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Thursday, FEBRUARY 16, 2012

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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

More hotel details emerge A city committee still is weighing the merits of two, competing proposals for a Palm Avenue hotel site next to the garage.

+ SASSY swimmers getting in sync The YMCA’s Sarasota Aquatics Synchronized Swimming will hit the pool from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Selby Aquatics Center, to perform a routine members have been practicing since September. Swimmers from ages 6 to 18 will perform in sequence. The group competes monthly, with hopes of entering a national event in June.

Two big-name hotel developers refined their pitches last week for a Palm Avenue facility. Representatives of Sarasotabased Floridays Development Co. and Atlanta-based Jebco Ventures Inc. held their second meeting

with members of a city committee Feb. 10. That committee has been charged with making a recommendation to the City Commission. The hotel site is directly beside the Palm Avenue parking garage,

on North Palm Avenue at Cocoanut Avenue. “We believe the right kind of hotel for downtown Sarasota is an arts-related, boutique hotel that will act as a tourism spending generator and an economic

magnet,” said Floridays President Angus Rogers. Floridays estimates it will cost $24.7 million to construct a 10-story, 180-room hotel with an average rate of $205 per night, Rogers said. The firm has scrapped plans for any residential units on the top floors, he added.



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+ Ann Hood speaks to NewGate students New York Times best-selling author Ann Hood recently paid a visit to fourth-, fifthand sixth-grade students at NewGate School. The author of “The Red Thread” and “The Knitting Circle” discussed the inspiration behind her books, especially her newest children’s series, “The Treasure Chest.” Hood read from the series’ first book and talked about her writing process. She encouraged the students to explore writing, explaining that she, too, struggles from time in creating her stories.

+ Temple celebrates Tu B’Shevat Temple Beth Sholom students marked Tu B’Shevat, the celebration of the New Year for trees, Wednesday, Feb. 8. It is Jewish custom to eat a type of fruit one is unaccustomed to and to plant a tree, so students planted seedlings around the schoolyard.

Treyvon Thomas and Sydney Deal performed a one-act comedy routine at Booker High School. For more photos, see page 2B.


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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Merchant creates downtown detour plan With the approval of city staff, a downtown Sarasota merchant has created visible detour signage and parking signs for motorists’ use starting this weekend. Concerned about confused motorists attempting to navigate busy city streets during upcoming holiday weekends, a downtown art gallery owner conjured up a creative solution. City of Sarasota staff welcomed

her proposal with open arms early this week. State of the Arts Gallery coowner Tre Michel sent an email to the city commissioners Feb. 2, alerting them that Presidents Day weekend (Feb.18-20) and the

weekend before Easter and the start of the Sarasota County Public Schools’ spring break (March 24-25) both would feature a number of downtown events. Yet, construction of two roundabouts downtown already has been

causing traffic upheavals, because of road-segment closures. “Ringling Boulevard is closed as a thoroughfare and Main Street is closed for street vendors


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DETOUR / FROM PAGE 1A (for this weekend’s art fair), which will leave only Fruitville Road for access to downtown,” Michel wrote. Yet, traffic trying to turn from Fruitville would be blocked as well, at the intersections of Central and Lemon avenues, Michel added. To help motorists avoid having to make several U-turns — or, worse, leave downtown altogether out of frustration — Michel proposed the city erect temporary signs showing motorists where to park and how to navigate more easily around downtown. During a meeting with city staff members, Michel found they not only liked her idea, but they also were willing to put up permanent public parking signs and use electronic message boards on the weekends, to direct motorists to parking lots and the Palm Avenue parking garage. Going a step further, the city has produced a map for residents and visitors, to help them get around town during events that will coincide with street closures for the Sarasota Farmers Market. (Visit to view the map.) “We ended up with a great signage plan to direct people to the parking garages, other parking lots and to the Green Hoppers to shuttle people back and forth,” Michel said. The Green Hopper is a free, electric-vehicle taxi service that operates downtown. The message boards and signs will explain the following: • Motorists coming from the south on U.S. 41 should turn right on Orange Avenue and park either in the Burns Square parking lot, the State Street parking lot or a


parking lot on Second Street. • At the Second Street parking lot, motorists who still have not found parking spaces will be directed to the Palm Avenue parking garage, via Cocoanut Avenue. •  Motorists coming from the area of Longboat Key/St. Armands Key/Lido Key will see signs advising them to drive straight ahead on Gulfstream Avenue to Cocoanut Avenue, then to Palm Avenue, for access to the city parking garage. “What this does is keeps a lot of people from making U-turns, getting frustrated and leaving,” said Michel, who also worked on the project with Downtown Sarasota Alliance Chair John Harshman and Farmers Market representative Phil Pagano. Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown agreed with the clarity of Michel’s concept. “It’s a great idea that staff worked hard to implement in time for this weekend,” Brown said. Michel was pleased, she said, by how fast city staff moved to develop concrete responses to her suggestion. “(City officials) were so accommodating,” Michel said. “I was surprised what fast and personal service we received.” And instead of voicing frustration herself over the downtown traffic jumble, Michel said the city should be proud of the situation that led her to suggest the signage. “In this economy, what a great problem to have, with trying to cater to people who are flocking to downtown for more than one event,” Michel said. “This is all about not having people be afraid to come downtown.”

See a detailed version of the detour map.

HOTEL / FROM PAGE 1A Jebco Ventures Inc. President Jim Bridges presented an Embassy Suites portfolio to the committee for a 175-room hotel, but he said he wouldn’t be able to confirm that franchise arrangement until after the city selected the firm. Nonetheless, Bridges told the committee he never would consider building a hotel on the property without such an arrangement. “The frequent travel programs of Hilton will drive a lot of traffic here with their powerful reservation system,” Bridges said. However, Rogers pointed out that his independently operated hotel in Orlando is ranked No. 1 over the numerous franchise hotels that compete with it. Bridges estimates it would cost $23.5 million to construct his hotel. His company would invest $7 million to $8 million in the project. He added that Jebco and its partner, The McKibbon Group, could finance the hotel through regional banks if the city were willing to lease the land for 25 years. The group would pay the city 2% of its gross revenues for use of the hotel property and Palm parking garage spaces. Bridges estimated that would give the city an income stream of about $120,000 to $140,000 per year. “As revenues go up, the city’s revenues would go up,” Bridges said. “That’s what we can afford to pay, and we can start this project this year.” Jebco’s plans call for a firstfloor restaurant and 5,000 square feet of meeting space. Floridays has proposed pay-

A Tale of Two Proposals Floridays Hotel Proposal Jebco Hotel Proposal Independently operated Flag hotel yet to be named 180 rooms 175 rooms $24.7 million project $23.5 million project Financed through a credit tenant lease agreement Bank-financed Purchasing hotel site for $3.8 million Wants to lease the hotel site ing $3.8 million in cash for the site at the closing. However, according to terms it has outlined, city officials must agree to sign a credit-tenant lease that would allow the developer to use the city’s credit rating to get a lower interest rate on a loan for construction. City staff has voiced concerns about the risks. To assuage those concerns, Rogers announced his company was willing to put up $9 million in cash in “firewall protection buffers.” This means the city would have sufficient funds to make payments on the loan for a year, if the hotel operator ran into financial difficulty. “For this to work, we really want to be open in 2014,” Rogers said. Floridays estimates the firm would hire 120 employees in the off-season and add 22 or more jobs during season. The company also is working on an agreement that would enable hotel customers to use the Lido Pool and the nearby beach. Rogers said his hotel would have an economic impact on the city of between $500 million and $600 million over the next 10 years. He promised it would be one among the top 10 hotel destinations in the state. The proposal includes 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a hotel spa, a restaurant, display

spaces for artwork and collaborations with several downtown businesses and organizations. Floridays also has exclusive rights to purchase a 5,418-square-foot Cocoanut Avenue parcel, where an antiques store stands. While Bridges admitted his company is not in a position to negotiate for that Cocoanut Avenue property, he said that fact “doesn’t adversely affect the economics of what we propose.” City staff, however, seemed intrigued by the prospect of a hotel with a more visible entrance on Cocoanut Avenue. The only point both company presidents agreed upon was a request that the committee allow them to make their pitches directly to the commissioners. “We feel strongly taking proposals to the commission for only a few issues is frustrating for commissioners and is a disservice to the applicants,” Rogers said. “Unless they hear an entire proposal, it’s hard for them to put their arms around our entire proposal. We suggest the commission hold a preliminary negotiation session with each team.” City Purchasing Manager Mary Tucker said the committee members had been struggling over making a recommendation to the City Commission.





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by Nick Friedman | Community Editor


A new downtown-dining concept is drawing workers and tourists to a previously vacant lot on Ringling Boulevard. Food trucks rolled in Monday and unveiled an array of entrees on a previously empty lot on Ringling Boulevard near Links Avenue. Ringling Picnic has become Sarasota’s newest on-the-go dining option. The open-air food park so far consists of six trucks offering various types of gourmet dishes. “I think it’s really important to be able to offer people downtown another lunch option,” said Thomaura O’Sullivan, coowner of the gourmet macaroni truck, O’Macalicious. “I think this is something people will be happy to have.” The park will offer a rotating roster of trucks operating from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The goal is to tempt diners with reasonably priced gourmet spins on traditional curbside cuisine, such as tacos, miniature sandwiches and macaroni and cheese. The business model has been successful in large cities across the country. Sarasotans’ response so far has been enthusiastic, too. “I’ve been looking for something like this,” said customer Kelly Fernandez. “I know Tampa has food-truck conventions, and I just checked and was happy to see that we had this here.” Some of the food-truck owners said they had been in the restaurant business for years and had been looking for a change of pace. For example, Chris Jett, owner of Baja Boys Grill, is a classically trained chef who has owned several dining establishments. However, after a few bad experi-

Quick-lunch options O’Macalicious:

Thomaura O’Sullivan and Bob Orminski offer a variety of gourmet macaroni-andcheese dishes, including gluten-free options. For an extra-special treat, try macaroni served in a waffle cone.

B Cool Treats: This blast from the past serves a local brand of frozen treats from a 1979 Good Humor Ice Cream truck. Baja Boys Grill: Photos by Rachel O’Hara

Flying Sliders features a variety of gourmet sandwiches with a flying-saucer theme.

The Baja Boys Grill offers a menu of chicken and fish dishes made with organic ingredients. ences, he opted for the lower overhead and the mobility of a food truck. Others, such as Brenda Zook, owner of B Cool Treats, are new to the business and are just enjoying the opportunity to mingle with customers. “I like working for myself,” she said. “I love the one-on-one interaction with customers.” Although their levels of ex-


perience and backgrounds are as varied as their menus, the truck owners say they are working together to dispel some of the negative stereotypes associated with food trucks. Many people consider foodtruck operations less sanitary than those of brick-and-mortar establishments, but the truck owners point to the cleanliness of their trucks and the freshness of their ingredients. “Our trucks are taken apart and cleaned every day,” said Jett. “We only have room for so many ingredients, so there won’t ever be anything old lying around. We support local growers, and a lot of the ingredients you’re eating were still on the vine this morning.” The lower start-up costs and overhead combine to create an affordable entry into the restaurant industry and allow proprietors to keep prices reasonable for customers, the truck owners say.

Owned by classically trained chef Chris Jett, this truck has a Southern California/baja menu that includes chicken and fish tacos, burritos and other entrées made with organic ingredients.

Foodeez: Catering to fellow food enthusiasts, or “foodeez,” Philadelphia native Al Rodriguez serves up his hometown’s famous cheesesteaks alongside a rotating menu of international foods. Flying Sliders: Long

Island, N.Y., native Andrew Seeley moved two years ago to Sarasota to open this otherworldly cart, which serves a variety of gourmet slider sandwiches with a flying-saucer theme.

Java Dawg: This doubledecker English bus turned into a coffee shop serves fresh-brewed coffee with pastries, as well as small dishes.

by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Palmer Ranch park takes shape The first part of The Culverhouse Nature Park to be finished this spring will be an entrance off McIntosh Road. CULVERHOUSE NATURE PARK A future Palmer Ranch park starts coming to life this spring. MCINTOSH R











Palmer Ranch residents soon will see their new park taking shape off McIntosh Road. Last year, Palmer Ranch owner and developer Hugh Culverhouse Jr. donated 82 acres of undeveloped land to Sarasota County for the creation of The Culverhouse Nature Park. Construction on the entrance to the facility is set to begin this spring. George Tatge, a manager in the Sarasota County Parks and Recreations Department, told the Sarasota Observer that staff met with its Construction Management Services team last week to begin designing the entryway, which will include a fence and a driveway. Work on what has been the park’s most publicized feature, the Culverhouse Community Garden, will get under way as soon as the county finishes the entrance. The park will be bordered by The Legacy Trail to the west, The Hamptons subdivision to the southeast and the Wellington Chase subdivision to the northeast. Because deed restrictions prevent many Palmer Ranch residents from keeping a garden that’s visible from the road, Catherine Dente, one of the community garden’s organizers, said 60 out of 75 garden plots already had been reserved, at a cost

of $50 each. With deer and feral hogs abundant in the area, the gardeners also plan to erect a fence around the garden, before they put any seeds into the ground. The fence will cost $13,000, with a $10,000 grant covering most of that cost. Sales of garden-plot reservations will be

used to make up the balance. First, though, the Culverhouse Community Garden group will erect a shed for future use. The goal is to get that structure up by late this month. Eventually, the community garden also will include a 1,500-gallon cistern, to irrigate the plots via a pump operated by solar-energy panels. “Within a few months, any visitor or citizen will be allowed in to visit the very beginnings of the park, and that’s exciting,” said Dente. The community garden plots will be tilled in August, she said, in preparation for the fall planting season. Future park amenities include the formal start of The Legacy Trail, parking for cars and bicycles, a pavilion, nature trails and a playground. The Friends of Palmer Ranch Parks is working closely with Sarasota County staff to create the facilities. However, Tatge has warned Palmer Ranch residents not to be disappointed with the timetable for the work, because the park features will be constructed in phases. Tatge said it would take staff time to finish the nature trails and publicize the park as the head of The Legacy Trail. Still, he said, “We’re creating this park more quickly by implementing it in phases, and we ask for the residents’ patience as we plan it correctly with the help of the community.”



by Rachel Hackney | Managing Editor

Season of Sharing total reaches $1.6 million With community contributors having given more than $1.1 million to the 2011-2012 Season of Sharing, the initiative has won a gift of $500,000 from The Patterson Foundation, for a total of $1.6 million, as of Feb. 9, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has announced. For the third year, The Patterson Foundation matched every new and increased donation. The Community Foundation already has distributed $410,000 of the funds to 12 human-service agencies in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, enabling them “to continue assisting families with emergency needs while the fundraising campaign continues,” a news release says. Additional distributions will be made later in the year. The Community Foundation points out that 100% of the donations go to direct assistance for families at risk of homelessness. The funds enable social workers in the four participating counties to help hundreds of people with one-time rent and mortgage payments, utility bills and other expenses — up to $1,000 — to stabilize their lives, a foundation news release says. Once again, Season of Sharing benefited from a partnership of community media groups, Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation, said. “The media is in the for-profit business,” she said, “yet, they were willing to say this was of higher importance for the community.” She added, “This is not the norm, but it sets an example that everybody can still be successful in their business but can come together (to help the community).” Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Foundation, said, “Since 2009, nine media organizations have joined the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Season of Sharing campaign to spread the word about how the Great Recession was impacting so many families on the verge of homelessness.” She added, “Thanks to the media partnerships, the annual campaign has generated an outpouring of heartfelt concern and donations by sharing the stories of families trying to do all the right things, yet still finding themselves in a challenging situation. The in-kind support by the media partners has resulted in successfully reaching the goal faster than previous years, raising a record $1.6 million since November.” Now in its 12th year, the Season of Sharing began as a partnership between the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation. This year, that partnership included The Observer Group, the Bradenton Herald, Sun Newspapers, Sarasota Magazine/Biz941, the Clear Channel radio stations in the region, SNN Local News 6, ABC7, Comcast and Bright House Networks. The results so far of this latest Season of Sharing, Jacobs said, are “a credit, quite frankly, to every single partner.” Jacobs pointed out that “partner” is a key word in the operations of The Patterson Foundation. “We cannot have the best impact when we always operate alone,” she said. “We can do good, but we can’t do awesome. Together, we can do awesome.” Hundreds of people in the community responded to the media partners’ efforts to publicize the 2011-12 campaign, according to the Community Foundation.



+ City of Sarasota to host public parking forum

The public is invited to participate in a city-sponsored parking management forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 23, in Geldbart Auditorium at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. Staff members from the Parking Services Management Department will facilitate a discussion about the city’s paid-parking program. “We would like an open dialogue to improve the system,” said Parking Manager Mark Lyons. For more information about the forum, contact the Parking Services Management Department at 954-7057.

The most read stories online last week were: 1. “PHOTO GALLERY: Father- Daughter Dance at St. Martha” (Feb. 4) 2. “New College makes appearance on Today show for no. 3 ranking” (Feb. 7) 3. “Dog washes no longer welcome at park” (Feb. 9) 4. “DID approves $19 million project” (Feb. 9) 5. “Parking meters to stay downtown” (Feb. 7)


“Using a QR code is a great way to market the city,” said Commissioner Shannon Snyder. The QR code links to the city of Sarasota website: www.SarasotaGov. com. There, a user can calculate his monthly utility bill, pay the bill online, read the latest news releases, learn about upcoming events at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, review upcoming City Commission and advisory board meeting agendas, watch live

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+ Public comments sought on new Gulf Gate Library Members of the public are invited to contribute ideas for the design of a new Gulf Gate Library during a community session from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23, at St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 Beneva Road, Sarasota.  Sarasota County staff, including Program Manager Carolyn Eastwood, Project Manager Coleman Knott and Gulf Gate Library Manager Jim Mitchell, will host the open house-style meeting. Representatives from the architectural firm of Harvard Jolly Inc., the group handling the design, will join them. Comments and ideas about the types of library services people want will constitute the first step in designing the building. The new library will be built on the site of the existing building, at 7112 Curtiss Ave.

Meetings agendas


 North Trail Alliance Meeting — 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, The Roskamp Center, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota  Lido Key Residents Neighborhood Association — 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Lido Key Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Key  Arlington Park Neighborhood Association Meeting — 7 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Waldemere Fire Station, 2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota  Sarasota City Commission Regular Meeting — 2:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, City Hall, Commission Chambers, 1565 First St., Sarasota


City of Sarasota utilities customers will see something new on their bills this month: a matrix bar code. Known as a QR (quick response) code, the small black-and-white square can be scanned with a smart phone, so the user can learn more about Sarasota.

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video streaming of City Commission meetings and more. With QR codes gaining in popularity in the private sector, Snyder had suggested placing the QR code on the city utility bills.

 Alta Vista Neighborhood Association Meeting — 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Concordia Lutheran Church, 2185 Wood St., Sarasota

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By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Five Sarasota County interim department directors are awaiting decisions on their status, while their performance and their departments are evaluated.

Labels up in the air Sarasota County has been operating for several months with five of its 13 directors holding an interim title. In December, then interim County Administrator Terry Lewis and Deputy County Administrator Bill Little said they wanted newly hired County Administrator Randall Reid to decide on the future of those positions. Reid’s first day was Jan. 23, but

no changes have taken place regarding the interim titles. “I don’t intend to make any internal appointments within the first 30 days,” Reid said. “I intend to make assessments of the county’s operations first. I will be meeting with the directors individually when the time is right.” The following directors continue to have the “interim” designation attached to their titles:


• Human Resources Interim Director Joanie Whitley • Community Services Interim Executive Director John McCarthy • Communications Interim Director Crystal Pruitt • Interim Chief Financial Planning Officer Steve Botelho • Interim Fire Chief and Public Safety Director Mike Tobias In a Dec. 20 email to the Sara-

sota County Commission, Lewis wrote that the county’s organizational flow chart was being updated to reflect the interim positions. “It is worth noting that there are currently interim directors and each is performing at a very high level,” Lewis said. “This will allow the new administrator to look at several options, including the opportunity to reduce

executive-level positions.” According to staff communications, Reid is continuing to evaluate his employees, including all the directors. In a Feb. 6 email to county staff, Reid explained he is “focusing on listening, learning, assessing, contributing and directing as I understand better our organizational needs and strategic issues.”

Sarasota County Interim Directors

Joanie Whitley Human Resources Interim Director Years of service: 13 When interim service began: Oct. 8, 2011

John McCarthy

Crystal Pruitt

Steve Botelho

Mike Tobias

Community Services Interim Executive Director Years of service: 30 When interim service began: Sept. 10, 2011

Communications Interim Director Years of service: 5 When interim service began: Oct. 8, 2011

Interim Chief Financial Planning Officer Years of service: 6 When interim service began: July 16, 2011

Interim Fire Chief/Public Safety Director Years of service: 33 When interim service began: Dec. 17, 2011

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clude gathering funds for a parking garage on the Circle, creating public bathrooms, burying power lines, enhancing the landscaping and creating Circle entrance signs for motorists. The BID is a special taxing district that St. Armands Circle property owners voted to create to help pay for improvements on the Circle. The BID, which imposes a 2-mill tax on nearly 80 properties, expires in 2013. But the BID doesn’t intend to move forward with the 10-year extension and a $15,000 referendum until it can clarify some issues with the city of Sarasota. During its Tuesday meeting, the BID agreed to engage a law firm to begin discussions with the city attorney’s office on some proposed changes to the BID, prior to moving forward. That’s because in May 2009, after ballots for a referendum to extend the district were mailed out, the BID became aware that two St. Armands merchants had challenged the interpretation of the state statue under which the BID had been formed. Rappaport said the challenge was an attempt for Circle merchants to gain more representation on the board. The referendum ultimately failed. At the time, Deputy City Attorney Mike Connolly concluded the statute wasn’t definitive regarding who was eligible to serve on the board. Currently, the BID consists of a merchant landowner and two landowner investors. Rappaport is worried that if a majority of the three-member board comprised merchants or merchant landowners, the board could then choose to use the BID monies to fund special merchant events and pay for a BID executive director salary instead of funding capital-improvement projects. The BID doesn’t have an executive director, and Rappaport said that 100% of the funds collected are poured back into the Circle for capital improvement projects, advertising, enhanced maintenance and minor BID expenses. Rappaport presented the desired changes for BID board requirements at Tuesday’s BID meeting. The changes mandate that a board member must be an owner and taxpayer of property within the district. To avoid conflicts of interest, Rappaport also suggests that two board members sharing ownership of one or more properties within the district can serve on the board. And to ensure the BID remains a landowners association, Rappaport proposes that there can never be more than one board member who is both a landowner and a merchant within the district. Without those changes, Rappaport said the BID does not have the support of the Circle landowners for a simple majority vote of district members to approve an extension of the BID. “If we don’t get a clear-cut interpretation, it’s not going to go through,” he said. What created tensions between Circle merchants and landowners in 2009 was Connolly’s interpretation that the Sarasota City Commission could change the requirements of the board members at any time. “The landowners are wrestling with this bone in their throat that the rug can be pulled out from under them at any time,” Rappaport said. The board unanimously agreed to move

Making an impact The St. Armands Business Improvement District (BID) has made the following improvements to St. Armands Circle in the past 10 years: • New street lighting with outdoor music provisions • New and repaired sidewalks • Installation of 122 Bose outdoor speakers for music and emergency public address system • Funded a city-approved St. Armands Master Plan • Constructed new neck-out medians and brick-paved crosswalks • Partnered with the city to provide path lights in center park • Partnered with the city to obtain an easement for angled parking  Donated John Ringling statue • Partnered with the city to provide needed benches and trash containers • Partnered with the city to remove newspaper racks and replace with new models • Sponsored a Circle study that was presented to merchants by a planner • Renovated all four medians with a park-like setting that provided curbs, sidewalks, sitting areas, new lighting and enhanced landscaping • Participated in workshops to create stormwater improvements to correct Circle street flooding • Provided financial assistance for the installation of Christmas decorations • Worked with city staff to amend outdoor dining requirements and create signs and wayfinding signs • Worked with city officials and downtown merchants to help create the Downtown Improvement District (DID) forward with city discussions in an attempt to garner support for the changes and hold a future discussion with the commission. Rappaport, meanwhile, suggested the BID, the merchants and the Circle residents must all work together with the city to discuss a future Circle parking garage. Rappaport and St. Armands Circle Association Executive Director Diana Corrigan said the Circle’s landowners and merchants are working well together right now. She agreed that all future discussions regarding the garage should occur at upcoming Circle Association meetings and not at BID meetings, until more input from all parties can be received. In the meantime, the BID agreed the last 10 years of taxing its Circle property owners an extra 2 mills has been beneficial, funding a dozen projects and helping to create more than $2.5 million worth of improvements over the past 10 years (see sidebar). “(The BID) could not have worked out better with what we have been able to accomplish so far,” said DID board member Michael Valentino. Rappaport said the garage and future projects could take the Circle “to the next level.” Corrigan said that there’s a waiting list for “A-level” retailers that want to open up on a Circle that’s completely leased out. She said the Circle is having its best season since 2007.



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Burks places Payne Park Village property on the market A 9.5-acre parcel off School Avenue that won controversial approval for mixed-use development has gone on the market. A 9.5-acre parcel off School Avenue, which won city approval in 2009 for a controversial mix of townhouses, condominiums and retail space, has been put on the real estate market for $10.89 million. Called Payne Park Village, the development was proposed more than six years ago, in spite of protests by residents of the adjacent Alta Vista neighborhood. Michael Saunders & Co. has listed the property, which is just east of the 36acre Payne Park. The parcel faces School Avenue and connects to both Ringling Boulevard and Fruitville Road. The city permits for development are good for 10 years, according to the agreement with owner Ron Burks, who had paid $4.54 million for the parcel. Sarasota resident and developer Burks had proposed the development of the property in 2005; he hoped to break ground in 2007. It took him more than three years to win the necessary zoning change for the site, from residentialmulti-family use to downtown mixed use/downtown core, and to receive project approvals. However, nearby residents took issue with the zoning change and Burks’ initial plans. They protested the design of a high-rise project so close to their neighborhood. They repeatedly fought Burks during City Commission sessions and other city meetings. Burks scaled back his plan several times, to try to accommodate the residents. More than one set of city commissioners reviewed the designs. Instead of 450 condominiums in tow-

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National columnist told a large Sarasota audience that a Middle East calamity could be in the offing. ‘We should be very alarmed,’ says Bret Stephens.

Payne Park Village property overview The Payne Park Village mixed-use parcel off School Avenue lists the following phases for sale, either separately or combined for a total cost of $10.89 million: • Phase 1 — 5.75 acres. Intended use is a 112-unit residential community consisting of nine, four-story buildings. Offered at $5,965,000. • Phase 2 — 1.46 acres. Intended use is 80 residential units and 20,000 square feet of office and/ or retail. Offered at $1.1 million. • Phase 3 — 1.46 acres. Intended use is 46 residential units and 53,000 square feet of office and/ or retail space. (no price listed for phase 3) • Phase 4 — 0.87 acres. Intended use is a 110-room hotel. Offered at $1,925,000.

A combination of perilous events in the Middle East could lead to a potentially catastrophic year in the region, says Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens. Stephens was the keynote speaker for the American Jewish Committee-West Coast Florida Winter Lunch & Learn event Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Longboat Key Club Harbourside Dining Room. A onetime editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem Post, Stephens told the crowd, more than 250 people, that Iran is at the forefront of the potential problems. Iran has been said to have made several key advancements in acquiring nuclear power over the past year. “We should be very alarmed about Iran,” said Stephens. “We should be very alarmed that Iran will cross the nuclear power finish line.” Stephens said Israeli security and military officials are certainly watching what Iran does, and a pre-emptive strike is a legitimate possibility. That could even happen within months, added Stephens, and Israel could attack with or without assistance from the United States. Stephens said he thinks the U.S. should take a more forceful approach on Iran. He derided the pacifying nature of the Obama administration, which he said values talk over action. “Containment,” Stephens said on Iran, “is ludicrous.” Stephens said countries such as Iran

ers as tall as seven stories, as he originally had envisioned, Burks received approval in March 2009 to build 238 town homes in structures no higher than four stories, plus 120,000 square feet office space, a 100-room hotel and 19,000 square feet of shops. After the recession began, Burks did not proceed with the project. The land remains vacant. Burks did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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don’t respond well to sanctions and stern lectures. After all, he said, Iran sent 100,000 children to their deaths in minefields in the 1980s. So, cutting off financial aid isn’t likely to budge a country whose leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has said eliminating Israel is a top priority. Moreover, if Iran can use nuclear weapons on Israel, Stephens said, it might not be long before the country figures out how to launch a similar attack on the United States. “Iran isn’t only significant threat to Israel and its neighbors,” Stephens said. “Iran is a threat to all of us in the United States.”

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Keep your hands off downtown, dummies! Downtown is a little bit funky, a bit old school and a little bit frayed. But all of these characteristics spell ‘personality.’ I often ponder the question: “Are people born stupid, or is this something that requires constant cultivation and practice?” The only conclusion I can come, to based on a great deal of practical research in life’s rich tapestry, is that some people are born with an unfortunate lack of inherent intelligence and are victims of the draw Dorfman or just bad genes. But the great majority of those whom I view as lacking in even a modicum of common sense have developed this characteristic over a lifetime of dubious thought processes and decisions. Case in point: Why do some people feel it is necessary to keep messing with our beautiful, but limited downtown/ Main Street area? We have a group of initials, DID, DSA, CCNA, STP, CIA, CRAP, TARP, ad nauseum, that claims to represent and have the best interests of Sarasota’s downtown, uptown, Newtown and Dogtown in our community, but for whatever reason,

some of these seem to have an inadequate grasp of the obvious. To wit: It’s a never-ending struggle to maintain a viable business in our downtown shopping area, and those that are making the courageous effort to do so need to be handled carefully, loved, nurtured and cherished. Instead, the businesses get hit by one body blow after another. First, they had to deal with the horrid economy of the past four years. Those that survived did so through initiative, smarts, a loyal customer base and a bit of good old-fashioned Southern ingenuity. Next, they had to contend with a masterstroke of urban planning in the form of parking meters. Clearly, that experiment has been a disaster, with usage about 50% of what was anticipated. (Don’t even get me started on the “S.S. Travesty”: the Palm Avenue garage.) Yet, both of these ill-conceived and poorly thought-out objects of nondesire remain. Thank you, com-

missioners. You had a chance to get rid of the meters last week but managed to trip over your own pay-stations.) The best part of the parking fiasco/equation is the fact that certain members of city government contend that we need the meters to fund the city’s parking program. Duh. If you don’t have the program, you don’t need to fund it. (Am I nuts here?) Now we have another group of brain surgeons telling us we should try parallel parking on Main Street. I’m quite convinced they are on psychedelic drugs with this one. Can you imagine members of our aged population trying to parallel park on a busy evening in the dark? Now the justification for this is that it would provide more room for the restaurants to have tables outside — as would our other recent urban exploration — widened sidewalks and brick paving. Putting aside the fact that these suggestions might help our eating places’ bottom lines, conversely, it would potentially hurt other non-dining establishments on Main Street, by removing

needed parking spaces. I would love to see the time come when our sidewalks are overcrowded with shoppers and diners knocking each other over to patronize our great downtown offerings. Until then, cool it. Folks, get a grip. It’s difficult enough to make a go of it in Sarasota without having a bunch of quasi-urban planning geniuses, with no experience in operating a shop or restaurant, coming up with grandiose ideas that will turn Sarasota into Asheville, Lincoln Road in Miami or Paris. It just ain’t gonna “woik.” I like downtown the way it is — a little bit funky, a bit old school and a little bit frayed around the edges. All of these characteristics spell “personality” — something we are blessed with in abundance in our beautiful city. Keep your hands off downtown. It will change and conform as market conditions dictate — if we let it, of course. Meanwhile, just enjoy the fruits of some other people’s very hard-fought efforts. Richard Dorfman is a former District 1 City Commission candidate. He says it is likely he will run again.

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Where is Sarasota’s longrange revitalization plan? In 2010, I moved back here from Chattanooga. During the 1990s, I witnessed Chattanooga’s “Shared Vision” among city and county governments, businesses and residents. They developed 2020 and 2030 revitalization plans. Now, it is Sarasota’s turn. We must replace myopic nearsightedWaters ness with a meaningful consensus, a long-range vision. Recent downtown improvement meetings demonstrate how nearsighted individuals, lacking vision, allow self-interest to supersede the community’s long-range well being. Why does Main Street’s city center create such fervor? Look at the beautiful aesthetics of Little Five Points (Burns Court) or the opera house north of Five Points.

How about bricked and curbless Lemon Avenue, with bollards and landscaped beautification? Lemon bears a striking resemblance to the current downtown/ Main Street City Center beautification plan, which many refuse to accept. Instead, we bow to illogical fears of the minority, made up of merchants who rarely own the real estate they occupy. They also do not own the cherished parking spaces out front. Yet, their minority voices hold us prisoner, distracting us from the real need to develop a future for Sarasota as a world-class city. Although old in years, a 1959 downtown plan that advocated a pedestrian-only Main Street and a walkover bridge to the bay remains contemporary today. On a larger scale, it symbolizes the recently proclaimed historical district.

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Why? Signage on Interstate 75 advertises Sarasota’s historical district. Historical “what”? Main Street’s city center a historical district? Where is the history? In 50- and 60-year-old depreciated buildings greatly in need of revitalization or revival? We are so caught up in fighting over parking/no parking, bricks/no bricks, curbed/no curbed and sidewalk width. Are we losing our minds or simply lost, because we fail to keep Sarasota’s heritage before us? Sarasota’s historical district is better observed in Little Five Points, or what is aptly named Burns Court, after one of Sarasota’s early founders. We must stop all the needless bickering. Instead, let us start to unite around a question: What is Sarasota’s unique heritage, one that allows us to call Sarasota a world-class city? Then, we can ask, Is it foundationally important to Sarasota’s future? Once we determine that, we can develop a communitywide consensus, a vision that

SOUND OFF What’s your view about or vision for downtown Sarasota? Should lower Main Street be converted to pedestrian-only use? Should the sidewalks be widened at the expense of parking spaces? Should the meters be removed? Send your comments to or 1970 Main St., Sarasota, 34236. shapes our story for the next 100 years, a vision for a meaningful and well-planned future, pulling together all the priceless amenities we call Sarasota. It is not hard for me to see a small part of the vision. I see Main Street’s city center as the heartbeat of this vision. There are bronzed statues of historical figures on each corner. Protruding from the bases, on four sides, will be touch screens. They audibly can tell the dramatic stories, connecting the figures with the time periods they lived in and their contributions to the city.


I see students coming to downtown on field trips. They will learn about their heritage and what it means to be a Sarasotan. I see residents strolling Main Street, reinforcing their pride, knowing how special it is to live in a world-class city with cultural and waterfront resources few communities can boast of having. I see thousands and thousands of year-round tourists from all over the world, flocking to Main Street and other parts of downtown, spending their money, amazed at what Sarasota offers. Many will decide this is where they want to live. That is not a complete vision for revitalizing Sarasota, just a beginning. It is time we all work together and develop a long-range vision, a vision on which Sarasotans can agree — Sarasota’s vision! It is great to want to beautify and improve Main Street’s city center. It is far better to develop an extensive vision for Sarasota, determining what downtown will look like, how it will be beautified and what improvements will be made. More important, this speaks to the future Sarasota our children will inherit. Without a long-term vision or revitalization plan, Sarasota is destined to continue its decline into obscurity. We continue to rest on the laurels of the past 100 years, taking for granted the blessings people such as John Ringling left us. One day, those laurels might just fly south forever — or, north, to Ellenton, like the Ringling Brothers Circus that once called Sarasota home. Let’s stand together and create SRQ2100, Sarasota’s vision for the rest of this century. I can see it! Can you? More important, will you join me in developing the vision for our future? Shall we take this exciting journey together? Chris Waters was raised in Sarasota. He has 35 years of professional experience in entrepreneurship, real-estate development, business consulting and long-range strategic planning. He was the executive director of community performing-arts and educational organizations. He is president of Lakewood Ranch-based Coaching, Counseling and Consulting.

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I chose the houses to buy. I chose the time to buy. I chose the amounts to pay. I chose the bank to get the loan to buy the houses, because I did not have enough money to pay cash. I accepted the interest rate. We made a deal. I said I would pay back the loan. Everyone upside down on his house did the same thing. He chose which house to buy, when to buy it, how much to pay, and what bank to use, and he accepted the interest rate and promised to pay it back. He signed papers. The recession changed circumstances for some people, and they could not pay back loans. That is understandable. But how, in the broadest sense, has this situation come to be the banks’ fault? I never dreamed of going to the bank and demanding it change the rules of the contract I signed, because, in hindsight, the rental house was not a good purchase. It will take years to get rigside up on it. I could just walk away. But I went to the bank in the first place to get the loan. We spend too much time blaming someone else for our misfortunes, and we want to get bailed out. Banks, insurers, auto manufacturers, homeowners. We all want, and perhaps even expect, that the government will fix our mistakes. That’s maybe the biggest mistake. Because in the most on-the-ground sense, this latest bailout will help very few people — maybe one in 10 in the target group. However, it will allow for a lot of political crowing for those seeking re-election. And in government, that’s what it is all about.

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Feb. 4 12:01 a.m. — 2400 block of Cocoanut Avenue. Dispute. A woman reported she had been in a verbal altercation with her landlord, because he had demanded she put her rent in his mailbox the night before her rent was due. She refused to do so, she said, because she pays in cash, and she didn’t want the money to be stolen.

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8:25 p.m. — 10 block of North Lemon Avenue. Theft. A woman told police someone swiped her purse from her restaurant table while she was watching Madonna perform during the Super Bowl halftime show. Another patron told police he saw a man try to steal a different purse earlier. Later the same night, the woman’s mother called the cell phone that was in the purse, and the man who answered said he would return the phone in exchange for money. Officers went with the woman to retrieve the phone at the designated location, but they said they did not have enough evidence to arrest the man for stealing the purse or the phone.

Backup system 11 a.m. — 1600 block of Ringling Boulevard. Patrol Request. A bank manager requested extra patrols in the area of the bank, after its alarm system began to malfunction.


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5:12 p.m. — 4000 block of South Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Person. A man had a cut over his eye after reportedly falling off his bicycle. The man told police

Feb. 6 Wannabe firefighter 7:29 a.m. — 1600 block of Eighth Street. Noise Violation. Police responding

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2:30 p.m. — 1500 block of Main Street. Theft. An ammunition-store clerk told police two men had stolen two boxes of .38-caliber ammunition she had left on the counter while she was helping another customer. A security tape confirmed the clerk’s story.

1:35 a.m. — 1400 block of Main Street. Noise Violation. A restaurant manager received a subpoena to appear in court for violating a noise ordinance. The manager had received a warning on a previous occasion.

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to a noise complaint found a small stereo speaker outside the front door of an apartment. It was blaring local firedispatch calls from an attached scanner. The apartment resident agreed to turn down the volume of the speaker.

Driving in the buff 10:41 a.m. — 2700 block of North Tamiami Trail. Suspicious Circumstance. A college maintenance worker told police that a man in his 60s, driving a dark pickup truck, approached him to ask for directions. The maintenance worker told police he realized the man was wearing sunglasses, but nothing else, as he drove off.

Where am I? 12:51 p.m. — 700 block of North Osprey Avenue. Disorderly Intoxication. A man who had passed out on a park bench after a night of drinking was transported to a treatment facility.

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found a man sleeping against the wall of a building. The man told police he had been rejected by The Salvation Army and had nowhere else to go.

6:15 p.m. — 1700 block of Seventh Street. Animal Nuisance. Two pit bulls were reported running loose in a park for the second time in two weeks. The owner apologized to the police, adding that the dogs had escaped by digging under the fence around her house.

Feb. 6 Too much temptation 4:50 p.m. — 2000 block of Eighth Street. Theft. An air conditioning repairman told police he left tools, valued at more than $800, on one side of a house while he went to pick up a part. The tools were gone when he returned.

Beyond the firing offense 9:37 a.m. — 600 block of South Pineapple Avenue. Dispute. A man told police that after his wife had fired an employee earlier in the week, the employee and his partner began making harassing phone calls to the business.

Feb. 7 Racking up the offenses 2 p.m. — 1400 block of Main Street. Disturbing the Peace. A man told police a downtown restaurant constantly blares music into the early-morning hours. Police advised the man to call the Police Department every time the restaurant did so.

A memory matter 11:45 p.m. — 1400 block of First Street. Suspicious Circumstance. A man called to report that his truck was stolen from a garage while he was out drinking with friends on Main Street. After police officers found the truck in another parking lot, they left a message for the owner. They believed the man had forgotten exactly where he had parked the vehicle.

Feb. 8 A hard pillow 1:50 a.m. — 1500 block of Boulevard of the Arts. Trespassing. Police


Feb. 8 Tools of the trade 1:43 p.m. — 1700 block of Myrtle Street. Suspicious Circumstance. Police were informed that a couple was selling new tools out of the trunk of their green car.

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Individual tickets at $175. Tables beginning at $2,500. Proceeds support programs at MD Anderson.

1000 Boulevard of the Arts 8:30 a.m. Doors open. Breakfast is served. 9 a.m. Program on the latest in cancer care followed by a panel discussion with presenting doctors. Free to the public. Seating is limited.

3 p.m. Gates open. *4 p.m. Polo match begins. 6 p.m.Post-game soiree and silent auction bidding begin. * General admission tickets to the polo match are available at the gate for a $5.00 minimum donation per person. Children 12 and under free.

To RSVP to the seminar and/or purchase tickets to Polo Under the Palms, email or call 866-262-9029. Special thanks to Polo Under the Palms 2011 Royal and Queen Palm Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Red Armour • Bessemer Trust Company • Gettel Automotive M&I Wealth Management • Misdee and James Miller • Christie and James P. Uihlein • Mary and Jamie Uihlein


The Wings of Freedom Tour flew into Sarasota Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, at the Rectrix Aerodrome at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. The three World War II planes that were on display included the “Nine O Nine” Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress; “Witchcraft” Consolidated B24J Liberator; and “Betty Jane” North American P-51C Mustang. Those who attended had the chance to walk through two of the planes and could pay to experience riding in the planes.




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New principal excited about future at SSAS Tara Tahmosh-Newell, a longtime teacher at SSAS, took the school’s reins Feb. 1. Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences has seen its fair share of change and excitement the past few months. The faculty and students moved into a new building, the Florida Department of Education ranked SSAS the No. 1 middle school in Sarasota. And as of Feb. 1, longtime teacher and administrator Tara Tahmosh-Newell began her career as the school’s new principal. Tahmosh, who joined SSAS in 2000 as an English teacher, is excited to be a part of the school’s transformation. “Now that we’re settled in our new building, we can finally start to catch our breath,” Tahmosh said. “We were doing well even in our old building, so I’m excited to see where we’ll go from here.” Before the new building was ready, classrooms were crowded, and many teachers shared rooms or had no permanent room at all. “This is something everyone’s been anticipating for a long time,” said Tahmosh. “Teachers finally have their own space. For some of them, this is their first classroom.” Although the coaches are still busing students to nearby parks for physical education, Tahmosh expects this problem to be resolved in July, when the school’s new gym is scheduled for completion. Tahmosh said she will miss the amount of student interaction that she was afforded as a teacher, but she’s excited for the new challenges and opportunities she’ll

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Tara Tahmosh-Newell was named SSAS principal, effective Feb. 1.

face as principal. Rebuilding a sense of community in the new building is high on her list of goals. With the construction complete, the school can return to hosting the assemblies and activities that were so popular among the students, such as Earth Day field trips and other field days. The teachers also see an opportunity to enjoy the new facilities. “We finally have a teachers’ lounge,” Tahmosh said. “It seems like such a silly thing, but teachers can be really isolated in their rooms, and now there’s a place for everyone to interact.”


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The Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and the Women’s Leadership Council held a luncheon Feb. 10, to honor four unsung community members who champion on the behalf of children and families. The superstars, formally known as Men and Women of the Year, were Michael Beaumier, Madeline Brogan, the Pinkerton Family and Robert and Shannon Warren.

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Sarasota Chamber enjoys Kick-Off Breakfast Nearly 500 business and community leaders attended the annual Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce KickOff Breakfast Friday, Feb. 10, at the Sahib Shrine. The theme of the breakfast was “Maximizing Your People, Your Profits and Your Potential,” and business and community leaders offered strategies to strengthen the Sarasota community. Chamber Board

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Chairman Shaun Merriman, CEO and president of Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida, announced the new initiatives for 2012, including making the Aquatic Nature Center a worldclass rowing destination, creating a clearinghouse for internships, pushing downtown and NorthTrail development efforts and joining with other groups on “Opportunity Canada” initiatives.

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Bay Biocruise — takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Bayfront Park. Cost is $15 for American Littoral Society members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 927-3409.

 Southside Elementary’s Science Night — takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Southside Elementary School, 1901 Webber St. This annual event brings exhibitors together from the community to teach students how science plays a role in daily life. This year’s Science Night will display FloridaEverglades themed artwork and Rube-Goldberg-style inventions. Free. Call 927-9000.


Fifth Annual Author’s Luncheon with Former ABC President James Duffy — takes place at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Ave. Cost is $75. Call 955-0421. Gulf Coast Community Foundation Luncheon — takes place at noon Friday, Feb. 17, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive. Cost is $50. Call 486-4600. Sarasota Shell Club Annual Shell Show — takes place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19; at the Manatee Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd. Cost is $5. Call 552-9592.

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24th annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts — takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19, on Main Street. Call 746-6615.

Shrove Tuesday at Church of the Redeemer — takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave. Youth Minister Chris Wood will burn the palm branches and crosses collected from last year’s Palm Sunday worship to create the ashes for this year’s Ash Wednesday worship. Call 955-4263.

Three Divas & The Dons in Concert — takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at The Chelsea Center, 2506 Gulf Gate Drive. Reserved tickets are $20 for adults, and general admission $10 or $5 for students.

to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road. Free. Call 3667940.

Give Kids a Smile Day — takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Comfortable Care Dental, 3150 S. Tamiami Trail. Sarasota-area children will have the opportunity to receive free dental services including X-rays, dental exams and fluoride treatments. Call 9661803.

Scherer State Park host this 12th annual race, which raises funds to conserve and protect the Scrub Jay habitat and surrounding areas of the park. Cost is $15 for people ages 14 to 18 and $20 for people 19 and older. Race is free for youth younger than 14.



SASSY Synchronized Swim Team Water Show — takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Selby Aquatics Center, 8301 Potter Park Drive. Cost is $5. Call 922-9622. Evensong at Church of the Redeemer — takes place at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave. Free. Call 955-4263.

NRA First Steps Pistol Course — takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the AmericInn Hotel Conference Room, 5931 Fruitville Road. Call Dr. Gerald Colbert at 706-4358. Scrub Jay 5K and 10K Races — take place at 8 and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Oscar Scherer State Park, 843 S Tamiami Trail. The Friends of Oscar

Tai Chi on Siesta Beach — takes place weekly, 15 minutes before sunset, starting Monday, Feb. 20 on Siesta Key Beach Access No. 5. No experience required. Free. Call 346-1024.

Patterson Foundation ‘The Journey Unfolds’ — takes place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Northern Trust, 11th floor Community Room, 1515 Ringling Blvd. Registration required. Call 952-1413.

NOVA Republican Club Meeting — takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Nokomis Community Center, 234 E. Nippino Trail. Dr. Harrison Fox will be the featured speaker at the group’s monthly meeting and will address the role of citizen patriots in the 21st century. Call 408-7423.


Coffee Club — takes place at 9 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 22, at The Local Bean, 5138 Ocean Blvd. Edward Jones will host this informal weekly event, in which participants can discuss current events, the economy and investment strategies. Free. Call 3460560.

Mardi Gras Jazz Worship Service Tony and Ann Swain with a great 7-piece Dixieland Jazz Band!

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What are some of your biggest accomplishments in wrestling? Last year in December, I won a national title (Dixie Nationals in Atlanta, Ga.), and I was a state qualifier last year. I

What is one of your favorite things in wrestling? I love when you get to take a guy down. Once you break his will and take his spirit out

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+ Mote Marine partners with USF Sarasota-Manatee The leaders of Mote Marine Laboratory and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee met Friday, Feb. 10, to sign an agreement that will see the two organizations working together more closely in the future. The agreement will also lead to the development of new classrooms and teaching laboratories on Mote’s campus. Dr. Kumar Mahadevan, Mote’s president and CEO, said in a news release, “We’re very excited that this agreement will create new avenues for Mote staff to help educate the next generation of marine scientists and for USFSM faculty to have the opportunity to work with us on our world-recognized research programs.�

+ Arts and Cultural Alliance partners with Film Festival The Arts and Cultural Alliance will partner with the Sarasota Film Festival for the film component of the second annual YouthArts Fest. The festival’s Education Department staff will curate a short film program in the

Cat Depot increases adoption rate with new foster program In an effort to find permanent homes for long-term homeless cats, the nonprofit organization Cat Depot has been conducting a trial program. It placed three test cats in a series of three foster homes for three weeks each. Within a month of their return to Cat Depot, all three felines were adopted. Following this success, Cat Depot is moving forward with another 10 cats in this initiative. Cat Depot is a nationally known, no-kill cat shelter and adoption program. Selby Library to showcase student work from several free programs, including Kids Reel Life Studio, Reel Life Studio and See Jane Studio at SFF. The YouthArts Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

+ American Heart Association gives CPR grant to schools Thanks to funding support from the Suncoast Cardiovascular Research and Education Foundation, the American Heart Association has given the Sarasota County School District a $15,000 grant. The money is being used for a program called CPR Anytime, which has trained nearly 400 students and staff members in the district’s middle schools and high schools.






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Main Residential condo tops weekly transactions The following residential real estate transactions took place between Jan. 30 and Feb. 3. A condominium in 1350 Main Residential tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Dean and Uretha Seavers, Pinecrest, sold their Unit 1604 condominium at 1350 Main St. to Ronald and Catherine Fox, of Oak Park, Ill., for $1,437,500. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths and 3,208 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.75 million in 2007. Of this week’s 26 transactions, two were for $1 million or more.

sold their home at 1625 Landings Blvd. to Samuel and Blair Williamson, Sarasota, for $689,000. Built in 1985, it has four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,208 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $650,000 in 2004.


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Renee Balogh, Sarasota, sold her home at 3838 Flores Ave. to Robert Gershen and Debra Kaye, of Longmeadow, Mass., for $790,000. Built in 2000, it has six bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 2,408 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $775,000 in 2011.

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Nina Kor and Elena Kor-Hoffmann, Sarasota, sold their home at 1645 Hawthorne St. to Leslie Gray, Sarasota, for $295,00. Built in 1952, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,498 square feet of living area.

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Michael Witkin, trustee, of Davidson, N.C., sold the Unit 402 condominium at 770 S. Palm Ave. to Theodor Schuchat, Sarasota, for $289,400. Built in 1975, it has two

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Charing Bostic, Sarasota, sold her home at 1678 Cherry Lane to Lee Tuck, Sarasota, for $276,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,910 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $540,000 in 2005.

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Russell Miller, of Fishers, Ind., sold his Unit 9 condominium at 522 Golden Gate Point to Diena Brandlein, trustee, of Rockford, Ill., for $270,000. Built in 1948, it has one bedroom, one bath and 589 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $50,000 in 1983.





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Andrews LLC sold the home at 2451 Goldenrod St. to Mark Cabang, Sarasota, for $227,000. Built in 1955, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,703 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $230,000 in 2004.

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Aaron and Evelyn Squires, Sarasota, sold their home at 5017 Sturbridge Court to William and Marilyn Deorio, of Salisburg, Mass., for $210,000. Built in 1998, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,144 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $328,500 in 2007.

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Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, trustee, sold the home at 3953 Prairie Dunes Drive to Clarence Bush for $295,000. Built in 1985, it has five bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a pool and 3,182 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $435,000 in 2003.


Bernard and Beverly Rosenthal, Sarasota, sold their home at 5803 Ivrea Drive to Robert and Patricia Veverka, of Bayonne, N.J., for $241,000. Built in 2002, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,693 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $198,000 in 2002.

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Paul Brannan and Heidi Anderson, Sarasota, sold their home at 1930 Wisteria St. to Deborah Nethery, Sarasota, for $815,000. Built in 2002, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,060 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $750,000 in 2008.

Rick and Christine Cremer, Sarasota, sold their home at 1368 Tea Rose Place to Ingrid ValtinKern, Sarasota, for $309,000. Built in 1999, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,542 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $495,000 in 2006.

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Kevin Cowser and Jeffrey Cowser, Co-Guardians, of New Canaan, Conn., sold the home at 4133 Losillias Drive to Charles and Barbara Elliott, Sarasota, for $418,000. Built in 1989, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,924 square feet of living area.


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Vinland Holdings Inc. sold the home at 4844 Brywill Circle to Theodore and Phyllis Guthrie, Sarasota, for $637,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, four baths and 2,672 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $250,000 in 2010.

Knipscheer, trustee, Sarasota, for $200,000. Built in 1972, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,800 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $102,000 in 2011.






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Month to date: 2012 2011 0.74 in. 0.78 in. Year-to-date:

2012 2011 1.73 in. 3.59 in.


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Record Temps. High Low 85 (1957) 34 (1978) 86 (1994) 28 (1995) 84 (1986) 32 (1995) 86 (1959) 31 (1919) 87 (1959) 33 (1973) 86 (1959) 31 (1955) 85 (1997) 29 (1958)

Average Gulf water temperature: 65


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Sunset 6:22 6:22 6:23 6:24 6:24 6:25 6:26

John Greco submitted this sunrise photo, taken at Oscar Scherer State Park.

Karenia brevis, the red tide organism, was detected in background concentration alongshore Sarasota County, Friday, Feb. 10, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE The Optical Shop 105 Doctor’s Gardens 1880 Arlington Street, Sarasota 366-9195 Huge discounts! Designer frames and sunglasses!

ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks. Email ad to: (Please provide your name and address) Or Online at: (No phone calls please.) COMPUTER 2.0 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $75. 756-6728. DAYBED AND trundle with mattresses, ivory eyelet comforter, ruffle, shams. Excellent condition. $200. 918-0176.

MARBELLA COMMUNITY Yard Sale 16’ SCOUT CENTER CONSOLE 2008 Yamaha F60 four stroke engine, 50 hours, SS prop, Bimini top, swim platform, bow cushion, bow lifting ring, Northstar 660 GPS fish finder. Kept indoors. Aluminum Continental trailer, $15,500. 941-346-1010.

DOG HOUSE for small to medium dog. Redwood, easy clean removable floor. $25. 941-773-0713. DOULTON RETIRED Small Sports Jugs: Baseball Player, Hampshire Cricketer, $49/ea. Toronto Bluejay, $75. 941-349-6274. ELECTRIC STOVE and microwave, almond, excellent condition. $195.00. 941-349-2032. FREE KILN for ceramics or china painting. 817-938-5959. HONDA LAWN mower $125.00 Leaf Blower Electric $17.50 Weed Eater Electric $17.50 Call 941-355-3176. LASER PRINTER. Color, Multifunction $149. Samsung CLX-3185. Never used. Box still unopened. South Sarasota, 216-262-0021. LIGHT-OAK DINING Room Table w/ Pedestal, 58x42, 4 Chairs, Like New! $190. 941-379-8356. LOVE BUG screen for Honda Accord. Full cover. For years 2007-2010. Used one season. $100. 941-377-0876. PORTA CRIB: Costco, $35. King sage green bedspread, shams, pillows, skirt, all like new, $45. 941-918-0737. ROCKING CHAIR: Amish, handmade, solid oak, cushion. $75.00. Side table, round, mahogany, $95. 941-926-0778. TIRES: FOUR 17”, 225/65R, 5/32 of tread. $60/OBO. Call Robert, (941) 924-0876. TV & Entertainment Center Sony 32" TV and Oak Entertainment Center, $200. 941-927-0164 after 4PM. WING CHAIR Quality, off white bargello slip cover. Photo available, $30. 941-360-0612. WOMEN'S 24INCH Trek Bicycle, $100. Women's Golf Club Set, $100. Call 941-918-1951.

Autos For Sale 1989 CADILLAC SEVILLE: Like new!! Garage kept, 1 owner, 65,000 original miles. Must see to believe! $4,995. 941-966-0614 or leave msg.


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CLOTHING Ladies Designer Clothes, Bags, Shoes and Jewelry at affordable prices. Peggy Ann’s Chic Boutique, 6530 Gateway Avenue, Sarasota. Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM to 4PM. 941-487-7085.

Furnishings ENTERTAINMENT CENTER: Broyhill, 6’4”hx3’2”wx21”d, as new. $650. Also, assorted pictures, tables and lamps. 941-383-7771.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales *********************ESTATE SALE********************** BY NANCY DUNN LLC 941-925-1993 FRI. & SAT. 9AM-2PM 3156 Espanola Dr. Huge Collection - Fenton & Collectible Glass, International Goods, Paintings, Crystal, China, Hand Carved DR Suite, Wicker, Chinese Bed, Full House & Garage!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For Pictures:

HOT TUB: seats 5 with lounger, 24 jets, 5HP. Never used. $1795. 941-462-0633. VENTO MOTOR SCOOTER: 2008 150CC, Pristine condition! Windshield and Storage compartments, $1,200. 941-966-0614.

Saturday 8am-1pm Woodside South Clubhouse 7100 Bright Creek off Bispham between 41 & Gulf Gate ESTATE SALE Friday, February 17 9a.m.-2p.m. 2757 Harvest Drive Laurel Lakes Off Iona at the end of Bee Ridge Sarasota 34240 Victorian marble top stand, chairs, bed & matching dresser, Empire work table, plant stands; Florida style sofa, chairs, & tables, black chest, king bed, love seat, drop leaf gate leg table, nice dining set, linens, dinette, slant front desk, nice bed set, area rugs, large curio, dishes, credenza, easy chairs, bookcase, media center, flat panel TV, glassware, lamps, garage & yard items.

CAM WITH CMCA, AMS, PCAM designations seeking Condominium Association to manage. Excellent references. Please contact: or 941.685.0500

Condos/Apts. For Rent BEACHFRONT CONDO, Lido Beach. Available now. Spectacular sunsets, 2BR/2BA. Full Gulf views, large rooms. 9th floor, recently upgraded, fully furnished, heated pool, sauna, stroll to St. Armands, $3350/mo. Seasonal. Available annually at lower rate. 305-582-8466, LONGBOAT KEY CONDO FOR RENT. Penthouse 1,482 sq/ft. 2BR/2BA, Bay and Gulf views, Boat Access, Pool, Tennis Courts and Fitness. On the water, across from beach. Call Jon at 908-727-4275.

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Estate Sale Saturday, 2/18, 9a.m.-3p.m. & Sunday 2/19, 10a.m.-3p.m. 5018 Higel Ave. , Siesta Key Antiques, Seth Thomas Regulater Clock, Folk Art, Oriental & American Indian Rugs, Paintings, Royal Dalton, Collectibles, Kitchen Ware, CD, Books, Minerals, and More! MOVING SALE: 6816 Country Lakes Circle, Palm Aire. Friday, Saturday Sunday, 8a.m.-2p.m. Tools, kayak, camping/ hiking gear, Cuisinart appliances, books, household items, pictures and much more! Rain date: February 24, 25, 26.


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Stoneybrook Golf Villa Stoneybrook Golf with Villaexpanded 2BR/2BA2gar., immaculate 2BR/2BA2gar., immaculate with expanded lanai overlooking golf course and pond. lanai overlooking golf course pond. REDUCED-lowest priced villa inand Stoneybrook REDUCED-- lowest$289,900 priced villa in Stoneybrook $289,900 NANCY CASEY NANCY CASEY Coldwell Banker Coldwell Banker 941-966-9072 941-966-9072

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OWNERSHIP UNDER $550/MO.! Park East Club OWNERSHIP UNDER $550/MO.! ParkCommunity East Club (next to Sarasota Sq. Mall): 55+ (next to Sarasotaand Sq.Oversized Mall): 55+Heated Community with Clubhouse, Pool. with Clubhouse, and Oversized Heated Pool. 2BR/2BA with screened in Lanai, Shed & Covered 2BR/2BA with screened in Lanai, Shed & Covered Carport, 3 to choose from $17,500-$29,900. Fully Carport, 3 to choose from $17,500-$29,900. Fully applianced. applianced. SHORT SALE!! $12,000/OBO. Camelot Lakes SHORT $12,000/OBO. Camelot Lakes (off ClarkSALE!! Rd. near I-75): 55+ Community with (off Clark Rd. near I-75): 55+ Community with Clubhouse & Heated Pool. 2BR/2BA, Lanai, Shed Clubhouse & Heated Pool. 2BR/2BA, Lanai, Shed & Covered Parking, Partially Furnished & & Covered Lot Parking, Partially Furnished & Applianced, Rent 755 incl. Water & Lawn Care. Applianced, Lot Rent Call 755 incl. Water & Lawn Care. Rentals allowed. Elliot 941-284-7917. Rentals allowed. Call Elliot 941-284-7917. MOTIVATED SELLERS! MOTIVATED SELLERS!

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LOG CABINS for rent on a 700 acre lake in LOG CABINS for rentEach on ahousekeeping 700 acre lake in Minocqua, Wisconsin. cabin Minocqua, Wisconsin. EachAlso, housekeeping cabin rents weekly or monthly. comes with a rents or monthly. Also, with a fishingweekly boat. More information, callcomes 941-918-8569 fishing boat. More information, call 941-918-8569 or E-mail: or E-mail:

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Camino Real Home in Oyster Bay Subdivision: Camino Real Homeinin Quiet Oyster Neighborhood. Bay Subdivision: Wonderful Home 3 Wonderful in Quiet Neighborhood. 3 Bedroom, 3Home Bath. Caged Swimming Pool with Bedroom, 3 Bath. Caged Swimming Pool with Large Backyard. Very Private and Completely Large Backyard. Privatewith and Completely Fenced-In. WasherVery and Dryer 2-Car Garage. Fenced-In. Washer andIncluded. Dryer with 2-Car Garage. Pool and Lawn Service Available in April, Pool and Lawn Service Included. Available 2012. $2,100 Monthly; Long Term Leasein April, Only. 2012. $2,100 Monthly; Long Term Lease Only. References Required. 941-302-2960. References Required. 941-302-2960.


$425mo-1LUXOR bed/bathMHP mobile homes. $425mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 55+ 14th community. No Pets. 5811 St. W. Bradenton. 5811 14th W. Bradenton. Sarasota RealSt.Estate Assoc, Inc. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc, Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034 Greg Nowak 941-809-6034 SARASOTA RANCH CLUB: 3BR/4BA, Brand SARASOTA CLUB: 3BR/4BA, Brand New! TurnkeyRANCH Furnished, 5,000 sq/ft., 4/5CG, New! Turnkey 5,000forsq/ft., Theater Room, Furnished, 10 Acres, Call more 4/5CG, details! Theater Room, 10 Acres, Call for more details! $2,950/mo. Call 941-928-1542. $2,950/mo. Call 941-928-1542.

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LBK: BAYFRONT, 2BR/2BA, clean turnkey LBK: BAYFRONT, 2BR/2BA, clean turnkey furnished condo, recent upgrades. Spectacular furnished condo, recentroom, upgrades. Spectacular water views from every ground floor, end water views from every 5room, ground floor, end unit. Covered parking, pools, tennis, fitness unit. parking,beach 5 pools, fitness center.Covered Gulf/ private housetennis, access. No center. Gulf/ smoking. private beach house 4440 access. No trucks/ pets/ LB Harbour, Exeter. trucks/ pets/ smoking. LB Harbour, 4440 Exeter. Mid April through November: 8 months $800/mo. Mid April through November: 8 monthsor$800/mo. +utilities. Also, 1BR unit, $700/mo. $12,000 +utilities. Also, 1BR unit, $700/mo. or $12,000 year round. 734-216-6622. year round. 734-216-6622. SAPPHIRE SHORES: 3BR/2BA Centrally SAPPHIRE SHORES: Centrally located near Museum Area.3BR/2BA Fully Furnished with located near Museum Area. Fully FurnishedSteel with Pool, Fenced Yard, Granite & Stainless Pool, Fenced Yard, Granite & Stainless Steel appliances. All utilities included. 3 month appliances. All utilities included. 3 month minimum. $2,500/mo. 941-321-6674. minimum. $2,500/mo. 941-321-6674.

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PALMA SOLA BAY LAND: 3.9 acres of waterfront PALMA SOLA LAND: acres of approved for 7BAY homes and3.9 5 docks orwaterfront use as a approved for $1,499,000. 7 homes and 5 consider docks or exchange use as a single estate. Will single estate. $1,499,000. Will consider exchange for income property or Sarasota waterfront home. for income property Sarasota waterfront home. Marcia Wood, Broker,or941-350-2285. Marcia Wood, Broker, 941-350-2285.

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1921 MONTE CARLO DR. #301 Condo in the prestigious waterfront community of Phillippi Landings. Under contract in less than 30 days! This turnkey furnished Cannes floor plan property offers 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in pristine condition. No expense spared. Listed at $449,000

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Heidi Kurpiela

“In Sarasota, people know who I am,” Victor DeRenzi says. “I’m out all day. I head to the opera in the morning and get back late at night. In New York, I never leave home. I could die in the middle of Broadway and somebody might push my body aside to let traffic through.”

Man of the opera Maestro Victor DeRenzi wields more than just a baton — he wields power. For 30 years, the uncompromising artistic director has brought Verdi, verve and distinction to the Sarasota Opera House.


ictor DeRenzi has a postcard of Liberace hanging in his office window. It says, the “Maestro is in.” Though DeRenzi couldn’t be further from Liberace in personality

and style, his colleagues at Sarasota Opera have grown accustomed to seeing the famous singer’s mug in the maestro’s office. DeRenzi actually makes a point

of moving it to indicate his whereabouts: For three decades he has split his time between a home in New York City and a home in downtown Sarasota.




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Cast aside the performance tuxedo, the dark arching eyebrows, the distinguished saltand-pepper hair and the label one former studio artist gave him (“The Godfather”), and you’ve got a guy who grew up on Staten Island, N.Y., the son of a dockworker, who discovered opera one day by helping his seventh-grade teacher build sets for a small New York opera company. Although the set was primitive, the stage was dinky and there was no orchestra or chorus, DeRenzi was hooked. “I fell in love with opera,” he says. “And I’ve never looked back.” Fast-forward to today: a Monday at the Sarasota Opera House, where DeRenzi is celebrating his 30th season as artistic director. Making his way through the courtyard, he chats with passing staff and singers. Backstage, he engages with the stage hands — a boisterous group of men in scruffy jeans and T-shirts who seem unfazed by the maestro’s commanding presence. DeRenzi is in a playful mood. Maybe it’s because he’s gearing up to hit the road for the opening night of “Carmen” at the Naples Philharmonic, a touring production made possible thanks to a hefty grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice. Maybe it’s because he wasn’t up late the night before drinking beer and watching the Super Bowl, an event that ranked so low on his radar that he had no idea his hometown team had won. Or maybe DeRenzi is always


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IF YOU GO Sarasota Opera’s production of “Carmen” kicked off the company’s winter opera season. The production runs now through March 24. For tickets, call 366-8450 or visit this way: fun. “Fun?” he asks. “We set too high a price on having fun. People are always asking me, ‘Are you having fun? You look like you’re having fun.’ I don’t know what that means. It’s not about having fun. It’s about serious work and having a responsibility to the composers. I’m not saying it’s like drudgery. It’s just more complicated than that.” Over lunch at Café Americano, the maestro elaborated on those complications. He is admittedly demanding and especially dogmatic when it comes to directing the resident company. No, he doesn’t allow the singers to lug around water bottles. “It’s a crutch,” he says. “And it’s the biggest hoax perpetuated by society. What did we do before bottled water?” The same goes for cell phones and laptops. It’s not that he’s technology-phobic, he just refuses to waste his life sending text messages and surfing the Internet. He only listens to classical music. Pop music, he says, is “sociological destructive.” And he avoids the beach at all costs. “Sand,” he says, “is a form of

“In our society, we’re taught to be cautious and to take it easy,” Victor DeRenzi says. “In opera, it’s the emotional and musical risks that make a performance. ‘Safety last’ is one of my favorite terms.” torture. I’m a city guy. I like asphalt and concrete.” He’s also aware of the fact that his long tenure at Sarasota Opera is unusual. Most directors would have used the platform as a means to advance their careers. “Many years ago, I was talking to the director of a similar-sized company and he said, ‘Don’t make the mistake of sacrificing your career for your company,’” DeRenzi says. “I thought, ‘Well, this is my career and my company, so what’s there to sacrifice?’” At 62, he’s spent almost half of his life conducting the Sarasota Opera. His daughter, now 30, grew up backstage. His wife

of 33 years sang in many of the company’s early productions. In 1983, the same year he was hired by the organization, he founded the company’s Apprentice Artist Program, a seasonlong, intensive training residency that has helped prepare hundreds of the country’s opera singers for careers on the stage. “I don’t want to conduct big companies all over the world,” DeRenzi says. “When I’m here, I get to make music the way I want to make music. I have a say in what happens on stage.” He enjoys his influence and notoriety in Sarasota. A creature of habit, he walks to Americano every day, greets the

wait staff in fluent Italian, orders his favorite sandwich and makes small talk with the scores of opera buffs who recognize his face. DeRenzi is what Executive Director Susan Danis calls “a person of the people.” “He’s the only artistic director I know who walks up and down the aisles talking to patrons before a show,” says Danis. “He’s so accessible. And he’s funny. One of the best-kept secrets about Victor is that he has a wicked sense of humor. He’ll pull out a joke and say he heard it as a kid from his dad, but, really, it’s him. He’s just darn funny.” DeRenzi says he feels like he leads a double life. At the end of the season, when he returns home to Manhattan, he goes underground for the summer. He spends his days researching composers, studying music and poring over the historical context behind the company’s upcoming repertoire. This year, he’ll conduct “Otello” — opera No. 28 in the exhaustive Verdi Cycle he launched 23 years ago. The company will finish the series in four years, capping off one of DeRenzi’s greatest claims to fame: presenting all of Verdi’s work in a consistent and cohesive fashion. Ending the cycle will be bittersweet for the maestro, who has never tired of presenting the composer’s work. “How could I tire of great music?” he asks. “If I love the music, I can conduct it over and over. Judy Garland can be greater than ‘Ding, Ding Goes the Trolley,’ but no one will ever be greater than Mozart or Beethoven or Verdi.”

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+ Boca Grande actors give WBTT some love OK, so they’ve missed the Valentine’s Day cutoff, but it’s never too late for a little romance, right? Boca Grande actors Ann Fletcher and John Shaw will bring their production of the two-person romance, “Love Letters,” this month to Sarasota as a fundraiser for the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Fletcher has been itching to perform the show for charity since she and Shaw first appeared in it two years ago at the Royal Palm Players in Boca Grande. The play, which follows the lives of two characters as they recite letters they wrote to one another over the course of 50 years, earned Fletcher critical John Shaw and Ann Fletcher in “Love Letters.” Courtesy photo

acclaim during its sell-out run at the Royal Palm. A Sarasota resident for 30 years, Fletcher ran an interior design business before retiring 10 years ago to Boca Grande with her husband. Lucky for WBTT, the actress’ BFF is Christine Jennings, who introduced Fletcher to the theater company when she came on as the troupe’s executive director a few years ago. “You may have seen ‘Love Letters’ done by very famous people,” Fletcher says. “But you’ve not seen it done the way this director (Orlando’s Tad Ingram) has interpreted it.” The play opens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center. For tickets, call 5525325. All proceeds benefit WBTT.

+ Hollywood choreographer scouts Sarasota for ‘East Side Story’ David Winters’ name might not sound familiar, but his credits will: “West Side Story,” “Gypsy” and “A Star Is Born” to name a few. The British-born dancer/actor/choreographer appeared as Baby John in the original Broadway production of “West Side Story,” as well as the film version of the musical. The 72-year-old shot to superstardom after nabbing that role. As a choreographer, he worked with Ann-Margret, Raquel Welch, Elvis Presley Courtesy photo and Barbra Streisand. Dayle Hoffman and David As an actor, he Winters appeared on “Perry Mason” and “The Milton Berle Show.” As a director, he worked with Paul Newman, Alice Cooper, Kirk Douglas and The Monkees. Have I made my point? He’s a big deal, and he was in town last month scouting locations for his feature film, “East Side Story.” With Sarasota actress and producer Dayle Hoffmann as his guide, he dropped in on various locations, including the Van Wezel, the Lakewood Ranch Country Club, the Sarasota Opera House, Apple Jelly Dance Studio and the Longboat Key Club, and scouted nearby attractions and amenities that might work within the movie. Hoffmann estimates the project will employ 300 local cast and crew members, in addition to luring notable actors to the area. She says production could start as early as May. According to the film’s Facebook page, “East Side Story” is a coming-of-age dance/musical in the spirit of “Dirty Dancing” and “Viva Las Vegas.” Dubbed the “hip-hop dance film of the century,” it follows the life of a young girl who falls in love with a street dancer while visiting her wealthy father in Miami. Will Sarasota fit the bill? Only our incentives will tell. Hey David: We’ve got plenty of dance doubles in this town. No need to look further.

HOT TICKETS Bora Yoon at the Historic Asolo: It’s hard to pin down Bora Yoon’s work. She’s a musician, composer, performance artist and singer/songwriter. Her Wikipedia page refers to her as a “multiinstrumental sound architect.” So, there ya have it. She composes experimental music using her viola, Tibetan singing bowls, cell phones, walkie-talkies and shortwave radios. She’s performed in everything from a Samsung commercial to the Guggenheim Museum, plus she’s the only Hermitage fellow to nab a residency this year at the Ringling Museum. The 31-year-old artist will discuss her latest project during a special program at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Historic Asolo Theater. Tickets are $5. Students with ID are free. For more information, call 360-7399.

+ Sarasota Opera Association hatches ‘Pot of Gold’ fundraiser I preface this item by saying I think the Sarasota Orchestra Association’s latest philanthropic enterprise sounds like a good idea. It’s simple, to-the-point and doesn’t require a cocktail gown. Dubbed the “Pot O’ Gold” fundraiser, the concept sounds fancy and appropriately themed for St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s really just a hybrid raffle/lottery drawing. Cooked up by SOA as a way to raise a fast $50,000 for the Youth Orchestra, the fundraiser will sell 1,000 contest entries priced at $100 each. The contest ends March 17, or when 1,000 entries have been purchased. The winning ticket will receive half of the “Pot O’ Gold.” The rest of the cash will fill the coffers at the Youth Orchestra. Remember: You’ve gotta be in it, to win it. To buy an entry, visit



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MUSIC >> Sarasota Opera: ‘Carmen’ The gypsy, Carmen, believes in fate. She sees her own death with every card she deals at the smugglers’ rocky hideout and believes, because of an ominous confluence of circumstances, that she is doomed. A similar confluence seemed to hover over Sarasota Opera’s opening night of Bizet’s “Carmen.” First, Carlos Monzon, the baritone slated to sing Escamillo, the toreador, was “indisposed,” and Kevin Wetzel, a Studio Artist in his Sarasota Opera debut, stepped in for him. After the curtain rose, we heard Antonio Nagore, in the role of Don José, struggling mightily with the top of his tenor, leading us to wonder if he, too, was ill. (We were informed before the third act that he was, indeed, suffering from the after-effects of bronchitis.) Attending any opening night can be a mixed blessing. There’s all the glamour of gowns and flash of excitement. But there are also opening-night jitters, pitch going too high with excitement and too low with fear, curtains getting caught on scenery, costume malfunctions and singers getting ahead of or behind the orchestra. Whatever the cards dealt Sarasota Opera’s opening night of “Carmen,” there were several auspicious signs that offset the beleaguered performances and stressed performers. There was the orchestra, which, under the direction of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Victor DeRenzi, was positively unblemished. In fact, there were moments of such crystalline playing, it was tempting to close your eyes and simply bask in the gorgeous orchestral sound emanating from the pit. From the spirited overture to the gorgeous duet between flute and harp before the third act, this was a spectacular instrumental performance. David P. Gordon’s scenery, matched by Ken Yunker’s lighting, brought us a brilliantly colorful, stylistically authentic town square in Seville, a flamboyant gypsy inn and a mountain pass so craggy, we wondered if the smugglers would actually find their way to it. There was a charming moment when the tips of the gypsy girls’ cigarettes glowed and flickered like a flight of fireflies in the darkness. And the twinkling of the stars, as night came on during Micaela’s aria, seemed to glow as Danielle

Walker’s lovely soprano came to life in the mountain pass. Micaela, a part that carries with it some of the most beautiful music in the opera, is sung by a character that can be interpreted as simple but was saved from true wimpishness by Walker’s beautiful voice and unpretentious character. “Carmen” has come to operatic stages in many guises. It began its life at the OperaComique, complete with spoken dialogue. Later, possibly because “Carmen” is as far from a comedy as opera or music theater can get, a grand opera version was created, cutting the dialogue and incorporating it as sung recitatives. Sarasota Opera went back to the original, using the spoken dialogue and, much to the credit of the singers and some excellent French diction coaches, the spoken portions were strikingly seamless. What didn’t work was the staging. Martha Collins’ direction came off as blocking without motivation. There was too much full-frontal singing without any impetus for the action. Fredrika Brillembourg’s Carmen stopped short of being the fiery, life-loving, fearless, fearsome, audacious gypsy who knows the power of her body and mind over men of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Although her sizable and rich voice provided an excellent vehicle for the music, her persona was often monochromatic and somewhat superficial. Still, she came across as sexy and passionate, giving the impression that, with a different director, she could be a full-blooded, lusty and engaging Carmen. Nagore’s Don José, struggling with vocal problems, actually got deeper into his character, but there was still an air of oldfashioned, stilted role-playing, rather than convincing characterization. And, although Wetzel’s Escamillo was more strut than flair, he made a courageous attempt to get into his part, possibly without sufficient rehearsal and preparation. Dimitrie Lazich, as Morales, the first solo voice heard in the opera, set an auspicious tone for the future. Sarah Asmar’s Frasquita and Vira Slywotzky’s Mercedes were both convincing and well sung, while Stephen Fish, as Zuniga, had some problems with intonation that may be chalked up to opening-night nerves. The stars may not have been aligned for this “Carmen” on opening night, but Bizet’s spirit got them through, as did his beloved and well-known arias and an orchestra and conductor that were at the very top of their game. — June LeBell


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Eight years ago, Gregg Senko quit his training with the Secret Service to study Irish dancing. Now he’s co-founded an Irish dance company.

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In November 2010, the company made its debut to a standing room-only crowd at the Irish Rover Pub. They followed up the gig with a performance at the 2010 Downtown Sarasota New Year’s Eve celebration, followed by a spot on the Sarasota Highland Games and a show at Sahib Shrine Auditorium. Since then, they’ve stepped up production in preparation for their biggest dance yet: the premiere of an all-original dance showcase at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. “We’re not shooting for mediocrity,” Senko says. “We looked at a lot of venues, and the Van Wezel was obviously top-notch.” Over the course of last year, Boros and Senko auditioned dozens of professional dancers from all over the world. They disseminated choreography via the Internet, hired a scene shop in Clearwater to build the set, commissioned a Clevelandbased music duo to compose the soundtrack and designed costumes that they hope will shatter all frilly Irish dance stereotypes. Both men will perform in the show — Boros as the lead villain and Senko as a member of the ensemble. “I think people are in for a big surprise,” Senko says. “There’s nothing mundane about it. We’ve seen enough Irish dance to know what works and what doesn’t.”

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Rhythm and moves When Gregg Senko talks about Irish dancing, his whole demeanor changes. He gets wide-eyed and dreamy. When he talks about Michael Flatley, the lord of all lords of the dance, he sounds like an Irish dance scholar. He’s a fervent Flatley fan who can recall the exact date he spoke to the famous hoofer from Chicago. It was Sept. 19, 1997. Senko interviewed the dancer for an entertainment website. “It was the most inspiring conversation I ever had,” Senko says. “The guy is basically a rock star on stage.” A native of Cleveland, Senko, grew up playing hockey and soccer, traditional boyhood pastimes. At 20, he got his first taste of Irish step dancing when he saw his first “Riverdance” performance on PBS. A few weeks later, he caught Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance.” At the time, an Irish dance phenomenon was sweeping the country. Although Senko knew little about the art, he knew Flatley’s production, with its bad guy/ good guy plot and rock-and-roll attitude, was unlike anything he’d seen before. He bought his first pair of hard shoes shortly thereafter. “Not to take anything away from ‘Riverdance,’” Senko says, “but ‘Lord of the Dance’ was that on steroids. I had to learn it … fast. I didn’t want to start off

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Leif Bjaland follows new recipes closely but likes to vary recipes that he knows well. “If it’s an evening concert, I have a very substantial lunch,” he explains but then he eats “something light like soup a couple of hours before the performance. I’m a big fan of apples (pink lady, honey crisp or McIntosh) and there are usually a couple of them in the dressing room. On matinee days, I just have a big breakfast and skip lunch.” Conductors interpret the music written by the great composers. Yes, they fol-

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LEIF BJALAND “Sousa marches work really well for cooking and for the cleanup,” says Leif Bjaland. “But when we’re eating, I don’t listen to anything. The conversation is too good and music distracts from the food.” Bjaland may be leaving these parts after 15 extraordinary years as artistic director of the Sarasota Orchestra, but his presence will be felt for a long time to come in the music we hear, the people we speak with and even the food we eat. Bjaland, who will be conducting his final Masterworks set of concerts with the Orchestra this weekend, has been a big presence in town since first arriving here in the latter part of the 20th-century. One of the first things I remember, before I even heard him conduct, was seeing a life-sized cutout Leif sitting in the passenger seat of then-Florida West Coast Symphony Marketing Director Gayle Williams’ car. That out-to-know-you, friendly, music-is-fun, great-music-is-best Bjaland persona took Sarasota by storm, and, from informal commentaries to scholarly annotations, the conductor’s larger-thanlife image has made an indelible impression on all of us. What some may not know, though, is that Bjaland is also a “kitchen classic,” a cooking character, a chop-and-prep personage who loves eating as much as he loves cooking. What’s most important to him about his kitchen space? “That it’s a joyful place and that the food is good,” he says. All that upper-body exercise on the podium keeps him svelte enough to really enjoy his food. Still, he’s relatively careful about what and when he eats on the day of a performance.


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low the score and work with what’s there, but they also reinterpret. That’s why the same symphony can sound so different in the hands of different conductors. So, we wondered how Leif is with recipes. Does he follow them, do them “as written” or ornament and make them his own? “All of the above!” he replies with an emphasis like a downbeat. “Mostly, I vary recipes that I know well. When I’m trying something new from the food section of the newspaper, I try to follow the recipe carefully. In baking, I use less sugar and more spices. Adding cinnamon is a great way to reduce sugar, and Splenda works really well in some desserts. “I’m very into colors,” he adds. “(Recently) I made a green salad with a Meyer lemon vinaigrette, and the pure white of the sliced pear and scarlet of the pomegranate seeds I put on top made it absolutely beautiful — and fun to eat.” Bjaland shares much of the cooking (and eating) with his long-time partner, the conductor Emil De Cou, who straddles the country from Washington, D.C., where he’s associate conductor of the National Symphony, to Washington state, where he’s music director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet. “We both like to cook and we work really well together in the kitchen,” Bjaland says. Their culinary, as well as musical offerings, have made for some interesting memories of receptions and other events. “When Emil was conducting for ABT (American Ballet Theatre), there was a huge reception following an anniversary gala,” Bjaland recalls. “Martha Graham — looking remarkably life like — was there and so was Agnes deMille — cantankerous, as usual. I remember that when deMille addressed the audience during the performance, all she said was, ‘Beauty. Beauty. Beauty.’ We waited for the rest, and when 10 seconds later it still hadn’t come, everyone burst into applause, even for a sentence fragment. “I saw Jackie Onassis at a table below in the foyer of the State Theatre. She was a living cover of Look magazine — unbelievably elegant but girlish. I was starstruck.” Here in Sarasota, one of Bjaland’s favorite places to dine out is Morton’s Gourmet Market. “I know it’s not a restaurant per se, but during the busy part of the season I eat there seven or eight times a week,” he says. “I know all the girls at ‘The Island,’ and the food there is absolutely fantastic!” Of course, being on the road (and on the podium) as much as Bjaland is, he loves being home, cooking and relaxing with some of his other favorite music: Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk, ’20s era and big band jazz, folk rock and Burt Bacharach. “On Pandora, Oscar Peterson is the only artist who doesn’t lead to Frank Sinatra af-

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Come on, shake your body, baby, do the conga! Now that you know how guests at the New College Foundation Gala closed down Fête Ballroom — with a full-on conga line charging across the dance floor — here’s how the evening started. Co-Chairwomen Lisa Walsh and Emily Walsh welcomed everyone to the affair honoring New College President Dr. Gordon “Mike” Michalson, who is as loved by the foundation’s board members just as much as he is by the students and faculty. So much so, in fact, that Michalson’s students got together and created a comical video roast of just how much the president means to them. The biggest laughs from the video came when Thayer Warne showed his admiration for the present by saying, “I drink, sleep, eat and breathe Dr. Michalson.” Also at the event,  the Walshes presented Michalson with a framed photo collage of his memories at New College. A dormitory was also named in Michalson’s honor. Guests raced to the dance floor and formed a conga line.

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On Friday afternoon while frantically formatting blacktie events for The Observer’s spring SEASON magazine, I realized I was missing the ticket price for the Ringling College of Art and Design’s “An Evening at the AvantGarde.” Intending to email Christine Meeker Lange, special assistant to the president for media and community relations, my address book pulled up Christine Alexander, of Lazy Fairy Improv, without my knowing. Even though she seemed confused as to her involvement with the event, she assured me she would help. She sent out a mass email, which resulted in my trading emails back-and-forth with Gayle Williams, of Vision Marketing. It was then that I noticed the list of people Gayle had copied on her email — CHRISTINE ALEXANDER! After another 12 emails, I received the ticket cost. Christine Alexander’s final words to me: “Don’t ask me a question I don’t know! I’ll find that freakin’ answer! ;)”

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Emily Walsh’s birthday hat created the tip of the Bermuda triangle at the SPARCC 25th annual Second Hand Rose Fashion Show and Luncheon Thursday ... And don’t miss a video on of Marcy Downey belting out a revamped rendition of “Second Hand Rose.”

Allen and Stephanie Hochfelder invited friends to “bring your favorite sweetheart,” fed them filet and crab cakes under the supervision of Shannon Lugannani, of Word of Mouth, and entertained them with “The Hochfelder Sweetheart Quiz” created by Stephanie. Can you name a crooner from the ’40s whose brother’s name is Bob? What about the conductor of “Yellow Rose of Texas?”

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It was high-fives all around, when Diane McNeel convened the Stewards of the Mad Hatter Teas benefiting the local chapter of the American Red Cross Feb. 9, at the Ritz-Carlton. The stewards are the individuals Diane recruited for the start-up, plus new inductee Nikki Sedacca. Ms. McNeel treated her powerhouse

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people to a mid-day high tea to celebrate the success of their two inaugural parties: in spring at the home of Dr. Fritz and Ping Faulhaber and holiday time at the home of Bill and Margaret Wise. The events raised $35,000-plus, and the Red Cross attributes a whopping $250,000 to donations resulting from them.

Saturday night and the lights were low A man in a suit knew the place to go Fête Ballroom played the right music Getting him in the swing, He was the dancing king. I can’t tell you his name, for no one I’ve asked seems to know, but there was a gentleman at the New College Gala who had the most energy of anyone I’ve ever seen on the dance floor. His arms went left, his body went right, and somehow his legs spun around without him twisting an ankle — or needing a knee replacement. Not a soul could take their eyes off him. The woman with whom he was dancing appeared to be having a jolly workout as well, for every time he flung her around, she exploded into laughter and smiles. If you’d like to burn a good 12,000 calories on the dance floor, I highly recommend attending next year’s gala.

the others. B.J. went to Mollie Nelson’s for help getting into the gown, but the zipper broke. So it was off to connect with Raul I-CanFix-Anything Molina at Margaret Wise’s house. His solution: sew on a red rose Christmas tree ornament.

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Michael’s On East Tickets $200 individual; $250 patron. Call Laura Breeze at 927-0265. After 17 years, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County is changing up its signature fundraising event, “Evening of Excellence.” The annual affair celebrates the value of arts education in our schools. Co-Chairwomen Chris Cremer and Meg Mahoney promise surprises every halfhour during the event. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by dinner and a live auction of 25 of the best original student artworks.

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Something Public Jean Paul Gaultier tie blouse

“He is one of my favorite designers. This looks very flamenco.”

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“We call this the ‘six-way dress.’ I love the blue, and I love the material. It’s flattering.”

La MariÉe wedding dress


Mai Tai 6 way dress

“I always buy my clothes in boutiques. I look for unusual items that I won’t see on 20 people when I go out.”

“This was my first present from my husband when we started dating. Our date was three weeks before Valentine’s Day at the Christopher restaurant on Lido Beach.”



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Sarasota Observer 02.16.12  

Sarasota Observer 02.16.12

Sarasota Observer 02.16.12  

Sarasota Observer 02.16.12