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inside Sarasota Crew wins 2012 FSRA regatta.

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.

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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

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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.

+ Mother, may I vote in a contest? The submissions are in, and voting for The Observer’s online Mother’s Day photo contest takes place now through May 6. Click on the “Contests” tab on the homepage of YourObserver. com to vote for your favorite photo. The winner will receive a $75 gift certificate from their choice of contest sponsors, and the winning photo will be published in the May 10 edition of the Observers and Pelican Press.

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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.

turtle power

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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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

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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

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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.”

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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.

+ Daiquiri Deck eyes new Venice location Daiquiri Deck plans to lease 6,500 square feet in downtown

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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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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tentatively move forward with plans to help the DID pay for its $1.9 million Main Street project through a $1.5 million internal loan that is repayable to the city at a rate of 3.5% over a 15-year term. The DID has already approved the $1.9 million Main Street project and is willing to pay for almost half of the project with its own dollars. City Finance Director Chris Lyons called the internal loan “a win-win.” “It would be a win-win because the city gets money on the interest rates,” Lyons said. “In essence, we’re setting aside money out of our investments we normally would earn 1% on and get a 3.5% rate of return instead.” DID Operations Manager John Moran said if the loan is approved by commissioners later this month, work could begin this summer on the project. That work would include Main Street improvements, mostly traffic calming bulb-outs, from the Five Points roundabout to Orange Avenue. A North Palm Avenue streetscape project could also begin this summer. Then, in summer 2013, the largest renovation and construction of Main Street would begin. Plans call for bricking the sidewalks, creating additional bulb-outs and adding parallel

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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

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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.

O We need to plan for the continued uptick in pedestrian traffic and build the garage.

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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.”

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10 p.m. — 1200 block of Peppertree Drive. Theft. A 68-year-old woman called the County Sheriff because two pieces of jewelry, a diamond ring and a diamond watch, valued at nearly $12,000 were missing. She last saw the items on April 10, when she placed them in a kitchen drawer. The officer who arrived on the scene reported that there were no signs of forced entry. However, he dusted for

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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.

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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 rthomson@yourobserver.com.


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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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“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.

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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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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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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?

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After my 10th-grade year. I never thought of myself as that great of a player. I’m just an average player who works hard. I got people talking to me and colleges were calling me and sending me mail, and I was looking and thinking, “Whoa! I’m not even that good!” But I kept getting things from college coaches, so I thought football is going to pay for my education.

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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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When do you head off to Michigan State? I’m trying to leave as soon as possible, but my mom and auntie want me to stay as long as possible. I’ll probably leave somewhere around early- to mid-June. Are you ready for the cold of Michigan? I like the cold more than I like the heat. I know that sounds kind of weird, but I’m excited. I’ve never seen snow.

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Sand-sculptors of all ages will create their masterpieces on the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 1 beach at the 40th annual Sand Sculpture Contest this weekend. The Sarasota County Parks & Recreation and the Pelican Press will be co-sponsoring the event, which begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. May 5, on Siesta Key Public Beach. The competition will feature categories for both children and adult sculptors. Sculpting will take place until 1 p.m.; awards will be presented at 2 p.m. The categories for the sculptures include Adult Humorous; Adult Miscellaneous; Youth ages 11 to 17; and Children ages 10 and under. In addition to first-, second- and thirdplace winners, judges also will choose a Judgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choice winner, and attendees also will cast votes for the best adult and youth sculptures. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s judges include Kevin Cooper, executive director of the Siesta Key Chamber  of Commerce; Jason Puckett, director of sports  at  Sarasota County Sports Commission; and Leslie Gnaegy, marketing coordinator for The Observer Group and the Gulf Coast Business Review. Gnaegy said she is excited to participate in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always fun when the community not only attends but gets to participate in an

  

 

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Edward and Lucy McCullough, of Franklin, Tenn., sold the Unit 907 condominium at 9397 Midnight Pass Road to Chalk and Ann Fry, Cincinnati, for $675,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,380 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $740,000 in 2008.

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WATERSIDE REALTY SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SOLD Plymouth St. Siesta Beach $355,000 South View Drive Siesta Cove $435,000 Calle Del Otono Sarasota Beach $455,000 Sandy Hook Rd. Sandy Hook $850,000 SIESTA KEY CONDOMINIUMS SOLD 6610 Midnight Pas Rd. #7 Ebbtide $120,000 6066 Midnight Pass Rd #28 Casa Mar $150,000 6157 Midnight Pass Rd #E12 Bay Oaks $220,000 4660 Ocean Blvd. #P1 Sea Village $400,000 1175 Coquille Street #301 Coquille $400,000 6326 Midnight Pass Rd #505 El Presidente $410,000 5880 Midnight Pass Rd #205 Casarino $470,000 5855 Midnight Pass Rd #207 Harbor Towers Y& C $517,500 6300 Midnight Pass Rd #901 Crystal Sands 2 $548,900 5300 Ocean Blvd. #604 Terrace East $699,000 SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES & CONDOMINIUMS PENDING SALES 5830 Midnight Pass Rd. #51 Jamaica Royale Unit I $239,000

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Midnight Pass Rd. #822 Midnight Cove Bayside Midnight Pass Rd. #205 Boca Siesta Midnight Pass Rd. #86 Jamaica Royale Unit II Midnight Pass Rd. #604 Gulf and Bay Club PH3 Midnight Pass Rd. #405 Casarina Midnight Pass Rd. #102S Crescent Arms Midnight Pass Rd. #411 Crystal Sands II Ocean Blvd. #903 Terrace East SARASOTA AREA SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SOLD Olympic Street Sarasota Venice Co. Coleen Street North Vamo 1 Nassau Street Bahama Heights Camphor Ave. Madison Park Riverwood Pines Dr. Riverwood Pines Constitution Blvd. Phillippi Gardens 6 Cove Terrace Southpointe Shores SARASOTA AREA CONDOMINIUMS SOLD Morrill Street #6 Morrill Enclave

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Clark Road #265 Sienna $80,000 Terry Lane #0 Gulf Gate MNR Unit3 $101,900 Michele Dr. #A4 Island $132,000 Benjamin Franklin Dr. #31 Lido Towers $195,000 Boathouse Circle #HA125 Pelican Cove IX $228,000 Montclair Pl #B-1 Island $290,000 Fruiteville Rd. #B Encore $295,000 Golden Gate Pointe #63 Harbor House West $440,000 Ritz Carlton Drive #1106 Ritz carlton Residences $682,500 Main Street #1206 1350 Main Residential $757,000 Ben Franklin Drive #112 St. Armands Towers North $775,000 SARASOTA AREA CONDOMINIUMS PENDING SALES Bayhouse Point Dr #GL Pelican Cove XIV $149,900 Pelican Cove Rd Pelican Cove XIII $159,650 John Ringling Blvd. #21 Sarasota Harbor $229,000 Benjiman Franklin Dr Lido Beach Club $369,900 South Palm Ave #34 Sarabande $749,000 South Orange Ave. #PHC Hudson Crossing $1,500,000

Based on information compiled from the Mid-Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. for the period of 4/24/2012 thru 4/30/2012. This information may or may not include all listed, expired, withdrawn, pending or sold properties of one or more members of the Mid Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service.

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“Clyde Burnett has that alluring quality that many outsider artists have,” says artist Virginia Hoffman of Burnett, above. “His work has a very masterful painterly quality. And he’s got quite a vocabulary with his images.”

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Clyde Burnett would rather toy with your imagination than brighten up your living room. The 83-year-old painter explains why after all these years he’s still suffering for his art. Clyde Burnett is still at it. He’s still exorcising his demons in layers of dark-oil paint. Still giving his figures cold, pale skin and their shadows ample room to loom. Still challenging his strict funda-

mentalist upbringing with ironic portunity to become a lawyer. references to Adam and Eve. Still “I was looking for answers,” he says painting odd, reoccurring images of his decision to study art. of armadillos and mannequins. Still He didn’t find any. grateful, despite years of financial Instead, he found something bethardship, that he passed up the op- ter: a sense of adventure.

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“I experienced rewards beyond anything I ever imagined intellectually and creatively,” Burnett says. “To me, art has never been about grinding out landscapes (with the objective) to sell. If it were, I wouldn’t do it. It’s a discovery, an adventurous way of living.” At 83, the artist is still an adventurer; although, lately his traveling is limited to the eight miles he drives every day to work at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where for 14 years he’s worked as a security guard. Once a rugged outdoorsman, he used to spend his weekends hunting, fishing and hiking, until diabetes, arthritis and a heart attack hampered his physical relationship with nature. “Renoir had rheumatoid arthritis so bad he had to have his brushes tied with gauze to his hand,” Burnett says. “I’ve got my setbacks, but I’m not that bad.” For years, the artist has logged his most satisfying adventures in a makeshift studio — a crammed, dimly lit laundry room in the back of a small house off Bee Ridge Road, the confines of which would make most people claustrophobic. “Sorry about the heat,” Burnett says in a slow Southern drawl. “The A/C is on the fritz.” This is where Burnett spends his time away from work: sitting at an easel, surrounded by old jelly jars, photographs, art posters, stacks of unframed canvases, a Panasonic radio, a flyswatter, feather duster, yellowed greeting cards from his late wife, Betty, and mannequins — plenty of mannequins. “I use the mannequins to represent people,” he says over the rattle of his washing machine. “They’re nice standins.” Whether Burnett is trying to make a statement by painting dummies in place of people, he won’t say. He’s a man of few carefully chosen words, who offers little analysis of his work, save describing it as, “not the kind of thing people purchase to decorate

IF YOU GO “Southern Gothic: Paintings by Clyde Burnett” is up now through July 30, at the New Deal Gallery at the Federal Building. The artist will speak at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the gallery space, located at 111 S. Orange Ave. in downtown Sarasota. For more information, email Virginia Hoffman at virginia.hoffman@sarasotagov.com. above their couch.” Perhaps his reticence stems from the fact that he spent so many years writing art criticism for newspapers. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Burnett moved in 1953 to Sarasota to work as a display manger for Sears, Roebuck and Co. Three years later, he joined the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, first as an ad salesman, then as an art critic. He held the post for eight years, leaving in 1969 to work as the arts editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he remained until his retirement in 1990. “I can truthfully say that I spent my life in art-related occupations,” Burnett says. “I was able to support my family all those years in a field I loved.” Upon retiring from the Atlanta Journal, he returned to Sarasota to focus on his own art in a town he remembered as being ripe with young bohemians and highprofile artists such as Hilton Leech, Frank Rampolla and Syd Solomon, whose work he describes as “exploratory.” He hit his stride in the early 1990s, when he joined ARTarget, an avant-garde artist group that served as an underground exhibition platform for emerging alternative artists whose work was too edgy for many Sarasota galleries. The organization introduced him to a network of like-minded contemporary artists, with whom he still shares a kinship. It helped him land solo shows and

earned him a label he seems to have happily embraced: Southern gothic surrealist. “Clyde has always been an artist’s artist,” says former ARTarget member Virginia Hoffman. “So many artists have an encyclopedia of rhetoric they attach to their art. Clyde’s rhetoric exists within his paintings. He allows the viewers to go into the work and make a home for themselves.” Hoffman’s affection for Burnett is one of the reasons why she choose the artist to kick off the city of Sarasota’s first oneman show in the New Deal Gallery at the Federal Building. Hoffman, a volunteer public-art coordinator, launched the program in October after serving eight years on the city’s public-art committee. The city-run art series, which features work by area-based artists, has already showcased two exhibitions in the historic downtown landmark. Burnett is visibly touched by the gesture. “The greatest compliment to me is that half of the paintings I ever sold went to other artists,” he says. Hoffman says Burnett is underrated. Other artists say he’s misunderstood. Years ago, at an art center in Georgia, a man walked up to Burnett and exclaimed that he’d never seen anything like Burnett’s work before. When Burnett thanked him for the praise, the man explained that the remark was not a compliment. “Not everybody thinks my stuff is wonderful,” Burnett says. To most viewers, a Burnett painting looks like a scene plucked from a medieval wonderland, an alternate universe in which Manet’s “Olympia” receives a sixpack of beer in lieu of a bouquet of flowers. Staring at his canvases for too long can make you feel like you’ve just stepped inside Alice’s looking glass. “He tells a story with his images,” Hoffman says. “There’s allegory within. That’s what always fascinated me. It’s not obvious to the casual viewer.”

WHAT’S WITH ALL THE ARMADILLOS? Clyde Burnett loves a good metaphor, so it comes as no surprise that his favorite animal is the thickskinned armadillo. The critter often pops up in his work and his studio, which is filled with armadillo knickknacks. “My wife collected owls and I collected armadillos,” Burnett says. “It’s kind of like my totem. It’s a survivor animal.” And, like Burnett, it’s soft and fuzzy under its tough exterior. For this reason, Burnett’s work often appeals to the same crowd that adores Salvador Dali, though the artist himself is not a fan of the famous surrealist. He says he’s more of a Max Ernst guy. “If painting means anything, it’s that you have to deal with things,” Burnett says. “You can’t just look at a painting of a rose and accept that it’s a rose. You’ve got to stand there and say, ‘There’s something about this rose that makes it quite different than just a rose. What is it? The petals? The thorns?’” For a minute he considers answering his own hypothetical question, while running a rough hand through his gray brush cut. “Art should be mind-enhancing,” he says. “Even if it makes you uncomfortable.”

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+ Sigrid Olsen mugs for Oprah Magazine Dear Sigrid Olsen, thank you for putting my angst about turning 30 into perspective. The downtown Sarasota artist and merchant, whom I interviewed last spring for the cover of this section, appears this month in the pages of Oprah’s O magazine looking radiant, at ease and fabulous at 58. In a feature titled “Better Than Ever: Meet 4 Women Who Discovered Youth After 30,” Olsen explained how she went from sporting jeans and ponchos to designer duds and Frédéric Fekkai blowouts when her clothing line took off in the 1980s. Olsen’s transformation from a cabin-dwelling, textile-weaving hippie to a high-powered fashion designer has been recorded countless times in publications from The Wall Street Journal, to The Boston Globe, to The New York Times. Just the same, in 2008, newspapers and magazines celebrated Olsen’s resiliency when she weathered breast cancer and the closing of her business by returning to her artsy roots. (Last year, the entrepreneur, who splits her time between Sarasota and Gloucester, Mass.,

with footballs in an attempt to throw off his balance. Last week, the seventhgeneration circus performer was once again interviewed by an out-of-town reporter: Ed Drantch, from WIVB News 4 in Buffalo, N.Y., where Wallenda has become a celebrity since officials approved his proposal to cross Niagara Falls this summer on a wire. Further proving that Wallenda’s high-wire shenanigans are a ratings boost for news stations: Drantch and his Buffalo news crew traveled from New York to Sarasota to speak to Wallenda last week at the Ringling Museum. I wonder if they were able to expense a Segway tour of downtown Sarasota while they were here?

HOT TICKETS ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’: The Golden Apple Dinner Theatre’s new non-profit, PLATO (Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization), kicks off its inaugural show, “Moonlight and Magnolias,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, with hors d’oeuvres, a Southern-style dinner and a cash bar. Written by Ron Hutchinson, the show follows the travails of Hollywood producer David O. Selznick, as he takes “Gone With the Wind” from book to screen. Directed by Carole Kleinberg, the show runs through July 1 on the Golden Apple stage. For tickets, call 366-5454 or visit thegoldenapple.com.

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Olsen opened her Sigrid Olsen art gallery and ISLA beach house in Burns Square.) Really, it should come as no surprise that Oprah’s motivational mag chose to feature the entrepreneur. In a spread that includes the youngest member of Sister Sledge, the wife of a bankrupted Wall Street trader and a once blue-haired “goth kid,” Olsen’s story is undoubtedly the most inspiring … and one of the many reasons why I’m beginning to feel OK about this next phase of my life.

Artist Clyde Burnett, the subject of this week’s Diversion’s cover story, admittedly struggled to find a market for his “gothic surrealist” art. He never imagined he’d find his market … in a supermarket. In 2004, when Whole Foods opened its downtown Sarasota location, it purchased one of Burnett’s apple paintings to hang in the produce department. “It was so unusual for a food store to buy anything like that,” says Burnett. “Once in a while I tell people about it and they’re kind of amazed. If you look around the store you’ll see plenty of artwork by other artists. It’s not just decorative art, either. It’s interesting stuff.” Sarasota artist Pamela Sumner curated Whole Foods’ collection of original Florida art, which, according to the store’s website, is estimated to be worth about $130,000. So, the next time you’re picking up granola and organic almond butter, look up. You never know whose work you’ll see.

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Clyde Burnett often paints apples in an ironic nod to Adam and Eve.

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Literary Device Amanda Cayo is swimming in scripts. Scripts that need to be read, scripts that haven’t been read, scripts that beg to be re-read and scripts that should never be read again ­­­­— not that Cayo would ever say this. As Florida Studio Theatre’s literary manager, she’s too polite and too cheerfully constructive to totally dismiss a play without saying at least one positive thing about it. “Even the stinkers deserve nice feedback,” Cayo says. Given the number of plays currently piled on her desk, it’s hard to believe most of the work she receives is stored in a massive digital library on her Kindle. “Sometimes I’ll print out a hard copy with teeny tiny font just because I like having the physical script in my hand,” Cayo says. She can get it dirty; mark it up and dog-ear pages. As convenient as the Kindle is, the technology zaps the romance out of reading through a two-act play. A 25-year-old graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Cayo joined the FST staff three years ago as a literary intern. She quickly moved up the ranks to literary manager and now oversees a staff of four interns who work out of a small library in FST’s administration department.

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The space is packed from floor to ceiling with books, spiralbound scripts, clipboards and folders. The top shelves are so high the only way to reach them is with a ladder. For a playwright, the collection is a feast. For Cayo and her crew, who read 300 to 400 scripts a year, the materials are familiar and lived-in. Often they arrive after a show has received rave reviews by theater critics in other cities. “We read all the newspapers,” Cayo says. “And then it becomes a matter of, OK, how can we find the playwright? Who’s the agent? Will it be right for our audience?” Cayo is especially concerned with the audience. Unlike most theatergoers who sit in their seats engrossed with

And you thought you had a lot of paperwork to sort through. Try sitting at Amanda Cayo’s desk. The Florida Studio Theatre literary manager reads hundreds of scripts a year.

the show, Cayo is so preoccupied with watching the audience that she sometimes misses things in a play. “I want to know what’s landing and what isn’t landing,” she says. “You can tell right away by looking at people’s faces.” She’s perceptive and she’s got good instincts. She knows the FST audience skews older and that its members come from cities all over the country. She knows they can handle some edgy material, some salty language and some whimsy. “The term I use a lot is ‘universal,’” Cayo says. “We try to find plays that can reach all people from all walks of life. I try to be mindful of inside jokes and literary references. I want the guy waiting tables down the street to relate to the story as well.” Right now Cayo is focused on the Richard and Betty Burdick Play Reading Series, which kicks off Monday, May 7, in FST’s Keating Theatre. The series, which is part of FST’s “Sarasota Festival of New Plays,” is one of her favorite projects of the year. Why? Because it strips down a production to its bare bones. No set, no costumes and no music; simply actors reading from a script on stage. “You’re feeling the emotions and following the story,” she says. “It’s a much more raw experience.” This year the program will present three new plays by contemporary American playwrights.

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“I’m young for a literary manager,” Amanda Cayo says. “I haven’t read everything in the canon. I think that gives me an advantage, in a way. It puts me in the same position as most of the audience.” Each piece is in varying stages of development from draft to post-premiere, which means the plays are still malleable and the audience’s opinion is still golden. The playwright talkbacks are Cayo’s favorite segment. Rather than sneak glances at the audience to see whether they like what they’re hearing, she’s able to pro-

vide an opportunity for them to interact with the author. “Sometimes, as a literary manager, you can feel weird giving a playwright feedback because you’re not sure if you’ve just got a different artistic vision,” Cayo says. “If the audience collectively feels a kink, then you know it’s not just you.”

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+ Roxie steals the show at bachelorette party It’s an old showbiz adage: Never perform with kids or dogs. Jamie Day and Katherine Alexandra learned it the hard way when Roxie-the-pug stole their show Tuesday, April 24. They were performing at the bachelorette party that Kim Githler and Margaret Wise threw for Yara Shoemaker at Kim’s house. It turns out that the dog dances, so when the music started, Roxie danced. The party theme was “Yara’s Knight in Venice,” because that’s where Dr. David Shoemaker proposed to her. The ladies feasted on insalata Syriana, and a secondi piatti of chateaubriand and Maine lobster stuffed with shiitake mushrooms. Mollie Nelson led a round of trivia on famous romantic movie moments. Partiers included Yara’s mom, Radia Daoud; sister-in-law, Brittany Duve al Mehrz; and friends Nancy Blackburn, Sharon Black Floyd, Chris Currie, Deb Knowles, Alex Quarles, Katherine

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The Newlyweds: Dr. David and Yara Shoemaker Dr. David Shoemaker and Yara Michaels wed in December in Tampa, in keeping with what David described as his bride’s Syrian tradition — marry in private, celebrate in public. But their Friday, April 27 celebration at Cà d’Zan was simply “Yara and David,” and it was a spectacular homage to their love for each other and for family and friends. The intent was to surprise and delight their 250 guests with one treat after another. “Everyone here believes in love,” said David, “and as you experience the magic of this place, we hope you will consider it as your call to love more.” Read more about it in Black Tie & Tales on page 10 and see more photos at YourObserver.com. — Molly Schechter

The Venice Symphony, led by Music Director Kenneth Bauermeister, played during dinner and fireworks — the musical medley included Herold’s ‘”Zampa” overture and Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture.”

Photos by Peter Acker

Dr. and Mrs. David Shoemaker

Above: The couple danced together in the middle of the dance floor, spotlighted against a sunset sky.

Surprise! “America’s Got Talent” star Jackie Evancho sang, ending with the party’s signature song, “All I Ask of You.”

Guests sat down to dinner on a picture-perfect night. Yara Shoemaker designed almost everything for the wedding, from invitations to centerpieces (with help from her mom, Radia Daoud) to party favors and more — all in a navy-blue-and-white color scheme.

David Shoemaker said, “Jackie’s last song will be our first dance.” The lyrics were at every place setting in white script on a navy blue fabric scroll.

Submit your story: Send your engagement and wedding announcements to Black Tie Editor Loren Mayo at lmayo@yourobserver.com.

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