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Naturalist program offers birds-eye view of the Celery Fields. PAGE 1B

Sibling rivalry comes naturally for three Asolo Rep actors. INSIDE by David Conway | News Editor

Artist lobbies for live/work project Veronica Morgan wants to bring a group to Sarasota that would outline how best to develop artist housing on the North Trail.

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Janice Smyth with her quilt, “Mystery Decimals.”

+ Quilting queen moves to semifinals Sarasota resident Janice Smyth is a semifinalist for the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek International Quilt Show in March. Smyth has been chosen to display her quilt, “Mystery Decimals,” at the quilt show held in Lancaster, Penn. “I tried to take something complicated, like decimals, and use it in a simplistic form.” Regardless of how “Mystery Decimals” does in judging, it will be on display at the show, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people.

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+ Leaders of the Pack Sarasota Cub Scout Pack 50 raced their pinewood derby cars Jan. 11 at Gulf Gate Elementary. Nearly 50 boys raced their homemade pinewood cars down a 30-foot-long track. Jude Kolesar (Webelos) came in first place with Kique Perales (Bear) in second and Nevaeh Livingston (Webelos) in third. The winners will move on to the Two Rivers’ district event held in April. More than 1.5 million boys participate in Pinewood Derby Races each year, which first started in 1953.

Veronica Morgan is working on a project she believes would enhance Sarasota’s status as an arts community, help revitalize the North Trail and retain more of the area’s college population. All she needs is $12,500. Morgan is trying to raise funds to bring consultants from Artspace, a Minneapolisbased company that develops

affordable live/work space for artists, to Sarasota. If they are hired, Artspace employees will study the city for two days before formulating a plan for the development of artist housing communities in the area — or spearheading such a project themselves. An artist herself, Morgan believes the city is in desperate

need of that type of housing. As the city has increasingly embraced its cultural reputation, she said, there has not been a corresponding effort to make it easier for artists to live in the city. “Sarasota is becoming more and more popular, and the price of housing has escalated,” Mor-

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Emma Witherspoon sings “David Melech Yisreal,” a song about King David Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Sarasota Children’s Garden. Families of Temple Emanu-El celebrated Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday marking the birthday of trees. For more photos from the event, see page 10B.

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New push for elected mayor emerges A political committee is proposing a new city charter with five council districts and a ‘strong mayor.’ The group is crafting its messaging to stand apart from earlier efforts. A group of advocates has begun a campaign to put a new Sarasota city charter up for consideration during November’s election, which, if approved, would establish an elected mayor as the executive of the municipal

government. It’s Time Sarasota is a political committee chaired by Linda Holland, the president of the Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association. The group is advocating for a new city charter that would

create an elected-mayor position, sometimes referred to as a “strong mayor,” to oversee the city. Another significant change would establish a city council with five districts, rather than the three districts that currently send

representatives to the City Commission. The group has posted the full text of its proposed charter online at itstimesarasota.com. Now,

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ARTSPACE / FROM PAGE 1A gan said. “When you think of the size of our performing-arts community — dance, theater, opera, as well as all of the visual arts — that adds up in a hurry.” Morgan, who has a background in architecture and real estate, thinks the North Trail is a perfect fit for a project of that nature. She said the area is teeming with potential for more activity, and would serve as a connector for the region’s various cultural institutions. If a significant project is developed, she said, the North Trail could see a meaningful economic boost, even attracting artists from beyond Sarasota. Currently, the only Artspace project in the state is the 37-unit Sailboat Bend loft complex in Fort Lauderdale. “The market could very well be all of Florida,” Morgan said. “It could be a much wider market than just Sarasota County.” She’s received support from the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership, a nonprofit group that aims to work for the redevelopment of the area. David Morriss, vice chairman of the NTRP, said it was essential to get positive projects underway to create momentum for other positive developments. Artist housing is a fit, he said, particularly because the North Trail is well suited to be rebranded as a space for the city’s creative types. “It’s a question of, do you play to the trail’s strengths, or do you play to its weaknesses?” Morriss said. “This is play-

ing to its strengths.” He also agreed with Morgan’s claims that the city was falling short when it came to providing living spaces for its artists. He thinks the city could bolster its status as a cultural hotspot by helping to fill in gaps in affordable live/work space. “I think it’s one of those situations where you put your money where your mouth is,” Morriss said. “We talk about being an arts community, but there’s no synergistic housing for artists in town.” Tim Jaeger, a 2002 graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, also agrees the housing stock is lacking in Sarasota. Jaeger, who founded the arts collective sARTq and the online publication Sarasota Visual Art, said one of the most frequent questions he gets is where to find live/work space. The answer, he said, is that it’s either not available or not feasible for an artist to rent. “Every day that passes, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for newcomers to our community and existing artists to find affordable live/work space,” Jaeger said. “Part of it is because the space often doesn’t exist to begin with, and the space that does exist often isn’t affordable.” Ringling College has heard complaints that indicate a lack of opportunity and available space is a contributing factor that causes graduates to leave the area, according to spokeswoman Christine Lange. Ringling has been working with other stakeholders in the North Trail —

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particularly New College and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee — to make the area a fertile ground for new projects to flourish. Lange said Artspace, as well any other project that seeks to improve the trail, could be a step in the right direction for retaining graduates and promoting innovation.

“The trail is key to that,” Lange said. “Most of the work is cleaning up the eyesore and creating gathering places, using it as an asset.” Morgan’s efforts are currently focused on getting the various stakeholders that she believes would benefit from an Artspace project — the city, the colleges, the local organizations and the individual citizens — to help pay to bring in the consultants. The City Commission and Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation have each committed $5,000 to the cause, and Morgan says individual donations are coming in, as well. The support for the proposal has grown substantially since Morgan first spoke before the City Commission in December, with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County now serving as the contracting agency for the project and collecting donations toward the $12,500 goal. Those who have come aboard credit Morgan with having the dedication to fight to have her vision realized. “I think it’s remarkable that you have a person who is in the artist community already who has the drive to make this thing happen for the arts community,” Morriss said. YOUROBSERVER.COM // Watch a video of Marietta Lee, owner of Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy, speak about her museum’s North Trail expansion.

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School Board anticipates first balanced budget in seven years Rising property values will allow the district to increase spending and accrue a budget surplus during the 2014-2015 school year without raising millage rates. The Sarasota County School Board is projecting a balanced budget for the 2014-2015 school year — the district’s first projected surplus in seven years. The school board took its first step in planning the 2014-2015 budget at a Tuesday work session. Deputy Chief Financial Officer Al Weidner presented the preliminary budget to school board members calculating a budget surplus of $952,974 for the next school year — a sharp departure from a string of consecutive years of budget deficits, including a $10,518,565 revenue shortfall during the 2012-2013 school year, and a $6,472,547 deficit in 2013-2014. "I haven’t seen that in so long, it's just hard to believe," said school board member Frank Kovach, referring to the projected budget surplus. "It's the first time we've been presented with a balanced budget in years.” Sarasota County lost 40% of its property tax base following the 2008 economic downturn, which left the district’s budget, which is primarily drawn from property taxes, with a revenue shortfall that necessitated a series of major budget cuts. The district subsequently endured consecutive years of budget deficits as it attempted to pare down spending to match revenue without affecting the quality of education in Sarasota County’s schools. The preliminary 2014-2015 budget set spending at just more than $393 million, which represents a 1.3% increase over projected 2013-2014 spending. "I'm glad you're conservative up front," school board member Carolyn Brown said, referring to the small spending increase. Revenues and income transfers for next school year, however, are expected to comfortably outpace the increase in spending. The projected $12,414,365 revenue increase in 2014-2015 represents a 3.2% jump over revenue projections in the current budget. The projected revenue increase is based on a predicted 5% jump in tax revenue, largely due to increasing home values in the county. Taxes will not need to be raised to account for the increase in spending, according to preliminary estimates. District tax revenue is drawn from property taxes; the amount is determined by a taxable percentage of a property's value, called a millage rate. According to the preliminary 2014-2015 budget, the current rate of 1.000 mills will not need to be increased. The 2014-2015 budget as-

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sumes the approval of the 1-mill tax continuance in the March 25 referendum. So far in 2013-2014, greater-than-expected property tax revenue has offset a state-funding shortfall, capping the year's revenue shortfall to only $40,286. Yet, despite projections that 2013-2014 spending levels will come in about $2 million less than the forecast, the 20132014 budget still accrued a deficit of more than $6 million. The original 2013-2014 budget forecast a deficit of $9,226,974. The district created its preliminary 2014-2015 budget based on a series of assumptions, including: no changes to staff salaries, the continuation of a hiring freeze and a decrease in countywide enrollment by 80 students. The district's cost projections also include a 5% increase in gasoline and diesel prices, a 4% increase in property insurance and a 4% increase in textbook costs due to new state standards.

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Weidner cautioned, however, that changes to state funding could quickly turn the projected budget surplus upside down. "This is all based on the one big unknown, which is what the governor and legislature will do," Weidner said. "That could change this completely." District Superintendent Lori White also offered a word of caution, adding that, despite the good news of a potentially balanced budget, the district should maintain its focus on finding efficiencies and identifying additional cost-saving measures to continue rolling back budget cuts required during the lean years of the economic downturn. The school board will continue to review and debate the proposed budget, setting priorities and goals, until the board first votes on a preliminary budget in April. The board will adopt the final 2014-2015 budget in September.

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NEWSBRIEFS + UF and CFAS begin collaboration on building A collaboration between local architects and University of Florida students Tuesday kicked off the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s first day in its location on Orange Avenue. UF students, members of CFAS and local architects met to discuss the future of the historic Scott Building. CFAS and the University of Florida plan to use the building for community and educational purposes. The building will be divided into two spaces. The north side of the building will be transformed into a workspace for The University of Florida’s Masters in Architecture’s new City Lab– Sarasota program; CFAS will use the other space to educate the community on architecture through films, events and lecture series. “This project will raise the profile and interest of architecture along with the education aspect of it,” says Sarasota architect Damien Blumetti, who works with Guy Peterson. The University of Florida’s Masters in Architecture’s City Lab-Sarasota is a handson architectural program based out of Sarasota. “The program will facilitate dialogue,” says Director of the School of Architecture Martin Gold. “It is both conceptual and visionary.” Students will learn the practicalities of building in cities, such as Sarasota, by attending city meetings and talking with the community, as well as practicing design work. “We’re trying to bring more of the current problems and issues today’s architectures in communities deal with,” says Gold. CFAS hopes to start construction in April. UF students will work closely with architects and CFAS in redesigning the building. City Lab–Sarasota classes will begin in August.

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mously approved the first phase of work from the new engineering firm in charge of constructing Lift Station 87, directing the group to begin engineering and designing the project’s completion. Representatives from McKim and Creed outlined their initial recommendations for finishing the oft-delayed project. Robert Garland, the project manager and vice president with McKim and Creed, said he was confident the group could successfully complete the work at Lift Station 87, located in Luke Wood Park at 1900 Mound St. The targeted completion date is November 2015. During Tuesday’s meeting, officials estimated the remaining project costs could total somewhere around $9 million, although they said that price was fluid. In total, the work at Lift Station 87 is projected to be roughly $21 million, nearly $9 million more than the original $12.4 million budget. Commissioners were upset by the price total, but were resigned to accept it as a sunk cost. The previous engineering firm was fired for its inability to microtunnel beneath the Hudson Bayou, but Garland said McKim and Creed has conducted research that will ensure the process is not problematic. Mayor Shannon Snyder bemoaned the ballooning costs, but said he was glad someone detected the flaws in the earlier plans before the situation got even worse.

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On Tuesday, Sarasota County staff presented variations of plans to add at least 11 parking spaces to Shell Road on Siesta Key during a meeting at resident Chuck McGovern’s home at the end of Shell Road. McGovern said residents were not ready to endorse any specific plan, but praised the county for working with property owners.

DURING TUESDAY’S MEETING COMMISSIONERS ALSO: • Approved the purchase of a new records management and dispatch system for the Sarasota Police Department, a cost of about $850,000. Commissioners had rejected the same proposal at an Oct. 21 meeting, but praised the department for returning with a more thorough presentation. A majority of the commission said earlier concerns about SPD’s ability to share data with other local law enforcement agencies had dissipated. • Discussed the long-term operational funding of a potential regional homeless shelter located in the city of Sarasota, with Vice Mayor Willie Shaw expressing a concern about the city bearing an undue financial burden. Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown said staff would reach out to homeless consultant Robert Marbut to discuss any concerns commissioners had. • Passed an ordinance that created a permitting process for pain management clinics and instituted other guidelines to better regulate the operation of those establishments. Both plans aim to carve out portions of the right of way for public parking along the road, which is also the first public beach access. One plan calls for 11 news spaces while the other outlines 18 spaces. Sarasota County Neighborhood Services Manager Jane Grogg said residents still had concerns about the proposed number and location of parking spaces. Staff anticipates the project to cost $25,000, according to a Jan. 15 email from County Engineer Jim Harriott.

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Osprey fishing pier reconstruction back on track After a drawn-out permitting process, a county project to rebuild the historic Osprey fishing pier on Little Sarasota Bay has moved into the design phase.

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County secured the FDEP permit in April 2013, but was required to submit additional information to the Army Corps several times to ensure the project was not a threat to a nearby seagrass bed and complies with the Endangered Species Act. Sauer said the number of permits required for the rebuild was not unusual, but the time it took for the permits to be approved was excessive. “The dilemma was that the length of time the different agencies pored over this was a little unusual and unnecessary,” Sauer said. “The county basically had to sit idle for more than a year, waiting for the federal regulatory process to play itself out.” Sauer added that all state permits were approved within 30 days, and that federal permits unnecessarily stalled the project. The prolonged permitting timeline highlights a trend in the federal permitting process, which, according to Sauer, is unnecessarily delaying projects across the country. “That’s the unfortunate reality that many applicants are experiencing with projects

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majority of concrete pillars supporting the structure had deteriorated beyond salvage and would have to be replaced. The Sarasota County Commission applied for a grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District to cover the estimated $200,000 to $300,000 cost of the project, following pressure from Osprey residents living on Main Street who frequently used the pier and wanted it rebuilt. The WCIND awarded the grant to Sarasota County in October 2012, and the Sarasota County Commission swiftly approved the rebuild as a capital improvement project. Due to the existing pier’s location along the Little Sarasota Bay coastline, it is subject to a stack of permitting requirements related to public safety and environmental protection rules. Following the 2012 WCIND grant award, county staff began applying for a bevy of permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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At the end of a quiet, tree-lined side street off U.S. 41, just south of Historic Spanish Point, a historic area landmark sits abandoned on the Little Sarasota Bay coastline — watching the tide roll away. After spending more than a year in limbo awaiting federal permits, a county project to rebuild the Osprey fishing pier is finally moving forward and could be complete as early as fall or winter, county officials said. Plans to reconstruct the Osprey-area landmark (whose origins date back about 100 years) took a major step forward Jan. 18, when Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Director Carolyn Brown announced to Interim County Administrator Thomas Harmer via email that her staff had secured all federal, state and local permits required to rebuild the Osprey fishing pier. Brown reported that, with permits now in hand, the project engineer had begun working on designs, which were projected to take one month to complete. After design completion, the project will either be assigned to a marine contracting unit or competitively bid — depending on cost estimates, Brown said. The Osprey fishing pier is located at the end of Main Street in Osprey. According to Steven Sauer, an environmental consultant Sarasota County contracted to handle the pier rebuild’s regulatory process, there has been a pier at the current site since the 1950s, although there is evidence of another pier nearby dating back as early as 1910. Sauer said the county was currently conducting a fact-finding investigation to clarify the exact history of the site. Portions of the current Osprey fishing pier, which was built in 1973, were closed in June 2012 when county engineers found that the

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In her final presentation to the Siesta Key Condominium Association as an elected official, County Commissioner Nora Patterson gave an unvarnished rundown on a series of hot topics facing county government. In front of the crowd of about 70 Siesta condominium owners who attended the Tuesday meeting, Patterson took clear positions on what she considered to be the most pressing issues facing the commissioners — of particular interest to the audience of Siesta residents was her insistence that a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to dredge Big Pass face greater scrutiny. Patterson stressed the need for an independent peer review of the project. “I want this peer-reviewed by someone without their wallets in the game,” she said. Patterson cast doubt on the Army Corps’ assurances that mining the Big Pass shoal for Lido Beach sand would not negatively impact the health of Siesta Key beaches. The Army’s predictive modeling, Patterson said, was based on older studies by environmental consultants, which concluded that small, incremental dredges of the Big Pass shoal would likely not cause serious harm to Siesta beaches. She pushed back against the relevance of those earlier studies to the Army Corps’ present proposal. Patterson, whom many Siesta resident colloquially refer to as the "champion of Siesta Key," is the longest-serving member of the Sarasota County Commission — she has served four terms as county commissioner, as well as eight years as a Sarasota city commissioner. Patterson indicated that she will retire at the end of her current term, opening the door for a political newcomer to step into her District 2 seat, which represents the Si-

HER TAKE On the county budget: “During the recession we lost 40% of our property tax base; we are on our way back, but only a quarter of the way.” On diversifying Sarasota County’s economy: “We all have known for years that tourism and construction are not enough for this area’s economic health. We want high-paying, high-tech jobs — the same jobs that every other state in the union wants and every other county in Florida. It’s hard to see how we can make any headway in this.”

esta Key zip code. “I believe the next few years will be very important for our county,” Patterson said. “It’s time for some new blood.” At the end of her presentation to the Siesta Key Condominium Association, Patterson briefly alluded to the two candidates running for her seat in the Nov. 4 election. Without mentioning him by name, Patterson referred to Kimley-Horn Vice President Al Maio as a "good guy" and a "friend." "Although, he doesn't live on Siesta Key," she added. Patterson then asked Maio's opponent, Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) President Lourdes Ramirez, who was in the crowd, to stand up. "Lourdes is also a friend of mine; she has a good brain," Patterson said, adding, "and she lives on Siesta Key."

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Jeff’s Salad reopens with new name, menu Jeff’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar opened Saturday under new management and with a new philosophy. After closing for nearly two years, Jeff’s Neighborhood Salad Co. on Tamiami Trail reopened Saturday under a new name and new management. Now called Jeff’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, the restaurant still offers the salads it did before closing in spring 2012, but has expanded its menu to include soups, sandwiches and hot dogs. The new broader approach — and the reopening, itself — is thanks in part to Marcin and Eve Gryzenia, who are now helping manage the restaurant. The couple moved from Poland to Sarasota about two years ago. Shortly after that, the owner of Jeff’s Salad, Artur Jarczynski, closed the business to focus on running restaurants in Poland. The Gryzenias did not know Jarczynski, but set out to contact him and persuade him to let them run the restaurant in his stead. Armed only with information they found on Google, they were able to eventually find him. “We knew this place, and we knew the owner is Polish,” Eve Gryzenia said. “It’s not so hard to get in touch with someone via word of mouth.” The Gryzenias had more than just a shared heritage to offer Jarczynski; they also had experience running a restaurant in Poland. Jarczynski was reluctant at first, but four months ago, agreed to reopen the restaurant, located at 1414 S. Tamiami Trail. “We were pushing him,” Marcin Gryzenia said. “We’ve been waiting here for two years. We convinced him he had to reopen.” The Gryzenias said the additional food options were just the beginning of a more

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The ‘unseen’ of incentives The headline recently on a column in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune did the job. It caught our attention: “Economic incentives: necessary, transparent and effective.” Whoa there. With all due respect to the author, a good guy doing his job, Mark Huey, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corp. of Sarasota County, we would argue: Quit trying to fool the public and justify what is as immoral as the personal income tax. That is, the government taking wealth by force from one to redistribute to another more government-favored recipient. That’s what economic incentives really are — a subsidy, corporate welfare, the government picking who it wants to favor. But they are done so always as “investments” in name of creating jobs and what Huey termed “creating a more sustainable economic future.” Wrote Huey: “To not have incentives would ignore the free-market reality that businesses can take their jobs anywhere, and communities throughout the country and the world are willing to pay incentives to win those jobs. Any community serious about competing for quality jobs … must be able to offer competitive incentives.” This reminds us of the retort from the late Milton Friedman when Forbes magazine interviewed him on the subject of “economic incentives.” Told that economic development officials all say what Huey says — that a city, county and state must offer subsidies to be competitive and because everyone else does it, Friedman replied: “Just because your friends jump off a bridge, would you jump too?” They’re an epidemic. Perhaps most shocking lately are the television advertisements from the state of New York. In October, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched Start-Up NY. Cuomo promises new, expanding or relocating companies that set up shop in certain tax-free zones no taxes for 10 years — no local taxes; no sales tax; no property tax; no franchise fees; no income taxes. Of course, only certain favored businesses qualify. To our dismay, our own free-market governor, Rick Scott, has embraced corporate incentives. Scott maintains criteria that the “investment” must provide a certain level of return or the money must be repaid. But he also has backed the Legislature’s allocating of $18.1 milllion to Enterprise Florida; $63.5 million to Visit Florida; and $19.5 million to Space Florida to attract and expand businesses and tourism. Huey reported Sarasota County’s incentives have totaled $4.2 million, creating “nearly 1,700 jobs” and generating an economic multiplier valued at $500 million. Huey wrote: “An annual return on investment of more than 12,000%!” Sounds great. Then there’s the silly and telling example of RND Automation and Engineering, now based in Manatee County and formerly in Sarasota County. Our sister newspaper, the Business Observer, reported last week RND in 2010 received $15,000 in performancebased incentives from Sarasota County to move from Manatee. Then, this past Jan. 8,

Manatee offered $8,000 in performancebased incentives for RND in return for eight new jobs over five years. The CEO of RND, Sean Dotson, told the Business Observer the company’s move back to its original county had little to do with incentives. They “are nice, but we certainly weren’t counting on it,” he said. “We wanted to find the best building.” Necessary? The Founding Fathers envisioned competition between the states as a check on profligate governments, an incentive to maintain low taxes and favorable living and business climates. What they probably did not envision was the widespread use of tax subsidies. Although we should note that such debates were in existence even then. Noted free-market French economist Frederic Bastiat wrote extensively on this subject in the 1840s. In his famous essay, “What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen,” he discussed whether the state should subsidize the arts. It’s apropos for economic incentives in general. Wrote Bastiat: “One can ask where music would be in France without the Theatre-Italien and the Conservatory; dramatic art without the Theatre-Francais; painting and sculpture without our collections and our museums. One can go further and ask whether, without the centralization and consequently the subsidizing of the fine arts, there would have developed that exquisite taste which is the noble endowment of French labor and sends it products out over the whole world. “… Would it not be the height of imprudence to renounce this moderate assessment on all the citizens, which, in the last analysis, is what has achieved for them their pre-eminence and their glory in the eyes of Europe?” Likewise, in the context of $100 million of Florida taxpayers’ money going to businesses chosen by the state or $4.2 million of Sarasotans’ money, would it be imprudent to say that “moderate assessment” should be renounced? Bastiat answered: “There is, first of all, a question of distributive justice. Do the rights of the legislator go so far as to allow him to dip into the wages of the artisan in order to supplement the profits of the artist? … I confess that I am one of those who thinks that the choice, the impulse, should come from below, not from above, from the citizens, not from the legislator; and the contrary doctrine seems to me to lead to the annihilation of liberty and of human dignity.” In other words, what gives the governor, legislator or county commissioners the moral right to decide whether your money, your taxes, should be taken from you and given to ABC Corp.? Bastiat uses the example of the French government subsidizing a theater with 60,000 francs. “But from where does that money come? What is the source of that 60,000 francs? And where would they have gone if a legislative vote had not first directed them to the rue de Rivoli? That is what is not seen,” he wrote. “Surely, no one will dare maintain that the legislative vote has caused this sum to hatch out from the ballot box; that it is a pure addition to the national wealth.”

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Smile. Click. Gotcha. Florida law-enforcement officials can talk all they want about red-light cameras reducing accidents at stop lights. But consumers and taxpayers also know the cameras are all about the money. From a recent report from The News Service of Florida: “More than 100 jurisdictions across the state use traffic-light cameras that collectively have generated more than $100 million a year through tickets.” What’s more, this report noted, the Florida Department of Transportation in June “directed local agencies to add at least 0.4 seconds to the yellow intervals on traffic lights. Research had found that yellow lights were set a half-second shorter than the recommended interval …” In the city of Sarasota, by the way, collections from these $158 tickets were expected to more than double in the current fiscal year to $1.9 million. A couple of Florida lawmakers are on to this rip-off. Rep. Frank Artiles of Miami and Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg have filed bills to stop the installation of any new red-light cameras and reduce the ticket fines from $158 to $83.

No, with all subsidies, Bastiat noted, “it is clear that the taxpayer who will have been taxed one franc will no longer have this franc at his disposal. It is clear that he will be deprived of a satisfaction to the tune of one franc, and that the worker, whoever he is, who would have procured this satisfaction for him, will be deprived of wages in the same amount.” What Bastiat is pointing out is when government subsidizes a business, it is saying it is smarter than all of us and knows better than all of us how citizens’ money should be spent or invested. It is saying to us, with a degree of arrogance, that if Sarasota and Florida taxpayers are left to decide how to spend and invest their money, they would not be as good as the government at creating jobs and “creating a more sustainable future.” We have always contended the most effective economic incentives are low taxes, low regulations and safe streets — a climate of freedom and free enterprise for individuals and businesses.


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Citizens eyed for input in Barwin’s review In advance of City Manager Tom Barwin’s first evaluation, the City Commission is debating whether to formally include input from prominent citizens in the process. cess, which centered on a numerical ranking system. Commissioner Paul Caragiulo has pushed for a more cut-anddry evaluation that would have commissioners fill out a standardized form and the mediator compile a report with that information. He bristled against the notion that citizen input needed to be officially part of the process, saying that commissioners should be informally gauging the feelings of their constituents. “We have a sort of propensity to pageant-ize everything,” Caragiulo said. “Everything has to be a show and a production.” Vice Mayor Willie Shaw sided with Caragiulo. He felt the city has a propensity to conduct its business in public when it’s not necessary, and said the city’s charter clearly states the onus for evaluating the charter officials is on the commission. “We aren’t doing our job, I think, as elected officials,” Shaw said. “I, too, feel like I can talk to anybody on what their feelings are.” Commissioner Susan Chapman pointed at the 2012 resignation of former City Manager Bob Bartolotta as a development that

lacked public awareness and said the public wasn’t on the same page as the commission, as a result. Gathering public input was a measure that could prevent a more insular evaluation, she said. “I think we need to be aware that the public may have a different view of this than the individual city commissioners,” Chapman said. One of the citizens mentioned as a potential contributor to the evaluation process saw both sides of the argument. Steve Queior, president of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, said he and the chamber would be glad to assist the city with the completion of any of its goals. He also said he felt that part of the city manager’s job involves listening to issues or ideas from the public and coordinating that with the staff, so collecting citizens’ input made sense in that regard. “I think that’s a role of the city manager, as the top professional, to be out there and taking these things back to the commission, or if they’re not as major an issue, to the appropriate department,” Queior said. On the other hand, he said,

there’s a limit to the knowledge the public has of the city manager’s work, which involves a lot of internal management. He said the commission was already tapped into a diverse mix of opinions from the community and that the public commentary could potentially get out of hand. “More input would be good input, but, at some point, you have to make the review and evaluation process efficient,” Queior said. “We can’t make a federal project out of this.” Robert Fuller, the chairman of the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations, said he would like for a representative from that group to have a voice in the evaluation process. Although commissioners might have the opportunity to interact with their constituents, Fuller said CCNA’s input would provide an impression of the city manager from more than 25 community groups. “At Saturday’s CCNA meeting, the representative from Amaryllis Park talked about how city management had a positive interaction with the community there,” Fuller said. “That’s the kind of thing that — and I’m sure, from

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FRIDAY, JAN. 24, THROUGH SATURDAY, JAN. 25 St. Boniface Preschool Yard Sale — runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at St. Boniface, 5615 Midnight Pass Road. Proceeds from the two-day sale benefit the preschool’s scholarship fund. Donations of gently used items can dropped off at the preschool office. For more information, call 349-5616, Ext. 330.

SATURDAY, JAN. 25 36th annual Woodcarving Show and Sale — takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road. The Gulf Coast Carvers Guild presents this benefit for the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club. The featured artist is Alan Penn. Event includes door prizes, vendors, food and drinks. Admission is a $2 donation. Bay Guardians Air Potato Roundup — runs from 9 a.m. to noon at 2650 Waldemere St. The air potato is an invasive vine that covers and shades beneficial native plants. Volunteers can compete in a contest with prizes for the smallest, biggest, weirdest-looking and most air potatoes collected. Volunteers must wear close-toed shoes, longsleeve shirts and pants. For more information, call 955-8085.

SUNDAY, JAN. 26 Ivy League Fair — runs from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Sudakoff Conference Center, New College’s east campus, 5845 General Dougher Place. Guidance counselors, parents and junior and senior high school students are invited to meet representatives from colleges and universities. Admission is free. For more information and to RSVP, go to ivyleaguecollegefair.com/rsvp.

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FRIDAY, JAN 24, THROUGH SUNDAY, JAN. 26 7th annual Sarasota Native American Indian Festival — runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd. Experience the traditions and culture of the Native American people with a selection of art, food and music. Guest flute artist, Daniel Bigay, of the Echota Cherokee tribe, will perform. Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for adults, $3 for 6-to-12-year-olds and free for children 5 and younger. For more information visit sarasotanativeamericanindianfestival. wordpress.com/. United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave. Mary Mozelle demonstrates “The Sights and Sounds of the Pipe Organ” as June LeBell narrates. Mozelle has performed around the world at historic locations such as St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Tickets are a $10 donation, available by calling 9550935. For more information, visit firstssrq.com/music/fine-arts-series.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29 Endre Hegedus Piano Recital — runs from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bay Village auditorium, 8400 Vamo Road. Pianist Endre Hegedus, from Budapest, will perform Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and more at this intimate performance. Refreshments will be served afterward. Tickets are $20 and available at the door, cash only. For more information, call 966-8450.

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girls soccer by Jen Blanco | Sports Editor

Riverview High midfielder Katy Mixon pushes the ball down the field during the Lady Rams’ game versus Lakewood Ranch earlier this season.

TAKING CHARGE

Katy Mixon played varsity soccer at Riverview High for four years. Now she’ll take her talents to the University of West Georgia.

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Jacqueline Kulle scored 21 points to lead the Cardinal Mooney girls basketball team to a 39-31 victory over The Out-of-Door Academy Jan. 17 and the top seed in the Class 3A-District 10 tournament.

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Michael Staikos had eight saves to lead the Cardinal Mooney High boys soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Sarasota Jan. 17.

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Gunnar Kral scored three goals to lead the Sarasota Christian boys soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Admiral Farragut Jan. 16.

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Riverview High senior center midfielder Katy Mixon led the Lady Rams in both goals and assists this season.

her time at Riverview number of 2 The positions Mixon

played during her four years at Riverview

aty Mixon had something to prove. And, yet, at the same time she was holding back. As the new face on the Riverview High girls soccer team four years ago, the then-freshman forward was easily intimidated. Surrounded by a host of veteran players, Mixon knew what she was capable of but, at the same time, refused to show it. Rather than dribbling the ball toward the goal and firing off shot after shot, Mixon would pass the ball back to her teammates, allowing others to step into the limelight. “When you’re four years younger, it’s hard to measure up both in terms of skill and physicality,” Mixon says. “I was really nervous to take shots. “I wanted to lay off, so I didn’t look stupid. I just tried to get them to like me.” It took Mixon a year to adjust to her newfound role, and she slowly began to step out of her shell. By her senior season, Mixon was finally comfortable settling into the spotlight. Mixon, who transitioned from forward back to center midfield, led Riverview in goals (14) and assists (9) this season while propelling the Lady Rams to an 8-8 record. “She’s evolved into a very knowledgeable player,” coach Jamie Brester says. “At the beginning, she was shy and reserved. She knew she had all of this talent, but she was resistant to show it. I remember saying to her, ‘You’re a goalscorer. You need to be selfish and shoot the ball.’ She’s definitely stepped out of her shell since then.” Now, with her senior season behind her, Mixon is preparing to prove herself once again. Mixon recently signed a national letter of intent to play soccer for the University of West Georgia. Mixon also looked at Florida Southern College and Youngstown State University in Ohio before settling on West Georgia, which allowed her the opportunity to move out of state and experience a different landscape. In signing her letter of intent, Mixon fulfilled a dream she’s harbored since she was a little girl after watching her cousins, who, along with her uncle, inspired her to pick up the sport, play college soccer. “It’s such a relief knowing I have somewhere to go and play,” says Mixon, who also plays for the Brandon Flames’ U18 team. “It’s really exciting, too. “I’m just looking forward to still being able to play soccer,” Mixon says. “A lot of girls aren’t able to play in college, so I’m just going to savor these last four years that I can play soccer.”


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Sarasota Military Academy junior Connor Steinfeld won the 152-pound weight class at the Ippolito Tournament Jan. 18, at Brandon High. The tournament, which featured 37 teams from across the state, is one of the toughest tournaments of the regular season.

+ Sailors grapplers take fifth place The Sarasota High wrestling team went 6-3 to finish fifth at the 16-team Titan Duals Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 in Naples. Yosbiel Garcia (106 pounds), Chance Sharbono (113) and Toby Baker (220) all went 9-0 on the weekend. Steven Mercadante (152) went 8-1, and Chris Giuffre (138) and Daniel Nava (195) both went 7-2. Garcia, Sharbono and Baker all earned all-tournament honors for their respective weight classes. Baker is currently ranked No. 2 in the state, while Sharbono is ranked No. 6. The Sailors return to action Jan. 23 versus Island Coast on senior night.

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+ ODA Boys Middle School Soccer The Out-of-Door Academy middle school boys soccer team finished its season with a perfect 12-0 record, outscoring its opponents 36-5. Over the course of the season, the Thunder took 100 more shots than all of its opponents combined; every player on the team saw action in all but one match. Championship players include: Max Hajduk, Edward Hamburger, Sean Morris, Matteo Romano, Wylder Meyer, Jake Flake, Alvaro Juncosa, Viraj Patel, Banks Paxton, Hunter Coakley, Gus Mahler, Tucker Harris, Zach Szmania, Colin Castro, Daniel Schuetz, Tommy Hubbard, Ryan Ives, Filip Svoboda, Phillip Cecil, Dakota Dickerson, Chase Bannar, Tomas Giacinti, Skye Ehrhart, Thomas Naylor, Adam Sholi and Jack Towsley.

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Terms of the trade Life bird — a bird of a species a birder is seeing for the first time. Fallout — when a mass of birds, during migration, gathers at a certain location, usually due to rain and weather fronts.

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In its second season, the Celery Fields Bird Naturalist Program offers visitors a chance to educate others about the thousands of bird species that visit the park daily.

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youngest member of the naturalist program Matthew is on the boardwalk Fridays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Fifteen-year-old Matthew Press discovered his love of birds when he was 6 years old. As gifts from his grandparents he received a pair of binoculars and the “Peterson Field Guides: Birds of Eastern and Central North America Fifth Edition.” The rest was history. The homeschooled 10th-grader is the youngest member of the naturalist program. What is your role with the naturalist program? My job is to meet and greet visitors at the boardwalk, help them identify birds, answer questions about the Celery Fields and let them know about other birding hotspots in the area. I also record the number of visitors on the visitor log. In 2012-13, the first season, we had 2,500 visitors at the Palmer Boulevard boardwalk and also spotted 100 species of birds. What is your favorite part of birding? Wherever you are, you can always go birding, and you never know what you will find. Another favorite part is traveling to different places and adding a life bird to my list.

Bird naturalist Matthew Press (right) and his father, David, look for birds at the Celery Fields.

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Last year, after realizing sometimes naturalists had a hard time communicating with birders about where to look for birds, former Selby Gardens director of horticulture and retired school teacher Claire Herzog used her knowledge of plants to create a picture booklet identifying the common plants at the Celery Fields. The booklet, which is available to the public online, also notes wildlife, especially birds. Because it helps naturalists to identify plants, it also increases the likelihood of spotting different species that interact with particular plants. Herzog considers herself relatively new to birding. This is her second season as a naturalist. “A lot people are thwarted about the program because they feel they aren’t knowledgeable,” says Herzog. She says she’s learned a lot, as well as taught a lot. Herzog’s favorite parts of birding are making sure she’s outside every day and spotting the most elusive birds. “Many birds have wonderful camouflage, and people are totally amazed when they spot one of these birds,” she says. Herzog is at the Celery Fields at least two times a week and sometimes birds with her dog, Mango, an adopted lab/chow mix. “I think its really enlightening to go to a certain place every week so you can get a deeper sense of what’s happening there.”

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naturalist program founder Comora is on the boardwalk Thursdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Eighty-two-year-old Owen Comora found his love of birding as a 13-year-old in New Jersey. While fishing one morning, a beautiful bird caught his eye. Comora noticed another person on the water who was birding so he asked him what type of bird it was. Comora left his fishing pole behind — he’s been a birder since. After moving to Sarasota as a retired advertising and public relations professional, he found himself spending a lot of time in front of the TV before his wife, Betty, urged him to get out and do something he loved. He got up, went out to Myakka State Park and started a bird naturalist program, which still exists today. But after 14 years out east, Comora decided to start a program a little “closer to home” and pitched the idea of bringing it to the Celery Fields to Jeanne Dubi, president of the Sarasota Audubon Society. “People who are part of the program come from different backgrounds with one thing in common: a love of birds and nature and the desire to share the knowledge,” he says. Comora’s hope for the program is that it will continue to be educational and fun and facilitate an appreciation for the nature that is so close to us. “You never know when you are going to interest someone so much that they make it their hobby or even a way of living,” says Comora.“It can become obsessive.”


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Condominium in Crescent sells for $1,825,000 The following residential real estate transactions took place between Jan. 6 and Jan. 10. A condominium in Crescent tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Lorne and Mary Liechty and Kevin and Brenda McGinnis, of Dallas, sold their Unit AN-502 condominium at 6512 Midnight Pass Road to 502 Crescent LLC for $1,825,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, three baths and 2,143 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,725,000 in 2011.

Arlington St. to Magnavent LLC for $300,000. Built in 1925, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,130 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $225,000 in 2004.

1064 N. Tamiami Trail to Asif and Surraya Faiz, of Arlington, Va., for $232,000. Built in 1983, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,051 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $213,000 in 2009.

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John Walter, of Sarasota, sold his home at 3528 Palonia Court to RJJM LLC for $300,000. Built in 1939, it has one bedroom, one bath and 904 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $195,000 in 2002.

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Claire Steinforth, of Sarasota, sold her home at 3219 Pine Valley Drive to Kenneth Elder Jr. and Paula Robson, of Sarasota, for $275,000. Built in 1970, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,924 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $48,000 in 1973.

Linda Daniel, of Sarasota, sold her Unit 1000 condominium at 1350 Main St. to Christian Spaulding and Karoline Spaulding, of Hellerup, Denmark, for $572,500. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,268 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $532,700 in 2007.

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Ronald and Carole Wolfson sold their Unit 207 condominium at 888 Blvd. of the Arts to Alphonse and Joanna Viviano, of Chicago, for $460,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,288 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $305,000 in 2012.

Osprey Avenue

Laurel Park Properties Inc. sold the home at 405 S. Osprey Ave. to Milano Homes LLC for $435,000. Built in 1925, it has five bedrooms, five baths and 2,712 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $150,000 in 1998.

Rivo at Ringling

Fannie Mae sold the Unit 806 condominium at 1771 Ringling Blvd. to Barbara

Unit AN-502 at 6512 Midnight Pass Road has two bedrooms, three baths and 2,143 square feet of living area. It sold for $1,825,000.

and Stephen Baseman, of Sarasota, for $417,500. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,483 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,700 in June.

Poinsettia Park

L&D Lifestyle LLC sold the home at 1842 Rose St. to DR Horton Inc. for $325,000. Built in 1949, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,094 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $275,000 in 2012.

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Srloft LLC sold the home at 1767

Huntington Pointe

Pamela Garruppo, of Sarasota, sold her home at 8972 Huntington Pointe Drive to Noah and Brittany Riner, of Louisville, Ky., for $264,000. Built in 1994, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 1,827 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $290,000 in 2004.

Gulf Gate Woods

Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. sold the home at 2851 Hardee Drive to Lorraine Holm, of Sarasota, for $260,000. Built in 1976, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,753 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $415,000 in 2006.

Broadway Promenade

Nikoa and Natalie Danon, of Houston, sold their Unit 1635 condominium at

Christopher and Lilah Sol, of Richmond, Va., sold their home at 2646 Bryce Lane to John and Jennifer Parish, of Sarasota, for $215,000. Built in 1957, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,953 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $175,000 in 2009.

Gulf Gate East

Dustin and Heather Secor, of St. Petersburg, sold their home at 3690 Kingston Blvd. to Ping Zhu, of Little Neck, N.Y., for $215,000. Built in 1983, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,581 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $345,000 in 2007.

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Ben Tucker and Phyllis Johnston, of Sarasota, sold their home at 5444 Azure Way to Mark and Claire Billingham, of Herts, United Kingdom, for $1.05 million. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,140 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $495,000 in 2002.

The Pointe on Midnight Pass

Harry and Barbara Edgeworth, of Bloomington, Ind., sold their Unit 805 condominium at 9397 Midnight Pass Road to Robert Heisner, of Sarasota, for $515,000. Built in 1975, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,029 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $699,500 in 2006.

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Sandra Smith, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, sold her Unit P-6 condominium at 1229 Moonmist Circle to Jack Domin, of Lancaster, N.Y., for $290,000. Built in 1968, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 985 square feet of living area.

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Temple Emanu-El families have tree-mendous fun

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Families of Temple Emanu-El celebrated Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday marking the birthday of trees, Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Sarasota Children’s Garden. Families sang songs, planted parsley seeds and enjoyed birthday cake.

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LIVE Maine Lobster (Take ‘em live or we’ll steam for you!)

Florida’s Fresh Catch, Grouper, Snapper, Stone Crabs, Shrimp!

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BRINGING ITALY TO SIESTA KEY Sun.-Thu:4-10pm Fri-Sat: 4-11pm Happy Hour: 4-6pm daily. Reservations Recommended • 5104 Ocean Blvd. 941-349-1423 • www.cafegabbiano.com

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SEAFOOD, BURGERS & MORE Lunch Mon. - Fri. • Dinner Mon. - Sat. • Sun. seasonally Locally Owned & Operated • 1920 Hillview St., Sarasota 941-952-0045 • www.hillviewgrill.com

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Items Under $200 For Sale

Autos 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 ANTIQUE PEANUT Roaster: Electric. Approximately 75 years old. $200. 941-961-2997. BABY CRIB: White, deluxe 7” mattress. Hardly used. $165. Kids Table and Chairs. $20. 941-925-3203. BOWFLEX: SPORT Model. Like new, $199 or best offer. 941-921-2626. BUSH BOOKCASE: cherry & wood laminate, 17"wx73"hx13"d. Like new, $50. (941)504-0165. DESK CHAIR: swivels, rolls, adjustable, $15. Sturdy dresser, $40. Homemedics chair massage, vibrate, $30. 941-487-7869. DOLLS: 7 Barbie & 2 Ken Dolls in boxes, $195. 941-951-6022. G.E. STOVE: white, good condition, $200. 941-929-1561. JIGSAW PUZZLES: 1000-1500 pieces. Like new. Call for photos. 10 Puzzles for $40. 941-951-2190. KEYBOARD: CASIO LK40/LK42. 61 keys. $60 obo. 941-484-2483.

Tabletop,

LOVESEAT: PALE yellow, converts to twin bed, perfect condition, $60.00. 309 212 6205. MEN’S TUXEDOS: size 44, black, satin collar, blue, notched collar. Excellent. $45 each OBO. 941-953-5222. MICRO-FIBER COUCH, red, $150. Coffee table, $50. Both in good condition. 941-284-7785. PHOTOGRAPHER’S BACKDROP: Aluminum and felt, 8’x5’. Like new with electric motor. $199 obo. 941-953-4186. PLANTATION SHUTTERS: white, for Front Door Sidelights, 70 1/4hX13w. Brand New. $199/set. 941-355-8705. POWER JUICER: Jack LaLanne. Barely used, includes operating manual, power juicing recipes guide, $35. 941-822-7566. QUEEN PALM Trees: Eight large, $25.00 each. U dig and move. 924-5093. RINGLING COSTUME piece: vintage, rhinestone crown, worn by bareback riders. Good condition. $195. 941-554-4530. SEWING MACHINE: Sears Kenmore 150 computerized w/attachments and cabinet. Perfect ! $100. OBO. 941-925-0905. SINGER MACHINE: Vintage 1929 with original manual, working condition, $149. 941-544-8385. SLEEPER COUCH 941-366-3753.

$60.

Desk

$80.

SONY CAMCORDER and accessories, great condition, $120; Sony 100 disk CD Player, $75; 941-866-0232. TELEPHONE: CORDLESS Panasonic Talking Caller ID. Excellent condition. $25. 941-924-8327. TRESTLE TABLE. Solid oak , tile tabletop, 4/solid oak w/upholstered seats side chairs, $200. 941-914-1615. WWII LUFTWAFFE Aircraft Spotters Book/Pics, 1942. Excellent condition. $165. 941-735-1452.

Autos For Sale 89’ VOLVO 740 GLE: 100,500/miles, white, excellent condition. Great second car. Must sell. $2800 o/b/o. 941-383-5005.

4 EASY WAYS CLASSIFIED LINE AD PRICE To Place Your Classified Ad First 15 words ............. $17.50 per week Each Add’l word ...............................50¢ Call 941-955-4888 15% DISCOUNT for 4 week Run Yellow color $5 per Week Border as low as $3 per Week Fax 941-362-4808 Call: 955-4888

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Hawley Motors II 5741 Pinkney Ave. 941-312-5890 2006 Toyota Corolla LE only 43K/miles, 5/speed manual, $8988 2006 Chrysler Town & County, leather, full power, 73K/miles, $8988 2008 Mazda Tribute GT, 5/speed manual, 99K/miles, $7988. 2010 Suzuki SX4, AWD, 21K/miles, brand new, $10,988. 2003 Nissan Xterra, like new, 70K/miles, $8988 2004 Toyota Camry LE, leather, 87K/miles, $8988 2006 Toyota Corolla LE, 102K/miles, automatic, like new, $8988 2007 Nissan Altima S, clean, dependable transportation, $8988, 2005 Honda Civic LX, Automatic, Coupe, Special Edition, excellent shape, 85K/miles, $7988 OVER 30 VEHICLES IN STOCK ALL CARS SERVICED “LIKE NEW” Financing Available

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

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

Furnishings BRAND NEW Serta Mattress Sets. 50-80% OFF. King, $290. Queen, $150. Full, $140. Excellent value! Won’t last! Call (941)387-4810.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE: Woodside Terrace off Bispham Rd. Saturday, January 25th, 8a.m.-noon. Book Sale and coffee at the Clubhouse! ESTATE AUCTION ART & ANTIQUES SUNDAY, JANUARY 26TH @ 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: Victorian, Country, and Custom Furniture, Jewelry, Paintings & Sculptures, Pottery, Oriental Rugs, Asian Decor, Collectibles and lots more! 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 or www.ebauctions.com Auctioneer ID#8290 ESTATE SALE Saturday, January 25, 9:30a.m.-3p.m. 1147 Wyeth Dr., Sorrento Woods Nokomis (Located off Laurel Rd.) A nice sale including French style furniture and accessories, oriental bar, chest, screen, a nest of tables, mahogany Broyhill king bed set and dining room set, Capodi-Monte hummels, prints, paintings, collectibles, mirrored desk, set of Blue Danube china, kitchenware, linens, rugs, costume jewelry and lots more. Sale Conducted by Palma Sola Sales Numbers at 8a.m. ESTATE SALE: Friday and Saturday, 1/24 & 1/25, 9a.m.-2p.m., 645 Crane Prairie Way, Osprey 34229. In the Willow Bend Sub-division off S. Tamiami, just N. of Oscar Scherer Park. Entire contents of professionaly decorated executive home for sale. Quality items including: furniture, artwork, accessories. Also, kitchen and garage content.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales

Help Wanted

OUR BOOKS 1/2 Price BEE RIDGE BOOKS 4104 Bee Ridge Road Bee Ridge Plaza Trade-In your Paperbacks 941-377-8998 PRE-ESTATE SALE. Artwork, framed, matted. Many originals. Off University Pkwy. south to Longwood Run to Del Sol Village South. By appointment only. 941-359-3339. WATERFRONT ESTATE SALE Friday, Jan. 24 - 8:45a.m.-3p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 - 8:45a.m.-2p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 -12noon-4p.m. 6280 Riverview Blvd. W, Bradenton US 41 north & turn left on Cortez Road. Turn right (N) onto 59th St.; left onto Riverview Blvd; Plenty of parking on the side streets & on one side of Riverview Blvd. Fabulous Sale: three king and two queen bedrooms, formal & casual tropical dining sets /8 chairs ea. Sideboard & display cabinets, Regency style tables, daybed, cabinets, & chairs, 9 X 12 oriental rug & runner, yellow silk sofa, 2 neutral sofas, Baldwin black lacquer grand piano, 3 part mahogany bookcase/wide media area, pair of consoles & mirrors, 2 pairs of upholstered chairs, large set of Hawaii Thai patio furniture, console tables, 2 media room leather chair sets of 3 & 2 sets of 2 chairs, 7 area rugs, game table & chairs, tapestry, a lot of paintings & prints, 2 desks, lamps, coffee & end tables, sconces, mounted game fish, bronze lions, dogs & horses, globe, chaise, white bar/chairs, conference table, TVs, leather chair, books, fireplace fender, bar chairs, 2 wine cabinets, beautiful silk flower arrangements, book ends, office furniture, glass top tables, Staffordshire spaniels, candlesticks, vases, & much more. Sale by Julie McClure See a few pictures at www.estatesales.net now. 200 pictures posted Monday evening.

Merchandise Wanted 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.

Pets POOCHES PET Lodge Still Open. Originial owner managing. Call Today! 941-747-6199.

Schools/Instruction WILKINSON ELEMENTARY IS OPEN FOR SCHOOL CHOICE Tour Our Classrooms Tours start at 8:45a.m. OPEN HOUSE DATES: 1/27, 1/29, 2/3, 2/5, 2/10, 2/12

OUTSIDE SALES Professionals. Orkin Pest Control, a national service provider, is seeking talented individuals to expand our residential sales team. Candidates will devise, prospect, execute a sales plan for new residential business in a designated territory where they will be responsible for gathering information about customer needs, presenting Orkin solutions and closing the sale. This position pays a competitive base salary + commissions and excellent benefits including a company car. Applicants must have a clean driving record and pass a background check, including a drug screen. Go to www.orkincareers.com and search for job 1302215 to apply.

Positions Wanted CAM, CFCAM, CMCA, AMS, PCAM designations seeking 300+ units in HOA or Condominium to manage. Real Estate licensed. Excellent references. Please contact: pnbresume@yahoo.com or 941.685.0500.

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 GORGEOUS WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA Apartment. Best Siesta. 2 Months Miniumum. Rent Negotiable. Condo Application. 941-350-0947. PALM AIRE. Fabulous Golf/ water views. First floor, 2BR/2BA condo, W/D in unit, closet space galore. $1200/mo. First. Last. Security. Eileen, 732-740-9398. SARASOTA BAYFRONT: Bays Bluff condo, 1BR, pool, water view, secure building. $1250/mo. 815-353-0644. SIESTA KEY $880 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

Please call 941-361-6477 to schedule your tour. All walk-ins welcome.

SIESTA KEY: 2BR/1BA, furnished, waterfront, pool, laundry, all amenities. No pets. Non-smoking. Beach, shopping. $1500/mo. Annual. $2500/mo. Seasonal. 941-349-5417, E-mail: shirley@cros.net

Storage

Condos For Sale

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

Business Opportunities

BAYWOOD COLONY Apartments. 1BR/1BA. Semi-furnished. Convenient to beach, shopping. Small pet. $55,000. Owner 941-922-3955 or 941-960-3955.

This week’s Crossword answers

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

Help Wanted ACT! MODEL! NOW! Looking for new faces for print, motion pictures, TV commercials. Children, adults, senior. 813-902-1722. GET PAID to Type! Create Your Own Schedule www.sbsgrp.com HOUSE CLASSIFIEDS LP # 56733

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GRANDMA’S ESTATE SALE. 3015 Pafko Drive, Off Webber & McIntosh. Friday & Saturday 8am-2pm. Avid collector. Leather loveseat, chairs, dining set, deco dressers, tables, lamps, pictures, mirrors. Collector of glass and china, African, lucite, vintage & new costume jewelry (loads), clothing, shoes, loaded garage from A-Z, statues and much more.

Fax 941-362-4808

GARAGE SALE

As low as $15 for 1 week! Email classified@yourobserver.com Get a discount when you run your ad in more than one Observer. Online at

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2014

This week’s Cryptogram answers

1. Strength is the underrated ability to split a chocolate bar into four pieces and manage to eat only one of them! 2. I am going on a magical and heavenly diet. I can easily live on it. It’s called the seafood diet. If you see it, you can eat it!


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Condos For Sale

Vacation/Seasonal Rentals

Adult Care Services

Computer Services

BROADWAY PROMENADE: Downtown, Built 2007. Bayview. 2BR/2BA, 2 garage spaces. Furnished. $248,900. Owner occupied. 941-993-3351.

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

COMPANION TO Elderly: Errands, doctor appointments, light housekeeping and cooking. Monday through Friday 8-2. 941-924-9791.

COMPUTER SUPPORT. Expert Trainer/Consultant for Email and many applications. Senior specialist. U.S. Coast Guard retired. Printer Ink Savings 40% plus. SEE: www.pcselftrain.com 781-789-7847.

TURNKEY FURNISHED, 2BR/2BA, near Siesta beach and downtown. Great location. Available Jan., Feb., & March, $2200/mo. 941-922-6861.

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

SIESTA KEY: Gulf and Bay Club. Bright, open, 2BR/2BA, sought after 1st floor. Many updates, lowest price in complex. $559,000. 941-346-0534.

Air Conditioning

Waterfront Property

SIESTA SUN ON SIESTA KEY: 2 units for sale, $200k and $225k. Gulf side, fully furnished, heated pool, good rental income, on-site management. Call Siesta Beach Realty, 941-993-5722.

WATERFRONT “Million Dollar View” - FSBO. Go to: www.tarawittdrive.com Brokers paid. Check it out.

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

Adult Care Services

WHISPERING SANDS. Gulfside, renovated villa. $412,000. Village, beach walk. 2-3BR/2BA, garage, W/D. 941-487-7869. Owner.

"LET ME HELP with errands, transportation, organizing, home watch and more. Non-medical assistance for peace of mind and more free time. Call Amy Zeusler 941-364-8071. Online www.letamyhelp.com"

Homes For Rent 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

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

Provides home healthcare from as little as 4 hours to 24/7 care. For more info Phone: 941-809-3725 License #230506 & #30211577

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Manufactured Homes FULLY FURNISHED Manufactured Home 2BR/2BA. Ideal location, attractively priced. Walk across the street to the community swimming pool and clubhouse. Sit in the front lanai and enjoy the lake view and a Sarasota sunset. Located in Park East Club at 8435 Carrie Lane. An active 55+ community. Adjacent to shopping mall, dining and movie theaters. $29,900. Call Carolyn at 941-924-2455.

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

Real Estate Wanted WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS

COMPASSIONATE, FEMALE caregiver from Japan, 10+ years experience w/bathing, cooking, cleaning. Let me care for your loved ones. Yasuko: 941-323-3538.

For Qualified Waiting Clients Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356

Home Improvement/ Remodeling

Cleaning

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

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

STEVE ALLEN FLOOR COVERINGS PROFESSIONAL TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATION

Personalized attention with professional honest advice. 25 Years Experience - References available

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. Dotty, 941-321-6645.

Masonry

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Exquisite! 3 BR Gulf Front Condominium in Hidden Lagoon Beach Club

#1 Agent in the Siesta Key Office for 23 years!

Betsy

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office: 941-349-2922 cell: 941-914-5540 betsy@betsydemanio.com

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014

Sleek and sophisticated!

This stunning full gulf view unit has been completely renovated with marble floors, kitchen with 7’ x 6’ stainless steel Don Maag, island, SubZero, Thermodor and Bosch appliances, and 9’ long breakfast bar. Hidden Lagoon offers Realtor heated pool, tennis courts, and private boardwalks to both Heron Lagoon and the beach. Enjoy the Cell: 941-266-7292 spectacular sunsets over Turtle Beach. The condos in Hidden Lagoon rarely come on the market - carpe’ diem! maagied@aol.com 3 BR/3 Baths/2,738 Square Feet/2 Car Garage MLS# A3990077 $1,475,000 www.floridamoves/don.maag.com

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 5145 Ocean Blvd., Sarasota, FL Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Owned and Operated by NRT,LLC

Voted Sarasota Magazine’s Five Star Agent “Best in Client Satisfaction” 8 Years in a Row Coldwell Banker - International President’s Premier Agent

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Condo on the Bay - 988 Blvd of the Arts #211

open by appointment Renoir Model... 1,555 SF, 2BR/2BA, lanai overlooking open bay front, heated pools, lighted tennis courts and fitness center, secure building, 24 hour gated security, covered parking, boat docks available. Near downtown, the arts, shopping and restaurants. Famous St. Armand’s is just a short drive over the Ringling Causeway. Seeing is Believing!! MLS#A3988957 $489,000

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No stairs to climb as you enter this unit. Lots of potential with this two bedroom, one bath condo. First floor view of the Gulf. Perfect for an Investment Property, Second Home, or a Vacation Getaway. Seaplace Assoc. Longboat Key Condo MLS#: A3990198

Anna Maria

$1,368,000

Based Income Property – 5 Units Spectacular Ocean views from every apartment - corner lot! Great opportunity to live in one unit and make money renting the other units This is a must see for any experienced or new investor! Current Tenants have expressed a desire to remain MLS#: A3988421

Windward Bay

$379,000

Longboat Key Canal Front Villa Fully Furnished, Move-in ready 3BD, 2BA, Split Plan Attached Carport, Separate Inside Utility Room Windward Bay Offers: 2 Pools, 2 Tennis Courts, Fitness Ctr. 2 Marinas with available Boat Docks MLS#: A3978884

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$499,000

Siesta Key… Florida living at its finest! This 2 bedroom/2 bath condo looks out over the gorgeous beach. This unit offers many updates/upgrades. Whether you are looking for a primary home, second home or a great investment opportunity, you have found it here! MLS# A3989534

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Direct Gulf View!

$430,000

Great Price! Covered Parking! Great Opportunity! Seaplace Assoc. Longboat Key Condo (G6 Building) Many Updates, Move-in ready 2BD, 2BA Offered Turnkey Furnished, Seaplace Offers 2 Pools, 1 Kiddie Pool, 2 Hot Tubs, 3 Tennis Courts, and more! MLS#: A3987966

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Gorgeous Condo

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2BR/2Bath fully Renovated Condo with a Great Gulf View! Granite in the Kitchen & Bathrooms, Stainless Steel Appliances Upgraded Cabinets Throughout Seaplace Assoc. Longboat Key Condo (Top Floor, Desirable M1 Building) Offered Turnkey Furnished MLS#: A3989071

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The Grand Club

in the heart of Siesta Key Gulf and Bay Club is the premier gulf front gated community on over 30 acres with 780 feet of beach frontage right on world famous Siesta Key beach. Amenities include 3 heated pools (including a lap pool), 8 tennis courts, 6 dry saunas, a fitness center with spa, an expansive clubhouse with library and computer room, racquetball and basketball courts and multiple barbecue areas with picnic tables.

5760 MIDNIGHT PASS RD,#D-605

Fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with updated appliances and newer carpet. Great View. Priced at $649,000

Monthly Rentals Available

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Sales Office Open Sundays 12-4PM

LLC Licensed Real Estate Broker 5730 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242

941-349-3000 www.gulfandbayclub.com

Marc Turgeon,GRI Sales & Rental Manager

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KimOgilvie@michaelsaunders.com magnificent 2008 built home enjoys spectacular deep water harbor1801 Main Street Sarasota, Florida 34236

5780 MIDNIGHT PASS RD,#B-608

Best value at Gulf and Bay Club. 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with sweeping views of beach and comlpex . Reduced to $589,000

age and exquisite views of the Bay and city skyline framed by the untouched splendor of Selby Gardens and the iconic Ringling Bridge. $8,250,000

HIDDEN HARBOR ON SIESTA KEY

The epitome of style, this Coastal Traditional 2007 residence offers a graceful expression of luxury living, privately nestled in one of Siesta Keyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most exclusive locations. Framed by majestic tall oaks, the beautiful wraparound porch welcomes you. Seamlessly combining a feeling of coastal chic with vintage beach luxury, finishes of exceptional quality and craftsmanship embellish the over 6,000 sq. ft. of living area. The lushly landscaped private pool and spa feature a rock waterfall and paver patio, ideal for sun-filled afternoons enveloped in serenity. $3,995,000

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FAMILY The three actors who play siblings in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ have dealt with their own sibling rivalries.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY The three actors who play siblings in ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ have dealt with their own sibling rivalries.

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Peggy Roeder is in her fourth season at Asolo Rep; Anne-Marie Cusson is in her first season; and Andrew Sellon is in his first season.

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Inside the actors’ studio Where is home originally, and where are you based?

architecture … ” Roeder: “I play 16-inch softball and Frisbee. I love to read, do yoga and quilt.”

Anne-Marie Cusson: Originally New Hampshire. Currently based in New York. Peggy Roeder: Originally from and currently based in Chicago.

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Andrew Sellon: Originally from Belmont, Mass. Currently based in Yonkers, N.Y.

Sellon: “I’m very much into photography and gardening. I love taking photographs of plants, and I also like Celtic music.”

What are your interests and hobbies outside of acting?

What is the strangest thing on your résumé?

Cusson: “I love dipping into whatever New York City has to offer. I walk. I love to read. I love to wander around and look at

Cusson: “I actually used to have wild-turkey call on my resume … Years later at an outdoor wedding beyond the fence there

Vanya and Sonia live in their deceased parents’ home where they grew up in Bucks County, Penn. The dependent duo’s only source of income is from their movie-star sister, Masha, who returns home with her younger, self-absorbed, good-looking, half-naked boyfriend, Spike (played by Jefferson McDonald). Sonia is adopted. Vanya is gay and also the peacemaker between his sisters. Masha is the caretaker who owns the family home. Also thrown into the mix is the pretty young neighbor’s niece and the cleaning lady/ prophet, Cassandra. Talk about a rich breeding ground for drama. All three of the actors can relate. They discuss their own family histories between rehearsals in the lobby of FSU Center for

the Performing Arts. “Every day is a rivalry,” Cusson says of being in a family with lots of children. The trio laughs and reminisces about how they are all guilty of building alliances among siblings, and how quick and easy it is to change sides. They talk about how two siblings might ban together and take their grievances of another sibling to the judge — mom. They share stories. Roeder once tried to cheat her sister out of an allowance because Roeder did all the cleaning and felt entitled to both allowances. Sellon talks about how he always fought the most with the sister with whom he’s closest. But, more relevant to the plot of the play is how these sibling

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was a pack of turkeys. I made the sound, and they all came running toward me. It was very dramatic.”

Cusson: “I can be shy.” Roeder: “I wanted to be a nun in grade school.”

Roeder: “I’ve taken pole-dancing classes. I can pole dance.”

Sellon: “When I was a freshman in high school, I was cast as a bully in a skinny-dipping scene with a young actress named Brooke Shields, who was about 8 years old at the time. The film was never made, but that would have been my movie debut.”

Sellon: “I’ve flown in a singlepoint harness — the same thing Peter Pan uses … I can fly.” What is a lesser-known fact relationships change into adulthood. The idea that these are three middle-aged orphans particularly resonates with Sellon, who thinks relationships among siblings change when the people at the top of the family tree are no longer there to hold them together. Discovering these new relationships is something he’s dealt with personally. But, all three actors agree that even adults without siblings will find their own connection to the play because of the common themes. The play is about connections not just among siblings, but also relationships across generations. There are themes of communication and technology’s effect on how people connect or fail to connect; of

aging and aging relationships; of finding purpose; of facing fears. Sellon’s synopsis is poignant. “This play is about human connections and how hard they can be sometimes,” he says.

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Leaving little to the imagination Jefferson McDonald, who plays Spike, was featured in a New York Times article Jan. 9, “Vanya and Sonia and Abs and Pecs.” The writer talks to the actors who play Spike around the country, particularly focusing on the shirtless nature of the role. So, how are McDonald’s abs? “I guess they look great,” says Peggy Roeder, who sees McDonald as more of a son after spending three seasons acting with him. Andrew Sellon is sure they are great. As does Anne-Marie Cusson, who says: “If you’re going to ask me about his abs, you’re going to have to ask me about the top to toe of our Spike — they’re great!,” she says with a laugh. “It’s a pleasure to be in his proximity.”

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Musical Morning Sarasota Orchestra Association 10 a.m. at Venice Yacht Club Tickets $25. Visit SOAssociation.org. Music by the Parisian Masters 6 p.m. at The Church of the Redeemer Free. Call 955-4263. Patricia Averbach, author of ‘Painting Bridges’ 6 p.m. at Bookstore1Sarasota Free. Call 365-7900. New Stages: Meklit Hadero 7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater Runs through Saturday. Tickets $30. Call 359-5700.

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‘Superior Donuts’ runs through Jan. 26, at Manatee Performing Arts Center.

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‘Murder at the Crosley’ runs through Jan. 31, at the Powel Crosley Theatre.

Through March 1, at State of the Arts Gallery, 1525 State St. “Several years ago I came across those wings at Sarasota Architectural Salvage. I thought they were so cool-looking, and I put them in my studio for a year or more and I was trying to figure out what to do with them… I came across the Greek mythol-

‘Cannolis, Latkis and Guilt’ 7 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Call 953-3368. The Capitol Steps 8 p.m. at Venice Theatre Tickets $47. Call 488-1115.

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ogy of Icarus. All the things in that particular piece relate to that story to some degree … He was told by his father, (who) built him the wings out of wax, not to fly to close to the sun, and of course, he flew too high. The wings began to melt. When I was doing the piece, I wanted to have the idea that he was at the apex of his flight and falling.”

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‘Philadelphia, Here I Come!’ runs through Feb. 27, at Asolo Repertory Theatre.

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Artist Lisa Hoke transforms future SMOA classroom ARTmuse artist Lisa Hoke jokes that she’s worried the portion of wall she’s building her installation on is too alcoholic-looking. She’s creating a large-scale installation from colorful recycled cardboard in one of the classrooms at historic Sarasota High School, the future home of Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA). It’s Friday, Jan. 17, and she’s about a day into the two-week building process. The wall is covered in yellow and orange recycled boxes from pumpkin beer, Patron and champagne. She’ll have to mix in a few more Cheerios boxes to even things out. Two volunteers in the adjacent classroom sort cardboard cups, drinking straws and boxes according to their colors. There are two classrooms completely littered with cardboard stacked on tables and the floor — it was all donated from the community and community businesses. Down the hallway equally covered in recycled paper products, three volunteers cut stars and circular graphic details from individual packaging. Hoke instructs the volunteers daily as to which details she’d like them to cut out. In just a day, she has a 10-foot tall corner of the classroom covered from floor to ceiling. The ARTmuse program brings renowned artists yearly to portray the kind of programming that will come once the doors to SMOA open.

The first floor of historic Sarasota High School looks like a recycling sorting facility.

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Volunteers Darlene Abney, Mary Weill and Sue Denison cut portions of cardboard.

Lisa Hoke creates the large-scale installation. It’s her first full day of work.

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Art Center Sarasota weaves together January exhibit

Artist Regina Bensen poses with her fabric sculptural work.

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Opera house excites with more than just singing

Louise Mazius sews dress shields into a costume.

The polar vortex delayed the winter opera season. Blizzards around the country postponed more than a few of the 52 singers the Sarasota Opera employs. So, they started preparing one day later than planned, beginning Jan. 10. Winter opera season is exciting. It means four operas (“Il Trovatore,” “The Barber of Seville,” “The Flying Dutchman” and “Jérusalem”) will take place simultaneously in March. Which also means the work that goes into preparing for the four productions happens simultaneously. A group of men haul in set pieces for “Jérusalem” — they’re recycling a few pieces from past productions of “Lombardi” and

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“Giovanna d’Arco.” It takes eight of them to hoist up one wall and get it in place on stage. They’ll lug sets from the loading dock in through the hall all day. Nearby, situated down a hallway off one wing of the stage, a handful of people prepare the props. One man creates an animal-skin canteen while another works on a larger wagon prop. Upstairs in the adjacent building, every rehearsal room and studio is full. Singers find whatever quiet space they can to study music between rehearsals. One sits at the top of the stairs closest to the box office, another holds court in the middle of a hallway, and one perches against a back wall of a studio while a meeting takes place.

Singing drones through the corridor and down to the offices where the stage manager and assistant stage manager plan the technical details of the production. Down another set of stairs, racks of costumes act as breadcrumbs to the costume shop. Each one is labeled with an actor’s name, the production name and the scene. It’s a little quieter in that office, while the costume makers cut forms, sew breeches and fit the singers. But the professionals at the opera house are not the only ones excited for the next two months. Just outside the double doors where all the action takes place, there is a line of locals at the box office waiting to buy their tickets.

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A cautionary sign on Director of Productions Chris Van Alystne’s office door.

IF YOU GO Head dresser Ruthie Clark fits singer Ivan Conrad in one of his costumes.

The crew hauls sets on stage. It takes eight men to place one wall.

‘Il Travotore’ runs from Feb. 8 through March 22. ‘The Barber of Seville’ runs from Feb. 15 through March 21. ‘The Flying Dutchman’ runs from March 1 through March 23. ‘Jérusalem’ runs from March 8 through March 22.

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Beverly Fleck displays the trim used on one costume.

Catheryne Shuman studies “Tacea la Notte Placida” from “Il Trovatore.”

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MUSIC // The Song Continues: Marilyn Horne Song Celebration My husband, Ed, and I were in New York City for four days last week, and we were honored to celebrate an important milestone: Marilyn Horne’s 80th birthday. “How did I get to 80?” asked the greatest mezzo-soprano of the 20th century. “I almost didn’t make it. You know I had pancreatic cancer almost 10 years ago.” But she’s fine now. Cured. “Courage is better than fear, and faith is better than doubt.” She taught me that. Music is up there with courage and faith. And Horne was blessed with a birthday celebration, thrown for her by Carnegie Hall no less, with so many friends, family and fans, it’s almost impossible to count them. As tenor Robert White said, “The love for Marilyn was bouncing off the walls.” So was the sound of music bouncing off the walls of the beautiful and intimate Zankel Hall, the subterranean Carnegie concert space where the star-studded performances honoring “Jackie,” as she’s known to all, took place. Hosts Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey, Met Opera stalwarts and friends of Jackie’s, took us on a memory-filled musical narration, introducing singer after singer, each with an important, life-changing connection with the honoree. Lester Lynch, who was one of the young baritones on “The Song Continues,” a series I had the honor of co-hosting for many years with Jackie on WQXR, returned, fully blossomed into a mature artist with international credits from Berlin to Washington, to sing two of Copland’s “Old American Songs,” pieces dear to Jackie’s voice and heart. Later in the evening, he performed “Eri Tu,” from Verdi’s “Un Ballo in maschera,” with great depth and a spinning legato. Met Opera star Piotr Beczala offered a

riveting rendition of Beethoven’s “Adelaide” and returned in the second half with Renee Fleming for a lovely, romance-filled performance of “Lippen schweigen” from “The Merry Widow.” (Fleming had already appeared as a soloist on the first half, singing “Träume,” one of the “Wesendonck” songs by Wagner.) Countertenor David Daniels took “O del mio dolce ardor,” a Gluck song that’s wellknown to voice students from the Schirmer edition of “24 Italian Songs and Arias,” and added ornaments in places, removed them from others and sang it with the simplicity and understanding of the great artist he is. Later, his performance of Wilder’s “Blackberry Winter” brought tears to our already misty eyes and proved that, once again, Jackie was right in saying David must always sing this. The superstar lineup continued, as did the song. Brenda Rae, a stunning soprano whom we’d heard last summer in Santa Fe, N.M., used her wondrous way with words in Schubert’s “Lied der Delphine” in the first half, and then proceeded to sound like a bubble fountain as she overflowed with beautiful sounds and deep compassion in “O beau pays de la Touraine,” from Meyerbeer’s “Les Huguenots.” Mezzo soprano Jamie Barton, who knocked us out when we recently heard her on television, wowed us when she joined her molten lava-like voice with the caresses of Daniels’ sweetness in a duet from Handel’s “Giulio Cesare.” That was after she sang the reflective “Urlicht,” not as a section of Mahler’s second symphony, but in the setting from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn.” Mezzo Isabel Leonard offered, first, the exquisite lullaby from Montsalvatge’s song cycle, “Canciones negras,” with phrasing so tender, the little “coconut baby” would have cooed with pleasure. Later in the program, she knocked our collective socks off with an astonishing performance of “Non piu mesta” from Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.”

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This lineup of singers with their songs and arias brought back memories of the parade of seemingly super-human unknowns Jackie introduced to the music world through her Marilyn Horne Foundation in the 1990s. (It’s now the Marilyn Horne Legacy at Carnegie Hall.) I was bowled over being part of it back then and privileged and grateful to be part of it last week. But there was more. There were two collaborative pianists who should be in the pianistic Hall of Fame: the unique Martin Katz and the inimitable Warren Jones, two of the world’s greatest keyboard colleagues,

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A place at the beach is everybody’s favorite real estate fantasy. And endless sunny days with family and friends — preferably while everyone else is freezing up north — are a Sarasota specialty. Now that Siesta Beach has been officially enshrined as one of the best in the country, visitors from all over the world are daydreaming about a place of their own on the powdery white sand. Here’s a small selection of what they might find — three beach homes currently on the market that promise the fun informality and good times of a classic winter getaway.

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This art deco-inspired townhouse has an incredible location — at the very north end of Crescent Beach, just as the Key turns eastward toward Big Pass. The views of the Gulf and the graceful curve of white sand are jaw dropping, even from the master bath. You’ll find four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths on three living levels. Each level has a 35-foot balcony overlooking the water and sand. There’s a large storage area on the lower level for Jet Skis and other toys. And you’re just a block or so from Siesta Village, with its restaurants and nightlife. This is a unique beach house with a price tag to match. Priced at $5,795,000. For more information, call Dan Miller of ReMax Tropical Sands at 3767442.

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LIBBY’S DOES BRUNCH Libby’s Café + Bar, on Osprey, has always been a great place to meet for lunch and treat for Sunday brunch. Now the restaurant has added a Saturday brunch, which includes its famous, award-winning 60-plus ingredient bloody Mary and mimosa bar.

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Chef Dylan Elhajui marriage, and the romance of MoZaic didn’t hurt our cause. Ever since then, when we’ve spent the holidays in Sarasota — we’ve made a practice of going on Christmas/New Year’s cruises every other year — we’ve made reservations at MoZaic for Christmas Eve and requested that very same table. This year we were here, and our celebration was a delicious treat of Dylan’s finest fare, along with a couple of special delicacies he brought just for us to taste: a cold fruit-and-herb soup and a small bite of a bastilla — a Moroccan specialty that uses succulent squab in a sort of minced pie that’s both savory and sweet. MoZaic is that special treat place where we dine — and it is dine, not eat — when we make an evening of dinner. It must be savored, never rushed and, although we have, occasionally, gone there before an opera, we like it best when we can make an evening of it, luxuriating in every bite and taste.

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Jamie and Chef Larry Barrett and it lasted almost eight hours. Teas were poured at first but, a bit later, we switched to Veuve Cliquot and, well, I don’t remember much about who was there or when they left. (Maybe they’re still there.) Simply Gourmet’s royal English tea has not included champagne in the past. But the teas are terrific, as are the parfaits and turkey/tomato pinwheels. So, take a Tuesday and get sconed right here in Sarasota. And remember to look around the estate while you’re there. It’s almost as spectacular as Buckingham Palace.

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Ringling student Brenna Thummler meets featured speaker Jenna Bush Hager at the Town Hall Series Platinum Dinner.

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The Ringling College Library Association kicked off its 2014 Town Hall Lecture Series with a celebratory platinum dinner featuring guest speaker Jenna Bush Hager. The event was held Monday, Jan. 13, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. The evening began with a cocktail reception, and prior to being seated in the ballroom, sponsors and Ringling College Library Association board members enjoyed a private reception with Hager. Guests took photos with and had the chance to talk one-on-one with the speaker and author. Many guests commented about how pleasant and conversational she was. The universal comment heard throughout the evening: “She is so nice.” During the private reception, Ringling College student Brenna Thummler presented Hager with an illustration portrait. “I’ve never done anything for someone so influential before,” Thummler said prior to unveiling the portrait to Hager and the audience. She was one of six Ringling

students to win the Town Hall Lecture Series portrait competition, receiving the honor to create portraits for the six speakers featured in the 2014 Town Hall Lecture Series. Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry Thompson sponsored the competition. Following the reception, more than 550 guests gathered in the ballroom and were welcomed by event Co-Chairs Stephanie Grosskreaut and Holly Logan and Town Hall 2014 Chair Jay Logan. Gulf Coast Community Foundation President and CEO Teri Hansen introduced Hager, who spoke about her work with charities and the woman Ana, in her book “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope.” She also recounted stories about being in the public eye and her life as a new mother. Surprise guest former First Lady Laura Bush was in the audience supporting her daughter at the dinner. Hager’s father, former President George W. Bush, was the second speaker of this year’s Town Hall Lecture Series, and gave two lectures Jan. 14.

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Jill Levine and Scott Anderson show off the copies of Jenna Bush Hager’s book “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope” that they received at the event.

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pera-goers know that Maestro Victor DeRenzi and the Sarasota Opera have embarked

on the ambitious venture of being the only opera company to perform every note of music that Giuseppe Verdi ever wrote — the incidental pieces as well as the 33 operas. This “Verdi Cycle” began in 1989; it even has a group of dedicated supporters known as the Verdi 33 Society, with each member assigned to a specific opera. (Two operas are still available for adoption.) Members gathered for their annual dinner Jan. 15 at Ruth’s Chris, an event sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and the Williams, Parker, et al law firm. There are two Verdi operas set for this season, “Il Trovatore” and “Jérusalem,” leaving only three to go: “Don Carlos” in the original

Paris version, “La Battaglia di Legnano” and “Aida.” A “Tribute to Verdi Exhibit” of treasures from the Rome Opera is visiting only four cities in this country: New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Sarasota. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you agree? It opens here March 7, simultaneously to a Music Critics Association convention. Watch for details to be announced soon. Among those attending the recent dinner: Eric and Sandra Lindqvist, David and Jacqueline Morton (she sporting an amazing new sparkler around her neck), Joe and Nora Stephan, Hank and Suzanne Foster, Bud Borax and Elissa Soyka and Larry and Carol English.

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and Terri Saba … Imbibing birthday ... S’macks Managing Partner Alex Floethe rang in his 30s with a birthday party Jan. 19 at Perq Coffee Bar. Floethe treated friends to a special wine, champagne and bourbon tasting from his collections over the years. Seen among those mingling were Evan Gratzick, Tim Mitten and Merly Mae, Miranda Robinson, Joel Parisi and Arthur Lopez Jr. … Don’t mess with her … Laura Jessen was spotted out Laura Jessen’s last week knucklebox with this clutch fabulous Alexander McQueen knucklebox clutch, a gift from her husband, Chris.

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ot a pasta party … a Pastafarian party, at which the Flying Spaghetti Monster and his noodly appendage celebrated the first three-quarter century of one Greg Gregory. The wardrobe call was pirate gear, and laddies and wenches caroused Jan. 18 at the Beau Ciel party room. Gregory’s protégé, Maria Wirries, and her friend, Mackenzie Grace, did the planning and entertaining with some help from his wife, Ilene Friedman, and a fun video pro-

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Watts of love … Mommy-to-be Fondren Watts was showered with love Jan. 18 at The RitzCarlton, Sarasota. Guests were greeted with champagne and custom cookies printed with baby pictures of Fondren and husband, Danny, at the shower, which Fondren’s friends Cheryl Ann Babcock and Vaughn Dorrian,

mother-in-law Sherry Watts and sisters Keily and Taryn Griffin hosted. They were also asked to fill out “words of wisdom” for the first-time parents-to-be, who will welcome baby girl Watts in March. Guests included Molly Klauber, Eileen Curd, Kathy Demler, Kay Mathers, Tatyana Sharoubim, Bridget McGrath Ziegler and Bri

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Local designer Courtney Adams launched her loungewear line, Tocco Lusso, in August.

THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME: tocco — Italian for touch lusso — Italian for luxury inspiration.” The drape design also provides the option for the pieces to be buildable. By adding accessories, layering or putting on a pair of wedges, the outfit can be taken to a dressier level. Pieces in the collection range from $40 to $200. It is available online at ToccoLusso. com or by scheduling a private showing. Courtney’s favorite piece: “The Racer” dress

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 The lines of “The Racer” dress are what make it Adams’ favorite piece in her collection. “It’s a super easy day dress,” says the designer.


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