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Resident to help fund roundabout Although he’s reluctant to step into the spotlight, Lido Key resident Ernie Kretzmer pledged a donation to speed the city’s construction of a downtown roundabout.

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+ Family reunion Sarasota Observer news editor and native Sarasotan Nolan Peterson was reunited with his brother Air Force Capt. Drew Peterson Dec. 1, at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Nolan was overseas for two weeks on assignment, while Drew has been on deployment since August as the mission commander of a classified National Reconnaissance Office operation. Nolan will soon return home to continue coverage of Sarasota County news, but will be reunited once again with his brother. Drew just returned to the states from his deployment and they’ll spend the holidays together with their family — parents, Guy and Cindy Peterson, and their grandparents, Wesley and Joan Peterson, all of whom live in Sarasota.

Before offering to make a roughly $200,000 donation to the city of Sarasota, Ernie Kretzmer’s advocacy for roundabouts in Sarasota was largely limited to writing letters to the editor. Even after ramping up his dedication to the cause by committing his own money to help fund a roundabout at Ringling Boulevard and Orange Avenue, Kretzmer shied away

from taking a vocal role regarding the city’s plans for new roundabouts along U.S. 41 and throughout downtown. Kretzmer did receive acknowledgement of his donation — the details of which are still being finalized — at an October City Commission meeting. However, the kudos came only after a citizen alerted the commission that

Kretzmer was in attendance. For the 88-year-old Lido Key resident, that’s OK with him. “I’ve always kind of been a silent proponent,” Kretzmer said. “I’m not a high-profile person — I don’t want to be.” Kretzmer’s passion for roundabouts

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+ Lights in Bloom Selby Gardens’ Lights in Bloom will officially open to the public Friday. Families are invited to take part in fun activities underneath the surreal aerial displays. The gardens have been transformed into a tropical winter wonderland with more than half a million lights in holiday-themed shapes.

+ Submissions How are you spending your holidays and New Year’s Eve? Send in your favorite holiday moments to be included in our Jan. 9 issue. To submit your festive photos, email rdonahue@yourobserver. com with names and a brief description.

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Landon Cornelies and Cameron Yeung play kings in the The Early Care Center at First United Methodist Church’s 10th annual Christmas pageant Friday, Dec. 13. Families sang Christmas songs together while students made their way on stage. Afterward, everyone enjoyed birthday cake and punch. Fore more photos, see page 4B.

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Five Points Park lighting fails to dazzle A demonstration of a proposed tree-lighting system for Five Points Park didn’t sit favorably with attendees, but newly installed lights along Main Street emerged as an attractive option. Rather than illuminating the night with an exciting display, a lighting demonstration held Thursday, Dec. 12, in Five Points Park felt a little dim to those in attendance. The goal of the event was to

impress potential stakeholders willing to share the cost to install a new tree-lighting system in the park. When the lighting system was ultimately presented to a sparse crowd of DID members and near-

by condominium owners, the audience was far from dazzled. With a price tag as high as $136,000 attached to a lighting system that received a lukewarm response, the DID board must now weigh its options for lighting the park.

The previous lighting system at Five Points Park, installed in 2011, was turned off in June due to maintenance issues. The board solicited proposals for a new

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KRETZMER / FROM 1A began a decade ago, following the completion of the John Ringling Causeway. Kretzmer was in favor of building the bridge, but its construction created a new challenge. “I was a strong proponent of the beautiful bridge we have now,” Kretzmer said. “After that was finished, then I was disturbed about the choppy traffic flow that we have, jumping from one red light to the other.” Around the same time, a proposal to install a series of roundabouts along U.S. 41 was in its nascent stages. Kretzmer heard pitches from consultants from towns that had installed roundabouts and from the city’s most prominent roundabout advocate, Rod Warner. Kretzmer was one of the first to support Warner’s efforts. “He was prized by me early on, because early on there weren’t very many people speaking up and coming around to the idea and concept,” Warner said. “He holds a very warm and treasured space in my roundabout heart for having done that.”

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Although he was in favor of the proposal, Kretzmer was far from front and center in the debate surrounding the installation of new roundabouts in Sarasota. His support manifested itself in the form of attending meetings and penning letters to the editor; Kretzmer says he’s got a thick stack of written arguments in favor of the roundabouts from the past 10 years. “He’s kind of been in the background, but a really avid supporter all along,” Warner said. That all changed, Kretzmer said, partially because he was dissatisfied with his own commute. Driving along Ringling Boulevard to the Babe Weiller Branch of the YMCA, he was frustrated with the traffic. “That one light at the intersection of Ringling and Orange, in particular, had very poor traffic flow,” Kretzmer said. “I wanted to do something, and I thought, ‘This would be an opportunity to move the process forward faster.’” That intersection happened to be targeted by the city for a future roundabout, but Florida Department of Transportation funding for the project was expected to

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Thanks to a donation from Ernie Kretzmer, the intersection of Ringling Boulevard and Orange Avenue will be the third in a series of roundabouts installed along Ringling Boulevard. come in no earlier than 2015-16. With Kretzmer’s donation, the roundabout’s design timeline was moved up to next year, with construction money slated to be available in 2016-17. Although the roundabout is still a few years away, City Engineer Alex DavisShaw said the project was “put on the map” by Kretzmer’s contribution. Before the donation was made, any timeline was purely theoretical; DavisShaw said Kretzmer moved the completion date of the roundabout up five or six years. “Basically, it took us from being a project in concept — it took an intersection that is not very pedestrian-friendly and could be improved for pedestrians and drivers — to being a planned project,” DavisShaw said. Kretzmer’s support for roundabouts goes beyond just improving his own commute. Before retiring to Sarasota in the early ’80s, Kretzmer was an electric engineer for Bell Laboratories in

New Jersey. He said he still brings that analytical perspective to his day-to-day life, and that roundabouts were particularly appealing to him as a result. “I see things in a practical, results-oriented way,” Kretzmer said. “I just see these roundabouts as one way of improving living conditions.” He’s also appreciative of the roundabouts on an aesthetic level. Kretzmer is passionate about the arts, with ornate paintings lining the walls and classical music playing through the halls of his home. Before making the donation to the city, Kretzmer said much of his philanthropic efforts had gone to arts organizations. In a way, the roundabouts appeal to that side of him, too. “I believe it’s for everyone’s welfare.” Kretzmer said. Ultimately, that last point is what motivated Kretzmer to make his donation. “I like to do good things,” he said.

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The city of Sarasota isn’t the only benefactor of Ernie Kretzmer’s philanthropy. Here are just a few of the organizations — many of which are arts-centric — that Kretzmer supported in 2013. • Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra • Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota • Classical WSMR Member Services • Florida Studio Theatre • Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee • The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee • Jewish Housing Council Foundation • Perlman Music Program — Suncoast • Salvation Army — Sarasota • Sarasota Ballet of Florida • Sarasota Orchestra • Van Wezel Foundation • YMCA Foundation of Sarasota

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Form-based code takes trial run Tasked with writing a form-based zoning code for the city, the Urban Design Studio team has proposed six catalyst areas to serve as early adopters of the new code.

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The Urban Design Studio was given three years to write a new form-based zoning code for the city, but after five months of work, it’s ready to implement the new code — on a smaller scale. At a joint workshop of the City Commission and Sarasota Planning Board Friday, Dec. 13, the Urban Design Studio team outlined six catalyst areas where it will begin implementing the form-based code. The catalyst areas are designed to become examples of what a form-based code would look like in different areas of Sarasota. “The importance of these catalyst areas is not only to test the code on a small scale before proposing it on a large scale, but to get a variety of different problems or challenges we see in the city,” Principal Urban Designer Andrew Georgiadis said. The Urban Design Studio broke the city into five zones based on geography, selecting at least one catalyst area in each zone. The proposed catalyst areas are centered on: • South Tamiami Trail, between Hillview Street and Webber Street; • The southern borders of downtown, adjacent to Laurel Park; • St. Armands Circle; • Strip mall at the northwest corner of Fruitville and Beneva roads; • Marian Anderson Place; and • North Water Tower Park. The goals of the catalyst projects vary by location — in St. Armands Circle, for example, the focus is not on buildings, but on signage, parking and native landscaping. In other places, such as the northern, southern and eastern catalyst areas, the emphasis is a more traditional facet of form-based code: creating predictable mixed-use developments and promoting walkable neighborhoods. “People want walkable communities; they want mixed-use,” Urban Design Studio Director Karin Murphy said. “We just have to get our act together to be able to create those opportunities for the developers to deliver that, as well.” In the downtown catalyst area, the goal is to create a better transition from the urban core to the residential areas in Laurel Park. Laurel Park residents have fought for greater oversight of largescale developments at the edge of the neighborhood, and the Urban Design Studio team said it was searching for avenues to satisfy both developers and residents. “Near Laurel Park, we're looking at scale,” Georgiadis said. “How do we transition down from the taller buildings of the downtown area to the more human scale that's mostly comprised of one- or two-story buildings in Laurel Park?” Laurel Park Neighborhood Association

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While rewriting the city's zoning code, the team at the Urban Design studio has split the city into five zones. The team will target a smaller area in each district in which to implement form-based principles in the short term. President Kate Lowman said she was interested in promoting a compatible transition from downtown to the neighborhood, but that she had yet to see any concrete ideas from the Urban Design Studio. “We haven't really had a lot of conversation about where they're going, because they haven't really told us yet,” Lowman said. At last week’s workshop, the Urban Design Studio team mentioned offering incentives for developers willing to build on a smaller scale. Lowman said she was encouraged that the Urban Design Studio was looking for solutions that would satisfy all sides, but that she wanted to know how such an incentivebased system would work. One clear proposal from the Urban Design Studio went over well with Lowman. Georgiadis said the city should prioritize improving the connectivity to Payne Park across U.S. 301, a move

Lowman said the city should pursue, if possible. “I think everyone would agree that having better access to Payne Park, which the city's invested so much money in, would be a good thing,” Lowman said. “Good for the neighborhood, good for the park — it'd be good for everyone.” To begin implementing changes in the targeted areas, the Urban Design Studio team will recommend text amendments to the current zoning code in March. The final step before fully activating the catalyst zones will be a series of changes to the city’s comprehensive plan in May. After hearing its first formal update on the Urban Design Studio’s work, city officials appeared encouraged about the transition to a form-based code. “This is really a handcrafted, localized effort,” City Manager Tom Barwin said. “I have a feeling we're going to see a lot of good things come out of this.”

NEWSBRIEFS + Car crashes into Biter’s Main Street storefront A driver crashed a car through the window of a vacant Main Street storefront Sunday morning, but the property owner said the accident shouldn’t cause any setbacks in finding occupants for the building. At about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, a vehicle crashed through the storefront at 1554 Main St., according to a crash report. The driver told officers she must have fallen asleep, because she didn’t know what happened. She said she was driving home from Clasico Café and Bar, and an officer smelled alcohol on her breath. The driver failed a field sobriety test. Entrepreneur Jesse Biter is the owner of the damaged property. He said he did not know the circumstances of the crash, but said the vehicle drove into the space formerly occupied by Sarasota Hardware and Paint Co. Despite the accident, Biter said his plans for the property shouldn’t be affected. The only change is that his company will have to upgrade the building’s facade, he said. According to the crash report, the building’s front window was shattered. Inside, the report states, the ceiling was sagging because a support beam was knocked over. Biter said two or three different groups were interested in occupying the building, which he said was Ian Black Real Estate’s most called upon property. Although Biter couldn’t yet say what was going in the building, he said he would have an idea within the next three weeks of who would ultimately end up as tenants.

+ Waechter accepts plea deal Former Sarasota GOP Chairman Bob Waechter will not face jail time for an arrest stemming from fraudulent campaign contributions. Judge Donna Berlin, on Thursday, Dec. 12, sentenced Waechter to two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and three months of house arrest for making donations to Democratic candidates using the name of Sarasota County Commission candidate Lourdes Ramirez. According to prosecutors, Waechter made the donations to hinder Ramirez in the coming election, in which she is running as a Republican. Waechter immediately resigned from the the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority board after the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office filed charges Dec. 14, 2012. Waechter, a Siesta Key resident, also resigned from the Sarasota County Tourist Development Council and the Zoning Board of Appeals in January.

+ City announces holiday hours During the 2013-14 holiday season, the city of Sarasota’s administration offices will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Although waste services will be unaffected, the Lido Pool will be closed on Christmas; the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day and will be open from 6 to 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve, and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

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The Board of Governors of the Turtle Rock Community Association has a plan to slow speeders in the area, but it appears to have hit a bump in the road: the community’s residents. The board planned to install 17 speed tables in the Palmer Ranch community of Turtle Rock. The speed tables are designed to prevent drivers from going faster than 25 mph throughout the area; the engineering firm Stantec designed the project. But some residents say the speed tables would present a bigger inconvenience for the residents than speeders do. Because of the response from residents, the topic was added to the agenda of a board meeting Tuesday. During the meeting, the board agreed to conduct a street study to gauge the prevalence of speeders. A workshop is scheduled for next month to further consider the proposal. Bev Moses, president of the Savannah Homeowners Association within Turtle Rock, is one of the most outspoken opponents of the plan. Although she’s appreciative the board has moved toward a more open and thorough process, Moses still believes the proposed plan would be a misstep for a community such as Turtle Rock. “The board needs to consider all options,” Moses said. Moses said speed tables would punish residents of the 758 Turtle Rock homes for the actions of a handful of speeders. She said several other Palmer Ranch communities don’t have speed tables, and based on the homeowners’ letters she’s read written to the Turtle Rock board, there’s little demand for them in Turtle Rock.

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“They’re against it,” Moses said. “They say there are other options; the board doesn’t have to be so drastic — they can take baby steps.” One concerned resident is Jay Cooper, a civil engineer with a background in road design. In a letter provided by Moses, he wrote that a radar sign would be a more economical and practical solution, with none of the downsides of speed tables. He laid out a list of those downsides backed by a series of articles. Among other things, he said speed tables would reduce property values, hurt the response time of emergency vehicles and increase the wear and tear on cars driving over them. Board President Becky Bee declined to comment on the plan. Moses believes the board’s decision at Tuesday’s meeting was a step in the right direction, and she urged the board to consider input from residents. “We have to listen to these homeowners — they’re the ones who are paying dues around here,” Moses said.

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Three public projects remain on track Sarasota County and the Sarasota County School District continue work on major construction projects. Sarasota County officials participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking Dec. 9, to officially begin construction on the new Emergency Operations Center. The event came roughly three months after the official start of construction on the new Gulf Gate Library. Those two projects, along with the Sarasota County School District rebuild of Sarasota High School, round out three of the largest public projects in the county. Stakeholders say all projects are on track and on budget.

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When Sarasota County Library System Director Sarabeth Kalajian attended the groundbreaking for the new Gulf Gate Library in September, it became a real milestone for construction — not just a symbolic ceremony. Summer rains strained construction timelines, but since the event, fair weather and quick work from the contractor has kept the project on schedule. “The rain kind of tapered off,” Kalajian said. Although the current Gulf Gate Library thrives in a 20,000-square-foot space in Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, construction crews have begun building the second story of the $7.5 million new library off Gulf Gate Drive. “Now our eyes are really turning toward the interior of the library and that lovely design process,” Kalajian said. This week stakeholders will begin picking the furniture for the interior, while considering craftsman, traditional and modern styles. In further action, the Friends of Gulf Gate Library gifted a 25,000-square-foot property across the street from the new Gulf Gate Library to Sarasota County, which Sarasota County commissioners accepted during a Dec. 11 regular meeting, to be used for parking.

Nearly a decade after the 2004 hurricane season battered the Gulf Coast, Sarasota County dignitaries held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new county facility it inspired. Sarasota County commissioners, staff and Sheriff Tom Knight posed with shovels in front of the site of the future emergency operations center Dec. 9. The parcel of land, located at 6050 Porter Way, will include a two-story, 40,000-square-foot building capable of withstanding a category 5 hurricane. “The new facility will ensure our community’s lifelines are operational even during disasters,” Knight said. The emergency operations center allows the government to continue functioning during disasters. The building will also house the Sarasota County Call Center. Interim Sarasota County Manager Tom Harmer said the new facility should be operational by spring 2015. Harmer said he’s looking forward to being able to use the control room for training sessions. “We are all very eager to see this facility open and begin serving our residents,” said Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane. 

Plans for the rebuild have been altered due to Sarasota High School’s decision to begin a bay scallop aquaculture program, which requires a floor drainage system. Sarasota County School District Project Manager Paul Pitcher said the change hasn’t delayed the construction process, which is roughly 5% complete. “We’re kind of in that discovery mode,” Pitcher said. Workers are boring into the ground and finding the locations of wiring and piping. Construction crews are almost finished with selective demolition of Building No. 4, which was designed by notable Sarasota architect Paul Rudolph. That aspect of the project was a sticking point for local preservationists. The contractor is waiting on building permits to start the rebuild of the Rudolph building. Those should be approved this month. The project is still in its first of three phases. Currently, construction is contained so work doesn’t affect students’ routes to classes. But, Pitcher said the next phase may require fenced pathways.

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Construction is underway on the Sam and Sally Shapiro Medical Center, which will serve as the center’s children’s health facility. When the new center opens, Berman said, the current children’s health center will be refurbished and used as space for additional nonprofit groups. “First and foremost, our goal is to get the Sam and Sally Shapiro Medical Center done,” Berman said. “Then, with the old center, we’ll have some space, and we’ll see what are some good fits that can go in there.” Courtesy photo Berman has also served Phil King on Sarasota County’s Human Services Advisory Council, which works with the county’s health- and human-services nonprofits. King said Berman’s background, both personally and professionally, made him a natural fit to lead the organization. “He’s in the community on all levels,” King said. “He has been involved in the not-for-profit world for many years. He knows every agency in town.” King will work with Berman for the next few weeks to transition him into his new role. King is excited to see what Berman can do once he begins working full-time. “The momentum is so great, and it’s unlimited as to what the center can do,” King said. “We’ve moved the center to a great level, and with his knowledge and expertise he can move it to an even greater level.”

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DEC. 10 DE-FENCE 9 p.m. — 2100 block of North Orange Avenue. Criminal Mischief. A man said someone had broken his chain-link fence and removed the wire that held the fence to the posts. The man believed children waiting for a school bus in front of his property were responsible for the damage. Officers met with the children and told them not to lean on the fence or place any items on it. At that time, the man interrupted and threatened anyone he found damaging his property in the future; he said he would handle things himself rather than call the police. Officers asked the school board to consider moving the bus stop to avoid conflict; the school board obliged and moved the stop that afternoon.

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DOG GONE 5 a.m. — 1300 block of 25th Street. Dispute/Fight. A man said an unknown person broke his back window and stole his black Labrador puppy. A witness identified the man who broke in as the actual owner of the dog, who was supposed to move into the residence with the man who called the cops. Officers were informed that the dog’s owner was trying to call the man who lived in the home all day in an effort to retrieve his dog from the property. Officers concluded no robbery occurred and that the matter should be resolved in civil court.

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DRONING ON 2:30 p.m. — 3700 block of Indian Beach Place. Suspicion General. A woman called the police after sighting what appeared to be a drone near her house. She said the drone flew low to the ground and looked like it had a camera attached. An officer notified the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport Tower, who then notified Homeland Security. Homeland Security said the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, which was operating the drone, was conducting training.

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Dredging Big Pass If you put yourself in their shoes, you can understand their angst and what we’ll call their “Sarasota NIMBYism.” These are the property ownLido Key ers on Lido Key, whose beaches have become critically eroded, and the property owners on Siesta Key, who are fighting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed dredging of Big Pass to renourish Lido Key. Both constituents fear the consequences to their propSiesta Key erties. If Lido Key beach isn’t maintained and continues to erode, we know the obvious Big Pass eventual calamity. But if New Pass is dredged, some Siesta Key residents fear, that loss of sand could damage their properties and their famed Siesta Key beach. Everyone has selfish interests at stake. And so the NIMBYism has a plan set in stone.” State officials still need begun. Classic neighborhood to sign off on it. behavior on the west coast of Florida. The process is working as it should. And Sometimes it seems residents here must all of this — the fact Lido Key beach must have invented that acronym. be maintained; the fact sand must be But here are the unavoidables: 1) Maindredged; and the fact the approval process taining the beaches, and 2) Dredging. They is working — should not have to make the are facts of life in this region and must be Lido Key residents feel compelled to mount done, however much residents and envia PR campaign in support of the Big Pass ronmentalists object. dredging and to battle the NIMBYs. The challenge is making the best choices To be sure, all affected residents — on for both. Beach maintenance became an unavoid- Siesta Key and Lido Key — would be wise to stay engaged in the process and help the able reality on the Gulf Coast because of Corps make the best choices. long-standing — for good or bad — develMeanwhile, those residents fighting the opment too close to the Gulf of Mexico. Big Pass dredging might keep these points It’s necessary on two levels for sure. One is in mind as well: to protect individuals’ property. Another All of our beaches — from Anna Maria level is to protect the economic value of the Island to Manasota Key — are linked in this beaches for the greater community. They coastal chain. One always affects the other; and the Gulf provide economic sustenance they cannot be maintained in isolation. here. Without them, we’d be little more Likewise, those who object to the dredgthan a Yeehaw Junction. ing of Big Pass should see that by choosing Surely everyone who lives on or near the to own property near the beach and near beaches knows this. And to fight it is delusional. This is part of the price to pay to live the pass, they must accept certain consequences. One of them is this: As long as here and close to the beach. millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars Once you get beyond that, the next two subsidize the maintenance of the beaches choices are tougher: 1) how best to mainand thus the protection of their private tain the beaches; and 2) how much to properties, these residents have forfeited spend to maintain them. complete control of their destiny. Life is all Take the first — how best to maintain about choices and their consequences. them. For decades, dredging sand from nearby sources in the Gulf of Mexico has + Privatize St. Armands’ park been the accepted and most economical What a fiasco. And it’s a complicated one. method. And it still is. That is, the issue of managing events at To that end, taxpayers spend millions St. Armands Circle Park. of dollars on Army Corps engineers and St. Armands Circle Park is a great venue private-sector experts searching for the for events. Tourists and shoppers always most economical and compatible sources swarm the famed retail center, so the park of sand. Taxpayers place their faith and is a great place to showcase goods and trust in these experts not only to find wares. economical, compatible sand but also to At the same time, the St. Armands Circle determine the future consequences of their merchants and their stores’ property ownchoices might be. ers are wary of what goes on in the park. And likewise, it’s incumbent on these exRightfully, they guard St. Armands Circle’s perts to make convincing cases to taxpayimage and reputation closely. There’s a ers and property owners for their choices. Indeed, that process is underway now. As good reason you never see any two-bit swap meets or heavy-metal rock concerts Milan Mora, Army Corps project manager, in the park. told Siesta Key residents recently: “It’s not

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Then there is a third element — the residential neighbors. They are just as particular about what goes on in the park. They especially bristle when big events overwhelm their streets with cars and people. And finally, there is the matter of which groups are permitted to use the park. It’s always a tug and pull. On top of all of this, the city’s rules for St. Armands Park (and other city parks) are a bureaucratic fiasco. It’s ridiculous what the city requires to obtain a permit for an event. Indeed, sit in on a St. Armands Circle Association board meeting and if you listen to the chiseling costs the association must pay for police supervision, park clean-up, permitting, etc., your jaw would drop. All that for this little park? Predictably, the fact all of these groups have their special interests and the fact the city bureaucracy ultimately controls the use of the park, it’s no surprise to see what has occurred — the squabbling, fighting, accusations of favoritism and special deals and the usual ugliness and politics that comes with government intervention. If anyone thinks the nonprofit St. Armands Circle Association is awash in cash because of underhanded deals, go ask its board members. They’ll tell you they’re exhausted from their version of Groundhog Day — seeing in their financial statements every year there is never enough money to buy new Christmas decorations or promote the Circle as it should be promoted. Here’s a fix: Knowing the merchants and residents are so particular about what happens in St. Armands Circle Park, they should buy or lease the park from the city. Turn its operation over to the private sector. In Manhattan in New York City, a nonprofit conservancy controls and operates Bryant Park. What used to be a dumpy, disgusting, dangerous public park is now clean, thriving and a joy for New Yorkers. Since its privatization in 1996, it has not required a single dollar from New York City taxpayers. If the management of St. Armands Circle Park were in the hands of a private venture, we guarantee that would end all of the accusations and squabbling over blackout dates and who is or isn’t allowed to conduct events. It is a long-proven fact that when property is left in the hands of the “public,” the results typically bring what is known as the “tragedy of the commons” — the abuse and misuse of the property. When an individual has ownership, he has the incentive to maintain and improve the value of the asset. He has the incentive to create a benefit for others for his own selfish interests. Government has no such incentive.

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dates and penalties. It is impossible to reconcile the principles of Hayek with a government requirement to purchase health insurance that you do not want, that includes unwanted coverage at a price you cannot afford and subjects you to financial and more severe penalties if you are noncompliant. Hayek would be outraged, as are many Americans. It is no less injurious to Jefferson’s legacy of equality in the Declaration of Independence to claim it as a father of Obamacare. While “… all men are created equal …” they “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” The source of our natural right to equality is God, and it is in his sight that we are created equal. It is the obligation of government, which derives its power from the governed, to implement that right in a manner that is uniform and impartial as to our treatment under the law, without fear or favor, without partiality, disadvantage or bias. Obamacare is a paradigm for precisely the opposite, and represents all that can be wrong with legislation. Equality under the law in Obamacare is absent by design, not inadvertence. It is intentionally unequal by its insistence on exemptions and subsidies for those favored by

Dear Editor:    Friedrich Hayek and Thomas Jefferson must be spinning in their graves. There can be no greater insult than invoking their economic and public-policy standards to support Obamacare. More to the point of responding to a recent Observer Letter to the Editor, there can be no greater distortion and misrepresentation. Hayek was a critic of collectivism and an opponent of central planning because they are the figurative parents of totalitarianism. He believed in the price mechanism offered through free markets to provide services and products. Hayek understood that personal liberty is the first victim on the path to Socialism. There is nothing inconsistent with those principals and Hayek’s support of government assistance in insuring against catastrophic events, including health care. Health care has been heavily regulated for years, but Obamacare takes regulation to another level; so much so that it maligns the legacy of Hayek to claim his economic theory supports Obamacare. Beyond the website failures, increased costs, policy cancellations and intentional falsehoods of Obamacare, the most pernicious effects are its individual and business man-

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+ Another solution exists Dear Editor:    With much thought and concern, I am writing to express my fears of a potential catastrophe to the Sarasota area, as well as other cities located on the Gulf of Mexico. As most people are aware, especially boaters in our area, the inlets have been inundated with sand and have caused navigational problems. The shallowing of these waterways has caused inconvenience and obstructional dangers. This is not my major worry. Although the Army Corps of Engineers has approved the dredging of these waters, it has proved to be a temporary (and expensive) fix, with the need to repeat the process every few years. The buildup of this sand, blocking the inlets, has created a literal wall that impedes the flow of water in and out of our bays and estuaries. With this avenue of release blocked, the water, with a storm or hurricane,

has nowhere to go and will build up against our beaches and not only cause major erosion, as we have experienced in the past, but may overflow the barrier islands (Siesta Key, Lido Key and Longboat Key) and directly flood the mainland beyond. Consider the property damage to downtown and the surrounding area if this should occur, as well as the potential loss of life. A better solution must be found, because this problem is addressed only when the wall of sand that clogs the inlets becomes a major problem. Federal and state funds are becoming scarcer, which means in the future, delays will become more pronounced. Do we wait for a disaster to strike us, or do we find a remedy to this problem, rather than the continued temporary “fixes” by dredging, which is costly and may be delayed or ignored because of the lack of funding in the future? There may exist a permanent solution to this problem, at minimal cost to our taxpaying citizens. It appears that the “powers that be” have ignored the solution, for various reasons, one among them the practice of dredging. Although a temporary repair, it is what the community is used to, at great costs. I have done my research, and a simple solution does exist, a saltwater catch basin, that redirects sand from the inlets and back onto the beach. It is a “natural” recycling of sand to renourish our beaches and allow the inlets to remain navigable. Let us not wait for a disaster to strike, causing irreparable harm, and also keep our navigable waters open to all. Calvin LeBuffe Sarasota

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The Riverview High boys swim team finished first in Class 4A in the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Fall Academic Team Champions.

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Trailing 2-0, the Riverview High boys soccer team rallied to beat Manatee 3-2 in district action Dec. 10.

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Taylor Greenan scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Riverview High girls basketball team to a 49-37 victory over district rival Manatee Dec. 12.

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Rose Amato scored two goals and added three assists to lead the Cardinal Mooney girls soccer team to an 8-0 victory over Sarasota Military Academy Dec. 10.

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Lexi Murphy scored the lone goal to lead The Outof-Door Academy girls soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Bradenton Christian Dec. 9.

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basketball by Jen Blanco | Sports Editor

FRESH FORCE The Out-of-Door Academy freshman Amad Brayboy is averaging 21.7 points per game in his first season with the Thunder.

Amad Brayboy had something to prove. The Out-of-Door Academy freshman knew what he was capable of, but he was still adjusting to being back on the court after spending the offseason playing football, and having a new set of teammates — the majority with whom he had never played before. But it didn’t take long for the 15-year-old small forward to come into his own. In his first game with ODA at Northside Christian, Brayboy scored 34 of his team’s 56 points. “I hadn’t played in a long time and I wanted to show my coaches that I could play basketball,” Brayboy says. “I thought it was best to just show (them) on the court.” It didn’t take long for first-year head coach Marcus Liberty to realize he had something special in Brayboy. “When I first saw the kid, he was just going through the motions,” Liberty says. “The next day, he just lit it up and played hard. I thought, ‘Where has this been?’ You can see when he’s on the court that he’s a kid who loves the game.” Brayboy began playing basketball when he was in fifth grade, after joining a league at G.T. Bray. There, Brayboy met ODA teammate Chase Maasdorp. The two formed a friendship and began hitting the court together on a routine basis. “I wanted to be in the NBA,” Brayboy says. “I saw LeBron James and I wanted to be like him, so I started playing with other kids.” Following his first season at G.T. Bray, Brayboy joined his first travel basketball team with Maasdorp. Brayboy has been playing AAU basketball ever since, and he now plays for Reebok Select. Prior to the start of basketball season, Brayboy played football for ODA with intentions to get in shape for basketball and the contact that comes along with it; he didn’t want to be afraid to compete against players who were older and bigger. The plan appears to have worked. Brayboy has scored in double figures in five games this season, averaging 24.2 points in that five-game span. Although Brayboy admits a feeling of pressure comes with being the leading scorer on his team, he tries not to let expectations overshadow his play on the court. “I try not to get frustrated,” Brayboy says. “I just try to do my best and get everyone involved. I feel pressure, but I try to keep my composure and just play and give it my all.” He may only be a freshman, but Brayboy already has demonstrated to his coaches that he’s willing to accept the challenge of being the leader of this year’s team. “He reminds me of myself,” Liberty says. “You hear all the time how great you are, but I try and remind him that how far you

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Freshman Amad Brayboy is The Out-of-Door Academy’s top scorer so far this season. He aspires to play basketball in college and in the NBA. go is how far this team goes. He still needs some guidance and has a lot to learn, but I just try and remind him to stay humble and not get caught up in all of the hoopla. “He has a high talent level, and he’s only going to keep getting better,” Liberty says. “He just has to remember to never settle for where you’re at. You have to have a goal and, right now, that’s to help ODA be the best it can be.” Although the Thunder has yet to win a game this season, Brayboy has used each

game as an opportunity to learn. Eventually, Brayboy has aspirations of playing in college and eventually the NBA. But his focus is on helping lead the Thunder to their first victory of the season. “My goal is to do my best and get some wins for the school,” Brayboy says. “I want to get other people involved in the game besides me having to do it all. I just want us to perform to the best of our abilities.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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Sarasota High named Brian Ryals as its new head football coach Dec. 12. Ryals replaces former coach Ed Volz, who resigned in October to focus on his family after serving as head coach since 2010. Ryals spent the past three years serving as the Sailors’ offensive coordinator.

+ Sarasota Christian Boys Basketball

+ ODA boys blank Imagine High School The Out-of-Door Academy boys soccer team defeated Imagine High 5-0 in district action Dec. 10. The Thunder scored all five of its goals in the first half. Mark Sulimirski scored two goals to lead the way for ODA. Will Harwell, Richard Vicek and Tyler Wenger each added a goal. With the win, ODA improves to 7-4 (5-2). The Thunder returns to action Dec. 20 versus Sarasota Christian.

+ Lady Thunder cruise to soccer victory The Out-of-Door Academy girls soccer team cruised to a 9-1 victory over Imagine High School in a district contest Dec. 10. Katie Lang powered ODA with two goals and four assists. Lexi Murphy added two goals and two assists. Sierra Dickerson scored a

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The Sarasota Christian School boys basketball team held on to defeat Cardinal Mooney 72-63 Dec. 14. Freshman Emmanuel Lambright scored half of the Blazers’ 36 first-half points. Lambright finished with a game-high 25 points, along with 13 rebounds and four assists. Blake Morrow scored 21 points and added seven assists. Brion Whitley hauled in nine rebounds, and Lance Helmuth added six rebounds.

JUST THE STATS

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The number of saves Cardinal Mooney goalkeeper Michael Staikos had in the Cougars’ 4-0 victory over Sarasota Military Academy Dec. 10.

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The number of goals The Outof-Door Academy boys soccer team allowed in its 7-0 victory over Bradenton Christian Dec. 9.

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The number of players who scored in double figures in the Cardinal Mooney boys basketball team’s 74-28 victory over The Out-of-Door Academy Dec. 10.

pair of goals. Abby Lagasse, Miller Condrack and Nicole Petron each added one goal.

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+ Cougars rally for win against DeSoto Trailing 3-1 with 15 minutes left in the game, Alex Turner scored three straight goals to lead the Cardinal Mooney boys soccer team to a 4-3 victory over DeSoto Dec. 12. John Rodman scored the Cougars’ first goal on a penalty kick. Cardinal Mooney goalkeeper Michael Staikos had 11 saves.

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The number of points sophomore guard Yamaris Guevarez scored to lead the Booker High girls basketball team to an 83-14 district victory over Sarasota Military Academy Dec. 13.

The number of points Tracy and her teammates trailed by at the end of the first half.

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The number of boys and girls basketball teams, including Cardinal Mooney and Sarasota Christian, that are scheduled to compete in the annual Smoothie King Classic Dec. 27 and 28, at Bradenton Christian School.

The number of games Tracy scored in double figures last season.

The number of points Tracy scored to lead Lynn University to a 72-71 victory over Florida Tech in the Sunshine State Conference season opener Dec. 7.

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THE OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY GIRLS (32) VS. CARDINAL MOONEY (26) THE OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY BOYS (74) VS. CARDINAL MOONEY (28) Siaana defeated the Ocala Polo Association in an exhibition match Sunday at the Sarasota Polo Club.

Exhibition marks the start of polo season David Manuel scored a pair of goals for the Ocala Polo Association.

Cardinal Mooney’s Tommy Rao looks for an open teammate in the second quarter.

Cardinal Mooney guard Emily Walser drives to the hoop in the fourth quarter. Siaana’s James Miller, left, battles an Ocala Polo Association player for possession in the first chukker.

ODA freshman Amad Brayboy attempts to drive past a Mooney defender in the first quarter.

Hundreds of local residents gathered Sunday at the Sarasota Polo Club for an exhibition match between Siaana and the Ocala Polo Association. The match served as the season opener for the 2013-14 polo season. Sianna defeated Ocala 8-7. James Miller and Josh Shelton each scored four goals to lead the way for Siaana. Oliver Butterworth scored three goals to power Ocala. David Manuel and Murad Ishmael both added a pair of goals for Siaana.

Cardinal Mooney’s Katie Hebda brings the ball down the court late in the fourth quarter.

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For the last six years, mayors have led Girls Inc.’s Dream Harbor Community. But, this year, the girls decided to undergo a political change. Three young schoolgirls sit around a picnic table munching on trail mix and talking politics. “I want to serve the other girls and help them be strong, smart and bold,” says recently elected Commissioner Gloria Macias. The other girls nod in agreement. Gloria, along with fellow Commissioner Alondra Martinez and new Chief of Police Jennifer Laub, continue to discuss their hopes for the future of the Girls Inc. community in which they serve — Dream Harbor. For six years, a mayor has presided over Dream Harbor. However, this year, the citizens decided that their community would work better with two commissioners and one representative from each of the businesses. Dream Harbor, a mini-society Alondra Martinez announces at Girls Inc. for Dream Harbor shops are open. Sarasota County, is made up of four ventures, or businesses such as the salon, and two agencies: the post office and bank. The girls felt that the new form of government would “allow more girls to participate and have their individual voices to be heard,” says Kay Mathers, Girls Inc. director of community relations. This means that for the first time in Dream Harbor’s history, a single leader will not be in charge. The commissioners were sworn in Friday, Dec. 6, and although they are still working on goals for their one-year term, they’ve already started taking their new roles seriously. “It feels good,” says Gloria. “Leaders teach and help people.”

Alondra started as a helper at Dream Harbor’s fitness center, Fitness Fanatics, when she first came to Girls Inc. in 2008. Since then, she has worked as assistant manager of the Gazette, Dream Harbor’s newspaper, before starting her career in politics as representative for Mini Chef Café. When she was sworn in, Alondra spoke about watching your words and the importance of supporting each other. “When I was little, I used to look up to the older girls,” she says. “Now, I’m looked up to.”

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When Gloria worked in the Government Center last year, she says she wasn’t able to effect change. This year, however, she plans on putting herself out there and leading by example. “If they have a problem or any troubles, they come to me,” she says. “I’ll give them advice.” It may be nerve-wracking for the first-term commissioner, but she understands it’s a part of her role. “They might say they don’t like (my advice), but I’ll just say, ‘That’s just my opinion.’”

City Commissioner Susan Atwell swears in Dream Harbor’s new commissioners, Gloria Macias and Alondra Martinez.

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Commissioner Gloria Macias takes attendance and does the Dream Harbor bookkeeping almost every day.

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As chief of police, Jennifer is in charge of the peacekeepers, who monitor the Girls Inc. corridors. Her main goal as the chief is to prevent bullying, something she’s dealt with herself. “I like to look back at the other girls and say, ‘Hey, I was like that, too,’” she says. Even though she has many responsibilities, Jennifer plans on staying hands-on in her job. “I really want to be out in the halls a lot so that if I see anything going on I can stop it right away,” she says.


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Home in Cherokee Park sells for $2.1 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between Dec. 2 and Dec. 5. A home in Cherokee Park tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Clarence and Michelle Reilly, of Caseyville, Ill., sold their home at 1655 South Drive to Scott and Julie Smith, of Sarasota, for $2.1 million. Built in 2011, it has four bedrooms, four baths, three-half baths and 5,634 square feet of living area.

1505 Ridgewood Lane to Ward and Roseann Larsen, of Sarasota, for $421,000. Built in 1960, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,370 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $782,000 in 2004.

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Avigale and Ryan McLoughlin sold their home at 333 Edmondson Ave. to Lawrence and Deanna Reams, of Sarasota, for $1.55 million. Built in 1929, it has four bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 2,859 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.35 million in 2010.

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Andrew Owens Jr. sold his home at 4201 Bay Shore Road to Louise Minges, of Sarasota, for $1.85 million. Built in 1950, it has five bedrooms, two baths and 2,306 square feet of living area.

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William and Twila Parrott, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1025 Orange Ave. to Robert and Lisa Morris, of Sarasota, for $830,000. Built in 1940, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,985 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1 million in 2005.

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Nicholas and Susan DeBellis, of Ridgefield, Conn., sold their Unit 15A condominium at 50 Central Ave. to Philip and Marta Grande, of Sarasota, for $800,000. Built in 2005, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,595 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $758,400 in 2012.

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Sarasota Bay Club LLC sold the Unit 209 condominium at 1301 N. Tamiami Trail to Rita Basist, of Sarasota, for $625,000. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,546 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,500 in 2000.

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This home at 1655 South Drive has four bedrooms, four baths, three half-baths and 5,634 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.1 million. Sarasota Bay Club LLC sold the Unit 623 condominium at 1299 N. Tamiami Trail to Christine Roll, of Sarasota, for $612,800. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,790 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $627,000 in 2003.

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GMNJ Family Ltd. Partnership sold the Unit 103 condominium at 101 Sunset Drive to Ben Tucker and Phyllis Johnston, of Sarasota, for $550,000. Built in 1978, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,778 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $175,000 in 1996.

Embassy House

William Lenck, of Prince George’s, Md., sold his Unit 1804 condominium at 770 S. Palm Ave. to Bella Vista on Palm LLC for $545,000. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,408 square feet of living

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Wilfred and Jeanette Becker, of Sarasota, sold their Unit PH104 condominium at 1771 Ringling Blvd. to Ingrid Presser, trustee, of Sarasota, for $500,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,735 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2009.

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Herbert Ehrenthal and Judith Glick, of New York, sold their Unit 1503 condominium at 800 N. Tamiami Trail to Steven Osgood, of Hudson, Ohio, for $480,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,323 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $515,000 in 2007.

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Scott and Annette Seitz, of Sarasota, sold their home at 338 Avenida De Paradisio to John and Stephanie Roberts, of Zionsville, Ind., for $722,500. Built in 1972, it has two bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 1,735 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $225,000 in 1999.

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Peter Urbain and Donna Ruiz-Urbain sold their Unit 217 condominium at 1303 Dockside Place to John and Mayra Schmidt, of West Orange, N.J., for $682,500. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,737 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $450,000 in 2011.

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Patrick Hebda sold two homes at 1136 Windsong Lane to Salerno Development LLC for $500,000. The first home, built in 1961, has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 1,672 square feet of living area. The second home, built in 1967, has one bedroom, one bath and 416 square feet of living area. They previously sold for $439,000 in 2003.

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8840 Bloomfield Blvd #A3989276 $719,000 Janet Montgomery

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-544-7031

71 Pinehurst Ct #D5795515 $695,000 Ellen Baker & Michael Hollenbeck

Casey Key 941-383-7591 941-376-2688

Rotonda West 941-473-7750 941-268-4999

11 Sunset Dr # 101 #A3989144 $459,000 Michael Holland

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-685-7933

FAMILIAR FACES. EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. Showcase your property to over 6,500 affiliate branches in 52 countries. 100 Central Ave # B-407 #A3989184 $445,000 Bibi-Ann Allard PA

1380 Harbor Dr #A3988563 $2,625,000 Susan Mitchell

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-685-0422

159 Bishopscourt Rd #A3988554 $439,000 Rosalie Phillips

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-544-4430

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-780-5085

400 Shotgun Ln #A3988789 $425,000 Annemarie Tardif

Osprey 941-349-3444 941-350-3077

143 Clear Lake Dr #D5795762 $400,000 Robert Lorence

Englewood 941-473-7750 239-682-2106

8767 Midnight Pass Rd # 105F #A3973635 $399,000 Marlene & George Marshall

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

6157 Midnight Pass Rd # A-22 #A3989082 $369,000 James Styers

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-356-4135

507 Governors Green Dr #N5782189 $349,900 Scott Johnston

Venice 941-493-2500 941-232-5482

6790 Paseo Castille #A3989005 $345,000 Janice Bradley

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-302-3496

4535 Glebe Farm Rd #A3989003 $339,000 Marci Mcfarland

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-961-3390

3217 Colony Ct #C7050203 $275,000 Jennifer Calenda

Punta Gorda 941-505-5555 941-916-0798


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These are the largest city of Sarasota and Sarasota County building permits issued for the week of Dec. 2 through Dec. 6, in order of dollar amounts.

CITY OF SARASOTA Address

Permit

Applicant

1733 South Drive 2111 S. Osprey Ave. 340 S. Palm Ave. 428 Sapphire Drive 476 Sapphire Drive 2637 Cheryle Lane 5128 Brywill Circle 3441 Gulf Mead Drive 683 Marlin Drive 1863 Alta Vista St.

Addition Solar Remodel Door Photovoltaic Remodel Windows/Doors Re-roof Windows Re-roof

Daniel Deleo Brader Lerner Donald Kelly Steven High Paul Scudder Edith Hajdu David Varga Sally Giordano, trustee Denise Angellotti Mark Robbins

Amount $184,325 $31,500 $28,000 $26,730 $23,566 $20,000 $13,348 $12,580 $12,332 $11,440

SARASOTA COUNTY Address

Permit

Applicant

6528 Seagate Ave. 1291 Flying Bridge Lane 3921 Kingston Drive 2721 Tangelo Drive 73 Sugar Mill Drive 5050 Commonwealth Drive 1621 Field Road 508 S. Casey Key Road 6423 White Sands Terrace 623 Avenida Del Norte

Addition Addition Remodel Remodel Re-roof Alterations Garage Re-roof Pool/Deck Deck/Carport

Michael Koester Paul Wilson Hank Michael Robert Walsleben Kate Gardner Anthony Bonacuse Michael Voigt Kenneth Cox Anne Chauvet Bruce Charity, trustee

Amount $116,100 $70,000 $70,000 $65,000 $63,465 $50,000 $50,000 $45,000 $37,000 $34,000

4087 Shell Rd #A3987243 Michael Hays

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-376-1826

$4,245,000

Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

Siesta Beach

Federal National Mortgage sold the home at 5021 Midnight Pass Road to Craig Huss, of Sarasota, for $452,500. Built in

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-932-6040

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7826 33Rd E St #A3988438 $179,900 B.J. Ratigan

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-735-4393

350 Golden Gate Pt # 21 #A3987409 Diann Thelen

859 Siesta Key Cir #A3979260 $8,399,000 Karen Cash Greco

7416 Eleanor Cir # None #A3988430 $249,900 Annette Bentley

3635 Glen Ridge Ln #A3989117 $174,900 Judy Nimz

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-374-0318

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-374-0196

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3520 Brookline Dr #A3978818 $249,900 Brian Loebker

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Sarasota $5,600 941-552-4200

2253 Valencia Dr #A3966088 $3,200 Lisa Gullick

19256 Lappacio Street #N5782023 $209,000 Maryanne Kurtz

6211 Timber Lake Dr # B7 #A3988251 $139,500 Omer Quesnel

Lido/St. Armands 941-951-6660 941-302-6400

401 S Palm Ave # 301 #A3983343 $1,998,000 Lenore Treiman

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-356-9642

7647 Sanderling Rd #A3968606 $1,995,000 Ellen Wells

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-544-4849

2405 Bayshore Rd #A3987851 $1,995,000 Bernadette Caswell

Nokomis/North Venice 941-951-6660 941-320-8265

710 Casey Key Rd #A3985717 $1,989,000 Pamela Charron

Nokomis/North Venice 941-951-6660 941-993-3388

Venice 941-485-5421 941-441-6624

8260 Roseburn Ct., Founders Club #A3968380 $1,799,000 Mark McCann

Sarasota 941-587-5999 941-685-7624

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-400-0792

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-321-6973

6037 Marella Dr #M5841082 $2,300 Kendra Vogel

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-773-4372

1572 Harbor Dr #A3962705 $1,750,000 Kelly Quigley & Linda Dickinson

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-356-9954

1201 Cowpen Ln #A3970739 $1,550,000 Lee Byron and Sue Keal

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-350-5542

8015 Midnight Pass Rd #A3983558 $1,350,000 Sandy and Jerry Strom

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-650-8297

1111 Ritz Carlton Dr # 1101 #A3941343 $1,295,000 Christine Del Monte

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-6733

556 N Washington Dr #A3982966 $1,200,000 Diana Kryszak

St. Armands Circle 941-388-4447 941-993-4078

416 E Macewen Dr #A3989108 $989,000 Betty Mullinnix & Steve Abbe

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-928-3441

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-504-6927

Mid Longboat 383.5502 • South Longboat 383.7591 • St. Armands 388.4447 • Main Street 951.6660 Palmer Ranch 966.8000 • Siesta Key 349.3444 • Venice 485.5421 • Englewood 473.7750

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Thunderbird Investment Corp. sold the Unit 207 condominium at 420 Beach Road to 420 Beach Road LLC for $500,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,316 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $330,000 in 1997.

277 S Polk Dr #A3959723 $2,475,000 Phyllis Garfinkel

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Siesta Gulf View

1982, it has two bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 1,504 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $755,000 in 2005. Mark Flannagan sold his home at 648 Tropical Circle to David and Michelle McKeever, of Sarasota, for $449,500. Built in 1977, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,910 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $390,000 in 2012.


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Where do you get your coal? Santa: Oh, that? Coal City. Mrs. Claus: Yep, Coal City, in Pennsylvania.

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VENICE

You only have one more chance to sit on Santa’s lap before he heads back to the North Pole. WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. WHERE: 2401 Siesta Drive

How do you create your naughty and nice list? Santa: It’s long, long, long; like a thousand pads of paper. Mrs. Claus: We always ask the children if they help around the house; we tell them that they need to work harder and listen to their moms and dads. We can always tell the good students. Santa: And then you get the wild ones. Mrs. Claus: Oh yeah, golly, we did have one the other night. You couldn’t count on what was going to come out of his mouth.

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What’s Santa’s favorite cookie? Santa: Chocolate chip, chocolate chip and chocolate chip (and a glass of milk)

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For the last 17 years, during December, Santa and Mrs. Claus have sat outside on Friday and Sunday evenings at the corner of Shade Avenue and Siesta Drive at the home of Richard and Nancy Underwood. With the help of their friend, Dave Kanwischer, the Underwoods gladly host Santa and his wife each year so they can listen to what all the good little boys and girls of Sarasota want for Christmas.

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84

65

87 (1972)

31 (1938)

Thursday, Dec. 12

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55

85 (2001)

26 (1957)

Friday, Dec. 13

78

51

87 (1965)

22 (1962)

Saturday, Dec. 14

83

63

90 (1971)

23 (1962)

Sunday, Dec. 15

75

68

86 (1923)

31 (2010)

Monday, Dec. 16

64

54

86 (2001)

27 (1968)

Tuesday, Dec. 17

73

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88 (1965)

29 (1965)

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Tuesday, Dec. 24

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Wednesday, Dec. 25 7:18a

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Month-to-date: 2013 2012 0.03 in. 1.02 in.

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11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 • (941) 753-9365 Pastor Jeffrey R Gross • www.livinglordfl.org Your family is invited to join our family to lift our voices as we celebrate our Savior’s birth!

East bradenton Campus - 15800 SR 64 E

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CANDLELIGHT – COMMUNION – CAROLS 4:00 PM Traditional Service • 7:00 PM Family Service 11:00 PM Traditional Service with Choir

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Sunday Worship Services in Advent - 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - 7:00 p.m. Special Music @ 6:45 p.m.

Communion & Candlelight at all Services

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10:30 pm Midnight Massat- 9:30 pm

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Come! God’s Son Is Born for All!

December 21 6:30 p.m.: A Christian Family Christmas December 24 – Christmas Eve 7:00 p.m.: Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 9:00 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service December 25 – Christmas Day 10:00 a.m.: Christmas Worship Service

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CHRISTMAS EVE

7 p.m.: Family candlelit service with children’s pageant 11 p.m.: Candlelit worship with Holy Communion

Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service 7:00 PM

Concordia Lutheran Church

Looking for PEACE this Christmas?

Lakewood Christian Church Your church. Your community.

Join us for Christmas Eve Candlelight 3131 61 St. • Sarasota, Fl. 34243 Rev. Dr. Christopher Carlson

Childcare at 5:00 and 7:00 Peace Presbyterian Church has moved from the Manatee Association of Realtors to our new home at 12705 E. State Road 64 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34212

Tuesday, December 24

SUNDAY SERVICE

6:00 P.M.

10:30 am

(near Greyhawk Landing)

Services at the Fete Ballroom at the Polo Grill on Main Street LWR

10670 Boardwalk Loop • 941-357-7055 www.lakewoodchurchontheranch.com

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Tel: 355-4729 • www.npcsarasota.com

Christmas Eve at 5:00, 7:00, or 9:00 Carols, candlelight, and communion

Communion Gathering

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Northminster Presbyterian

ConcordiaSarasota.org

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9:00 AM and 10:30 AM

2185 Wood Street

(along School Avenue, north of Sarasota High School)

www.peacepcusa.org

Peace Presbyterian Church

127878

Regular Sunday Service Hours

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unityofsarasota.com

7:00 PM 128509

941-955-3301

10 a.m.: Christmas carol worship with Holy Communion

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3023 Proctor Rd Sarasota, FL 34231

CHRISTMAS MORN

New Years Eve Burning Bowl Service


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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

First Congregational United Church of Christ

Faith Lutheran Church

4:30 pm Christmas Pageant with Holy Communion 8:30 pm Christmas Eve Service with Holy Communion

Dec. 25

10:00 am Christmas Service with Holy Communion

128445

8700 SR72, Sarasota, FL

941-925-2525 www.stmargaretsarasota.org

EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY

5900 N. Lockwood Ridge Road • just south of University Pky.

The Rev. Charles Mann, Rector • 355-3262

DECEMBER 22ND

10:30am - Appalachian Christmas Cantata

Candlelight Communion

CHRISTMAS EVE

5pm - Family Candlelight Service 11pm - Acoustic Candlelight Worship

Music begins ½ hour before each service

Let Your Light Shine This Christmas

CHRISTMAS DAY

Merry Christmas!

7750 Beneva Rd. Sarasota, FL 34238

Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

10am - Communion & Carols

Trinity United Methodist Church United Methodist Church 4150 S. Shade Ave. • Sarasota 924-7756 • www.iTrinity.org

4150 S. Shade Ave. 34231 924-7756 www.iTrinity.org

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Trinity - Sarasota

December 22nd 10:30am - Appalachian Christmas Cantata

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 7:00 and 10:30 pm Music and Carols 6:45 and 10:15pm

Christmas Day 10:00am

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6:00 & 9:00 p.m.

www.faithsarasota.com

4:00 p.m. - Soloists and instrumentalists; communion 7:00 p.m. - Family service with choirs and instrumentalists 11:00 p.m. - Communion; choirs, soloists, instrumentalists 1031 South Euclid Avenue • 941-953-7044

Merry Christmas!

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

941-924-4664

Dec. 24

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP SCHEDULE

127759

• Candlelight Christmas Eve Tue. Dec 24 @ 4:30pm & 7pm • Christmas Day Festival 7461 Prospect Road • Sarasota, FL 34243 Wed. Dec. 25 @ 10am • New Year’s Eve 941-355-2798 Tues. Dec. 31 @ 4:30pm www.beautifulsaviorlcms.com

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Holiday Worship Guide

Christmas Eve 5pm - Family Candlelight Service 11pm - Acoustic Candlelight Worship

Christmas Services at Saint Boniface Church Christmas Day 10am - Communion & Carols

Everyone Welcome!

The Episcopal Church on Siesta Key!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 6:00 p.m. Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

CHRISTMAS EVE

941.907.3939

www.onthecorner.org 14306 Covenant Way Lakewood Ranch, FL

CHRISTMAS DAY

Lorraine Road just north of University.

10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist with Organ and Carols

BRINGING PEOPLE TO MATURITY IN CHRIST

4:00 and 5:30pm

WEEKLY WORSHIP SERVICES

Sunday 9am Traditional Service Sunday 10:45am Contemporary Service Nursery available during 9am service. Nursery and full children’s program during 10:45am service.

LV7296

5615 Midnight Pass Rd. (941) 349-5616 www.bonifacechurch.org Sarasota, FL 34242

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Saint Boniface Church

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

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4:30 p.m. Family Service with Pageant and Eucharist 7:00 p.m. Christmas music for Choir, Strings & Organ 7:30 p.m. The Christ Mass, “Mass of the Nativity” 10:30 p.m. Christmas music for Choir, Strings & Organ 11:00 p.m. The Christ Mass, “Mass of the Nativity”

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Observer Classifieds Holiday Early Deadlines . for Dec 26th and Jan. 2nd

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales OUR BOOKS 1/2 Price BEE RIDGE BOOKS 4104 Bee Ridge Road Bee Ridge Plaza Trade-In your Paperbacks 941-377-8998

Dec. 26th

Service Directory deadlines Dec. 17th at noon Classified Ads deadline Dec. 18th at noon

Jan. 2nd

Service Directory deadlines Dec. 18th at noon Classified Ads deadline Dec. 19th at noon

General Merchandise BRIDGESTONE BLIZZAK WS70 All Season tires/wheel set. Mounted and ready to install. 205/60R16. Only 1200 miles on them. 703-953-9586. Best Offer.

BACK MASSAGER: Hometics, like new, $39. Trailmates 3/wheel bicycle, old, but rides great, $25. 941-377-4522. BOX SPRING: Queen size, good condition, 4"h. Only $59. 941-358-5270. CHRISTMAS TREE: 7 1/2 foot, full size, pre-lit, most lights work. $60. 941-346-7120. COMPUTER: DUAL 1.8GHz HT Dell, refurbished $60, 941-756-6728 DOG CAGE: 27"x17.5"x24, $40. Travel Carrier, $25. Thundershirt (med), $25. Plastic food handler, $10. 941-921-2617. FREE WOODEN SWING SET. Slide, fort and 3 swings. Call for time to pick up and remove from Sarasota backyard. 302-3079. KITCHEN AID Pro Stand Mixer, like new, with complete set of accessories. $125. 941-923-9040. LAWN MOWER: Craftsman 20" rear bagger, push mower, starts on 1st pull, $25. 941-342-9030. MEN’S TUXEDOS: black, size 42, navy size 38. Excellent cond., $30 each O/B/O. 941-953-5222. NORDICTRACK VERTEX Weight System 670 Lightly used. U disassemble, move. New AbLounge2. $50 all. 941-914-0558. STOCKING STUFFER: Go figure Sarasota, 33 true stories. $5.00. Paperback. 941-400-3109. TOMMY BAHAMA fan/light, $70. Large planet picture, $20. Petmate fencing, $25. Swivel sweeper, $5. 941-320-6183. WOOD CARVING materials. Large box of carving wood, many tools, 3 instruction books, $50. 941-360-0612.

Autos For Sale 2001 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER: leather, new A/C, well maintained, very clean. 941-363-0880 or 260-667-3837. 2003 MERCEDES E320. Beautiful classic black, leather, garage kept, 125,000 miles with another 125,000 to go! Call 349-4835 to see, $11,999. OVER 30 VEHICLES IN STOCK $10K OR UNDER 2008 Nissan Rogue SL, 49K/miles, like new, $12988 2007 Chevrolet Impala LS, like new, 30+MPG, 61K/miles, $8988 2006 Mercury Marquis, 66K/miles, $9988 2006 Chevrolet Impala LT, leather, 56K/miles, $9988 2008 Mazda Miata, 95K/miles, $12988 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, 45K/miles, $5988 2009 Chevrolet HHR LT, 58K/miles, all the options, $10988 2004 Toyota Camry, 87K/miles, $8988 2003 Nissan Xterra XE, 70/K miles, only $8988 Hawley Motors II 5741 Pinkney Ave. (1 block west of MacIntosh, off Clark) 941-312-5890 Financing Available

Autos Wanted WE BUY CARS. TOP $$ PAID FOR YOUR VEHICLES. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

DOG CRATE: (2) New in box, medium/large size. Cost $85, sell for $50. 941-921-5054.

Boats

Jewelry

ChitwoodCharters.com Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232

EXQUISITE JEWELRY Engagement Ring. Outstanding 3.03 ct., Fancy Yellow. Emerald cut VVS center stone with 2 plus kt. side stones in 18 kt. white gold mounting. Appraised over $50k. Sell now $23k. Fabulous ring, must see. Also 8 kt. Tennis Bracelet, white gold. $6500. 941-650-8080.

Items Under $200 For Sale ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230



Happy Holidays To You and Yours!

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The Observer Classified Dept. will CLOSE Dec. 23rd at 5pm for the holidays. We will reopen Thursday, Jan. 2nd at 8:30am

Furnishings BRAND NEW Serta Queen Pillow Top Mattress Set Willing to sacrifice for $150! (941)387-4810. ENTERTAINMENT CENTER: custom, 116”x93”, solid wood, light stain, make offer. Writing desk: 52”x31”, solid wood, make offer. 215-285-8156.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales HOLIDAY ESTATE AUCTION SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22ND @ 1PM Inspection Sunday Day of Sale 11am-1pm The sale will be held at our Auction Gallery located on the Southwest corner of 301N & University Parkway. Quality Estate Auction Featuring: Art, Antiques, Collectibles, and Home Decor from Local Estates 13% Buyer’s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AUG3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: www.auctionzip.com Auctioneer ID#8290 Have a Happy, Healthy & Safe Holiday! Please note: Mid-Century Design Auction, Sunday, January 5th.

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Merchandise Wanted BUYING VINTAGE Sports Cards and Memorabilia, American Flyer and Lionel Trains, pre-1970. Leave message 941-928-5908. CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280. SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

Storage

Help Wanted RELIABLE NAIL TECH to take over large clientele IMMEDIATELY at upscale LBK salon. Manicure, pedicure, gel service experience a must! Beautiful, friendly atmosphere family owned/operated. 941-387-9807.

Commercial Property For Rent EXECUTIVE SUITES: South Tamiami Trail, Gulf Gate area. Full service conference room. 3 Room Suite available. One month free rent. Wireless internet and utilities included. From $250/mo. Call 941-923-6050.

Condos/Apts. For Rent SIESTA KEY $500 and up. Reserve Vacation Rentals, NOW! 1, 2, & 3 bedroom units. Weekly, Monthly, Seasonal and Annual. Furnished/Unfurnished. Call Siesta Key Realty, 941-349-8900 or visit siestakeyrealtyrentals.com SIESTA KEY Condo: 1BR, furnished, walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. Pool, laundry, on ground floor. Available March and Apri. Pictures available. 586-978-8123.

Condos For Sale FREE! What every Real Estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com INN ON THE BEACH: LONGBOAT KEY CLUB. By Owner. Private club suite, turnkey, tennis, Golf course view, 650/sq.ft. $349,000. 708-267-6704.

Homes For Rent LIDO SHORES: Waterfront home 3BR/3BA. Lagoon Pool/Spa, Dock, Private Beach access. Walking distance to world class shopping and restaurants! Furnished or unfurnished. Annual rental. $4500/month. Call 941-928-1542.

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

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

Business Opportunities JAN PRO CLEANING FRANCHISE: $950 Down Required, Financing Available for growth, Includes customers. Earn up to $10,000 Month+. Call 941-907-8141.

RENTERS

Stop Paying Your Landlord’s Mortgage. Free Report reveals How Easy it is to Buy Your Own Home.

Help Wanted ACT! MODEL! NOW! Looking for new faces for print, motion pictures, TV commercials. Children, adults, senior. 813-902-1722.

www.OwnYourOwnHomeFl.com Free recorded message 1-800-691-0148

HOUSECLEANER for Company. Car needed, Experience helpful. Background Checked. Bring home $300-$400/wk. Call Drew 941-445-5844.

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This week’s Cryptogram answers

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Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

Air Conditioning

Computer Services

Painting/Wallpapering

LANDLORD ALERT!! We have Tenant’s!!! Wanted: 1-3BR Homes/Condos, Furnished or Unfurnished. Siesta Key Realty Incorporated, 941-349-8900, www.siestakeyrealtyrentals.com

GULFSIDE A/C & Heating, LLC. SALES & SERVICE, FREE ESTIMATES! 10 MINUTE RESPONSE. Visa/MC/Disc. Lic. #CAC1816929 941-962-6863.

OWN A MAC/iPHONE/iPAD? MacTutor has 21+ years experience teaching Apple products. I speak English, not “Geek”! (941) 812-3887 www.FLMacTutor.com

CUSTOM PAINTING, Wallpaper Removal. Quality work at a reasonable price. Free Estimates. Established 1978. Call Daniel at L.L. Armstrong Contracting. Lic./Insured. 941-323-5074. RICK STEAKLEY PAINTING. Interior/Exterior. Pressure Washing. Wallpaper Removal. Drywall Repairs. Reasonable. Reliable. Professional. 30+/years experience. References available. Free Estimates. Lic./Ins. 941-228-7605, rlsteakley60@gmail.com

Auto Transport SHIP YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR SUV anywhere in the United States. Great rates, fast quotes. Call Hawley Motors, 941-923-3421.

Carpentry

Adult Care Services A Lending Hand, Inc.

Provides home healthcare from as little as 4 hours to 24/7 care. For more info Phone: 941-809-3725 License #230506 & #30211577 IN-HOME ASSISTED LIVING. Why leave the safety, beauty and comfort of your own home to receive professional, affordable and compassionate care? You don’t need to! ElderCare Services provides complete customized care perfectly tailored to suit your needs and lifestyle. Services include, but not limited to, homemaking, transportation, running errands, meal prep., medication supervision, 24/7 medical staffing, and more. Please call 377-4465 for more info. or visit us on the web @ eldercaresarasota.com. Licensed, bonded and insured. Lic.#30211372 N #1

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ALBERTO’S REFINISHING Of Fine Furniture, Antiques, Gold Leaf, Cane, Rush, Upholstery. Quality Work. Call: 941-296-5427.

Home Improvement/ Remodeling

CARPENTRY & REMODELING. Serving Sarasota since 1982. Exterior siding and wood rot repairs. Interior alterations, trim work and doors. Kitchen installations. Drywall repairs. Built-in cabinets and bookcases. CALL RON VOIT 941-228-7601

MITCHELL HANDYMAN. Painting, Carpentry, Tile, Pressure Cleaning. Total Home Improvements, Repairs. Small and large! 941-284-8488.

Cleaning

STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS

BETTY’S HOUSECLEANING Service. Residential and Commercial. High quality cleaning. Reasonable rates. Licensed. References. Call 941-650-6180.

PROFESSIONAL TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATION

BLUE FISH CLEANING INC. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $60, 2 cleaners, 2 hours.

CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATE 726-1802 LIC/ INS

FREE ESTIMATES! Call Dotty, detailed cleaning. 24 Years Exp. Lic./Ins. Residential/Commercial. Looking for year-round customers! We accept all major credit cards. Dottie, 941-321-6645.

COMPUTER TECHNICAL Support. H/W & S/W problems solved. Virus/Malware removal; data recovery; Networking/ Internet Issues; Upgrades; A+, Network+ Cert. Tech. Navy trained electronics tech veteran. 941-225-0046.

ALTERATIONS/UPHOLSTERY heav e NS OF 129413

Home Furnishing Restoration and Upholstery Specialist!

Honesty • Integrity • Quality • Value

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/ Exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential & commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. 941-744-1020. 35+ years experience.

COMPUTER

European Facial • Waxing Permanent Make-up / Lashes Call 24/7 for Appointment

941-329-6466

LLC

Speaks German & Polish

SMS Mobile Marine Service GPS/Fishfinder Installation • Outboards I/O’s • Inboards Call for appointment • 941-232-3523 CERTIFIED & INSURED

Insured

This space could be yours!

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VIRUS & SPYWARE EXPERTS! LAPTOP REPAIR SPECIALISTS

941.955.4888

15505 Lemon Fish Dr. Dustin Yoder Bradenton, FL 34202 yoderaluminum@gmail.com Office 941-650-9790

PC & LAPTOP REPAIR

On Site or In Shop

call for more information about The service directory!

Yoder Aluminum Inc.

SALES & SERVICE NEW & REFURBISHED NETWORKING DSL AND CABLE SETUPS TRAINING BACKUP & RECOVERY SETUP, INSTALL, UPGRADE AFFORDABLE RATES

3204 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota (Across from the Library)

CLEANING

ADDY’S CLEANING SERVICE

ATTORNEY

Ph. 376-4228 singleturtle@aol.com

3687954-01

126990

• One Time, Weekly, Monthly • Res./Comm. • Move Ins/Outs • Carpet Cleaning • References • Free Est. ★ Very Affordable Rates ★

WILLS, TRUSTS, PROBATE, ELDER LAW

Friendly, Expert Computer Repairs

Jenny’s Cleaning Service

Law Office of

Sharon M. Guy, P.A.

RESIDENTIAL

Weekly • Monthly • 1-Time • Before and/or After Parties

552-5766 Team Up Today With Classifieds 941-955-4888 AUTO SERVICE

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941-993-5642

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Office in Palmer Ranch 8586 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota, FL 34238

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ALUMINUM

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DOCKSIDE BOAT REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE

ESTABLISHED 1975!

127863

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am - 3pm • Weekends by appointment

Sharon M. Guy

Call 941.955.4888

BOAT SERVICES

Allow me to do my very best for you!

“Specializing in 6” Seamless Gutters”

As low as $15 for 1 week! Get a discount when you run your ad in more than one Observer.

2345 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34239 Present ad and receive 10% OFF heavensofbeautysimplybook.me

In shop free estimates Pick up and delivery services available

941• 925 • 2447

GARAGE SALE

Painting/Wallpapering

BEAUTY

Frank Beck Upholstery

Gulf Gate Village 6568 Superior Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231

$AVE AMndONEY MAkE MONEY

ALL TYPES OF MASONRY Specializing in concrete driveways, pavers, decorative concrete, stone work, patios. Call for free and honest estimates. 941-525-2435

ND SPARKLE. We are a family business experienced in both home and office cleaning great rates. Call for a quote. 941-330-4466. Email: norgrasi@hotmail.com

Computer Services

Pressure Cleaning

Masonry

HOUSE CLEANING, housekeeping, pet sitting, window washing. Excellent services by European couple. 941-350-8072.

Pet Services DOGGY HOTEL/GROOMING. 24 Hour Daycare. FREE Daycare with groom (we are the best). 3925 Brown Avenue behind Sleep King. doggyhotel.net 941-554-4620.

JACK'S DETAILED Pressure Washing. Homes and flat work, window washing, pool decks. Free estimates. Licensed and Insured. 941-979-7095. E-mail: kwantj@yahoo.com

20 YRS. EXPERIENCE

Experienced • Honest • Responsible

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The Service DirecTory

Mercy’s Cleaning Service

WorkS for you!

Commercial and Residential Best Prices in Town

We Use Organic Products

724-1395

Cell (941)

Licensed • Free Estimates

129048

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Furniture Repair

128292

PEPPERTREE BAY, Siesta Key: 2BR/2BA, upstairs unit, Gulf views. Turnkey furnished, garage. Available January and April only. Reduced rate. Lisa Beach Agent, 941-374-9133 or E-mail: llblab@aol.com

Call 955-4888 to reserve your space.

CONCRETE

Full Service Scratch & Dent or Collision Service We do it all. We get it right!

Call Liz for the Best Price

Custom Surfaces Inc.

Call Gary Auto Body & Paint Inc.

House/Condo/Office Cleaning Carpet & Floor Care FREE ESTIMATES

• POLY-PEBBLE / EPOXY • TEXTURED CONCRETE • RESEAL & REPAIRS • INTERLOCKING BRICK PAVERS Free Serving Sarasota 355-1148 Estimates Since 1979 SARASOTA • BRADENTON • VENICE

941-923-2564

Lic. # 46264

Licensed • Insured Lic. #25393

3675768-01

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4541 Clark Road, Sarasota

DECORATIVE SURFACES FOR: PATIOS, POOL DECKS, DRIVEWAYS, ENTRYWAYS

Move Ins/Move Outs

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KITCHEN/BATH REMODELING

Michael Koch Concrete, Inc.

STEVE PANEBIANCO

THE GRAB BAR GUY

Licensed & Insured

Free Estimates

966-5094

FREE

Cell #809-7311

24/7 SERVICE

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New Install or Repairs Both Traditional & Decorative â&#x20AC;˘ 25 Years Experience 128990

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CHALMERS DRYWALL Licensed/Insured â&#x20AC;˘ Free Estimates

126992

ELECTRIC

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COHEN STEPS INTO THE CENTER RING D New Sarasota Ballet dancer Jessica Cohen left her hometown San Francisco to run away with the circus.

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“It seemed to be an instant connection,” Jessica Cohen says of Sarasota Ballet. “The moment I got here, I felt completely at home and so welcomed … It just felt really right.”

ancer Jessica Cohen’s work visa was denied. It was August when she discovered she wouldn’t be able to return to England, where she had danced in Northern Ballet’s company. It gave her three months to find a new job. The 21-year-old had heard of Sarasota Ballet. She had heard of its artistic director, Brit Iain Webb, and The Sir Frederick Ashton repertoire. She had heard that it was a company like herself: American under English influence. (Perhaps she had read this in one of the three New York Times articles about Sarasota Ballet in the past year). Fortunately, Sarasota Ballet had an unpublicized availability. So, Cohen carried-on her pointe shoes and flew to Sarasota to take the company’s daily class. “In my heart, I thought, ‘This has to be it,’” she says. And it was — the ballet immediately offered her a contract. Cohen joined the company for the 2013-2014 season. The timing was perfect. With Sara Sardelli’s switch from principal dancer to outreach coordinator following last season, the ballet was Clara-less for its “John Ringling Circus Nutcracker” production. Sardelli set the bar high: She added an innocent curiosity and enchantment to the debut role in the circus-themed original production that parallels the life of John Ringling with the traditional story of “The Nutcracker.” The directors quickly learned

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chosen as Clara in the San Francisco Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” That Christmas, instead of a black velour and gold-skirted princess dress, she wore Clara’s nightgown and danced across the stage with the company of San Francisco Ballet — just like she promised. “That was the defining moment for me,” she says. “That’s when I decided I had to give everything to become a ballet dancer; it was the most incredible and empowering experience being on that stage.” She ended up playing Clara at Northern Ballet, too — the

role has followed her during her career. Even so, Cohen was surprised to learn she’d be given the opportunity again in Sarasota. “Iain Webb and Ms. Barbieri were really open in sharing their vision with me for the company. They seemed very passionate about nurturing dancers and giving them opportunities,” she says. “I’m so grateful.” In fact, she uses the word gratitude and grateful a handful of times in a genuine outpouring of thankfulness for Sarasota Ballet, its directors and its dancers. She’s excited for opening night. Sarasota’s version is a completely different take on the classic. She’s enjoyed learning the role and building her character using pantomime. Although there is no speaking in the ballet, Cohen creates narratives in her head about what’s taking place on stage to bring her character to life. The circus element is new and exciting. “I do feel the wonder and imagination and all the laughter,” Cohen says. “It feels really real with the way the story has been created.”

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Cohen is perfect for the role of the little girl who runs away to a circus town. Like with most dancers, “The Nutcracker” is a holiday tradition for Cohen. Every year since she was 4, she’d put on her formal black velvet and gold dress — while it still fit, of course. Then, she and her f e male cousins would pile in Grandma Mitzi’s gold Lexus and head across the Golden Gate Bridge, where they’d have a pre-ballet tea party at the Neiman Marcus building near The War Memorial Opera House. She says the gold ornamentation and holiday décor surrounding the stage at the opera house always enchanted her. She promised her grandmother that one day she’d dance on the stage with the San Francisco Ballet Company. She started small. Her earliest memory performing was at age 7 when she danced as the angel in her local studio, Marin Ballet School’s, “The Nutcracker.” She also danced as the mouse and the black sheep in later performances. As a teenager, Cohen decided she wanted to be a ballerina. In 2007 she joined the San Francisco Ballet School. Cohen is well-spoken and charming when she explains her career started much like the students of the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory — she’d do independent study in the morning and train the second half of the day. Her first year there, she was

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The group was too excited when they got to Miami to remember to take a group photo — but here they are back home at Art Center Sarasota. by Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor Art Basel is a massive, open-air exhibition and gallery space that takes over all of South Beach and downtown Miami for the first week of December. Artists from around the country showcase their work to hordes of arts fans. Sarasota photographer Arnold Berns went on the trip because he enjoys art and seeing what other artists create. He says he wouldn’t have gone if Art Center Sarasota hadn’t hosted a tour. While there, he photographed some of the art deco hotels in the area. The photos will be displayed in a Jan. 20 exhibition at Studio 41 B&W Fine Art Gallery, 253 S. Links Ave., in Towles Court. He drew a lot of inspiration from the many artists exhibiting, and he paid close attention to how the art was hung to inspire ideas for his own new gallery. Artist Larry Fogard, who was also on the trip, was equally inspired by what he saw. He compared the experience to a World’s Fair because so many international art enthusiasts and artist flocked to Miami for the event. He mostly traveled by himself because he believes art viewing is a personal experience. If the Art Center goes again next year, so will Fogard. Amy Ernst said she had such a great experience, she’d like to extend the trip next year to include the pre-parties and black tie functions. As the granddaughter of Max

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SEASON STUNNERS by Pam Nadon | Film Critic

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” … especially for catching great films. ’Tis the season when studios strategically release the best they’ve got for the upcoming awards ceremonies. The following are at the top of my holiday picks list.

‘AMERICAN HUSTLE’ Director David O. Russell once again assembles a killer cast (Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams) all of whom play hustlers in one form or another. The story is a fictionalized version of the ABSCAM scandal, which exposed political corruption by the FBI back in the early 1980s. The trailer is hot. Dec. 20

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Expect the unexpected when Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) attempts to gain the rights to "Mary Poppins" from creator P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson). It seems there was quite a bit of behind-the-scenes fighting going on between the two concerning their visions of how the film should look. The rest is history. Directed by John Lee Hancock. Dec. 20

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‘THE PAST’ Shadows of past secrets emerge in this dark character study selected as Iran's entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Berenice Bejo plays a Parisian woman seeking a divorce from her Iranian husband while living with a man whose wife is in a coma. Looks like an abundance of fuel for a fire. Directed by Asghar Farhadi. Dec. 20

‘THE WOLF OF WALL STREET’ Director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for the fifth time in this tale of "greed and malfeasance." It’s based on the true story of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who made a fortune in the 1990s through securities fraud. And he had a hell of a time while doing so, judging from the trailer. Dec. 25

‘INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS’ Does luck play a role in separating success from failure? In the Coen brothers’ new film, that concept lies at the heart of this story about a cat-toting, struggling musician trying to get an audition. Problem: He's a folk singer in the early 1960s just as the genre is dying. Leave it to the Coen brothers to play cynical cosmic jokes on unsuspecting characters. Starring Oscar Isaac in the title role. Limited release Dec. 20

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‘LABOR DAY’   Kate Winslet plays a mentally unstable, reclusive mother who agrees to harbor an escaped convict (Josh Brolin). But is it forced or, perhaps, a case of Stockholm syndrome? As she finds herself drawn to him, options become limited. Somewhat of a departure for director Jason Reitman, who is known for lighter fare. Dec. 25

‘AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY’ This star-powered film demonstrates that family dinners can become quite dangerous. Meryl Streep plays the "acid-tongued" matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family whose husband (Sam Shepard) has disappeared. They gather together for consolation, which turns into chaos. Director John Wells manages to enlist the likes of Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper ... just for starters. Dec. 25

‘LONE SURVIVOR’ Is the title a spoiler? Peter Berg directs this true account of four Navy SEALS who were ambushed by the Taliban in 2005. From the trailer we learn that Afghan goat herders come, inadvertently, in contact with the SEAL team. A moral dilemma ensues for the soldiers ... kill them or let them go? Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch star in this "true story of incredible courage." Limited release Dec. 27

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HARV ES T I NG AN ECONOM Y Bird Key resident Michael Yourison doesn’t offer the olive branch, he offers a whole harvest’s worth with his company, Buonafide Foods and Wines.

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ichael Yourison started his business to help save Lugnano, Italy’s economy. Before he started importing Umbrian olive oil and other products to the Sarasota area in 2009, he wouldn’t have been able to tell you much about olive oil. He heard the town’s livelihood, its olive oil harvest, was struggling, and thought he could help by importing the product. So he put all his pits in the pot and out pressed and squeezed his business, Buonafide Foods and Wines. Yourison spends part of his year living on Bird Key, and the other part of the year in Lugnano, a small town in the city of Umbria, in central Italy. The town has a co-op of 280 farmers, and Yourison and his wife, Suzy Steelman, participate. Each November, they spend two days hand-picking olives from the 30-plus antique olive trees on their property. In their town, farmers help each other pick the harvest. The couple also participates in celebrating the harvest with their friends and neighbors. Yourison estimates that 85% of

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Hosting a party? Pick up some truffle honey from Olive Oil Outpost for your next get together. Here are some ways we like it: • For an appetizer, serve it with a plate of artisan cheeses. • Sear scallops and pour truffle honey on top. • Use it on your pizza crust. • Make vinaigrette using lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon and truffle honey and use it on a salad. • Pour it over grits. • Use it as a marinade or a glaze on steak or chicken. • Pour it over vanilla ice cream. • You can use it wherever you’d normally use regular honey. the little community with a population of more than 1,500 is in the olive oil industry. So when farmers celebrate the harvest, it means the whole town celebrates. It was November 2008, at Sunday lunch harvest celebration, that Yourison learned his farming friends and neighbors might be in trouble. They were discussing how mass-produced, inferior olive oil flooded the global market. People were less willing to spend a little more for the superior product. Thus, the farmers of his co-op were contemplating not harvesting the following season. “The red flag went up and we said, ‘Something’s not right. Maybe we could do something,’” he says. Yourison has a history in supporting the little guys. He’s worked in the whole-food in-

dustry for most of his career. He worked for an organic poultry producer in Pennsylvania before opening his own brand that involved raising free-range organic birds. He learned that small food producers take the time to develop their products, and it reflects in the quality they produce. His history with the Umbrian area started in 2003, when he and his wife decided to buy a little, parttime home in the Italian countryside. Steelman went to college there and speaks fluent Italian, and although Yourison struggles with the language, they both share a love for Italian culture. When they came across the town of Lugnano, they felt they found something special. The city has a medieval feel with heavy stonewalls and expansive green rolling hills. It’s a traditional and simple farming town offering a familial charm from hard-working farmers known for producing

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Bird Key resident Michael Yourison imports his products from Lugnano, a small town in Italy’s central Umbria region.

wine, olive oil and truffles. A week prior to closing on their house, the couple’s neighbors invited them over for a celebratory dinner (of course, his wife did most of the communicating). It felt like home before it was even home, even if they were the token American couple. “We could be a part of a community, and not as an outsider looking in,” Yourison says. As a part of the community, he wanted to help. Following the harvest celebration lunch when the flags went up, Yourison started researching and learning about the product. Part of that research was taste-testing. He brought samples back to Sarasota just to see if the product would go over well. His foodie friends loved it, and the local chefs were impressed. Many of them wanted to carry the high-end product (approximately $20 per bottle) in their restaurants. “I think what I learned is that

Yourison’s tip to buying quality olive oil: Always look for a date on the back — either a harvest or sell-by date. If it doesn’t have the dating on the back, then don’t buy it.

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people, chefs and owners are seeking products of great quality that have been raised in accordance to good farming practices,” Yourison says. He started bringing back products twice annually. It ended up that the farmers decided to continue the harvest. Yourison doesn’t credit himself, but he likes to think he helped a little. And if anything, he’s the only supplier of the Umbrian wine in the region. “These products are different and unique to the market that you can’t find anywhere else,” he says. Since the first import to Sarasota in 2009, he’s started importing other products — truffles, pasta and wine. His focus is on quality. He’s aware of what goes into the development of the food products he imports. He knows the farmers. He’s met the vintners. He’s participated in Italian harvest parades and drank newly produced wine straight from the barrels. He’s handpicked the olives and sampled it from the cold press. He’s been on a truffle hunt. He has become one of the little guys.

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Darwin’s brings Celebrity Chef Tour to Sarasota For the second year in a row, Darwin’s on 4th hosted the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner. The Dec. 11 event sold out once again and featured renowned chefs Steven Meese, Diego Oka, Steve Phelps and Anthony Lamas, who joined Darwin Santa Maria, in providing a unique five-course dining experience for guests. Among those in attendance were Celebrity Chef Tour spearheads, president Jeff Black and founder Joe Farrell. Sarasota was the last dinner on the tour this year — the 2014 tour will start up again next month in Hawaii. There were 25 dinners on the tour this year.

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by Heather Merriman | Black Tie Assistant Editor The Asolo Repertory Theatre lobby was filled with fabulously dressed guests who gathered for an evening designed for giving at Designing Women Boutique’s gala and style show, themed “Designed to Give” Monday, Dec. 9. The annual event (which sold out before invitations were printed) benefits Sarasota’s arts and human services organizations. Jane Thompson, Designing Daughters president, Carol Phillips, Board of Trustees president, and Chris Sancin, Ambassador’s Guild president, co-chaired the event. Ida Zito, president-elect, was the sponsorship chair for the event. The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction in the lobby followed by the entertainment and style show in

the Mertz Theatre. The event’s production team, consisting of Lauren Walsh, Joan Campo-Liga and Vicki Hornberger, welcomed guests and opened the show with an introduction, styled in fashions from Designing Women Boutique, of course. The show included performances from multiple art organizations, such as Sarasota Ballet, Players Theatre and Circus Sarasota as well as a style show consisting of 24 local women models. After enjoying the performances, style show and live auction, presented by Dr. Arthur Guilford (the “La Dolce Vita” trip to Rome was the highest auctioned item, purchased by Nancy Markle), guests then made their way to Treviso Restaurant for dinner to complete the evening.

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Margaret and Bill Wise tion. Seen celebrating were Phil and Julie Delaney, Richard and Gail Rubin, Jim and Charlie Ann Syprett and Marcia Jean Taub. See more photos from the evening online at YourObserver.com. DiGabriele, Christine Jennings, Juanita Mumford and Marian Wallace, each of whom spoke affectionately of Millman, who put in 23 years at the Asolo Rep and since his retirement in 2006 has played a vital part in the growth of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe … We know a trend when we see one … BT’s New York spies report that Phil King, almost-retired executive director of the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, and Dennis Stover, regional vice chancellor for advancement for USF-Sarasota Manatee, were shopping for wedding rings at Tiffany’s last week. Next

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to wed: Harold and Ronald Kendal and Roger Capote and Jim Wilson … The perfect name … Every year during the holiday season, Sarasota Opera throws a dinner on the stage for its co-producers. An opera singer entertains, and this year, Executive Director Richard Russell and Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi teamed up to introduce Maria Natale, who sang Liu in last season’s production of “Turandot.” Her name, Courtesy of Bill Wagy of course, translates to Mary; make that “Merry,” Christmas … A beautiful gift … Ellie Fitzgerald had her eyes on the door at Christmas in Candy Land Dec. 9, at Michael’s On East.

made in honor of his late wife, Janet B. Kane, Stanley is even more beloved for keeping the Asolo from going under in what he called the “dark days” of 1995. Betsy Kane-Hartnett said that the theater is the philanthropy her dad is “most passionate about.” Nobody could doubt that and nobody did.

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