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Artist Clyde Burnett ODA students dance night away shares his adventures in painting. at 2012 prom. PAGE 10B INSIDE
OUR TOWN + Have sand, will sculpt Sarasota Parks and Recreation and the Pelican Press will host the 40th annual amateur sandsculpting contest Saturday, May 5, on Siesta Key Beach. Children and adults can try their hand at sculpting for the chance to win cash prizes donated by local sponsors. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and judging begins at 1 p.m. The event is free to enter and to attend. Call 861-5000. Read more about the event on page 9B.
loud and clear By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor
Merchants sound off about noise Siesta merchants say the solution to residents’ noise concerns lies in enforcement efforts, not reactionary ordinance amendments.
Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson has represented the district, which includes Siesta Key, for almost 15 years — she’s no novice when it comes to noise complaints stemming from the Siesta Village nightlife. But, after receiving about five complaints
in the last two weeks, she says it’s time to revisit the classic complaint. “They were well thought-out,” Patterson said about the messages. “They weren’t frivolous at all.” The Sarasota County Commission began discussing solutions
last month, when Patterson said she would consider adding codeenforcement officers for periodic decibel assessments. However, she told the Pelican Press Tuesday she’s still concerned about budgetary limitations that make increasing enforcement efforts
through staff expansion improbable. In April, the commissioners said they planned to study the efficacy of noise ordinances from other towns. Jon Thaxton, the Sarasota County commissioner representing District 5, brought noise ordinances from Indian Rocks Beach to the attention of commissioners
SEE NOISE / PAGE 2A
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+ Students among merit winners Four Sarasota County high school students were among the 2,500 students across the country named by the National Scholarship Corporation as 2012 National Merit Scholarship winners. Bailey Pecor, a senior at Riverview High School, and Pine View seniors Andrew Grass, Anthony Grebe and Marissa Korn, will each receive a $2,500 scholarship. National Merit Scholarship winners are determined to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies and were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. The winners may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
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Phillippi Shore Elementary teacher Michael Gange, dressed as Indiana Jones, led the students on a treasure hunt April 26, during Phillippi Shores’ storybook and PJ night. For more photos, see pages 4-5B.
By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor
Turtle nesting season begins Sea-turtle nesting season brings reptiles to Siesta’s shores and restrictions to beachfront property owners.
Sea-turtle nesting season is under way on Siesta Key, meaning endangered marine reptiles will be wriggling onto beaches in search of a place to lay their eggs. And humans will be tinting lights and dragging beach furniture in at night to avoid fines as high as $250 per day.
From May to October, Siesta residents are required to make sure their seaside lights are too dim to be seen from the water’s edge and move obstacles such as tables, chairs and umbrellas off of the beach at night to comply with the Sarasota County Marine Turtle Protection Code — or face
fines after a single warning. But, according to Kristen Mazzarella, a senior biologist in the Sea Turtle Protection and Conservation Program at Mote Marine Laboratory, condominium owners aren’t as perturbed by the 1997 ordinance as they have been in the past. Mazzarella and her team, along with Sarasota
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A sea turtle nest generally hatches 60 days after the nest is laid.
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TURTLES / FROM 1A
At the apex of commercial and residential property, Siesta Village is a frequent battleground for zoning conflicts.
NOISE / FROM 1A as an example of a comparable community’s solution. These restrictions are more complicated than what Sarasota County has in place and require a 90-day provisional permitting process and one-year time limit for permits issued for commercial entertainment. Under Indian Rocks’ ordinances, provisional permits and annual renewals cost $100; reapplication, after a permit is revoked, costs an establishment $500. Patterson said she understands merchants would want to improve enforcement of current laws rather than implement draconian restrictions. At the Tuesday, May 1 meeting of the Siesta Key Village Asso-
ciation, President Russell Matthes implored merchants who are active at night to follow the mandated ordinance levels and timeframes. Sgt. Scott Osborne, representing the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, told members of SKVA that the busy tourist season has contributed to problems. He also said that there has been some personnel turnover at the Sheriff’s Office. “We’re working with some of the new guys on enforcement,” he said. Kevin Cooper, executive director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, echoed Osborne’s message in a recent interview with the Pelican Press. The data he gathers to measure tourism shows that bed taxes collected
in February are almost double what they were for the same period in 2011 — and because this data lags nearly a fiscal quarter, numbers could continue to swell. “It’s also cyclical,” he said. “These issues come up every three or four years.” Matthes concurred, saying new tenants, who may not know the zoning ordinances well, can trigger complaints — putting the whole Village in jeopardy. Regardless of the cause, Cooper agrees that new codes are unnecessary. “When I try to find a solution to a problem, I make sure to solve the actual problem,” he said. “The rules aren’t the problem. The enforcement is the problem.”
County employees, distributed educational packets to condo and neighborhood organizations and beachfront property owners before the season commenced. Walt Olson, vice president of the Siesta Key Condominium Council, said he’s happy to oblige with the turtles’ lighting and decorating requests. “Some of the restrictions can be a nuisance, but, overall, people think it’s well worth it,” he said. The total number of nests on Siesta Key from 2010 and 2011 trend upward, and loggerhead and green sea turtles are the most common nesting visitors to Siesta. Mazzarella is hoping to spot a Kemp’s ridley nest in this year’s turtle influx. “We didn’t get any last year,” she said, “The closest nest was up in Clearwater.” But the protection code isn’t foolproof. Keri Nelson, an environmental scientist with Sarasota County, said curious kids can contribute to false crawls — when a female returns to the sea without nesting. The ordinance certainly doesn’t include restrictions on building sand castles, but deep holes in the sand can trap or disorient turtles. “They don’t have a reverse button,” Nelson explains. And raccoons and other rodents can be egg-thieving nuisances. Mote Marine leads a contingent of 350 volunteers in shoreline walks from Longboat Key down to Venice every morning during nesting season to document nests and turtle tracks. When flipperprints lead to the surf without evidence of a nest, they record a false crawl; the patrol notifies Sarasota County when they lead toward
By the Numbers 155 — the number of
sea-turtle nests reported in 2011 on Siesta Key, up 14% compared with 2010.
183 — the number of false crawls reported in 2011 on Siesta Key, an increase of 10% compared with 2010.
1997 — Sarasota County
enacts the Sarasota County Marine Turtle Protection Code, which requires lights on beachfront properties to be dim enough so the bulb cannot be seen from the waters’ edge.
2004 — The code is
amended to include a clause requiring the removal of unnatural items from the beach. Sea turtles may bump into chairs, tables or umbrellas, sending them back into the ocean without laying eggs. *Data courtesy of mote.org
beach properties. Residents on the southern part of Siesta Key should be especially vigilant because the majority of nesting tends to occur there and hatchlings emerge sooner. “They don’t call it ‘Turtle Beach’ for nothing,” Mazzarella laughs. The dark, coarse sand on Turtle Beach attracts heat, speeding up the incubation time of turtle eggs. Further north, eggs take longer to hatch because of the cooling effects of Siesta’s famous powdery sand. Despite the positive trend, it’s difficult to use historical data to forecast nest expectations.
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flying high By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
Airport lands in the black
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Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is flying high with a promise to be debt free in 2014. However, it is also waving goodbye to a popular carrier. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport President Fred Piccolo told both the Sarasota and Manatee commissions Tuesday “the sky is far from falling” at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. In February, AirTran, which is now owned by Southwest Airlines, announced it would halt service to the airport, which in turn upset surprised airport officials. But Piccolo said the decision, although disruptive, is far from a deathblow to the airport. Piccolo informed commissioners at the joint county meeting that the airport, which acts as an independent airport authority employing roughly 125 people with zero funding from taxpayers, has $28 million in reserves, $100 million in fixed assets and is on schedule to pay off all of its remaining $9 million debt in 2014. “From a financial standpoint, the airport is in very good shape,” Piccolo said. “We are set to become one of the only airports in this country to be totally debt free.” Last year, Piccolo said, the airport raked in a surplus of more than $1 million. Said Piccolo: “We have invested more than $100 million in the airport over the last 10 years without borrowing a dime.” A study by the Florida Department of Transportation, Piccolo said, revealed that the airport has close to a $1 billion-a-year economic impact for the region “without taking a penny out of taxpayers’ pockets.” Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash said he was “thrilled” with the airport’s ability to pay off its remaining debt within a couple of years. Piccolo also noted that al-
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Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport had a surplus of $1 million in the past fiscal year. though Continental Airlines is gone and AirTran is leaving later this year, they are still obligated to pay the airport for remaining years of service at the airport they chose not to fulfill. “Continental pays us $700,000 a year not to be here, and Southwest (AirTran) will pay us $500,000 not to be here,” Piccolo said. But Piccolo said he won’t dwell on the departure of carriers, noting that United Airlines will initiate daily service between Sarasota and Chicago O’Hare International Airport effective Nov. 4. Piccolo also said the airport would announce next week another carrier that will offer service from SRQ to La Guardia International Airport. “We are also hopeful United
will add a second Chicago flight this winter and will add service to Newark, as well,” Piccolo said. Piccolo said travelers aren’t saving money by taking flights that are an average of $30 cheaper out of Tampa International Airport. Piccolo said he understands the price difference and that most flights out of Sarasota require one stop. “But connections take no more than an hour,” Piccolo said. “And if you go to Tampa, you spend an hour on the road each way, plus you spend the gas money to get there and back.” “We realize we can’t meet your needs all the time,” he said. “But we’re close and convenient like a 7-Eleven, and the community must check us out and try to
use us as much as possible.” McClash said he’s saved hundreds of dollars by flying out of the local airport. “Flights are starting to become cheaper, parking is better and cheaper and I’m saving gas money,” McClash said. Piccolo, meanwhile, couldn’t resist a jab at Southwest Airlines for their abrupt decision to cancel service, earlier this year. He urged everyone to support the carriers that use the local airport, even if they choose to fly out of Tampa instead. “Am I asking you not to use Southwest and AirTran?” Piccolo said. “You’re damn right I am.” If local flyers boycott the airline, Piccolo said, it could force the company to bring its service back to the airport.
Alex Mahadevan, 24, returns to his roots on Siesta Key as news editor for the Pelican Press. Born and raised on the island, he leads the news coverage of the paper after serving as Tampa Bay editor for the Gulf Coast Business Review for nine months. Before tackling the Tampa business beat, he completed his master’s degree in applied economics from the Florida State University, where he also completed his undergraduate degree. Although the thought of moving within a dangerous proximity of his parents, Mote Marine Laboratory President Kumar Mahadevan and Linda Mahadevan, was daunting, the lure of island life on Siesta Key was overpowering. Mahadevan plans to bring the thorough, critical eye he honed writing about some of the largest companies in Florida and effortless grace picked up schmoozing with CEOs and policy makers to the community-focused Pelican Press. Share news tips with him via phone at 366-3468, Ext. 360, or via email: alexm@yourobserver. com.
canine controversy By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor
Dog days ahead for Turtle Beach? The controversy about dogs on beaches was reignited when a Sarasota resident recently took up the cause. He faces environmental and residential opposition. Dog and beaches just don’t mix — at least not in the eyes of self-described “Siesta Key community activist” Lourdes Ramirez. And an incident involving a dog’s business happening a bit too close to her while she was lounging on Turtle Beach isn’t the only evidence she cites for her opposition. That’s why Ramirez, president of the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations, was appalled to learn that a Palmer Ranch resident who wants to open Turtle Beach to canines in the mornings and evenings was contacting Sarasota County commissioners. The resident, who requested to remain anonymous, will face environmental scientists, business owners and the status quo in his mission to bring legally his dog onto Turtle Beach. Despite facing residential oppo-
sition and early bureaucratic hurdles, he said he’s prepared for a long battle. The resident sent emails to each of the county commissioners, reached out to Ramirez and talked with a spokesperson at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Nora Patterson, a representative of Siesta Key’s interests on the County Commission, told him he would never get approval and requested a public hearing. “I’m sure there would be an outcry as great or greater against a dog beach than support for it,” she said. “He’s not just talking about dogs on leashes, he’s talking about dogs running free.” The proposal would include morning (sunrise to 9 a.m.) and evening (5 p.m. to sunset) hours for dogs to freely roam the southern sliver of shoreline
Turtle Beach is one of the hot spots during turtle-nesting season. at Turtle Beach. Patterson said the time recommendations are laughable. “Those are the coolest times of the day,” she said. “That’s when most people want to visit the beach.” Environmental issues are also a factor. Keri Nelson, an environmental scientist working for Sarasota County, relayed
turtle-nesting statistics to the resident to show that allowing canines on the beach would threaten sea-turtle populations — sea-turtle nesting continues through October. “I grew up with dogs and absolutely love them,” Ramirez said in an email, “but can’t support dogs on any Siesta Key public beach.”
Ashton Salter, Rami Nehme and Rachel Cromley pose in front of the bar at Blasé Café, which was recently renovated.
+ Blasé is not passé What do Lou Gehrig, Al Capone and Franklin Delano Roosevelt have in common? The trio of men from wildly different backgrounds and careers all frequented the bar that sits in Blasé Café & Martini Bar, a 17-year-old Siesta Village landmark. The bar was brought in from its original location, the lobby of the Don Cesar Hotel, in St. Petersburg, and was recently moved to make room for new tables as part of a renovation that began last fall. A new deck and air conditioning system are also part of the facelift, which was completed just in time to host the summer crowd. To keep a steady cash flow to help finance the renovation, it was done in small intervals. That way, said co-owner Rami Nehme, the restaurant could stay open and employees could keep their hours. He said loyal customers continued to pour in despite the dust. “When you work at the same place for nine years, you develop good relationships,” he said.
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+ Off-duty deputy rescues teens Sgt. Steve Leavitt was off duty and with his family Sunday, April 29, visiting Siesta Key Beach, where he noticed two teenagers struggling in the surf. A 15-year-old girl was screaming, while a 14-yearold boy nearby was pulled beneath the surface of the water. The deputy swam out to the girl and led her into to shallow waters before returning for the other teen. He swam roughly 75 yards to rescue the struggling boy and bring him to shore, according to a news release from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Neither teen needed medical treatment.
+ Village Association torn on ad copy The Siesta Key Village Association wants to find a balance between Village merchants reliant on morning traffic and bars dependent on nightlife in radio advertisements planned for the summer. The organization plans to spend approximately $20,000 of its $63,200 budget on radio spots and a billboard intended to counter major repairs planned for the North Bridge. Slogans suggested at the May 1 meeting include variations of: “Come for the sunset, stay for the nightlife.” SKVA President Russell Matthes said the ads need to include a line about shopping and breakfast: focused merchants want a fair representation, as well.
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Meetings &agendas Siesta Key Association — 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Room F, 5615 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. Planning Commission Public Hearing — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, Administration Building, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Sarasota County Commission Budget Workshop — 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 7, Administration Center, Third Floor Think Tank Room, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Sarasota County Commission Meeting — 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, R.L. Anderson Administration Building, 4000 South Tamiami Trail, Venice. Sarasota County Commission Meeting — 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, Administration Center, First Floor Chamber, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
Venice. This will be the fourth location for the establishment, according to co-owners Russell Matthes and Troy Syprett. The new spot on the corner of West Venice Avenue and Nassau Street is the furthest south “the Deck” has reached. The other restaurants are located in Siesta Key Village and on St. Armands Circle and Madeira Beach. “Can you guess what the No. 1 issue is?” Syprett asked members of the Siesta Key Village Association about the expansion. “It’s parking.”
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By Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
Streetscape funding takes shape on Main Street The Downtown Improvement District Board of Directors hopes to use an internal city loan to help pay for a Main Street streetscape project. At a workshop last month, commissioners tentatively agreed to a list of six downtown projects including a Main Street streetscape project that will transform Main Street from Gulfstream Avenue to Osprey Avenue. Construction improvements to Main Street could start as early as this summer if the Sarasota City Commission officially approves the list at a special meeting planned later this month. On Tuesday, April 24, the commission reached a consensus to
Downtown Makeover The following projects will be financed through tax-increment financing (TIF) dollars if approved by the Sarasota City Commission later this month: • $224,000 for a North Palm Avenue streetscape project (The DID will pay $10,000 additional dollars for this project) • $1.3 million for a First Street enhancement project from Pineapple Avenue to U.S. 41
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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
City discusses future of State Street garage
Although a 2010 agreement requires the city build a 300-space parking garage at the State Street lot, some city commissioners are questioning if that is the best move currently. Sarasota city commissioners are starting to question whether the well-known movie phrase, “If you build it, they will come,” will ring true if a State Street parking garage is built in the next two years. But downtown Sarasota developer John Simon told the Pelican Press he still wants the garage built by 2014, as promised per an agreement. An agreement the city reached with Pineapple Square in 2010, when it acquired the 43,700-square-foot lot, requires the city to build at least a 300-space parking garage on the site within four years. The city’s parking master plan in 2005 also identified the State Street lot as a priority designation for a garage. The site is currently home to a 139-parking space lot. “They (commissioners) made a commitment and, quite frankly, the city already has the funds set aside to build the garage,” Simon said. Commissioners Terry Turner and Shannon Snyder have recently pointed to a 10% average usage rate in the Palm Avenue parking garage as a reason they
believe the city doesn’t need another parking garage. “That’s not a valid argument,” said Simon, who said that cities bigger than Sarasota also have empty garages during the week and out of season. “If you go to any regional parking area, 10% of the parking spaces are used,” Simon said. “But come Christmastime and during special events, those spaces get filled.” Simon said the city needs to build the garage and think ahead. “When downtown is busy and the theaters are running, those structures will fill up and so will the State Street garage,” Simon said. Simon compares Sarasota’s parking garages to the garage at International Plaza in Tampa, which sees light usage traffic most of the week but is bustling on the weekends and during the holiday shopping season. Commissioners, meanwhile, have postponed until next year a request for proposals from contractors interested in building the garage. “The sooner the garage comes
The State Street site is currently home to a 139-space parking lot. online, the sooner we incur operating costs,” said Turner, who also expressed concern with the retail components of the project. Like the Palm Avenue parking garage, the first floor of the State Street garage will include a retail component. “If we went without retail, we could get something done more cheaply,” Turner said. “I think this is a Cadillac when something a little less extensive might be necessary.” If the garage process eventually moves forward, it will involve a
series of public hearings to gauge what kind of retail the public would like to see on the site. Site plans and designs would also be created during this phase, while allowing potential tenants for the retail space to come forward with what they would like to place in the first floor of the garage. “At the end of this phase, we hope to come up with a guaranteed maximum price for the cost of garage that the commission must agree upon before moving forward,” said senior city planner Steve Stancel.
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Turner’s lack of support for the garage now does not mean he doesn’t support the future project. “I believe in the State Street garage, but it’s a question of timing,” Turner said. “It’s just not needed right now.” Turner suggested during a recent workshop about downtown projects that the garage be built at a price tag closer to $5 million, instead of using all $6 million that’s set aside for the project. Not everyone is against building the parking garage now, though. “I believe in the garage and think we need to move forward with it,” said Mayor Suzanne Atwell. Simon, meanwhile, points to the future development of Pineapple Square as a reason to build the garage. Although the Pineapple Square development has slowed due to a downturn in the economy, Simon says the first phase of the project is almost complete with tenants such as Brooks Brothers, Pastry Art and Eileen Fischer across the street. In June, Reasons Shoes is moving from St. Armands Circle to Main Street. Also, J.McLaughlin is bringing its ninth Florida location to downtown Sarasota in June. “What once was vacant is now filling up,” Simon said. “We need to plan for the continued uptick in pedestrian traffic and build the garage.”
12:09 a.m. â€” 5200 block of Ocean Boulevard. Theft. While an officer was eating at a Village restaurant, his waitress reported that her purse had been stolen the previous weekend. She said there was a small disturbance in front of the restaurant, and she had put her purse down. When she turned around, it was gone. Her cell phone, her grandmotherâ€™s ring, cash and a debit card with $15 in the account were among the casualties of the theft.
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12:20 a.m. â€” 3200 block of Clark Road. Driving Under the Influence. A man was observed entering a vehicle after being ejected from a Village bar. An officer followed the man and signaled for him to pull over. The man passed several safe stopping points but elected to pull over in the middle of Clark Road. The report stated that the manâ€™s speech was so slurred that the responding officer could not understand him. However, after blowing a .231 in a Breathalyzer test, the man insisted he should have been allowed to drive in that condition. The officer reported that the man showed no signs of remorse.
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What we need: A leader
One of the pleasures of winter in Sarasota is how this region manages to attract extraordinary speakers and experts. The Ringling College Library Town Hall Series is always rich with compelling speakers. Among them this year: former first lady Laura Bush, Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal; and “Freakonomics” author Steven Levitt. But over the past three weeks, Sarasota’s Argus Foundation, the business organization that focuses on improving the communication between the private and public sectors, has hosted two guests whose separate topics and messages coincidentally pointed in the same direction. One of those guests was part-time Longboat Key resident, Dr. Phil Kotler, the world-renowned professor at Northwestern University, textbook author and expert on marketing. If you’ve ever studied marketing, no doubt you have read at least one of Dr. Kotler’s books. The other Argus speaker was Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, whom we featured on the front page of last week’s edition. Before being elected lieutenant governor, Abramson spent nearly 15 years as mayor of Louisville.
Kotler’s presentation focused on the subject of one of his textbooks: “place marketing,” specifically what Greater Sarasota can do to market itself better, to draw more visitors and businesses and create a worldwide brand identity. Kotler handed out a treasure trove of specific suggestions. For one, he says, “You need to decide what you want to be when you grow up … Sarasota needs a strategic plan. It needs to develop a unique tagline” that encompasses what Sarasota has to offer, which he says is “excellent weather and natural beauty with high-quality arts and culture. No other city can make that claim.” And he made this important point: “All sectors (of the community) must work together if you want to have something really great.” Lt. Gov. Abramson, a few days later, told how the city of Louisville shook its complex as a second-tier city and took steps to become an equal, if not move ahead of nearby rivals Nashville and Cincinnati. Its main step: It consolidated its county and city governments into one — and united the community behind that concept. There was no need to have two of every
service and department in local government. There was no need for two economic development agencies and multiple chambers of commerce. Today, Jefferson County and Louisville are one. One of the key questions that arose after Kotler and Abramson’s presentations was the obvious one: How? Kotler was asked: How do you make it happen? How does a community decide what its brand is? Abramson was asked: How did consolidation happen? Their responses were the same: You need a leader. Kotler suggested a strong, elected mayor. In Louisville and Jefferson County, each already had strong elected mayors.The two mayors, Abramson said, were committed to the consolidation and led the charge. The more you watch what unfolds at City Hall and at the County Administration building, the more the evidence mounts for a new form of local government here. Crucial to Sarasota’s future — city and county — is an elected CEO mayor who can be held accountable and, most important, who can lead the community forward.
Bullies on the block — lawsuits Too many lawyers curdle the culture and frighten the populace. But Sarasota Police Chief Mikel Hollaway isn’t frightened. He’s going to do what he believes is right and legal, and the heck with the lawyers. We need more of that. The ACLU — chock full of lawyers — has filed a lawsuit about the city’s trespass program, and city officials are running scared. The city’s trespass program allows property owners to give police the authority to shoo people off their property with warnings and, ultimately, arrests. It’s a popular program ROD with merchants and THOMSON property owners downtown, because between the homeless and Occupy ne’er-do-wells, they have a problem. But the ACLU’s lifeblood is the publicity gained through lawsuits and threatening lawsuits. Don’t think so? Does the so-called civil rights organization ever file a lawsuit without notifying every media outlet within range? The ACLU threatened a class-action lawsuit (one news story) and two days later filed the lawsuit (a second “news” story), claiming to represent 6,500 claimants. Of course, those are all unnamed and largely fanciful claimants in the grievance-fevered minds of the ACLU. The organization’s lawyers say they went
through police records and found an average of 2,100 trespass warnings the past four years, with a fifth of those to people with multiple warnings. So, these were not people arrested, just given a warning to leave private property — something most everyone would appreciate police doing on their own property. In the real world, there are only four actual, non-fictional claimants. The ACLU’s bullying tactics prompted an immediate 60-day suspension of the program by Sarasota City Attorney Robert Fournier. (Did anyone else know the hired city attorney could just suspend city rules at will?) Now the program may indeed have a flaw. It does not appear to allow for those charged with trespass to contest the charges. Even a speeding ticket can be contested. But that is easily fixed, if true, and hardly requires a class-action lawsuit. Chief Hollaway says he will continue enforcing the program once fixed. But it’s likely the ACLU will still find problems with it because it has an agenda, and it is not the good of the homeless or the property owners. Exhibit two of lawyer culture-curdling is the State College of Florida Board of Trustees’ decision to grant tenure to 11 instructors. State rules require that colleges must grant tenure to instructors who have received three satisfactory evaluations during a five-year period — a ridiculously low standard for giving essentially lifetime job guarantees. The trustees initially wanted to re-exam-
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ine the whole tenure situation, because the Florida Board of Education is set to take it up. But the state action would come after the instructors’ contracts expired, and the trustees’ lawyer said that while they may not be breaking a law, “there is exposure to a lawsuit.” The trustees caved. So the threat of lawyer bullying pushed officials into making a decision based on the fear of a lawsuit. We see this at every intersection of our lives. Medical costs are driven skyward in part by the constancy of lawsuits. Ask physicians what they pay for malpractice insurance — insurance to cover the cost of lawsuits and the threat of lawsuits — and it will blow your socks off. Businesses large and small are regularly making decisions based on the threat of litigation, or to limit their potential liability. Some innovations never get tried, and are therefore lost, because the lawyer-lawsuit bully is always lurking around the corner. In all of these cases, it’s not just the potential of losing a lawsuit, it is the cost of defending against every lawsuit, including the frivolous ones. Lawyers on both sides typically win financially, regardless of who wins in the courtroom. The Legislature keeps putting off tort reform, perhaps because it just doesn’t pack the requisite political punch. But it is time to defang the lawyer-lawsuit bullies. If only most of our legislators weren’t lawyers. Rod Thomson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LETTERS TO Class warfare: polarizing, immoral THE EDITOR opinion | my view
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The class-warfare attack on the ‘rich’ is really an argument against free markets, wealth creation and life-saving economic growth. “poor” is like comparing Warren Buffett to a homeless person. This is not statistical reality. In short, the vast swath of Americans earn between $25,000 and $75,000 a year. Instead of being a nation of “rich” and “poor,” we are a nation of income equity and mobility. Sarasota County is no different. The average adjusted income per household is $55,157. So, why do we see opulence here in Sarasota? Because the so-called “rich” spent the better part of a lifetime working hard at building a business or career, saving and investing for a rainy day, paying off a home and planning for their future. They live off their investment income and Social Security, and along the way, they certainly have paid their “fair share.” Many Sarasotans may live well now, but what is unseen are the years of scrimping and saving that went toward the ability for Sarasota seniors to live out their retirement years with some degree of comfort. Indeed, if anyone is to analyze incomes, he must factor in experience, time and age. Young people have fewer skills and earn less; older people have more skills and earn more. Incomes increase over time. The “haves” and “have-nots” are not different people, just people at different stages of their lives. The top 20% retire, while the bottom 20% increase their human capital and move up, while younger
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Dear Editor: Kurt Schultheis’ April 26 article about Jerry Abramson and “metropolitanism” seemed to describe Sarasota County government dystopia to a tee. Our system, in which five county commissioners with no real power interface with a city mayor, seems perfectly designed for inefficiency and lack of accountability. The county commissioner structure, in particular, is strange, in that essentially all county employees report either to the county administrator, the School Board or the county sheriff, over whom the five commissioners have little day-to day control, leaving them to be a sort of glorified zoning board. How can “the buck stop here,” when each commissioner has only 20 cents’ worth? Remember the old saw, “The man who has two bosses has none?” Well, the officials of Sarasota County supposedly have five bosses and do pretty much as they please (at least until their behavior reaches the level of a publicly-known firing offense). Think county taxes are too high? Don’t ask us, say the commissioners, better talk to the sheriff or the School Board. Think some county department is inefficient or misguided? Don’t ask us, say the commissioners, better talk to the (unelected) county administrator. I was particularly struck by the article’s note that the city/county consolidation in Louisville was strongly opposed by sitting officials but favored by former ones. Gee, how unusual that the active politicians were more interested in protecting their turf than in good representative government! So, what if Sarasota voters favor more efficient government and term limits — let’s hear it for career politicians! Archie Urciuoli Nokomis
workers enter the work force and continue the cycle. Truth is, the “poor” in America are far richer in real economic terms than the rich in many places around the globe. Defining poverty and affluence is difficult when the bottom 20% in America has a higher standard of living than the top 20% in many other countries. Income and class mobility is also a dominant feature in America. An absolute majority of people in the bottom 20% move into the top 20% in fewer than 20 years. Treasury Department studies show incomes in the bottom 20% grow at a much faster rate than in the top 20%, while the top 1% actually move down in income and bracket over time. The economy is not a zero-sum game in which the benefit of one comes at the cost to another. The class-warfare attack on the “rich” is really an argument against free markets, wealth creation and life-saving economic growth. Polarizing citizens based on highly subjective emotional terms such as “rich” and “poor” is counterproductive at best and immoral at worst. Free-market entrepreneurial capitalism allowed for the success of Apple’s Steve Jobs. Attacking the “rich” to pay their “fair share” through forced income redistribution will mean fewer Apples, jobs and prosperity. Dean Kalahar, a 40-year Sarasota resident, is an economics teacher at Sarasota High School and author of “Practical Economics.”
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Class warfare and income redistribution rhetoric has always been fashionable among protesters and politicians who play the old game of divide and conquer, telling us the greedy “rich” need to “pay their fair share.” This would be tedious if it did not have serious implications for tearing communities apart, including our own. Let’s take a look. According to IRS data, there are 1.38 million Americans in the top 1% earning at least $343,927 a year. This is a generous living Kalahar but hardly the cash flow to purchase a corporate jet and luxury yacht. There are 138,000 Americans in the top 1% earning more than $2 million a year. They more truly represent the vision we have of “rich,” but only equal 0.04% of the population. Going even further, we can say “rich” and attach images of Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates, two of the 5,309 people who make more than $10 million a year. But comparing 0.004% of the population to the 330 million other Americans to define the economic fabric of our nation is statistically meaningless. What do Americans earn? • < $100,000.....................................91.7% • Up to $50,000..................................71% • $50,000 to $100,000.....................20.7% • > $100,000.......................................8.3% • > $200,000.......................................1.8% Focusing on the extreme ends of the earning scale to define “rich” versus
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Queen tribute band rocks Riverview High School
“Celebrating Queen” performed by the Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra rocked the auditorium Thursday, April 26, at the Riverview Performing Arts Center. The Bohemian Rhapsody Orchestra held a two-hour concert that featured a variety of Queen hits, including “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Killer Queen,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Somebody To Love” and deep album cuts such as “Death On Two Legs,” and “The March Of The Black Queen.” During the second act, JJ Midnight, the lead singer of the group, invited the Riverview Chorus on stage to join them in singing two of Queen’s biggest hits, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We are the Champions.” The concert was a fundraiser for the Riverview Chorus and brought in about $800.
JJ Midnight took center stage and rocked out with the band and the Riverview High School Choir during “We are the Champions.”
Chris “Flash” Gordon and JJ Midnight rocked out on the guitar and microphone The newest member of the group, Mac Willaert, played the piano and keyboard for the band.
Left: Alicia Ramierz, a ninth-grader at Riverview High School, came down to sing the final notes in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
CJ Midnight addes colorful harmonies with the “voicestravarius.”
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Walkers hit the sand to raise money for cystic fibrosis Marking the events’ eighth year, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation brings walkers to the Siesta sand to raise funds and awareness. An estimated 200 walkers was helping to run the will hit the sand of Siesta event. IF YOU GO Key Beach this weekend for “It’s one of the biggest Cystic Fibrosis the Cystic Fibrosis Foundafundraising events for the Foundation Great tion’s Great Strides walk. foundation,” Twigg says. Strides Walk The 5K walk will begin “It raises money that will WHEN: 8 a.m. May 5 with check-in at 8 a.m. hopefully provide a cure May 5, at the Siesta Beach one day.” WHERE: Siesta Key pavilion, 948 Beach Road. Cystic fibrosis is a geBeach The event also will include netic disease that affects DETAILS: The event breakfast and lunch, a live the lungs and the digesincludes a 5K walk, deejay, a silent auction and tive system. Twigg says breakfast and lunch, a raffle prizes. only about 30,000 peolive deejay, silent auction The walk, now in its ple in the country have and raffle prizes. eighth year, will raise the disease, and that INFORMATION: www. money for cystic fibrosis events like this help bring cff.org research and awareness. It awareness to the public. is one of the foundation’s “A lot of people largest fundraisers of the year. wouldn’t understand the disease unless Pat Warbritton, executive director of they were affected by it through a family the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, says the member or friend,” Twigg says. “I’d love to annual event raises about $75,000 for re- see everyone who comes bring a friend, search for a cure for the disease and to so we can double the amount we planned spreading awareness. to raise and bring more awareness to the “It’s always a fun event,” Warbritton disease.” saus. “People really seem to enjoy it, beThe Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, based cause it’s on the beach.” in Bethesda, Md., funds more cysNatalie Twigg, co-chair of tic fibrosis research than any the event, says her inspiother organization, and nearration to get involved ly every cystic fibrosis drug came after her two available today was made daughters were diagpossible because of founnosed with the disdation support. The Siesease in 2004. She parta Great Strides walk is ticipated for the first organized by the fountime the following dation’s Southwest year. By 2006, she Florida chapter.
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This year’s regatta featured rowers from 40 schools throughout the state.
The Sarasota Scullers placed 10th with 230 points. Left: Sarasota Crew won the regatta in convincing fashion.
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Sarasota Scullers’ Women’s Freshmen 4+ team won gold. From left: Sasha Grujin, Raven Spells, Cheyenne Adams and Julia Santos (not pictured is coxswain Lara King).
Rowers from Sarasota Crew and Sarasota Scullers joined hundreds of other athletes from throughout the state during the FSRA Sweep Championships Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, at Nathan Benderson Park. Forty club and scholastic teams from all across the state of Florida participated in the two-day regatta. Sarasota Crew came in first place as the Overall Youth Team with 574 points — almost 100 points more than the second place team and rival, Winter Park High School. The Sarasota Scullers also placed, coming in 10th with 230 points.
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Melissa DeMore had always enjoyed fitness, but it wasn’t until she opened a Pure Barre franchise that she became passionate about her job. Melissa DeMore has a lot of good things going on in her life. Currently, she’s running Pure Barre studio in Sarasota, getting ready to open a second studio and preparing for her first child. DeMore a Sarasota native like her mother, Melody Lamont, graduated from Riverview High School in 2000. For college, she left the state to attend Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. and major in interior design. During her freshman year, she met a nice guy on a track scholarship from Georgia named Clay DeMore. The two dated all four years of college and were married in 2005. When DeMore graduated in 2004, she made her way back to Florida, this time to Siesta Key, where her family had moved while she was in college. “I always knew I would come back,” DeMore says. DeMore worked in the interior-design business for three different firms after graduating college. “I loved it, but it wasn’t my passion,” she says. In 2010 DeMore, went to Birmingham for a wedding and decided to pop into a Pure
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Dana Henderson, of Mote Marine, helped identify a small sea creature found by Sereena Feeney, 12, and Lauren Neily, 12.
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Lauren Neily, 12, uses her net to find sea creatures.
Sixth-grade students from The Out-of-Door Academy examined all things aquatic April 27, during their field trip to Mote Marine Laboratory. The class first visited Mote last fall to start work on a variety of research projects comparing the diversity of crabs, the abundance of shorebirds, the abundance of seagrasses and the amount of pollution between the fall and spring seasons.
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Grace Jemison’s, 12, group found a lot of trash, especially pieces of wood, during their time outside.
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Imani Barnette, 11, was in charge of taking notes for her group.
As we mine the phosphate needed to help grow the world’s food, it’s no coincidence that we preserve the water quality of nearby creeks and rivers. As an
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EZRA ROBINSON STATS Ezra Robinson, 18, finished up his third sports season, track and field, last weekend during the state meet in Jacksonville. Robinson played football, basketball and track and field throughout his time at Booker High School and will be heading to Michigan State this summer with full-ride football scholarship. The Sarasota native is excited play cornerback for the Spartans and one day hopes to turn professional.
Andrew Tucker Age: 16 Grade/School: Sophomore, Suncoast Polytechnical Institute Position: Shortstop and right field Number: 6 What do you enjoy most about baseball? Getting exercise and, of course, winning. Why did you decide to start playing baseball? I was a big fan of Derek Jeter, so I started playing baseball when I was really young. Who is your favorite baseball player? Derek Jeter If you could describe The Observer baseball team in one word, what would it be? Energetic
When did you start participating in track and field? In ninth grade. I did it because I like to stay busy, and when basketball was over, I had nothing to do. I tried out my freshman year and did pretty well and stuck with it, and it kept me busy and conditioned for football. Do you have a favorite event? I go back and forth between the high jump and the triple jump. I’m really good at jumping. I’ve been dunking since I was in the eighth grade. What will you miss most about track and field here at Booker? I’m going to miss the coaches. I love how they push me and we have fun and laugh a lot. Coach Sheldon is like my brother, and he was my DB coach in football, too. Coach Billy Ray always tries to make people laugh, and he runs with us on the track and says, “Don’t let an old man beat you!” Coach Crane is just a silly dude and likes to talk about old movies nobody has ever seen. And Coach Johnson was with me for football, too, last year. Coach Larry was here my freshman year, and he yelled and really pushed you hard. But last and not least is Coach Lorenzo. I love that man like a father. Even when I do bad or mess up on the high jump, he is the dude that pats me on the back and tells me everything will be alright. When did you realize that you wanted to pursue football after high school?
The number of Booker High School track and field seniors who competed for the final time in their high school careers at the 2A state meet last week. Breanna Browning, Ezra Robinson and Cherlinda Polynice all will graduate this year.
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Whom do you admire in the sports world? Deion Sanders and Nnamdi Asomugha. Nnamdi doesn’t get thrown to a lot, and he reminds me that when I am not getting thrown to, it is out of respect, and I don’t get down about it. Sanders, because he is just an amazing player. He took the cornerback position to the next level.
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Brian Donnelly, Sarsota, sold his home at 897 Freeling Drive to Gregory and Alexandra Band, Sarasota, for $1,525,000. Built in 1954, it has four bedrooms, five baths, a pool and 4,605 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.9 million in 2006.
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Temps. Low 50 57 60 65 68 69 70
Record Temps. High Low 92 (1968) 48 (1998) 91 (1958) 47 (1983) 91 (1971) 45 (1926) 92 (1974) 45 (1977) 91 (1996) 41 (1928) 93 (1970) 46 (1916) 92 (2012) 48 (1921)
Average Gulf water temperature: 74.6
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Paul Martinelli submitted this photo of a parasailer enjoying a Siesta Key sunset.
Karenia brevis, the red tide organism, was detected in background concentration alongshore Sarasota County, Friday, April 27, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
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