs, and, along one side, Japanese screens that hang like banners, placing an edge to the alleyway that’s been magically made into a stage. It’s a smallish space as outdoor performances go and, unbelievably, microphones and other amplification weren’t used, which gave us a chance to hear the unadulterated voices. Of course, this also meant the “covers,” or understudies, we heard in the

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MUSIC ARTISTS SERIES CONCERTS — “Romantic Keys,” featuring world-class pianist Di Wu, will be presented Nov. 13 and Nov. 15, at the Historic Asolo Theater, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. For tickets and details, call 360-7399 or visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org. CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER — A special choral Mass will be presented at 10 a.m. Nov. 24, for Thanksgiving Day. Those attending are asked to consider contributing non-perishable food items to help feed the hungry in the community. Located at 222 S. Palm Ave.; www. redeemersarasota.org; 955-4263. GLENRIDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER — “From Liszt to Ligeti: 200 Years of Hungarian Piano Music” will be performed through Dec. 2. Tickets: $22. Located at 7333 Scotland Way; www. theglenridge.com; or call 552-5325. JAZZ AT TWO — The Klaus Bader Quartet will perform at 2 p.m. Nov. 11. All concerts are at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road. Tickets: $5 for Jazz Club members; $10 for non-members; www. jazzclubsarasota.com; 366-1552. JAZZ IN THE CHAPEL — The Jazz Trio, featuring Johnny Moore, Dominic Mancini and Tommy Goodman, with special guests Jeff Lego, Dave Pruyn and Mike Parmalee, will perform at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13, at First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave. Free; www.firstsrq.com; 955-0935. MUNCHTIME MUSICALE — Belle Canto vocal ensemble will perform selections ranging from Bach to Broadway at noon Nov. 16. Free; open seating. Located at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami Trail; 351-7467; www. sarasotaconcertassociation.org. NEW COLLEGE NEW MUSIC — Margaret Eginton and Stephen Miles will

perform “New Experimental Works” at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, College Hall Music Room, 351 College Road, Sarasota; www.newmusicnewcollege.org; 487-4888. SARASOTA OPERA — “Madama Butterfly” will be performed through Nov. 15. Located at 61 N. Pineapple Ave. 366-8450; www.sarasotaopera.org. SARASOTA ORCHESTRA — “Masterworks: Stern & Schwarz,” featuring music by Brahms, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky, with cellist Julian Schwarz as special guest, will be performed Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. www.sarasotaorchestra.org; 9533434. VAN WEZEL PERFORMING ARTS HALL — Dave Koz and Friends will present “Christmas Tour 2011” at 8 p.m. Nov. 26. Tickets: $30 to $65; www.vanwezel. org; 953-3368. Located at 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. VENICE MUSICALE — “Italian Idyll,” featuring Italian vocal music from the 16th to the 20th centuries, will be performed at 11 a.m. Nov. 17, at Venice Public Library, 301 S. Nokomis; www. venicemusicale.org; 497-2733.

ART ALLYN GALLUP CONTEMPORARY ART — “Hugh Davies: Paintings” will be on display through Nov. 26. Located at 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota; www.allyngallup.com; 366-2454. ART CENTER SARASOTA — “Material Matters,” featuring the use of modern materials in the visual arts, will run through Dec. 31. Located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail; www.artsarasota.org; 3652032. ART UPTOWN — “Divas Go Pop” runs through Nov. 26, with works of digital pop art by Janine Hoffman. Located at

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1367 Main St.; www.artuptown.com; 955-5409. DABBERT GALLERY — “Season of Color,” featuring works of seven artists, runs through Nov. 29. Located at 76 S. Palm Ave.; 955-1315; www.dabbertgallery.com. ELIZABETH STEVENS GALLERY — “Fall Fest,” featuring artwork by Marge Bennett and Debbie Dannheisser, runs through Nov. 15. Located at 1945 Morrill St.; 587-9851. PASTRY ART — “Dragon-Art,” featuring works by Tom Stovall, will be on display through Dec. 12. Located at 1512 Main St.; 955-7545. RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART — “Josef Albers: Colors” will run through Jan. 16. “The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company 1878-1939” runs through Jan. 29. “20th Century Abstract Art from the Ringling Collection” is an ongoing show. Art After 5 takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday in the art museum and Circus Museum. Tickets: $10, adults; children, 6 to 17, $5; children under 6, admitted free. Tickets for the museum are $25, or $20 for seniors 65 and up; children ages 6 to 17, $10; children 5

and under, admitted free. Art museum free to all on Mondays. Located at 5401 Bay Shore Road; 3511660. Admission includes the Ringling Museum of Art, Cà d’Zan mansion, Circus Museum, Mable’s Rose Garden and grounds.  RINGLING COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN — “Fairy Tale Art: Illustrations from Children’s Books” will be on display through Dec. 9. Galleries located one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way; 3597563; www.ringling.edu/selbygallery. SELBY GARDENS — “Batiks Botanicos: A Painter’s Garden,” with hand-painted batiks by Angela Maria Isaza, will be on display through Nov. 17. Located at 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota; www.selby.org; 366-5731. SIMON’S COFFEE HOUSE — “Fun and Fur,” featuring artwork by Carolyn Ritter, will be on display through Jan. 2. Located at 5900 S. Tamiami Trail; 926-7151. TOWLES COURT ART ASSOCIATION — “Small Works,” an open juried show, will be presented Nov. 18 through Dec. 10. Located at Towles Court Art Center, 1938 Adams Lane, Sarasota; www.towlescourt. com.

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Sarasota chalks it up to colorful festival The 2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival transformed Burns Court into a colorful destination from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7. Sidewalk pieces ranged from large 3D creations to more contemporary 2D pieces. This year there was a 24-hour Grazie di Curtatone Madonnari Competition as well as the addition of graffiti art for which artists could “go vertical” with their art done on walls throughout the town as well as on plastic canvases.

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Eastern Influence Grant’s Gardens is creating a butterfly garden, which is currently in transition, near the citrus trees.

The couple purchased this alabaster sculpture for their collection when they lived in Asia.

Dean and Patty Miller wanted to create an Asian Zen feeling in their garden. Left: Yellow, black and green bamboo species continue the oriental theme through the garden.

If you were like Dean and Patty Miller and spent 15 years immersing yourself in Asian culture, you also would want to bring some of it home to Florida when you returned. Bold Buddha sculptures, thought to be created during 1300 to 1540, offer an oriental feeling on the first floor of the home. The theme is carried throughout the house and outdoors, where green, black and yellow bamboo surrounds a tranquil plot of paradise. Grant’s Gardens did a total re-landscaping of the property about five to six years ago. A butterfly garden near the citrus trees is currently in transition. “We wanted to sit outside during the rain,” says Betty Miller of the pavilion by the pool. “Any time of the year, we can sit under the pavilion, and it’s just gorgeous.”

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Native salvia, commonly called sage, comes in several color varieties, ranging from white, peach and pink to deep red.

Several traveler palms are scattered throughout the yard.

Blue mystic spires produce long stalks of blue flowers during the summer.

Portulacas bloom in bright reds, oranges, yellows, purples and pinks and are popular because they are drought tolerant.

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Susan Erhart, Anno Swain and Katie Hayes be as good as the one that mom makes. There are minor variations in how the ladies make the chocolate cake. Swain and Hayes use a mixer and spray the pan with Pam. Erhart mixes it by hand and butters and flours the pan. Hayes’ sister-in-law uses a yellow cake mix and vanilla pudding with the same frosting. The cake is reported to be great with just powdered sugar on top, but this family can never do without frosting. The secrets to making it successfully are to soften the butter and add the dry and liquid ingredients alternately. The result is wildly popular. “Bundt cake is always better,” Hayes says. “There’s more frosting per piece.”

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There was a great big public display of affection Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Hyatt-Regency Sarasota, when 465 guests attended the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center event honoring its benefactor, Betty Schoenbaum. Schoenbaum is as famous for her hugs as she is for her generosity, which is how the party came to be themed “Celebrating Promises Kept and Dreams Fulfilled … a Big Hug Back to Betty.” “I wish my arms could stretch to hug all of you,” she said. She also instructed the guests to hug the nearest person. In a room full of love, they did so with gusto.

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+ A tasty recipe for great friendship More than 160 guests delighted in a spectacular sunset Nov. 3 at Marie Selby Gardens during “A Taste of Friendship,” which raised more than $10,000 for the Center for Healthy Aging clinics at Senior Friendship Centers. Last year, the clinics provided medical and dental services to more

than 4,000 lower income and uninsured patients and demand is running about 15% higher this year. Mattison’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Jason’s Deli, Nancy’s Bar-B-Q and Word of Mouth provided food for grazing; doctors Bob and Pat Gussin provided Villa Marie Wine from their New Zealand vineyard for sipping. Sunny O’Flynn, JoAnn Nevins and Ingrid BookbinderKeating were event chairwomen.

+ NCJW names 2012 Women in Power

The AJC Civic Achievement Award goes to an individual whose contributions have improved the shared life of the community. It recognizes professional accomplishments and involvement in civic and community activities. This year, it goes to Gwen MacKenzie in recognition of everything she has done in her six years as CEO and president of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Chairs of the gala dinner are Phil Delaney, president and CEO of Northern Trust Bank, and Carol Ann Kalish, shareholder of Williams Parker et al. Honorary dinner chairperson is Beatrice Friedman, whose daughter, Ilene Friedman, will do the “Motze” — say the blessing over the bread — before the meal.

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Event Chairwoman Judy Graham was telling everyone that she acquired her fetching chapeau noir from Bonwit-Teller … 35 years ago. And she and Stephanie Shaw were wearing identical pink boas for the perfectly good reason that they Molly Schechter had shopped for them Ken Abt, Stephanie Shaw, together. Shaw and hubby, Peggy Abt and Stan Pastor Stan Pastor, were at the event with Peggy and Ken Abt after going their separate ways the previous evening: the Abts to the ballet opening night, the Shaw-Pastors to the opera opening night. Their reviews of both: “Fabulous.” And the talk of the crowd were the four baby sharks born at the aquarium early in the morning of the party.

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At the pace she is moving, Go To Girl Molly Klauber may need to rename herself Go-Go Girl. Nov. 2 was a party at Jolly celebrating the one-year anniversary of her marketing services business; Nov. 3 she was celebrity bartending for Goodwill at Polo Grill and Bar; and Nov. 5, she worked at a Wine, Woman & Shoes wine dinner. On Nov. 10 she tends bar again at Bleus, Brews and Schmooze to ben- Klauber efit G.WIZ. That’s “bleus,” as in cheese, the first of four events for the Gulf Coast Cheese Fest, which culminates in April with the Grand Cheese Tasting and — brace yourselves — “The Cheese Ball.”

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National Council of Jewish Women Sarasota-Manatee 30th annual Women in Power Luncheon Co-Chairwomen Nina Japhe and Janet Stollman have announced the honorees for the luncheon to be held Jan. 18. They are: Margaret Callihan, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Southwest Florida; Betsy Kane–Hartnett, co-founder and executive director of Forty Carrots Family Center; Eva Slane, retired theatrical agent, philanthropist and non-profit theater supporter; and Anne Weintraub, attorney, advocate and real-estate educator. To receive an invitation, call 342-1855.

+ Black Tie Affair

Boots made for oohing and aahing … thigh-high python Christian Louboutins on Sandy Sembler at Wine, Women & Shoes Luncheon Nov. 4. Ten years ago, you would not have seen these in Sarasota … Looking back … Robert Nelson and his late wife, Bette, put together the investment group that started WXLT TV-40 (now WWSB) back in 1971 and sold it in 1986. Alumni of the original operation recently joined Nelson at Mattison’s City Grille to reminisce and celebrate the station’s 40 years. Among them: long-time news anchor Bob Keehn, weather man Steve Newman, sportscaster Ron Jackson and engineer Dan Lunin … Happy Birthday … to Annette Grishman, who recently celebrated 85 surrounded by all three of her daughters … Speedy recovery … to Dottie Baer Garner, recuperating from successful surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital … Le beaujolais nouveau est arrivé … rather, it will arrive on schedule the week before Thanksgiving and be celebrated at a Fête du Beaujolais Nov. 17, at Maison Blanche restaurant on Longboat Key. The event benefits the James Beard Foundation; for details, call 383-8088.

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Bleus, Brews and Schmooze Benefiting: GWIZ and Gulf Coast Cheese Fest When: 6 to 10 p.m. Where: Polo Grill and Bar Contact: Molly Klauber, 320-9406 Price: Complimentary

11 Night of Hope Gala ‘Over the Moon’ Benefiting: Cancer Support Community When: 7 p.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Chairs: Beth Knopik and Honorary Chairs Art and Peggy Wood Contact: Amy Paulishak, 921-5539 Price: $350 www. cancersupportsuncoast.org

 Cornelia Matson, Dr. Krista Toomre and Dr. Allison Silver at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida’s High Tea at High Noon event last year.

10 High Tea at High Noon Benefiting: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc. When: Noon Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Chairs: Peggy Abt, Kathy Bush, Mindy Mast and Carol Williams Contact: Sharon Kunkel, 365-3913, Ext. 1105 Price: $60 Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner Benefiting: The Argus Foundation When: 6 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency Sarasota Chair: Eddie Morton Contact: Sharlene Hillier, 365-4886 Price: $125 Ringling College of Art and Design 11th annual Golf Tournament Benefiting: Ringling College of Art and Design When: Noon Where: Longboat Key Club and Resort Contact: Sarah Walcutt-Febish, 3597589

Make A Mark Celebration Benefiting: Sarasota Youth Sailing When: 6 p.m. Where: Sarasota Yacht Club Chair: Ken D’Agostino Contact: David Livingston, 5044236 Price: $50 Saks Fifth Avenue and Nuovo Salon Anniversary Celebration  Benefiting: Sarasota Museum of Art When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Beth Bobb, 364-5390 Price: $88

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Food and Wine Festival Hosted by: Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club When: 1 p.m. Where: Sarasota Polo grounds Contact: 870-0002 Price: $60 www.suncoastfoodandwinefestival.com

14 Divas after Dark presents ‘Burlesque’ Benefiting: Community AIDS Network Emergency Fund When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Ron Carter and Jimmy Neal Contact: 365-6922 Price: $100 ‘Flower Talk’ a Floral Art Demonstration and Luncheon featuring Natasha Lisitsa Benefiting: Founders Garden Club of Sarasota When: 11 a.m. Where: Sarasota Yacht Club Contact: Sara Bailry, sarapb@comcast.net

In the Pink: A Taste of New Gate School Benefiting: New Gate School Scholarship Fund When: 6:30 p.m. Where: New Gate Montessori School, Ashton Road Contact: 9224949 Price: $30

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Appreciation Luncheon honoring   Bob Johnson Benefiting: YMCA Foundation of Sarasota When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Call: 951-1336 Price: $35 www.thesarasotay.org Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Gala ‘Le Jazz Hot!’ Benefiting: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe When: 6 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Carol M. Poteat-Buchanan and Mary Ann Robinson Contact: Carol M. Poteat Buchanan, 379-0232 Price: $125

17 AJC 2011 Civic Achievement Award Dinner honoring Gwen MacKenzie Benefiting: American Jewish Committee When: 6 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Philip Delaney, Carol Ann Kalish and Honorary Chairwoman Bea Friedman Contact: Brian Lipton, 365-4955 Price: $175 Goodwill Ambassador of the Year Awards Dinner Benefiting: Goodwill Foundation When: 6 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency Sarasota Contact: 355-2721 Price: $100

18 ‘The Fabulous ’50s’ Hosted by: Sarasota Opera Guild Benefiting: Sarasota Opera When: 6 p.m. Where: Sarasota Opera House Contact: 924-4489 Price: $85 ‘Pinstripes and Penguins’ Benefiting: Mote Marine Laboratory When: 7 p.m. Where: Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Contact: Stacy Alexander, 3884441, Ext. 509 Price: $50

19 Dream Makers Ball Benefiting: Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County When: 6 p.m. Where: Hyatt Regency Sarasota Chairs: Tom and Kristy Cail Contact: Tamara Chapman, 366-3911 Price: $250 (after party) The Artful Lobster Benefiting: The Hermitage Artist Retreat When: 11 a.m. Where: The Hermitage Artist Retreat Chair: Debbi Benedict Contact: 475-2098 Price: $125 http://hermitageart-

 Caitlyn Colleron, Erin Colleron, Kevin Roberts and Lynn Rasys at last year’s Pawpurr’s Ball. istretreat.org/events/fundraising-events/ Pawpurr’s Ball Benefiting: Cat Depot When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Lynn Rasys Contact: Lynn Rasys, 366-2404 Price: $67.50

20 ‘All Jazzed Up!’ Season Opener Brunch Benefiting: Sarasota Orchestra When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Bunny Skirboll and Edie Chaifetz and Design Chairwoman Anne Folsom Smith Contact: Rebecca Campbell, 487-2743 Price: $95 21 Friends of the Sarasota Ballet Showcase Luncheon Hosted by: Friends of the Sarasota Ballet Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Richard Hurter Contact: Richard Hurter, 780-3311 Price: $35 www.sarasotaballet.org 30 15th annual Holidays at the Crosley, Festival of Trees (runs through Dec. 8) Benefiting: Crosley Estate Foundation When: 11 a.m. Where: Crosley Estate Mansion Chair: Natalie Gundrum Contact: Anna Pohl, 704-4366 Price: $10

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Betsy Kane-Hartnett, executive director of Forty Carrots, presents gifts to the event co-chairwomen. Blanda Glisson and Sarah Lancaster

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Longboat Key Center for the arts ‘OPEN AQUEOUS & SIGNATURE EXHIBITION’ Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition

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Jane Lautner and Suella Bowman Panelists the Hon. Judge Durand Adams; media and marketing consultant, writer and one-time Clairol model Ginny Daly; nine-time Stanley Cup winner Scotty Bowman; and moderator Diane McFarlin, publisher of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Pines of Sarasota Wit & Wisdom of Aging Luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 2 | Michael’s On East

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