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OUR TOWN + Nick Friedman named Observer community editor The Sarasota Observer welcomed this week its new community editor, Nick Friedman. Former Community Editor Loren Mayo has been named Black Tie Editor – look for her column in Diversions and Friedman online at YourObserver.com. Friedman is originally from St. Louis and recently graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in journalism. Despite always being told he had a perfect face for the radio, he decided to forego the spotlight and pursue print journalism. He enjoys meeting new people, watching cheesy movies, thin-crust pizza and guitar. Throughout college, he played guitar in a rock trio called Andre and the Giants. Friedman is excited to immerse himself in the city. Send event announcements and story ideas to him at nfriedman@yourobserver. com.

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+ World War II veteran honored Ruth Pines, who served in WAVES for 32 years and was a Navy nurse at the June 6, 1944, Normandy landings, turned 93 Jan. 1. In celebration, members of the Sara DeSoto Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution visited her at the Sarasota Pines retirement home and brought season’s greetings and birthday gifts.

WHY THEY MATTER FOR THE FUTURE OF SARASOTA: Read profiles on pages 2A through 14A

INDEX Briefs....................4A Calendar.............. 4B

Classifieds......... 10B Cops Corner....... 19A

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Opinion.................6A Weather............... 9B

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MAIN STREET There’s growing discontent among city officials, board DELVE members of the INTO Downtown Improvement District and downtown merchants over a proposed Main Street project and the construction disruptions it’s expected to create. The simmering discontent is scheduled to come to a head in February, when the Sarasota City Commission will review the project proposed by the DID. During a special Downtown Improvement District Board of Directors meeting Jan. 3, at City Hall, merchants expressed displeasure with any project that includes parallel parking and brick streets. The original proposal called for bricking both Main Street and the sidewalks from Bayfront Drive to Orange Avenue in the historic district, along with converting angled parking to parallel parking. It would cost the DID and taxpayers approximately $2.9 million to convert the angled parking to parallel parking and refurbish utilities underneath the road from Bayfront Drive to the Five Points roundabout. That expense includes $650,000 to brick the street through that segment of downtown. After hearing that that part of the project could start in May 2013 and that it would take at least nine months to complete, merchants attending the meeting groaned. James Derheim, owner of European Focus on Main Street, said he was disgusted with the proposal. “We are in survival mode right now,” Derheim said. “This project would put us into a death spiral. Please don’t do it right now.”

The City Commission will review a Main Street project proposal in February. Merchants worry about construction disruptions.

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The following suggestions have been offered for renovating Main Street and defining its historic district:

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A Main Street streetscape project is being debated among merchants and city officials. It would cost approximately $4 million to brick the street from the Five Points roundabout to Orange Avenue. Undertaking the work on Main Street from Orange Avenue to Osprey Avenue — a segment that would not be bricked but which would see more aesthetic improvements, such as landscape bulbouts — would cost approximately $3.5 million. The enhancements on Main Street from Osprey Avenue to U.S. 301 would cost approximately $3.5 million. Additionally, a planned roundabout at Main Street and Orange Avenue has been estimated at $1.9 million. DID Chairman Ernie Ritz pointed out that the figures were preliminary estimates and that the DID has the option of eliminating parts of the plan.

Ritz and other DID board member have made it known they are listening to the merchants’ concerns and that they will make a final recommendation during their Jan. 10 meeting; that decision will be presented to the City Commission. “The merchants don’t want the bricking of street, and they don’t want parallel parking,” said Ritz, who also suggested the existing sidewalks could be coated with a new material instead of being replaced with brick walkways. In the meantime, Ron Soto, owner of Soto’s Optical at 1383 Main St., has started a petition against the project. He said he has the support of more than 70% of the businesses in the historic district, which runs from Orange Avenue to Palm Avenue. Soto and other business owners said

• Wider, bricked sidewalks • Brick streets in the historic district • Historic street lamps • Parallel parking (replacing the angled parking would create wider sidewalks and reduce the number of parking spaces) • More green space and trees • More extended bulbouts • More crosswalks defined by bricks • Consistent storefront awnings • A pedestrian mall on the street • Main Street gateway arches • Wayfinding signs • More pubic art • Enhanced lighting the planned State Street garage needs to be built before the city even considers the streetscape project. Ritz has expressed some frustration with the merchants’ concern. “We started going down this road in April 2010 and have had numerous public workshops with hundreds of people allowed to provide their input,” Ritz said. “The construction aspect is a legitimate concern, and we will try to minimize that as much as possible, but sometimes it’s the price we must pay for progress.” — Kurt Schultheis

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Age: 35 Hometown: Westchester, Pa. Former occupation: Serial entrepreneur, former owner of a software company Hobbies: Biking, flying, boating, skiing and scuba diving Passion: Business and politics Interesting facts: Biter is a helicopter pilot and started his first company, Biter Car Detailing, when he was 16 years old.

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Jesse Biter has a vision for Palm Avenue and the empty retail space that sits underneath the Palm Avenue parking garage. Now his focus is securing tenants to fill the retail space, which he hopes will help fill the garage with cars and breathe life into a street that usually sits quiet after 5 p.m. Biter entered into an agreement in December with the city of Sarasota to purchase the 11,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the Palm Avenue parking for $1.6 million. The property is considered one of the best real-estate parcels in the city. Biter says he’s currently in discussions with several brandname tenants, including highly recognized restaurant chains, to anchor the space. Biter also has plans to sign up some high-end retailers as well. It’s his goal to have at least a few tenants in and operating by late fall 2012 and know who his tenants will be as soon as March. “We have gotten a whole bunch of potential tenants that have submitted ideas for the space,” said Biter, who said he has interest in both national chains and local stores.

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Jesse Biter wants future tenants of the Palm Avenue parking garage retail space to agree to stay open at night. Biter envisions “a classy, highend restaurant” that could take up 60% of the space, with the restaurant being flanked by some high-scale boutiques. Biter’s stipulation for any potential tenants, however, is that they sign an agreement mandating they stay open until 9 or 10 p.m. “We need shops open that late,” Biter said. “It will take an effort by everyone on Palm Avenue to stay open later, and I’m

willing to lead that charge.” The Palm Avenue retail space, however, isn’t the only impact on business he plans to bring to downtown Sarasota. Biter has plans to move the Hub, a for-profit business incubator launched in 2009 to provide space, advice and, potentially, capital, for technology-related startups, from the Rosemary District to downtown Sarasota. The Hub will move a few

blocks, into the former Century Bank building on Fruitville Road and Goodrich Avenue. Biter, through Biter Idea Vault LLC, bought the 41,617-square-foot building in May for $2.8 million. Biter plans to spend at least another $1.5 million on a massive building renovation that covers everything from new floors and elevators to adding a coffee shop. Biter, who sold his $16 million auto sales software firm in 2010, further plans to redefine

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INFO Age: 57 Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio Hometown: Vandalia, Ohio Family: Wife, Connie Allen; daughter, Katie, 29, of Australia; two sons, Nathan, 27, of Austin, Texas, and Adam, 23, of Gainesville Occupation: Alachua County manager; new Sarasota County administrator as of Jan. 23 Hobbies: Avid reader, enjoys camping and hiking, walking and playing tennis and golf. Passion: The outdoors and international traveling. Reid is also a history buff and plans to get up to speed on Sarasota County’s history when he moves to town. Interesting facts: Reid played rugby in college and is refurbishing an older Airstream RV he hopes to haul around the country someday.

Randall Reid will take the reins of Sarasota County government in January, when he assumes his new role as the county’s administrator. Randall Reid has wanted to be Sarasota County’s administrator for a long time. Fourteen years later than he had envisioned, Reid will attain his goal Jan. 23. In 1997, Reid was a finalist for Sarasota County’s top post, which went to Jim Ley. In a twist of fate, Reid will be overseeing the final stages of cleaning up the Procurement Department scandal that erupted under Ley’s watch. Interim County Administrator Terry Lewis started the process last summer. Reid also will be focused on continuing the restoration of employee morale. The combined efforts will be a high-profile start to the latest leg in his long career in public service. Reid came in 1987 to Florida from Ohio. After holding local government positions in Titusville and Stuart, 12 years ago he won the job of Alachua County manager and moved to Gainesville. “I was attracted to Sarasota County 14 years ago, because it’s a progressive community that tries to maintain natural systems and create an enriched civic life,” Reid said. “That’s what I call a winning combination and a sustainable, living community.” But Reid notes that in all communities, economic downturns challenge government officials to become creative in maintaining services with fewer resources. “When the economy went down here in Gainesville, we created a broader organization called ‘In-

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Incoming Sarasota County administrator Randall Reid’s first day is Jan. 23. novation Gainesville,’ to get all organizations and neighborhood associations to discuss the common good of the future and the

threats posed to (the) communities,” Reid said. He offered a glimpse of how he reacts to such threats by explain-

the scope of the Hub. He plans to create spaces and opportunities for technology startups, infantstage and growth-stage companies. “We’re not just letting anybody in,” Biter said. “This is strictly for technology companies that want to grow.” Biter said he would work out leases with tenants that could involve space for equity in the company. Biter also plans to launch an idea-based hedge fund for the Hub, where tenants can pitch their company to prospective investors, like the Shark Tank TV show. “A big goal I have is to create a technology incubator and facilitator,” said Biter. “I want this to be the Silicon Valley of Florida.” — Kurt Schultheis

ing Alachua County’s response when a Gainesville pastor burned the Quran last year. “It was so serious, we knew it was going to affect not only tourism or the image we had, but it was simply something that was intolerable to the values we have here in Alachua County,” Reid said. “We invoked our emergency operations plan, spoke out and held interfaith religious services to take care of a vital threat to the values our citizens have.” As an Eagle Scout — a rank only 2% of all Boy Scouts attain — Reid said he abides by the Scout Law. “It’s a value-based program, and that’s why I am a traditional, value-based person,” Reid said, adding he hopes to see those values instilled in all Sarasota County government employees. “Everyone must understand we are an ethical, transparent organization,” he said. He plans to underscore that focus on ethics in every speech he makes and hold ethics refresher courses for employees. After Reid discovered a texting issue in Alachua County that violated the state’s Sunshine Laws, he used a photo of himself texting to create a poster with the heading, “Thou Shall Not Text,” and put up copies of it all over county offices. “Whether they like me or dislike me, my employees had a picture and a clear message from their boss in a marketing campaign that had some self-deprecating humor,” Reid said. His other top priority when he starts work later this month is “to build the best county government in Florida.” “I want the words ‘premier county government’ returned to Sarasota,” Reid said. “That’s my New Year’s resolution.” — Kurt Schultheis


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+ City of Sarasota unveils refreshed website The city of Sarasota has updated its website for 2012. The website, which can be found at www.sarasotagov.com, now features a jumbotron with rotating pictures and six accessible tabs at the top of the site. In the middle of the website, the city’s calendar, popular forms and video ondemand features are available. At the bottom of the website, visitors can access city departments and city asset pages such as links for the Lido Pool and Bobby Jones Golf Club.

nominate a business or individual. Selfnominations are accepted. The categories are as follows: small business; young business; international business; non-profit organization; cultural organization; think green business; woman entrepreneur; and young professional. A panel of judges composed by chamber members will choose winners and runners-up. Judges will base their choices upon a close examination of critical business success factors as listed in the application. Visit www.sarasota chamber.com for nomination forms.

+ Sarasota Chamber accepting nominations

+ New College notches No. 5. ranking

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards, to be presented at the annual awards luncheon Tuesday, June 5, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Nominees must be members in good standing of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Anyone can

New College of Florida has moved up to the No. 5 spot in an annual list of the 100 best values in public colleges published by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which ranks four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value. In 2011, the College was ranked No. 11.

This marks the ninth consecutive year that New College has placed among the nation’s top 20 public colleges overall on the Kiplinger’s list of schools delivering a stellar education at an affordable price. The University of Florida was ranked No. 2, followed by the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary and New College. Of the top 10, only New College and William and Mary are liberal arts colleges. “The University of Florida and New College of Florida not only post prices that are less than half the average for private schools — $38,589, according to the College Board — but also beat the national average for public schools ($17,131), underlining the weight we give to affordability,” states Kiplinger’s. New College’s total in-state tuition was listed at $15,458, which included room and board and the cost of books and supplies. Kiplinger’s describes New College as “a small liberal-arts honors school overlooking Sarasota Bay in Sarasota (offering) a low student-faculty ratio, a low sticker price and exceptional financial aid.”

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 Coalition of City Neighborhood Association Meeting — 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota.  St. Armands Business Improvement District Board of Directors Meeting — 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, City Hall, Room 109, 1565 First St., Sarasota.  Rosemary District Association Meeting — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, Fourth Street Fire Station, 1445 Fourth St., Sarasota.  Development Problem Solving Session with the City Manager — 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, City Hall, Room 112, 1565 First St., Sarasota.  Coastal Islands Group Meeting — 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 246 Garfield Drive, Lido Key.

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The signs are everywhere that there’s a problem between City Manager Bob Bartolotta and City Clerk and Auditor Pamela Nadalini’s departments. Most recently, the most glaring sign occurred in a Jan. 4 email sent to Nadalini, in which Bartolotta calls a forensic investigation of his department’s computers “unfair” and claims Nadalini’s investigation has “ulterior motives.” The email was sent Wednesday after a series of events that have unfolded since September. In September, the Sarasota City Commission approved the transfer of the city’s Information Technology (IT) department out of Bartolotta’s office and gave Nadalini control of it. The move upset Bartolotta, who told commissioners he took issue with the move, which was proposed by Commissioner Paul Caragiulo. Caragiulo believes the auspices of the IT Department can be handled more efficiently through the clerk’s office. “I have to take this action as proposed as a vote of no confidence,” Bartolotta said at the time. “I believe I’m the CEO and responsible for administrative actions and I take those responsibilities seriously.” Bartolotta questioned why the move was being made, explaining that he hasn’t been made aware of any issues with the IT Department and the way it’s currently handled. LBK 2010 - Ia broken system, and I “We don’t have don’t understand the reasoning behind LBK -one 2010 - Idepartments out from taking of the under me,” Bartolotta said. “You are going to shackle this department and create new conflicts.”

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City commissioners hope City Manager Bob Bartolotta and City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini can resolve issues between them related to a computer investigation. As the Sept. 19 discussion ensued, it was apparent commissioners believed there were issues between Bartolotta and Nadalini that needed to be worked out. Mayor Suzanne Atwell stressed at a September meeting that department heads and employees need to get past an issue brought to light, when Bartolotta announced that an audit revealed a former city employee was double billing the city and the state through a Newtown youth program. The audit states that the city “did not require or request information on how the (youth program’s) matching funds were utilized.” “In light of the recent allegation toward the city auditor and clerk’s office and others … the city manager and clerk desperately need to do lunch and work out a realignment,” Atwell said. “All of us need to get our act together and build collaboration and civility in out city.”

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In October, the relationship appeared to further sour after Nadalini took Bartolotta and Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown’s computers away to investigate a complaint from Sarasota attorney and former state Sen. Bob Johnson. Johnson accused Bartolotta and Brown of ordering their computers “scrubbed” of data before the IT Department was officially transferred to Nadalini’s office on Oct. 1. Bartolotta and Brown have adamantly denied the allegations and questioned why the investigation was requested and performed by Nadalini’s department. Bartolotta said he has reached out to Nadalini and that one meeting was held since Atwell and other commissioners made the remarks. “She (Nadalini) told me we didn’t have any problems to work out,” Bartolotta said. “I was back in my office in less than five minutes.”

Nadalini has not returned multiple phone calls to the Sarasota Observer for comment over the last three months. In the Jan. 4 email, Bartolotta requested all information, records, emails and any other information related to the investigations because he said the investigation should not be exempt from public record laws because it’s not an internal audit investigation. “I am concerned with the manner in which these two reviews are being conducted,” Bartolotta said. “Neither Marlon nor I have been interviewed by the consultants. It appears that there is some ulterior motive behind the way that these reviews are being conducted. We feel that we are not being treated in a fair manner.” In the meantime, Bartolotta said the investigation is fruitless, because any information from computers is backed up as part of the city’s public record program. More than three months later, a special Sarasota City Commission meeting is planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, to discuss the computer investigation, even though commissioners have no report to review. Meanwhile, in December, a circuit court judge, who investigated Nadalini’s office after former employee Maryellen McGrath resigned in September and sent commissioners an e-mail that claimed the Auditor and Clerk’s Office was “in disarray,” found the former employee’s claims to be “baseless.” In the report released Dec. 1, Judge Thomas Gallen said he found no issues with the department and described the remaining staff at City Hall as “proficient, professional and dedicated.” — Kurt Schultheis

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No bricks, no parallel parking! Now, if only the Sarasota city commissioners will listen. The downtown merchants — the business owners whose enterprises create the downtown economic engine and whose family investments are at stake — were ultra-explicit Tuesday: No bricks and no parallel parking on lower Main Street! We hope the Downtown Improvement District board of directors listens to the merchants when it formulates a recommendation next Tuesday for the Sarasota City Commission to review. We also hope the commission backs off any such grand plans to execute such a major face lift on lower Main Street. It has been baffling for the past few months following discussions within City Hall and among members of the Downtown Improvement District about initiating yet another Main Street makeover. As we argued in November, along with many, many Main Street-area merchants and business owners, the last thing Main Street needs now is more physical disruption. Enough already. Last summer’s Five Points roundabout construction, the tearing up of lower Main Street and the uproar over parking meters exacted enough of a toll on merchants, shoppers and diners.

No one needs any more cheese to be moved. Indeed, Main Street needs some stability and predictability for a while. Observe and take notes. Watch the effects of the parking meters. Observe the consequences of the Palm Avenue parking garage. Gauge the effects of the Five Points roundabout. What have these changes wrought? Measure. There’s time. There is not a downtown crisis. It’s not a race. Act with patience. But all the while this period of stability and observance is occurring, it makes sense to consider some of the simple and effective cosmetic enhancements that merchants have suggested, such as lights in the trees and more flowers and landscaping. As for the bigger picture — the grand vision for Main Street — at the risk of sounding like another charette-touting consultant, this may be worth considering: developing a mission, vision and core values for the different sections of Main Street. While Main Street is one street, it has different personalities. Bayfront to Five Points is different than Five Points to Orange Avenue. Orange to Osprey Avenue is different from Osprey to 301. A consistent look for all of Main may sounds like it makes sense, but doesn’t.

This is where the Downtown Improvement District leaders might try again to look beyond today and ask the merchants and property owners in the district to craft a long-term vision and mission. Here’s an important question to answer in that vein: What do the merchants and property owners want Main Street to be when they turn it over to their grandchildren? Once they have a sense of where they’re headed, go visit the places that have succeeded. See how they’ve done it; learn what works. Apply what’s relevant to Sarasota. Meantime, we’ll end by continuing a pitch we have made before: the Gil Waters vision for downtown. In the 1960s, when Waters served on the City Commisson, he and his colleagues championed a bond issue that brought the city the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Bayfront Park and marina and Bayfront Drive. Two pieces were left undone: a pedestrian bridge over Bayfront Drive and a pedestrian-only portion of Main Street, a la Vienna, Austria. The closing of lower Main would be monumental — an idea that will take much thought and discussion. The pedestrian bridge is far less controversial. Leave Main Street alone for now. In our view, the walkover bridge should be the next big step.

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Clip those ‘golden parachutes’ We need a complete re-start on the contracts given to top government employees. These ridiculous buyout packages for administrators at taxpayer expense must stop. Being in hard, painfully long economic times would seem like the perfect moment for public officials to enact such changes — which the public would endorse heartily. Apparently, that is slowly beginning to happen among local politicians who make such decisions. What were once called “golden parachutes” for Wall Street executives and corporate big-wigs in the 1980s have become ubiquitous in government. We have seen them in Sarasota and Manatee counties with disturbing regularity. This is usually where ROD someone will complain THOMSON to me, “Why don’t you criticize the overpaid, over-benefitted, fat-cat corporate honchos?” Simple. It’s their company’s money, not mine. If Chevron or WalMart or Goldman Sachs wants to pay failed executives enormous amounts of money from shareholders, that is their problem (as long as we never, never, never bail anyone out again with public funds). But sweetheart deals given to government officials are done with my money and your money. It is extracted from all of us by the force of law, and we have no choice in the

matter, unlike investors who choose to put their own money in private companies. It is therefore of infinitely more importance what our governments pay their top executives than what Hewlett-Packard or Sun Hydraulics pays their executives. But elected officials, guided by bureaucrats and government consultants, continue to give sweetheart deals to public “servants.” Why? Because everyone else does, of course! Longboat Key taxpayers, for instance, paid $268,364 to buy out Bruce St. Denis’ contract. St. Denis resigned as town manager in September after 14 years when the Town Commission decided he was no longer the right man for the job. Most of us are just out of a job at that point, but a top government employee gets a quarter-million dollars in taxpayer largesse. Worse yet is the situation with the State College of Florida — formerly Manatee Community College. A recent college board of trustees compensation committee discussed what it would take to buy out President Lars Hafner’s contract. While the committee members, meeting in Lakewood Ranch, said they were not anticipating an imminent attempt to terminate Hafner, the discussion was enlightening. Hafner has a five-year contract paying him $322,819 annually. If the trustees wanted to go in a different direction, the golden parachute that Hafner would gently land with could total $1.6 million. That would be sweet pay for a fired public servant. A trustee defended Hafner’s salary deal as

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average for what other Florida colleges and universities pay their presidents. This is a problem. Are there worse negotiators than school boards, county commissions, city commissions and so on? They find someone they want to hire, and then they get to spend other people’s money to hire the person. And to protect themselves politically, they use the method of paying the new hire roughly what others do — a practice in higher education that has resulted in pay spiraling upward along with tuition and the general costs of college education. But there is some hope. More recent hires of top local government officials are finally getting their golden parachutes clipped. When the Sarasota County Commission hired Randal Reid last month to be the new county administrator, it capped his buyout at 20 weeks of his salary if he is terminated without cause — which is the status for firing someone for performance, not for some legal cause. And the city of Sarasota’s contract with City Manager Bob Bartolotta is capped at six months of his salary if he is fired for not measuring up any longer. That is $88,000 for salary, $11,000 for pension and about $4,000 for health care. The city and county have recognized the importance — and even fairness — of dramatically limiting how much taxpayers have to pay to get rid of an administrator. It’s a step in the right direction that hopefully others, particularly in the education establishment, will follow. Rod Thomson can be reached at rthomson@yourobserver.com.


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INFO Age: 48 Hometown: Westchester County, N.Y. Birthplace: Queens, N.Y. Family: husband, Jose; and two sons. Former occupation: Medical sales professional Hobbies: Decorating, reading and gardening Passion: Public advocacy Interesting facts: A former Army wife, Antunes lived all over the country, including Hawaii, before settling down in Sarasota in December 1999. “When you finally get to put down roots and participate in a community, you appreciate it more,” Antunes said.

Cathy Antunes is quick to point out she is a baseball fan. In 2008, the Golden Gate Point resident formed an organization called Citizens for Responsible Government to fight a County Commission decision to place a ball field on the Sarasota County Fairgrounds for the Boston Red Sox, if the deal would lure the team to the city. That was well before anyone mentioned the Baltimore Orioles as a spring-training prospect for the community. “Some people around town say I’m the lady that hates baseball, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Antunes said. “What I’m not a fan of is government making the wrong decision based on baseless information.” A single mother at the time, Antunes said she was upset the county was considering such usage for the fairgrounds, where her two sons and hundreds of other kids played baseball. She first responded to the issue by sending a letter to the editor, which was published in the Pelican Press. That sparked more letters as well as phone calls, resulting in a citizens organization with more

than 150 members. She and others realized the necessity of the group after discovering that data the commissioners had used in approving the ballfield concept, which never materialized, was what she called “baseless.” “I came from an industry where data matters,” Antunes said. “The data generated for that field was absolute garbage used to justify a field there at any cost.” She added, “You trust the people on the local level are looking out for you, and I found out that’s not always the case.” Antunes remembers thinking that most of the commissioners already had made up their minds about the project before public comments were aired. “Citizens need to be heard by their constituents,” she said. Looking back at her first foray into participatory government, she laughs. “Back then, I had to look up the county’s website and find out who the commissioners were and how to contact them,” Antunes said. Three years later, she has county officials on speed dial, and she even ran

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against Commissioner Joe Barbetta last year. The baseball action was also just the first step for the citizens group. Since then, it has pursued legal action against the county over commissioner term limits and fought what Antunes characterizes as lax guidelines for awarding economic development grants to companies such as Sanborn Studios. However, the first time

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It’s a Friday morning and Larry Thompson is between meetings. The president of Ringling College of Art and Design has much on his mind in terms of the college’s projects and collaborations for 2012 and can’t seem to spit it out fast enough. In addition to graduating its first classes in the business of art and design and advertising, the college will also begin the first phases for a new library on campus. “The current library has served us well, but it is outdated and undersized for our needs today,” Thompson says. The college is also doing beta testing for a new initiative called the Applied Center for Creativity and Innovation. The goal is to create a place for businesses and organizations to be able to send their leaders and employees to learn how to tap into their creative essence. “The top need identified is more creativity in employees,” Thompson says. “This initiative uses arts as a vehicle to move people through inhibitions and restraints in order to be able to move to where their creativity lies.” Working within the curriculum, the college wants to give students more experiential learning when working with clients. One of the classes just finished a project with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, in which students explored the patient experience, from entering the hospital up to surgery. Other recently completed projects include an ad-design project for the Sarasota Farmers Market, Tervis Tumbler and the Sarasota Water Department. In addition, the digital filmmaking program’s state-of-the-art, post-production studio, which received a $1.75 million grant

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About 20 years after the measure was proposed, the Sarasota City Commission this month or next will review a mooring ordinance, however area boaters remain as adamantly opposed to the process as they were at the outset. The language commissioners directed city staff to draft in December says boaters will not be allowed to drop anchor closer than 150 feet from the perimeter of a managed mooring field, which staff says should be operational by summer. To protect the privacy of waterfront homeowners, boaters also won’t be able to anchor any closer to shore than 150 feet, and they won’t be permitted to stay in one place longer than 12 hours. The proposed language also states that boats can only remain at anchor in the mooring field for 90 days before having to relocate to another spot. City officials hope that measure will help them identify derelict boats — those that can’t move under their own power. While Commissioner Shannon Snyder last month called the ordinance language “common decency,” boaters have called it “overregulation.” “Why is it needed and why alienate the boating community?” asked Ken Boehme during a December meeting. Boehme, who lives on his 45-foot sailboat in Sarasota Bay, said, “There are no problems now” with boats in the mooring field by Bayfront Park. But mainlanders suggest the city should do more to regulate boaters, who they believe pollute the bay while blocking residents’ waterfront views. “Some boaters simply don’t want to pay their load,” said Golden Gate Point resident Ronald Ward, who maintains that many boaters discharge their waste directly into the bay. “We don’t want any of these boaters out there that close to shore now.” By summer, the city plans to have completed construction of the mooring field, with 35 mooring balls secured by chains at the bottom of Sarasota Bay. While Florida cities and counties have had no control over where boats can anchor and for how long, the city of Sarasota is one of five local governments participating in a state pilot program to create new regulations governing boaters, including those in that mooring field. Project manager Tony Russo explained the rules would apply to both the future Bayfront Marina and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron’s mooring field. Plans call for Marina Jack to manage the city harbor area, where vessels will hook up to the mooring balls. Marina Jack staff will collect rent, provide restrooms, shower and laundry facilities and pump out sewage holding tanks, as well as ferry ashore boaters who have moored in the field. Boaters and the public will have an opportunity to express their concerns at two more public hearings, which will be scheduled this year. More than 75 boaters filled City Hall last year to denounce any mooring ordinance; they are expected to make their feelings known again once the ordinance is ready for presentation to the City Commission. Paul Gilbert, a boater for the past 45 years who calls Sarasota Bay his home every winter, just wishes the city would allow boaters to anchor outside the mooring field for as long as they like. “I object to having my rights as a legitimate cruising Great Room sailor threatened and want the freedom to come and go as I please as I continue to spend money in your fair city,” Gilbert said. — KurtFoyer Schultheis

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When the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled in August 2011 that term limits are constitutional for the Broward County Commission, legal scholars were not certain whether or when the Florida Supreme Court would choose to weigh in on the question. Sarasota County residents were especially interested in what would follow. For the past six years, Sarasota County Commission term limits have been unconstitutional, thanks to a 12th Judicial Circuit Court ruling in 2005. That ruling made it possible for County Commissioner Nora Patterson to seek a fourth consecutive term in 2010 and for Commissioner Jon Thaxton to file last year for his fourth consecutive term. Thaxton said in mid-December he would continue his campaign “until I am ruled an ineligible candidate.” The candidate qualification period begins at noon June 4, and ends at noon June 8, for the three Sarasota County Commission seats up for election in 2012. The county’s Primary Election is scheduled for Aug. 14. The Florida Supreme Court agreed Dec. 12 to accept the Broward County case.

Three weeks earlier, Senior Judge Jack Schoonover ruled in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court that the 2005 term-limits decision could stand, but he left open the option for the parties to litigate that point in the future. Schoonover’s decision followed an emergency hearing on a lawsuit filed in mid-November by 16 citizens seeking a limit of two consecutive terms for Sarasota County commissioners. The two-term limit, approved by 68% of Sarasota County voters in 1998, was overturned by the 2005 court case. Andrea Mogensen, the attorney for the citizens group, filed a brief Dec. 13 with the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland, asking it to bump up to the Florida Supreme Court an appeal of Schoonover’s ruling. Her paralegal, Michael Barfield, said the appellate court should make its decision by early this year. If the Second District Court does not certify the Sarasota case to the Florida Supreme Court, Barfield said, the case will remain in Lakeland. In that event, he said, it would be impossible to predict when the appellate court would hear the case. David Persson, the Longboat Key town attorney the county hired to represent it in the termlimits lawsuit, said the county had no objection to Mogensen’s request and filed a motion to that effect. However, Persson said he found the citizens

group’s actions “very strange.” Persson, who also represented the county in the 2005 case, reiterated what County Attorney Stephen DeMarsh had pointed out in County Commission meetings: The county agrees that term limits are constitutional. Because both Persson and Mogensen were using the Fourth District Court of Appeal case to support the constitutionality of term limits, and the Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Broward County case, Persson said, “It would seem the best thing to do would be to wait to see what the Supreme Court does and then see if there’s anything left for us to act upon. “I understand (the citizens group) here wanting to be actively involved in the ultimate decision, but it would seem a lot easier and more efficient for them to file an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the current Supreme Court matter rather than try to boot-strap (Schoonover’s) decision into something it is not,” he said. However, Mogensen said, “We believe it is imperative to get the issue of term limits in Sarasota County resolved long before the deadlines for qualifications for candidates.” And if the Florida Supreme Court rules that term limits are constitutional for county commissions, no further action will be needed on the case the citizens group filed in November.

A Florida Supreme Court ruling later this year could bring faster, future turnover to the Sarasota County Commission.

Case history • Sept. 1, 1998 — By a 68% margin, Sarasota County voters approve a County Charter amendment calling for a limit of two consecutive terms for county commissioners. • Feb. 1, 2005 — A ruling signed by 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Deno G. Economou states the county’s term limits are unconstitutional, citing the Florida Supreme Court’s decision in Cook v. City of Jacksonville and Deblaker v. Eight is Enough in Pinellas, consolidated as the Cook case. • Nov. 8, 2011 — Sixteen Sarasota County citizens file a lawsuit to stop the County Commission from proceeding with a Jan. 31, 2012, special referendum on a new County Charter amendment limiting commissioners to three consecutive terms, effective upon the date of voter approval. The lawsuit also seeks a ruling that the 1998 charter amendment on County Commission terms is constitutional. • Nov. 15, 2011 — On a 4-1 vote, the County Commission authorizes the special referendum on term limits. • Nov. 21, 2011 — Senior Circuit Judge Jack R. Schoonover rules during an emergency hearing that the referendum ballot language is confusing. However, he lets stand the 2005 court ruling saying Sarasota County Commission term limits are unconstitutional.

Dec. 7, 2011 — In entering his order, Schoonover notes his denial of the citizens group’s motion regarding term limits is “without prejudice,” leaving the parties free to litigate that part of the lawsuit in a future court appearance. • Dec. 12, 2011 — The Florida Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal of a Fourth District Court of Appeal decision, which ruled term limits are constitutional for the Broward County Commission. • Dec. 13, 2011 — The Sarasota County citizens group files an appeal with the Second District Court of Appeal, seeking to overturn Schoonover’s ruling on term limits. • Dec. 13, 2011 — The citizens group suggests the Second District Court of Appeal certify the Sarasota County case as requiring immediate resolution by the Florida Supreme Court. • Dec. 16, 2011 — David Persson, attorney for Sarasota County, files a brief with the Second District Court of Appeal, saying the county has no objection to the citizens group’s request. However, Persson notes that Schoonover’s Dec. 7 order on the constitutionality of term limits was not a final order. He adds that that fact “may be of importance to the (Second District Court) in deciding whether to certify the case to the Florida Supreme Court.”

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As Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst seeks a second term in November, he remains in the middle of legal action over whether the Marina Jack complex, owned by Bob Soran through his company, Jack Graham Inc., owes $1.5 million in back taxes. Jack Graham Inc. has challenged the property appraiser’s August 2010 decision to collect $300,000 in property taxes for that year and $1.2 million for unpaid taxes dating back a number of years. The city owns the land and the building, but Jack Graham Inc. leases them both for 3% of its annual revenues, which totaled about $300,000 in 2010. Furst says the lingering lawsuit, which could be heard by the end of the year, is not an issue for him or his re-election. “It’s simply a court case working its way through the system,” Furst said. “Nothing, more, nothing less … It’s up to a judge to decide at the end of the day.” A 12th Judicial Circuit Court filing Aug. 15 showed Soran and his legal counsel continuing to debate Furst’s right to nullify a 1989 court decision that granted the for-profit business a favorable tax

exemption because it leases publicly owned land. That 22-year-old decision was based partly on the failure of John Mikos, the late Sarasota County property appraiser, to present evidence in the case. “No defenses were pled, no evidence presented,” lawyers representing Furst stated in an April 20 court filing before 12th Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Roberts. The absence of Mikos’ testimony resulted in the default ruling for Marina Jack that Furst disputes. Jack Graham Inc.’s Aug. 15 filing stated the final judgment in the 1989 case never was appealed, so no basis exists for overturning the ruling. Late Marina Jack owner Jack Graham paid property taxes on the Sarasota bayfront parcels in the late 1970s, but stopped in 1980, when the Legislature determined leasehold interests were not subject to ad valorem taxation. Graham resumed paying in 1986 when an appellate court ruled that government-owned property leased to a private entity was exempt from paying taxes only if the property was used for government purposes. Two years later, Graham sued successfully to have the earlier exemption restored. Jack Graham Inc. and the city continue to argue that Marina Jack serves

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Marina Jack restaurant and marina owner Bob Soran continues to fight Sarasota County Property Appraiser Bill Furst’s claim the restaurant owes $1.5 million in back property taxes.

a public purpose and, therefore, should be exempt from paying property taxes. But Furst cites other lessees of public

land that do pay property taxes, such as O’Leary’s Tiki Bar and Grill at Bayfront Park, which Jack Graham Inc. also operates. The Baltimore Orioles organization is the only other local business that leases public land without paying taxes. Jack Graham Inc. received permission from the city in November 2010 to sue the Sarasota County property appraiser. And in an Aug. 8 court filing, Jack Graham Inc. added the city of Sarasota as a counterclaim defendant to its case. The city had tried to stay out of the lawsuit, but it had no choice other than to enter it, according to Furst’s attorney, J. Geoffry Pflugner of Sarasota. “The city is a necessary party in this case,” Pflugner said in October. “At the end of the day,” Pflugner said, “this case is about the value of the property and whether an exemption should be permitted.” Pflugner is not hopeful the case will come to trial soon, but he believes some action could be scheduled as early as February. Bradenton attorney John Harllee, who is defending Jack Graham Inc., said the case “is slowly percolating its way through the system.” — Kurt Schultheis

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The first thing you notice about Tom Maroney is his military bearing. It’s no surprise, given his four years in the U.S. Air Force followed by 30 years in law enforcement in Arizona. The second thing you notice is his sense of humor — a gift that serves him well in situations such as the one he recently found himself in on the Key. After a natural gas pipeline ruptured with a loud explosion right next to him, he was able to shrug it off — and even joke about it. The Roselle, N.J., native spends more time on the Key now, because he is where the buck stops whenever a Village maintenance issue arises — at least until a new Siesta Key Village Maintenance Corp. ordinance and vendor contract are in effect. After Chris Brown, owner of The Hub Baja Grill, The Beach Club and The Cottage, filed a lawsuit against the county in January 2011, partly over the handling of maintenance expenses, the County Commission asked Public Works Executive Director James Harriott Jr. “to make sure that the work in Siesta Village is getting done,” Maroney said. Gary Spraggins, an employee in the county’s Mobility Infrastructure Division, is in the Village almost every day checking on things, Maroney said. “He’s doing a good job; he keeps me informed,” Maroney said. “And he keeps the (County Commission) informed.” Still, Maroney is on-site for big jobs, such as the installation of a new fence

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at the intersection of Treasure Boat Way and Ocean Boulevard. That was the project involving the gas-line rupture. “There’s definitely some conflicting interests on Siesta,” Maroney said. “We hope we can get everybody satisfied.” Maroney has been the county’s general manager of business operations since 2005. The county hired him in 2003, after he and his wife moved to Florida to be closer to their older son and his family. He and his wife had been making regular trips to the Sunshine State, Maroney said. “Flying back and forth (from Arizona) became a challenge, so my wife said, ‘You need to find a job in Florida.’ And, voila, here I am.” His first position with Sarasota County was in the Administrative Services Office, where he worked with drainage operations and contracts, including those for commodities and mowing. Maroney’s current responsibilities include overseeing the installation of a new Advanced Traffic Management System, handling traffic-signal timing at about 140 intersections, and analyzing all the bridges to schedule needed repairs. He also handles his department’s budget and even sits in on Tree Advisory Council meetings. “Every day, there’s challenges,” he said. “And I guess the most challenging part of the job is to … try our best to deliver the quality services that the taxpayers expect with reduced revenues, reduced staffing. … There’s that

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sense that we’ve found more creative ways to try to do our job with (fewer people).” His biggest challenges in law enforcement were child kidnapping and drowning cases, he said. However, in law enforcement, he pointed out, a person “can react and take definitive, end-result acts. Here in this role, you have to take a step back and re-evaluate the situation and see what kind of resolution you can achieve.” — Rachel Brown Hackney

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A Walmart grocery store and a new Goodwill Superstore have been approved by the city on the North Trail.

The North Trail is starting to change. Last year, the city of Sarasota approved projects for a new Walmart grocery store and a new Goodwill Superstore for the North Trail. The Walmart is being welcomed with open arms, but some residents are working to appeal the Goodwill store because they believe it’s too large and doesn’t fit the character of revitalization they’re seeking on the North Trail. The new Walmart will replace the shuttered Winn-Dixie supermarket at 3500 N. Tamiami Trail. North Trail neighborhoods have been without a nearby supermarket since the Winn-Dixie, which had been there for four decades, closed in the fall. Currently, the nearest grocery store is the Publix at North Tamiami Trail and 10th Street. The approximately 34,000-square-foot grocery store will include canopy awnings, bicycle racks, bus stops and pedestrian access points for residents. The store will create 90 to 100 jobs in the economically depressed area. The Walmart could be up and running as early as August, and the neighborhood market will be the first Walmart of its kind in Sarasota County. There are 27 statewide, including one in Tampa, one in Largo and one in Pinellas Park. A group called Citizens for Reasonable North Trail Development, meanwhile, wants to file an appeal this month in Sarasota County Circuit Court of the Goodwill project, after the Sarasota City Commission opted not to hear its appeal in December. The decision essentially allows the proj-

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City officials spar with Van Wezel Foundation The chairman of the Van Wezel Foundation expressed alarm Tuesday that, after months of negotiations with city staff, commissioners want more details concerning options. What had been touted as a brief update on exploratory discussions between city staff and the Van Wezel Foundation turned into a tense discussion Tuesday during the regular City Commission meeting. After a news release issued last month said the city and the foundation were in discussions to determine whether the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall should continue to be a cityrun department, Commissioner Paul Caragiulo requested the commission discuss the topic. “I want some more insight on where this came from,” Caragiulo said Tuesday. City Manager Bob Bartolotta explained that two years ago, after the Van Wezel had suffered a $1.2 million shortfall in its budget, the commission had made it a priority for city staff to review the facility’s ongoing operations. That had prompted Bartolotta and city staff to begin discussions on the following future options: • Continue to operate the Van Wezel as a city department. • Explore signing a private management contract for operations, similar to those at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers and the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg. Under this alternative, a private company would manage

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Talks between The Van Wezel Foundation and city staff over future operations of the performing arts hall have been tabled for two months. the Van Wezel, with the city paying a fee for the service. • Create a new, nonprofit organization to manage both the day-to-day operations and the long-term fundraising efforts. • Consolidate the operations of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Van Wezel Foundation under a long-term lease arrangement, with the nonprofit entity having authority over governance, operations, expenses and fundraising.

During the meeting, Bartolotta noted the hall ended the last fiscal year with a $400,000 profit. “The question now becomes, ‘What is the long-term vision 10 to 20 years from now?’” Bartolotta said. “Do you want us to continue in the way we are going with the Van Wezel Foundation?” Van Wezel Foundation Chairman Mark Famiglio appeared surprised by the discussion.

“We have spent hundreds of hours and $40,000 analyzing the finances of the hall and made a determination we would support any collaboration, so the community could utilize the nonprofit status of the foundation to promote and expand operations of the hall,” Famiglio said. “We were told by Mr. Bartolotta to move full-steam ahead.” The foundation board, which has existed for 20 years and has provided $9 million toward the hall’s operations, has told city staff it could raise $15 million toward future operations if an agreement were reached to give it more control over those operations. “If the foundation is successful, the financial issues go away,” Bartolotta told the City Commission. “If not, the issues come back to your front door and I need to know if you want (the foundation board members) to promise they can raise that money as part of a contract.” Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Commissioners Willie Shaw, Shannon Snyder and Caragiulo declined to provide direction. They expressed frustration with the advanced stage of the talks with the foundation. “I want to see a lot more details before I consider turning over such a facility,” Snyder said. “There’s a lot of details that need

to be discussed and reviewed.” Shaw agreed. “We’re new on the board and this is our first conversation on this,” Shaw said. “We need some time to have further conversations.” Famiglio seemed flabbergasted that the new commissioners were unaware of details from the discussions that had been held. “We were told to move ahead full-steam,” Famiglio repeated. “I’m just a little concerned we put so much time and attention into something you weren’t even aware of.” Bartolotta maintained that every commissioner was aware of the talks, thanks to individual meetings with staff, but most of the newer commissioners wanted more time to digest the options. Shaw made a motion, which was approved, to table the discussions for at least two months, so city staff and all the commissioners could be brought up to speed on the options. “The Van Wezel is a gold mine and we need to be careful with whatever we do moving forward,” Atwell said. “It’s a fragile and beautiful piece of land.” Famiglio said the foundation board members have “no interest in taking over operations of the hall without participation of the city in every way.” Still, he said, “I’m a little concerned about the fact we spent so much time and money supporting the hall in this context. It really concerns me.”

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“The baseline to me is the way to go,” said Gator Club owner Larry Siegel. “Too many people can’t do parallel parking, and watching them try on Lemon Avenue is quite comical.” Others expressed interest in enhanced landscaping and better lighting. Downtown resident Arlene Steinberg told the DID that brick streets and sidewalks are a hazard for pedestrians, especially for those in high heels, and that such a change downtown would prompt her to shop elsewhere. “It’s a bad idea that costs way too much money,” Steinberg said. J.P. Knaggs, owner of the Bijou Café, agreed. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” said Knaggs, who noted that a multimillion dollar renovation of downtown Fort Myers had created an empty Main Street. “The goal should not be to take something alive and kill it.” Some downtown residents, though, supported the concept that includes brick streets and sidewalks. “Sarasota has had many improvements over the years, but what you’re proposing now is permanent, and people will remember,” said downtown resident Tony Souza. “It’s an economic engine in the longterm, and I hope you consider more than the baseline.” Downtown resident Peter Fanning agreed. “Downtown’s present condition is

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gation should not be exempt from public record laws because it was not part of an internal audit. However, he wrote that if Nadalini deemed the investigation to be internal, city-auditing procedures mandated he get a chance to review copies of the investigation reports before they were released. “I am concerned with the manner in which these two reviews are being conducted,” Bartolotta wrote. “Neither Marlon nor I have been interviewed by the consultants. It appears that there is some ulterior motive behind the way that these reviews are being conducted. We feel that we are not being treated in a fair manner.” In September, the Sarasota City Commission approved the transfer of the city’s IT Department out of Bartolotta’s office. On Sept. 19, Bartolotta told commissioners he took issue with the move, which was proposed by Commissioner Paul Caragiulo. Caragiulo believes the auspices of the IT department can be handled more efficiently through the clerk’s office, which is in charge of all city information requests. Bartolotta and Brown have adamantly denied the allegations and questioned why the investigation was requested and performed by Nadalini’s office in the first place.

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POODLE POWER Ben and Kiera, two miniature poodles, recently found a home at Anchin Pavilion Assisted Living Community, where they provide joy and support for residents.

Black furry feet shuffled down the hallway on the first floor of Anchin Pavilion, an assisted-living community off Honore Avenue. Although resident Carolyn Fraiden didn’t hear their pitter-patter on the carpet or the soft jingling of a dog collar, she nearly jumped out her seat in excitement as Ben, a black miniature poodle, raced around the corner and broke through a circle of residents. Kiera, a gray, female miniature poodle, and Cali, a cocker spaniel, followed closely behind. “I love them,” she says, clapping her hands together. “Oh, do I love these dogs. I’m very happy when I’m around them.” Although Cali has been a resident of Anchin Pavilion for about one year, Ben and Kiera came to the facility just a few months ago after an elderly man in north Florida fell ill and gave them up for adoption. Various rescue organizations, including Florida Poodle Rescue and Honor Sanctuary Animal Rescue, worked together to bring Ben and Kiera to their new home. The pair has adjusted quickly to their new environment. “The residents sometimes call them the kids,” Resident Services Supervisor April Moschini says, noting the animals often can be found trailing behind staff members or visiting with residents. “It’s really fun because they see the dogs as part of the family. Some residents have been known to take the dogs on walks.” Of the three canines, Ben is known as the jokester because of his silly antics,

“It definitely brightens the residents’ day when they see a dog and can pet something soft and furry,” she says. “Many residents, when agitated or (anxious), get calmer when the dogs are there.” Paul Feinroth, who lives at Anchin with his wife, Gertrude, agrees. “They always come over,” says Feinroth, adding he loves to watch the animals play. “They’re very good. They make me feel relaxed.” “They’re wonderful,” says Bernie Finkleman, 80. “They’re appreciated by everyone here — even (people who don’t really like dogs). It’s kind of like living in a home now, with the dogs.” Ben and Kiera came to Kobernick Anchin, an independent retirement and assisted-living community, in early November after animal lover Nathan Benderson, founder of Benderson Development, began looking for another dog to place in the facility with Cali. At the time, Honor Sanctuary Animal Rescue, at which Benderson volunteers and provides financial support, did not have any dogs specifically suited for an assisted-living facility. Honor’s Dari Oglesby contacted Lakewood Ranch resident Joani Ellis, of Florida Poodle Rescue, to see if the organization had any dogs that met the facility’s needs. Ben and Kiera, retired therapy and agility dogs, proved to be perfect matches. “We looked for them special,” says Benderson, who stops by several times a week to visit with the dogs. “They’re made for something like this.”

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by Loren Mayo and Rachel S. O’Hara | Observer Staff Fireworks over the Sarasota bayfront on New Year’s Eve 2011.

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They resolve to ... Their 2012 vows include eating at every restaurant downtown, learning to tango, remaining a city ‘cheerleader’ and maximizing opportunities in Sarasota.

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In 2012, I’d like to see more fruit drops and huge downtown parties for every occasion. I was bummed that the pineapple drop was nixed, so to make up for it, I’m talking a heart-shaped strawberry drop for Valentine’s Day, a kumquat drop for Presidents Day, a shamrock-shaped green apple drop for St. Patrick’s Day, and the biggest holiday of my year, a sequined squash drop on the day of the Tony Awards!

I would like the merchants, apartment-dwellers and city managers to all coordinate the crossover bridge to the waterside and permit a wine bar, coffee shop and food vendor to open so we can celebrate the sunset. We need more places like O’Leary’s. But, without all thee of those groups coming together, this will never happen.

My wish for Sarasota is that we could find some cohesion in our downtown leadership — a vision that makes sense for who we are as a city that brings energy and people and events to all of downtown. Vibrant downtown equals vibrant economy. There seems to be a lot of grandiose ideas. While simple, obvious ideas are overlooked, or worse — canceled. I’m really encouraged by the new businesses opening on Main Street and downtown in general.

My resolution for Sarasota is that we shift the focus away from what we don’t have and show off, more than ever, what we do have to offer. The time is right to put a global spotlight on Sarasota’s arts scene, world-class restaurants, philanthropic initiatives and intriguing personalities that work and play here. Let’s also get some preferred beach parking for the local residents.

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2011 was all about inner transformation, tons of personal changes and the start of many new chapters for me. So, 2012 is about focusing on outer transformation. — more running of the Ringling Bridge, biking along the bayfront and Pilates. Looking better on the outside to reflect how happy I am on the inside seems like a good plan!

My 2012 New Year’s resolutions are to be in the best shape of my life, learn how to stand-up paddleboard and visit the beach at least one day every week. My goal is to maximize the opportunity that Sarasota offers to have the best quality of life in the world.

Personal I want to eat at every restaurant downtown and have a cocktail at every locale downtown. I think a lot of people in Sarasota get stuck into the groove — because there are so many great places to be, why branch out, huh? But, I want to make downtown Sarasota my personal haven of gallivanting around each night. I love downtown! So many great new restaurants have popped up, too ... Eat Here. The Irish Pub. Maximo’s. Half Shell Oyster House. Yum, yum, yum!

Personal My personal resolution is to take tango dancing lessons on the rim of a volcano.

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Personal As mayor and a commissioner, to stay above the fray and keep things civil in the community. I was profiled that I was a “cheerleader.” I took that as a compliment. I was never a cheerleader in high school but now, what an extraordinary city to be a cheerleader of. I’m an ambassador of this city, I can always do a better job and that’s what I am hoping ... that armed with all the great people in this community and a great commission, that I am able to do that. We can always work on that.


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Sarasota Garden Club finds all the right arrangements The Sarasota Garden Club held the first session of its six-week class on the basics of floral arrangement Tuesday, Jan. 3. Each Tuesday, the class meets to learn the fundamentals of design taught by flower show judges. Classes begin with a lecture, and after a lunch break, students have a chance to create their own arrangements and have them critiqued.

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Rotarians celebrate with Itzhak Perlman The Sarasota Bay Rotary Club held an “Evening with Itzhak Perlman,” Tuesday, Jan. 3, at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. The evening included a reception with drinks and appetizers, speeches by Rotarians and Perlman as well as an open orchestra rehearsal with

the members of The Perlman Music Winter Residency Program. The club’s international “End Polio Now” logo was illuminated on the side of the University of South Florida Sa r a s o t a - M a n a t e e Selby Auditorium during the rehearsal. The fight against polio is important to Perlman, because he is a polio survivor.

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Dream Bachelor and Bachelorette Matchmaking — takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the YPG After Hours event at the Daiquiri Deck on St. Armands Circle, 325 John Ringling Blvd. Matchmaker Suzanne Oshima, of Dream Bachelor and Bachelorette, will be scouting for prospective bachelorettes for her bachelors on the Gulf Coast. Cost is free for members and $10 for non-members. Call 646-375-2134. Sarasota Scottish Country Dancers — takes place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 and every Thursday until Aug. 9, at the Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Trail. Learn Scottish social dances every Thursday. Beginners are welcome, and comfortable shoes are recommended. Cost is $5. Call 923-2431. Kate Lowman Photography Reception — takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at Hogdell Gallery, 46 S. Palm Ave. Kate Lowman will show her recent work, which focuses on building images from found objects, usually using photography to capture object, texture and light. Incorporating printmaking and photography, the end product is pigment ink on matte fine art paper. Event is free and open to the public. Call 366-1146. Molly’s Mac ’n’ Cheese S’Mac Down — takes place from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop in Lakewood Ranch. Local chefs and residents will compete for two separate titles: “Top Mac Award” and “The Commander in Cheese Award.” The fundraiser benefits G. WIZ — The Science Museum. Admission is free, but

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votes are $1 each. Winning recipes will be published in Edible Sarasota magazine, and winners will be awarded a belt to boast their cheesy accomplishments. Call 782-0899. 14th annual Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival — takes place from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, in downtown Sarasota. The “Born to Be Wild” kick-off party takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts. Cost is $15 for the party. The free downtown festival will include vendors, demos and live music. All proceeds benefit Suncoast Charities for Children. Call 371-8820, Ext. 1030.  High Tea and Doll Houses — takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Bidwell-Wood House in Pioneer Park, 1260 12th St. A handcrafted Victorian dollhouse created by Barry and Judy Alexander, as well as other doll rooms, will be on display. Sal Garcia will provide live music. Tickets are $20 per person. Call 3649076 to RSVP.

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+ Waste Pro garbage truck drivers awarded for safety Four Waste Pro garbage truck drivers have each been awarded a $10,000 check for their flawless performance over the last three years. The drivers who were honored are Jose Martinez-Mendoza, Monnie Braxton, Mark Hammonds and Lewis Brown. “It’s great to be able to boost the local economy, but we are most proud of the fact that Waste Pro’s safety program directly impacts the local employees who make being part of Waste Pro’s family special, especially at this time of year,” said Keith Banasiak, Southwest Florida Regional Vice President for Waste Pro, in a prepared statement.

+ Local businessman publishes book on socialism

Interesting Lives with Kurt Weiss — takes place at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Temple Beth Sholom in the Band/Desenberg Chapel, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave. Kurt Weiss, father of TBS Executive Director Mitch Weiss, will speak about his experiences as a child during the annexation of Austria in 1938. Weiss will touch on themes, including the loss of his loved ones, his escape to the United States and fighting for his life. Event is free and open to the public. Call 955-8121.

Philip Frommholz, owner of Phil the Mover moving company, published his first book, “The Road to Socialism: A Choice Between Capitalism and Socialism.” Frommholz based his book on the 1944 European classic, “The Road to Serfdom,” by F.A. Hayek. The book is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com.

+ NBI Sun Control to donate percentage of sales NBI Sun Control, a company that installs window film to block heat and provide UV protection, announced plans to pay monthly dividends to help the National Kidney Center raise awareness and provide assistance to the families involved. “We are thrilled to be able to give back to those suffering from kidney disease,”

said owner Angelo Ragone. “Because of NBI’s growth in these past few years, we are happy to have the chance to donate 2% of our annual sales to the NKC. The program is fully dedicated to serving the individuals and families that are affected by the disease, and there couldn’t be a better time to donate to this great cause.”

+ YMCA receives grant from Harry Sudakoff Foundation The Sarasota Family YMCA announced that it would use the $25,000 grant from the Harry Sudakoff Foundation to focus on recognizing symptoms of depression and help teens enter crisis counseling. The YMCA will train volunteers to work with local high school students to provide support, provide suicide assessment services to all youth shelter teens and provide education geared toward suicide prevention.

+ SunTrust Bank hires new vice president Marc Franco has joined SunTrust Bank as vice president and client adviser. He will assess the clients and advise them to help achieve their financial goals. Franco has more than 24 years of banking experience and has held several banking management positions.

+ The Insurance Mart receives Best of Award Roland Grabelle, owner of The Insurance Mart Inc., has been selected for the 2011 Best of Sarasota Award for the third time. Grabelle has worked in the insurance industry for 52 years and serves clients nationwide.

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Quail Drive home sells for $1,375,000 Lawrence and Gail Monaco sold their home at 1320 Quail Drive to Scott and Elizabeth Woods, Sarasota, for $1,375,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths, a pool and 4,453 square feet of living area. This week’s 29 residential real-estate transactions took place between Dec. 12 and Dec. 23. The top sale was the only sale for $1 million or more.

1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,642 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $525,000 in 2004. Andrey Georgieff, of Wilmington, Del., sold his Unit 304 condominium at 888 Blvd. of the Arts to 888 Christmas Development Inc. for $325,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,729 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $164,500 in 1987.

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Sarasota Bay Club LLC sold the Unit 1109 condominium at 1301 Tamiami Trail to Mary Block, Sarasota, for $900,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,186 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $702,000 in 2000.

G. Leonard Apfelbach sold the Unit 303 condominium at 99 Sunset Drive to Igor and Olga Miroshnichenko, Sarasota, for $405,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,716 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $176,000 in 1993.

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Mark Schlanger and Bonni LondonSchlanger, Sarasota, sold their home at 1803 Upper Cove Terrace to Graeme Burman and Yoland Seitz-Burman, trustees, Sarasota, for $900,000. Built in 1991, it has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,048 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $750,000 in 1993.

This home at 1320 Quail Drive has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 4,453 square feet of living area. It sold for $1,375,000. 2,983 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $633,500 in 2004.

feet of living area. It previously sold for $600,000 in 2007.

Gary Stanton, Robert Richards and Midge McCarthy, Sarasota, sold their Unit 503 condominium at 5591 Cannes Circle to Marvin and Amy Zimmerman, of Ephrata, Pa., for $275,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,706 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $498,100 in 2006.

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Barbara Maynor, Sarasota, sold her home at 1910 Datura St. to Stephen and Michelle Witzer, Sarasota, for $690,000. Built in 1970, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,148 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $158,000 in 1987. Robert and Susan Mignone, of Newport, R.I., sold their home at 1642 Shoreland Drive to Gregory and Linda Marks, Sarasota, for $625,000. Built in 1963, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and

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David Gregg, Sarasota, sold his home at 847 Hudson Ave. to Shane Saah and Brigid Hewes, Sarasota, for $565,000. Built in 1939, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 1,892 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,465,000 in 2005. Robert and Eileen Crane, Sarasota, sold their Unit 1008 condominium at 1350 Main St. to Dale Strohl, trustee, Longboat Key, for $500,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,336 square

Brian Katz, Tampa, sold his Unit 115C condominium at 235 Cocoanut Ave. to Gerry Long, of Raleigh, N.C., for $425,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths and 2,290 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 2009.

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Patricia Owen, Crawfordville, sold the Unit 408 condominium at 888 Blvd. of the Arts to William and Stephanie Cotton, of Chardon, Ohio, for $410,000. Built in

Rose Levin, of Ontario, Canada, sold her Unit 160 condominium at 1503 Clower Creek Drive to Alberto and Martha DiMillo, Sarasota, for $274,000. Built in 1979, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,216 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $145,000 in 1989. Irving and Trude Bennett sold their Unit 252 condominium at 1520 Pelican Point Drive to James and Pamela Mansell, of Beaver Falls, Pa., for $270,000. Built in 1976, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,320 square feet of living area. It previ-

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Charles and Sandra Sanfilippo sold their Unit 304 condominium at 5420 Eagles Point Circle to Paul Weber, Sarasota, for $232,000. Built in 1993, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,330 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $196,000 in 1996.

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George Stulac, Barbara Becker, Cricket Aull and Andrea O’Neil sold their home at 3605 Jaffa Drive to Jess Clarke, Bradenton, for $226,100. Built in 1959, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,269 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $182,500 in 1999.

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Dai Hoang sold his home at 1615 Stickney Point Road to Wellpell LLC for $200,000. Built in 1955, it has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths and 2,647 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $548,000 in 2004.

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Margery Butler, trustee, and Richard Butler, of Highlands, Ranch, Colo., sold the home at 8726 Grey Oaks Ave. to Joseph and Cheryl Abraham, of Trivoli, Ill., for $435,000. Built in 1998, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 2,511 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $307,700 in 1998.

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Lawrence and Joyce Faeth sold their home at 5050 Timber Chase Way to William Boedeker and Dolores Boedeker, Sarasota, for $412,500. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,228 square feet of living area. Soamnarine and Heam Jagannath, Sarasota, sold their home at 8001 Meadow Rush Loop to Jane Traub, Sarasota, for

$365,000. Built in 1996, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,143 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $252,500 in 2000.

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William and Dolores Boedeker, trustees, Sarasota, sold the home at 5516 Lucia Place to Donald Foucher and Geraldine Foucher, trustees, of Bedford, N.H., for $380,000. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,008 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $420,000 in 2009.

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Carol Lewis, Bradenton, sold her home at 4610 Las Brisas Lane to Sarah Busk, Sarasota, for $285,000. Built in 1988, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,051 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $305,000 in 2004.

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DiVosta Homes LP sold the home at 5838 Guarino Drive to Daniel and Brenda Wallis, of Ontario, Canada, for $247,300. Built in 2011, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,549 square feet of living area. DiVosta Homes LP sold the home at 5927 Guarino Drive to Michael and Beth Hang, Sarasota, for $230,000. Built in 2011, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,549 square feet of living area.

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How long have you been surfing? I’ve been surfing for 15 years. I got into it because my brother, Gavin, started surfing and my dad used to surf in Virginia Beach when he was little. My brother picked it up, and I just wanted to do everything he did. When did you become a junior pro? I’ve been competing as a junior pro for last four or five years. Junior pro is for people 20 and under and it is made up of the top 100 surfers in that age group. There is a 12-contest tour and the contests are everywhere. My goal last year was to finish fifth or better to qualify for Worlds. I got the fifth spot, and they only take five surfers from the US. What kind of board do you ride? My board is a DHD. It is actually an Australian company. I love them, and I just started riding their boards early last year. Do you have a favorite surfing memory? Probably my first big title win. I was 10, and I won the NSSA Easterns. I was over the moon.

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“Really, when I look back, I’m shocked by my energy,” Pat Kaufman says of her vast body of work. “I seem to have had a lot of nervous energy.”

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Creative Empowerment Pat Kaufman is as influenced by feminism as she is red high heels and babies. The prolific artist makes sense of her quirky influences and rich portfolio.

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verything you need to know about Pat Kaufman can be found in her paintings. There’s usually a woman with fiery red hair; often she’s naked, partially naked or dressed in some-

thing coquettish. (Think: lace-up corset.) She’s usually wearing high heels. If not, you can bet a pair is painted somewhere on the canvas. Often, there are elements of collage, snipped

from patterned fabrics and black-and-white newsprint. Her paintings tend to include words: loopy, loose, cursive fragments that sometimes do and sometimes don’t make sense.

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Sometimes there are babies. The mother of two grown daughters, Kaufman adores babies. “But I’m glad I don’t have grandbabies,” she says. “I’d be obsessed with them, and it would be so distracting.” A tiny woman with a shock of red hair that’s slowly turning gray on one side, Kaufman is a hidden gem in the local arts community. She resides in a spacious bungalow with funky second-hand furnishings off a sleepy street behind the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Perhaps you’ve seen her paintings hanging in the Stakenborg Fine Art Gallery in downtown Sarasota or at Art Center Sarasota, where she’s participated in the organization’s “Artists at Work” fundraiser. A modern-day Renaissance woman, Kaufman’s portfolio is so immense and so diverse that even she — an artist and writer for nearly four decades — has a hard time recollecting all the things she’s created. There have been plays, novels, commissioned portraits, collages, silk screens and experimental paintings on Plexiglas. Her subjects have ranged from ordinary (her daughters) to provocative (women who marry prisoners). Of her work, Kaufman says: “It’s figurative. It’s political. It’s free, and the women are stronger than I am.” Her latest project — the 60page graphic novel “Alura & Nestor Take a Trip” — is about a parrot and a shy librarian who embark on a memorable tropical vacation. Like the artist herself, the tale is capricious, a little mischievous, a tad ironic and surprisingly prag-

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Pat Kaufman’s paintings are filled with symbolism, words and images of women. matic. (The paperback comes with a packing list.) Published by the Sarasotabased New Chapter Publisher, the story was inspired by a trip the artist took two years ago to Key West. It’s filled with cheerful illustrations Kaufman created using pen, paint and mixed media. “I don’t want this to sound obnoxious,” she says, “but I think my ideas are revealed to me mysteriously. I think I choose instinctively. I don’t know which side of my brain is working. I can tell you it’s not the side that does math.” Kaufman works out of a sunny back porch filled with piles of paint tubes, boxes of fabrics and cluttered corkboards tacked with layers of newspaper and magazine clippings. “I move on quickly and then I forget,” Kaufman says. “It’s not that I don’t care about what I’ve

done. It’s that I’m ready to move onto the next thing.” She gestures to a painting of a redheaded woman standing in a circus ring, wearing nothing but a smirk and red high heels, a lion’s outstretched paw reaching to claw the woman’s face. “It’s a wish that I could tame lions and tigers,” Kaufman says. “But I can’t.” This is a typical Kaufman statement: short, honest and to the point. Some artists are able to verbalize their art in flowery run-on sentences. Other artists let the work speak for itself. Kaufman falls into the second category. “A friend of mine said my work has the ‘charm of the messy,’” she says. “I thought that was nice.” An unapologetic feminist, Kaufman grew up in New York City unafraid of standing out in

a crowd. As a girl she remembers quarreling with her father, a sensible businessman, over an image she had painted of a man with a blue face. “He asked, ‘What’s wrong with you?’” Kaufman recalls. “Apparently, I didn’t see like other people.” During her freshman year at Scripps College, a liberal arts women’s college in Claremont, Calif., Kaufman switched her major from art to English to avoid learning cookie-cutter techniques from whom she calls an especially “domineering” art professor. In the early 1970s, when New York City’s SoHo neighborhood was still an abandoned industrial quarter, Kaufman worked out of a 3,300-square-foot loft above an old doll factory. During this time she was a member of the New York Radical Feminists and the Women’s Project — the country’s oldest and largest company dedicated to presenting work by female playwrights. The organization, which launched the careers of countless female playwrights, including Eve Ensler (“The Vagina Mono-

logues”), produced dozens of Kaufman’s written work. To prove it, she unearths two cumbersome binders stuffed with playbills and reviews. “It was a different time then,” Kaufman says of her early days as an artist and playwright. “Women were not taken seriously. I was a member of several groups, and I was always trying to shore up women’s egos.” She never thought there was life outside of New York ­­— until she moved four years ago to Sarasota. Even though she continues to split her time between New York and Florida, Kaufman is finding lately that she’d rather be here. “Sarasota is the most social place I’ve ever been,” she says. Lived-in and packed with so much of Kaufman’s art, the onestory house functions as a gallery. Everything vies for your attention, from the artist’s painter palette earrings to her collection of polka dot bikini liquor glasses. “I don’t care about the drink,” Kaufman says of the stemware she started collecting recently from a bar in Tampa. “I just like the glasses.” And, just like that, when you think you’ve pegged Kaufman for an unabashed feminist, she does something that breaks character. She paints red high heels or gushes about bikini-bottom wine glasses. “I don’t consider myself an optimist,” she says. “But I do see the humor in most things.” She reaches her hand into a bowl of fat purple grapes. Popping one in her mouth, she retracts the statement. “On second thought,” she says, “maybe that makes me an optimist after all.”

IF YOU GO Pat Kaufman will read from her new graphic novel, “Alura & Nestor Take a Trip,” at 2 p.m. Jan. 12, at the Selby Public Library in downtown Sarasota. The reading will feature a slideshow of selected collages from the book. For more on Kaufman, visit patriciakaufman.com.

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+ Hermitage couple brings work to LBKCA Artist Rebecca Allan and composer Laura Kaminsky have been together for 10 years, yet they’ve never worked together on a joint project. That is until they landed residencies last year at The Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota Key. “Horizon Lines,” which was composed by Kaminsky in 2011, was inspired by the coastal landscape surrounding the quiet retreat. A multidisciplinary work, the piece was written for oboe, bassoon and piano. Commissioned by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, it includes paintings by Allan and a digital film by John Feldman. On Friday, Jan. 6, the New York-based ensemble O3XYGN

will perform the piece at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. The program, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m., also includes a performance of “Multiple Oneness,” a live painting by Ken Cro-Ken with accompaniment by oboist Matt Sullivan. Allan and Kaminsky arrived at the Hermitage shortly after Christmas. As with most New York artists who set up shop in Florida, the couple was instantly captivated by what Allan calls the “maritime light.” “We live on the Hudson River,” Allan says. “It’s Northeastern river light. Here my work has had a radical shift because of the tropical landscape. Maritime light has a clear and brilliant quality. We literally and metaphorical see things differently here.”

‘Once in a Lifetime’: This satire by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart follows a trio of down-on-their-luck vaudeville performers who decide to get out of Dodge (i.e: New York City) and head to Hollywood as the entertainment industry transitions from silent films to “talkies.” Misadventures ensue. The play runs Jan. 6 to Feb. 29, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. For more information, call 351-8000 or visit asolorep.org. ‘Lobby Hero’: A young security guard for a Manhattan apartment building attempts to rebuild his life after being tossed out of the military. Along the way he gets embroiled in a murder investigation involving crooked cops. Written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan, “Lobby Hero” is a character-driven suspenseful cop drama with comedic flair. Performed by the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, it’s up now through Jan. 22 in the Cook Theatre. For more information, call 351-8000.

+ Boyhood band nerds star in FST show As a former clarinet-playing band nerd, I find this back story from Florida Studio Theatre’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll!” to be especially touching. Two of the show’s musicians, Eric Scott Anthony and Jonathon Brown, have a history that goes back further than most people’s closest friendships. The two met as preschoolers in St. Louis, and from there they went on to attend the same public elementary school. In fourth grade they joined the school band. (They were both saxophone players.) In high school they formed a band. (They wanted to be rock stars.) And after high school they started working in musical theater, touring with the show, “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” a musical about four men who work at a gas station and croon down-home country tunes. Now 36, they’re performing

together again in FST’s musical tribute to the legends of early rock-and-roll. The show, developed by Richard and Rebecca Hopkins and Jim Prosser, is a revue of tunes by Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers, to name a few. It opened Jan. 4 in the Goldstein Cabaret. The all-male cast includes New York actors Dominick Cicco and Casey Gensler and percussionist Tony Bruno from the 2010 production of “Night Train to Memphis.” Anthony and Brown are thrilled to bring their camaraderie to Sarasota. “All of our early musical memories were with each other,” Anthony says. And, they’ve stayed true to their hometown roots. When they’re not on the road for work, they play acoustic coffee shop gigs around St. Louis, covering Top 40 hits from the 1980s and 1990s.

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Susan Angermann is unwas finding the right kind flappable. There’s really no DID YOU KNOW? of fringe for the costumes other word for it. in this summer’s country • Susan Angermann If you walk past the cosmusic comedy, “Cowgirls.” designed the costumes tume shop at Florida StuWhen shopping proved for this season’s cabaret dio Theatre, chances are futile, Angermann resortproductions, “That’s Life, you’ll catch Angermann ed to cutting long strips Again” and “Shake, Rattle up to her elbows in fabric, of white vinyl, which she and Roll.” listening to Michael Buble, sewed in varying lengths to Astor Piazzolla or George a red vest, shirt and skirt. • Angermann worked as a Gershwin. The outfits were timecostume designer at The Sometimes she cranks consuming, but when she Players Theatre for nine The Black Eyed Peas. was finished they were exyears. “It depends on the taste actly what Angermann had • In addition to her job of the interns and what the envisioned: appropriately at FST, Angermann runs volunteers will tolerate,” hokey. an image-consulting busiAngermann says. “You’ve “When people come to ness that specializes in got to have fun in here. If see a show, they shouldn’t cleaning out closets and it’s not fun, nobody is inthink about the work overhauling people’s wardterested.” that goes on behind the robes. What you probably scenes,” she says. “They won’t see is Angermann should just experience it. It flustered. should be seamless.” If doing back-to-back A soft-spoken costume shows that each require designer with a South40 costume changes — “I ern accent, Angermann Love You, You’re Perfect, learned to sew out of neNow Change” followed by cessity. As a young girl, she “The 39 Steps” — doesn’t danced with a small ballet frazzle her, nothing will. company in South Caro“I work well under preslina. When the company sure,” Angermann says. “I had no money to buy cosThe hats from this sumhave a lot of patience. Intumes, she and her fellow mer’s “Cowgirls” musical. terruptions and questions ballerinas would sew their don’t bother me. I’m good own tutus, a chore that at problem solving, and I like to take short- sparked an interest in the young dancer. cuts.” After graduating from high school, AnFor three years Angermann has worked germann went on to study at the French as FST’s costume shop manager. The posi- Fashion Academy in New York, where, in tion has made her the department’s unof- addition to dressmaking classes, she studficial den mother. ied costume design as well. With ease and grace, she juggles a laundry For seven years she worked as a freelance list of responsibilities, including shopping, designer for small theater and opera comordering and designing the company’s cab- panies in New York. The gig led to several aret costumes, as well as running fittings film and television projects, namely afterand supervising costume production for school specials and a few B-rated horror the theater’s main stage shows. movies. “It’s my job to get the designs from the de“Have you ever heard of ‘Toxic Avenger?’” signer to the stage,” Angermann says. “The Angermann asks. thing I love most is working with a variety of No, actually. people. The clothes are just secondary.” A quick Google search reveals that the To build the wardrobe for a show, Anger- film was a 1984 campy horror flick that mann will scour the Internet, local thrift spawned three sequels, a stage musical and stores and high-end department stores. a children’s TV cartoon. She’s just as likely to hit up Goodwill as she The movie is about a 98-pound nerd who is Saks, although in her personal life she falls into a pool of toxic waste and transrarely browses the aisles of used clothing forms into a malformed monster with sustores. perhuman strength. “I don’t thrift-store shop for fun,” she It’s hard to imagine Angermann on the says. “The thrill of the bargain doesn’t do it set of a gory, low-budget horror movie — for me. It’s more the challenge that thrills until she starts giggling at the memory of me … when I’m on a mission to find a par- the fake blood. ticular item.” “It was totally trashy,” she says. “But, One of her most challenging missions again, lots of fun.”

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So, what makes a major career in music? Talent, charisma, energy, ambition, luck, drive, temperament and tenacity, guidance, contacts and connections, advocates, mentors and not just a little bit of luck. Predicting a future superstar musician is about as easy as betting on the winner of the Kentucky Derby. On paper everything may look right but, suddenly, the sure thing is left in the dust, and the dark horse, the quiet recluse, charges across the finish line. Hearing a succession of brilliant young string players from The Perlman Music Program’s Sarasota Winter Residency had us all making silent bets on the best of the best, until we remembered this wasn’t a musical marathon or string competition. Rather, the PMP concert of mini-recitals by mini-recitalists held at Harvest Methodist Church in Lakewood Ranch was an important opportunity for these super-talented students to gain experience and confidence. Once we got out of the inevitable rut of competition fever and put the evening of music-making into perspective, we realized this was more for the students than for us. We were, literally, lending our ears so they could try out

their party pieces and see how they could improve them for the next time. That’s one of the reasons The Perlman Music Program is such a great gift. It gives incredibly talented kids the opportunity to study with some of today’s greatest living musicians and then to perform, giving them much needed experience and us a glimpse into what may make or break a future. The half-dozen or so string players we heard in recital with their piano “collaborators” from the PMP staff were as different from each other as the proverbial apples and oranges we’re reminded not to compare. Some gave vibrant accounts of well-known crowdpleasers such as the Mendelssohn violin concerto and Ravel’s “Tzigane,” while others chose more introspective works such as the gorgeous viola sonata by Rebecca Clarke and Samuel Barber’s romantic violin concerto. What they played was as illuminating as the way they played it. And it showed something about the listeners, too. It’s a great temptation to cheer the big, the flashy and the dazzling and give less of an ovation to the thoughtful, the contemplative and the sensitive. We hope the performers don’t make the mistake the audience makes and, tempting though it may be, make comparisons that are meaningless. The Perlmans have the right idea: Treat each child with an experience that is adapted his or her needs. That’s the way to inspire growth, confidence and progress. These recitals (and students) are more than works in progress — works in process. Where will it lead? Come back and see next year. — June LeBell

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Was it unrequited love that launched Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s career as a celebrated poet and playwright? That is the implication in director Phillip Stolzl’s new literary period piece, “Young Goethe in Love.” Set in 1772, we learn that the 23-yearold Goethe (Alexander Fehling) “talks a lot and drinks no less.” After failing his law exams in Frankfurt, Germany, his father banishes him to the not-so-happening Wetzlar, Germany. Working as a legal apprentice, he meets and falls in love with Lotte (Miriam Stein). Smitten with him and his talent as a poet, Lotte’s feelings are mutual. Tragedy ensues when Lotte’s father forces her to marry Goethe’s boss, Albert (Moritz Bleibtreu), due to financial woes. When it’s discovered that the young couple had consummated their love, Albert challenges Goethe to a duel. Goethe lands in jail. Despondent, he exorcises his despair by writing “The Sorrows of Young Werther.”

After marrying Albert, Lotte secretly has Goethe’s novel published. It becomes a huge success as well as a testament to their enduring love. Fear not. You don’t have to know anything about Goethe to enjoy this romantic romp. Stolzl (“North Face”) seduces his audience with sumptuous German landscapes, a scrumptious score and fine acting. Most importantly, he implies that what we witness on screen shouldn’t be taken too seriously. The film’s structure seems factional, peppered with actual facts and some of invention. It works beyond well. As a footnote, it’s indicated that the publication of “The Sorrows of Young Werther” was so inspirational, it set off a wave of suicides. But in Stolzl’s version, it doesn’t make sense. In fact, his Goethe seems to care little about losing Lotte once he gains notoriety. So much for true love.  In “Young Goethe in Love,” we see Goethe as a glib young man, obsessed with his first romantic encounter and how the pain of that loss resulted in success. We like this guy. You want to hook up and party with him. It’s almost unimaginable that this feckless chap eventually spent half his life eking out one of the greatest works in German literature — “Faust.” — Pam Nadon

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‘Classics on Parade’ Suncoast Concert Band 3 p.m. at Payne Park Auditorium | Tickets $5. | Call 907-0935.

‘The Diversity of Play: Folk Toys, Dolls & Games from Around the World’ South Florida Museum 10 a.m. at South Florida Museum | Runs through Jan. 22. | Call 746-4131.

Les DaCosta Quartet 5 p.m. at Polo Grill and Bar Tickets $5 to $8. | Call 3661552.

Sarasota Orchestra Association presents Classical Conversations 10:30 a.m. at David Cohen Hall | Tickets $10. | Call 685-0425. Art After 5 5 to 8 p.m. at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art | Tickets $5 to $10. | Call 3595700. Gallery Walk and Talk: Josef Albers’ ‘Color’ 6 p.m. at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art | Tickets $5 to $10. | Call 359-5700. Watercolor and Wine 6 to 8 p.m. at Art School, Gift & Framing Gallery of Colleen Cassidy | Tickets $30. | Call 924-1200. ‘Shake, Rattle, and Roll!’ 8 p.m. at Florida Studio Theatre | Runs through March 25. Tickets $24 to $29. | Call 3669000. ‘Lobby Hero’ FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training 8 p.m. at Cook Theatre | Runs through Jan. 22. | Tickets $28. Call 351-8000. ‘Breaking Up Is Hard to Do’ 8 p.m. at Golden Apple Dinner Theatre | Runs through Feb. 5. Tickets $43. | Call 366-5454.

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Friday, Jan. 6 Jazz at Two featuring Jim Wellen   Jazz Club of Sarasota 2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota | Tickets $5 to $12. | Call 366-1552. Drag Queen Bingo Bonanza: The Show 6:30 p.m. at Golden Apple Dinner Theatre | Tickets $5. Call 366-5454.

‘Once in a Lifetime’ Asolo Repertory Theatre 8 p.m. at Mertz Theatre | Runs through Feb. 29. | Tickets $28 to $74. | Call 351-8000.

Saturday, Jan. 7

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast’s Celebration Concert 5 p.m. at Sarasota Opera House | Tickets $35 to $75. | Call 955-4942. Masterworks: Llewellyn and Levin Sarasota Orchestra 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall | Tickets $29 to $82. Call 953-3434.

Sunday, Jan. 8

Masterworks: Llewellyn and Levin Sarasota Orchestra 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall | Tickets $29 to $82. Call 953-3434.

Masterworks: Llewellyn and Levin Sarasota Orchestra 2:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall | Tickets $29 to $82. | Call 953-3434.

Recital Series ‘Sweet and Seductive’ Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater | Tickets $35 to $40. Call 360-7399.

Monday, Jan. 9 Monday Night Movies at the Ringling ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ 7 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater | Tickets $7. | Call 360-7399. GuitarSarasota International MiniConcert Meeting Series: Galestro-Smith Duo 7:30 p.m. at ArtCenter Sarasota | Call 362-2991. Mike Markaverich Trio 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Church | Tickets $10 to $15. Call 922-7595. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Sarasota Concert Association Great Performers Series 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Tuesday, Jan. 10 Art of Food: Mable’s Table 4:15 p.m. at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Tickets $70 to $85. | Call 3583180.

STILL PLAYING The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency at USF Sarasota-Manatee campus runs through Jan. 6. ‘Next to Normal’ at Florida Studio Theatre runs through Jan. 14. Call 366-9000. ‘Love, Sung in the Key of Aretha’ at the Westcoast Black Theatre runs through Jan. 16. Call 366-1505. ‘The Last Romance’ at Florida Studio Theatre runs through Feb. 12. Call 366-9000. ‘Shake, Rattle, and Roll!’ at Florida Studio Theatre runs through March 25. Call 366-9000. ‘The Diversity of Play: Folk Toys, Dolls & Games from Around the World’ at the South Florida Museum runs through Jan. 22. Call 746-4131. ‘Lobby Hero’ at Cook Theatre runs through Jan. 22. Call 351-8000. ‘Breaking Up Is Hard to Do’ at Golden Apple Dinner Theatre runs through Feb. 5. Call 3665454.

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Chung-Yon Hong and Daniel Jordan share a plate of cottage cheese pancakes.

Daniel Jordan & Chung-Yon Hong

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Chung-Yon Hong and Daniel Jordan were married this summer. The second marriage celebration took place in Santa Fe, N.M., where both play in the illustrious Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. A small

crowd of well-wishing friends from the Sarasota Orchestra who weren’t already performing at Santa Fe flew out to celebrate with the couple. “We party a lot with our colleagues,” Hong says. And, like most musicians, they love good food. So, who does the cooking in their household? “I do,” Hong says with authority. “I’m good with breakfasts and lunches, but CY does most of the dinners,” chimes in Jordan. In fact, his recipe for Jordan Family Cottage Cheese Pancakes has been in the family for at least three generations. Are their dinner parties musical? “We’ve had a few chamber music parties, but, even though our friends are mostly from the orchestra, when we get together, we like to eat,” Hong says. “I’m always looking for things to make for our friends.” And that’s how she came up with her recipe for Sweet Potato Croquettes. “Our friend, Laura Stephenson, who plays second clarinet with us, was telling us how much she loves sweet potatoes, so I thought when we were having her to dinner, I’d do something special for her,” she says. This recipe has a couple of Asian touches: Hong uses a wok to fry the croquettes and she uses panko bread crumbs. What music should you listen to while cooking these dishes? It’s obvious: “The Wedding March” from Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (For a real thrill, listen to it in the Liszt/ Horowitz transcription.)

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Jordan Family Cottage Cheese Pancakes Yields: 12 to 16 small pancakes

1/2 cup flour 6 tablespoons melted butter, plus extra for griddle

INGREDIENTS 4 large eggs 1 cup (8 ounces) cottage cheese

DIRECTIONS

Beat eggs in a medium bowl until fluffy. Add cottage cheese and whisk in flour. Add melted butter to mixture. Heat lightly-buttered pan (or individual pancake griddle) and drop rounded spoonfuls of batter. Flip when golden brown on one side. Remove to warm plates when done, and serve hot with syrup.

CY’s Sweet Potato Croquettes Yields: 16 to 20 croquettes, enough for 8 people

2 large eggs Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) Canola oil (should be enough for about one and a half inches in wok or frying pan) Salt, to taste White pepper, to taste

INGREDIENTS 2 large sweet potatoes (scrubbed but with skin still on) 4 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 cup peas (thawed frozen peas work best) 1 large sweet onion, chopped finely

DIRECTIONS • Boil the sweet potatoes, skins on, until tender. While cooking potatoes, whisk eggs until fluffy in a separate bowl. Pour enough panko crumbs onto a flat plate or paper towel. Put aside. • When tender, carefully remove potatoes from pot with slotted spoon and allow to cool enough to handle. Remove the skins. Mash the potatoes in a bowl. Add mayonnaise and whisk thoroughly. Add chopped onion and mix. Add thawed green peas and mix gently. With a teaspoon, mold the mixture into small ovals. Dip molded potato mixture into eggs. Coat evenly with the panko crumbs. • Heat oil on low/medium heat. (Test to see if the oil is hot enough by splashing a drop of water into oil. If it sizzles, it’s ready.) Carefully add croquettes to the wok or pan and fry until golden brown, turning once or twice to be sure all sides are evenly cooked. Remove croquettes when done, and place on a few layers of paper towels to drain. • Enjoy with soy sauce, mustard or ketchup.

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Chorizo Mashed   Potatoes Yield: 4 servings Start to finish: 30 minutes

2 pounds peeled potatoes and quartered 1/4 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon kosher salt or to taste 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper 1 cup soft chorizo (Spanish sausage)

Directions Place the chorizo into a small pan and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly until slightly browned. Remove from the heat and set aside. Simmer the potatoes until soft, place them together with the butter in the mixer at slow speed for about 30 seconds, scraping the sides with a rubber spatula to make sure that no big lumps are left on the bottom. Add the cream and mix for another minute until well combined. Add the cooked chorizo, salt and pepper and mix for few more seconds. Remove from the bowl and keep warm.

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Jim Lampl, Claudia Johnson and Gino Calleja with shitake and oyster mushrooms and huitlacoche, the mushroom-like fungus that grows on corn. The familiar and the Latin coming together in a single dish is a consistent theme of the Savory @ Night menu. The restaurant’s approach to dessert is a trio of trios.

The idea is a little taste of everything for everyone at the table. “Grandma Favorites” is carrot cake, all about chocolate cake and tres leches (three milks) cake — all recipes from Johnson’s family. “Fun Tasties” is mango crème brulée, guava napoleon and hazelnut dacquoise. “Choco-Citrus” is opera torte, Key lime mousse and tiramisu. Dinner is served from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, and reservations are accepted. From all appearances, Savory Street is going to be as successful at night as it is during the day. Left: Filete Adobado with smoked poblano demi, chorizo mashed potatoes and squash cazuela.

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It was October 2008 when I wrote my first Black Tie & Tales column, and I am going to take this opportunity to tell you just how much I have loved doing it and maybe get a few things off my chest. I get kidded a lot about getting paid to party. Trust me; it is work. That Nikon is heavy. When you have gone home to sleep, I have gone home to my computer, praying that I can read my own writing, that I correctly spelled all your names and that all systems are go so you can see your photos online as soon as possible. There is unarguably some frivolity in reporting on the social scene, but there is substance as well. I don’t think of myself as a “Gossip Girl,” though I loved reading what Bob Plunket once wrote under that headline. This beat as I defined it is the humaninterest side of philanthropy and its role is to energize the fundraising activities that provide muchneeded support for Sarasota charities. If it is legitimate work, this job has also been more fun than you can imagine, thanks in large part to the people I have met who are amazingly active and generous. There are the ladies who have chaired multiple events in a season: Myrna Band, Veronica Brady, Dottie Garner, Nikki Nilon, Chris

by Molly Schechter | Black Tie Editor

+ Turning the page Effective with next week’s Diversions, Loren Mayo will take the reins as Black Tie Editor. She has held several positions during her five years with The Observer Group, most recently community editor of the Sarasota Observer. Loren is as comfortable with multimedia as she is with newsprint; she is as pleasant to do business with as she is smart, savvy and stylish; and I know you are going to love reading her column. I Photos by Peter Acker am going to love reading her column! She is covering events starting with the Perlman & Pearls Celebration Concert and Gala this weekend. Going forward, photographer Peter Acker will be shooting for her on occasion. A tip: When you see Loren, check out her shoes. She has some of the best personal pedestals in town and wears them superbly.

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Pfahler (before she got a paying job), Mary Ann Robinson, Tana Sandefur and Sally Schule, who has done wonders for the image of Saks. And there is Margaret Wise, who is in a class by herself. There are women who have chaired an event year after year: Anne Folsom Smith for the Sarasota Orchestra, for example, Mary Kenealy-Barbetta for Catholic Charities and the team of Marilyn Naiditch and Naomi Wertheimer for Technion. The town continues to attract such folks: Peggy Abt, in town only two years, is chairing three events this season and serving on at least that many more committees; Beverly Bartner, even newer to Sarasota, has chaired many events for the Asolo Rep. Most heartening is the emerging younger generation of such committed individuals, including Susan Jones, Nikki Taylor, Kyla Weiner and the Observer’s own Emily Walsh Parry. In what other line of work would I have come in contact with the likes of Gerri Aaron, Beatrice Friedman, Bev Koski, Lee Peterson, Betty Schoenbaum and Ulla Searing, grandes dames all? What about the hybrid donor/ volunteers who do so much of the work? Jewel Ash and Carolyn Michel, the girls who can’t say no, top that list. Lest I be accused of chauvinism, it has been a joy to associate with creative, commit-

+ Looking forward I am not disappearing, just appearing less. As I have told many of you, I want to get up one morning, have a cup of coffee and go back to bed! I will continue as food editor writing the weekly

ted guys such as Warren Coville and Harry Leopold. Those lists make no pretense of being complete, so please don’t fuss. The Black Tie section does not, I am happy to say, get many complaints. The one we hear most often is that we run the same peoples’ photos too often. We try not to do that, but when you look at the extensive activity of folks such as these, you will understand how it sometimes happens. If there is a cohort that deserves more visibility I call it the stalwarts … the folks who dress up and show up night after night to benefit the organizations they care about. Among my personal favorites are Jorgen and Gudrun Graugaard who support many different performing-arts organizations. In parting, a word of thanks to the people who helped me learn this job. It was Marjorie North who told me that success would have more to do with what I did not write than what I did write. And in the beginning, Emily showed up at my house one Sunday, plopped a Mac down on the desk of a committed PC user, walked me few a through things and breezed out saying, “It’ll be just fine.” Thanks to all of you, it has been wonderful, and I can borrow a line from Moss Hart and “exit laughing.”

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Because Sarasota’s social and charitable scene is jam-packed every week with fun parties and soirees benefiting notable causes, BT has compiled an abbreviated 2012 Black Tie social calendar featuring 12 don’t-miss events that we’re looking forward to this year. >> SEE MORE 2012 EVENTS / PAGES 12 and 13. Sunshine from Darkness Gala Honoring Patrick Kennedy

Ringling College Library Association Town Hall Lecture Series

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

When: Lectures take place from January through March Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall The Ringling College Library Association’s Town Hall Lecture Series, now in its 30th year, has brought in world leaders, artists, journalists, entertainers, authors, political figures and more to speak before thousands of Sarasotans. This year’s series kicks off Jan. 7 with the by-invitation-only platinum dinner and lecture featuring Tina Brown, one of the most widely known magazine editors in the world. Brown is the former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and currently serves as editor in chief of The Daily Beast/Newsweek. Other speakers in the se-

For the past 15 years, Sunshine from Darkness has not only raised more than $5 million for mentalhealth research, but it has also honored numerous notable people with the Luminary Award, such as Dorothy Hamill, Patty Duke, Joe Pantoliano, Art Buchwald and Mike Wallace for their work in stopping the stigma of mental illness. This year, Sunshine from Darkness will honor former congressman Patrick Kennedy for his work as the author and sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The gala is the culmination of an entire day of events, following Sunshine from Darkness’ Journey to Wellness symposium that will

ries include former First Lady Laura Bush (Jan. 11); Harvard ecnomics professor Roland Fryer (Feb. 1); four-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Feb. 13); “Freakonomics” and “Superfreakonomics” co-author Steven Levitt (March 5); and 30year journalist and FOX News show host Bill O’Reilly (March 21). This year’s Town Hall Lecture Series chairwoman is Kristine Nickel. Tickets are $200 to $600. Call 925-1343 for information.

focus on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Drawing from its subject matter and this year’s Luminary, the evening will be full of patriotic elegance featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a fabulous feast by The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota culinary team. A special performance by the Sarasota Military Academy will be a highlight of the evening in addition to numerous honorable military veterans and notables in attendance. Finally, guests will dance the night away to Scott Blum & Friends — this band had many on their feet all night last year. The black-tie optional evening is chaired by Lee Peterson and Emily Walsh Parry. Tickets are $250 and available by calling 308-MIND or by visiting its website: SunshinefromDarkness.org.

Left: Peter and Connie Woodruff at the 2011 Sunshine from Darkness Gala.

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s Women and Medicine Luncheon When: 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20 Where: Sarasota Yacht Club

Co-Chairwoman Kitty Cranor, special guest Cherie Blair and Co-Chairwoman Kathleen Weiner at last year’s Town Hall Platinum Dinner.

The Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is presenting an inaugural event detailing new frontiers in medicine — “Women and Medicine — Envisioning New Frontiers” luncheon. The panel discussion on neurodegen-

erative disease features Dr. James Schumacher, with the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System; Dr. Ole Isacson, with Harvard Medical School; and Penelope Hallett, Ph.D., from Cambridge, England. The event is chaired by

Ann Charters, SMH Foundation President and CEO Alex Quarles and foundation board Chairwoman Margaret Wise. Tickets are $50 per person. For information, call 917-1286.

Palm Ball ‘An Evening in the Garden of Good and Evil’ When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 Where: Bay Preserve at Osprey If you’ve seen this year’s invitation to the Palm Ball, with its charcoal shadows and smoky glows set on a jet black background, then you know it’s probably going to be a slightly spooky evening. The fifth annual Palm Ball, themed “An Evening in the Garden of Good and Evil,” is chaired by Ariane Dart, Pauline Joerger, Amie Swan, Margaret Wise and honorary Chairwoman Cornelia Matson. Proceeds from the outdoor event benefit the critical land-conservation initiatives on our bays, beaches and barrier islands. Tickets are $350. Call 918-2100.

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When: 11 a.m. Monday, March 12 Where: South Florida Museum

When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 Where: Michael’s On East You may just want to take the entire day off from work, because for the first time, there will be an exclusive Cooking for Wishes “after-party” at Michael’s Wine Cellar. The second interactive luncheon, cochaired by Terri Klauber and Denise Mei, has the goal of raising $63,000 this year — enough to grant about nine wishes. The fourcourse luncheon features tables of eight and a live auction that includes a wish auction. The event has raised $59,000 to date. Tickets are $150. Call 952-9474. Right: Michelle Butler and Susan Jones at Cooking for Wishes 2011.

Corinthian Gala ‘Supper Club & Speakeasy’ When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Bathtubs filled with gin. Cigarette girls. Police officers. The Corinthian Gala — an event that happens only once every three years — is going all-out this year. The evening, which benefits the Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation, begins with cocktails and piano music in the foyer of the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The party will first move into the ballroom, staged as the “Peacock Supper Club” during dinner, which afterward will be transformed into the Corinthian Club Speakeasy. The transformation effect will be pulled off through fabulous lighting and furniture reflecting the time period. Tickets are $350. Call 917-1286.

A Madcap Evening ‘Animal Crackers’ When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 Where: Senior Friendship Centers This year’s "Madcap Evening" will be a truly “ducky” party. For the third consecutive year, Harold Ronson will chair the event. Honorary cochairs are Gerri Aaron and Marvin Albert and Harry and Victoria Leopold. The party will feature great moments from Groucho Marx’s famous TV series, “You Bet Your Life,” and famous movie characters such as Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush and Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding. Singers from the Sarasota Opera will return to add beauty to all the levity, and, as always, there will be a few surprises in store. Dinner will be presented by Phil Mancini, of Michael's On East. Tickets are $150. Call 556-3205. Above: Andi Munzer and Jan Feidelman at last year’s Madcap Evening.

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Alexandra Albrecht, Kameron Partridge, Debbie Partridge and Maureen Fasoil at the 2011 Couture in the Courtyard fashion show.

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Sunday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 p.m. “Sweet & Seductive” TRIO CON BRIO – COPENHAGEN Soo-Jin Hong, violin; Soo-Kyung Hong, cello; Jens Elvekjaer, piano HAYDN Trio in G Major “Gypsy” MENDELSSOHN Trio in C minor ARENSKY Trio in D minor

Sunday, January 22, 2:00 & 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m. “Legendary Broadway” LEE ROY REAMS, song & dance man ALEX RYBECK, piano The New York Times hails him as “Broadways song-anddance man nonpareil” for his leading roles in 42nd Street, Hello Dolly! The Producers, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast...just to name a few.

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Celebration Luncheon When: 10:30 a.m. boutique shopping; 11:30 a.m. luncheon Tuesday, March 20 Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota You had better tune in to the 24th annual Celebration Luncheon presented by Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County, because it promises to inform, educate and entertain while focusing on the theme “media literacy.” With six powerhouse co-chairwomen, including Louise Bruderle, of West Coast Woman; Kelley Lavin, of Gulfshore Media; Lisl Liang, of SRQ Magazine; Diane McFarlin, of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Julie Milton, of Scene Magazine; and Lisa Walsh, of the Observer Group; the event is sure to send out strong messages about the current status of the media and its impact on girls. This year’s She Knows Where She's Going Award winners are strong, smart and bold — Flori Roberts and Pamela Truitt. The Donna Brace Ogilvie Board of Trustees Award will also be given to Susan Jones, of JCI Chemical Inc., and the Jones Family Foundation. The Girl of the Year Award will be presented to 13-yearold Shayla Brown. Call 366-6646, Ext. 211 for information.

Leslie Juron, Jay Price and Patty Bettle at the 2011 Girls Inc. Celebration luncheon.

Tom and Kristy Cail at last year’s Celebration Gala.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21 Where: Michael’s On East We’ll meet you at the Tropicana! The Children First Celebration Gala has become so popular over the past few years that the sellout event has moved from the Sarasota Yacht Club to a new location — Michael’s On East. Last year’s aquatic-themed event was a complete hit with guests and so was the auction, which included a trip to Costa Rica. This year’s theme is “Meet Me at the Tropicana.” The event is chaired by Mindy and Wayne Rollins, Gerri Aaron and Marvin Albert, Jo and Stan Rustein and Drs. Heidi Anderson and Paul Brannan. Proceeds from the event fund the daily services provided to 600 children from 12 locations in Sarasota County. This is the organization’s largest event of the year. Tickets are $200. Call 953-3877, Ext. 124. Right: Brad Hogreve and Jeanne Medawar at last year’s gala.

Men Who Cook When: 6 p.m. Sunday, April 15 Where: Longboat Key Club and Resort Harbourside Dining Room Will John Currie bring back his Mexican lasagna for another go at this year’s Men Who Cook dinner? Will any of these chefs convince someone else to prepare their dish? You’ll just have to wait until April to find out! Nearly 25 of Sarasota’s leading men will showcase their favorite recipes at the second extravaganza, featuring food, food and more food. Each chef will prepare 20 portions of his signature dish and also have his recipe featured in the Men Who Cook cookbook. And, just like last year when Scott Greer raised more than $3,000 selling cakes, the event will feature an old-fashioned cake auction, plus a parade of chefs, live music and Men Who Cook memorabilia. Co-chairing the event are Beverly Bartner, Molly Schechter and Margaret Wise. Tickets are $150. Call 351-9010, Ext. 4712.

Gulf Coast Cheese Fest: The Cheese Ball When: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28 Where: Fête Ballroom The crème de la crème of the Gulf Coast Cheese Fest events, the first official Cheese Ball will be held in the Château de Fromage, otherwise known as the Fête Ballroom at the Polo Grill. Dress camera ready and be ready to “c’est cheese” for the paparazzi while you float between the fabulous food stations and elegant passed hors d’ oeuvres and twirl to lavish entertainment. The event benefits G.WIZ—The Science Museum. Tickets are $100. Call 309-4949.

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Right: A student from the Sarasota Ballet School Left: Joan Nixon, Scott Anderson and Mary Anne Servian

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23 Manatee Choice Affair Luncheon Benefiting: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Renaissance on 9th, Bradenton Contact: Sharon Kunkel, 365-3913, Ext. 1105 Price: $50

5 YMCA Foundation of Sarasota VIP Dinner ‘Sensations from the Sea’ Benefiting: YMCA Foundation of Sarasota When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Longboat Key Club Contact: Kathy Purdy, 951-1336 Price: $200

Temple Beth Israel Gala Benefiting: Temple Beth Israel When: 5 p.m. Where: Sarasota Yacht Club Chair: Dr. O. David Solomon Contact: 383-3428 Price: $190

7 ‘Perlman and Pearls’ Gala Benefiting: The Perlman Music Program/ Suncoast When: 7 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chairs: Barbara Brizdle and Debbie Haspel Contact: Clarke Dvoskin, 350-2338 Price: $500

27 Circus Sarasota Gala ‘Year of the Dragon’ Benefiting: Circus Sarasota When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Under the Big Top Contact: 3559335 Price: $175

 Liz Barzell, Fran Lambert and Debbie Haspel at The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast’s “Perlman and Pearls” Gala in January 2011.  Simon Mumme, Paula Clemow and Ricardo Graziano at last year’s On Pointe Luncheon.

10 On Pointe Luncheon Hosted by: Sarasota Ballet Association Benefiting: Sarasota Ballet When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Chair: Yvonne Sultan Contact: Sandra Timpson, 366-5406 AFMDA event featuring Frida Ghitis Benefiting: American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Gila Meriwether, 320-9297 Price: $75

14 Sunshine From Darkness Gala Benefiting: Sunshine From Darkness When: 6 p.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Chair: Lee Peterson and Emily Walsh Parry Contact: Marlene Hauck, 504-6717 Price: $250

18 30th Anniversary of Women in Power Benefiting: National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Jan Segal, 617-642-3394 Price: $65 20 Women and Medicine Luncheon Benefiting: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Where: Sarasota Yacht Club Chairs: Ann Charters, Alex Quarles and Margaret Wise Contact: Lisa Intagliata, 917-1286 Price: $50 21 Starry Night Dinner, highlighting ‘Yentl’ Benefiting: Asolo Repertory Theatre When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Home of Chris and Aimee

Cogan Chairs: Katherine Harris, Lee Peterson and Margaret Wise Contact: Laura Wood, 351-9010, Ext. 4712 Price: $250 Red Hot Event Benefiting: Suncoast Communities Blood Bank When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Michael’s On East Contact: Gisele Pintchuck, 954-1600, Ext. 1032 Price: $125 Beertopia Benefiting: Junior League of Manatee County When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Gold Coast Eagle Distributing Chairs: Diana Rutland and Jacquelyn Weed Contact: Kim Murawski, 748-0101 Price: $50

29 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival: The Grand Tasting Hosted by: SarasotaManatee Originals Benefiting: American Red Cross When: Noon Where: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art courtyard Contact: 955-3663 Price: $75

 Monica and Michael Klotz at the Forks and Corks: The Grand Tasting event in 2011.

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Tournament Benefiting: Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center When: 11:30 a.m. Where: The Oaks Country Club Chairs: Florence Jensen and Cerita Purmort Contact: Jessica Hays, 365-0208, Ext. 106 Price: $150

28 Catholic Charities Ball Benefiting: Catholic Charities of Sarasota and Manatee Counties When: 6 p.m. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Chairs: Mary KenealyBarbetta, Julie Delaney, Bridgett Spiess and Linda Whitacre Contact: Jeanette Wozniak, 355-4680, Ext. 311 Price: $250

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012

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International Coin Collectors Association ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1970. Those that bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at by a specialist. With the help of these ICCA members, offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1970. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1970 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at Record Highs. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell, you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherited, you can talk to these collectors for free. If your’re lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit www.internationalcoincollectors.com

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PAYING FOR COINS PRE-1970 & CURRENCY INDIAN CENT UP TO $500*

WHEAT BACK CENT UP TO $1,500*

BRAIDED HAIR LARGE CENT UP TO $3,800*

2 CENT PIECE UP TO $2,000*

3 CENT PIECE UP TO $2,500*

BUFFALO NICKEL UP TO $1,800*

JEFFERSON “WAR” NICKEL UP TO $2,000*

LIBERTY “V” NICKEL UP TO $2,800*

SHIELD NICKEL UP TO $4,000*

CAPPED BUST HALF DIME UP TO $10,000*

BARBER DIME UP TO $2,800*

MERCURY DIME UP TO $3,600*

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STANDING LIBERTY QUARTER UP TO $4,400*

BARBER QUARTER UP TO $3,200*

WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR UP TO $4,700*

BARBER HALF DOLLAR UP TO $6,750*

KENNEDY HALF DOLLAR UP TO 8X FACE VALUE*

PEACE DOLLAR UP TO $3,000*

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1798 $5 UP TO $125,000*

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