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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
City manager list down to eight The eight city manager candidates presented to city commissioners Wednesday, May 30, include three Florida city managers. ONLINE EXTRA Kaplan: Ponzi scheme cost him $22 million After being criminally accused in late January by Regions Bank of orchestrating a $10 million check kiting scheme, prominent Sarasota real estate investor, developer and entrepreneur Marvin Kaplan is speaking out. Kaplan says in a 46-page counterclaim filed Wednesday in the 12th Circuit Court in Sarasota that Regions wrongly defamed him and that he lost $22 million in a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Larry Starr, a longtime Sarasota and Longboat Key tourism entrepreneur, and the owners of Fayettville, N.C.-based Smith Advertising & Associates. Starr denied Kaplan’s claim. For the complete story, go to the homepages of YourObserver.com or Review. net; read the Sarasota Observer e-Edition on YourObserver.com; pick up a copy of the Gulf Coast Business Review; or call 366-3468.
A list of 104 Sarasota city manager candidates has been whittled to eight. The Sarasota City Commission will now be charged with making its final selection in July. Search consultant Colin
Baenziger, of Wellington-based Colin Baenziger & Associates, and his team have spent the last four months analyzing candidates and gathering data on the finalists. The data, contained in 8-inch thick binders, was
shipped Wednesday, May 30, to City Hall for Sarasota city commissioners to review. The binders revealed the following: Three city managers in the list are current city managers in Florida, and none of the eight chosen is
See the list of candidates and their current positions / PAGE 2A a local candidate. The Florida city manager choices include Daytona Beach
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Dominic Stratford, 3, Aiden Baker, 4, and Ava Baker, 2, wave their flags during the annual Sarasota Memorial Day parade and ceremony Monday, May 28. The parade went down Main Street from the corner of Main and Osprey Avenue all the way down to J.D. Hamel Park, where the ceremony took place. For more photos, see page 16A.
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+ Ringling Picnic packs its bags Foodies who want to enjoy some curbside cuisine at Sarasota’s Ringling Picnic Food Court only have one day left before the food trucks pack up and roll out for the summer. Friday, June 1, will be the last day of the season for the food trucks until fall, but upcoming special events will be announced on the group’s Facebook page.
by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
Dorfman files for commission seat Sarasota city resident Richard Dorfman will run for one of the two at-large city commission seats that are up for grabs come March. Former Sarasota City Commission candidate Richard Dorfman, who narrowly missed out on a runoff election in May 2011 for the District 1 seat, is ready to try again to attain a seat on the commission. On Friday, Dorfman confirmed he
has filed paperwork at City Hall to become a candidate for one of the two at-large commission seats currently held by Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Commissioner Terry Turner. Both seats are up for grabs next year. When asked why he would try again
for a commission seat, Dorfman said, “It’s more of the same, really. The city is in poor financial shape and a different approach needs to be taken to the
SEE DORFMAN / PAGE 2A
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MANAGER / FROM PAGE 1A City Manager James Chisholm; West Palm Beach City Administrator Edward “Ed” Mitchell; and Casselberry City Manager Barbara Lipscomb. Rounding out the list of other current city manager choices are Oak Park, Ill., City Manager Thomas Barwin; McKinney, Texas, Deputy City Manager Rick Chaffin; Marine City, Mich., City Manager John Gabor; and Mercer County, N.J., City Manager Andrew Mair. Only one candidate who made the list does not currently hold the title of city manager: Michael Hein, director of Emergency Management & Homeland Security for Pima County, Ariz. Hein, though, is the former city manager of Tucson, Ariz. The tile of city manager experience was not a requirement for candidates. “We were open to all candidates, but the main goal has always been to select the best city manager for this city,” said Del Borgsdorf, the chairman of the City Manager Citizens Advisory Panel and the retired city manager of San Jose, Calif. Citizens Advisory Panel member Richard Dorfman was pleased to hear that Chisholm made the list. “His qualifications and personality are a great match for the city,” Dorfman said. Chisholm and Mitchell were both attending a Florida City County Manager Association Meeting and unavailable for comment. Lipscomb, who resigned as city manager of Casselberry in January, did not return a phone call as of press time Wednesday. When reached for comment Wednesday, Sarasota city commissioners had not had a chance to look at the candidate binders yet. Commissioner Shannon Snyder and others had pushed for the search firm to be open to candidates and said he’s confident the search firm did a good job. “If this is the best of the best, I’m sure
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DORFMAN / FROM PAGE 1A
TOP PICKS The Sarasota City Commission and city residents will have an opportunity to meet the following eight candidates for the city of Sarasota’s open city manager position next month: Candidate James Chisholm Edward “Ed” Mitchell Barbara Lipscomb Thomas Barwin Rick Chaffin John Gabor Andrew Mair Michael Hein
Current Position City Manager of Daytona Beach City Administrator of West Palm Beach Former City Manager of Casselberry City Manager of Oak Park, Ill. Deputy City Manager of McKinney, Texas City Manager of Marine City, Mich. City Manager of Mercer County, N.J. Director of Emergency Management & Homeland Security for Pima County, Ariz.
the search firm weeded out the candidates properly and made the right choices,” Snyder said. “I have a great deal of confidence in the consultant we hired.” Commissioner Paul Caragiulo said he needed more time to review the list. “I’m excited to look through the list of final candidates,” Caragiulo said. The search came after former City Manager Bob Bartolotta resigned in January, in the wake of an ongoing computer investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI. The advisory panel of 10 residents met in March to provide input for a new city manager search. Baenziger also met individually with each city commissioner, using those meetings to craft a rough draft of an employment profile brochure that was used for the city manager search. On April 24, Baenziger presented a list of 104 city manager candidates to City Hall, which was then reduced over the past month to the eight finalists. City commissioners will have the rest of the month to peruse the candidate profiles before a two-day finalist selec-
tion process begins in June. That process includes candidate oneon-one interviews with city commissioners and a community meet-andgreet to be held at the Friday, June 29, Robert L. Taylor Community Center, at a time yet to be announced. Then, Saturday, June 30, candidate meetings will be held with the Sarasota City Commission, department heads and the City Manager Citizens Advisory Panel. In July, the Sarasota City Commission is expected to officially make its final selection and hire its new city manager at the Monday, July 2, regular meeting. Baenziger’s memo to commissioners explains that the background material on the eight candidates includes “one notable error.” “Probably the most notable error is a DUI that Mr. Hein got in 2010,” wrote Baenziger. “He admits it was a terrible mistake and that it changed his life. We recommend him, in spite of this, because of his body of work and his candid admission and regret.” Baenziger said commissioners “will find far more positives than negatives with respect to these individuals.”
manage the city.” Dorfman’s top four priorities last time around, as a commission candidate, were pensions; job creation and North Trail redevelopment; police services and public safety; and creating more of a cando environment in the City Commission. Those priorities still hold true for Dorfman this time around. Dorfman also wants to create a better dialogue between the city and its neighborhoods. “There’s an obvious ‘us versus them’ dialogue that exists between the city and its neighborhoods,” Dorfman said. “We need to reconcile the disconnect between the city’s residents.” Dorfman, however, admits it’s a difficult task during a time of budget cuts and fewer basic services within city limits. City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini told the Sarasota Observer her office is still waiting on one document from Dorfman to make his filing official. The only other at-large candidate who’s officially filed at this time is the Rev. Kelvin Lumpkin of Light of the World International Church. Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Vice Mayor Terry Turner currently hold the seats and have not announced their plans for their current seats at this time. Interested candidates have until Jan. 11, 2013, to file for the two at-large seats. A March 12, 2013, general election and a May 14, 2013, runoff election are scheduled for the seats.
Richard Dorfman Age: 60 Hometown: Manhattan, N.Y. Education: business and communications degrees from American University Occupation: Retired sports agent
CLASS OF 2012 CONGRATULATES THE Class of 2012 College Acceptances
Members of the Class of 2012 were admitted to over 300 different colleges and universities throughout the United States. A sampling of those schools is as follows:
Amherst College Auburn University Babson College Baldwin Wallace College Bard College Bates College Boston University Bowdoin College Bryn Mawr College Butler University Carleton College Clemson University Colgate University College of Charleston College of Wooster Colorado College Colorado State U. Columbia University Cornell University Davidson College Denison College
DePaul University DePauw University Dickinson College Drexel University Eckerd College Emory University Florida Atlantic U. FAU (Honors College) Florida Gulf Coast U. Fordham University Florida State U. Furman University Georgia Institute of Tech. Guilford College Hamilton College High Point University Hobart & William Smith Colleges Indiana University Ithaca College Lafayette College
Lake Forest College Lehigh University Louisiana State U. Loyola College Loyola University Merrimack College Miami University Michigan State U. Mt. Allison U. (Canada) Mt. Holyoke College New College of Fl. Northeastern U. Occidental College Pratt Institute Purdue University Rhodes College Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) RIT RPI Scripps College
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by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
Mannausa forms ‘The Jewel’ of Sarasota Tom Mannausa plans to build an 18-story condominium tower that boasts views unlike any other building in downtown Sarasota.
The corner of Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue has been eating away at longtime Sarasota real-estate developer Tom Mannausa for more than 20 years. In 1989, Mannausa had a fifthfloor office in the Palm Tower building and remembers looking down at the one-story buildings on the Main Street block between Gulfstream and Palm avenues. “I would come there every day and look at the view of those properties before Epicure was even built there,” Mannausa said. “I always thought it would be a terrific residential site … the best residential site in downtown Sarasota.” A downturn in the economy, followed by a recession, made Mannausa’s goal unattainable. But in December 2010, Mannausa made his move, purchasing the corner lot at the corner of Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street for $870,000 from the estate of developer Samuel Hamad, whose Marquee on the Bay residential project fell apart during the downturn in the economy. When Mannausa purchased the Hamad property, the purchase price came with Hamad’s former plans designed by Hoyt Architect President Gary Hoyt. “The prior presentation only encompassed the corner lot, though, and I knew that was wrong,” Mannausa said. “ My vision has always been the entire block.” Immediately, Mannausa began negotiating a purchase price for the Living Walls furniture store. Mannausa told the Sarasota Observer he closed on the property last week. Mannausa has also worked out an agreement to purchase The Sports Page Bar & Grill from owners Kenny Barr and Bob Richards, in July. “I’ll own the corner free and clear up to Epicure,” Mannausa said. Coming full circle, Mannausa has also negotiated an agreement with Epicure, which will stay put in exchange for the ability to make design modifications
Architect Gary Hoyt and developer Tom Mannausa plan to build an 18-story condominium tower on Main Street between Gulfstream and Palm avenues. that will allow Mannausa’s new condominium tower to blend in with the Epicure property. “We will integrate the design of the first three levels of our property with Epicure, so, architecturally, our theme will be carried through the entire block,” Mannausa said. “Everything will be cohesive.” Epicure, meanwhile, will be given exclusive rights to allow future residents of the condominium tower to order anything on its menu and have it delivered.
‘The Jewel’ of Sarasota
Years of planning have led to Mannausa’s goal of building what he perceives as the premier condominium tower in downtown Sarasota. Mannausa calls it a “no-brainer” to name his project located at 1301 Main St., “The Jewel.” The modern, contemporary tower being designed by Hoyt calls for 18 floors. Mannausa is so confident the market is ready for a project like this that he’s already starting to commission structural, me-
Tom Mannausa Title: President of T. Mannausa & Co.; practicing real estate since 1978; completed more than 50 realestate developments. Hometown: East Lansing, Mich. Local presence: Moved to Longboat Key in 1980 fulltime Hobby: Songwriting Interesting fact: Mannausa is in the final stages of completing a new song and negotiating with a record label to bring it to market. Mannausa collaborated on the song with musician Rick Derringer and his wife, Jenda. Derringer and his band, The McCoys, recorded “Hang on Sloopy” in the summer of 1965, the No. 1 song in America at that time. chanical, civil, waterproof and wind-load engineers to assist in
The Jewel will have 18 floors and have sweeping views of Sarasota Bay and the surrounding area. Construction could start in the summer of 2013.
creating the building. Sarasota land-use planner Joel Freedman has already been obtained to assist in maintaining compliance with all of the codes through the project’s design-development and construction-drawing phases. Several preliminary meetings with the city’s planning department have already been held, and Mannausa has leased a space across the street from the project for a leasing office that’s expected to open no later than the end of July. The mixed-use project will include two floors of 7,800 square feet of commercial space that will house Living Walls Furniture (on the first and second floors), Les Ciseaux Salon & Spa (which is moving from St. Armands Circle), Valerie’s Fine Art Studio and Gallery and a local jeweler who’s also committed to move to the future space. The second floor will make up Living Walls Furniture, the salon and T. Mannausa
& Co.’s corporate offices. As far as the residential portion, Hoyt said residents would enter the urban building with sweeping glass views through a 30-foot, two-story lobby, complete with LED lighting. “It’s a gateway project,” Hoyt said. “The importance and focus we have on the street, the Main Street streetscape and creating a pedestrian-friendly environment is very important.” The third floor of the building is strictly for resident amenities and includes an infinity pool, social center, Jacuzzi, spa, a yoga room, a tennis court and a putting green. The fourth level will house two two-bedroom, two-and-ahalf bathroom apartments that include a den at approximately 2,000 square feet apiece. Although the fifth floor could contain the same type of apartments, floors six through 18 of the building will house 4,080-squarefoot apartments with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms. Those models include two master suites. Price points have not been set for the units, yet. All of the apartments will have 11-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass. “We will maximize views to Sarasota Bay, City Island, Longboat Key, Siesta Key and all of downtown that are unparalleled when compared to other downtown condos,” Mannausa said. Mannausa said two of the apartments are already spoken for: “When I land 10 sales contracts, I’m No. 11 and my mom and dad are No. 12,” Mannausa said. “Then we will get our building permit.” Mannausa is hopeful the project could begin construction in the summer of 2013, the same time the Downtown Improvement District and the city hope to begin a Main Street streetscape project. It will take approximately 16 months from construction to the building receiving its certificate of occupancy, Mannausa said. “We’re ready to go and I’m very excited about a project that will inject more life into downtown Sarasota,” Mannausa said.
by Kurt Schultheis | City Editor
Homes, town center coming to Palmer Ranch Approximately 350 homes are coming to Palmer Ranch along with a new town center. DiVosta Homes, a division of Pulte Homes, took the first step toward building a new 350 single-family home community in Palmer Ranch last week by holding a community workshop Wednesday, May 23. DiVosta Homes officials told approximately 30 people last week at Covenant Life Church on McIntosh Road that Sarasota County’s Planning Board and, then, Sarasota County commissioners would review the project in late summer or early fall. The community workshop was the first of two workshops required by the county as part of the county planning process. DiVosta Homes is under contract with Palmer Ranch Holdings to purchase a 145acre parcel near Interstate 75 and Central Sarasota Parkway for its housing project.
The gated community will include an amenity center with a pool, fitness center and meeting room space. The housing project was dealt a setback earlier this year, however, when it was discovered the county still needed to remove an interchange project that was originally planned in the vicinity of Central Sarasota Parkway and I-75. To speed up the process, DiVosta Homes is paying administrative costs to help the county amend Comprehensive Plan language, which currently states that an interchange should be built there. An interchange would be a deathblow to any housing projects in the area, because interchanges require surrounding properties to be zoned for commercial buildings, such as fast-food restaurants. County staff will now work to remove
any and all references of an interchange at Central Sarasota Parkway. Taylor Morrison, meanwhile, also plans to build approximately 260 homes in the area, which will include a clubhouse with amenities for residents. Next to the new housing developments, Palmer Ranch Holdings has plans for a 100,000-square-foot community town center concept that would include an anchor tenant such as a Publix or Whole Foods supermarket. Residents were more interested in the town center last week, inquiring what kinds of commercial stores were coming to their community. Palmer Ranch Holdings LLC Vice President Justin Powell said there were no firm commitments for tenants but confirmed for resi-
dents the town center would not house a “big-box” store such as a Walmart or Target. “We understand your wants and needs don’t include such a large tenant,” Powell said. “That’s why we dropped the original plans that called for a 200,000-square-foot town center. The biggest user you’re looking at here is a grocery anchor and a restaurant.”
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by Kurt Schultheis | Staff Writer
St. Armands officials bemoan lack of service
Sarasota County sees increase in parking tickets issued According to Sarasota County records of weekly parking violations, by location, from Feb. 1 to May 1, there has been a rise in ticket distribution. From Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, a total of 1,521 parking tickets were issued. From April 4 to May 1, there were 1,862 violations, a 341-ticket increase. City Parking Manager Mark Lyons told the Sarasota Observer that there is a citywide focus to ensure ordinances are properly followed. The City Commission voted to repeal the city’s paid parking program — and to remove downtown parking meters — March 5. “It’s not about increasing tickets,” said Lyons. “Meters are designed to create a turnover in parking spaces, and if they are gone, we have to do that in some other way — through enforcement.” Currently, most downtown parking spots consist of two-hour parking with parking enforcement occurring from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There are some three-hour parking
St. Armands Circle officials warn city staff that the lack of services is starting to affect the Circle’s appearance. Provide garbage cans with lids on them and prune the palm trees. The St. Armands Landowner’s Merchants and Residents (LMAR) members don’t think they’re asking too much of the city to perform these two basic tasks. And, although city Public Works Director Todd Kucharski doesn’t disagree, he said there’s no available funding to trim the trees or replace the trashcans at this time. “I simply have no money budgeted for it,” Kucharski said. The city eliminated funds for both services more than a year ago, and LMAR members said the Circle is headed down a slippery path. Specifically, rodents living in the overgrown palm trees could begin making their way onto the Circle to rummage through the garbage inside open trashcans. Kucharski urged LMAR members to lobby the commission to request annual palm trimming when the commission discusses its upcoming budget this summer. Kucharski also noted that the commission directed staff to investigate tree trimming around the city after it was pointed out that dead palms falling off the trees could be considered a public safety hazard. “Emphasize in a letter you need an increased level of service,” Kucharski said. St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District (BID) Chairman Marty Rappaport the BID LBK -said 2010 - I would address levels of service on the Circle at its next meeting to LBK - board 2010 can - Iwork more closely with see if its city officials to address service issues. “The problem is we don’t know the level of service has been cut until it’s too late and
now the palms are causing us problems,” Rappaport said, adding that he and others are frustrated because the city has helped pay for Circle projects, such as enhanced medians, that it now isn’t maintaining. Noting that 65% of those who visit Sarasota come to the Circle, Rappaport said, “It seems to me the city has to look to a certain extent at what areas they are getting a benefit from and realize they are cutting areas that help our local economy.” St. Armands Circle Association President Diana Corrigan called the city’s lack of funds after it’s helped create more infrastructures “totally illogical.” “We have all these things (the city) has done and now (the city) doesn’t have the money to maintain it,” Corrigan said. “Now the city doesn’t look beautiful because they don’t have the money to put in. If you invest money to build something, it’s illogical not to have money set aside to maintain it.” The conversation evolved into a discussion on how both commercial and residential districts are going to have to operate in the future moving forward to counteract a reduced level of service from the city. “BIDs and DIDs are obviously the wave of the future to attack the lack of city funds and attain a level of service we want and feel we deserve,” Rappaport said. When Rappaport suggested residential communities in Sarasota should start forming organizations that tax themselves to get the level of service they want, it was mentioned the Circle’s homeowners association is in the early stages of creating such a district.
spaces, however, that exist on St. Armands Circle, Hillview Street, along the Sarasota bayfront near Marina Jack and Burns Court that are enforced from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Sarasota City Commission voted in March to make all downtown parking enforcement hours uniform: from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. According to Lyons, the new time span will be put into effect once signs reflecting the change are erected in the coming weeks. “The goal is that we are fairly applying parking tickets throughout the city,” said Lyons. Overall, the commission approved $2,550 worth of existing signs to be modified and 170 new signs to be installed. “We have increased the number of employees on staff from what we previously had a month after the City Commission repealed the paid parking system,” says Lyons, “which sort of brought our focus in a different manner.”
Sarasota parking violations Total tickets given in Sarasota County Expired Main Street meter tickets Parked in excess of posted time on Main Street tickets Total Main Street tickets Total St. Armands tickets Total Hillview tickets*
Feb. 1 to Feb. 28 1,521 532
Feb. 29 to March 27 1,737 72
314 335 72 63
241 176 114 39
March 28 to May 1 1,862 0 473 275 230 87
*Parking violations tickets on Hillview Street and Hillview lot Information courtesy of Sarasota County
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Don’t fall for steelworker’s sob You have to be dreading the next five months. We are. We’re dreading the incessant, negative political attack ads, the malicious lies and distortions. Republicans and Democrats alike will engage in this. This practice is as old as the republic. It’s still annoying. The ads that are the most galling at the moment are the Barack Obama steelworker ads, portraying Mitt Romney, his Bain Capital and capitalism as “vampire(s),” “job destroyers” and the destroyers of “thousands of people’s lives.” Romney, Bain and capitalism are horrible evildoers, Obama and his message spinners proclaim, because, in the course of buying, selling and operating businesses, Romney and his company shut down money-losing steel mills and eliminated jobs. The fact Obama and his hack jobbers are demonizing Romney and Bain for these outcomes is a deliberate distortion of an economic and business reality that has existed since trade began before Christ. It’s as simple as this: Market forces never tolerate the misallocation and inefficient use of resources. Market forces always destroy the least efficient. That is, with one exception — when politicians intervene and prop up the losers
(i.e. GM, Chrysler, the U.S. sugar industry, Solyndra and on and on). Did Romney and Bain destroy those steel workers’ lives? No. The steel workers themselves and the inept owners and managers who preceded Bain are the real culprits. They failed to innovate with ever-changing market forces. They failed to or were unable to stay competitive. If Obama and his handlers were honest with American voters, they would acknowledge what Obama should have learned at Harvard — that is, the term the famous 1940s Harvard economist, Joseph Schumpeter, coined: “creative destruction.” Wrote Schumpeter in 1942: “The history of the productive apparatus of a typical farm, from the beginnings of the ratioalization of crop rotation, plowing and fattening to the mechanized thing of today — linking up with elevators and railroads — is a history of revolutions. So is the history of productive apparatus of the iron and steel industry … “The opening up of new markets, foreign or domestic, and the organizational development from the craft shop and factory to such concerns as U.S. Steel illustrate the same process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroy-
ing the old one, incessantly creating a new one. This process of Creative Destruction is the essential fact about capitalism. It is what capitalism consists in and what every capitalist concern has got to live in.” Everyone who has ever worked in a private business knows this. If you want to stay employed, you must remain efficient and indispensable; your firm’s management must be forward thinking and invest to innovate and remain efficient and competitive. When the Obama ads present the forlorn, laid-off steelworker, the man who looks worn and tired, Obama’s distorters want you to feel sorry for this symbol of a life destroyed by capitalism. They want you to see him as a victim. But if you understand the reality of market forces, you might look at this symbolic character another way: Of course, he’s out of work. He and his employers didn’t do what they should have done. When Romney and Bain came in and risked their and their shareholders’ capital, they didn’t come in with the intent to destroy lives. You can bet they came in with the intent to do what you as a shareholder would expect: Make your investment grow. Wish, we will, for political ads that tell the truth. This one doesn’t.
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Let’s demand the best for city manager The first thing to be said is we need a system balancing local desires with experienced and skilled management. So here goes: In 1948, I was assigned as a New Haven Register reporter to cover the New Haven city government beat. Heading the planning department was Charles Downes, a student and disciple of Edward Logue, leading American pioneer of city-manager government administration. Ideally, a municipal city manager is chosen by merit from his performance in his previous positions. He/she is specialized in the field of managing the ship of municipal government. A good city is a successful combination of trained and supervised staff headed by a driving, experienced director similar to that of the director of a concert orchestra. And for whom does this director work? Ideally, the elected city commissioners. They hire him; they evaluate his experienced activity. Together they conceive the general picture and direction and depend on the city manager to lead his team to plan for the detailed execution of the continuing endeavor. If the individual commissioners enter the daily activity, chaos emerges. The city manager will be measured by his abil-
ity to deflect the danger to the chain of command. Likewise commissioners can instigate, react or delegate. They enact appropriate improvement programs through the manager. By these criteria, Sarasota has had an unsatisfactory record for city managers. One, who served longest, was hired to complete the sewer and water system. He remained for three more decades, but saw his position one of being the chief negative force. He felt that if a program succeeded beyond his objections, it was worthy of acceptance. Few were. Thus, few positive programs occurred in his latter career. One specific problem new city managers will face is that of the need to play catchup. For instance, today three elements of an 11-element plan first voiced in January 1959 remain uncompleted. Leadership and planning would have had the remainder properly planned and implemented. Instead, we were embarrassed to see a rerun of parking meters, a failure two generations ago. The ideal makeup a commissionermanager form of government includes: experienced, successful, courageous, inspirational, elected citizen commissioners working with an experienced, successful, knowledgeable city manager. Each commissioner participates in a consensus — the city manager in turn develops the working plans for the successful operation of the joint plan.
THE CASTAWAY by Jorge Blanco
Perhaps the best way to select a candidate is to find out about his most recent career. Especially important is comparing his city’s present state upon his takeover. Details of major points of change could be elicited. This line of comment might be followed in the final interviews. In this same line of thought, commissioners (and department heads) might be asked to prepare questions as well. The empirical value of the commissionmanager system is that a professional manager trains and masters the art of a operating a local full-time government. He subtly educates his commissioners and protects them from their errors. Likewise, he is chief operating officer. He, too, educates, stimulates and leads all city employees. A good total service in one position is between five and 10 years. His record is marked by how well he navigates the many agencies at the federal, state and local levels. And how he is respected by his fellow leaders, regulators and those who need his services. The commission-manager system is a century old. It is still evolving, as are the systems and people around it. Now, as the city of Sarasota embarks on the selection of its next city manager, the electorate must speak up, organize and demand and support the best. Gil Waters is a former Sarasota city commissioner. The new Ringling Bridge was dedicated in his honor.
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012
opinion | my view by Denise Kowal
We shall not abandon the plan In adopting the Downtown Sarasota Master Plan in January 2001, the city of Sarasota embraced the responsibility for civic parking, after hosting over the course of several years an inclusive, informative and transparent process that gained consensus among our entire community for the plan. The thoughtful steps that culminated in this adoption were longsighted acts that focused on a rounded understanding of all aspects of sustainability Kowal for our city core. It cost taxpayers millions of dollars and welcomed the most enormous amount of public input our city has ever experienced, with numerous workshops, charrettes, forums, debates, appeals and commission meetings. Parking was an integral component within the adoption of our Master Plan and within the adoption of the Downtown SmartCode in June 2004, for which Sarasota became the third community in the United States to welcome transect-based planning and zoning codes based on environmental analysis that promoted smart growth. In June 2005, the comprehensive Downtown Parking Master Plan was adopted. These planning decisions, which our entire community invested so much in, were to shape our downtown redevelopment area, giving it more predictability by transforming
it into a more livable, economically functional and ecologically sound city and, most ironically, â€œ ... so that is consumed less of the public discussion â€Ś â€? The Parking Master Plan called for a number of timely actions, and by the end of 2005 the city was on track to fulfill Phase 1 that was earmarked for completion by 2008. A professional parking manager was hired and staff worked to make the plan a reality by seeking various options for paid on-street parking (yes, mature cities have parking meters), as well as the garage on Palm Avenue, partnerships for a State Street garage and searches for land to purchase for the Burns Square garage. We had CRA/TIF funds available to complete Phase 1. The plan has many far-reaching benefits, such as preserving Sarasotaâ€™s â€œOldâ€? Urbanism history as well as supporting the New Urbanism legacy we set out to build upon. The plan understood that we can no longer behave or live as we did during the 1880s, 1920s or even the 1990s, but, instead, we can respect, love and desperately try to preserve what has been lost with our 100year obsession with cars that gave way to sprawl. Recapturing the charm we all adore in this era of the automobile is difficult. Not only is the city of Sarasota competing with
suburbia, but we must also find ways to deal with the suburbanlevel love affair with the unrestrained and spoiled mobility mentality. People who expect to travel as far as they want, whenever they want, in whatever they want, regardless of the environmental and cultural costs, remain the majority. The New Urbanist movement that is the basis of our adopted plans was formed directly from the reality that urbanism, as we know it, was losing the fight and the automobile was winning. This is where the new balancing act begins between civic parking responsibilities and private parking conveniences. We want developments and businesses to be responsible for their parking needs, but at what cost? We learned that incorporating required parking into a development added to the bulkiness of buildings that many rejected, and it put fewer feet on the streets that are needed to create a vibrant community. We changed our parking requirements for these reasons. Civic parking was needed for the customers of existing historic structures that never had parking or, worse, still have the antiquated private surface parking lots that are the â€œworst type of street frontage, affording the passerby little sense of enclosure, protection or interaction,â€? which makes walking uncomfortable and boring. The civic parking facilities supported
these small lot locations, too, so they could develop into excellent frontages with lively shops and services making our walks worthwhile, safe and interesting â€” the â€œAâ€? frontage we envision for downtown. Overall, civic parking separated from or adjacent to other destinations encourages healthier volumes of pedestrian traffic and preserves some historic structures in addition to sustaining some districtsâ€™ smaller-scale character and development while acknowledging the businesses and customersâ€™ habits. If we want to recapture some of the â€œOldâ€? Urbanism we love, we need to embrace some of the New Urbanism principles, such as civic parking as proposed in our adopted plans. â€œProviding infrastructure for stationary cars is no different than providing it for moving ones,â€? stated DPZ. Tweaking any plan is always acceptable. But committees must resist the temptation to make wholesale changes to a plan that was thoroughly vetted and endorsed by the entire community. As stated in our Downtown Master Plan 2020, â€œThe history of Sarasota is likely to be measured in centuries; it is incumbent to reserve sites for civic buildings, civic spaces, and municipal parking structures that may prove necessary only after the window of the Master Plan has closed.â€?
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Like many people, Sarasota resident Eric Piazza often had trouble finding the motivation to exercise. When he did go for a run, it was often alone, and without a running partner, he found it difficult to push himself. “With kids and work, I didn’t always have time to meet up with friends or co-workers to run,” said Piazza. “I thought, ‘Why not make an app for that?’” A software developer by profession, Piazza created his free app, called Running Club. As the name suggests, the app allows users to schedule runs, walks or even cycling trips with friends or strangers in a virtual club. Users create a profile and then invite others to a scheduled event. Before the run, participants meet in a chat room, where they can catch up with old friends or enjoy some goodnatured, pre-run trash talk. Each runner is assigned a dot, and the
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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Economic and Property Damages Settlement Providing Money to Individuals and Businesses If you have economic loss or property damage because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get money from a class action settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Company (“BP”). Go to DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information, including information on how to file a claim.
Who is included in the economic & ProPerty damages settlement? The Economic and Property Damages (“E&PD”) Settlement Class includes people, businesses, and other entities in the states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and certain counties in Texas and Florida, that were harmed by the oil spill. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com has detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a geographic location may be included in the E&PD Settlement. Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail questions@ DeepwaterHorizonEconomicSettlement.com to find out if a geographic location is included.
What does the economic & ProPerty damages settlement Provide? The E&PD Settlement makes payments for the following types of claims: (1) Seafood Compensation, (2) Economic Damage, (3) Loss of Subsistence, (4) Vessel Physical Damage, (5) Vessels of Opportunity Charter Payment, (6) Coastal Real Property Damage, (7) Wetlands Real Property Damage, and (8) Real Property Sales Damage. There is no limit on the total dollar amount of the E&PD Settlement; all qualified claims will be paid.
hoW to get Benefits from the economic & ProPerty damages settlement You need to submit a Claim Form to request a payment. You can get a copy of the various Claim Forms by visiting the website or by calling 1-866-9926174. Claims can be submitted online or by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you should call the toll-free number for assistance.
The deadline to submit most E&PD claims will be April 22, 2014 or six months after the E&PD Settlement becomes effective (that is, after the Court grants “final approval” and any appeals are resolved), whichever is later. There will be an earlier deadline to submit E&PD Seafood Compensation claims. The earlier deadline to submit Seafood Compensation claims will be 30 days after final approval of the Settlement by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (regardless of appeals). Actual claim filing deadlines will be posted on the website as they become available. Valid claims will be paid as they are approved, beginning shortly after the Court-Supervised Settlement Program commences. It is highly recommended that E&PD Settlement Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly. Please read the Medical Benefits Settlement notice because you may also be eligible for benefits from that settlement.
your other oPtions If you do not want to be legally bound by the E&PD Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or you won’t be able to sue BP over certain economic and property damage claims. If you stay in the E&PD Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider whether to approve the E&PD Settlement. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. The Court will also consider Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses including an interim payment of $75 million and additional awards equal to 6% of class claims and benefits paid. Class Counsel fees, costs and expenses under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement and the Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members’ payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.
THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Medical Benefits Settlement Providing Benefits to Clean-Up Workers and Certain Gulf Coast Residents
included in the medical Benefits settlement? is
The Medical Class includes (1) clean-up workers and (2) certain people who resided in specific geographic areas in coastal and wetlands areas along the Gulf Coast during specific periods in 2010. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements. com has detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a geographic location may be included in one of these zones. Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail info@ DeepwaterHorizonMedicalSettlement.com to find out if a geographic location is included.
medical Benefits settlement Provide? does the
The benefits of the Medical Benefits Settlement include: (1) payments to qualifying people for certain acute (short-term) and chronic (ongoing) medical conditions occurring after exposure to oil or chemical dispersants; (2) provision of periodic medical examinations to qualifying people; and (3) creation of a Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, consisting of projects to strengthen the healthcare system. Benefits (1) and (2) will be provided only after the Court grants final approval and any appeals are resolved.
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Anna Phillips, 15, has been involved in Sarasota Aquatic Synchronized Swimming at the YMCA (SASSY) since she was in the sixth grade. Now in her fourth season with SASSY, Phillips will compete in the eSynchro U.S. Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships. The team has 10 girls who will be competing at nationals from June 23 to June 27. Phillips will be competing at nationals for the first time.
Age: 15 Grade/School: Ninth grade at Sarasota High School Position: Second base Number: 8 What do you enjoy most about baseball? Hitting. Why did you decide to start playing baseball? Because all my friends played. Who is your favorite baseball player? Robinson Cano. If you could describe The Observer baseball team in one word what would it be? Good.
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Four-bedroom Casey Key home sells for $3.1 million The following residential real-estate transactions took place between May 14 and May 18. A home on Casey Key tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. William and Sherry Frost, trustees, sold the home at 955 Casey Key Road to Gregory Kuelbs, Nokomis, for $3.1 million. Built in 2001, it has four bedrooms, six baths, a pool and 7,414 square feet of living area.
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Michael Levine, Nokomis, and Brian Levine, Venice, trustees, sold the Unit 402 condominium at 464 Golden Gate Point to 4S&F LLC for $1.82 million. Built in 2006, it has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,135 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.86 million in 2008.
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John Lucas and Ronald Butine, Sarasota, sold their Unit 3 condominium at 1330 Main St. to Kathleen Mahoney, of Ashburnham, Mass., for $1.48 million. Built in 1926, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,954 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1 million in 2004. s s llow e pi rdine 2 fren of sase of a a a c h & a h purc or set wit matt
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William Cheesman, as President of 888 Christmas Development Inc., Sarasota, sold the Unit 304 condominium at 888 Blvd. of the Arts to Fredric and Elizabeth Levine, Sarasota, for $495,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,729 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 2011.
Dennis and Beverly McEuen, trustees, Osprey, sold the home at 1155 Hampton Road to Stanford and Rona Ross, trustees, Sarasota, for $360,000. Built in 1985, it has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,899 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $210,000 in 2009.
Monique Brand, trustee, of Columbus, Ohio, sold the home at 7413 Featherstone Blvd. to Byron and Susan Masterson, Sarasota, for $340,000. Built in 2000, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,159 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $238,900 in 2001.
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Unit 402 at La Bellasara, 464 Golden Gate Point, has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,135 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.82 million. 1831 Oleander St. to Dockside Homes LLC for $300,000. Built in 1950, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,445 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $32,800 in 1977.
Susan Copenhagen, Sarasota, sold her home at 1870 Loma Linda St. to JC Seminole LLC for $290,000. Built in 1954, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,248 square feet of living area.
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Unit 508 condominium at 1100 Imperial Drive to Lydia Bohn, Sarasota, for $270,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,262 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $94,000 in 1996.
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. sold the home at 1674 Bonita Lane to Jason and Laine Nixon, Sarasota, for $241,500. Built in 1984, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 1,429 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $161,000 in 1999.
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Jeanne Simpson and Virginia Halstead, trustees, of Malvern, Pa., sold the home at 3876 Spyglass Hill Road to Richard Murray and Michelle Jackson, Sarasota, for $377,000. Built in 1980, it has four bedrooms, three-anda-half baths, a pool and 3,565 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $290,000 in 1993.
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