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Thursday, MAY 24, 2012

IN FOCUS

Siesta Key groups get hands-on at event. PAGE 15A

OUR TOWN

+ Chair-y funny Jeanne and Gerard Ezcurra lounged in their comically oversized lawn chair at the Youth Rock Paper Scissors tournament Friday, May 18, at Siesta Key Beach. “You’ve never seen a chair this big?” asked Gerard. “You must not hang out with me very much. You can find a lot of things on the Internet.”

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Dale Rieke and Jenny Acheson let loose in their Wood Street Studio. INSIDE

Ruth Ritenour has seen Siesta Key grow. PAGE 14A

countdown By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Fireworks funding sees explosive start

By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce has raised more funding this year than it did in 2011 for the Fourth of July fireworks show. Kevin Cooper recalls the first time he was charged with organizing the Fourth of July fireworks on Siesta Beach — it was exhausting. Cooper, executive director

of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, had taken his current position in 2010. He arrived at the beach at roughly 6 a.m. on the Fourth of July to oversee the VIP Beach Party, a

crucial fundraiser for the chamber, and left at 10:30 or 11 p.m., he said. “When you see something

SEE FIREWORKS / PAGE 2A

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In Sarasota County, commercial property owners must keep sounds at or below 75 decibels when measured from the real property line between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

County eyes ways to quiet sound saga

STRIKING A POSE

Sarasota County Administrator Randall Reid has asked for a budget option to add a code enforcement officer on Siesta Key.

Felicity Lui, 5, Giovanna Hansen, 5, Dante Hansen, 3, and Natasha Antoniuk, 4, pose with the rectangularsaurus.  

+ New species of dinosaur spotted The 4- to 5-year-old class, also known as the Seahorses, at St. Boniface Preschool, created a “rectangularsaurus” as one of its class projects. Though the Seahorse class did most of the work, constructing and painting the dinosaur, they did include their younger classmates in the fun. According to preschool Director Dick Aubry, the rectangularsaurus has been seen at various locations on the school’s campus eating leaves, grass and M&Ms! Word has it that the dinosaur is destined to have a permanent home in a child’s garden.

Turtle tracks Week of May 13 through May 19

Nests on Siesta Key.........22 False crawls.....................21 2012 2011 Nests 32 10 False crawls 33 17

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Gus Mahler, 12, Dakota Dickerson, 12, and Drew Hill, 6, anxiously wait for their names to come up on the screen while Gus types in their names, Friday, May 18, at the Out-of-Door Academy Buddy Bowling day, at Sarasota Lanes. See more photos on page 18A.

When Brad Bailey visited Fort Lauderdale, he noticed an audible surprise. As he strolled the boardwalk with his two children, passing the myriad of bars and restaurants, the music from each establishment was confined to the walls within each particular storefront. “I thought to myself, ‘I wonder what they’re doing (differently) down here?’” he said. Bailey, Sarasota County zoning administrator, wasn’t in South Florida for work, but his thought shows how much the noise issue in Siesta Key Village has impeded the minds of those involved. The current sound regulations affecting Siesta Village are not actually part of a zoning ordinance, said Bailey. They are part of an environmental ordinance that includes considerations for the whir of street sweepers, din of mosquito fogging and ringing of church bells — all of which are exempt from restrictions. In Sarasota County, commercial property owners must keep sounds of any kind at or below 75 decibels

SEE NOISE / PAGE 2A

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NOISE / FROM 1A when measured from the real property line between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sound can’t exceed 70 decibels for the rest of the day unless coming from an enclosed building, which is capped at 75, according to documents sent by Code Enforcement Officer John Lally. However, in Siesta Key Village there are four establishments that have special exceptions to these regulations. Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar, the Hub Baja Grill, Captain Curt’s Oyster Bar and Siesta Key Oyster Bar all have special exceptions, which allow for varying levels of regulatory easement. These exceptions take nearly six months to acquire and require a neighborhood workshop and two public hearings. If there is probable cause to believe a restaurant or bar has violated a noise ordinance, it receives a warning and has 15 minutes to comply, with the exception of car noises, which can be resolved within two days.

FIREWORKS / FROM 1A that you (organized) light up the night sky,” he says, gesturing with obvious excitement, “that makes it all worth it.” It also happened to be his first time as a spectator at a Siesta Key fireworks show. Cooper’s story is one of a fresh Sarasotan, however, nostalgia that many find in the spectacle drives massive demand for the show, which will cost approximately $34,000 this year. As with most problems a nonprofit organization faces, funding is the highest hurdle the chamber meets as sole bankroller of the event. It must pay Zambelli Fire-

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Fines of up to $500 and jail time of up to 60 days are issued if the noise doesn’t stop or there’s another infraction within 90 days. Fines for infractions are the same in the city of Indian Rocks Beach, one of the townships county commissioners have looked to for possible ordinance

amendments. (See sidebar.) One such change would be the inclusion of entertainment permits, which would be required by commercial property owners who want to host live music. Indian Rocks Beach requires bars or restaurants to apply for a permit, then renew annually. If the permit were issued, a violation of the town’s noise ordinance — that sets limits at 60 to 66 decibels — would result in the city stripping the establishment of the permit. If the zoning ordinance is amended and entertainment permits are added to Sarasota County guidelines, another fulltime staffer could be required for processing permits, which would cost roughly $49,000, according to a report presented to county commissioners in May. County Administrator Randall Reid is submitting a budget option for an additional code shift officer to work odd hours for enforcement, according to an email message from Reid. The same report estimated the cost

of a full-time code enforcement officer to be $44,000. Code-enforcement officers have decibel meters that are kept under lock and key to protect their integrity for court evidence. However, bouncers at many of the Village bars, like the Siesta Key Oyster Bar, have phone applications that do the same thing. Usually, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is the first to get notified about the noise. “It’s a joint effort,” Bailey said. Officers will usually look for a disturbing the peace charge when responding to noise complaints instead of a code viola-

tion, Bailey explained. But, after receiving an officer’s report that usually contains sound readings, the county can take the violation to a special issue magistrate court. Sarasota County commissioners will determine the next move in the noise debacle at an unknown date. “It could be in two days, two weeks or two months,” Bailey said.

works, a Newcastle, Penn.-based fireworks manufacturer, upfront for the pyrotechnics, which comprises 85% of the total cost of the celebration. Further, the profit margin of the showcase is as thin as leaves of a sea grape plant. Of the 240 spaces available for reservation as part of the VIP package, the chamber must sell 220 to cover costs, Cooper said. “We don’t leave ourselves much room,” he says. In addition, most of the revenue raised to pay for the show comes in during the two weeks prior. The fireworks show in Akron,

Ohio — Cooper’s hometown — was scaled back in 2010 and canceled in 2011 because the city could no longer afford the three decades-old tradition. Cooper doesn’t want to allow a dark sky to hang over Siesta Beach on Fourth of July, so he brought the business virtue of diversity to the non-profit organization. So far this year, the chamber has raised $2,500 for the event, which is more than it had raised this same time last year. Instead of seeking a large firm to partner with in exchange for firework funds, he ratcheted up the number of fundraising events, such as the Siesta Key 5K run, and

a raffle to be the lucky person to play “Wile E. Coyote” and start this year’s fireworks show with a cartoonish TNT plunger. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce Poker Tournament, which will be held for the first time Thursday, June 7, will accommodate 200 people, but even with the early success of raffle tickets, Cooper is staying reserved. “With new events, it’s always an uphill battle,” he said. “You never know what to expect.” These all complement the Fourth of July VIP Beach Party, which was the focal fundraising effort prior to Cooper’s arrival,

and it still bears importance. “People have come to expect certain things,” he said, “and our job is to give it to them.” Gold Coast Distributing Inc. provides brews, and Siesta Village restaurants bring the food. The cost is $150 for two adults, $15 for children ages 11 to 15, and it’s free for kids younger than 11. Mark Smith, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors, is usually the “watermelon man” at the beach party, slicing hunks of melon for people from all over the county. “I’ve always been impressed by community involvement,” he said.

Hear That? Sound intensity is measured in decibels. Here are some ordinary — and not-soordinary — sounds and their decibel level to clarify what code-enforcement officers measure when busting sound scofflaws. 140 decibels — aircraft carrier deck 80 decibels — garbage disposal 70 decibels — vacuum cleaner 10 decibels — labored breathing (Levels in bold are roughly equivalent to current zoning ordinance restrictions.)

Sound Showdown

Indian Rocks Siesta Key Beach Population 6,565 4,113 $51,119 $54,768 Median income (2009) Median housing price (2009) $768,943 $718,439 Median resident age 62.7 52 Decibel regulations for commercial zones 70 to 75 60 to 66 Allowed Permit required Live music (Data retrieved from U.S. Census and city websites)

Read the zoning codes for Siesta Key and Indian Rocks Beach.

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By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

A Taste of Asia to leave Village A week after the Pelican Press reported on the exit of two Siesta Key Village mainstays from the strip, business continues to shuffle with the departure of a couple of new faces.

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Sarasota County Administrator Randall Reid learned the virtue of preparedness in his days as an Eagle Scout.

County prepares for 2012 hurricane season In a year when forecasters are predicting fewer hurricanes in the Atlantic than 2011, Sarasota County officials don’t want residents to let their guard down this season. Randall Reid knows preparedness. The Sarasota County administrator was an Eagle Scout as a youth, a role he channeled while addressing media about the 2012 hurricane season with the mantra: “Always be prepared.” Gulf Coast residents have likely heard the phrase every year as hurricane season approaches, but this year some county officials worry about underestimation of the dangers ahead during hurricane season, Reid explained during the meeting on Monday, May 21. This is partly due to the number of hurricanes expected to form in the Atlantic Basin this year compared with data recorded during the 2011 hurricane season. Ed McCrane, the county’s emergency management chief, reiterated Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project prediction of six hurricanes expected to form near Florida in the Atlantic Basin — a 33% decrease compared with last year’s totals. The average number of hurricanes recorded from 1950 to 2000 is 8.2, 26% more than this year’s prediction. He also stressed the importance of early preparation, noting some behaviors that country residents should avoid. For example, a preparation tip agencies often stress is to fill the family vehicle with gas — the tank itself, not gas cans. “Having gas cans in your vehicle before a storm is very dangerous,” McCrane said. Siesta Key residents, as well as those who work on the barrier

hurricane Preparation protocol • Make a personal hurricane plan. Review and rehearse the plan with the entire family. • Know your evacuation zone. (scgov.net/kyz/KnowYourZone. aspx) • If someone has special needs and needs assistance, contact Emergency Management to get them registered before the hurricane. • Fill bathtub with water for hygiene purposes. • Fill containers with water (one gallon per person and pet per day). • Fill vehicle gas tanks. • Get cash (ATMs may be unavailable). • Items you need to have and what you need to do regardless of your decision to stay or go. • Have a disaster supply kit. (scgov.net/emergencyservices/ DisasterKits/carkit) • Inspect your home to determine how well it will withstand major hurricane winds. • Maintain the outside of your home. • If you don’t have pre-installed shutters, measure all windows for island, should keep documentation of residency in case bridge access is restricted. Employees of Siesta businesses should have a note from their superior, McCrane said. This is a precaution designed to minimize looting if the island is badly damaged dur-

plywood covers. • Review all insurance policies to ensure they are up-to-date and provide adequate coverage. • Learn the storm surge history and flood potential of your area. • Take a written inventory of belongings. • Ensure your pets have tags with address and phone number. During the hurricane
if you plan to stay: • Stay inside at all times. • Stay away from windows and doors. • Listen to local media for continuous coverage of the storm. • Have a set of “rabbit ears” or other small antenna on hand if cable or satellite is interrupted. During the hurricane if you plan to evacuate: • Determine in advance where you will go. • Have a backup plan. • Take your hurricane survival kit with you. • If you plan to evacuate to a public shelter, familiarize yourself ing a hurricane, he said. Families should decide as soon as possible whether they would stay in their homes if a hurricane threatens Sarasota or evacuate, as the steps to ensuring safety are different for each scenario. (See sidebar.)

with local public shelters and what to do with your pets. After the Hurricane • Listen to local radio stations and your NOAA Weather Radio for emergency information. • Do not use public water for cooking or drinking until you are notified it is safe. • Only use telephone for emergencies. • Carefully survey any damage. • Stay away from downed power lines. • Keep children from playing in standing water and make sure they are wearing shoes. • Videotape or photograph your home prior to making any temporary repairs to prevent further damage. • Clearly mark the street address on your home so insurance adjusters and repair crews can identity your location. • Contact your insurance agent. • If you have evacuated, do not attempt to return home until local officials have announced it is safe.

When Selina Lum found a location for her restaurant in Siesta Key Village, she signed an eight-year lease thinking it would be a savvy business move. Now, she and her husband, Lam Lum, South Asian immigrants, plan to sell the lease at their current Siesta location and move to a new location on Tamiami Trail. After nearly one-and-a-half years in Siesta Village, Selina Lum and her husband stand inside the dusty remains of a Wendy’s on Tamiami Trail, which still bears the recognizable curved window front. The new location is larger than the restaurant’s current site next to Gabbiano’s. “Our daughter expressed interest in the family business,” Selina Lum said, so the couple decided to upsize to accommodate her interest. “It was always just the two of us.” The Lums previously owned a restaurant in downtown Sarasota under the same name, where they were for six years ,before opening the Siesta Key Village site in September 2010. “There were no Asian restaurants on (Siesta Key), so we weren’t expecting to leave so soon,” Selina Lum said. The couple has already received three offers for the restaurant in the northwest corner of the plaza that also houses Davidson Drugs. Selina Lum said the Lum family is being rewarded for the hard work of undergoing two relocations in less than two years; they’re particularly excited to have their own parking lot. “We’re life-and-death believers in the idea of karma,” Selina Lum said. “People get what they deserve.”

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The 2012 hurricane guide for the Tampa Bay area has not been released at the publishing time, however, McCrane said this year’s guide will be very similar to last year’s, with minor changes in regard to protocol for people with disabilities.

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Lam Lum, owner of a Taste of Asia, stands behind the bar of the property he and is wife, Selina, will renovate to open their new restaurant.


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+ Hines joins commission race Charles Hines will run for the open District 5 seat on the Sarasota County Commission. The seat is now available after the Florida Supreme Court ruled term limits constitutional, thus halting Commissioner Jon Thaxton’s re-election run. Hines, a Nokomis attorney, officially announced his candidacy Friday, May 18, eight days after the ruling. Job creation and balancing the county budget are some of his top priorities, according to a news release. Hines joins William Brian Slider and former North Port City Commissioner Vanessa Carusone, both Republicans, in the race for Thaxton’s seat. “I believe my life, education, volunteerism and experience have prepared me for this role,” Hines said in a written statement.

+ Commission extends sunset for Village permits The Sarasota Board of County Commissioners approved an amendment to extend the sunset period for temporary-use permits for Siesta Key Village bars and restaurants from June 8 this year to July 14, 2014. County staff worked with representatives from the Siesta Key Association, the Siesta Key Village Association and the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce to adopt an ordinance allowing outside special events for specific dates and within time guidelines. No temporary-use permits have been issued by press time.

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Meetings &agendas Gulf Gate Library public meeting — 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24, St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 Beneva Road, Sarasota  Siesta Key Village Association — 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar, 5250 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key  Sarasota County Commission Meeting — 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, R.L. Anderson Administration Building, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice  Siesta Key Association — 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, St. Boniface Episcopal, Room F, 5615 Midnight Pass Road., Siesta Key  Tourist Development Council — 4 p.m. Thursday, June 7, R.L. Anderson Administration Building, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice 

Education gathered for an emergency meeting to discuss abysmal scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, data was released showing a larger ratio of Sarasota County students scored above average than the state. For the writing portion of the exam, which was given to students in grade three through 10, more than 85% of students in grades four, eight and 10 scored more than a 3 or higher than the state average. The board of education considers scores greater than 3 to be proficient. The threshold of 3 is the result of education officials recently lowering the proficient level from 4.


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By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Memorial Day parade will honor heroes with ceremony

County commission approves new pipeline

Downtown Sarasota will be bathed in red, white and blue, Monday, May 28, for the annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. The theme for this year’s parade is “A Nation Forever Grateful,� and the parade will pay special tribute to the heroic men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee is extending a special invitation to veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom to be the first civilian unit in the parade. Those who can help locate Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the area should contact Jerry Derrick at 861-2899 with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee. Dan Kunkel, a member of the Patriotic Observer Committee, reported that approximately 1,000 people and 30 groups will participate in the parade, including veterans service organizations, lawenforcement agencies, marching bands, color guards, fire departments and more. The keynote speaker will be Scott Bill, a local builder, whose son, Brian, died in August in Afghanistan. Brian Bill was among 22 Navy Seals who died in the largest single-day loss of life for the Navy Seals. Brian Bill was highly decorated with four Bronze Star medals with valor, a Purple Heart and two Combat Action Ribbons. Scott Bill recently attended the Knights of Columbus Patriotic Ball in place of his son as one of the five honorees for the annual event. Scott Bill spoke at the Veterans Day ceremony in November after accepting a proclamation from the city honoring his son. “It is still very tough (to talk about my son) and it will be for a long time,� Scott Bill said. “But, I want to do it, and I want to

The commission unanimously approved a new water main pipeline running from Siesta Key to Casey Key. The Sarasota County Commission unanimously approved Wednesday, May 23, a coastal variance that would allow the construction of a new water main pipeline interconnection between Siesta Key and Casey Key. The new connection, which faces commission approval June 5, would eliminate future water disruptions that occur because of the current pipe that’s outlived its lifespan and is leaking. A new pipeline route, which is simpler to operate than the current pipeline, would be built 35 feet underground. It would connect the south end of Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key to the north end of Casey Key Road across the Palmer Point Park property at 1800 N. Casey Key Road on Casey Key. The 10-inch water main and 2,700 feet of linear pipeline will be installed using a directional drilling method, and the project is not expected to impact the native habitat. Coral Springs-based Arrow Directional Boring Inc. is the recommended contractor for the project, which has a proposed cost of $1.1 million, according to a spokeswoman for Sarasota County Public Works. If approved by commissioners, construction of the pipeline is expected to begin in late June or early July and conclude in late October. Sarasota County Commissioner and Siesta Key resident Nora Patterson complimented staff on negotiating easements over the last two years to make

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“I don’t think it’s ever been as pronounced as it is now,” Roekens conceded. The size of the ocean oasis — a football field’s length and width at low tide — makes it ideal for Sunday meet-ups, a tradition for Sarasota boaters. “It’s easier to meet on a sandbar than drop anchor,” Warren said. And the sandbar is safe from laws barring canines from beaches: Warren’s daughter and other boaters give their dogs a pseudo-beach experience on the sandbar. But boaters aren’t the only ones able to experience the thrill of watching a Siesta sunset at a closer distance than possible from the beach. The depth of the ridge of sand connecting the sandbar to the beach barely reaches 4 feet. Roekens said the sand movement in the region makes predicting how long the sandbar will remain difficult — especially with several plans to stabilize and renourish Longboat Pass being considered. “The Coast Guard had to remark the area because it was too shallow,” he explained about the surf of northern Siesta Beach. “I would guess (the sandbar) is so big because of the dredging on Lido Beach.”

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Noise issue is one of choices The latest ruckus over noise levels in Siesta Key Village brings to mind that old Rodney King line from the Los Angeles riots: “Can’t we all just get along?” This is our area’s version of the 35-year dispute between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky, though not nearly as bloody. Tensions and emotions often run high, though, in Siesta Key’s on-again, off-again skirmishes between some of the residents of the Terrace East condominiums and the bar-restaurant owners in the Village. So here we are again, and some residents are now lobbying Sarasota County government officials to intervene again with more intervention. Now they’re talking about adding another county code-enforcement officer and perhaps amending noise ordinances to institute a noise-permitting system. Please, no more government. To add these layers of government policing and intervention would take a page out of the late Milton Friedman’s Law of Laws. We all know how it goes: Aggrieved citizens lobby their representatives to right a perceived wrong or to gain special favor. Once the law or favor is codified, it generates unintended consequences that, in time, result in modifications, more interventions

and additions to the first law. Then those new modifications create more unintended consequences, which bring even more modifications and interventions. And so on and so on. No wonder the national regulatory burden as gargantuan as it is. To be sure, the residents who live near Siesta Key Village, and in particular those who live near its bars and restaurants, have a right to live in peace and unharmed. Likewise, the owners of the bars and restaurants have a right to pursue their own happiness on their properties — so long as they don’t harm their neighbors. But what, then, constitutes harm or damage? At what point — and at what time of night — is the sound of live music damaging? It’s like judging ugliness — we all know it when we see it, but it’s different for everyone. So in modern America, the way we deal with such neighborhood issues and vagaries is for small groups, sometimes mobs, to complain to and pressure elected officials to adopt laws to prevent the unwanted behavior. Heaven forbid, two neighbors get together face to face, talk like adults and reach a happy medium. There really are no solutions to this issue. There are only choices.

The residents who don’t like the noise can: stay, be miserable and keep griping; they can move; buy out the bars and shut them down; install sound-proof windows and other noise-abatement materials in their homes and condos; or even work with the bars in search of a happy medium. The bar owners have choices, too. They can: comply with the existing noise ordinances; perhaps install more noise-abatement materials; discontinue live music or discontinue it during early-morning hours; they can violate the noise ordinances, pay fines, bring on more government regulation and generate ill-will with their neighbors; or they can reach out and work with their neighbors. They might even study whether the late-night live music is producing a favorable return on investment. The best choices should be obvious. In the end, restaurants and bars are good for the community. They add to Siesta Key’s quality of life for residents and visitors. And it is in their selfish interests to do what is right and reasonable. Likewise, Village residents probably recognize: If you choose to live near the Village, the bar scene will be a part of your life. More government enforcement and regulation isn’t the right answer.

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Neither racism nor guns is the problem The media are determined to make a traditional liberal, anti-gun narrative out of the Trayvon Martin shooting and will cobble together any items necessary to keep the flames fanned. A recent story out of the Sarasota HeraldTribune’s Tallahassee bureau combined the Martin shooting with Gov. Rick Scott’s “quick rejection” of the Tampa mayor’s request for a concealed weapons ban near the Republican convention in August. The story quoted, at length, the Washington, D.C.-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun ROD Violence, the biggest THOMSON anti-gun group. (The story did not quote the National Rifle Association for the other side of the story.) But we can move away from the typical media efforts to move the left-of-center agenda forward and just look at the facts of Martin and gun ownership. In the Martin case, the 17-year-old was shot and killed in Sanford by George Zimmerman, apparently during a scuffle. Because Zimmerman was not charged at first, this became an indictment of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which set about to clarify when someone in his home could use deadly force on an assailant. Many other states have such laws because too many homeowners were being hauled to court

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and bankrupted by attorney fees to defend themselves for shooting an intruder. But Stand Your Ground as a cause célèbre was a complete hoax by the so-called “civil rights” establishment. It just doesn’t apply. Martin did not break into Zimmerman’s home. Zimmerman was not being attacked or under threat of attack when he first came across Martin walking through his gated community. The 911 operator told Zimmerman not follow Martin, and it is not clear if Zimmerman followed those instructions. Whatever happened next, the basic stipulations required in Stand Your Ground were not met and so it is irrelevant. Yet in the typical media race circus, the law became a news focal point, along with a heavy dose of racism. So Gov. Rick Scott appointed a state panel to investigate the law and its application. But Stand Your Ground was passed in 2005 — seven years ago. And this is the first brouhaha over it, and it is not even related. What a waste of time, energy and our short attention span. The story finally subsided some. So, when Scott turned down Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s request for the gun ban around the downtown convention center, the story was back on! Scott was backed by the NRA — again, not quoted in the story. It’s difficult to determine the number of gun self-defense uses. For instance, a murder or manslaughter goes into the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports. But if the local prosecutor determines it was justifiable self-defense and drops the charges, then it

does not. There was no crime, hence it does not go into the crime report database. There have been numerous studies in recent decades, and their numbers are all over the place. In 2008, just under 11,000 murders were committed by guns in the United States. A 2000 study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology determined that civilians use guns to defend themselves and others from crime at least 989,883 times per year. Studies have gone as low as 185,000 times and as high as 1.5 million. The numbers suggest gun-control laws work against the goal of protecting Americans from harm. So, where there have been draconian gun laws, there seems to be either no effect or a negative effect. The classic example is Washington, D.C, which banned handguns, even inside residents’ homes, until the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the law in 2007. In the years in which the district had the extreme gun-control law, murder and other violent crimes soared. This does not prove a causal effect, but it certainly makes it hard to argue that gun-control laws reduce crime. Despite the efforts to make Florida look like the Wild West with extreme gun laws, there is simply no evidence. Neither the data nor the anecdotes work. But that does not stop the media agenda. Oh, and Florida’s crime rate dropped under both its relaxed gun laws and Stand Your Ground. Rod Thomson can be reached at rthomson@yourobserver.com.


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Commission approves reprecincting Sarasota County Commissioners approved an ordinance for new precinct numbers and layouts, which is expected to save the county thousands during elections.

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The office of the Supervisor of Elections will hold meetings to educate the public about the redistricting process on the following dates: Tuesday, June 12 Wednesday, June 13 Tuesday, June 19 Wednesday, June 20 Thursday, June 21 Check the Supervisor of Elections website at sarasotavotes.com to find out where and what time the meetings will be held as the office adds calendar information.

Department of Justice enforces as part of the Voting Rights Act. Because the new districts would cause some local precincts to disappear, Sarasota resident Pat Rounds said this would be hard on people who don’t own cars. She noted there was little public discussion about the plan prior to approval date, something that was promised on the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections website. Kirschner took the podium and gave some statistics about Sarasota’s Latino population, noting that although 70% of those groups are eligible to vote, only 20% actually do so. “(Sarasota County) must have great concerns that for any change we make we engage the community,” he said. The phrase “voter suppression” came up in two speeches to commissioners about reprecincting, which, if proved true through the court system, would rule new precincts unconstitutional. However, those who support reprecincting say there are enough ways to vote to outweigh any inconvenience of a new polling place. “You have to remember that this is 2012,” Dent said. In 2008, 60% of those who voted did so pri-

or to Election Day, with the help of absentee ballots. “I have a hard time accepting the fact that people are having a hard time voting,” said Commission Vice Chairman Joe Barbetta. “People, in general, would be more supportive of change based on how the change on how that change occurs,” said Commissioner Carol Mason “There’s no question that we need to do something in regard to reprecincting,” Commissioner Jon

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10:20 p.m. — corner of Midnight Pass Road and Sun & Sea Island Hideaway. Driving Under the Influence. A man was pulled over for driving erratically and was arrested for driving under the influence after an officer found two fresh beer cans in his car. He explained he had had four beers and six shots of liquor at a bar after a day of golf — he also had a recorded blood alcohol content more than double the legal limit for operating a vehicle.

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10 p.m. — 6500 block of Sabal Drive. Criminal Mischief. A man reported that a neighbor he has quarreled with in the past did $400 worth of damage to his fence. He claimed that the neighbor referred to the fence as “ugly” and admitted to the deed. The suspect was not arrested and the man who called the police said he would review personal surveillance tapes to see if he can identify the culprit.

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11 p.m. — 5300 block of Siesta Cove Drive. Grand Theft. A woman reported that a $600 vacuum cleaner, $1,000 suitcase, some clothes and prescription medication were stolen from her vehicle. An officer was unable to dust for fingerprints because the vehicle owner had been touching the car before police arrived.

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2:15 p.m. — corner of Island Circle and Las Rosas. Vehicle Crash. A woman

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Pine Shores Presbyterian Church 6135 Beechwood Ave.; 922-1597; www.pineshorespres.org Sunday morning worship services: 9:45 a.m.: Traditional worship service in the sanctuary with choir and children’s church 10:15 a.m.: Informal worship gathering in the Community Center 8:15 to 11:15 a.m.: Nursery and childcare available Sanctus Pax: a Wednesday evening prayer service, 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. ‘Sounds of the Soul’: First Friday of each month at 6 p.m., an outdoor gathering under the trees and featuring a local musician and a theme.

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When Ruth Ritenour moved to Siesta Key with her husband and three children almost 50 years ago, their home in Siesta Isles was one of the only homes there. “My husband could go outside and hit a golf ball and not hit a single house,” she said. Today, plenty of houses surround Ritenour in Siesta Isles, but she doesn’t mind more neighbors. As a long-time resident of the community, she looks forward to attending the monthly “Siesta Isles Soiree.” Each month, a different home in the community hosts a cocktail party for the other residents. “It’s kind of nice — at least you get to know your neighbors,” says Ritenour. Ritenour graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in botany and biology. While in college, Ritenour’s older brother, Conrad, introduced her to her future husband, Ray. Ritenour says Ray’s smarts (he was an engineering major) and sincere kindness are what attracted her to him. The two began dating after she graduated college; they married a year later in 1950.

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were few houses and the prices for lots on a canal were affordable. The fact that they could live on the water, have a boat and be so close to the beach was a major appeal. Ritenour spent the beginning of her time on the Key raising her three children, daughter, Nerine, and sons, Roger and Russell. But given her love of science and biology, it’s not surprising that she also has a green thumb, a passion she shared with Ray, who died in December. He worked in the vegetable garden while she tended to the herbs. “He always said that if you couldn’t eat it, it wasn’t worth growing,” she said. Ritenour still tends to her herbs and flowers and weeds the garden that has changed as much as Siesta Key over the last 48 years. She can’t imagine living anywhere else. “Somebody said, ‘Move near family,’ but I’d rather live here rather than in Virginia because they get all the snow!” she says. — Rachel S. O’Hara

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Lacey Howard and Christianna Ford

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Members of the Pine View Key Club, Sarasota Middle School students and the Siesta Key Kiwanis Club celebrated the end of the school year with a barbecue and rock-paper-scissors tournament. Participants went hand-to-hand through several rounds of play until a champion was crowned. Gift cards were awarded to the final competitors. This year’s champion was Catherine Anderson.

Dave Carnevale, Bradley Arnold and Sarah Brickman Left: Catherine Anderson beat out dozens of competitors to be named this year’s champion.


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ODA buddies bowled over by fun field trip First-graders and their sixth-grade buddies enjoyed one, final buddy-bonding experience Thursday, May 17, at Sarasota Lanes. Buddy Bowling has been an annual field trip for the first- and

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By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Four-bedroom Bay Island home sells for $2.95 million her home at 5325 Calle Florida to Dina Holstead, Sarasota, for $540,000. Built in 1976, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 1,548 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $177,500 in 2010.

The following residential real estate transactions took place between May 7 and May 11. A home in Bay Island tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Daniel and Janet Fangmeyer, of Waynesville, N.C., sold their home at 931 Norsota Way to Robert and Sarah Stern, Orlando, for $2.95 million. Built in 1988, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 6,155 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2,512,500 in 2001.

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Anna McCann, Sarasota, sold her Unit 108 condominium at 1139 Coquille St. to Jeffrey and Susan Russell, of Fort Thomas, Ky., for $445,000. Built in 1983, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,455 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $542,500 in 2009.

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Timothy Lamb, Sarasota, sold his home at 1356 Point Crisp Road to 3065468 Nova Scotia Ltd. for $2.5 million. Built in 2005, it has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a pool and 7,047 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3 million in 2009.

Prince’s Gate

Peter and Bonnie Janak, of Metamore, Mich., sold their home at 1294 Whitehall Place to Al Besse and Scott Evers, Sarasota, for $1.5 million. Built in 1975, it has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 3,811 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.7 million in 2007.

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This home at 931 Norsota Way in Bay Island has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 6,155 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.95 million.

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Elaine and Thomas Pons, Sarasota, sold their Unit 104 condominium at 6208 Midnight Pass Road to Denton Groves Inc. for $725,000. Built in 1979, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,150 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $84,000 in 1979.

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Andrew Cooper, Sarasota, sold his Unit PH-4 condominium at 5300 Ocean Blvd. to Jeffrey Gwinnell and Margaret Benham, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, for $640,000.

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Patricia Glasser, of Brooklyn, N.Y., sold her Unit 608 condominium at 5760 Midnight Pass Road to Martin and Patricia Fleming, of Riverside, Conn., for $600,000. Built in 1981, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,361 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $525,000 in 2000.

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JUSTTHE Austin Jacob Interial STATS athlete of the week

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Cardinal Mooney junior, Austin Jacob Interial, is already gearing up for a great senior year. Finishing out his junior year with the spring football season, Interial has been a key player for the Cougars this season as one of the starting linebackers for the team. Interial comes from a long line of Cardinal Mooney football greats including his cousins and his older brother, Andrew. Interial has his own website (austininterial.com) and hopes that his hard work pays off and leads to him playing football in college. When did you start playing football? I started playing football when I was 9 years old for the Arapaho Team, which was the Braves division of the Sarasota Ringling Redskins. I learned everything about the basics of football from my Arapaho coach, Marko Sumney. 

GRAYSON DYER Age: 16 Grade/School: 10th grade at Riverview High School Position: I pitch and play third base Number: 5 What do you enjoy most about baseball? I like that it is a good way to spend my time. Why did you decide to start playing baseball? When I was 3, my dad signed me up for tee ball, and I’ve been playing ever since. Who is your favorite baseball player? Derek Jeter If you could describe The Observer baseball team in one word, what would it be? Awesome.

What has it been like being surrounded by a family of football players? Well, all my cousins, the Ierulli family, played football at Cardinal Mooney High School. My cousin, Tony Ierulli was on the team that won the state championship for Cardinal Mooney. His brothers, David, Nick and Steve, all were standout football players there, too. Both of my cousins, Tony and Steve, have their pictures hanging on the wall in the gym at CMHS. Then my older brother, Andrew, played awesome, so I had a lot to live up, too, when I started high school. What position do you play for Cardinal Mooney? I am one of the starting linebackers. How did this year’s season go for both yourself and the team? It was never about myself, it is always about the team. We did pretty good. We got a new defense

coordinator, Coach Choate, and he created the Delta Force Defense. We were awesome! 

and the other seniors. We have to make it count! This is the last chance for us to be champs. We need to give 100% every time we hit the field. With hard work over the summer, we can do that. Otherwise, I am looking forward to just being a senior and experiencing all the fun and memories that go along with it. I want it to be memorable!

How is spring season different from the normal fall season? Spring football is so short that there is not enough time for a lot of conditioning. It seems like it goes by so fast. It is challenging and exciting all at the same time. It’s challenging because we are all have to mesh together to play football in a short period of time. It’s exciting, because any time you play football, it is exciting. There is nothing like the excitement of running out on to the field to cheering fans in the stands.

Who is someone that you admire when it comes to football? Tim Tebow. He is awesome. What are your plans after graduating high school? I want to play college football for a Division II or higher team. I have looked at a few colleges already, but I am still deciding. 

What do you believe are your strengths? My strengths are that I can read a play pretty well. That is important as a linebacker. Plus, I hit pretty hard, too.

Do you know what you would like to major in? I want to major in criminology and eventually go into some type of law enforcement. Maybe even some military after college.

What are you looking forward to most about your senior year? With football ...winning! This is it for me

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Temps. Low 70 70 69 71 69 66 64

Record Temps. High Low 94 (1994) 45 (1917) 95 (1943) 48 (1917) 97 (2038) 50 (1927) 95 (2038) 52 (1917) 94 (1974) 54 (1917) 96 (1927) 55 (1924) 96 (1974) 53 (1994)

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SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

Events END OF SEASON CLEARANCE!!! Fill 1 Bag for $5 - Get 2nd Bag Free!! Fri., June 1st & Sat., June 2nd 9AM-1PM Presbyterian Church of the Covenant 7950 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Info: 941-922-5509

JEFFERSON CENTER 930 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota, FL 34236

941-953-9585 800-955-8771 TDD/TTY Rentals from $427-$588

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Storage STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662.

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PELICAN COVE. Beautiful 3/2 turnkey furnished annual rental in this amenity rich community. This ground floor unit is available at $1,450/month. Call Siesta Beach Realty @ 941-993-5722.

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SIESTA KEY: Moving Sale - 900 Contento Circle, Friday, May 25th, 8a.m.-2p.m. Lots to sell!

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FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED: 1BR condo in The Meadows. Available now. $750/mo. Annual. Call 923-6050.

* Available through December 21, 2012. Holiday weekends excluded. Based on double occupancy. Tax, tip & resort fees extra. Type of accommodation subject to availability. Bayside condominiums available at different rates. ** An 18% gratuity will be added by lunch and dinner vendors. ***Limited to one per customer.

Loaded Kitchen, China, Glass, Utensils, Small Appliances, Deep Freezer, Refrigerator, Washer & Dryer, Tools, Tools, Tools, Lawn Equipment, Hand tools, Tool Chests, Grills, Picnic Table, Lawn Furniture, Even the Shed! MAY 26TH-27TH, 9AM-2PM, 1640 Bayview Drive, Sarasota. Household, Baby equipment, Riding & Golf equipment, Electronics, Clothing, & More!! No EB!! Cash only.

Sofa, pair of chairs and ottoman, queen size sofa bed, dining room table and chairs, server, occasional tables, chairs, lamps, patio furniture including 3 wrought iron chairs, oriental rugs, pewter, fishing equipment, books, tools, pressure washer, kitchenware, liens, decorative accessories, china, glass and bric-a-brac.

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Things To Do

GROOMER POSITION available, downtown Sarasota location. Will train qualified candidates. Grow with us. Call 941-388-3647.

Homemakers/ Companions CNA’S/ HHA’S

COZY COVE: Large 2BR/2BA at Turtle Beach with water views and boat slips. Comes newly furnished and ready to go………$329,000. Call Siesta Beach Realty @ 941-993-5722.

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$450/mo-1 bed/bath mobile homes. 55+ community. No Pets. 5811 14th St. W. Bradenton. Sarasota Real Estate Assoc., Inc. Greg Nowak 941-809-6034

Homes For Sale BANK OWNED PROPERTIES & more! View them at LarrySellsSarasota.com LARRY BRZOSTEK RE/MAX Alliance Group 941-993-3125 DEER CREEK Villa By Owner: 2BR/2BA. $199,500 or can be sold furnished. Open Sunday 1p.m.-4p.m. or by appointment. Priced lower per sq.ft. than villas SOLD prices. Photos go to: Craig’s List #2984488096. 941-925-7485.

Manufactured Homes PARK EAST CLUB (next to Sarasota Square Mall). 55+ Community, Oversized Heated Pool, Clubhouse. 2 Homes for Sale: #1 2BR/2BA Completely remodeled with brand new carpets, painting, countertops, & finished Den. Fully applianced with big Backyard, Shed & Carport, 80% Furnished. $21,900. #2 2BR/2BA with Den, Screened Carport w/Shed. Beautifully furnished offered at $26,900. (first time offered) Call Elliot 941-284-7917. No dogs or rentals allowed. Open House: Thursday-Sunday.

You Can Make a Difference. Help seniors stay independent. We provide: non medical care, personal care, meals, light housekeeping, transportation & companionship. Flexible hours availableF/T, P/T, Overnight, Weekends and Live-In. Positions available in Sarasota/ Bradenton/ Venice. To work now, fax resume to: 941-929-7438 or email: stephanieck@comcast.net FL Reg #HCS227965,

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REALTY MARKET ANALYST. Sarasota, FL, F/T. Rsrch local/regional vacation rental real estate mrket condit'ns/demographics to identify potential dvlpmt sites. Gather/analyze statistical data on vacat'n rental consumer purchas'g behavior. Forecast mrktg/sales trends & measure effectiveness of mrktg/sales effort. Conduct/interpret/maintain rsrch on consumer opinions; gather/analyze available competitor data; monitor vacat'n rental industry trends. Reqs bachelors deg or comb of edu & work equiv in bus admin, mrktg, or rel fld, + two yrs exp in realty industry as mrkt analyst, mgmt consultant, or similar. Send resume to Attn: Cheryl Wellman at Signature Sotheby’s International Realty at 4200 GulfShore Blvd N, Naples FL 34103 or email to Accounting@lutgert.com.

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BELLA VILLINO: One of the nicest 2BR/2BA units in this resort style community on Palmer Ranch. Located on the 3rd floor across from the heated pool and all for $128,900. Call Siesta Beach Realty @ 941-993-5722.

Help Wanted ART INSTRUCTOR – Photography: Ringling College, Sarasota, FL, F/T faculty appointment. Teach introductory & advanced photography courses, incl film-based, digital imag'g techniques w/emphasis on light'g & fashion. Must be well versed in all aspects of contemporary photography. Prepare syllabi, deliver lectures; assess student wrk & progress; grade exams. Participate in curriculum dvlpmt & sr thesis review. Reqs MFA in photography. Send applicant materials to Laura J. Bopp at Ringling College of Art and Design at 2700 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34234 or for more information visit our website at: www.ringling.edu/employment. CNA’S/HHA’S FOR non-medical in-home care. F/T, P/T, flexible 4 hour to 12 hour shifts available. Work in Sarasota. 20 needed. Call 941-257-4457.

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Items Under $200 For Sale ANTIQUE DINING Table: Duncan Phyffe, 38x58, $180.00. 941-383-0834.

SUTTON PLACE TOWNHOME, LBK: 2BR/2BA, spacious open floor plan, W/D, garage, 2 pools, beach/ boat access. Annual or Seasonal. 941-383-0993.

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Child Care Services LOVING PROFESSIONAL CHILD CARE. For kids ages 3 and up. Creative arts specialist. Age 31. Call Tia, 941-321-8334. NANNY POSITION wanted. Cooking, cleaning. 20 Years experience, references available. 941-724-1802 or E-mail: poland12@verizon.net

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Award winning Townhouse, renovated by Guy Peterson offers maintenance free lifestyle. A minimalist modern with Carrara marble walls in kitchen and bath, Brazilian Oak flooring throughout, Gaggenau, Miele and Bosch appliances. MLS#3955247 $350,000

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Siesta Key Bay Front

End Unit Reduced 4 BR, 3 1/2 BA turnkey furnished 3 BR/3.1BA sits on tropical setting. Largest 3 BR, 3½ BA unit on Siesta Key. Siesta Key home has lots of upgrades; Hardwood floors, newer kitchen and Gulf front, premier complex. Many with caged lanai and heated pool. each bathroom has its own updated full upgrades, updated kitchen and baths, Located on quiet street. Great rental bath. New 3 zone A/C in 2011, private walk-in closets & large utility room. history of over $26,000 a year. gas-heated pool and refurbished deck. MLS#A3948580 Offered at $1,299,000 MLS#A3959215 Offered at $699,000 MLS#A3939501 Offered at $1,395,000

Broadway Promenade 1064 North Tamiami Trail, #1405

Fabulous 2BR/2BA condo in upscale Broadway Promenade. Amenities include Fitness Center, 24 Hour Front Desk and Social Activities. Be within walking distance to Cultural Arts, Theater, Restaurants and Shopping. MLS#3955220 $289,000

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Jenn LaGasse-Flanders

941.400.6682 PamHagenSells@gmail.com

941.232-0788

by Denise Mei

We are anxious to talk to you about selling your property! OPEN HOUSE This Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday

St. Armands Bayfront Boater’s Paradise!

10AM-4PM

DIRECT: 941.685.3198 OFFICE: 941.951.6660

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Beautiful Villa in The Meadows

Solymar - Endless water views from two terraces and a striking lagoon styled pool with waterfall. Rare opportunity to own a 4 bedroom, 3,892 square foot pool house estate. Offered turnkey furnished for $2,995,000

Spectacular 5BR/4.5BA, 5,400 sq. ft. St. Armands Bayfront residence with panoramic views of the city and sunset. This home features extraordinary custom features throughout. Offered for $3,895,000

Immaculately maintained 2 bed/2 bath Villa plus den/office. Spacious and bright with 10’ Dramatic ceilings. Beautiful views of a tranquil lake and golf course. 2-car attached garage. The Meadows boasts a sparkling community pool, Har-Tru lighted tennis courts and a 54-hole golf course. MLS#A3958744 $229,000

Exclusive Luxury Rental Homes Available Short or Long term | Furnished | Unfurnished Call Pam Hagan now for details!

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www.PamelaHagan.com Century 21 Dockside Realty Associates « 408 Gulf of Mexico Drive | Longboat Key | FL | 34228

Making Things Happen on Siesta Key.... Featured Listings... 1640 Summerhouse Ln #31 SUMMER COVE Exquisitely appointed 3/2.5 with 9’ ceilings and 2 oversized terraces. Built 2007.

5740 Midnight Pass Rd, #F303 GULF & BAY CLUB Beautifully furnished direct gulf-front 2/2 with spectacular water and sunset views.

MLS#A3954628. $2,149,000

MLS#A3957126 $899,000

MLS#A3957748 $799,000

9393 Midnight Pass Rd. #602 Amazing views, beautiful hardwood flooring and updates throughout this best priced 2/2 at THE POINTE

9393 Midnight Pass Rd. #703 THE POINTE Enjoy incredible sunrises and sunsets with 270 degree water views from this stunningly furnished 1/1

5230 Avenida Navarra Ideally located near the beach and in the Village, this 3/3 beach cottage with fenced backyard and new pool is the perfect island retreat.

MLS#A3953977 $329,000

MLS#A3955378 $249,000

MLS#A3960758 $599,000

Sheri Lasley and Bob Ruiz

● 1660 Summerhouse Lane, MLS#3952830 ● 391 Avenida Madera, MLS#3949671 ● 9393 Midnight Pass Road, Unit 307 MLS#3943440 ● 9393 Midnight Pass Road, Unit 704 MLS#3955088 ● 1323 Dockside Place, MLS#3943640 ● 5239 Avenida Navarra, MLS#3953986

Your Resident Siesta Key Realtors

Sheri: 941.400.4186 SheriLasley@aol.com Bob: 941.544.3299 RobertRuizRR@aol.com

Under Contract...

● 1503 Clower Creek Drive, MLS#3952060 ● 255 Hourglass Way, Unit 104, MLS#3952150 ● 5224 Winding Way, MLS#3955917

www.SiestaKeyNow.com

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Recently Sold...

1248 Northport Dr. Boater’s and beachgoer’s paradise! Build our spec home or the home of your dreams. Great location!


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Voted Sarasota Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best in Client Satisfactionâ&#x20AC;? SEVEN Consecutive Years

PrivateTropical Paradise

4BRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and 3 baths with almost 3000 Sq. Ft. under air! Lap pool with waterfall, lushly landscaped, walled & gated. Kitchen and baths recently remodeled. Within walking distance to the #1 Beach-Siesta Key. Now Priced at $849,000 MLS#A3955184

Beach Road

Directly opposite the Number One Beach in the USA! Stunning, luxury 4 bedroom townhome on 2 levels with more than 4000SF under air! Multiple outdoor terraces with views of the Gulf & Beach. 2 Master Suites, 3 car garage, private elevator and community pool. $1,975,000 A3957095

Surprising Bay Views on Siesta Key... OPENto 4 SUN-195 12 all Whiteche Pla Home in estate with den and art studio/guest house providing possible 3-4 bedrooms on a large lot on a cul-de-sac at end of private road. 227â&#x20AC;&#x2122; frontage on newly dredged canal. Dock & Boat House in sheltered anchorage, 100 yards to ICW in Little Sarasota Bay with no bridges. Easy walk to #1 Beach in USA! Broker/Owner PRICE REDUCED TO $960,000

Call Stephen P. Stevens at 941.349.6636

Stevens & Salt, Inc. Realtor

RealtorÂŽ Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 5145 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL

Dan Miller

941-376-7442

www.DanDMiller.com SELBY ON SIESTA!

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Owned and Operated by NRT,LLC

Now Showing...

Two beautiful Maintenance Free homes located in the prestigious communities of Prestancia TPC and The Oaks Preserve. Both neighborhoods have two 18 hole golf courses and are conveniently situated for all Sarasota has to offer from the arts, theatre, water activities, the number 1 Beach in the U.S.A., Siesta Key, and so much more!

Directly across from Siesta Beach! Build 2-Story Duplex on Beach Road Property with unobstructed full Southwestern Gulf View! Earn up to $72,000 in Seasonal Rent, or $55,000 minimum annual rent. $949,000 MLS#A3950158

NEW LISTING!

BOATING... BEACHES... BISTROS...

3 Bedroom, 3 Bath home on Grand Canal with water on 2 sides approximately 200 ft. of waterfront in desirable Palm Island. House has great bones and unlimited potental and is ready for you to make it yours! $574,900 MLS#A3960706

1800 Second Street, Suite 901 Sarasota 414 South Tamiami Tr. Osprey

Owner offering $20,000 towards an Oakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s membership! $425,000.

Baskind Warren Team

7742 Club Lane - at Prestancia

JUST LISTED Meticulously maintained townhome in TPC Prestancia with 3 beds, 2½ baths and constant golf course views. $529,900

CALL JANE REES

CIPS, SFR, AWHD, Broker -Associate

941.586.3970 or 941.308.6555 Jane.Rees@sothebysrealty.com

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Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Owned and Operated by NRT,LLC

This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured listings...

EXCELLENT SCHOOL DISTRICT!

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enter this fabulous 3BR/2BA home with a great floor plan. Just a 15 min. drive to #1 Siesta Beach, 5 minutes to hospital. $244,400 MLS#A3956047

To View these or other area properties, Call Dan Miller at 941-376-7442

(941)894-1255 Under Contract!

Completely remodeled and being sold Turnkey Furnished - high-end tile floors - custom cabinets - granite counters - SS appliances - Flat Screen TVs - This condo has it all! + Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Great Rental! Seller Finance. Price Reduced $389,000 MLS#A3909275

2Bedroom, /2.5 Bath, Turnkey Furnished, beautifully remodeled, Stainless Steel appliances, granite countertops. Large rooms with eat-in kitchen, Professionally decorated. $339,000 MLS#A3928919

Carmen Baskind 941-724-1854

www.FloridaMoves.com/baskindwarrenteam Coldwell Banker | 423 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

FULL GULF VIEWCRESENT ROYALE!

BEST VALUE BAY OAKS TOWNHOUSE!

Attorney at Law

21 Bay Head Lane - The Oaks Preserve

100+â&#x20AC;&#x2122; OF SAILBOAT WATER PARADISE ON SIESTA KEY!

Extensively renovated 3BR/2BA canal front home offers Bay Views. Impact windows, custom cabinets, porcelain flooring and marble counter-tops New metal roof in 2010. Home is 3rd from the bay. 2-Car Garage . Price Reduced $799,000 MLS#A3945126

Lauren P. Kohl

941.966.3575 sarasotaclosings.com

Selling Sarasota and Her Islands

A private estate-size tropical paradise of nearly an acre on the Grand Canal! Covered boat dock, 12K lift. 3BR/2BA airy home overlooks pool and cabana. Private street at end of cul-de-sac and can be gated. 4 buildable lots. $1,765,000 MLS#A3931414

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

Judie Berger

UNDER CONTRACT

1229 Point Crisp Road - $3,200,000

Trust

THE REALTOR WITH PROVEN RESULTS

UNDER CONTRACT

701 Treasure Boat Way - $1,500,000

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Elegant Siesta Key Mediterranean home on the Grand Canal, built in 2004 with over 3300 sf

Siesta pool home 2 blks to beach on the Grand Canal, rebuilt in 2006

UNDER CONTRACT

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524 N. Spoonbill Drive - $1,150,000

1240 Northport Drive - $950,000

7220 Proctor Road - $1,199,000

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5415 Azure Way - $1,500,000

Brand New Siesta Key bay front home on magical 1 acre lot with dock, lift and infinity pool

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Siesta Key, deep water, 650â&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the bay, no bridges. Updated 3 bed/3.5 bath pool home

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Judie.Berger@sothebysrealty.com

550 Commonwealth Place - $749,000 5900 Ocean Boulevard #903 - $699,000

435 Gulfstream Avenue S #402 - $399,000

2130 Sonoma Drive - $549,000

Executive 3 bed/3 bath+den pool home on lush 28,000+ sq ft lot solidly built with Ytong block construction

1257 S Portofino Drive #208 - $264,900

ALSO sold in 2012 1245 Sea Plume Way - $1,150,000 1240 Northport Drive - $935,000 618 Owl Way - $800,000 1919 Grove Street - $745,000 757 Tropical Circle - $730,000 5044 Faberge Place - $315,000 9393 Midnight Pass Road #401 - $300,000

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

839 Siesta Key Cir #A3941240 Joseph Brown

$1,595,000

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-587-6185

612 Bayshore Dr #A3954535 Nancy Moore

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-374-2200

37 Sunset Dr # 53&54 #A3959980 Bibi-Ann Allard PA

$1,095,000

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-685-0422

1423 S Orange Ave #A3959763 Connie Lyke Brown Pa

$899,900

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-951-6660

5790 Midnight Pass Rd # 508 #A3947664 $795,000 Stephanie Kitsemble

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-313-0874

5633 Cape Leyte Dr #A3952293 Michael Bruno

$787,000

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-320-3229

612 W Venice Ave #N5775340 Jackie Kennedy

$499,000

Venice 941-485-5421 941-266-4074

5155 Flicker Field Cir #A3960122 Tara Lamb & Judy Greene

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-4873

3603 N Point Rd # 402 #A3959941 $449,000 Betty Mullinnix & Steve Abbe

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-928-3441

$1,150,000

$490,000

1441 Rebecca Ln Sarasota Linda Dickinson 941-350-3304

#A3956954

$3,975,000 941-966-8000

3344 Gulfmead Dr Tom Cail & Jason Grande

#A3960478

$3,200,000 941-349-3444

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8773 Midnight Pass Rd # 501G #A3960337 $439,000 Marlene & George Marshall

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-539-8850

5950 Midnight Pass Rd # 212 #A3960192 $399,900 Patricia Short

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-923-6771

5591 Cannes Cir # 304 #A3958209 Pat Mudgett

$350,000

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-320-7758

4785 Maid Marian Ln #A3960325 $350,000 Kristina Talkie & Judy Arreola

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-8658

630 Pond Willow Ln #N5775418 Helene Johnston

$324,900

Venice 941-493-2500 941-486-8224

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by Heidi Kurpiela | A&E Editor

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On the nights they work late, Jenny Acheson and Dale Rieke will sleep in the loft above his drafting table.

Partners in art

Dale Rieke and Jenny Acheson are growing their passion for photography, furniture and each other in a spacious Sarasota studio north of downtown Sarasota. Oh, to be cute, creative and in love. If you don’t know Dale Rieke and Jenny Acheson, be prepared to develop a crush. If you do know them, you might be surprised to learn that they re-

cently adopted a kitten, a blackand-white stray named Jimmy Cat. It’s a big commitment for a couple whose favorite pastime is traveling to remote beach communities to surf big waves and photograph people.

“We just had her spayed,” Acheson says, shooing the cat away from a drinking glass. “I can’t believe how quickly she healed. The vet told us to make sure she takes it easy for a few days, but all she wants to do is play.”

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Apparently, the kitten takes after its owners. Newly engaged, artistic and adventurous, Rieke, 47, and Acheson, 50, are an emerging Sarasota power couple — that is, if power couples are crazy about surfing in Portugal, camping at Burning Man and dancing with nomads in Timbuktu. When they’re not globetrotting, they’re holed up in their Wood Street Studio, the joint photography/woodworking shop they opened two years ago in a converted warehouse north of the Rosemary District. Named after their street in Sarasota’s Alta Vista neighborhood, the studio has become a hangout for local artists and photographers, in addition to a fabrication plant for Rieke’s high-end furniture. Located way off the beaten path in a neighborhood on the fringes of downtown Sarasota, the studio, like its owners, is a mix of charm and grit. There’s a purple bicycle in the parking lot, a pit bull in the yard across the street, abandoned railroad tracks behind the building and furniture inside the studio upholstered in West African fabric. There’s Acheson, an English-born photographer, dressed in a floral dress and wedge sandals, sitting at an uncluttered table, spreading jam on a French baguette. And then there’s Rieke in jeans and a T-shirt making coffee in the kitchen. “We’re actually quite lackadaisical here,” Acheson says. “We’re lucky. As nasty and viscous as that pit bull across the street sounds, he keeps people moving. I don’t even chain up my bike.” The studio, which Rieke equipped with a kitchen and sleeping quarters, is exactly what the self-taught woodworker, artist and surfer, had always wanted for his fabrication shop. A graduate of Sarasota High School, he has been working as a furniture maker and artist in Sarasota for 30 years. His

high-end commissions and functional art can be found in homes from Florida to New York. At 3,500 square feet, the facility was big enough to accommodate his equipment and Acheson’s whitewashed photography studio, which she uses to shoot portrait, commercial and lifestyle photography. The space also doubles as an event venue and art gallery. “Dale and I love combining our creative spirits,” says Acheson, who this year shot all the designs for Art Center Sarasota’s iconcept runway show. “I suppose we could do a little better to get the word out about the place, but, then again, there’s no hurry.” The couple is well matched despite having spent the first half of their careers living in two alternate universes: Acheson as a beauty and lifestyle photographer in New York City and Rieke as a carpenter in Sarasota. They met in 2006 at a surf retreat in Costa Rica. Four years later, Acheson moved to Sarasota, where Rieke’s business was already well established. She’s thrilled with the move. It’s brought her closer to Miami, where in February, she shot all the covers for the summer issues of First magazine, the second of which is on newsstands now. And, of course, it’s brought her closer to Rieke, with whom she’s about to head to Nicaragua on another surfing adventure. “Dale needs a good break,” she says. “He’s worked really hard this season.” Despite a fledging economy, Rieke had the busiest year of his career. Last week he just finished renovating a Longboat Key condo, a project that took more than eight months to complete. To unwind, he’ll surf the waves in Central America. Acheson, as usual, will document the experience in photographs. When they return to Sarasota, she’ll design and

publish a glossy paperback book filled with photos of Rieke hanging 10 in Nicaragua. The book will join a series of self-published paperbacks filled with Acheson’s inspiring photojournalism and serve as a testament to the couple’s wild sojourns. “It gives us something to do when we’re traveling,” Acheson says. “You bumble around long enough with your camera you’re bound to get some good shots.” The series, titled “Just Back From,” includes pictures of everything from half-naked revelers at American music festivals to Islamic men praying to Allah. A major publishing house has expressed interest in publishing some of the work, except that it fears surfers won’t shell out money for a coffee table book. “There’s always this stereotype that surfers are bums,” Rieke says. “That’s so not the case. I’m out there with CEOs and bankers.” Acheson nods her head in agreement. Surfing, she says, is as much an art as photography or furniture making. She reaches for a book of photographs taken in Mali. “Look,” she says pointing to a picture of West Africans dancing in the desert. “This is Timbuktu. It’s like, who goes to Timbuktu? I used to think it was a place that didn’t exist.” It seems the couple has made a habit of exploring the unknown. As Acheson picks up a book titled “Just Back from Burning Man,” Rieke intervenes. “Make sure there’s no naked pictures of me in there, babe,” he says. At first the comment sounds like a joke, and then Acheson turns the page and blushes. “Ah, there’s one,” she says in her soft English accent. “You’ve got to look really close though. It’s tasteful. Nothing is showing.”

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“At first when I got to Sarasota, I was like, ‘Where are all the people?’” says Jenny Acheson, pictured here with her partner, Dale Rieke, in their Wood Street Studio. “You’ve got to get out and explore. It’s so easy to be lazy, go home and cook.”

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+ Mass consumption on full display at ACS Litterbugs and tree huggers both agree that Chris Jordan produces some pretty cool art. Hailed as the “it” artist of the green movement, Jordan, a corporate-attorney-turned-photographicartist, will open his exhibit, “Running the Numbers: Portraits of Mass Consumption,” this week at Art Center Sarasota. A highly sought-after touring artist, Jordan, who’s currently based in Hawaii, is often lauded for his meticulous photographs of garbage and consumer waste. For example, the image “Cans Seurat,” which was created using 106,000 aluminum cans, was inspired by painter Georges Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon at the Grand Jatte.” A student of making art out of garbage, Jordan’s love of pointil-

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“Cans Seurat” by Chris Jordan lism transcends your basic eco-art canvas — it defines it. His impressive (and sometimes controversial) images have appeared in the pages of Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones and Esquire, to name a few. You can see Jordan’s work for yourself now through July 21, at Art Center Sarasota. For more information, call 365-2032.

+ Booker High makes good on EdExplore grant Sarasota’s “cultural connections” are being embraced every day at Booker High School. Case in point: Last week Adam Ratner and Beth Duda from Florida Studio Theatre’s education department showed up to the Booker campus, dancing, singing and touting the organization’s Write-A-Play program. The program, which was

designed to function as an icebreaker exercise for students who are too shy or nervous to perform, was one of several arts and cultural-outreach experiences English teacher Ashley Harris organized this year. In addition to learning how to ham it up in front of a crowd, Harris took her students to the Ringling Museum and to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

When Roger Drouin told me he was moving to Delray Beach to pursue his MFA in creative writing/ fiction at Florida Atlantic University, I was bummed, to say the least. Drouin and I have been buddies since I started at The Observer eight years ago. At one point, we were even roommates. A former Observer reporter, Drouin left the paper in 2007 to work the City Hall beat at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. His name probably sounds familiar to many of you. During his time at both publications, he was a total man-about-town, holding court with his

beloved canine companion, Sandy, outside of Pastry Art and Sarasota News & Books. One of his greatest life ambitions was to publish a novel. It’s why he decided in 2009 to study creative writing at FAU. Well, guess what, guys? Mission accomplished. Drouin’s first book, “No Other Way,” comes out June 1. Published by Moonshine Cove Publishing, an independent publishing house based out of South Carolina, the novel is a piece of environmental fiction that pits a birdwatcher and a ruffian park ranger against a gas-

+ Key Chorale to finish season with documentary Key Chorale will continue its collaborative hot streak next season with joint performances with the Sarasota Orchestra, Circus Sarasota and Sarasota Young Voices for the

“The story is fiction, but it’s very journalistic,” Drouin says. “There are a lot of complex issues. The journalism background certainly helped, especially when it came to self-discipline. If I weren’t a journalist, I probably would’ve dragged my feet more. I wrote like I was on deadline, like there was an editor standing over my shoulder.” That said, the project Author Roger Drouin and still took three years to his No. 1 fan, Sandy. finish. Up next on his banner drilling corporation. Drouin, an avid outdoor- year: marrying former SRQ writer Rachel Gomez. No sman and mountain biker, word yet on whether the said the subject matter couple will leave South seemed to develop organiFlorida and return to cally thanks to feedback their Sarasota stomping from professors and classgrounds. mates.

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premiere in 2010 at the Historic Asolo Theater. According to Executive Director Richard Storm, Key Chorale’s performance of the piece, scheduled for April at The Players Theatre, will be filmed for a PBS documentary on Holocaust survivors. FST’s Adam Ratner and Beth Duda teach Booker High School students some icebreaker exercises.

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Salad sensation celebrates 75 years It was an April lunch with Margaret Wise at the Bijou Café that launched this column. Wise was pining for one of her long-time favorites, the Cobb salad, the great classic salade composée cited by ifood.tv as one of the “Top 10 Food Inventions by Americans.” The story behind the Cobb salad is that Bob Cobb, a first cousin of slugger Ty Cobb and the owner of The Brown Derby restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, was prowling around the kitchen late one night, looking for something to eat. The year was 1937. From the refrigerator, he pulled out a head of lettuce (presumably iceberg), some romaine, watercress, avocado, tomatoes, a hard-boiled egg, chives, cheese and some old-fashioned French dressing. He swiped some crisp bacon from a busy chef and chop, chop … the Cobb salad was born. Sid Grauman, of the eponymous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, was with Cobb that night. Returning the next day, he asked for a “Cobb Salad.” It was so good that it went on the menu and stayed there. Like most legends, this one has variations. One dates the salad to 1929. Another says that Robert Kreis, executive chef at The Brown Derby, developed the dish in Bob Cobb’s honor. All agree that it was an instant hit. It remains one today, and the preparation has changed little over time. The lettuce and all the toppings should be finely chopped. As served at the original Brown Derby restaurants, the slivers of greens were so thin they slipped between the tines of a fork. Disney acquired the rights to the Brown Derby name and opened a reproduction of the original in 1989 in Orlando; the salad there has authentically skinny shreds, but most contemporary interpretations are not quite so fine. The other ingredients are traditionally arranged in stripes over the greens. The original dressing was a red wine vinaigrette. Michael’s On East has had the Cobb on the lunch menu since it opened 25 years ago. Proprietor Michael Klauber says he uses pretty much all romaine and sources as many ingredients as possible locally or regionally, but he basically honors the

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“Each nail is put into the fetish doll as some sort of hope or wish.” — Susan Right: “We had this designed for our rooftop garden. It holds a refrigerator and coffee.” — Susan

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+ Seeing double

+ Farewell for the summer

It’s every high school girl’s worst prom nightmare. Jane Thompson had just returned from racing back to her office to grab her jewelry for Designing Daughters “A Fashionable Gala” at Sarasota Yacht Club. Looking smashing in a white-and-silver zigzag sequin dress from White House Black Market, she turned around and spotted Pam Watts, who just happened to be strutting her stuff in the exact same dress. After the initial “OMG” expression, both women rushed to congratulate one another on looking so fabulous. “She has great taste in dresses!” Jane said. “I loved it. So funny!”

I'd like to give a shout out to all of you who have welcomed me with open arms since I took over as Black Tie editor a few months ago. Minus getting called out on sporting the same gold sparkle heels twice in two weeks (whoops!), the transition has been successful and smooth! Even though the BT column will be on hiatus this summer, I’d like to invite you to keep me up-to-date on your summer occasions and excursions — don’t forget to email your photos! BT is still collecting events for the 2012-2013 Black Tie social calendar, and if we don't know about it, we can't publish it! Email the following information to lmayo@yourobserver. com: name of your event; group hosting; group benefiting; time, date and place; ticket price; chairperson; contact name, phone number and email; website and event description.

+ Best friends forever

+ Footnotes

Renée Sheade epitomizes the old adage, “You have to be a good friend to have a good friend.” Many celebrated her 75th birthday last week at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Claire Love was the first person Renée met when she moved here 31 years ago. Joy Server was her next-door neighbor at Sands Point, where she then lived. Marjorie North was the first one to put Renée’s picture in the paper. Bea Friedman baked sugar-free goodies for her late husband, Dr. Marty Sheade. Renée and Margaret Wise met as docents for a Sarasota Orchestra Designer Showcase many, many years ago. Sherrie Vroom has styled Renée’s famously immobile hair for ages. The gang of almost 40 gave Renée a gorgeous, custom-made replica of a necklace and matching earrings worn by Queen Elizabeth “when she was having an affair with Sir Walter Raleigh,” according to Jeannette D’Angelo, who conceived and commissioned the gift and its presentation. Nancy Markle, who is “like a sister,” read a poem by Joan Mendell. Even the always exceptional food was better than ever because, according to Michael’s On East Captain Tracey McCammack, “I was very nice to the chef last night.” Tracey’s husband is Michael’s On East Executive Catering Chef, Sean Berryman. See photos online at www. YourObserver.com and on page 14.

The best proof that Sarasota is indeed getting younger has to be the towering personal pedestals that appear with increasing frequency around town. BT loves good shoes like these from the Ross-Taplinger wedding …

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+ Field notes from the Ross-Taplinger wedding How wonderful were the lavender gloves worn by guest Patricia Ziegler, who says she would like to start a movement to bring back hats and gloves? … Gia Ventola in Valentino is likely the best possible advertisement for her Pineapple Avenue boutique … did anybody besides BT observe that the color of Nikki Sedacca’s stunning gown was virtually identical to the color of the tablecloths, which were a gift from Mollie Nelson? … the bride’s young friends didn’t need it, but Mrs. Sedacca’s “girls” were no doubt appreciative of the flattering, rosy light in the Ritz-Carlton ballroom … hair stylist Salissa King traveled from Martha’s Vineyard and did 11 heads for the wedding. She made the same trip earlier this year for Montana Ross’ bridal shower … the bride’s stepdad, Jeff Sedacca, stepped up to do the Kiddush and Motze before dinner … the beautifully choreographed entrance of the bridal party will undoubtedly make it to YouTube sooner rather than later… this party was perfect in every detail right down to the pink pearl heart adorning the gift of a macaron at each place setting … the newlyweds had their first dance to a song performed by Brooke Helvie, a good friend and sorority sister of the bride from Nashville, Tenn.

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The seventh annual Dick Vitale Gala took place Friday, May 18, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The annual gala benefits The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and the net proceeds from the gala go to pediatric cancer research initiatives at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and Shands Cancer Center in Gainesville. There were almost 900 people in attendance at the event. The event raised more than $1.6 million, including an anonymous $500,000 donation. VIP attendees wore blue V Foundation bracelets and enjoyed socializing with coaches, players and other sports stars underneath a tent on the RitzCarlton tennis courts. The 2012 gala was hosted by ESPN’s John Saunders and honored three memorable sports icons: former Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, Villanova head men’s basketball coach Jay Wright and coaching legend Lou Holtz.

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The Newlyweds: Montana and Irwin Taplinger Perhaps the most anticipated wedding of the season took place Saturday, May 19, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, when Montana Ross and Irwin Taplinger said their vows in the gazebo overlooking the harbor on a perfect spring day. The bride wore a one-of-a-kind Priscilla of Boston gown of silk taffeta and silk organza embroidered with real pearls and Swarovski crystals. She is the daughter of jewelry designer and retailer Nikki Sedacca and stepdaughter of Jeff Sedacca; Steve Ross is her father. The groom is the son of Birgitta and Robert Taplinger, of Philadelphia. Attorney Dan Bailey was the officiantwith-a-sense-of-humor, advising the groom, “You may now osculate your bride.” Following the ceremony, the newlyweds welcomed 200 guests at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The mother of the bride designed both settings. Lace and a chandelier from Posh on Palm, flowers galore and tulle enhanced the exquisite setting of Selby Gardens. Nikki Sedacca and a team of friends personally transformed the ballroom into a fantasy of pink. “We’re doing it all ourselves,” she proclaimed. “Ourselves” included Robert Day, Katherine Ebbeson, Patricia Essenfeld, Kim Githler, Diane McNeil, Raul Molina, Julie Murray, Mollie Nelson, Joy Rowe, Todd Schneider, Yara Shoemaker, Suzy Steenbarger and Kathy Van Praag. See more photos online at www.YourObserver.com and read anecdotes in this week’s Black Tie & Tales column on page 10.

Nikki Sedacca designed these centerpieces and, with her friends, created glorious centerpieces from 100dozen peonies, plus white phalenopsis orchids, flowering branches, roses and more.

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