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Booker High School head trainer Keven Eichorn, right, stands with sophomore Willie Taite and junior Michael Sanchez.

+ Athletes receive free physicals Approximately 300 area athletes received free health screenings to ensure they can participate in team sports this fall. The annual physicals, organized by Charles Rush, MD and Gary Shapiro, MD of KennedyWhite Orthopaedic Center, were provided to student athletes from Booker, Riverview and Sarasota High Schools in the auditorium at Doctors Hospital. “Without this free service, many of our players would be sidelined,” said coach Rod Dragash, athletic director at Booker High School. “It is a requirement of the Florida High School Athletic Association that every player pass a required health screening before being eligible to play.”

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main street overhaul

by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

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The Downtown Improvement District Board of Directors will use an internal city loan to help pay for a Main Street streetscape project that will be constructed in the next two years. The Main Street makeover that has been in the works for the last two-and-a-half years finally received approval from the Sarasota City Commission Monday, May 21, at its regular meeting. During the meeting, city commissioners unanimously approved $4.7 million worth of downtown projects, of which $1.9 million will be used for the Main Street overhaul. For the most part, downtown merchants are pleased with the downsized project that was approved after they successfully lobbied the Downtown Improvement District not to do a largerin-scope project that originally called for bricking Main Street. But Patrick’s Restaurant and Tavern owner Jim Sullivan said every merchant is still “real nervous.” “Closing any portion of Main Street for any portion of time is detrimental for our businesses,” Sullivan said. “Improvements are necessary to keep up with the times, but the less restrictive the projects can be on our businesses, the better.”

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The stretch of Main Street from U.S. 41 to the Five Points roundabout will be renovated for $1.35 million.

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+ Marathon runner returns to Sarasota Sarasota resident John Pyle, who is known for running marathons with a large American flag, has finally returned from his 83-day, 3,144-cross country run from San Francisco to Key West. A noted patriot, Pyle will share stories of his run this Memorial Day weekend at Fit2Run, University Center. Pyle began his run Feb. 28 and returned on May 20, with the goal of raising awareness and funds for The Wounded Warrior Project. The first 200 guests will receive signed American flags. Call 358-5100.

A Salvation Army program gives the homeless an opportunity to re-enter the workforce by helping to keep the city clean. When a team of six homeless people wearing florescent green shirts started walking down Main Street Monday, May 21, to clean up downtown streets for the first time, they were overwhelmed by words of encouragement from merchants and the public. “We had business owners, police officers and members of the public coming out to shake their hands and thank them for cleaning up their streets,” said Street Teams supervisor Tom Maxa. “It

was overwhelming and the kind response was unbelievable.” The city of Sarasota and the Salvation Army’s Street Teams effort to help the area’s homeless while working to clean up the streets is officially under way, and Maxa said it’s proven to be successful after just three days. The program is designed to help volunteers build work experience and skills while they search for gainful employment. Participants enrolled in the program pick

up trash in city parks, trim and weed flower beds and perform minor maintenance work such as painting. “Each day will be different with different assignments that could include everything from cleaning graffiti to collecting trash and litter,” said Public Works General Manager Doug Jeffcoat. Other work could include park cleanup and vegetative cleanup in public right

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A downtown Street Teams group of six people picked up litter Wednesday morning around City Hall.

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CLEAN UP / FROM 1A of ways. “We are really excited about the partnership and to be able to give these individuals an opportunity while they are able to help the community at the same time,” Jeffcoat said. Initially, 12 people will work from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays, with one team of six people stationed downtown and the other team in Newtown. A third team of six people is expected to launch soon. “This is the kind of partnership we need to help the homeless help themselves,” said Mayor Suzanne Atwell. “The Street Team workers are not replacing city employees. Instead, they’re providing an enhanced level of service in the city.” The city is providing an $80,000 grant toward operating the program:  $40,000 in tax increment funds (TIF) from the Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency and $40,000 in TIF dollars from the Newtown Community Redevelopment Agency.  Street Teams is modeled on a program that has been under way since January 2009 in Daytona Beach and has been launched throughout the country by The Salvation Army. The Sarasota Salvation Army selected volunteers for the program to gain job experience and grow accustomed to the respon-

sibilities associated with a stable work life, including punctuality and meeting job-performance expectations. The program holds a limited number of spots, but the hope is that as one person moves on to a paying job, another eager worker takes their place. David Sutton, Sarasota Salvation Army’s director of programs and facilities, said he first learned of Street Teams during a conference a couple of years ago. Last year, he said, he traveled to Daytona Beach to see firsthand how it operates. The goal, Sutton said, “is to help people who are capable of work” and provide them a safe environment in which to work. “They have to be clean and sober and willing to work a program” such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Sutton said. After their four-hour shifts, participants will return to The Salvation Army for required classroom studies, including life-skills training and resumé writing. The goal is for each participant to gain enough experience and knowledge to graduate from The Salvation Army and lead productive lives on his or her own as a contributing member of the community. “The encouragement the community has already given these Street Team members goes a long way to helping them to succeed,” Maxa said.

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STREETSCAPE / FROM 1A The businesses in the 1300 block of Main Street, which will be affected by the majority of the construction — including bricking the sidewalks — are even more concerned. “I realize this project is part of downtown growing, but we are sick of downtown being torn up,” Tom Friend, owner of Friend’s Jewelers, said. Ron Soto, owner of Soto’s Optical Boutique, said only the restaurants near his store are looking forward to wider sidewalks and the elimination of angled parking. “We are filled with mom-and-pop shops downtown, and this continuing construction headache is going to drive those shops out of business,” said Soto. Commissioner Shannon Snyder and others expressed concern about a project they know has merchants worried. “This community has had enough of the construction and the schedule seems a bit too aggressive,” Snyder said. “It seems rushed.” Commissioner Paul Caragiulo agreed, noting that the Ringling Boulevard roundabout construction hurt numerous Burns Square businesses.

Sensing downtown merchant concern, commissioners approved the project Monday with one stipulation offered by Vice Mayor Terry Turner: Commissioners must sign off on projects before they start to monitor construction timelines and make sure they don’t coincide with season and affect Main Street business. “We have to be very sensitive to the business disruptions construction projects cause in the community,” Turner said. Turner’s motion was approved unanimously, prompting those in attendance to applaud.

Funding talks

At a workshop last month, commissioners had tentatively agreed to the list of six downtown projects. The projects will be financed through tax-increment financing (TIF) dollars (see sidebar). The $1.9 million Main Street project, though, will be paid back by the Downtown Improvement District through a $1.5 million internal loan, repayable to the city at a rate of 3.5% interest over a 15-year term. “It became apparent during a past workshop the commission didn’t want a bond or to go into debt with this project,” said senior

city planner Steve Stancel. “Staff found enough money to utilize dollars to front the majority of the project’s costs, but the DID is paying the city back for the project.” The DID already approved the $1.9 million Main Street project and was willing to pay for almost half of the project’s costs to let the commission know it’s serious about doing the project during difficult budget times. DID Chairman Ernie Ritz said the project was vetted for two-and-ahalf years through a series of public meetings. “This project is a long time coming,” Ritz said. If all goes well, a $236,000 Palm Avenue streetscape project and Main Street renovations from the Five Points roundabout to Orange Avenue that involve three bulbouts can be done this summer. Then, in the summer of 2013, the largest renovation and construction of Main Street could occur when plans call for bricking the sidewalks, creating additional bulbouts and adding parallel parking to the north side of the street from U.S. 41 to the Five Points roundabout. Improvements to Main Street would fill in the gaps up to Goodrich Avenue.

Downtown Makeover The following projects will be financed through tax-increment financing (TIF) dollars: Project.............................................................................................................................................. Cost Main Street renovations from U.S. 41 the Five points roundabout.............................................$1.35 million Main Street renovations the Five points roundabout to Orange Avenue............................................$150,000 Main Street renovations from Orange Avenue to Goodrich Avenue...................................................$400,000 North Palm Avenue streetscape project........................................................................................$236,700 First Street enhancement project from Pineapple Avenue to U.S. 41...........................................$1.5 million Roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Orange Avenue..............................................$1.1 million Total Downtown Projects Cost................................................................................................. $4,736,700* * Tax-increment Finance (TIF) funds will be utilized to front the $4,736,700 in total projects. The DID, however, will contribute $2,052,425 for Main Street segment improvements and $10,000 toward the Palm Avenue streetscape project.

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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Attorney addresses DID concerns City attorney Robert Fournier attended a Downtown Improvement District meeting to assuage concerns of board members who recently approved a Main Street project. A state statue banning public officers from voting on a measure “which would insure to his or her special private gain or loss” has Downtown Improvement District (DID) Board members worried. The statute subject was broached in an April 29 memorandum drafted by city attorney Robert Fournier to DID Operations Manager John Moran. “A ‘special private gain’ described by the voting conflicts statute almost always refers to a financial interest of the public officer that would be directly enhanced by the vote in question,” Fournier wrote in his memorandum. The memo scared DID board members, who all own commercial properties in the DID district where a Main Street streetscape project was just approved by city commissioners. “I have a financial interest in The Gator Club,” said DID Chairman Ernie Ritz at the May 15 DID meeting. “They are going to put a bulbout there, and the business might benefit from that.” Fournier, though, attended the meeting to assuage the concern of DID board members. “Purpose of the (DID) group is to make improvements,” Fournier said. “Sometimes the benefits might be too direct, but not often. I’ve been told I caused some

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unanticipated angst and consternation, and I’m sorry about that.” Fournier said the board members must be careful to state any conflict of interest that might arise before a vote is made and to tread cautiously. “In the meantime, there’s a good argument to be made in a special district like this that because of the way the DID is set up, all of the properties in the district receive a benefit from enhancement projects,” Fournier said. “Projects like streetscapes, undeniably there’s a benefit, but I don’t know you can say that’s the sole factor that might increase a certain property value.” DID board member and downtown property owner Dr. Mark Kaufman was glad to hear it. “Your letter was quite scary to me and to many of us,” Kaufman said. Fournier stressed that he failed to reiterate that organizations such as the DID have a main goal of beautifying their properties through a special taxing district. “I think it’s right to be cautious, prudent and aware,” Fournier said. “But I failed to take into account the specifics of this board and what you were doing. What I failed to emphasize in the memo is you are board members and property owners of a special district that’s taxing yourselves

and spending your own money.” What might be a conflict of interest, Fournier said, is an expansion of outdoor dining seating that would help certain property owners who are DID board members. “In most cases, there’s a good argument that these types of improvements won’t make a business more money,” Fournier said. “And because the (Main Street ) project is part of a larger plan for the district, I’m comfortable with that.” Fournier clarified his position in a Monday, May 21 memorandum to the DID board. “The charge of the (DID) board and the very purpose for which the district was created is to make improvements in the downtown core,” Fournier wrote. “In order to fund these capital improvements within the district, ad valorem taxes are levied against all of the properties in the district, further supporting a conclusion that all of the properties in the district benefit when the board votes to make expenditures to fund improvements in the district.” Fournier also stated that “most of the improvements funded by the DID have a more general and, thus, less direct or measurable benefit to the properties in the district.”

by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor

Osprey mobile-home park nears extinction Twelve bayfront lots overlooking Casey Key are being sold together or in pieces. One of the lots harbors what’s left of a dwindling mobile-home park. An Osprey mobile-home park is on the verge of extinction to make way for new bayfront residential lots with a view of Casey Key. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is listing 12 bayfront acres at the end of Sarabay Road for a combined price of $7.49 million. Those acres, though, can be sold individually as two-acre parcels for $1.49 million apiece. One of those two-acre parcels is also the site of a mobilehome park called Bayfront Mobile Home Park, located at 922 Sarabay Road. Happy Haven Inc., which owns the mobile-home park on the property, could not be reached for comment for this story. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty real-estate agent Joel Schemmel said a mobilehome park that once contained hundreds of residents now contains “only a handful.” “Bayfront Mobile Home Park was never a fully organized mobile-home park with state-approved condominium association documents,” Schemmel said. “It was a grandfathered park that sits on lots that are designated for single-family homes.” Schemmel said no residents have been evacuated from the park, but when residents leave, the lots are not being rented out any longer because Happy Haven Inc. has agreed to sell the property and vacate when the lot is sold. The property, Schemmel said, has been on and off the market for the last four or five years.

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City amends public trespass ordinance The city wants to amend an ordinance that will give future tresspassing violators written, as opposed to verbal, warnings. The city of Sarasota currently allows its police officers to issue verbal trespass warnings to those in violation, but the city attorney said that’s become a problem. City attorney Robert Fournier presented commissioners Monday, May 21, with a change to a city ordinance that establishes a process for the issuance of trespass warnings on public property. The town’s current code, according to Fournier, doesn’t comply with a recent federal appeals court ruling in a case that challenged the constitutionality of the city of St. Petersburg’s trespass warning ordinance. Using Selby Five Points Park as an example, Fournier said under the current ordinance police could issue a verbal warning for people not to come back to the park for a year if they are trespassing after hours. “But a recent ruling states there has to be a way to appeal the warning so those who appeal and win can enter the public place again sooner,” Fournier said. Fournier instituted a 60-day suspension of the verbal trespass warnings while the ordinance was amended to include a written warning that gives violators seven days to appeal at the police station. The city’s revised code, which was approved unanimously by the commission Monday, now allows the person receiving a warning to contest the trespass warning if he or she doesn’t believe they committed a violation. Michael Barfield, chairman of the Sarasota chapter of the ACLU Legal Panel, suggested an ordinance wasn’t necessary because there are existing laws on the books already for trespass warnings that police officers can follow. Barfield also suggested a 10-day appeal and that written hearing dates be mailed to violators if an appeal is presented at a hearing. Fournier said Barfield’s suggestions regarding a 10-day appeal and mailings of hearing dates could be considered while he works out the administrative details with city staff. Peter Fanning, president of the Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association, told commissioners that he and other downtown residents are looking forward to the return of the public trespass-warning program in its new form. “I have received a number of comments from members and downtown residents questioning the reasonableness of (the trespass warning) suspension for 60 days,” Fanning said. “I have assured them a quick and reasonable solution is forthcoming.”

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Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is listing 12 bayfront acres at the end of Sarabay Road that look out onto Casey Key. The listing price is $7.49 million. “But we’ve had more interest lately for the sites,” Schemmel said. “They are beautiful, deep lots overlooking Casey Key.” Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s listing for the property states the property is an “accumulation offering multiple options including

development or creation of the ultimate bayfront estate.” The property contains 600 feet of existing Intracoastal Waterway space with existing dockage. The property is also adjacent to a marina. Osprey Harbor Village President Ray Joelson said any upgrades that can be done to

the property that sits near his community would be a good thing. “Right now, it’s very lowcost housing, and the trailers left are not in very good condition,” Joelson said. “Whatever happens to those lots will be an upgrade over what’s currently there, that’s for sure.”

The current procedure for the issuance of trespass warnings on public property does not comply with a recent federal appeals court ruling that challenged the constitutionality of the city of St. Petersburg’s trespass warning ordinance. The court said that when a trespass warning is given, there must be a process in place for the person who receives a warning to be able to contest the warning. In order to be able to prove that the person given the trespass warning was also notified of the right to contest the warning, the warning must now be given in writing.


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+ Roundabout construction questioned Commissioner Paul Caragiulo told city staff at the Sarasota City Commission regular meeting Monday he thinks changes need to be made to the city’s construction contract process after more than $250,000 in construction increases were approved for two roundabouts on Ringling Boulevard. Staff will be looking into the roundabout contracts. “It seems to me there are problems within our process and contract, and we need to fix them,” said Caragiulo, who noted the contracts state the scope of the project and can’t be increased without approval from commissioners. Roundabout Manager Neil Gaines told commissioners that if the price increases needed to be reviewed by commissioners every time there was a change in the contract, it would have delayed the project by weeks. Downtown motorists and pedestrians, meanwhile, now have access to the Burns Square shopping district off Ringling Boulevard after a roundabout on the thoroughfare at Pineapple Avenue opened Friday, May 18. The roundabout opened about a month sooner than its anticipated June 15 opening. However, a roundabout on Ringling Boulevard at Palm Avenue is still under construction, and Ringling Boulevard is now closed to thru traffic at Pineapple Avenue, instead of Orange Avenue.  The Palm Avenue roundabout is in the final stages of construction and could still open sooner than its anticipated June 15 opening.

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offices will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. The closing affects City Hall, the Federal Building and Public Works. Solid-waste, yard-waste and recycling collection will not be impacted. The city of Sarasota, in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will host the annual Memorial Day parade in downtown Sarasota starting at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28. The parade will begin at Main Street and Osprey Avenue and will continue Sarasota’s longstanding history of honoring military personnel. At the conclusion of the parade, a ceremony will be held at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue. The ceremony is expected to begin at approximately 11 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend.


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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 express myself and help others to try

The commission unanimously approved a new water main pipeline running from Siesta Key to Casey Key.

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“It’s a benefit to (Siesta Key and Casey Key) because when there’s a water leak along Midnight Pass Road, staff can’t repair it without shutting everybody’s water off for a day,” Patterson said. “This project provides a safeguard for all residents.” City Editor Kurt Schultheis contributed to this report.

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County commission approves new pipeline 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 LBK - 2010 - KCommissioner and Siesta Key resident Nora Patterson complimented staff on negotiating easements over the last two years to make the project possible.

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Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony The Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, has a theme this year: “A Nation Forever Grateful.” The parade begins at 10 a.m. along Main Street, starting at Osprey Avenue in downtown Sarasota. High School marching bands, ROTC units, veterans groups, scouts, civic groups, elected officials and more will participate. There will be a ceremony, after the parade, at J.D. Hamel Park on Gulfstream Avenue, beginning at 11 a.m.

and remember so that they are not forgotten.” He noted that although reflecting on those who made the ultimate sacrifice is hard, it is also important to realize the sacrifices the families of those who have died have made. “It is a difficult time for spouses and families,” he said. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on the corner of Main Street and Osprey Avenue and continue through downtown Sarasota, ending at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue. The ceremony is expected to begin at approximately 11 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend the parade and the ceremony.

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Sarasaota Police Chief County Commission Hollaway retiring in fall approves reprecincting Sarasota Police Chief Mikel Hollaway will retire in October after serving 30 years with the department. The low-key announcement regarding the retirement of Sarasota’s police chief is fitting for the man known for his calm demeanor and desire to stay out of the spotlight. At the end of the Sarasota City Commission regular meeting Monday night, interim City Manager Terry Lewis made a brief announcement that Sarasota Police Chief Mikel Hollaway was retiring in October and the city would start a search for a new police chief. The city hired Hollaway two years ago to replace former Police Chief Peter Abbott, who resigned in the wake of a scandal that involved an alleged payoff of a victim who said police used excessive force during his arrest. Hollaway was the department’s first African-American police chief, sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Hollaway has served in every division of the department except criminal investigations. When he was hired as chief, former City Manager Bob Bartolotta stated that institutional knowledge is what gave him a leg up on the other 144 applicants. Hollaway, 52, has 30 years of experience with the department, makes approximately $132,000 a year and is enrolled in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP). Hollaway’s pending retirement is not a surprise at City Hall because the DROP program mandates that an employee receives additional pension dollars for five years before they must retire.

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Lewis said he would get the ball rolling with city staff to advertise the position for a new police chief, although the city’s future city manager will make the final decision. Lewis called the selection of a new police chief a No. 1 priority for the city manager who will be selected by the commission in late July or early August. Hollaway said as chief he’s most proud of working with Commissioner Willie Shaw to start a new community policing effort in Newtown. That effort led officers to work with community leaders, church officials and drug dealers to help curb the violence in North Sarasota. Hollaway said he looks forward to traveling and helping his wife with a new accounting business she started. “It’s just my time to go,� Hollaway said. “I helped my department during a difficult transition, and I’m proud of that.�

Sarasota County commissioners approved an ordinance for new precinct numbers and layouts, which is expected to save the county $100,000 during elections. Former Sarasota City Commissioner Kelly Kirschner gave one of three public statements expressing skepticism about the plan to renumber and reconfigure local voting precincts (reprecincting). Despite the negative dialogue, the Sarasota County Commission Tuesday, May 22, approved the ordinance that will shrink the number of precincts from 156 to 98 and save roughly $100,000 for the county. Criticisms revolved around voter disenfranchisement, which the 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 prior to Election Day, with the help of absentee ballots. “There’s no question that we need to do something in regard to reprecincting,� Commissioner Jon Thaxton said. He said more public outreach would have been ideal, but noted that redistricting by the Florida Legislature was out of the county’s hands. Dent said regardless of the good that may have come from informing the public more thoroughly, she had to wait for commission approval before updating her website. The only polling place that will be closed is Mount Cavalry Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Dent said. Patterson asked whether public opinion gathered at the coming Town Hall meetings could even be incorporated into the ordinance. “If it is challenged in court, it could be changed,� Dent said. “But, frankly I don’t see this being a problem with the Department of Justice.�

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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

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

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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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working on the quest for a new hotel downtown. It helped defeat the onerous Amendment 4, which eliminated potential new taxes of more than $20 millions. And half-a-dozen other achievements. Broadly speaking, Sarasota Tomorrow has transformed the chamber. We feel its effects at our airport as well, because the airport is a reflection of the community’s economy. Our cultural strength, the Orioles and the rowing park all generate air traffic. Sarasota Tomorrow did it not by slick PR, but by economic studies with hard data that helped convince newcomers and outsiders and by putting in the long hours it takes to move projects forward. An analysis indicates that Sarasota Tomorrow has helped generate a bit more than $86 million in increased personal earnings, savings and economic impacts, all for an initial investment of between $1 million and $2 million. But now we’re at a crossroad. The initiative will decline in power unless we generate additional funding — $400,000 to $500,000 a year. It’s a tiny investment for a massive return. (Just launching Sarasota Tomorrow was challenging, given the fact that the idea surfaced when the recession was clamping down.

2:08 p.m. — 2100 block of Main Street. Graffiti. A law firm employee reported that someone spraypainted “666,” “Westside,” “stay free,” and a curse word on the west wall of the building. Other businesses nearby also had been spray painted with the phrases.

But we succeeded.) The initiative has four major goals: 1. Create a more businessfriendly economic environment and workforce development activities to improve our quality of life. 2. Help promote transportation and transit strategies to better move products and people; housing options for all of our residents; and redevelopment of key areas. 3. Generate plans and partnerships for a better future, and keep communicating the benefits of our business engine. 4. Create one-stop assistance to help new and small businesses work through complex regulatory and permitting processes and find other resources to succeed. In an essay one of us (Fred Piccolo) wrote a year ago, he wrote: “We have started down a path of collaboration and cooperation that has provided great returns in the present and holds tremendous promise for the future. Hopefully, more businesses will see the value of this program and join the chamber in moving the region forward in this decade.” Steve Queior is president of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. Fred Piccolo is president of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

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Conflicting stories 2 p.m. — 1400 block of Main Street. Battery. A man was forcibly removed from a bar for being extremely intoxicated and acting inappropriately with female customers. The man was arrested after he caused a disturbance outside. The man told police he was thrown to the ground by two bouncers and wanted to press charges, but his story didn’t hold up.

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1:15 p.m. — 1100 block of RitzCarlton Drive. Motor Vehicle Theft. A hotel security officer reported that a guest’s Jaguar that was parked in an area outside of the hotel’s video surveillance area had vanished.

RETURN POLICY 1:30 p.m. — 1400 block of Main Street. Trespassing. A clothing boutique owner had a woman trespassed from her store after she threw a fit when the store refused to accept a pair of used earrings as a return.

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SHOP TILL YOU FLEE 6:10 p.m. — 3800 block of South Osprey Avenue. Shoplifting. Grocery-store employees told police they stopped two women from walking out of the store with $473.90 worth of groceries. The women left the cart and fled the store. Police found one of the women at her home and arrested her for grand theft and made plans to arrest the second suspect.

Unwelcome guest 6:32 p.m. — 1600 block of Fifth Street. Suspicious Circumstance. A woman told police she found a man sitting in the middle of her backyard when she got home. When she confronted him and asked him to leave, he told her he was waiting for her husband to come home. The couple didn’t know the man, and he left the scene before police arrived.

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Creative loafing 4:42 a.m. — 2800 block of Fruitville Road. Suspicious Person. Police found a woman sleeping in an elevator and told her to leave the area.

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Blomster’s search for her dream car started nearly 10 years ago, and she wasn’t even sure it would ever become a reality. “You just get that nostalgic feeling when you see the first car that you loved,” says Blomster. “I told myself that I’d have it one day.” She started searching online and in auto magazines, mostly out of curiosity, but as she searched, she started shopping with intention. “I tried to find one that was already done, but it became obvious I was just going to have to build it,” she says. “It had to have the right rumble.” Blomster purchased the cherry-red 1972 Cutlass Supreme in 2007 and was determined to restore the car. She spent a little more than four years customizing the car, blending her love for classic cars with an eye for modern gadgets and safety features. With the restorations complete, the only thing left for the car was an appropriate name. Blomster settled on “Penelope,” paying homage to “Penelope Pitstop,” the lone female character in the 1960s-racing cartoon, “Wacky Races,” which she watched, religiously, as a child.

The road to Gumball

Founded in 1999, the Gumball Rally is an annual 3,000-mile road rally in which 120 cars, ranging from exotic to humorous, embark on a different route around the world. Since its inception, the event has drawn royalty, celebrities and auto enthusiasts with the shared goal of celebrating art, music, cars and adventure. Blomster’s journey to the rally began in 2010, when her godson sent her a photo of the Gumball cars that were in Boston for that year’s rally. “I was immediately hooked,” she says. She and a few of her friends watched the movie, “The Gumball Race,” and she knew right away she was meant to participate. “There’s a woman in the movie who tells her husband and kids goodbye, gets in this Porsche and just takes off,” she says. “As soon as I saw her, I thought, ‘That’s me. I’m a mom, and I’m a wife, but there’s a whole other side to me.’ I think there is for everyone.” Shortly after, Blomster took her car to Sweden for an American car show, where she won a trophy for traveling the longest distance. The award earned her a fair amount of press and at-

tention in Sweden, and her application to be invited to the 2011 Gumball 3000 was accepted. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend, but she received another invite to the 2012 rally. “It was like winning Willy Wonka’s Golden ticket twice,” she jokes.

Assembling a team

The Gumball 3000 often takes place in Europe, but given this year’s course is stateside, Blomster thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have three of her friends accompany her without having to pay for international travel. Blomster and her friends, Terry Martin, Barb Evans and Emily Scott, make up Team “Pink Slip.” Their name is a reference to the pink car title paper that drag racers used to put on the line — it also serves as a subtle reference to the fact that they’re an all-female team in a male-dominated competition. As the team wraps up its final preparations for the rally, Martin says she’s excited to help Blomster cross another adventure off her lust list. “Debora said, ‘I’ve got another adventure for you.’ Of course, I said, ‘Let’s go, baby!’” she said. “It’s all about us girls having fun. You never know what’s going to happen when you go out with Deborah.”


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Tower Residences condo sells for $1.8 million

These are the largest city of Sarasota and Sarasota County building permits issued by Sarasota County and city of Sarasota for the week of May 7 through May 11, in order of dollar amounts.

CITY OF SARASOTA Address

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350 Golden Gate Point

Remodel

Becky Pomfret

$83,785

1255 N. Gulfstream Ave.

Renovations

Martin Desmery

$56,212

1433 Harbor Drive

Addition

Geoffrey Michel

$52,905

2800 Cherokee Terrace

Alteration

Barbara Beach, trustee

$35,950

4844 Winchester Drive

Pool

Thomas Waters III

$30,000

1936 Morris St.

Addition

Perparim Kodra

$28,000

2385 Hawthorne St.

Re-roof

Barbara Peregoy

$14,160

960 Pomelo Ave.

Pool

Raymond Politio

$12,679

605 S. Gulfstream Ave.

Alteration

Kristen Beury

$10,212

3040 Hatton St.

Alteration

Susan McLean, trustee

$10,000

The following residential real-estate transactions took place between May 7 and May 11. A condominium in the Tower Residences tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Rae Schwartz, trustee, Sarasota, sold the Unit 502 condominium at 35 Watergate Drive to Fiona Lohrisch, Sarasota, for $1.8 million. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 3,751 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.8 million in 2005.

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Cheryl Stanzione and Garretson Creighton, trustees, Sarasota, sold the home at 1414 N. Lake Shore Drive to Peter Gallagher and Caroline Boutte, Washington, D.C., for $1,575,000. Built in 1991, it has four bedrooms, five baths, a pool and 4,798 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,162,500 in 1999.

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Applicant

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9631 Castle Point Drive

Re-roof

Robert Kydd

$38,760

4975 Peregrine Point Way

Addition

Stephen Front

5317 Siesta Court

Photovoltaic Sys. Peter Capodice

452 Bellini Circle

Re-roof

Valerie Lubus, trustee

$28,126

539 Parkview Drive

Pool/Deck

Hugh Michael

$28,000

8990 Rocky Lake Court

Mechanical

Sarah Stelzel

$25,725

4665 Pine Harrier Drive

Re-roof

Samuel Sager

$24,000

3351 Sheffield Circle

Re-roof

John Fisher

$22,600

904 Casey Cove Drive

Remodel

Craig Lewis

$15,500

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Jeffrey Hartman

$15,000

$37,993 $36,995

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Fred Pflaum sold his Unit 41 condominium at 350 Golden Gate Point to Jerome and Laurie Pichert, of St. Paul, Minn., for $750,000. Built in 1969, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,612 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $642,500 in 2006.

The Landings

Philip and Jami Kellogg, Sarasota, sold their home at 4557 Camino Real to Lisa Brandy, Sarasota, for $725,000. Built in 1983, it has five bedrooms, five baths, a pool and 3,771 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $520,000 in 2003. Antoinette Morrison, of Kanawha, W.Va., sold her home at 4653 Pine Harrier Drive to Howard and Beth Swartz, of Methuen, Mass., for $548,800. Built in 1988, it has three bedrooms, twoand-a-half baths, a pool and 2,779 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $845,000 in 2005.

Rhodes and Hale

W. Howard Rooks, Sarasota, sold the home at 321 Ohio Place to Mayfair One Call LLC for $687,500. Built in 1985, it has four bedrooms, four baths and 7,204 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1 million in 2003.

Condominium on the Bay

Josephine Rosewall, Tampa, sold her Unit 1001 condominium at 888 Blvd. of the Arts to Richard and Julie Waldman, of Highland Park, Ill., for $599,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,315 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 1982. Richard and Julie Waldman sold their Unit 1604 condominium at

Harbor House West

Nancy Gray, trustee, sold the Unit 63 condominium at 226 Golden Gate Point to Robyn Gaudiano, Sarasota, for $440,000. Built in 1968, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,778 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $169,900 in 1993.

Matheny’s

Richard Stanfield, of Louisville, Ky., sold his home at 1765 Floyd St. to Fernando and Victoria Viteri, Sarasota, for $315,000. Built in 1961, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,557 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $56,400 in 1989.

The Encore

Jayne Gresch, Naples, sold her Unit 7 condominium at 1283 B Fruitville Road to Douglas and Valerie Rawlings, of Sellersburg, Ind., for $295,000. Built in 2004, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,629 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $427,000 in 2004.

Burns Court Enclave

Kevin and Donna Brundage, of Colorado Springs, Colo., sold their Unit 6 condominium at 1542 Oak St. to Seta and Nerses Tchekmedyian, of Huntington Beach, Calif., for $220,000. Built in 1985, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 990 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $192,500 in 2011.

$215,000. Built in 1963, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 2,989 square feet of living area.

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Frederick and Anne Gilmartin, Sarasota, sold their home at 5564 Bilbao Place to Jonathan Kleinman and Barbara Wolfson, of Dayton, Ohio, for $415,000. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,521 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $308,000 in 2001. Jeffrey and Sharon Sklar, Venice, sold their home at 5870 Girona Place to David Lechner, Sarasota, for $375,000. Built in 2003, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,521 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $525,000 in 2005. Joan Hennelly, Sarasota, sold her home at 7537 Renato Court to Josephine Rosikiewicz, Sarasota, for $230,000. Built in 2004, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,534 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $247,400 in 2004.

Pelican Cove

Susan Rubes sold her Unit 165 at 1510 Pelican Point Drive to Jane Fraser, trustee, Sarasota, for $280,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 1,216 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $150,000 in 1991. Carol Manasevit and Bruce Manasevit, trustees, sold the Unit 105 condominium at 1601 Bayhouse Point Drive to Samuel and Marjorie Alaimo, Sarasota, for $269,000. Built in 1976, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,216 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2006.

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JUSTTHE Austin Jacob Interial STATS athlete of the week

By Rachel S. O’Hara | Staff Photographer

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

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.

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The number of touchdown passes The Out-of-Door Academy junior quarterback Evan Wilson threw in the Thunder’s 46-27 victory over Keswick Christian in its spring game May 18.

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Selling the Best of Sarasota... Modern in the Oaks 44 Bishopscourt Road, #112

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

Sandy and Jerry Strom Realtors®

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Newly Listed ~ Commonwealth Dr.

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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3603 North Point Rd. #503

Stunning 3BR/3BA fifth floor end unit in Building 6. Enjoy incredible views and total privacy from your balcony. Numerous upgrades including granite, wood floors and hurricane shutters. MLS#3956515 $595,000

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350 404 302

LIDO, LONGBOAT KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND CONDOS SOLD S POLK DR # 404 $299,000 LIDO SHORES E ROYAL FLAMINGO DR, $680,000 BIRD KEY BIRD KEY DR $1,800,000 BIRD KEY

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$240,000 WHITNEY BEACH CONDO $365,000 LONGBOAT HARBOUR TOWERS $439,000 BEACHPLACE I $465,000 SEAPLACE,Condo $450,000 CEDARS WEST $500,000 LBK YACHT & TENNIS CLUB $480,000 PORTOBELLO $600,000 LONGBOAT KEY Y AND T $725,000 GRAND BAY $850,000 WATER CLUB $842,000 PIERRE $1,000,00 BEACHPLACE III $2,100,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES

SARASOTA WEST OF TRAIL SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND CONDOS SOLD 1780 PHILLIPPI HBR DR $55,000 PHILLIPPI HARBOR CLUB 3700 S OSPREY AVE $60,000 PLAZA GDNS 605 S GULFSTREAM AVE # 1B $175,000 VERSAILLES 1924 BOUGAINVILLEA ST $262,500 POINSETTIA PARK 1870 LOMA LINDA ST $290,000 FLOYD & CAMERON 1829 S ORANGE AVE $555,000 MCINTYRE WILSON & POTTERS 1330 MAIN ST # 3 1, $480,000 ORANGE BLOSSOM TOWER 464 GOLDEN GATE PT # 402 $1,820,000 LA BELLASARA 3920 RED ROCK WAY $2,200,000 HANSENS

Based on information compiled from the Mid-Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. for the period of 5/15/2012 thru 5/21/2012. 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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3BR/2BA/2car-garage home in Southside School District. Southern exposure makes this a light and very bright home with lots of windows and glass panel French doors. New kitchen & counter tops. MLS#3958885 $439,900

384 8730 8635 6634 9000 611 650 1129 440 5760 560 1287 7233 757 7900 1240 5318 690

SIESTA KEY SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND CONDOS SOLD AVENIDA MADERA, $320,500 SIESTA MANOR MIDNIGHT PASS RD #304A, $330,000 TORTUGA MIDNIGHT PASS RD #508C, $360,000 BAY TREE CLUB MIDNIGHT PASS RD $375,000 SARASOTA BY THE SEA BLIND PASS RD # B112, $322,250 FISHERMANS COVE AVENIDA DE MAYO $385,000 SARASOTA BEACH CALLE DEL OTONO # C $450,000 BEACH WALK CONDOMINIUM COQUILLE ST # 104 $420,000 COQUILLE AVENIDA DE MAYO $427,000 SARASOTA BEACH MIDNIGHT PASS RD # D-608 $600,000 GULF & BAY CLUB COMMONWEALTH PL, $640,000 BAYSIDE WATERSIDE EAST WHITEHALL PL $740,000 PRINCES GATE MIDNIGHT PASS RD $620,000 SANDERLING CLUB TROPICAL CIR, $730,000 SIESTAS BAYSIDE MIDNIGHT PASS RD, $752,500 MIRA MAR NORTHPORT DR $935,000 ROYAL PALM HARBOR SIESTA COVE DR $975,000 SIESTA COVE FREELING DR, $2,175,000 BAY ISLAND

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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

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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

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MLS#A3960758 $599,000

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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“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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+ 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

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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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Anya and Francisco Martin with Barry Rohrssen, Jeane Willis and Jon Rothstein

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Roddy Samuels and Jeannette D’Angelo. D’Angelo conceived and commissioned a one-of-a-kind necklace as the group gift to Renée Sheade.

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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.

Mother and stepfather of the bride, Nikki and Jeff Sedacca

A joyful “we did it” from Montana and Irwin Taplinger

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Connor O’Donohue and Lauren Taplinger, cousin of the bridegroom who introduced him to Montana. This couple will wed on the Amalfi coast in September.

The groomsmen and their groom: Connor O’Donohue, Eric Blomster, David Taplinger, Irwin Taplinger, Justin Russell, Hunter Jones, Chase Lindsay, Cody Moss and Michael Corbino

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