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+ Out-of-Door’s savvy scientist wins fair Brittany Wenger, a junior at The Out-of-Door Academy, has come out of this year’s Sarasota Regional Science, Engineering & Technology Fair with a plethora of awards and honors. Wenger was the first overall winner at the fair, walking away with the Dr. Carl Luer Annual Award in Biological Sciences. She also won the Dart Foundation Award for Medicine & Health, the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award, and more. She will represent Sarasota County in the International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh for the third year.
By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
Family will sue Sheriff’s Office
+ Riverview High will rock you! Have a love for Freddie Mercury? Still feel like a champ when you hear “We Are The Champions?” Get your Queen fix while listening to The Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra starting 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. The Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra will perform “Celebrating Queen,” featuring the best of the rock band. The Riverview High School Choir, which includes over 130 students, will join the orchestra for the finale, which will include the classic Queen anthem, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “If you like to rock out to the music of Queen and help support a great choral program, buy a ticket,” said David Verdoni, Riverview High School’s choral director. The RHS choir program will receive a portion of the ticket sales. The concert is a one-time-only performance. Cost is $25. Tickets can be purchased at the school, from any RHS choir student, online at everybodysingsproject.org or at the door.
Diane Eduardo, sister of Donna Chen, said a forthcoming lawsuit against the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is not about damages but rather accountability.
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Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson visited the Sarasota Observer and Pelican Press office Monday to discuss how the city of Louisville and Jefferson County consolidated in 2000.
Merger Mayor Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson said combining city and county governments spurred private job growth. “Metropolitanism is where this country is,” says Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson. When it comes to attracting and adding new jobs, Abramson says, cities, counties and state governments are 19th century organizations trying to solve 21stcentury problems. Abramson spent four days in Sarasota this week, a guest of the Sarasota-based Argus Foundation. He visited with business owners and executives and municipal and county elected officials from Sarasota to North Port and spoke about how Jefferson County and Louisville, Ky. — the city for which he served as its elected mayor 15 years — consolidated into one entity in 2000. The consolidation saved tax-
payers millions of dollars and made local government more efficient, but, more important, Abramson said, it brought a metropolitan area of 750,000 together to move in one direction rather than have city and county governments fighting at cross purposes. And it created an atmosphere where political leaders began thinking and acting for regional economic growth, rather than for parochial interests. Abramson spoke Wednesday morning at an Argus-sponsored breakfast at the Sarasota Yacht Club before roughly 70 people. He told them about a consolidation process that first surfaced in 1947 and had three failed voter referenda before voters finally approved consolidation.
On Tuesday, he visited the Sarasota and Pelican Press office and explained how Louisville and Jefferson County came together and the benefits that followed. “In the past, our city and county blamed decisions made on each other,” Abramson said. “Now there’s more accountability and residents know and have more faith in their elected officials.” By combining the city and county governments to create a new metro government, Louisville instantly became one of the nation’s top 20 cities. The city’s population ballooned from 256,000 residents to 694,000
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In the past, our city and county blamed decisions made on each other. Now there’s more accountability and residents know and have more faith in their elected officials. — Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson
The family of Donna Chen, who was killed in early January on Siesta Key by an allegedly drunken driver, announced Wednesday it will notify the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office of its intent to file a lawsuit against the agency in an attempt to seek damages for negligent actions resulting in her death. The Sarasota-based Mallard Law Firm, which represents the Chen family, announced the decision Wednesday via a press release. “We believe the actions of the deputies were negligent and careless by directing these gentlemen to drive home under the influence, and, unfortunately, at the cost of my client’s life,” said lead attorney Damian Mallard. On Jan. 7, an allegedly drunken driver hit Donna Chen while she was jogging and dragged to her death. The driver was Blake Talman, according to a police report. Talman, along with two others, had earlier been confronted by police officers while drinking on the beach. Officers allegedly instructed the gentlemen to “go home or go to jail.” The release states the deputies created a “zone of risk of injury” by directing an obviously intoxicated Talman, who was holding car keys, to leave the beach or be arrested. The police report also states Talman failed to stop at an intersection, hit a vehicle and then fled the scene of that accident, where he lost control of the vehicle and struck Donna Chen.
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ABRAMSON / FROM 1A residents and realized taxpayer savings of $700,000 immediately and $9.61 million overall once all consolidations were complete (see sidebar on YourObserver.com). A 20% reduction in government employees also resulted from the consolidation — although Abramson also noted it resulted in 100 new police officers put on the streets. Consolidation didn’t come easily. Louisville voters first rejected the idea in 1947. A half-century later, the idea boiled up again, urged on by Louisville’s business community and frustrations over seeing Indianapolis and Nashville, each two hours away, attracting more jobs. But voters rejected consolidation again in 1982, by 2,000 votes. Thinking they were close, the consolidation advocates brought back the idea in 1983. But that year, the idea lost by 6,000 votes. In 1985, newly elected Mayor Abramson and County Executive Harvey Sloane (an elected official position in Kentucky) decided on an interium course. They created a new compact that was adopted for 12 years and acted as the catalyst for eventual consolidation in 2000. That compact agreed to the following: • To cease a long-suffering debate between city and county officials over a 1.25% earnings tax on business payrolls. All new earnings taxes after 1986 were pooled and divided between the city and the county according to an agreedupon formula. This meant that even if the city landed a new business downtown, the county would benefit from the business tax — and vice versa. “From that day forward no one bickered over where a busi-
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ness went because it helped everyone no matter where it went,” Abramson said. • The city agreed to cease all annexation attempts for the life of the compact. • Eight city-county agencies were reassigned to city or county government for policy direction and funding. All the while, Abramson and Sloane worked together on crafting a new approach at consolidation. The consolidation was hashed out through a series of 26 one-on-one meetings and then numerous public meetings with elected officials. During the compact, the city and county still each had a CEO, separate boards of directors and two agendas for a community just seeking one agenda. Working with business leaders, who pooled together a $1 million consolidation campaign in 1998, a simpler proposal for merger was proposed. Voters approved it by a 54%-46% margin. But the consolidation was a tough sell to members of city and county councilmen, who strongly opposed the effort. In contrast, all of the city’s previous mayors and county executives supported the effort. The consolidation that won approval called for the executive and legislative branches of Louisville and Jefferson County to be merged. It stated no taxes would be raised or lowered. Also, the area’s 94 suburban cities and 21 suburban fire districts would be left intact, although some chose to consolidate later on. The consolidation also guaranteed five of the 26 seats on the newly formed Louisville Metro Council to African-American representatives. “It’s worked out exceptionally
well for our citizens,” Abramson said. “Councilmen are reflective of what their citizens want.” Previously, Abramson said, city and county boards and departments weren’t working as well as they should because there were two executives and two legislative branches that often had conflicting ideas of fiscal and policy direction. Abramson said there were no union negotiation problems involving the merger because all employees were brought into another union. “We discovered we are better together than we are fighting each other,” Abramson said. Abramson said the driving force behind Louisville’s consolidation effort was the business community. “Now we have one regional chamber of commerce and regional economic development effort that works together for the good of the entire region,” Abramson said. “We realize what we did wrong in the past and how we want to be moving forward.” Sarasota City Commissioner Shannon Snyder, who heard Abramson talk about the consolidation at a special city workshop with his fellow commissioners Tuesday, said Abramson’s visit was interesting and important to hear. While Abramson noted Louisville didn’t merge because of a financial crisis, Snyder pointed out he thinks that’s going to be the case in Sarasota. “I think our financial position is so desperate, it’s not a matter of if and when we merge with the county, but when and how,” Snyder said. “Everyone in Sarasota has to grasp the seriousness of our situation, go to neutral corners, take a deep breath and figure out how to make this happen.”
Sample of Savings The following savings/improved services were made immediately when the city of Louisville and Jefferson County, Ky., consolidated in 2000: Savings • Consolidated Internet service — $10,000 • Lower octane gas in police cars — $100,000 • Executive branch salary reductions — $700,000 • Consolidated banking services — $800,000 • City/county property inventory reduction — $2 million • Vehicle fleet reform/reductions — $6 million • Total savings — $9,610,000 * The county also went on to attain a higher credit rating once the merger was completed
Sample of Improved Services • More than 100 extra police officers were made available • Business development in underserved areas • Suburban cities shared in metro purchasing • Community-wide information service made available 24/7 • Mosquito control rose from 12 to 200 employees at no additional cost • A $70 million public safety emergency communications network was created Organizational Improvements • Performance Management System created • Overhaul of Financial Management System • New online Management Information System created • Improved system for collective bargaining • Hundreds of ‘Best Practices’ Improvements Department Mergers • Air Pollution Control • Crime Commission • Disaster and Emergency Services • Human Relations Commission • Libraries • Parks & Recreation • Planning & Zoning • Health Department • Purchasing Department • Tax Collection • Waterfront Development
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SKA scrambles to block groins A plan to stabilize Longboat Pass has some Sarasota residents fretting about their shores. The Siesta Key Association wants to make sure planners practice safe sand protection.
Hunter Rollins has raised more than $3,000 in his quest to save the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program.
Siesta community rallies around sailing program Eleven-year-old Hunter Rollins is determined to raise money to keep the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program afloat. Although 11-year-old Siesta Key resident Hunter Rollins only joined the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program last summer, he couldn’t imagine his life without sailing. So when his mother told him the program might not have enough funding to keep the program going, he refused to let that happen. “He said, ‘Me? Not sailing? No, we’re going to raise the money,’” said his mother, Lisa Rollins. “I saw something click. He just had this sudden drive and determination.” Over the course of the next few days, Hunter and his mother made their way to several Siesta Key businesses, where Hunter explained the situation and asked for donations to keep the program afloat. Within a few hours, Hunter had raised $1,200 in donations and raffle items, and the generosity continued to pour in. Hunter’s current grand total is $3,100, and he hopes to have raised $5,000 for the program when everything is said and done.
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Hunter joined the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program’s Green Fleet last summer at the suggestion of his grandfather, who thought he would enjoy trying something new. “At first, I thought sailing sounded boring,” Hunter said. But, he quickly fell in love with the sport and says he loves being out on the water, learning every aspect of sailing. “You learn everything from math to geography. You have to be really precise.” “By the end of the third day, he said thought it was awesome, so we signed him up for the fall,” said his mother, Lisa. Hunter currently sails optis in the Green Fleet, where most young sailors typically start, but
his coach, Karen Tone, says he’s learning quickly. “He’s doing great,” she said. “He’s very motivated, he’s learning pretty fast, and he’s moving up through the ranks.” Tone says financial worries aren’t uncommon in the sailing world, and that with the high cost of equipment, everyone is struggling to raise money. She was happy to hear that Hunter was having so much success raising money for the program, and says his determination has been contagious. “When someone gets the ball rolling like that, it really helps,” said Tone. “A lot of the kids are raising money now. If Hunter can do it, they feel like they can do it, too. He’s definitely inspiring to everybody.”
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Hunter’s first stop on his quest to save the program was the Key Spa and Salon near the island’s south bridge. Shortly after their conversation, Hunter and his mother went to the salon to get him a haircut, and he decided to pitch his proposal to his regular hairdresser, Lisa Bouillerce. “He’s just a charming little boy who has a way of speaking to pretty much anyone,” Bouillerce said. “He has a way of showing his enthusiasm and making you get excited for him.” Bouillerce agreed to donate a free haircut as a raffle prize, and from there, Hunter was inspired to present the idea to more businesses around the Key. Despite his young age, Hunter has a polite, mature demeanor well beyond his years — a trait that many of the business owners immediately responded to. Mason Tush, of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, remembers being impressed by Hunter’s confi-
dence and manners. “He was probably the nicest, most well-spoken kid I’ve ever seen for his age,” Tush said. “He was really passionate and well spoken. The way he presented it, I don’t think anyone was going to say no to him.” After listening to Hunter’s pitch, CB’s agreed to donate a half-day rental of a 19-foot runabout boat. “I know what it’s like to try to raise money,” said Tush. “It’s hard, and it takes a lot of work, so we try to do our part to help, especially if it’s for a good cause.” Mary Hoff, owner of Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures, agrees that Hunter’s personality made an immediate impression, and as a result, she opted to be his first sponsor. “He was polite,” Hoff said. “He introduced himself and shook my hand, and he was very enthusiastic about sailing. Anything to do with the water, I’m a sucker for.” Being a lifelong fan of water sports, Hoff was happy to help, and she believes the sailing program is a great activity for kids to be involved in. “When you believe in something it’s a lot easier to pitch it,” she said. “He loves sailing, and his enthusiasm was contagious.” The Sarasota Youth Sailing Program will continue its fundraising at the 2012 Sailfest Regatta on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, and Lisa Rollins says she hopes the wide variety of donated items will encourage people to return to the regatta next year. Hunter says he’s grateful for all the support he’s received and is excited to continue participating in the sport he loves. “Never give up on what you want,” he said. “If you really want something, don’t quit.”
As plans to stabilize Longboat Pass and renourish northern Longboat Key beaches await state approval, members of the Siesta Key Association are looking for support to block them. The organization has found a savior in Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash but faces opposition from the town of Longboat Key and Manatee County, as well as research from several organizations. And an April 27 meeting of inlet project stakeholders with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection could unlock state funding, making a defense strategy for SKA improbable. Peter van Roekens, vice president of the Siesta Key Association and founder of the Sarasota Boaters Coalition, said three groins included in the Longboat Key Inlet Management plan threaten to set the flow of Big Pass askew and possibly accelerate erosion of Lido and Siesta beaches. “People want to put groins in, but they’re very dangerous,” he said. “There are always unintended consequences.” The intended consequences are to trap sand drawn southward slowing sediment displacement. The problem, van Roekens said, is beaches further south don’t receive natural sand accumulation — taking one region’s erosion woes and passing them on. The West Coast Inlet Navigation District, which helps plan and implement waterway projects, approved and endorsed the plan. It also is backed by research conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Coastal Planning & Engineering Inc. A deeper concern for SKA is that an approval could fasttrack plans being floated by the city of Sarasota and the Corps of Engineers for Lido renourishment. Big Pass and New Pass are the two inlets that are being considered for dredging, further amplifying potential negative consequences for Siesta Key. Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, who also serves as the treasurer of
WCIND, said the Corps of Engineers is studying the effects of potential dredging on the two inlets. However, she said Longboat’s inlet project will have little bearing on the study or solutions suggested for that potential project. “These groins don’t look like they will damage Lido,” she said. Two sand traps cut for dredging Longboat Pass also are included in the plan, under the supervision of WCIND. They could yield about 90,000-cubic-yards of sand to renourish Longboat beaches, according to an April 2 permit filed by the organization. The Manatee County commission voted 6-1 in favor of the inlet management plan March 27, with one dissenting vote coming McClash. Van Roekens and McClash have been coordinating an effort to raise public awareness about the project, which also has the support of Longboat Key commissioners. A Feb. 10 correspondence between Manatee Deputy County Attorney Rodney Wade and McClash explored questions about the deed binding Beer Can Island to the county. One of the restrictions outlined in the document is that the property be kept in its “natural state” and that “no man-made alterations or structures shall be constructed or placed on the property.” The terminal groin bound for the island could be a violation, the letter stated. McClash also has petitioned the Corps of Engineers for a public hearing on the inletmanagement plan and an environmental-impact statement to comply with the National Environmental Protection Act, due to its use of federal funds. Laird Wreford, the coastal resources manager for Sarasota County, said conflict over beach renourishment is inevitable and will likely continue as Big Pass and New Pass are considered for a similar project on Lido Key. “In the end, one man’s accumulation of sand is another man’s depletion of sand,” Wreford said.
The Longboat Pass Inlet Management Plan calls for installing a terminal groin at Beer Can Island, pictured, and two groins on northern Longboat Key to control Longboat Pass erosion.
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+ Florida Power and Light to begin tree maintenance Florida Power and Light will begin its scheduled tree trimming along the lateral circuit at the north end of Siesta Key around Wednesday, May 2, through its contractor, Asplundh Expert Tree Co. The trimming will continue at the main feeder along Higel Avenue and Givens Street around Monday, May 14. The other main feeder, which services the Village, will be trimmed around Monday, May 21. Residents who own trees that will need to be trimmed will be notified in person or by door card.
Citizen Tax Oversight Committee — 3 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Sarasota County Administration Center, Fourth Floor Office of Financial Planning Conference Room, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Alta Vista Neighborhood Association Meeting — 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Concordia Lutheran Church, 2185 Wood St., Sarasota. Joint Sarasota County Commission and Manatee County Commission Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, Manatee Public Safety Center, 2101 47th Terrace E., Bradenton. Sarasota County Commission Budget Workshop — 9 a.m. Monday, May 7, Sarasota County Administration Center, Third Floor Think Tank Room, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Sarasota City Commission Special Meeting — 3 p.m. Friday, May 4, City Hall, Commission Chamber, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
+ Lido Beach in running for best restored beach Lido Beach, the 2009 winner of the Best Restored Beach Award, is vying to become the Best of the Best Restored Beaches and Sarasota residents are being encouraged to vote for their local beach online. The public is invited to participate in a poll to help the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association identify the Best of the Restored Beaches in the United States. Residents can vote for Lido Beach through Friday. Lido Beach is listed in the category “Urban Beaches.” To vote for Lido Beach, go to http://asbpa.org and click on the Best Restored Beaches link in the top left corner of the website.
+ Auditor and Clerk fraud policy draft raises concern Sarasota City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini has drafted a proposed anti-fraud policy for City Hall employees that would allow her department to search employee
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By Nick Friedman | Community Editor
Graduating students work on final project
David Mahler, head of ODA, says the decision to move the sixth graders to the Uihlein Campus, which came about two years ago, will be an added value to the middle school program. “The sixth-grade students will be able to experience additional elements of the program in academics, athletics and the arts,” Mahler said. “I think this strategic move will enhance education overall.” Mahler says more than $10 million has been invested in new facilities at the Uihlein Campus in the past two years, and now the students will be able to take advantage of the new labs, classrooms and faculty. The first step in preparing for the transition was to create a new leadership position. Bruce Lotta was named head of the middle school, where he’s had a year to plan for the change. Lotta says his goal is for people to be able to look back at middle school as some of the fondest memories in their lives. “Fortunately, we’re in a position of strength,” he says. “We have a great team that cares about the kids. Now, we just have to think of what exactly it is that middle school should be.”
With The Out-of-Door Academy middle-school campus expanding to include sixth-graders, two Lower School classes participate in a graduation tradition dating back to the 1930s. As part of a tradition dating back to 1933, graduating sixth-graders at the Out-of-Door Academy’s lower school on Siesta Key create decorative stepping stones to leave behind. Next year they move on to the Uihlein Middle School campus in Lakewood Ranch. This year, however, the tradition will have even greater significance. Both the fifth- and sixth-grade classes will be graduating this year, as the Uihlein Campus expands to include sixthgrade students, which means there will be two sets of stepping stones. These decorative stones, which are displayed throughout the Lower School campus, are one of the school’s oldest traditions. They serve as a visual history of the school’s alumni. The tradition started after a visit by ODA students to the Thomas Edison Estate, in Fort Myers. Students were inspired by Edison’s walkway, which was composed of stones engraved by his friends and guests. They decided to incorporate the tradition into their own campus. Art teacher Linda Wallin, who has been with the school for 15 years, says the students look forward to the big project each year, and that many come back long after graduation to search out their stones. “My son is 36, and the first thing he does when he comes here is find his stone,” Wallin said. “It’s fun to see people who come back to look at them. I tell the kids to try to think
Fifth- and sixth-grade students will create commemorative steppingstones this year. Right: Vivienne Miller, sixth grade, waits for her stepping-stone to be taken out of its form. about what they want to be remembered for in 50 years.” Fifth- and sixth-grade science teacher Pam Davis has been teaching at ODA for almost 35 years and has seen the stone design evolve over the years. The oldest ones are basic concrete, engraved with names and decorations, but in recent years, students have started creating their own colorful tiles to place in the concrete form. “It’s a special and unique part of our campus,” Davis said. “It’s been
great having the two groups working on it. They’re excited, and I think the tiles this year turned out beautiful.” Fifth- and sixth-grade sisters Celia and Vivienne Miller have had the unique opportunity to work on this project at the same time as they both prepare to head off to the new school. “I’m excited for the new school and the new campus,” Vivienne said. “But I’ll probably miss all the teachers here.”
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Downtown events being scrutinized The city of Sarasota is deciding whether it should tighten permit standards for downtown events that could force some events off Main Street. The city will meet May 4. also a member of the committee, said the city just needs a clearer policy that might dictate where some events should go. “Some events are wonderful, but some aren’t good for all merchants,” Harshman said. “Twenty-five years ago, this city begged for events downtown. Now they all do extremely well and we need to discuss which ones are good for downtown.” The main problem, according to Harshman and Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown, is a saturation of events on Main Street, even though there are several other underutilized sites downtown, such as Payne Park. “Everyone wants to be on Main Street and that’s the problem,” Brown said. “We have to identify other areas to hold events.” Not everyone in the downtown area thinks the number of Main Street events is a problem. At a Downtown Improvement District regular meeting earlier this month, Chairman Ernie Ritz expressed frustration with the committee. “It seems like it’s the committee’s intent to stop closing Main Street and funneling events to other communities,” Ritz said. Ritz, meanwhile, pointed out that permit holders who want to hold an event on Main Street need a supermajority of merchants (66%) to sign off on the event. “Generally, more than 90% of the merchants sign off on events that close Main Street,” Ritz said. “This whole issue should be handed over to a group of merchants because I’m afraid this committee is
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Noisy events, such as Thunder by the Bay, are being questioned. Area residents complain about noise and some merchants say the event doesn’t bring them any business. messing with the livelihood of the merchants who want the events.” Art to Walk On owner Eileen Hampshire said it’s a complex issue for all downtown merchants, not just those who have shops on Main Street. “The trick, in my view, is to find the right number of events during season that doesn’t upset some merchants who get annoyed that Main Street is closed so much during the 16 weeks they count on to survive the rest of the entire year,” Hampshire said. This week, the committee reached consensus that parades and run/walk events are positive, while downtown art and craft shows should not include food vendors, which would give Main Street restaurants a chance to cater to the crowds. Brown also said he will inform commis-
sioners that the cost of a permit should also include a person/city staff member to monitor the event, making sure the permit holders don’t start taking over parking spaces and areas of downtown that aren’t specified in their permit. It was also suggested the city offer premium prices for permits on Main Street. Parking Manager Mark Lyons said the city or the permit monitoring person must do a better job of getting people into the parking garage or other parking lots that many event patrons aren’t aware exist. “The main issue the commission must decide is whether or not the city should set parameters that might dictate whether or not some permit holders can either modify their event to make it fit city standards or if changes force them out altogether,” Brown said.
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Downtown Sarasota merchants and city officials are discussing ways to host downtown events that won’t compete with the stores sitting along Main Street. An events committee has met twice over the last two weeks to discuss a variety of concepts that will be vetted before the Sarasota City Commission at a special meeting May 4. One suggestion on the table is not allowing food vendors to be a part of an arts and crafts permit. This would prevent the food vendors from competing with downtown restaurants that could otherwise serve festival patrons. Downtown Sarasota Alliance Events Chairman Tony Souza said there needs to be more control over 96 events that are held in the city each year. Out of those 96 events, at least 42 of them are held on Main Street. “The biggest complaint we have from store owners is we are closing Main Street too much during season for events,” Souza said. “This is a good opportunity to discuss what events work for some merchants and what events don’t work for others.” Souza said a lot of events don’t necessarily contribute to downtown or events downtown. “A lot of events bring in food vendors and put tents in front of restaurants,” Souza said. “We need a concrete event policy that makes sure the events we hold are contributing to the economic vitality of downtown.” DSA President John Harshman, who is
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Remembering the Holocaust Last Thursday, April 19, on those differences to arouse marked Holocaust Remem- German pride. (While nationalbrance Day. istic and economic issues played Most people probably didn’t the major part in the rise of the notice. Yet the day has dramatic Nazis, their propaganda attack implications for all of us, Jewish focused on the differences.) or not, every day of the year. In contrast, America’s strength In addition to the 6 million comes from our differences. Jews murdered by the Our motto, E Pluribus Nazis, the dead also inUnum, means “Out of cluded many others: many, one.” church members; clergy; Holocaust Rememtrade unionists; gypbrance Day should sies; gays; socialists; and remind us to embrace more. our differences. By Many of us will retolerating these differmember the famous ences we can eliminate quotation by the Rev. prejudice and bigotry Martin Niemoller. The and bias. This must beNazis sent him to SachJEFFREY come the work of all of senhausen and Dachau WEISMAN us. because they considered The Declaration of him lacking in enthusiIndependence promisasm for the Nazi party. He wrote: es us “life, liberty and the pursuit “First they came for the com- of happiness.” And that promise munists, and I didn’t speak out should apply to all in equal meabecause I wasn’t a communist. sure — each one supporting the Then they came for the union- rights of others. ists, and I didn’t speak out beConsider bullying in schools, cause I wasn’t a trade unionist. in the workplace, on the Internet. Then they came for the Jews, Who gets bullied? Someone perand I didn’t speak out because I ceived as different, and as weak. wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for Yet as an American, that person me and there was no one left to has something to offer. Just give speak out for me.” the person a chance. We all must The Nazis targeted those stand up against bullying. The whom they perceived as different bullies must know that they will — not dangerous, not frighten- have to deal with all of us, not ing — just different. They preyed just the bullied individual.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR + Music critique was wonderfully perceptive
Dear Editor: *This letter was originally sent to June LeBell, Observer music critic. I loved your wise review of the Thomas Hampson concert. I am a string player and grew up in a musical family of string players. So, I play chamber music mostly and have not had a great interest in vocal music. There was some scorn toward singers in my family because so many of them did not have musical training or solfège, which you need to play a violin. When I went to music school, I had to sing with a singer to keep him on pitch and help
him keep his place. So, I was not thrilled at the prospect of this concert; however, because I am a subscriber, I went. I have rarely enjoyed a concert as much as I did this one. I am a student of American literature and poetry, which I teach at the Academy. When I saw the research he had done on the early songs and the poems set to music, I was enthralled. And, to my ear, his voice was excellent, and I could hear every word and understand it. I came home walking on air and told all my students about the concert. I do remember how many people left at intermission and I could not understand why. I
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nomic challenges. If all of us work together, not as AfricanAmericans or Irish-Americans or Catholics or Christians or Jews, but as Americans, we can solve the complex problems that face us as a nation. Much work remains for us to do. To forge a strong nation of brothers, we must eliminate the perpetuation of lies, mistruths, prejudices and bigotry. We truly must become “…one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.” Let’s do what we can, everyday, to learn from the lessons of the Holocaust. Standing up for our fellow citizens, looking for the good in them, and working together as Americans seem the most appropriate ways to mark our memories of the Holocaust. Our Founding Fathers left Europe to seek economic, religious and personal freedom. Holocaust Remembrance Day should remind us of the wonderful freedoms we enjoy, freedoms we have earned. And it should further remind us how we must all stand together. Let us all remember those critical words, “never again.” And, may God bless America. Jeffrey Weisman practices fine arts photography and serves on the board of directors of Art Center Sarasota.
thought that perhaps it was too intellectual for some people. Your observation was right on, the Van Wezel is not the place for such a concert. I remembered my childhood in Boston. No one would have considered using Symphony Hall for such a concert. We had Jordan Hall and other locations for such concerts. Why don’t we do that in Sarasota? Do you know why? Again, I want to thank you for your wonderfully perceptive review of this most excellent concert. Anne Arsenault Sarasota
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+ A just and well-written opinion Dear Editor: Rod Thomson’s editorial on the Tyson-Trayvon solution was without a doubt, one of the most well-written, informational with “right on” intelligence piece that I have read in my 15 years in Sarasota. It was not the typical
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Holocaust Remembrance Day should make us focus on the dangers of prejudice, bigotry and bias. Think of a group of little kids: white, black, Asian, Hispanic. Have you seen them play together? They don’t notice differences. They play with other little people, nothing more. Bigotry and prejudice are not genetic. They are learned behaviors, passed down in families and in society from generation to generation. Kids learn from the comments and actions of adults, which influence their behaviors and beliefs. Recognizing and embracing differences must become part of our national psyche. You don’t have to agree with someone different, you just have to respect that individual. Consider today’s political environment. Our politicians have become so focused on the differences that they have created a vast divide. Right, left, red, blue. They have forgotten the best interests of Americans. “We the people” suffer from these artificial divisions. Tolerating, respecting and embracing differences will serve to benefit our country. We can never allow one minority group to feel the brunt of a misguided populace. We all must stand up for the rights of others. Our country faces severe eco-
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+ ‘Ban the Booze’ My View was great Dear Editor: I very much liked your My View article on “ Banning the Booze “ on the beaches in Sarasota County. Being a writer, you can write articles every few weeks to keep the pressure on the elected officials and on the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and officers. It’s hard to believe the excesses that both sides have made. Neither side wants to do anything about it, hoping that it will go away. We are snowbirds four-and-ahalf months of the year, and have been for the past six years. Thanks again. Ramsey Kraft
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beach,” Eduardo said. “They knew they had the keys to the car and they knew they were going to leave in the car.” Eduardo, meanwhile, expressed frustration with the Sarasota County Commission for not taking any action on the regulation of alcoholic beverages at county beaches and parks to date. Since the accident, a debate has sparked regarding whether alcoholic beverages should be allowed on the beaches. Some members of the public are pushing for a countywide ban. At a March commission workshop, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and his staff revealed Siesta Key beach statistics for 2011 that showed only 0.3% of the estimated 2.4 million beachgoers that year were arrested on alcohol-related charges. Knight said he was willing to work with county staff on any ordinance change the commission wanted to take but explained it would violate constitutional rights to take away beachgoers’ keys and open their coolers to search for alcohol. “It becomes a gray area when we have to start taking away keys and searching coolers,” Knight said at the workshop. So far, the commission has yet to discuss the issue again since Knight made his presentation March 29. The lack of movement on a county alcohol ban, Eduardo said, is troubling. “Our whole family has to get together and see what to do and how to go about getting that alcohol ban,” Eduardo said. “It would have saved my sister’s life and it will save the lives of others.”
“This is a very serious situation,” Mallard said. “It is not about financial restitution for this family, it is about public safety and holding the Sheriff’s (Office) accountable for their actions that day.” Sheriff’s Office Community Affairs Manager Wendy Rose said the Sheriff’s Office does not comment on pending litigation. State law requires that a sheriff or sheriff’s office be given six months’ notice prior to being sued. The notice of intent to sue gives the Sheriff’s Office and the County Attorney six months to investigate and offer a settlement if they wish. If the case remains unresolved, Chen’s family can move forward with a lawsuit. Rose, however, said she anticipated the Sheriff’s Office will receive its official intent to sue April 26. Diane Eduardo, sister of Donna Chen, reiterated the lawsuit is not about damages. “Right from the beginning, we have felt a lot of people could have prevented this tragedy,” Eduardo said. “There isn’t any accountability.” Eduardo said if the lawsuit isn’t filed, there would never be any accountability for her sister’s death. “If we don’t do this, the same type of senseless tragedy will happen again,” Eduardo said. Making sure the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t allow people to leave the beach intoxicated in the future is the main focus of the pending lawsuit, Eduardo said. “Those officers should never have let those boys leave the
By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
Sarasota joins unpaid Medicaid bills lawsuit The county commission will join a lawsuit against a new law that mandates counties to pick up 85% of the tab for disputed Medicaid charges. The Sarasota County Commission opted to join a lawsuit with 30 other Florida counties in an attempt to recoup some of its unpaid Medicaid bill costs. The decision comes just two weeks after the Manatee County Commission agreed to have its attorney look into whether or not it should join the lawsuit. Sarasota and Manatee counties have a choice: Accept a new bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott or pay $10.5 million in unpaid combined Medicaid costs; $6.1 million for Sarasota County and $4.4 million for Manatee County. With many counties facing large budget cuts to offset another year of anticipated ad valorem revenue reductions, counties are choosing to join the lawsuit to fight the state on a law that now requires the state to pick up 85% of the tab for disputed Medicaid charges. In Sarasota County alone, 28% of its Medicaid debt in the 2010-11 fiscal year was disputed because of inaccuracies. Sarasota County Attorney Steve DeMarsh recommended to commissioners at its regular meeting Tuesday, April 24,
that the county join the other Florida counties and the Florida Association of Counties in a lawsuit challenging the law, which forces the responsibility of recouping money from the unpaid bills from the state level to the county level. The state has more than $325 million in unpaid Medicaid bills that state officials attribute to computer errors and patient fraud. The new law has counties responsible for collecting their money and several counties are annoyed and frustrated by it. The problem is this: Many Medicaid service providers send bills to the wrong address or use fake dates to stall or get out of paying the bills altogether. That leaves the county stuck with thousands of dollars in unpaid Medicaid costs. To make matters worse, a new state computer system installed in 2008 has been blamed for causing undisputed bills to rise to exorbitant numbers. The unpaid tabs are also frustrating elected officials because unless the debt is paid for and wiped clean, it will affect county credit ratings.
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Siesta Key Chamber to tee off with annual golf tourney
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The tournament is played annually honor of Paul Ralson, who served as the chamber’s executive director from 1998 to 2000. The Siesta Key Chamber Commerce. “Most imof Commerce will host the portantly, everyone had 13th annual Paul Ralston a good time and it helps 13th annual Paul Golf Tournament May 7, at benefit the chamber.” Ralston Golf The Ritz-Carlton Members In addition to the Tournament Club, 15150 70th Terrace E., tournament, the WHEN: May 7. Bradenton. Registration is silent auction also Registration is at at 11:30 a.m. and shotgun will have many 11:30 a.m., and is at 1 p.m. Following play tempting items, shotgun start is on the golf course, there including boat at 1 p.m. Following will be a silent auction acrentals, fishing trips the tournament, there companied by dinner and evening stays on Longwill be a silent auction the presentation of the boat Key and foursomes accompanied by dinner tournament awards. to play at The Ritz-Carland the presentation of Paul Ralston served as ton Members Club. the tournament awards. executive director of the The Ritz-Carlton’s WHERE: The RitzSiesta Key Chamber of 315-acre private course Carlton Members Club, Commerce from Februwas designed by world15150 70th Terrace E., ary 1998 until his death in renowned architect Bradenton February 2000. With a love Tom Fazio and includes for the game of golf, he also abundant elevation INFO: 349-3800 or www. helped plan the first golf changes and pictursiestakeychamber.com tournament as a way to esque lakes throughout support the chamber in its the course. The Memmission of promoting business on Siesta bers Club driving range will be available Key. In memory of Ralston, the chamber to all event participants prior to the start has seen to it that tournament is always of the event, and the use of the facility and played in his honor. the practice balls is complimentary. SerThose who plan to participate can be a vices include bag set-up, premium range part of the fun either registering as a sin- ball use and beverage offerings. gle player for $150 or as a team of four for There are also multiple sponsorship $550. More than 70 golfers already have opportunities including Tee Sponsorship registered for the tournament, however and Green Sponsorship for $100 and Hole there are still plenty of spots open. Sponsorship for $150. “As always we are really excited. It is To register or to find out more about one of our most fun events throughout the tournament contact the Siesta Key the year and we are excited to return to Chamber of Commerce by calling 349the Ritz,” said Kevin Cooper, executive 3800 or by visiting www.siestakeychamdirector of the Siesta Key Chamber of ber.com.
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12:42 p.m. — 5200 block of Ocean Boulevard. Felony. A waitress told a police officer having lunch at a restaurant her purse had been stolen the previous weekend. She reported someone grabbed her purse when she put it down for a second in the restaurant’s parking lot. The purse contained her grandmother’s ring, which was valued at $100, and her bank debit card.
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9 a.m. — 500 block of Beach Road. Grand Theft. A rental company called police to report the theft of two rental bikes. Both bikes contain the company rental sticker on them.
9:27 p.m. — 3900 block of North Shell Road. Abandoned Vehicle. Police observed an abandoned Chevrolet car parked on the shoulder of the road and couldn’t locate its owner.
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9:55 p.m. — 6600 block of Midnight Pass Road. Driving Under the Influence. A police officer patrolling the beach on an all-terrain vehicle observed a man driving a four-door red Jeep slam on his brakes in a parking lot and then park, take up three parking spaces. Police made contact with the man, who reeked of alcohol and was holding onto his Jeep so he wouldn’t fall down. When he was asked to perform a field sobriety test after he claimed he hadn’t had anything to drink, he said: “I’m a little drunk, there’s no way I can do that.” He declined a breathalyzer test and was arrested after failing his sobriety tests, miserably.
APRIL 14: Phone can’t be tracked
12:15 p.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Lost Property. A man told police he lost his cell phone on the beach. He used his friend’s iPhone to track his phone to a restaurant parking lot. But they couldn’t locate the phone, which was turned off later in the day and unable to be tracked. False Name. Police responded to a noise complaint and found a group of minors drinking beer like it was water. Police located the underage boy who resided at the house and demanded he call his mother. The mother, who was visiting relatives, allowed police to enter the home and break up the party. Police made everyone pour the beer down the sink. Two boys gave police false names and were charged with providing false names to a law enforcement officer after they failed to provide their proper identification. One of the boys was also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Unlocked cars preyed upon
12:31 p.m. — 4100 block of Roberts Point Road. Vehicle Burglary. A woman reported that someone entered two unlocked cars in her driveway. A bag containing $2,000 in cash and a credit card were stolen from her husband’s car. A envelope containing car registration and insurance information was stolen from her car.
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Two years after marrying Tom Wallin, Linda Wallin and their young son, Tommy, moved from the Phillippi Creek area to Siesta Key, where they had purchased a 1950s-style house near where her husband used to vacation. “It was very jungle-y back then,” Wallin remembers. She and Tom raised their three children in that house, and Wallin still lives there today. Most days, she rides her bike or walks to and from to her job as the art teacher at The Out-of-Door Academy. “I knew since I was in the seventh grade that I wanted to be an art teacher,” she says. “I don’t think a lot of people can say they knew what they wanted to be in the seventh grade.” Wallin grew up in Bradenton and attended Florida State University, where she received a degree in art education and visual arts. Wallin married in 1976. Not only did she marry a man she loved, she married into what is now a four-generation local seafood business.
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YMCA makes splash at Healthy Kids Day Hundreds of families came Friday, April 20, to the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch of the Sarasota YMCA to celebrate Healthy Kids Day. The nationwide YMCA event promotes the coming of summer as well as the importance of being healthy. The biggest highlight was the opening of the water park for the season.
Katrina Turgeon with her children, Trey, 9, Katelyn, 5, and Brooke, 10.
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FRIDAY APRIL 27 Giving Matters Gems of Philanthropy Luncheon — takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. Renowned Wall Street executive, author and philanthropist Carla Harris will discuss philanthropic strategies at Giving Matters’ annual Gems of Philanthropy Luncheon. Cost is $50. Call 921-5410. Suzuki School of Music String Ensemble — takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, at the Westfield Shopping Mall food court, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail. The Suzuki String Ensemble will perform to raise funds for the Suzuki Endowment for Music Education. Free. Call 302-1759. Lincoln Day Dinner with John Bolton — takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. The Republican Party of Sarasota County presents its 2012 Lincoln Day Dinner, featuring former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton. Cost is
THURSDAY APRIL 26 Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra — takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way. The Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra will perform “Celebrating Queen,” a tribute to the 1970s rock band Queen. The Riverview High School Choir will join in the finale. Cost is $25. Call 922-5370.
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MONDAY APRIL 30 St. Boniface Thrift Shop Sale — takes place from Monday, April 30, to Saturday, May 12, at the St. Boniface Thrift Shop, 6622 Superior Ave. The Thrift Shop is holding a half-off sale on men’s items. Free. Call 349-5616.
TUESDAY MAY 1 Poetry Book Club — takes place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1350 Main St. Each month, Bookstore1Sarasota’s owner, Georgia Court, leads a discussion of the poetry of recent poets laureate. In May, she’ll discuss Robert Pinsky’s newest collection. In-store purchase of book is required. Call 365-7900.
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Students from throughout Sarasota received a lesson in diversity as they toured the Embracing Our Differences at exhibit at Island Park on the Bayfront in downtown Sarasota. Since the its beginning in 2004, the mission of Embracing Our Differences is “to use the arts as a catalyst for creating awareness and promoting, throughout our community, the value of diversity, the benefits of inclusion and the significance of the active rejection of hatred and prejudice.” The exhibit will be up through Monday, May 28. Embracing Our Differences has collaborated with several educational organizations through its Partners-in-Education program to have students from Sarasota and Manatee counties visit the exhibit.
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NIA makes waves on Siesta Key For the past 18 months, Kathy Oravec has been teaching NIA classes Tuesdays by the yellow lifeguard stand on the Siesta Key Public Beach. NIA is a combination of three
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Jackie Nolan had fun moving her body around freely during one of the NIA exercises.
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Kathy Oravec leads the group in reaching up high during the beginning of her NIA class, Tuesday, April 24, on Siesta Key Public Beach.
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Sean McAdams, 18, is enjoying his senior year pitching for the Cardinal Mooney Cougars. McAdams has played baseball since he was 4 years old, however, he played basketball his freshman and sophomore year and was the quarterback this year for the football team. Although he is unsure of what his plans for the fall will be, he is leaning toward attending Seminole State College on a baseball scholarship and majoring in criminal justice. How long have you been playing baseball? I’ve played pretty much all my life. It’s really the only sport I played seriously. What is your position, and what do you like about it? I am the pitcher. I like having control of the game. You can go as fast or slow as you want and you set the tempo for the game. If you start off throwing well, your teammates follow at the bat.
How long have you been playing for Cardinal Mooney? All four years.
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What are your strengths? I played football for the first time this year and was quarterback, and it really helped me with my leadership on the field. I don’t like losing, so I am a competitor. What game are you looking most forward to this season? I’m looking forward to district championships against ODA. They are our biggest rival.
played them. We played them once, and they beat us, and then we had a bad taste in our mouths about it and beat them at their home field, and we gave them their first loss for the season. If you could play for any professional team, which one would you play for and why? The Chicago Cubs, because I have been a Cubs fan my entire life. Is there a player you admire? Justin Verlander. He plays for the Detroit Tigers. I’d like to be like him. He is probably the best pitcher in the league and has control over the entire game and is able to go the full distance almost every game, and I like that. He is a big force on the mound. Every time he is pitching, the Tigers have a very good chance of winning.
What is your best pitch? Right now, my fastball. I throw it really hard. Later on in my career, I am going to have to get something other than the fastball. My changeup is pretty good, too.
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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the Siesta Key building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of April 9 through 13, in order of dollar amounts. Address
7312 Point of Rock Road 5053 Sandy Shore Ave. 735 Birdsong Lane 1221 Basin Lane 9042 Midnight Pass Road 1373 Siesta Bayside Drive 9000 Blind Pass Road 5858 Midnight Pass Road 460 Beach Road 1337 Siesta Bayside Drive 6836 Midnight Pass Road 5025 Higel Ave. 5400 Ocean Blvd. 5855 Midnight Pass Road 8407 Midnight Pass Road 1147 Lake House Circle 40 Island Circle 5026 Calle Minorga 5911 Midnight Pass Road 6150 Midnight Pass Road 535 Beach Road 5911 Midnight Pass Road 1181 Lake House Circle 6326 Midnight Pass Road 8240 Midnight Pass Road 4940 Peacable Way 757 Siesta Key Circle 757 Beach Road
Repairs Re-roof Mechanical Mechanical Windows/Shutters Window/Door Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Remodel Window/Door Mechanical Shutters Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Re-roof Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical Piping Re-roof Terrace Plumbing
Michael Connelly, trustee $27,000 Ken Siew $12,000 Miron Malboeuf $9,255 Sally Fawcett, trustee $7,990 John Kiefer $7,812 Francis Slachta $7,000 Walter Ure $5,148 John Minor $5,118 Nancy Wilson $5,056 Don Crawford III $5,000 Stephen Farago $4,800 Juergen Stahl $4,640 Meral Goknar $4,614 Irene Hunnewinkel, trustee $4,372 John Sweeney $4,247 Richard Jackson $4,160 Patricia Taylor, trustee $4,028 Veronica McKeon $3,995 Edward Steigelmann $3,750 John Reinke Jr., trustee $3,720 Rocco Franco, trustee $3,680 Charles Lofino, trustee $3,550 David Mortimer $3,480 Ashok Kumar $3,074 Kurt Seigel $2,000 John Boland $1,725 Albert Tomlinson $1,200 Jacqueline Scott $1,000
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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012
real estate | transactions
By Adam Hughes | Research Editor
Cocoanut Bayou home sells for $3,583,000 The following residential real estate transactions took place between April 9 and 13. A home in Cocoanut Bayou tops all transactions in this weekâ€™s real estate. Stephen and Michelle Witzer, Sarasota, sold their home at 4129 Higel Ave. to Michael Bernstein and Sarah Skebba, Sarasota, for $3,583,000. Built in 2001, it has three bedrooms, four-and-two-half baths, a pool and 4,865 square feet of living area.
minium at 9393 Midnight Pass Road to A. Amanda Arnold, trustee, of Framingham, Mass., for $425,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,380 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,000 in 2003.
Karen Jones, Venice, sold her Unit 11 condominium at 9074 Midnight Pass Road to Christopher and Mary Adams, Sarasota, for $269,000. Built in 1983, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,251 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $397,500 in 2004.
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Daniel Williams, of Newfoundland, Canada, sold his Unit 804C condominium at 1660 Summerhouse Lane to Doug and Joy Johns, Sarasota, for $1.45 million. Built in 2007, it has three bedrooms, threeand-one-half baths and 2,490 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.48 million in 2009.
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Regions Bank sold the home at 1245 Big Oak Lane to Ronald Szuch, trustee, of Kirkland, Ohio, for $950,000. Built in 1991, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,819 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,305,000 in 2004.
This home at 4129 Higel Ave. has three bedrooms, four-and-two-half baths, a pool and 4,865 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.45 million. Jeanne Singer, of Waynesboro, Pa., for $575,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,498 square feet of living area.
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Angelo Ingorvaia and Karl Helbig, Sarasota, sold their Unit 503 condominium at 5924 Midnight Pass Road to Peyton Latimer, of Annapolis, Md., for $680,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,240 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,185,000 in 2006.
Belle Due, trustee, of Aurora, Colo., sold the Unit 606 condominium at 5880 Midnight Pass Road to Thomas and
night Pass Road to Theresa Pasquaretto, of Merrick, N.Y., for $500,000. Built in 1976, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,593 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $550,000 in 2009.
Craig and Fredda Pohl, Sarasota, sold their home at 5085 Commonwealth Drive to Joseph and Terry Quin, Sarasota, for $513,000. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths and 2,511 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $248,000 in 1993.
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Rachel Hollstadt, trustee, of Burnsville, Minn., sold the Unit PH07 at 5855 Mid-
LZZL LLC sold the Unit 203 condominium at 6326 Midnight Pass Road to El Pres #203 LLC for $435,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,054 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $355,000 in 2010. Robert and Janet Beitle, trustees, of Pittsburgh, sold the Unit 704 condo-
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Richard White, trustee, sold the Unit 22 condominium at 6300 Midnight Pass Road to Michael Granfield and Shirley Granfield, trustees, Sarasota, for $220,000. Built in 1969, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,131 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $26,800 in 1969.
Paul and Elizabeth Ayoub, of New Fairfield, Conn., sold their Unit 632 condominium at 1400 Midnight Cove II Place to Stephen and Constance Stillson, of Naperville, Ill., for $250,000. Built in 1979, it has two bedrooms, one-and-one half baths and 860 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $295,000 in 2004.
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