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Commission Dig the Beach volleyball proposes 3.39% competition comes millage increase. to Siesta Key. page 18A PAGE 3A

OUR TOWN

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police beat By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

Deputies prepare for hot summer It’s another sweltering summer on Siesta Key, which means plenty of sunscreen, preparation for the Fourth of July fireworks show and large audiences at Sunday beach drum circles.

+ Happy Father’s Day! After 2,997 votes were cast in The Observer’s online Father’s Day photo contest, a winner has been named. Rachel Stepanov submitted a photo of her husband, Yevgeniy, and their triplets: Charlotte, Adrik and Natalia. The photo received 1,936 votes and was named the winner. Stepanov submitted the photo as a thank-you to her husband, who is not only a great father but a great husband, she says. Congratulations to all who submitted photos, and an early “Happy Father’s Day!”

There were about 600 people at the drum circle Sunday, June 10, at Siesta Key Beach. Some lingered from the volleyball tournament earlier that day and others were regular rhythm seekers. The combination of volleyball tournaments, 5K races and other beach events coupled with the weekly jam sessions has led to an increasing number of complaints

about the drum circle crowd, said Sarasota County Sheriff Sgt. Scott Osborne. And, with Sky King Fireworks distributing flyers that advertise illegal fireworks at Siesta Key condominiums, it could be a hot summer for Sarasota County emergency agencies. There was some graffiti left on a wall of the main beach pavilion two weeks ago, Osborne said, as

an example of complaints. “It said some things that couldn’t go in print,” he said. The Sheriff’s Office typically increases its presence on the beach during the summer months, something that will not change this year. But deputies, the Sarasota County Fire Department

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The combination of school vacation and frequent events swells the number of people attending the Siesta Key Drum Circle during the summer months.

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+ Blooming beauty Siesta Key resident Joe Volpe captured this dragon fruit in bloom, a rare sight, this weekend during a midnight rainstorm on Siesta Key. “We started with 13 buds but only eight flowered,” Volpe said. “Four one night, four the next; and now we wait.” Three years ago Volpe’s neighbor, Lyette Robetti, gave him the dragon fruit cutting. According to Volpe, the flower is about 9 inches in diameter and only blooms for one night.

Turtle tracks Week of June 3 through June 9

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There were 150 runners in the Sarasota Christian Church Running Water 5K, Saturday, June 9, on Siesta Key Beach. For more photos, see page 19A.

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By Alex Mahadevan | News Editor

It’s Christmas in June at the Siesta Chamber Members of the holiday committee are hoping to secure 30 floats. It takes Santa Claus about 15 minutes to complete his 1.4mile journey atop a float through Siesta Key Village, climb down from his sleigh and mount his yuletide throne to collect Christmas wishes from eager children during the annual Siesta holiday parade. It’s a pretty short trip for a celebration for which members of

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various Siesta organizations are already preparing. But, with organizers hoping to nab 30 floats

for the parade and only 14 confirmed so far, time is precious. Members of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce, the Siesta Key Village Association and the Siesta Key Association sat hunched over a glass dining table Tuesday, June 12, in the offices of Smith Architects and Cheryl Gaddie Designs on the north end of the Village. The crew of seven

analyzed various route options and discussed how to attract more floats. Minutia such as the distance between Santa’s Village and performing gymnasts shows how much detail goes into the planning process — the fake snow that accompanies Saint Nick becomes a liability for the gymnasts if it touches tumbling mats.

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Cops Corner..........9A Crossword.......... 25A

Neighborhood.... 16A Opinion .............. 8A

Sports................ 24A Weather............. 25A

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PARADE / FROM 1A Before Osborne can begin coordinating a strategy for the event, which will require a brief closure of Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road, backers must confirm a route and an estimate of the number of floats participating. “It’s hard right now for people to commit, but they’ve got to understand this will be here before you know it,” said Russell Matthes, vice president of the cham-

POLICE / FROM 1A and Sarasota County Parks and Recreation will tighten focus on illegal firework activity, particularly during the Siesta Key Fourth of July fireworks show, said Siesta Key Association President Catherine Luckner. Parks and Recreation plans to place warnings about the use of illegal fireworks at each of the Siesta Key beach access points. Osborne told attendees at the SKA meeting June 7 that there would also be digital signs with similar warnings. Sarasota County Senior Fire Inspector Don Damron said, according to Florida Statute 791, any firework that explodes or

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ber and president of SKVA. He compared the lengthy planning process of the parade to that of the Siesta Key Fourth of July fireworks show. Participants must fill out a liability waiver, said SKA Vice President Peter van Roekens. Some of the antique cars that appeared in the parade last year showed up unannounced. Staging for the parade will take place on Beach Road side streets just north of the main Siesta Beach access. Organizers plan travels into the air is illegal — with a few loopholes. Railroad or fish hatchery owners can buy airborne and/or exploding fireworks. But bottle rockets and Roman candles are relatively commonplace at the Fourth of July celebration on Siesta Beach. Osborne and Damron explained that visitors from different counties, who simply don’t know that types of fireworks are illegal in Sarasota County, make up a majority of violations. “Two stores (in Sarasota County) sell what I call ‘the hot stuff,’” Damron said. But, because of the loophole in the state statute, there is little he or the Sheriff’s Office can do to block sales. One of those stores is Sky King Fire-

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to have the floats dismantled north of the Village, so onlookers at SunTrust Bank and the Old Salty Dog will share the experience, unlike last year when the parade ended before reaching those locations. However, Santa Claus will likely disembark near the sheriff substation where his “workshop” will be. It’s possible that there will not be a trolley in the parade this year. Matthes told meeting attendees he was uncertain if his firm, SMG, would still own a trol-

About 600 people were at Sunday’s drum circle. works, which distributed fourpage advertisements at Beachhaven Condiminiums, Luckner said. Luckner dropped off some of those flyers, June 12, in Siesta Vil-

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lage at the sheriff substation and contacted the Sky King location in North Sarasota on Washington Boulevard to inform the company it is advertising illegal fireworks. She said Damron is planning to

“(Last year) we had to push the fire truck, and nobody got a picture,” van Roekens said. Thousands of spectators came out for last year’s parade, and organizers are hoping for another packed and jolly Village. “We need sponsors and we need participants — period,” Gaddie said.

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visit the store this week. A county ordinance passed in 2003 requires those who want to purchase illegal fireworks to buy wholesale and fill out an affidavit asserting they fall within the loophole. This authorizes county fire inspectors to check the dwellings of buyers at any time to confirm the affidavit. Then, inspectors can send a deputy if any wrongdoing is discovered. Of the nine inspectors under Damron’s command, one is present at the Siesta Key fireworks show and two patrol the show on the Sarasota bayfront. “In the past I have targeted the dealers (of illegal fireworks), not the public,” Osborne said. “But that can change.”

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ley at the time of the parade. “It’s relatively easy to get 20 (floats), but we really have to get 30,” Gaddie said. If they don’t get a float for Santa Claus, then they plan potentially have him driven in by a fire truck, which was the case last year. Parade organizers don’t have any live music confirmed and are seeking bands to play during the parade, said Gaddie. Photographers are another need, for promotional and unexpected humorous happenings.

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Two legal programs for low-income individuals received support for funding June 12 from Sarasota County commissioners at the first of three budget workshops scheduled this week.

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told commissioners that the Gulfcoast Legal Services and Legal Aid of Manasota would need $50,000 from the county’s general fund to remain solvent, which commissioners said they support on the grounds that the program is seeking ways to become self-sufficient.  Thaxton made a motion for the commission to draft a letter to program coordinators reminding them that the general fund has been supporting the program for a number of years, and they will continue to do so this year, but are looking forward to hearing plans on how it will become self-sufficient in the future. Another big issue was the

Spending: + 2.7%

funding for the mosquito-control program, Bothelo told the Pelican Press in a phone interview. The millage rate, or property tax, used to fund the program was lowered in 2004, but the preliminary budget has the rate more than tripling to 0.08% compared to the previous year. The county collected $1.04 million for the program in the 2012 fiscal year, but the rate increase is projected to bring spending on the mosquito program to $2.99 million. Another budget workshop will be held Friday, June 15, in which commissioners will hear updates from Sarasota County Public Works on capital improvement projects. Commissioners will summarize their financial directions for the 2013 fiscal year budget and consider the tentative millage rate, which must have a maximum range set by July 11. (See timeline.) The County Commission will adopt the new budget Monday, Sept. 24 for the 2013 fiscal year.

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Capital budget: + 27.9% $50.4 million $64.5 million

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Millage Rate: + 1.8% 2012 2013

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May 7: Budget workshop, facilities needs/condition assessment June 1: Preliminary property values June 12, 13, 15: Budget workshops, operating and capital July 1: Final property values July 11: Set maximum millage rates

Aug. 20: Final budget workshops, operating and capital Sept. 10: Budget adoption, South Sarasota County Sept. 24: Budget adoption, North Sarasota County

Source: SARASOTA COUNTY

+ Sarasota County has shown some signs of economic recovery, which County Administrator Randall Reid presented to commissioners before launching into the second round of budget workshops: • • • •

General Fund: + 0.3%

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Kathy Dent, Sarasota County supervisor of elections, at a budget workshop responds to a question from Sarasota County Commissioner Jon Thaxton, whom she faces for her office in the fall elections

+ Notable 2013 Sarasota County preliminary budget statistics

Cost: $878,540 2013 FY funding: $0 Start: October 2002 Projected completion: September 2013

Feb. 23: Budget workshop, general fund, major CIP projects March 14: Budget workshop, annual surtax update

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Commissioner Nora Patterson at a public forum for Sarasota County Commission candidates told the Pelican Press that when it comes to budget expenditures, public safety is a priority. This was in response to letters from such organizations, as the Siesta Key Village Association and the Siesta Key Condominium Council, urging commissioners to prioritize the search for funding options to pay for the more than $16 million improvements planned for Siesta Key Beach. Commissioner Patterson, who represents Siesta interests with the District 4 seat, explained that the 800-megahertz mass communications upgrade for 38 emergency agencies in Sarasota County should receive funding priority, if necessary. Commissioners at budget workshops in May expressed support for the new system. Here are some capital projects for the men and women who protect Sarasota County in the line item 2013 preliminary budget:

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arasota County Administrator Randall Reid started Sarasota County Commission budget talks Tuesday with some positive news: It looks like Sarasota County is in economic recovery. Sarasota County Commission Chairwoman Christine Robinson stopped Reid to note that “the Barbetta scenario” perhaps had come to fruition. That was what Commissioner Jon Thaxton dubbed a positive economic outlook delivered by Commissioner Joe Barbetta at a previous meeting of commissioners. (See sidebar.) The improving outlook is accompanied by a 3% increase in the county preliminary budget over last year, with spending projected at $834 million in the 2013 fiscal year. Total county millage rate, which represents property taxes, is set at 3.39% for 2013 compared with 3.33% in the previous fiscal year. Both capital and operational spending will increase in 2013, according to the preliminary budget. Spending on major capital improvements, including a new emergency operations center designed to withstand the Category 5 hurricanes, drives the budget increase, as does a forecasted oil price hike. The latter has the county estimating gas to cost $4.94 per gallon and diesel fuel to cost $5.29 per gallon in the 2013 fiscal year, up 10% and 6%, respectively, more than 2012 rates. One of the first budget items discussed at the first of the commission workshops was annual funding for two legal programs for low-income individuals. Budget Director Steve Bothelo

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Home sales hit seven-year high in April Distressed property sales hit three-year low in April Tourism numbers were a record high in the first quarter of 2012 The county had the best ever occupancy rate of 94.7% in the first quarter Gross sales jumped 8% in April over last year First-quarter residential permits issued are up 43% over last year First-quarter residential permit values are up 82% over 2011 Unemployment was at 8.6% in April


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+ Deputies get noise tech lesson The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office held a training session Thursday, June 7 for technology used to measure sound levels. There were 22 deputies and three code-enforcement officers, including Siesta Key code-enforcement officer John Lally, at the workshop. “There is a learning curve, and it was mostly for the people who haven’t had any training,” Lally said. “It was to keep people up to par on how to operate the equipment.” The session comes after several months of noise complaints and informal negotiations between Siesta residents, merchants, deputies and Sarasota County officials about how to mitigate sound levels in Siesta Key Village. “They’ve got to do business,” Lally said of Village merchants, “but they’ve got to do business in a fashion that meets everyone’s approval.”

+ Lighting demo scheduled Beacon Lighting, a lighting company based in Sarasota, will hold a product demonstration in Siesta Key Village 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, as part of the preliminary stages of the installation of crosswalk lighting. EvoLucia Lighting, also headquartered in Sarasota, will demonstrate its products’ efficacy the follow-

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Meetings &agendas Siesta Village crosswalk lighting demonstration — 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, Siesta Key Village, 5200 Ocean Blvd., Siesta  Sarasota County Commission budget workshop — 10 a.m. Friday, June 15, Administration Building, Think Tank, third floor, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota  School Board monthly work session — 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, Landings Administrative Complex, 1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota.  Reprecincting Town Hall meeting — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota  Planning Commission public meeting — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, Administration Building, Commission chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota 

ing Monday, June 18, at the same time. A third firm, Winter Springsbased Jag Lighting Solutions Inc., expressed interest in doing a similar display but has yet to schedule a date, said Sarasota County Traffic Engineering and Operations Manager Ryan Montague. Crosswalks are planned for Midnight Pass Road; construction should begin by the end of this year.

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North bridge construction commences The Florida Department of Transportation closed one lane on the Siesta Key north bridge Monday, June 11, marking the start of nightly lane closures for construction expected to last until October. The north bridge rehabilitation project officially began Tuesday, June 5, but machines, workers and construction materials trickled into the tiny parking lots on each side of the bridge during the following week. There is currently one lift machine and sheets of metal in the lot on the west side of the bridge. A construction worker was spotted inspecting the road in the middle of the bridge with a flashlight June 11, prior to the lane closure; drivers are encouraged to use caution, even when both lanes are flowing freely. Speeding LBK - 2010 -K fines are doubled for that stretch of road when workers are present.

Permanent signage is in place for the Siesta Key north bridge rehabilitation project, but temporary signs will be deployed during lane closures, which take place at night.

Neon buoys mark the placement barriers designed to minimize the spread of construction debris across the bottom of Sarasota Bay.

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Studios, a firm that received a $650,000 grant from the county to relocate, was cited in that question. Slider said he would push for alternatives to orthodox incentives, like tax credits or grants. “(Sarasota County) needs to

seen an issue resolved by throwing more politicians in the mix,” Robinson replied. Cohen attempted to separate herself from the incumbent Robinson when an audience member asked when the county would revert libraries, and other civil institutions, to their prerecession hours as the economy recovers. “We can never have enough libraries in the world,” Cohen said. The manager and professor of Information Technology at Southwest Florida University criticized the policy of cutting library hours, which she said is enjoyed by students and the elderly. Robinson quickly noted that the county received the 2012 Library of the Year Award. The audience also voiced frustration about planned roundabouts on U.S. 41. “I think whoever (designed and planned) the roundabouts ought to have their head examined,” McLendon said. But Hines assured attendees that they were not in for a traffic disruption or confusion. “The traffic does move, you just have to get used to it,” he said. “If you miss (the turn) you just around one more time.” Vanessa Carusone, formerly a North Port City Commissioner and candidate for the District 5 seat, was not present for the forum.

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The impact on area politics of Sarasota County Commissioner Jon Thaxton, who will vacate his District 5 seat after this term, was apparent as the public questioned candidates vying for his office on environmental and development issues at the Monday forum sponsored by Sarasota County Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (CONA). Audience members wrote questions on index cards during the event, which was held at the Sarasota Garden Club, adjacent to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, and participants passed around a microphone to provide answers. Charles Hines, William Brian Slider and Randy McLendon, all vying for the District 5 County Commission seat currently held by Jon Thaxton, answered questions. Current Commission Chairwoman Christine Robinson defended her District 3 seat against Jennifer Cohen, of North Port. Questions covered the role of local government in economic development, specifically, monetary incentives provided to attract companies to Sarasota County. The failure of Sanborn

ready in the area. “I went to a restaurant the other night, and it was closed the next day,” she said. “It’s sad.” The five candidates said they support the right for residents to opt-out of smart meters that are being installed by Florida Power & Light this year. But Cohen, who hails from North Port, said sometimes FPL employees can’t reach customers in her city who have power problems because of the rural environment. Another question touched on the environment, asking candidates if each would be as strong of an environmentalist as Thaxton. None of the participants claimed to match the level of his environmental advocacy, and Robinson said she learned much from Thaxton, remarking, “When he speaks, he always has something important to say.” McLendon took a philosophical look at most of the questions and voiced his support for some environmental policies on theocratic grounds. “I believe God expects us to be stewards of this Earth,” he said. Hines flexed his free-market ideology and explained that he thinks the county should look to the private sector for environmental conversation. One audience member asked if candidates would support increasing the number of commissioners to seven. “I’ve never

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Speakers Dr. David Matkin and James Linn, third from left, with County Commissioner Nora Patterson, panel moderator, and Tiger Bay President Mollie Cardamone

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Ryan Chapdelain and Leigh Durst attended the Tiger Bay Club’s monthly luncheon Thursday, June 7, at Michael’s On East. turns subsidize what the cities and counties would normally put into the plans. “Now, the good times are over, cities and counties have to pay up and taxpayers are getting upset,” Matkin said. “You have to understand taxpayers are saying they are lucky to keep a job and these employees complain about a reduction of 3% in their pensions. It’s sure to create increased political pressure.” Brantley, though, said not all public pension plans are in trouble. “Each plan has its own particular series of events and decisions that led them to their problems today,” Brantley said. “There’s not a single fix for each plan.” Sarasota attorney John Patterson asked the panel if it was realistic to think employees will accept drastic changes to their retirement plans. Linn said it’s definitely a topic of discussion, although the decisions are tough. “You make that decision and close the plan, your costs don’t get reduced for the next 15 to 20 years,” Linn said. “Costs also skyrocket because you cut off the flow to the plans as you are forced to continue to fund plans for the current members.” Brantley said it’s possible to make necessary changes to the current plans “without throwing out the baby with the bath water.” “We are seeing evidence of cooperative negotiations, believe it or not,” Brantley said. Matkin said you can’t put an exact unfunded liability amount for all the pensions in the state, though he said many plans have unfunded liabilities that “have increased millions and millions of dollars in the past few years.”

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There’s no quick fix for the state’s public-sector-employee pension problems. That was the theme of a “Public Pensions” forum sponsored by the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club Thursday, June 7. Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson moderated the panel, made up of two pension lawyers and a financial management professor. “Public-sector plans once seemed very well-funded, but now seem very unsustainable,” she said. After noting that taxpayers are growing restless of funding generous publicsector pension plans that have growing unfunded liabilities when taxpayers don’t have such generous retirement plans, Patterson asked the panel what’s going to happen. The answer from the three panelists varied. Tallahassee pension attorney James Linn said, ultimately, it will come down to taxpayers. “There are valid points made about everyone being in a 401(k) plan, instead,” Linn said. “The problem is trying to balance what taxpayers are willing to pay for those benefits, because putting all the risk on the cities and counties has gotten too expensive.” Miami attorney and retired firefighter Jim Brantley, who represents police and fire unions, had a different take. “No one has their head in the sand about this issue that needs to be addressed,” Brantley said. “Clearly, plans that have 40% to 60% rise in costs are not sustainable and need changes, and the employees should have to be a part of the solution.” But ending the plans and shifting to defined contribution plans, Brantley said, is not the answer for all pension plans. “It’s time to accept lower benefits when the plans are too out of control,” Brantley said. Linn explained the public pension plans have three main issues that drive them: risk, assumptions and the cost of the plan. “The problem is for the last 10 years, the average rate of return on most of these plans was in the neighborhood of 2% when they were expected to make 8%,” Linn said. “Because they are not making their assumptions, it’s adding to cost and driving this issue. Governments are looking at reform because you can’t sustain these costs for very long.” Dr. David Matkin, a Florida State University professor, explained that when times are good, pension-investment re-

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‘ … And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air … ’ As the Siesta Key Chamber founding fathers undertook the of Commerce excitedly pretask of authoring the Declarapares to host, for the 22nd time, tion of Independence, they, the Fourth of July community some knowingly and perhaps fireworks celebration on Siesta some not, would achieve Key Beach, I must take something far greater a moment to remind than the independence my community of its of a single nation. Ayn extremely vital role in Rand, in “Man’s Rights,” this event. Simply put touched on the idea that — without the supthrough the Declaraport of local residents tion of Independence and businesses, this and, subsequently, event does not exist. the Constitution, “the The chamber raises the government’s function nearly $35,000 needed was changed from the to fund the fireworks role of ruler to the role KEVIN through the generosity of servant.” Indeed, the COOPER shown each year by our founding fathers noted community. Without that, “Experience hath you, and your participation, we shown, that mankind are more would be unable to celebrate disposed to suffer … than to properly our country’s inderight themselves by abolishing pendence with illuminations the forms to which they are acin the sky ... although, perhaps customed.” relegating July Fourth to merely The Declaration of Indepenour Independence Day would dence is, largely, a collection be similar to considering Earth of grievances against the then merely a rock. For, when our “King of Great Britain,” thus lay-

ing the foundation for a country based not on laws against man but laws against government. Although those who saw fit to “dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another” were not the same who conceived of democracy, perhaps they understood it better than all of those who came before them. One of my favorite patriots, John Adams, once aptly stated that “fear is the foundation of most governments.” The United States of America, however, created a government with the sole foundation of securing the rights of man. Further, the declaration asserted that should a government ever become destructive of that foundation, “it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” The Fourth of July doesn’t just mark the birth of the United States of America; it marks one of the most important days since the birth of human-

kind — the day of its crowning achievement. For, after that day, it would be unable for the world to ignore the fact “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Please help us continue to bring this event, which celebrates these rights, to our No. 1 beach; we can’t do it without your generosity. Support us, however you so choose, and then come out and join us on the beach as we celebrate, with a spectacular fireworks display, our Independence Day — one of the most important days in the history of the world. For more information on how you can help contact me at kevin@ siestakeychamber.com or visit the chamber’s website, siestakeychamber.com. Kevin Cooper is the executive director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce.

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Commission change would divide The single-member Sarasota The single-member district County Commission district idea concept, which the Sarasota sounds good at first blush when County Charter Review Board the proponents give their pitch. voted recently to study, with an It isn’t. eye toward putting it to voters Proponents are generally good in a referendum, would retain government types who the idea that candidates want the right things. must live in the district They hope for: in which they run, but 1) Better represenwould allow only voters tation of the entire in that district to vote for county,; the candidate. The hope 2) More responsiveis that the commissioner ness to constituents’ would then be more needs; responsive to the needs 3) And less influence of constituents in that of money in the system. district. ROD But the change would The problem is that THOMSON would just be all too true. probably work against the first two, and the A member of the comthird one is an unreachmission from Sarasota able fantasy. Money will always would care only about Sarasota be part of politics. and not give a hoot about resiAs imperfect as any mandents in Osprey, Venice, North made system of governance is, Port or Englewood — or even a the way the Sarasota County different part of Sarasota out of Commission is set up for elechis or her district. tions and representation is probThis would result in divisiveably as good as it gets. ness in the county and an exRight now, the County Comtraordinary amount of parochimission has five districts. alism and vote-trading. Commissioners must live in the Let’s say, for instance, that the district for which they are run, top three road projects needed but they must run countywide. this year, according to objective So everyone in the county votes transportation metrics, were all for each commissioner. in North Port and Venice. Under

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the current system, there is at least a chance that the top priorities would be funded because all of the commissioners voting on the road projects would be answering to voters in North Port and Venice. Under the single-member district, there wouldn’t be a snowball’s chance on a hot August afternoon that all of those projects would be done in North Port and Venice. You would have the north county commissioners demanding their share of the road-building money; there would be horse-trading on projects; and the decisions would be 100% politicized. Why would the commissioner representing Siesta Key vote for something benefitting only Lido Key or North Sarasota if those were not in the commissioner’s district? He or she probably wouldn’t, unless there was a quid pro quo, because they simply don’t have to answer to those voters. To try to gain an advantage, the south county commissioners might create an informal alliance, as might the north county commissioners — each looking for three votes. The end of this plan would be a divided county,

pitting geographic areas against each other. One of the speakers at the Charter Review Board meeting said she did not know which county commissioner to call for constituent needs and thought a single-member district would solve that. It actually could make it worse. All she needs to do now is call the commissioner who lives in her district. But in addition, she can call any of the other commissioners because they all answer to her as a voter. In a single-member district setup, she would lose that leverage and their first question would be: where do you live? Now we would not want a system of all at-large commissioners, with no districts at all. We could get all five commissioners from Sarasota and have no representation in the south, or theoretically vice-versa. What is in place now, where commissioners answer countywide but must come from all areas of the county, seems like the best balance possible. Let’s not spend time trying to fix what is not broken. Rod Thomson can be reached at rthomson@yourobserver.com.


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Cops Corner June 2

1:49 a.m. — corner of Beach Road and Avenida Del Mare. Driving Under the Influence. A man began following a vehicle that nearly swerved into his lane. When he saw the vehicle stop, he got out of his own car. The driver of the first vehicle approached the man, who got back into his car and left the area. Police arrived and followed the driver who had been swerving. Upon striking a curb, the man was pulled over. The man began to cry and said he had a child on the way and was afraid he would fail. The man said he just wanted to go home and was in a place he did not know.

12:30 a.m. — 200 block of Beach Road. Petit Theft. Two men were seen acting suspiciously on Siesta Key Beach near a woman’s unoccupied belongings. After she returned from the water and could not find her purse, a witness described the men, and the woman called police. Her cell phone and keys were inside the purse.

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9 a.m. — 4100 block of Roberts Point. Vehicular Burglary. A man reported that he heard noises he assumed were raccoons outside of his house and awoke to find his car door slightly ajar. He called police when he noticed his computer and his wife’s hormone creams were missing from the vehicle. Officers were unable to gather fingerprints because it was raining when they arrived.

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8 a.m. — 5000 block of Midnight Pass Road. Drug Possession. Two men matching the description of burglary suspects were stopped by police. When an officer asked to speak with one of the men, he immediately admitted that he was in possession of cannabis. Police found a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance in the man’s front pocket.

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4:25 p.m. — 6600 block of Midnight Pass Road. Petit Theft. A convenience-store clerk reported that two young men stole a carton of Marlboro cigarettes. They had asked for a cup of water and cigarettes, and when the clerk put the merchandise on the

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12:25 a.m. — 600 block of Beach Road. Drug Trafficking. Police found a man sleeping face down in the grass near a road. When an officer determined he was dangerously impaired, the man was taken into protective custody. Police found 144 prescription opiates in his pockets and arrested him for drug trafficking.

June 7

BICYCLE MADE FOR NONE

2:03 p.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Criminal Mischief. Two men got into an argument about a parking space near Siesta Key Beach. The men walked around looking for a deputy to solve the dispute, but were unsuccessful. When the man occupying the space stated he was going to the beach, the other man said he would slash the vehicle’s tires. When the first man returned from the beach, one of the car’s tires was slightly deflated. Police determined someone had let air out of the tire.

8:30 a.m. — 900 block of Beach Road. Grand Theft. A man reported that his mountain bike was stolen from a bicycle rack near Siesta Key Beach. Police

2:22 a.m. — 5200 block of Ocean Boulevard. Disorderly Intoxication. Police responded to complaints about a disturbance in Siesta Key Village and found a man walking toward a pizza restaurant shouting obscenities and screaming. The man pulled away from a deputy who attempted to handcuff him and told the officer to “do what you’ve got to do.” The officer pulled out his taser, and the man complied.

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1:40 p.m. — 5100 block of Ocean Boulevard. Vehicle Crash. A woman lost control of her rental scooter and crashed into a parked car. The car was parked legally, so police determined the woman was at fault.

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World’s Largest Swimming Lesson — takes place at 10 a.m. at the Arlington Park Aquatic Center, 2650 Waldemere St. Be a part of this educational, Guinness World Record setting event. More than 20,000 children and adults on five different continents participated in 2011. Free. Call 952-9293.

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We caught up with brothers Alec and Max Hall after-the-fact to find out just how much fun they had. Catapulting vs. marshmallows: which is better? Max: You did a lot more action with the marshmallows — and you can eat your ammo!

How far did your marshmallows shoot? Max: Three feet? Alec: Seven feet. Max: Yeah, seven feet.

Have you ever shot a marshmallow gun before? Alec: No. Max. No.

What is the difference between catapulting and shooting? Max: With the catapults, you have to pull the thing back to launch the ammo. Well, it’s kind of the same because with the marshmallow gun, you have to pull the handle back and pull it forward to make it shoot.

Was it fun? In unison: AWESOME! How many marshmallows were in your gun? Alec: 22. Max: Yeah, 22. We counted. Was it a contest? Who won? Alec: All. Max: Everybody.

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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.

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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.

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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.

hoW to get Benefits from the medical Benefits settlement You need to submit a Claim Form to request benefits. You can get a copy of the Claim Form

by visiting the website or by calling 1-866-9926174. Claims can be submitted by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you should call the toll-free number for assistance. The deadline for filing a Claim Form is one year after the Medical Benefits Settlement becomes effective (that is, after the Court grants “final approval” and any appeals are resolved). The exact date of the claim filing deadline will be posted on the website. It is highly recommended that Medical Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly. Please read the Economic and Property Damages Settlement notice because you may also be eligible for a payment from that settlement.

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Dawn Meyer serves to the other team.

Brothers Leonardo and Bruno Lunardi competed in the Dig the Beach volleyball tournament.

Kent Ammons serves during his match.

Chloe Boehm, Kalee Schlabach and Amanda Saxton

Dena Dahlquist, Abbey Beasley and Dawn Meyer stand ready to receive the serve from the other team.

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Volleyball players from around the state participated in the twoday Dig the Beach volleyball tournament Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, on Siesta Key Public Beach. Now in its 20th year, the volleyball tour takes place at beaches throughout Florida, including Clearwater, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale and Siesta Key. Saturday’s play was delayed due to Friday’s thunderstorm that flooded the courts. However, many people still competed and will be back in a month when Dig the Beach loops back around to Siesta Key July 14 and July 15.

Garrett Rasmussen bumps the ball during his match Saturday. Abbey Beasley stands ready to play Saturday, June 9. Right: Roger Corvitt hits the ball over the net at Garrett Rasmussen.


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Locals run to help raise funds for running water The Running Water 5K, hosted by the Sarasota Christian Church, drew 150 runners Saturday, June 9, to Siesta Key Public

Chase Guthrie, Jada Schiessl, Blaire Chambers, Sarah Jester, Jonathan Kliewer and Adrianne Stolpe

Beach. Jonathan Kliewer, youth pastor at Sarasota Christian Church, said that the run was raising money for an upcoming mission

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It’s that time, again! The holiday celebrating fathers and grandfathers everywhere is quickly approaching, and we could think of no other way to honor those special men in your lives than by bringing you the Pelican Press’ annual Father’s Day Q&A featuring their adorable offspring. Here’s what the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County had to say about their daddies.

Kaylee Idle Rivera, 7 1/2 What makes your dad the best dad? Every time it’s my birthday, he always gets me a special present, but usually the best present he gives every day is a hug and a kiss. What’s your favorite book to read with him? I think the Bible. When’s your dad the funniest? Definitely when he jokes around and he makes up words, and sometimes he just does spectacular jokes. How are you celebrating Father’s Day? Hopefully we’re gonna do a daddy-daughter date night, but before we do that, I’m hoping to give him his special present.

Cameron Roach, 8

Describe your dad in three words: Awesome, amazing, cool and nice. Wait, that’s four. So?

If you had $8 million, you’d buy your dad a: A new, uh, what’s it called — Aston Martin.

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When is your dad the funniest? We played a joke on my dad one day, me and my sister. We put whipped cream in his hand, tickled his nose … and then he woke up. The next thing you know, (he said), “What is that on my face?” It was really funny.

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What’s his favorite food? Ribs.

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Why do you love your dad? He’s awesome. He’s a loving dad. He plays games with us — Battleship, Connect 4, my Wii, my PlayStation.

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Stephen and Eleanor Serio, of Charlotte, N.C., sold their Unit 302 condominium at 6326 Midnight Pass Road to Richard and Helen Ruis, of Ludington, Mich., for $416,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,054 square feet of living area. It pre-

Branislav and Stanislava Dragisic, trustees, of Burr Ridge, Ill., sold the Unit 404 condominium at 20 Whispering Sands Drive to Stephanie Carney, of Clifton Park, N.Y., for $509,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,282 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $150,000 in 1982.

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761020 Ontario Inc. sold the Unit 406 condominium at 5920 Midnight Pass Road to Christopher and Tracey Gordon, of Oakdale, Pa., for $409,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,352 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $129,000 in 1988.

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JOSEPH PANTERA Joseph Pantera, 18, started rowing when he was a freshman in high school for the Sarasota Scullers. Pantera, who was home-schooled, spent his senior year on the team as a captain and rowing as part of a boys pair team with Co-Capt. Conor Davenport. The Sarasota Scullers recently went to nationals in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the third consecutive time. Pantera and Davenport placed third in the nation in the Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Varsity Pair.

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“When I first saw the lineup for this season at the Banyan, I thought, ‘Ah, well, there’s nothing for me,’” says Don Walker. “When they asked me to direct (‘A Lesson from Aloes’), I was surprised and delighted.”

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In 1991, the actor played one-half of a murderous, incestuous couple in the twisted Ira Levin thriller, “Veronica’s Room,” at the Venice Little Theatre. The part still gives him goose bumps. “It’s fun to put on a mask and not be you sometimes,” Walker says. “It’s a treat and a challenge, even if the material is dark.”

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This explains why the actor signed on to direct his first show in Sarasota: the sobering Apartheid-era drama, “A Lesson from Aloes,” which opens June 28, at the Banyan Theater Company. Penned by critically acclaimed playwright and author Athol Fugard (“Tsotsi”), the play is set in 1963 South Africa and ripe with political unrest, oppression, betrayal, sanity and madness. Originally written for African audiences, it was first performed in 1978 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and opened two years later at Yale Repertory Theater with James Earl Jones as its star. Now it’s kicking off the Banyan’s 2012 summer season. “I’m a little nervous,” Walker says of the play. “I’m working with a script that deals with hard, depressing things. No one wants to leave the theater feeling sad. What I’m doing right now is finding the hopefulness in it. There’s always something to be hopeful about.” Mild-mannered and genial, Walker, 69, at first seems like he’s too easy going to call the shots on such an intense play. But as anyone whose seen the actor at work can attest, Walker can deliver a story like he’s lived it 100 times. “He was the right guy for me,” says Banyan’s executive director, Jerry Finn. “This is a challenging play. It’s the kind of play that needs a very sensitive approach in terms of characterization. I have a lot of confidence in Don’s sense of style and his ability to analyze. He’s very incisive.” Two seasons ago, the Banyan cast Walker in a lead role in “The

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“The only part I ever really wanted to play that I never got the chance to do was Elwood P. Dowd in ‘Harvey,’” says Don Walker. “He’s the guy who claims to see a giant, invisible pooka (rabbit).” Drawer Boy.” The following year, the company gave him the part of Becky’s earnest, blue-collar husband in “Becky’s New Car.” “Of course, I was thrilled,” Walker says. “I think of (Banyan) as a major professional theater.” A father to three adult sons and grandfather to eight, Walker grew up in Oklahoma, in a family he describes as “totally loving and non-dysfunctional.” A born storyteller, he decided somewhere between his junior and senior years of high school that he wanted to become an actor. His mother suggested he study art, instead. “She knew I was good at it and she figured I could make a better living as an artist than as an actor,” Walker chuckles. He never made a living doing either.

Three years into his art degree at the University of Oklahoma, Walker switched his major to drama. He was already performing in most of the college’s shows, anyway. By his senior year, he had nailed an audition to attend the graduate program at Yale School of Drama, an opportunity that would bring him closer to New York City, where he hoped to one day work on Broadway. “I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven,” he says. He remembers in the fall of 1966 driving to New Haven, Conn., newly married and in awe of the changing leaves, the staid brick buildings and clean green lawns. Many of his Yale classmates would later go on to get work in Hollywood. Among them, Talia

Shire, who played Adrianna in all five “Rocky” movies, and actor Ken Howard, who currently serves as the president of the Screen Actors Guild. Walker, however, would never graduate from Yale. During his first year in the program his wife gave birth to their first son, forcing Walker to drop out of grad school and get a full-time job. The decision, though bittersweet, still stings. “I gave up something really big,” Walker says. “I couldn’t see a play for a long time after that. It was years before I even stepped foot in a theater.” That all changed in the late 1980s, when Walker, then a widower, moved to Sarasota with the company for which he still works — World Precision Instruments, a medical equipment manufacturer — and decided to audition for a part in “Murder on the Nile” at The Players Theatre. “I was grateful I had long pants on that day because my knees were shaking so bad,” he says. He didn’t get the part, but he would go on to get many more at professional and community theaters from Venice to Anna Maria Island, often alongside his second wife, Jenny Aldrich, whom he met on the set of “Veronica’s Room” and secretly married during their run of “Rumors” at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. In short, he’s spent the past two decades on stage in Sarasota making up for lost time. And, now, thanks to roles in “The Life of Galileo” and “Twelve Angry Men,” Walker can add the Asolo Repertory Theatre to his list of

credits. In the fall, he’ll appear on the Asolo Rep stage again, this time as Dr. Lyman Hall in the Frank Galati-directed musical, “1776.” He’s growing his hair out for the part in hopes that he won’t have to wear a wig. “I think the fact that I’m an actor is what will make me a good director,” Walker says. “I know how actors feel and think. I know how gently nudging someone in a certain direction generally works better than bossing them around.” He runs a hand through his salt-and-pepper mop and says he’s still waiting to hear if Galati approves the ’do. “I’m actually in a pretty nice position right now, if you think about it,” Walker says. “I’m directing equity actors at a company with a reputation for producing great theater … ” And in the fall he’ll sign the Declaration of Independence on stage at the Asolo Rep.

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+ Former Asolo Rep actors come this-close to snagging a Tony Award Oh, Bonnie, we were gunnin’ for you … Watching Sunday night’s Tony Awards felt a little like sitting in the audience at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. The list of former Asolo Rep artists nominated for Tony Awards was pretty staggering. “Bonnie & Clyde,” though it failed to wow critics on Broadway, did earn actress Laura Osnes (i.e., Bonnie Parker) a nomination. The musical’s director, Jeff Calhoun, its male lead, Jeremy Jordan, and scenic Courtesy photo designer, Tobin Ost, Judy Kaye also received Tony nominations, but not for their work on the Depression-era musical. Instead, they were recognized for another scrappy period piece: “Newsies.” Also nominated: the superb Judy Kaye, who in 2009 appeared in “Souvenir” at the Asolo Rep. Kaye was up for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her performance in “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” starring Matthew Broderick.

+ Sarasota community rallies to watch Nik Wallenda cross Niagara Falls Finally, the time has come for Sarasota’s circus golden boy to cross Niagara Falls on a wire during a live, three-hour television event. You can either watch it on ABC from the comfort of your living room, or gather up the family for a Circus Sarasota-style street party that starts at 6 p.m. Friday, June 15, in front of Mattison’s City Grille. I’d choose the latter, if I were you. There will be music, dancing, food vendors and performances by the Sailor AP photo by David Duprey Circus. Family-friendly Nik Wallenda in Niagara Falls activities will include face painting, juggling, balloon-making and tightrope walking, of course. Emceed by Circus Sarasota founder Pedro Reis, the event will culminate with a live broadcast of Wallenda’s walk on a JumboTron screen. Oh, and there will be a live auction, the most coveted prize being dinner for eight with Wallenda and his wife, Erendira. As someone who’s interviewed the daredevil several times, I can tell you the dinner table conversation will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Two seasons ago, when I featured Maria Wirries, then Cliff Roles 13, Maria Wirries on the cover of this section, it seemed like everyone in Sarasota had their eyes on the rising songbird. Wirries, who at the time was preparing to headline her first solo concert, was astonished by the attention. “I feel famous,” she said sweetly. “People are coming just to see me. It feels like I’m achieving a new goal in my ladder.” Well, Lady M, it looks like you’re climbing even higher up that ladder. On July 4, Wirries will perform as a soloist on Gloria Musicae’s “Sounds of Freedom” program at the Historic Asolo Theater. Two weeks later, she’ll head to Italy with the choral group to perform as its featured vocalist at the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival. So, what’s on the singer’s mind right now? Her wisdom teeth. She got them yanked last week between rehearsals. “I talked my mother into getting me a bunch of ice cream so that I’m healed enough to sing,” Wirries says. “I’m not letting anything stop me from being a part of this amazing experience.” Wirries will be chronicling her overseas adventure for The Observer. Stay tuned for her stories from the tour bus.

HOT TICKETS >> The Taffetas The Taffetas: As Florida Studio Theatre can attest: Sarasota theater-goers love nostalgia. If you’re still looking for your “Soldier Boy,” you’ll find him this week at The Players Theatre. Running June 14 through June 16, “The Taffetas” is the first installment in the Courtesy Players’ popular The Taffetas stars Laurie Colton, Kathy Summer Sizzler series. A tribute Abney and Nikki Maack Schuster to the innocent girl groups of the 1950s, the musical revue includes numbers by The Fontane Sisters, The Chordettes and The McGuire Sisters, to name a few. For tickets, call 365-2494.

>> ‘Fanny Brice: America’s Funny Girl’ Lucy and Ethel emulated her on network television. Barbra Streisand immortalized her on Broadway, and now actress Marya Grandy is bringing her ballyhooing antics to audiences in Sarasota. “Fanny Brice, America’s Funny Girl” is the perfect way to kick off a freewheeling summer. Catch the now show before it ends Sunday, June 17, at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. For tickets, call 351-8000 or visit asolorep.org.

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hen Loretta Bestpitch occasionally cut the roses to give began work as the cu- to guests. This was followed by a rator of Mable Ring- six-year stint working at a landling’s Rose Garden on the Ring- scape company in Bradenton, ling Museum of Art grounds in and finally, the Ringling rose 2006, romance was in the air. garden. “It just sounded so romantic,” Bestpitch began in 2006 with she says with a slight Southern an intense, year-long internship twang. “I knew when I came under Ron Mallory and replaced through the gate that it was him upon his retirement in 2007. home.” Since then, she’s been weeding, Long before this, home was deadheading, irrigating, fertilOsceola County, where she grew izing and mulching at both the up with six brothers, as an out- Mable Ringling Rose Garden and doors-romping tomboy. Secret Garden. She’s also been “When most girls were think- coordinating volunteers and ining about dating, I was up in teracting with guests. a tree throwing moss down to And, just as a museum curator cows,” she says. gets to decide which paintings Bestpitch comes from a long make the cut, Bestpitch decides line of West Virginia farmers who which flowers come in when the grew Old MacDonald apples. others go out. But it isn’t as easy She certainly has the green- as growing roses in the Pacific thumb gene. Northwest, a part of the country At 42, Bestpitch was working known for its rose cultivating. for the Osceola County school “Having a (rose garden) in system and longed for more than Florida doesn’t follow textbook the felt walls of her cubicle — she (guidelines),” she says. needed to be outside, “where life She makes decisions based was goin’ on,” she says. upon which specimens are the “My neighbor said, ‘Well, I most disease-resistant and grow have a lawnmower,’ and I said, best in this region. She says that ‘Well, I have one, too. So, let’s go the rose must be of the fortunimow yards!’” ana rootstalk. From there, her The pair started L&W, a decision is based on garden delandscapesign, color ma in te na nce and frabusiness. The grance. c o m p a n y “This eventually had one re42 yards; the minds me income finanof apples,” cially supportshe says ed her and her pointthree daughing out ters while she one bush. earned a de“This regree in ornaminds me mental hortiof when culture from I used Valencia Junior to make A Pope John Paul II rose College. guava jelPost-degree, ly for the she spent three years training at kids,” she says while smelling Disney’s Epcot, where she would another.

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Loretta Bestpitch knows the rose nomenclature of almost every rose in the Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden.

She typically gets new roses locally from Your Farm & Garden on Beneva Road. Occasionally she will test out the All American Rose Selection (AARS) annual winners to see how they will do. And, sometimes, her decisions are spurred by other causes. In 2008, Bestpitch was reading an article in Southern Living about the Peggy Martin rose. It was one of only two plants that survived Hurricane Katrina at Peggy Martin’s garden in Louisiana. Cuttings of the rose were distributed as a fundraiser for a horticulture restoration fund. “I just had to have one,” Bestpitch says. The Peggy Martin rose flourished in the Ringling gardens.

The Italian wagon-wheel shaped Mable Ringling Rose Garden was erected in 1913 and was the first attraction on the Ringling property. Though none of the original flowers remains, Old Garden roses (predecessors to today’s rose varieties) from Mabel’s era do fill the gardens. “When I got here, there were 110 unidentified (roses),” Bestpitch says. She identified all of them, recorded them and has been keeping a detailed log of every product she plants and when, such as the Dick Clark roses (the 2011 AARS winner) or Pope John Paul II roses. “There are 480 unidentified species in the mini beds,” she

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>> ‘Prometheus’ The new film, “Prometheus,” reminded me why I’m not wired for sci-fi. I’m crazy about director Ridley Scott when he makes films such as “Thelma and Louise” and “Gladiator.” I have the utmost respect for Oscar winner Charlize Theron, especially in “Monster.” And I’m just downright in love with Michael Fassbender, who floored me with his depth in “Shame.” But throw them into a confusing, action abyss and I’m lost. I could have napped through the first halfhour of “Prometheus” had it not been for Fassbender’s character, David (an android), who has an almost singular presence. He and his hibernating crew are onboard the spaceship Prometheus bound for a distant planet. The mission was predicated on scientists, Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) studying prehistoric cave paintings and who believe that the origins of human life may exist on the planet. How they ascertain this lacks any sensible segue.   Subplot (spoiler alert): The Weyland Corp. is funding the interstellar search but for much more nefarious motives. Its hid-

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den agenda is heralded by the overly icy Meredith Vickers (Theron). In a shocking discovery toward the end of the film, we learn she’s actually the daughter of CEO Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) who’s hiding onboard. I could have cared less. It had absolutely no bearing on the muddled plot. I have to give Scott credit for creating exquisite visuals in stunning locales such as Iceland, Scotland and Spain. And there were two deliciously crafted scenes that blew me away, one of which was a surgical procedure to remove an alien being from Shaw’s body and the other the decapitation of David, who functions perfectly away from his torso. But, overall, “Prometheus” suffers from lame dialogue and, at times, a corny script. It takes giant leaps of faith, which are impossible to swallow. And, although the film is well-cast, aside from Rapace (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and Fassbender, the acting is superfluous. Rapace is intense while Fassbender steals the show. Although “Prometheus” raises the question about the origin of human life, it offers absolutely no answers. In mythology, Prometheus was the Greek god who angered Zeus by stealing fire and giving it to mortals. If there was an analogy to that in the film, it was lost on me. The ending of “Prometheus” screams sequel — I think I’ll pass.  — Pam Nadon

MUSIC >> Sarasota Music Festival: Symphony Concert I — All Beethoven A not-very-funny thing happened on the way to the end of the first movement of Beethoven’s G Major Piano Concerto Saturday night: The lights went out in the Opera House. It seems that one of Florida Power & Light’s feeder cables going into the theater died, leaving only the emergency “panic” lights on in the house and a few spotty spots overhead on stage. One of the wonderful things about music, though, is that it can be played (and heard) in the dark. As long as you can see the music, that is. The solo pianist, John Perry, was playing from memory so he just soldiered on. The wonderful conductor, Larry Rachleff, knew the score. And the orchestra, made up primarily of students with young, bright eyes, seemed able to see their music and instruments and never missed a beat. What was most annoying was the incessantly beeping alarm — sometimes in G, and sometimes not — that persisted through two-and-a-half movements of the concerto. The all-Beethoven program opened on a brighter note with the overture to “The Creatures of Prometheus.” Rachleff, who conducted with great acclaim at the festival a couple of seasons ago, brought a cohesive, brilliant sound from the orchestra, which was made up primarily of students with a smattering of faculty members and some well-known first-chair players from the Sarasota Orchestra. The strings, led by Sarasota Orchestra’s concertmaster Daniel Jordan, were particularly brilliant in the allegro section of the work, playing together as if they’d had years (not mere days) as an ensemble. It’s almost impossible to comment on the piano concerto because of the circumstances but, truth be told, Perry, a longtime festival faculty member, was not at his best, even before the lights went out. While

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Noriko Sidlow: an artist in the kitchen or skills to prepare mented in music, flowers and tait. They asked Sid- ble decor. It is “exotic elegance” low to do it, and for this one. A Halloween dinner when that word featured a haunted house cut got out, several from black seaweed atop a bed more Japanese of Japanese-style rice pilaf tinted families asked for orange with ketchup and indithe same thing. vidual desserts in the shape of Sidlow ended up spooks. A luncheon for the star delivering the of Sarasota Opera’s fall produccomplex, multi- tion of “Madame Butterfly” was course feast to laden with lepidoptera. four or five famiBefore moving here, Sidlow lies. had a company in Kobe that proShe has expand- duced events from fashion shows ed her repertoire and business meetings to bridal far beyond her fairs and weddings. She is also a native cuisine trained pianist, vioPhotos by Molly Schechter to encompass linist and keyboard Noriko Sidlow the traditionteacher. Now she al Jewish does it all from her ven the hand-written recdishes relished by her home in Mote ipe she provided is prethusband, Chuck, Ranch, inty; it’s decorated with a as well as diverse cluding charming drawing. It is a clue to European cuicooking pleasures to come, as are pinesines. She loves lessons apple boats waiting to be filled French food and caand the impeccably coordinated and presented tering table. The shining taste of the the Asian dish for prifinished dish drives the point featured here vate parhome: Noriko Sidlow sees cookwith an eclectic, ties. You ing as a total art and likes nothItalian “buon apcan coning more than to prepare and petito.” Whatever tact her at share a beautiful experience at culinary language 928-2246 or look the table. she is speaking, Sid- The pineapple boat is her up on FaceSidlow came to Florida six low gives each meal book as Moshiready to be filled. years ago from Kobe, Japan. She a theme to be impleMoshiBonjour. describes her hometown as being to Osaka, Japan, as Beverly Hills is to Los Angeles — an upscale adjunct offering the finest in the arts, fashion and dining. Although she learned to make beautiful and healthy food from her mother, she credits eating in Kobe’s high-end restaurants as a significant source of inspiration. A largely self-taught cook, Sidlow has no formal training and uses cookbooks only for their pictures as idea starters. Yet this story of a New Year’s Eve dinner reveals high regard for her skills. Two years ago, the owners of a prominent, local Japanese restaurant wanted a traditional meal for that holiday but did not feel that their staff had the time A beautiful presentation

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INGREDIENTS: SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE: 4 tablespoons soy sauce 8 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons ketchup 6 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons potato starch or cornstarch 1 cup water

DIRECTIONS: SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE: • Dissolve the starch in 3 tablespoons of the water. • Combine remaining water with other ingredients in a small pan and heat. • Add the dissolved cornstarch and cook briefly over low heat until sauce shines and thickens slightly. Set aside. STIR-FRY: • Cut the pineapple in half lengthwise. Remove the middle to make four boats. Remove and discard core and cut the pineapple into chunks. • Coarsely chop the vegetables and mango.

STIR-FRY 2 pineapples 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on Vegetable oil for deep-frying shrimp 1/2 sweet red bell pepper 1/2 sweet green bell pepper 1/2 sweet yellow pepper 8 ounces mushrooms 1 mango 1 onion 1 to 2 carrots 5 tablespoons vegetable oil to sauté vegetables 1 tablespoon sesame oil • Dust the shrimp lightly with potato starch. • In a sauté pan, heat two to three inches of vegetable oil to 360 degrees and deep-fry the shrimp until they start to change color and become crisp. Remove and drain on a paper towel or wire rack. Pour off deep-frying fat. • Heat the sesame oil and 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and sauté vegetables and mango until just crisp tender. Season with salt and pepper. • Add sweet and sour sauce. • Return fried shrimp to pan and stir to combine. Serve in pineapple boats

NOTES: • Stir-fry can also be made with pork or chicken. • For vegan preparation, use tofu. • Dish is gluten-free.

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Fluid Fashion When Jeff Coffaro told interior designer Debbie Wagner, with The Home Stylist, that he and his wife, Linda, wanted to turn the master bedroom of their Longboat Key condo into a kitchen, she stuttered in response.

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Some Keitt mangos hang from their tree in Dr. George Panjikaran’s backyard. These are Panjikaran’s favorite mangos of the 13 varieties he has planted.

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When Dr. George Panjikaran retired in 2008, he built his dream house on Siesta Key, as well as a garden full of fruit trees. Panjikaran grew up in Kerala, India, and as a child his favorite fruits were jackfruit (also known as chakka) and mango. Panjikaran wanted his landscape to contain a variety of fruit and vegetation, so he created an orchard hosting

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His neighbors benefit from his tropical trees, because Panjikaran gives much of his yield away. He has even helped others start their own tropical fruit trees in their yards. Panjikaran works in his garden a few hours every day. With the fruit he doesn’t give away, he enjoys eating it, dehydrating it, juicing it, freezing it or creating pulp candy from the fruit.

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