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pointing fingers By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor
Noise problems on the decline In spite of loud festivities during the pre-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot in the Village, fewer noise violations have been recorded recently.
Although complaints about noise still are being filed with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, the situation in the Village has calmed down since early November, Sgt. Scott Osborne, the leader of the Village’s Community Policing Station, said this week. Still, the Siesta Key Oyster Bar received a citation Nov. 23 for music that was too loud during the Village’s Turkey Trot, Osborne said.
The annual event, held the night before Thanksgiving, generally draws a large crowd, Osborne said, but the Turkey Trot last week “was one of the busier ones they’ve ever had. There were a lot of people … more than I’ve ever seen out here.” The county fire marshal was checking all the Village bars and restaurants, Osborne added, to make sure no place exceeded its occupancy level. At one point,
Osborne said, he believed most of the establishments had as many people packed into them as the fire code allowed. The deputies were unable to estimate the total number of people in the Village, he said. Despite the fact that other businesses point to SKOB as a perennial violator of the county’s noise ordinance, Osborne said the restaurant staff works hard to comply.
“I don’t think they’ve been letting things get out of hand,” he said. “Their decibel level is normally not that high.” However, SKOB did get a warning about two weeks ago, he said, for exceeding the noise level. If a business that has been warned violates the noise ordinance a second time within 90 days, Osborne said, it receives a $250 ci-
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By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor
Majority of condos opposed to FDOT plan Eight days before a meeting on a pedestrian island proposal for Midnight Pass Road, 27 of 34 condominium complexes had affirmed opposition to the plan. As of Nov. 28, Walt Olson, vice president of the Siesta Key Condominium Association, had received 27 letters of opposition, out of a possible 34, from managers or boards of directors of condominium complexes along the 1-mile portion of Midnight
Pass Road where the Florida Department of Transportation has proposed constructing 10 pedestrian islands. Since FDOT this summer announced it had funding available for the islands, Olson and other condo owners on the Key
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An anonymous caller lodged a complaint at 11 p.m. Nov. 11, telling the Sheriff’s Office he had detected loud music from either Gilligan’s or the Daiquiri Deck. The responding deputy wrote that he stood in the middle of Ocean Boulevard between the two businesses and determined the majority of the noise was coming from the Daiquiri Deck. The deputy calibrated his noise meter and took a reading, which showed 79.5 decibels at 11:45 p.m. He recalibrated the meter and stood on the curb directly in front of Daiquiri Deck. His next reading was 78.8 decibels at 12:07 a.m. Nov. 12. After 11 p.m., the maximum decibel level allowed is 70, he noted in his report. The deputy printed the reading, spoke to the manager of the Daiquiri Deck and warned him about the music. “(The manager) apologized and took immediate measures to turn the music down,” the deputy wrote.
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NOISE/PAGE 1A tation. Any subsequent citation results in a $500 fine, he added. On Turkey Trot night, Osborne said, the restaurant was “way above the (decibel) limit.” Officers checked all the other bars and restaurants in the Village, he said, and every other establishment was in compliance. Yet, with so many college students home for the holiday and partying in the Village, Osborne said, he suspected the band at SKOB simply was trying to be heard above the noise. “That is a big night … yet we were called out on it,” said Beth Owen-Cipielewski, co-owner of SKOB. She agreed with Osborne about the number of people participating in Turkey Trot. “The college kids are home,” she said. “They need somewhere to go (for entertainment).” The biggest problem is the ambient noise, Owen-Cipielewski said. “We’re doing what we can,” she said. “SKOB stays out of trouble.” Owen-Cipielewski was especially frustrated about the complaints, she said, because Siesta Key provides about 35% of the county’s annual tourist development tax revenue.
Rami Nehme, new owner of Blasé Café, says noise complaints lodged recently against his Village restaurant stem from problems at other establishments. “We’re deeply disappointed that whether it’s neighbors or residents or other businesses (calling the Sheriff’s Office), (complaints are lodged against the restaurant),” she said. “I wish we’d get more support from the county. We’re the No. 1 beach; why can’t we all just be happy?” A short distance down Ocean Boulevard from SKOB, Rami Nehme, the new owner of Blasé Café, said last week he also had been frustrated by the noise complaints in the Village. When a complaint was lodged against his restaurant in late October, he said, he was not on the premises that night. However, Nehme said, the
band at the restaurant played just seven minutes past the 10 p.m. deadline for the sound level to go down, so the band could finish its set. “All of a sudden three deputy cars are parked in my parking lot,” he said. Other complaints have brought more deputies to Blasé Café, he said, when bands were not playing. “It gets kind of annoying,” Nehme said. “(The complaints) kind of put me on the spot. I really don’t have live music except on Friday and Saturday, (and the musician usually is a guitarist with no speaker equipment).” One recent complaint lodged
against Blasé Café, Osborne said, had resulted from the music level at SKOB. “I’m just trying to serve good gourmet dinners,” Nehme said. “There are two sides to every story.” Nehme said he also had asked a deputy for a clarification about the time, dictated by the noise ordinance, when loud music has to subside. Nehme later sent the Pelican Press an email provided to him by the Sheriff’s Office, citing the appropriate section from the noise ordinance. After 10 p.m., the ordinance says, indoor and outdoor entertainment can continue only if a business has a special exception.
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Siesta Drive roundabout plans to affect SCAT stop City plans for a roundabout on Siesta Drive at the easternmost entrance to Southgate Mall will necessitate changes in county bus operations in that area. With planning still in the design phase, the Sarasota City Commission Jan. 3 is scheduled to discuss an interlocal agreement with Sarasota County involving changes planned for Siesta Drive, including a roundabout. The matter will come back to the County Commission after the city’s action, Sarah Blanchard, a planner in the Sarasota County Area Transit office, said Monday. Part of the interlocal agreement includes the construction of a SCAT stop on the north side of Siesta Drive, on city right of way, Blanchard said. Ryan Chapdelain, chief planner for the city, said Tuesday plans call for the construction of the roundabout to be completed
by July 2013. The $520,000 project, which is being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, has been designed to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety in the area of Westfield Southgate Mall, he added. The roundabout will be at the easternmost mall entrance. A memo county Executive Director Rob Lewis provided to the County Commission for its Nov. 15 meeting said the city had asked SCAT to send Westfield Southgate Mall representatives a letter “that states that SCAT commits to vacating the current transfer area located on mall property within 90 days of the completion of the city of Sarasota’s roundabout on Siesta Drive.”
The County Commission unanimously approved the letter. During her presentation to the County Commission Nov. 15, Blanchard pointed out that the relocation of part of the SCAT operation was necessary because of plans for the mall’s expansion, which includes a parking garage in the area where the current SCAT stop is located. “My immediate reaction was, ‘That’s too bad,’” Commission Chairwoman Nora Patterson told Blanchard. “I thought that old (SCAT) location really worked well.” “They’re circulating within Southgate property,” Chapdelain said of the SCAT buses. The roundabout design should
edged out By Rachel Brown Hackney | Managing Editor
City tops the Key in tourist tax collections The City of Sarasota appears to have beaten Siesta Key by seven-tenths of a percent in total tourist tax collections for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
Although the final figures may change a bit, it appears the city of Sarasota topped Siesta Key in Sarasota County tourist tax collections for the 2011 fiscal year. According to figures through September, as reported by the Sarasota County Tax Collector’s Office, the city of Sarasota had collected $3,612,017.89, or 31.75% of the total tourist development tax revenue, compared to $3,604,779.44, or 31.68%, for the Key. Siesta was the top location for the tax collections the two preceding fiscal years, the Tax Collector’s Office reported. Through August, the Key had managed to retain its position atop the county location rankings, with collections totaling $3,477,064.13, compared to $3,390,925.40 for the city. Liz Klaber, chief deputy tax collector
for the county, said because of late payments, final figures sometimes are adjusted a month after the initial numbers are posted. The Tax Collector’s Office has not released its final report for the 2011 fiscal year. Although the County Commission last year raised the tourist development tax to 5%, the Tax Col-
lector’s Office also released comparison figures at the 3% level from the 2006 fiscal year through the 2011 fiscal year. Of those six fiscal years, 2008 had the highest revenue total, using the 3% figure: $7,859,803. For the 2011 fiscal year, the total at the 3% level was $7,324,262. Virginia Haley, president of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau, has pointed to the impact the Key’s No. 1 beach ranking this year has had on the entire county. People drawn to Sarasota County the by the Siesta publicity have found more areas to explore than just the beach, she has said. “I would like to remind people to put in perspective the whole west coast of Florida had a good summer,” she said Monday. “We just did a little bit better than everybody else” because of the widespread publicity about the beach.
improve the flow of the bus traffic, he said. Plans call for the construction of a bus shelter on the north side of Siesta Drive similar to the shelter that exists on the south side of the street, Blanchard said. The current shelter would be upgraded, she added. The county would keep about 200 feet on the south side, she said, to accommodate four buses; 150 feet of space on the north side would enable SCAT to operate three buses at a time out of that location. Therefore, Blanchard said, the plans would be able to accommodate seven buses at one time, between the two transfer stations.
The original design called for a crosswalk between the stations, she said, but that has been eliminated, because it would have hampered bus traffic. Instead, Chapdelain said, the roundabout will incorporate a crosswalk as well as a median. Chapdelain acknowledged that the portion of Siesta Drive between the easternmost mall entrance and U.S. 41 is a busy stretch of road and that the roundabout may help curb dangerous driving. “It is such a wide area; people tend to drive a little fast,” he said of the narrowing of the westernmost portion of Siesta Drive from four lanes to two. Chapdelain also has been talking with merchants on the north side of Siesta Drive, he said, to let them know about the changes that will be coming.
us airways Magazine generates Sarasota buzz Although she wasn’t expecting “hard numbers” until November ended, Virginia Haley, president of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau, said this week that she has been hearing lots of positive responses to a US Airways in-flight magazine advertising section about Sarasota. Haley has been collecting anecdotes from the exposure. “I’ve heard from people far and wide, commenting on it,” she said. For example, a group of Washington, D.C., residents attended Sarasota Ballet performances Nov. 18, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Haley said, after reading about Sarasota in the magazine. From what she had heard, Haley said, those audience members originally had planned a trip to another Florida destination before they read the US Airways magazine piece. Haley also has heard that one business is planning to relocate to Sarasota from New England, thanks to the advertising section. Haley had worked with 27 local organizations to create the 50-page article, packed with photos and text about Sarasota, so it would be ready for an estimated 3 million US Airways passengers in November. Not only is US Airways a major carrier for Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, it also has a strong presence at Reagan National Airport, in Washington, D.C., Haley said, which explains the attention from that area. Another story, Haley said, came from a member of a national arts organization whose office is based in
ONLINE: The see Casey Spooner’s photos and audio from the Ringling International Arts Festival featured on the New York Times website, visit www.nytimes. com/interactive/2011/11/20/tmagazine/20place-spooner.html. Washington, D.C. The person apparently had been so enthralled with the Sarasota piece that he had taken the magazine with him when he disembarked from the flight during which he had read it, she said. He shared the information with members of that organization, which led to discussion of its holding a national conference in Sarasota. “There’s been really, really neat conversations,” Haley said, since the magazine section appeared. People have been saying they knew Sarasota had a strong cultural tourism reputation, she added, “but (they) had no idea of the level of offerings in the community.” Haley said that the SCVB set up a special 800 number and website address to use in the article, so her staff would be able to determine how many calls and website hits the SCVB received as a result of the exposure. The first numbers will be generated after Nov. 30, she said. In the meantime, Haley will be making a presentation on airline magazine advertising when she travels to Orlando in mid-January for the U.S. Cultural Tourism Conference. — Rachel Brown Hackney
Tourist Development Tax Collections by Location Consolidated* October 2010 $9,140.91 November 2010 $9,757.73 December 2010 $40,702.23 January 2011 $80,721.30 February 2011 $65,623 March 2011 $44,820.24 April 2011 $24,526.95 May 2011 $12,973.61 June 2011 $19,667.58 July 2011 $20,121.25 August 2011 $13,657.91 September 2011 $6,678.88 Totals $348,391.59 % of Total 3.06%
Longboat Key $48,209.70 $63,255.29 $90,841.84 $107,525.34 $141,182.68 $225,736.11 $146,594.23 $106,301.92 $95,584.94 $124,180.23 $69,194.28 $46,238.79
North Port $2,273.74 $1,569.89 $3,026.09 $5,744.19 $7,086.15 $11,614.05 $4,121.46 $3,025.86 $2,400.33 $2,360.38 $2,350.02 $2,458.22
Sarasota $238,933.69 $223,827.13 $202,607.51 $260,521.64 $350,676.13 $539,869.66 $398,595.88 $319,932.68 $283,978.25 $316,742.06 $251,810.90 $217,744.52
Sarasota County $73,227.05 $78,497.88 $100,627.41 $184,591.45 $233,473.05 $326,662.57 $166,293.21 $112,756.69 $120,018.57 $133,114.19 $93,229.14 $84,485.27
Siesta Key $126,716.44 $126,416.68 $178,795.86 $321,606.73 $476,195.78 $640,102.71 $449,511.07 $233,745.39 $319,767.10 $419,237.92 $195,818.05 $113,587.40
Venice $25,236.91 $36,477.48 $52,456.53 $181,182.97 $121,300.29 $136,454.87 $56,741.26 $34,973.92 $37,989.58 $42,003.10 $27,243.38 $25,581.53
Total $523,738.44 $539,802.08 $669,093.47 $1,141,893.62 $1,395,537.08 $1,925,260.21 $1,246,384.06 $823,710.07 $879,406.35 $1,057,759.13 $653,303.68 $496,774.61
$788,761.61 $11,377,926.75 6.93% 100%
* Accounts for management companies that file one return for multiple properties. Source: Sarasota County Tax Collector
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+ Osprey Avenue closure not to start until Jan. 16 The city of Sarasota has announced that Osprey Avenue between Mound Street and Brother Geenan Way will remain open until Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. The city recently had announced Osprey Avenue would be closed temporarily, beginning Nov. 28, to coordinate off-site repair work on Gulfstream Avenue, but that closure has been rescheduled to begin Jan. 16, for 60 days. Local traffic only will be allowed between Brother Geenan Way and Ringling Boulevard once the work gets under way, according to a news release. The closure is necessary to enable crews to install a forcemain as part of the construction of the new lift station in nearby Luke Wood Park. The detour route will be Ringling Boulevard to U.S. 301 for south-
bound traffic and Mound Street to Orange Avenue for northbound traffic. Message boards will be posted in the vicinity to notify drivers about the detour. All area stakeholders are being encouraged to sign up for electronic project and schedule updates at www. sarasotagov.com/OALP_Utility_Project, Osprey Avenue/Lukewood Park Utility Project.
+ Teen Driver Challenge offered for two weekends The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has announced teens with either learner’s licenses or driver’s licenses may register for one of the office’s upcoming Teen Driver Challenges, to be held Dec. 2-3 and Dec. 9-10. The free, two-day, 12-hour course provides teenagers additional experience behind the wheel. Youth Services deputies conduct the training, which includes classroom instruction and a full day on a driving range. At the end of the course, drivers receive certificates of completion, which may qualify them for insurance discounts.
Meetings & agendas Siesta Key Association — 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Room F, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key.
Siesta Key Village Association — 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar, 5250 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key.
Criminal Justice Commission — noon Dec. 5, Administration Building, Third Floor Think Tank, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. County Commission — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, R.L. Anderson Center, Commission Chambers, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7, Administration Building, Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
Sustainable Sarasota Community Partnership — 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 5, Administration Building, Second Floor A/B Conference Room, 1660
Florida Department of Transportation — 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 5394 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key, to discuss the proposal on pedestrian islands on a 1-mile stretch of Midnight Pass Road.
The Friday night portion of the Dec. 2-3 session will be at Sarasota County Technical Institute, at Beneva and Proctor roads, Sarasota; the Saturday training, on the driving range, will be at North Port High School. Both parts of the Dec. 9-10 session
will be at North Port High. Students interested in participating may call 927-4190 or visit www. sarasotasheriff.org. On the website, click on “Public Interest,” then “Youth Programs,” then “Teen Driver Challenge.”
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By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
City of Sarasota negotiating with two hotel developers Sarasota has two companies interested in placing a hotel on a vacant parcel next to the Palm Avenue parking garage. in Sarasota; its portfolio of resorts and hotels includes the Grande Riviera and Sarasota Bay Club resort communities in Sarasota and the Floridays Orlando Resort in Orlando. Floridays also has built a variety of residential communities and assisted-living facilities in areas such as Naples, Viera, Coral Springs and Tamarac. Jebco Ventures is a 30-year-old company that has constructed a variety of high-rise residential buildings, mixed-use development, freestanding retail development, neighborhood retail centers and luxury residences and apartment buildings. Although Jebco has developed properties for national retailers such as Home Depot and Wal-Mart, its website also states that it “works selectively with outside partners to develop joint venture opportunities.” Locally, Jebco’s portfolio includes downtown Sarasota’s Vista Bay Point two-building, luxury condominium towers. Jebco bought the land where Vista Bay Point sits and coordinated the development and sales of the 16 residences, which were completed in 2005. City Planner Steve Stancel said last month, “It’s a goal of the city to have a working hotel right in the urban core … (The Palm Avenue parcel) makes for a good
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Two companies with vast experience in the construction of luxury hotels and residences are interested in building a hotel on a city-owned parcel adjacent to the Palm Avenue parking garage, close to the intersection of North Palm Avenue and Cocoanut Avenue. Sarasota-based Floridays Development Co. and Atlantabased Jebco Ventures Inc., which also has a Sarasota office, held a closed-door meeting with city staff Tuesday at City Hall to discuss their proposals during an invitation-to-negotiation session. City Purchasing Manager Mary Tucker said the city has until Dec. 16 to negotiate a deal with either company, with the results to be presented to the Sarasota City Commission. “The goal is to narrow down the candidate and present the findings to the commissioners early next year,” Tucker said. Meanwhile, discussions with both companies are closed to the public, and neither party can discuss with the public its proposal for a hotel on the 40,000acre site, which is permitted for a 10-story hotel. The state’s SunLBK - 2010 -K shine grant latitude LBK Laws - 2010 - more K to closed meetings when they involve economic development decisions. Floridays was founded in 1990
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Don’t fall for Internet tax We should not be wasting our time arguing over whether or not to tax e-commerce; the sales tax is dead either way. The coming battle will be over cuts in government spending versus alternative sources of state government revenues. — Richard W. Ault and David N. Laband The Freeman, May 2000 Cyber Monday — the Black Friday for online retailers — triggered and amplified the debate again: whether online retailers should be required to collect sales taxes just as brick-and-mortar retailers do. The Daytona News Journal’s editorial board quizzed Florida Gov. Rick Scott on his position on this issue earlier this week, and Scott, to his credit, said: “It’s not fair. You shouldn’t be treated differently, whether you’re selling online or in bricks-and-mortar. But, at the same time, my focus is not to do it where we raise taxes. I don’t want to take money out of the private sector … If it’s out of your pocket, that’s a tax,” he said. While the governor said “no” to requiring the sales tax on Internet sales, two bills will be pending in the Legislature early next year called the “Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.” If approved, these bills would include Florida in a compact of states that want to impose collecting the sales tax on out-of-state online retailers. Strongly supporting this effort are the Florida Retail Federation and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. They have the Florida Alliance for Main Street Fairness, which maintains that it’s not fair for companies such as Amazon.com not to collect the Florida tax and remit it to the state. Even on the national level, the International Council of Shopping Centers published a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday urging adoption of bills in Congress giving states the right to demand online retailers collect sales taxes.
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Don’t fall for this cloak of “Main Street,” apple pie, fairness and a “level playing field.” There is much more to this issue than what appears to be a matter of simple inequity — that one group of retailers (online) is favored at the expense of another (brick-andmortar). The Main Street retailers, of course, contend they are being penalized and losing business because of the sales taxes they must collect. But rather than make the online out-ofstate retailers the bad guys, the Main Street retailers should be pointing at their lawmakers, the people who are forcing Main Street retailers to collect the state’s taxes. Remember: The retailers are the middlemen, forced by government to collect the taxes at the point of sale. Eliminate sales taxes, and the problem goes away. Of course, that would never happen. For starters, no one has devised a more efficient tax-collection system. In addition, virtually every state with sales taxes has made its system so fraught with special exceptions that simplifying the sales-tax system would be like sending it to the congressional super committee — doomed to failure. Here’s another argument, perhaps the most compelling for not forcing Amazon to
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collect Florida’s sales tax: Taxation without representation. As Adam Thierer of the Heritage Foundation has noted: “… Out-of-state vendors of electronic commerce … would receive none of the benefits for the taxes they paid to state and local governments where they did not reside.” Indeed, why should Amazon.com, whose primary offices are in Seattle, collect and pay Florida’s sales taxes when it would receive no services or benefits from them? Think about it: Those sales taxes are collected in Florida because that money is used by the state to provide public services to Florida residents. Put yourself in Amazon’s shoes. How would you react to collecting sales taxes for the state of Washington and sending that money there?
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Be wary also of the groups advocating the “Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.” This is the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing. Its proponents see it as a system whereby states can bring uniformity to sales-tax systems across state lines and impose uniform collection systems on interstate commerce through state compacts. But if you read the fine print of how the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement would work, you would immediately see that it would become the equivalent of creating a new European Monetary Union — complete with a new bureaucracy. This board would consist of four representatives from each member state, oversee administration of the compact, have the power to employ staff, advisers and consultants, promulgate rules and procedures it deems necessary and, as is now proposed, would “take any action that is necessary and proper to fulfill the purposes of the agreement” and “allocate the cost of administration of the SSUTA among member states. Free-market analysts describe this system as a “cartel” and collusion that would not benefit taxpayers. You can just imagine how the bureaucracy would grow. By all means, we’re abiding supporters of Main Street retailers — as well as supporters of online retailers. They all provide great benefits to consumers. The question is how best for states to collect the taxes that cover the costs of the services the public demands. Heretofore, governments have focused on imposing the sales tax at the point of its usage or destination. For instance, if you buy an item from Amazon.com, the tax fairness people contend the tax dollars should flow
THE CASTAWAY by Jorge Blanco
Many of the University of Florida’s faithful football boosters are in an uproar over former Gator coach Urban Meyer signing on with the Ohio State University. But they should put themselves in his shoes. Even though you said a year ago you were quitting your job at UF to spend more time with your family, when you suddenly found yourself offered one of the premier college-football coaching positions in the country and $40 million, what would you do? Say “no thanks”? Don’t begrudge Meyer. We likely will never know the whole story behind Meyer’s leaving his Gator job. That is, until he writes his tell-all book, which, no doubt, will come as long as he is as successful at Ohio State as he was at UF. But it could be as simple as this: A lot of retired business executives find out that when they retire to spend more time with their families, it’s great for six months. But after six months, their spouses and family members can’t stand to have them around the house. Maybe it wasn’t Meyer who wanted a job; maybe it was his wife who wanted him to get one! Suffice it to say, Meyer’s going to OSU gives both teams — Gators and Buckeyes — a good reason to put each other on their annual schedules. If you think the Gators and Seminoles are raucous grudge matches, wait until the Buckeyes come to the Swamp.
to the state of the end user. But there is growing acceptance that a better, more efficient methodology is to impose the sales tax at the point of origin and keep the money at the point of origin. It makes sense. For instance, when you physically buy a book at a Georgia bookstore, you pay the Georgia tax, and that money stays in Georgia. Likewise, if you buy that book from an online Georgia store from your Florida-based computer, why shouldn’t that tax money stay in Georgia as well? Origin-based, sales-tax collections would benefit consumers and states alike — although politicians don’t like the idea. Origin-based collections would create sales-tax competition among the states. Companies would shop around to locate their operations where they can find the most-favored tax climates. This in turn would force states to watch their spending — certainly a benefit to taxpayers. And lastly, origin-based tax collections would level the playing field. We hear Florida lawmakers are not likely to address this issue in the next session. Good thing. As you can see, there is much more to it than just taxing Amazon.com.
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The county is upgrading several traffic signals within the city limits. In the meantime, those signals aren’t synchronized. Sarasota County staff has been apologizing for the daily, long lines of motorists on Orange Avenue, waiting their turns to get through the Mound Street light. There’s nothing the county can do in the short term to remedy the problem. Sarasota County Public Works Project Manager Sandra Boudreau said the intersection is one of 122 the county plans to upgrade through the creation of an Advanced Traffic Management System, which allows for better traffic management and a coordinated regional system. The system also is designed to reduce congestion at busy intersections. “This intersection is a part of the ATMS Phase 1 project and had its controller cabinet replaced in mid-September,” Boudreau said. “But currently, no signals that are a part of the ATMS project are coordinated due to the fact that the fiber optic cable has not yet been installed.” Boudreau said the affected intersections, and their lights, function as single traffic points, rather than as synchronized traffic corridors, until the fiber optic cable is installed. Once that cable work begins this week, the county can test the signals to ensure they will work properly in the new traffic light system. “It will take the county’s system manager several months to integrate the whole system of 122 intersections,” Boudreau said. “We ask the public to bear with us during this time as the signals are not currently functioning as they have in the past due
+ Please re-think parallel parking Dear Editor: I’m not one to write letters with complaints. However, when I read about taking out sensible diagonal parking to put in parallel parking, I was in shock! What is the committee thinking? (Or not thinking?) First, the annoying parking meters, which I refuse to use, then this insanity! Use some common sense, please! Caroline V. Hodge Sarasota
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Dear Editor: Regarding your article, “Merchants denounce Main Street project,” I would like to share a little true story of how my wife and I came to retire here and buy a home in Osprey. Before I actually decided to retire, we took a two-week combination vacation and “scouting” tour in 2004, working from several resorts and looking at areas from Marco Island to Longboat Key. We were mulling over the various pros and cons of the places we visited while having after-lunch drinks on St. Armand’s Circle. We were both leaning heavily towards Sarasota for the obvious reasons: culture, availability of quality medical care, general beauty and beaches. As we talked, I told my wife, I have to go feed the parking meter! But we quickly realized that there weren’t any even in a high-end area like St. Armand’s. We had actually found a place that doesn’t nickel-and-dime the taxpayers, and even lets them park on the streets they’ve paid for! We marveled that we had crossed this very nice causeway and there wasn’t a tollbooth at each end! That sealed the deal for us for Sarasota, as it appeared that local government was actually friendly to residents and visitors. This may sound like a trivial thing, but I assure you it’s not. Having owned a house nine blocks from the White House, and living in and out of Washington a large part of our adult lives, we learned that the only parts of the D.C. government that worked and worked ruthlessly were tax collection and parking enforcement. When I left there I had to carry around a
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pocketful of quarters for the meters — a whole 7.5 minutes per quarter. And when the meters didn’t work, which was often, you could count on a stiff fine or boot, even if you covered the meter with a bag saying it was broken. It was extremely oppressive to residents, and impossible for visitors. The reason for this letter is that I keep reading about all these city and downtown planners who have their eyes focused on some sort of nebulous, myopic and unarticulated notions of progress, and who keep hurting merchants, etc., without any regard to a deeper strategy on the higher level of keeping Sarasota friendly to residents and visitors, and yes, businesses. I never read about any discussion of human-scale friendliness as a key value in these improvement discussions. For our part, simply on principle, we will never pay for downtown parking; we’ll just stay away, shop online, etc. The quaint, unplanned Sarasota we fell in love with is starting to slip away from us. And if anyone out there thinks that in the future there will be fewer meters/paid garage parking, or that the amounts charged will over time go down or disappear (perhaps the same folks who think downtown parallel parking is a great idea) they should just look at what happened in Washington and other smaller cities. Daniel J. Knauf Osprey
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Olson and Ramirez have said, would necessitate regular traffic pulling over into the bike lane to get out of the way of the emergency vehicles. Yet, because the bike lane often is occupied by cyclists, runners and walkers, the vehicles could imperil the people in the bike lane. Olson said he was disappointed the FDOT postcard did not provide one option for which he has continued to lobby: a reduction in the speed limit from 35 mph to 30 mph along the affected part of the road. At the Condominium Association’s request, the Sarasota County Commission recently approved the lowering of the speed limit from 35 mph to 30 mph on the portion of Beach Road from the Village to the Midnight Pass Road intersection. County staff had told him the new speed limit signs should be up within a week, Olson said Monday. The postcard also provides details about the schedule for the Dec. 6 meeting, which will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 5394 Midnight Pass Road. An open house will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., so people can view FDOT displays of the options and discuss the project with department representatives. A brief presentation at 6 p.m. will be followed by a question-and-answer period. The open house is set to conclude at 7:30 p.m. The postcard adds, “We encourage you to select the option you would like to see in your community. You may also write down comments about the project to ensure that they are considered.” Additional comments are wel-
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5:30 p.m. — 6300 block of Midnight Pass Road. Burglary. Two women reported that after returning to their condo from a walk on the beach, they found the condo had been burglarized. The homeowner had left a front window open; its screen was missing. Both women reported their purses stolen, plus $600 in cash and a jewelry box. The responding deputy learned the condo association had a camera facing the front of the building. The video showed two male suspects walking from the pool area to the front of the condo where the thefts had been reported. Their destination was unclear from the video, but they did not reappear until about 45 minutes after they first were visible. The deputy was unable to see their faces clearly, but they didn’t appear to be holding purses. After checking trashcans, the deputy also checked an airconditioning unit behind the condo where the burglary had been reported. The unit was resting aboveground, on blocks. When he looked under it, he found the purses and jewelry box.
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2:50 a.m. — 7300 block of Point of Rocks Road. Suspicious Incident. A deputy responded to a call about two suspicious persons entering a house. The caller reported the house had been burglarized several times in the past. When the deputy arrived, the gates were closed and a sign posted in plain view designated the area as a construction site and warned people away from the premises. The deputy heard music and voices coming from the house, so he believed a crime was being committed. He entered the house and detained a 42-year-old woman, a 39-year-old man and 35-year-old man. The 35-year-old said he had permission to occupy the house
2 p.m. — 600 block of Avenida del Norte. Burglary. A woman reported she was out of the house between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and had locked the house when she left. When she returned, she noticed someone had opened the rear bedroom window forcibly and removed jewelry from the top of her dresser. She estimated the total value of the missing items — a diamond-encrusted dress watch, a necklace with three pendants containing sapphires and diamonds and an heirloom ring with diamonds and onyx — at $5,800. She said she had no idea who would have taken the items. The deputy noted many other pieces of jewelry were on display and in the box where the women said the missing items had been kept. The deputy added, “It appeared the subject(s) had an eye for the expensive jewelry and left the inexpensive items behind.”
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The Sarasota Ministerial Association held its 11th annual celebration with Sarasota’s homeless residents as its guests the day before Thanksgiving, at First Baptist Church in downtown Sarasota. The program included a play by Kathryn Chesley titled, “Thanksgiving with Lucy Ricardo and Friends.” The cast featured government representatives, faith leaders and community members. Among them were Sarasota County Commissioners Joe Barbetta, John Thaxton and Carolyn Mason, Sarasota School Board Chairwoman Caroline Zucker and Sarasota City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo. Thaxton reprised his role as Abraham Lincoln. With 27 members of the Sarasota High School girls basketball team volunteering their assistance, the luncheon served approximately 370 people and raised more than $4,800 for Salvation Army Thanksgiving meals for the homeless. The remainder of the funds will benefit The Goodwill Faith Care Connection, for families at risk of becoming homeless.
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Pine Shores Presbyterian Church 6135 Beechwood Avenue; 922-1597; www.pineshorespres.org Sunday morning worship services: 9:45 a.m.: traditional worship service in the sanctuary with choir and children’s church 10:15 a.m.: informal worship gathering in the Community Center; child care available. Sanctus Pax: a Wednesday evening prayer service, 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. “Sounds of the Soul”: 6 p.m. Dec. 2, an outdoor community gathering under the trees, featuring keyboardist LaTerry Butler and the sounds of liturgy based on “Giving Thanks.”
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Thanksgiving far from the Key’s shores.
At Southside, mosaic art rules the day.
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Twinkle, Twinkle If you happened to be hovering around Santa Claus Saturday, Nov. 26, in Siesta Key Village, then you probably looked up into the sky and smiled when you felt miniature snowflakes raining down upon your face. And, if you were paying close attention, you might have noticed Daiquiri Deck co-owner Russell
Matthes grinning because he was in charge of controlling the snow. For the 27th year, the Siesta Key Village Association presented Light Up the Village, decking out Ocean Boulevard in full holiday splendor. After the lighting of the Christmas tree at the gazebo, Santa Claus headed over to Siesta Center to greet all of the eager children.
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Southside kindergartners make colorful mosaics
Katie Armstrong, 5, Sophia Caragiulo, 5, and Will Hall, 6, with one of the mosaic stepping-stones they helped create.
Katie Armstrong plans to place her stone where she plays Frisbee.
Will Hall plans to put his stone in his mother’s garden.
Southside Elementary kindergartners held a dedication for their steppingstone project Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the school’s courtyard. The steppingstone project was a collaboration between Susan Nation’s kindergarten class, Youth Experiencing Art (YEA Arts) and two students from Ringling College of Art and Design, Chitra Patel and Lindsay Miser. The Ringling students came once a week for eight weeks to teach the students about mosaics and helped them create their own miniature stepping-stone mosaics using glass, paint and cement. The students also worked together to make seven larger steppingstone mosaics to go in the courtyard at Southside Elementary. Katie Armstrong, 5, was
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Susan Nations’ kindergarten class poses, Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the courtyard at Southside Elementary. excited to be able to present her mini steppingstone to her parents at the dedication. “I think they are going to like it and give me a big hug and be so happy and proud,” she said with a big smile. Sophie Caragiulo, 5, already has plans for her mosaic stepping-stone. s s llow e pi rdine 2 fren of sase of a ca ha & a h purc or set wit matt
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With Light Up the Village mark- The condos are judged according Choice award. The results will ing the formal beginning of the to size, though many of the small- include a â€œbright spotsâ€? list, for The Longboat Observer, East County his â€œRead All About Itâ€? Key, column regarding holiday season on the plans er ones literally can outshine the runners-up that should not be the areaâ€™s homeless. Judges wrote of that Observer and Sarasota Observer finished are being finalized for the annual bigger ones. missed. column that it was â€œeye-opening ... with an first, second and third, respectively, in the Christmas Lighting Along with the Condo The Sarasota Key always has plenty of General Excellence category. The important message.â€? Contest for CondominiCouncil contest, The Obpretty homes Editor Rachel Brown Hackney won third Observerâ€™s website also was judged bestand businesses for ums. for an editorial in the First Amendment server pur- category. the holiday season. in theGroup, largest which circulation place That contest generalchased the Pelican Press We wish good luck to everyone The Gulf Coast Business Review, Defense category and third place for genly is coordinated June, has announced as they putver out their holiday finpublication of The Obser eral editorials foramong urging the Sarasota City inanother the Siesta Key Condoits own Light ery.honors in Group,fortook second-place Commission to fire City Manager Robert details minium inAssociation, the KeysExcellence contest. General for its circulation Bartolotta the wake of Bartolottaâ€™s firing Up thePolice Siesta Chief Key Chamber of Peter Abbott following a categor Duringy. the next two Foxy friends Among the other first-place awards police department scandal. of Commerce, the Siesta weeks, Pelican/Observer Gulf & Bay in Club resident Nancy the members group, the Observer Editor andAssociation, CEO Matt Walsh won second staff Key Village willEast be onCounty Deckard has told me about two won for for Sports Game Story,that Sports place the Editorials category. Siestain Island Trolley and the hunt the most fes-Dayfoxes have become regular Feature Story and Spot News Feature. The Pelican also won second place for Garrity Photography. that complex, along RACHEL tively decorated single- residents ofThe Sarasota Observer won for Community its The judgesâ€™ family Theeditorial Pelican page Press makeup. also homes and busiwith a bobcat and its kitten. BROWN Historyon and Siesta. Special Section. comments said, â€œDevoting two full pages nesses usually participates in This Dee Reinbold, another Gulf & HACKNEY Robin Har till took first place for to diversity of opinion and allowing longer the judging. contest, we feel, will be Bay Club resident, has taken phoReligion Writing in the Longboat pieces a plus for readers.â€? Itâ€™s always great fun a good complement to tos of one of one foxes, which she Among The Observersâ€™ top awards, Obser ver. to take a drive from the Village the Condominium Associationâ€™s has dubbed â€œFreddie.â€? He often all the way down Midnight Pass competition. naps in front of a ground-floor Road to see the wide variety ofAl Â™~ÂŒ wruk ThehkgjÂˆ111 winners in those two cat- unit in her building. Â™~ÂŒÂ§ww w~Â“k1111 decorations the various condo egories will be announced in the Deckard said residents are concomplexes assemble as they vie Dec. 15 issue of the Pelican Press. cerned about what will happen for top honors in their categories. We also will present a Publisherâ€™s to the critters once county staff
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She added: â€œI agree that this is a difficult situation, as patrons would like to continue to use this path to access the beach or to exercise on. Staff has advised me that it is not feasible to attempt to fix the footbridge, as the structure is beyond repair. Given the short period of time between now and the commencement of the drainage project, the return on the investment does not justify moving forward with repairs at this time.â€? When I spoke a couple of weeks ago with Spencer Anderson, the county project manager in charge of the stormwater drainage project, he said he planned to present an update to the County Commission next week. He had concurred that the construction probably would get under way no later than February.
Speaking of parks â€Ś
Given all the efforts on the Key with which the Parks and Rec-
reation Department is involved, the Siesta Key Association this week will include a â€œthank youâ€? to some of the staff during its regular meeting. That session will began at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1, at St. Boniface Episcopal Church. The members meet in Room F. SKA President Catherine Luckner let me know that, along with Parks and Recreation General Manager Carolyn Brown, four other staff members are expected to be present. Luckner wrote Brown that she also hoped they may take a few minutes each to talk about their area of expertise and some of their more interesting work experiences at the beach.
My former editor, Anne Johnson, pointed out to me last week that the Siesta Key Village Association is the sole group responsible for Light Up the Village. People from other Key organizations do get involved, but in their capacity as SKVA members.
Capt. Charles Balliette of the United States Marine Corps, a Siesta Key resident, sent photos to friends of his Thanksgiving dinner at the Marine Corpsâ€™ Air Ground Combat Center, adjacent to Twentynine Palms, Calif. The base, which is also near Joshua Tree National Park, is well-known for its desolate landscape. A helicopter pilot, Balliette is a graduate of The Out-of-Door Academy and Ohio State University. He served a combat tour in Afghanistan last year.
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Tatum Ridge Elementary PTO donates 1,400 books to Cyesis Just in time for the holidays, representatives of the Tatum Ridge Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization visited the Cyesis teen parent program at Riverview High School, bearing lots of books. Riverview Principal Linda Nook told the Pelican Press she had been expecting 1,000 volumes Nov. 21; instead, the group showed up with almost 1,400. “It was really a nice surprise.”
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Osprey Library opens at Spanish Point The Osprey Library at Historic Spanish Point will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Sometimes, you don’t need a large stand-alone library that’s filled wallto-wall and floor-to-ceiling with books. Sometimes, you can take an old schoolhouse and convert it into a charming space that’s ideal for reading your favorite novel — indoors or outside on the porch beneath a ceiling fan. The Osprey Library opened Nov. 10, at Historic Spanish Point. “This is especially exciting for us because we’ve talked about the evolution of public libraries and they’re changing dramatically,” said Sarabeth Kalajian, general manager of the Sarasota County library system. The new library will be a “connections” library, a model successfully implemented in other communities across the country. This particular type of library has a smaller physical footprint than other libraries. “In the most positive way, we think of it as a grand experiment,” Kalajian said. “We’ve been looking at the model for three to four years and waiting for the opportunity to try it out.” The 630-square-foot library is the ninth library in the system and offers all of the services featured at each of the county’s other libraries, including free Wi-Fi access, online availability of the entire library catalog, plus pick-up and drop-off service items from other libraries within the system. Although the total project cost was
The Osprey Library opened Nov. 10, in the former visitor’s center at Historic Spanish Point. not available at press time, the Osprey Library staff kept the cost of the library to a minimum by using existing resources from the library system and donations from the Friends of the Library, library supporters and the community as a whole. “The things that we spent money on were improvements to make the space convenient and conducive to a library,” Kalajian said. “There were some noise issues, because it’s close to the road and has a high ceiling, so we invested in an acoustical ceiling and acoustical panels for the wall and window treatments that buffer
the sound and carpeting. We noticed an immediate improvement in noise reduction.” The Friends of Osprey Library provided the furniture for the porch adjacent to the library, which provides a comfortable place for customers to relax and read or use laptop computers. “I think people were surprised when they walked in,” Kalajian said. “We put in fixtures and furnishings that reflect the style and flavor of Spanish Point. In a relatively modest space, this is such a charming library.”
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Rescue Raffle and Bash — 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Siesta Key Oyster Bar, 5238 Ocean Blvd., will host a party featuring the drawing of the winner of a raffle benefiting Mote Marine’s Dolphin and Whale Hospital and its Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital. The winner will receive a private tour of Mote’s facilities with the visiting penguins; an “on the water” experience with a Mote scientist and a painting by Mote’s resident dolphin, Moonshine. Tickets: $5, or $10 for three. The win-
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Public Events Baby Basics Holiday Open House — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2, home of Sandy Slaminko, 4510 BayCedar Lane, Sarasota, featuring a collection of more than 1,500 Santa Claus figurines, plus refreshments. Proceeds will go to the nonprofit organization that provides diapers for low-income
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dinner and breakfast. Located at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. For cost information and registration, visit www.mote.org/ overnights.
19th Annual American Craft Show — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Located at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Convention Center, 8005 15th St. East, Sarasota. Free parking. Admission: $9 per day or $12 for a three-day pass; children under 10 admitted free; seniors: $8; and students, $5. For more information, call 355-9161 or visit www.sarasotacraftshow.com.
Poetry Open Mic — 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Participants may bring their own poetry to read or selections by other authors, or just be part of the audience. For details, call 365-7900 or visit www.bookstore1sarasota.com. Lipizzan Pre-Season Training Sessions — 10 a.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 17. Regular training shows begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, and continue at 1 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays through early May. Herrmann’s Lipizzan stallions perform Airs Above the Ground. For details, visit www.hlipizzans.com or call Gabriella Herrmann, 322-1501.
Penguin Pajama Party — 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3-4, featuring an up-close and personal experience with Mote Marine Lab’s penguin visitors. Event open to children ages 7 and older, accompanied by an adult. Event to feature educational programs,
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The following residential real estate transactions took place between Nov. 14 and Nov. 18. A condominium in Crystal Sands tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Marsha Miller, trustee, of Hartville, Ohio, sold the Unit 606 condominium at 6300 Midnight Pass Road to M&D 606 Crystal Sands LLC, of Belleville, Ill., for $775,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,271 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $151,300 in 2010.
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Franklin and Danitta Craft, Sarasota, sold their Unit 106 condominium at 6208 Midnight Pass Road to James Riley Jr. and Jonathan Riley, trustees, of Mendota Heights, Minn., for $690,000. Built in 1979, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,150 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $142,000 in 1980.
Mary Gross, trustee, Sarasota, sold the Unit 210 condominium at 8911 Midnight Pass Road to Lawrence and Joann Barowski, of Owosso, Mich., for $320,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,093 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $240,000 in 2001. Samuel Petersheim, of Arthur, Ill., sold his Unit 305 condominium at 6415 Midnight Pass Road to Matthew Gissing, of Toronto, Canada, for $315,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,287 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $455,000 in 2006.
rooms, one bath and 742 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $205,000 in July.
Karen Day sold the Unit 210 condominium at 925 Beach Road to Joseph Zutlas, Ocala, for $285,000. Built in 1972, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 753 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $209,500 in 2000.
Suncastle Properties LLC sold the home at 3911 Roberts Point Road to Gary and Lynne Jonsohn, of Toronto, Canada, for $292,400. Built in 1946, it has two bed-
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Fran Palmeri took this photo of strollers framed by sea oats on Siesta Public Beach.
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Last weeks Cryptograms 1. Santa is being more environmentally friendly. The proof? He ordered Rudolph to turn his bright red nose olive green! 2. The reindeer elected a new representative in D.C. He introduced a hefty bill to increase the caribou lands in Alaska. When he was accused of “pork,” he said, “no, only venison.”
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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales *******TWO ESTATE SALES******* BY NANCY DUNN LLC 941-925-1993 Friday 9AM-2PM 4232 Shade Ave. North 7 Royal Doulton Figurines, Beersteins, Clocks - Watches & Parts, Guitar, Mandolin, 13 Model Battleships, 3 Computers, Queen Bed, Misc. Furniture, Full Garage Saturday 9AM-2PM 216 Park Bl. - Venice **A Virtual Christmas Shop** All Items are new from 7 Christmas Shops! Christopher Radko, Byers Carolers, Tables Full of Holiday Items, Victorian Sofa - DR Table - Secretary Desk, China Cabinet & Server, Vintage Fireplace, Much More!!! Numbers for Both Sales Out @ 8AM www.estatesalesbynancydunn.com AUCTION MID-CENTURY DESIGN SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH @ 1PM Inspection Sunday Day of Sale 11am-1pm The sale will be held at our Auction Gallery located on the Southwest corner of 301N & University Parkway. *****FEATURING: Danish Modern Furniture, Lucite, Signed Modern Art, Retro Lighting Fixtures, Signed Sculptures and Modern Design Collectibles from several local Estates.***** 13% Buyer’s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AU3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: www.auctionzip.com Auctioneer ID#8290 GOING OUT of Business Sale. CRA Marketing, 1401 2nd Street. Thurs., Fri., Sat. 10AM-3PM. Cherry desk, File cabinets, Bookcase, Chairs, Floor mats, Folders, Copiers, Tables, Pharmacy shelving, TV, Refrigerator, 10 ft. Portable display. HUGE MOVING SALE! Furniture, electronics, home decor, lots of designer clothing. Sat. Dec. 3, 8am-4pm @ 5718 Deer Hollow Lane West.
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Manufactured Homes PARK EAST CLUB (next to Sarasota Sq. Mall): 55+ Community. 2BR/2BA with Screened in Lanai, Covered Carport & Shed. Fully applianced, Furnished, Corner Lot adj. to Clubhouse with Oversized Heated Pool. Lot Rent 577, Call Elliot 941-925-2925 or Cell 941-284-7917. Asking $32,500. Motivated Seller!
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Adult Care Services A UNIQUE Way to Put up Your Tree or Make Cookies! Assisting people of all ages with Concierge Services or help with post surgical, dementia or mental health needs. Hourly to 24/7, we provide transportation, cleaning, laundry, meals, errands, medication reminders, more. License #230517. RN Owned. 941-925-2433. ADULT CARE. Let us take care of your elderly loved one in our family care home. Licensed by the Sate of Florida. Nice clean family home. Reasonable price. 941-922-8340. ALTERNATIVE TO NURSING HOME Beautiful room and bath available in a private care home in Sarasota. Bed bound, Alzheimerâ€™s & Hospice patients welcome. Excellent local references. 941-720-8840. CAREGIVER: AMISH background. Excellent references. Please call Barbara 717-598-7451. CAREGIVING BY TINA HOURLY OR 24/7 CARE Assistance with Personal Care/ Shopping/ Transportation/ etc. Excellent references, Insured and Bonded. Call 941-586-7278.
IN-HOME CARE/ COMPANIONSHIP/ HOMEMAKING available all hours; days, nights, weekends. Call 377-4465 for more information or visit our website @ www.eldercaresarasota.com Lic. #30211372 Bonded & Insured. PHYSICAL TRAINING for handicapped/ disabled/ elderly. Specializing in MS, Parkinson's, Polio, Stroke. Masters Degree Exercise Science, 926-3613.
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