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SCAT station could get new home A resident proposes moving the downtown SCAT transfer station to open the site to development, but staff report potential issues with the idea.

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Ernie Ritz’s home may come with a view, but he wants it changed. Ritz, who lives in a building at the southwest corner of First Street and Lemon Avenue, looks at his neighbor, the Sarasota

County Area Transit transfer station, as both a missed opportunity and a bad fit. The chairman of the city’s Downtown Improvement District says the city and county, both searching for ways to generate income without rais-

ing taxes, would benefit greatly from getting a new piece of downtown real estate on the tax rolls. “You look around the city and you start seeing all of this non income-producing property

ER nurse Pam Kelly was touched by the outpouring of support from her collegues at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota this month. Kelly and her daughter, Shelby, are traveling next week to an orphanage in Honduras to conduct physicals and teach orphange staff about diabetes, heart disease and CPR. In preparation for their mission, Kelly asked Doctors Hospital staff to donate supplies to the cause and they delivered — three boxes’ worth, including underclothes and medical supplies for the 35 children in the orphanage. “The response was amazing,” says Kelly.

owned by the county or the city,” Ritz said. “My idea was to start selling off some of the property that they own that’s not incomeproducing.” That includes the SCAT station, which he says is a prime piece of property zoned for a potential high-rise development.

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+ Chain of Command The Sarasota Power and Sail Squadron celebrated its 62nd “Change of Watch” Tuesday, Jan. 14. The Squadron’s new bridge officers are Cmdr. William Boos, Executive Office Lt. Cmdr. Margaret L. Barber, Administrative Officer Lt.. Cmdr. Robert B Holms, Education Officer Lt. Cmdr. Gary Wells, Secretary Lt. Cmdr. Sandy Kuskin and Treasurer Lt. Cmdr. Jose Garnham. The Squadron and its member volunteers have been teaching safe boating instruction and advance navigation courses since 1952.

+ Mrs. President Sarah Lodge has been announced the newest president elect of the Junior League of Sarasota. Lodge, a financial adviser, has been an active member of the Junior League since 2007 and will take office in June 2015. “I’m thrilled,” she says. “It’s a great opportunity and a great group of girls.” Lodge will follow current President Jessica Hays and President-Elect Amanda Gambert.

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Charlotte Zwick celebrated her 105 birthday Saturday. Zwick’s party was held at her residence Bahia Oaks Lodge. She rode her new scooter, which was an early birthday present from family, into the dining room where guests sang and swapped stories. See more photos from Zwick’s birthday party on page 1B.

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Siesta Village rental units clear hurdle The new building at the former site of Napoli’s Pizza will include a ground-level retail space and three second-story transient accommodations. After months of permitting delays, a new mixed-use building in the Siesta Key Village received the OK to move forward from the Sarasota County Commission Tuesday. The move garnered the collective praise of Siesta Key Village business

owners and nearby condominium tenants. The site’s property owners, Jim Syprett and Jay Lancer, spent four years planning the project — located on the former grounds of Napoli’s Pizza, at 5242 and 5238

Ocean Blvd. The former Napoli’s Pizza building was demolished last summer, but Napoli’s recently reopened at a new location in the Village at 5240 Ocean Blvd.

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SCAT / FROM PAGE 1A As it stands, he said, downtown traffic and the narrow driveways the buses must navigate make the current site a headache. “Talking to some of the bus drivers, it’s starting to get really busy,” Ritz “They’re starting to outgrow it, and it’s tight maneuvering there.” Ritz reached out to County Commissioner Carolyn Mason Jan. 22 to see if the County Commission was interested in his proposal, which would relocate the transfer station to a lot near the Department of Health at Ringling Boulevard and School Avenue. As it turned out, the commission had already directed staff to examine of facilitating that same move. Commissioner Joe Barbetta led the charge to investigate the feasibility of moving the transfer station. He agreed with Ritz’s assessment of the current location and thought a transfer station might better serve SCAT riders if it were adjacent to several county service providers. Just as importantly, he said, it was desirable to make the current SCAT site available for

purchase. “If we can put that parcel on the market or give an opportunity for a developer to come in, I think it would be really good,” Barbetta said. The County Commission’s staff report request was completed Dec. 18, but SCAT Director Glama Carter did not distribute it to county commissioners until after Ritz’s inquiry. Although Barbetta said he did not imagine there would be much opposition to moving the transfer station, the report outlines a series of issues that could arise if the station were relocated to the Ringling site. The Ringling parcel was considered as the site for the transfer station when it was constructed in 2002, after some people expressed concerns about the First Street and Lemon Avenue location. The report says city staff identified four main problems with the Ringling site that still persist today: bus operations, impacts to land use and access, parcel size and a parking shortage. If the station were moved 1 mile southeast — the distance between the two parcels — the timing of the current bus

system would be thrown off, with some routes not being able to complete their service within an hour and others arriving at the transfer station too soon. Restructuring the routes would be costly and require resources that are not currently available, the report said. In 2002, residents around the Ringling site were concerned about the effect the transfer station could have on traffic. The report says it is possible those concerns would resurface if the move was seriously considered. The report states that, although the new site could be more than twice as large as the proposed transfer station, it would still not adequately meet the department’s current and future needs. It also says that one of the foremost problems with the proposed site is a lack of parking. If moved, the station would occupy what’s currently a surface lot used as overflow parking for the adjacent parking garage, which would further limit parking in the area. Still, the report does not recommend against moving the transfer station if that is what the commission desires. Instead, it says, the board should hire an outside

firm to design a station that best fits the Ringling site and addresses the issues that come with it. Additionally, it says, the board should consider bringing in a firm to evaluate other potential sites to which the transfer station could be relocated. From the city’s perspective, this is largely a decision that is out of its hands — the county owns both the current and the proposed sites. City Manager Tom Barwin said the city would be interested in discussing the issue with the involved parties but, as of yet, it has not been approached. Barwin did say he could see the potential appeal of a new transfer station. “There may be some advantages in a location near the health department,” Barwin said. “Lots of people come into the county seat for services in that area.” Given the current economic state of the city and county, Ritz believes there is no reason that his neighborhood should not have a change of scenery in the near future. “All downtown really needs is a bus stop,” Ritz said. “To have that particular piece of land sitting there with buses coming and going all day long is just a waste.”

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downtown, extending along Island Park Drive to the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, and down Boulevard of the Arts to Hotel Indigo and the Hyatt Regency. Although the route could still change, the philosophy behind it will most likely remain intact. “The idea was to be able to pick up and drop off people at the existing and proposed hotels,” Moran said. “Right now, there’s no convenient way to get around from those.” The first question Moran had to address was funding. To determine how to pay for it, he said, the first step was to find out how much the new transportation system would cost. That’s what led to Monday’s trial run of a vehicle, which Sarasota company Cruise Car Inc. provided. Bill Kics, a con-

tract manager with Cruise Car, drove the vehicle along the proposed route to determine how long the battery-powered vehicles will last before needing to be recharged. Moran said the goal was to get a fleet of vehicles that picked up passengers along the route every five minutes. He estimated the cost of the vehicles at about $13,000 each, and that around 10 might be necessary to ensure the level of service he imagined. “What we’re trying to do is avoid in-theday recharging,” Moran said. “Going to heaven, these things would last a whole workday.” The early results were inconclusive, Moran said. The total battery life of the vehicles was about six hours, and Kics said they were shooting for somewhere between eight and 10 hours. Kics said Cruise Car would look at adjusting the cars to try to prolong the lifespan of each vehicle. Afterward, the group will conduct another test drive. It’s still early in the process, but Fanning and Moran both said they were optimistic about the possibility of their vision coming to fruition. “We’re hoping that once we launch it, people will get behind it and promote it as something that’s attractive to people, that makes them want to come to Sarasota because it’s easier to get around and see the attractions throughout downtown,” Fanning said.

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NEWSBRIEFS + Michael Bloomberg to speak in Sarasota The Ringling College Library Association and Gulf Coast Community Foundation have teamed up to bring Michael Bloomberg to Sarasota this March. Bloomberg, who concluded his third term as mayor of New York earlier this month, will give an evening lecture at an event March 28 at the Sarasota Opera House. Ringling College Library Association Town Michael Bloomberg Hall Chairman Jay Logan said proceeds from the event would go toward funding construction of a new library at the Ringling College of Art and Design. The event is not a part of the Ringling College Library Association’s Town Hall series, but Logan helped book the event. The Ringling College Library Association has been working to bring Bloomberg to Sarasota for more than a year, Logan said, but it was only recently able to secure his presence as he was leaving office. “Given where we are in the campaign for the library, we thought this would be a good opportunity to help that project along in terms of the construction fund,” Logan said. “We hope the community will rally around that.” Logan said tickets for the event should be available some time in late February.

+ Princeton Review calls New College a ‘Best Value’ For the sixth straight year, New College of Florida received praise from the Princeton Review, as the school came in at No. 2 in the group’s 2014 rankings of the “Best Value” public colleges in the country. New College moved up one spot from last year’s rankings, which list the top 75

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Ker’s WingHouse adds kick to Main Street Nearby restaurant owners view the restaurant, set to open in April, as a sign the eastern end of the street is gaining new life.

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Owners along the 1900 block of Main Street believe the area is filling in and people are more commonly viewing it as a destination for entertainment. Murphy said it would be prudish to decry Ker’s WingHouse’s use of sex appeal concerning its waitresses, and said he embraced the idea of the area becoming a lively stretch of Main Street. Between the opening of the bar and music venue Old School last September and the forthcoming move of McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre to 1923 Ringling Blvd., Murphy said the eastern end of downtown was more commonly being looked at as a dynamic place to be. “As the economy is getting better and as the east end of Main Street is fleshing out a little bit, we’ve become a destination for entertainment,” Murphy said. “We’re looking forward to it being a very vibrant destination.” Although Murphy praised the area’s vibrancy, Ker still acknowledged the Main Street location was different from the restau-

In April, Ker’s WingHouse will occupy the building that formerly housed the Half Shell Oyster House. rant’s traditional sites — and said he welcomed any challenge. “We’re kind of going against

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1900 block of Main Street have begun meeting informally, and they agreed that the WingHouse would be a distinctive business that could draw traffic. “We’re just looking forward to it,” Murphy said. “I think the consensus is the more the merrier.” The eastern end of Main Street sits outside of the city’s Downtown Improvement District, and Murphy acknowledged that it’s seen less traffic than the area closer to the bayfront. Murphy said restaurant owners are meeting to help shine the light on their block and are discussing the possibility of working on joint marketing ventures together. “I think our sense is that we’re not in competition with each other,” Murphy said. “If we can cooperate, it’ll be good for everyone.” Despite Murphy’s belief that the eastern end of Main Street was eclectic enough for none of the businesses to be in competition with one another, Ker said he thought the addition of another more upscale restaurant in the area would be overkill. He felt his business offered a stark contrast, which would be beneficial to everyone involved. “Something different is good, sometimes,” Ker said. “It’s important in our business that you’re not like everything else.”

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Siesta Key Chamber wades into Big Pass dredge debate The chamber joined a growing chorus on the Key that is pushing back against mining Big Pass for Lido Beach sand. The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce The chamber’s move to formally opannounced its opposition to an Army pose the dredge follows a recent shift Corps of Engineering proposal to mine in businesses’ and homeowner groups’ Big Pass for Lido Beach sand in a state- strategies on Siesta Key to wait until the ment Monday. The release highlighted a Army Corps had released all of its data to rising tide of resistance to the take a stance on the project. $22.7 million, 50-year project But, the upcoming comIF YOU GO among Siesta residents and mission hearings and worries businesses. about the Army Corps filing The Siesta The chamber’s move came for permits have injected urKey Village one week after the Siesta gency into the perceived need Association will Key Association officially anfor more scrutiny of the corps’ discuss the Big nounced its opposition to the Pass dredgplans. ing project Army Corps’ proposal. Bankemper suggested that at a meeting The Sarasota County Comthe Siesta Key Village Associaat 8:30 a.m. mission will address the Big tion, which has not yet taken a Feb. 4 at the Pass dredge in March, spurring position on the project, will anDaiquiri Deck Siesta Key business owners and nounce its formal opposition to Raw Bar, 5250 residents concerned about the the dredge soon. Ocean Blvd., potentially negative impacts of “That would be all three entiSiesta Key. the dredge on Siesta beaches to ties on Siesta Key taking a posimount opposition to the projtion against the removal of sand ect and push county commissioners to from the shoal in Big Pass,” Bankemper intervene. said.  “My sense is that there will be more to SKVA President Cheryl Gaddie said she come in support of our opposition as we would bring the Big Pass dredge up for near the date when this becomes part of discussion at the group’s Feb. 4 meeting. the County Commission’s agenda some “I’ll call for a vote to see how the memtime in March,” Siesta Chamber board bers feel,” Gaddie said. member and former Chairwoman Maria Gaddie agreed that opposition was Bankemper wrote in an email to the Sara- mounting on the Key against the Big Pass sota Observer. dredge, but she also conceded that not The Siesta Key Chamber, which repre- all of the information was yet available to sents the island’s businesses and com- take a definitive stance for or against the prises more than 500 members, moved to project. oppose the dredge by a unanimous vote “Nobody wants Lido to not have nourat a Jan. 16 board meeting. On Jan. 27, ishment, it’s not a possessive thing,” GadBankemper advised the County Commis- die said. “But this is our livelihood, this is sion of the chamber’s position. our beach. We just want to see the facts.” 

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Merchants call for Main Street sidewalk cleaning A merchant group is asking the Downtown Improvement District to help clean sidewalks after two years of buildup.

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A gift for Crist: marijuana Former Gov. Charlie Crist — the guy who also was once known as “Chain Gang Charlie” for his tough stance on crime — received a huge boost to his 2014 gubernatorial campaign this week when the Florida Supreme Court approved the wording of the proposed medical marijuana amendment for the November statewide ballot. Talk about deviously crafty. That would be John Morgan of “Morgan & Morgan, for the people” fame. Here’s how it went: Morgan hired Crist at Morgan & Morgan after Crist’s governorship and U.S. Senate run ended. Crist officially jumped teams, became a Democrat and, surprise, decided to run for governor as a Democrat. So then the question became: How? How to beat incumbent Republican Rick Scott? How to persuade Democrats and independents who still may not like Crist, much less Scott, to come out to vote in an off-year for Crist? How to motivate them? The answer: Voila! Weed. Morgan masterfully began underwriting much of the efforts to get the medical marijuana amendment on the ballot. He has said he was doing it out of compassion for his brother, who was injured many years ago in an accident, has suffered excruciating pain and also found relief from the use of marijuana. And while that may be true, it’s also clear that Morgan’s compassionate motivations would have a much larger effect — in dollars and in votes — on Morgan’s law partner’s gubernatorial campaign. Brilliant. Here’s why: For one, heretofore, Gov. Scott has opposed the medical-marijuana amendment. If he sticks with that position, he’ll likely lose every pot-smoking voter — Republicans, Democrats and independents alike. And there are a lot of them. What’s more, don’t kid yourself. In spite of the always devoted senior vote, who may be most likely to oppose the amendment, the medical marijuana amendment will motivate tepid younger voters. It will pass. Count on it. Florida has become part of the national marijuana wave. We can expect the amendment to have strong support from the liberal daily editorial boards and from bigmoney donors who have been financing legalizing marijuana in other states. Not only will money continue to come from Morgan, we can expect substantial amounts for TV campaigns to come from billionaire financier George Soros and the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug-legalization organization on whose board Soros sits. Unknown at this point is whether the late Peter Lewis, a Coconut Grove resident and former chairman of Progressive Insurance, left money in his will to back medical-marijuana campaigns. Lewis, a medical-marijuana user himself, over the past decade and a half contributed between $20 million and $40 million to legalizing medical marijuana. He died in November. But even without Lewis’ money, you can bet Morgan and Crist’s media masterminds will use the medical-marijuana amendment to Crist’s advantage. We can see the TV campaign now: The fa-

KEY COMPONENTS OF THE MARIJUANA AMENDMENT The following are excerpts from the full text of the proposed medical-marijuana constitutional amendment, with our commentary interspersed in italics. For the full text of the amendment, see: http:// election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/fulltext/ pdf/50438-2.pdf BALLOT SUMMARY: Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana. KEY DEFINITIONS (1) “Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient. Editor’s comment: You can imagine unscrupulous physicians seeing a financial opportunity in prescribing “medical marijuana” for flimsy ailments and getting kickbacks from authorized sellers. One of the questions for the Legislature will be: How to police the physicians’ prescribing and dispensing of marijuana. (5) “Medical Marijuana Treatment Center” means an entity that acquires, cultivates, possesses, processes (including development of related products such as food, tinctures, aerosols, oils or ointments), transfers, transports, sells, distributes, dispenses or administers marijuana, products containing marijuana, related supplies or educational materials to qualifying patients or their personal caregivers and is registered by the Department. Editor’s comment: If voters approve the amendment, the Legislature will be expected to define in more detail what constitutes a “medical marijuana treatment center.” Your garage? (7) “Personal caregiver” means a permous photo of Crist embracing Obama and a (disingenuously) sincere, emotional Crist telling viewers how everyone should have access to marijuana for medical use. We know from the past, Crist will do

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son who is at least twenty-one (21) years old who has agreed to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana and has a caregiver identification card issued by the Department. A personal caregiver may assist no more than five (5) qualifying patients at one time. An employee of a hospice provider, nursing, or medical facility may serve as a personal caregiver to more than five (5) qualifying patients as permitted by the Department. Personal caregivers are prohibited from consuming marijuana obtained for the personal, medical use by the qualifying patient. (9) “Physician certification” means a written document signed by a physician, stating that in the physician’s professional opinion, the patient suffers from a debilitating medical condition, that the potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks for the patient and for how long the physician recommends the medical use of marijuana for the patient. A physician certification may only be provided after the physician has conducted a physical examination of the patient and a full assessment of the patient’s medical history. Editor’s comment: Policing physicians and marijuana dispensers and sellers will be the issue here. You can envision the Legislature spending more tax dollars to hire more law-enforcement snoops to monitor physicians. (c) LIMITATIONS. (1) Nothing in this section shall affect laws relating to non-medical use, possession, production or sale of marijuana. (2) Nothing in this section authorizes the use of medical marijuana by anyone other than a qualifying patient. (3) Nothing in this section allows the operation of a motor vehicle, boat or aircraft while under the influence of marijuana. (4) Nothing in this law section requires the violation of federal law or purports to give immunity under federal law. (5) Nothing in this section shall require any accommodation of any on-site medical use of marijuana in any place of education or employment or of smoking medical marijuana in any public place. (6) Nothing in this section shall require any health insurance provider or any government agency or authority to reimburse any person for expenses related to the medical use of marijuana. whatever it takes. After what Crist and Morgan are about to unfold on Floridians, we may all need that medical marijuana. The gubernatorial campaign is going to be dreadful.


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Sarasota man goes inside the ‘Hermit Kingdom’ Sarasota resident Hakan Sokmensuer was part of a small group of tourists who accompanied Dennis Rodman and his team of NBA legends to Pyongyang, North Korea, earlier this month.

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What changes did you notice in North Korea in the interval between the rule of Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un? It wasn’t a bustling city, but it wasn’t like it was four years ago; it wasn’t as terribly bizarre as it was back then. There was color in the way people dressed. It was the middle of winter, and people were dressed like in any big city in a third-world country. When I went years ago, they all dressed similarly, blandly. There was actually an expression of color this time. There were also many, many new buildings. This time there were 25- or 30-story condos lining the highways that looked like they could have been in Sarasota. Everything on the prior trip was all the same kind of bland communist architecture. And, this time, there were actually cars on the road.

Hakan Sokmensuer and a local hold hands on National Day Sept. 9, 2009. Sokmensuer says it took three shots before the man cracked a smile.

Sokmensuer encountered a country that appeared to have dramatically evolved in four years. But, like all aspects of North Korean life, Sokmensuer soberly explained, the changes were a facade. The North Korean people, he said, still live in a “cult-like” state where one misspeak could potentially provoke the ire of the country’s new leader. Sokmensuer discussed his trip with the Sarasota Observer. The following are edited excerpts of the conversation.

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We hear a lot of bizarre stories coming out of North Korea, how much should we believe? Everything you read in the press is true. What sticks out as a good example of the bizarreness of North Korean life? In the morning, in the capital, which is one giant Happy Kingdom facade, there are these old cars with giant speakers on them. They park on the street corners, playing extremely loud (communist) party songs, to tell people to work for the fatherland. That goes on between 6:30 and 8 a.m. That’s in the capital city. Could you imagine that in downtown Sarasota?

You’ve been around the world and have experienced many foreign cultures— how is North Korea unique from every other place you’ve visited? It really was unique. It really felt like a mind-control cult. I’ve been to other communist countries, and the people might be poor or sad-looking, but they were never like that cult-like. It was just a weird feeling — but not as much as it was four years ago.

Describe your impression of the North Korean people. These people are trained to believe certain things from birth, but they’re not robots. They’re hungry; they want to raise income from any possible source. They’re normal human beings like we are,

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Have the peoples’ attitudes toward the “Dear Leader” changed? Here’s a good barometer for how things have changed: What I noticed last time was that every topic they discussed somehow was punctuated with an attribution to the “Dear Leader” and his benevolence. “The horizon is a gift from the great leader,” they would say. This time there was none of that. The new leader wasn’t wor-

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Hakan Sokmensuer never planned on going back to North Korea — until an unexpected, irresistible opportunity knocked the week before Christmas. A tourism company emailed the 55-year-old Sarasota resident an invitation to parallel a trip by Dennis Rodman and a team of NBA veterans to the capital city of Pyongyang for an exhibition basketball game. It was a historic opportunity that Sokmensuer, a world traveler, could not pass up. So, the retired airline services business owner, along with his 18-year-old daughter, Sophia (a Pine View graduate), journeyed to North Korea from Jan. 6 through Jan. 9, along with a group of foreign tourists, including six Americans, for a unique glimpse at one of the world’s most buttoned-up societies. “We were the first American tourists to be in the same room as Kim Jong Un,” Sokmensuer said. “It was an incredible opportunity, and it came to fruition.” Sokmensuer’s first visit to North Korea — which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once referred to as the “Hermit Kingdom” — was in 2009. He was curious to see how much the country had changed since 31-year-old Kim Jong Un assumed the title of “Dear Leader” following the 2011 death of his father, Kim Jong Il.

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Drivers who travel past Ringling Boulevard and Pineapple Avenue are liable to see a number of drawings sitting on the brick pavers that circle the center of the roundabout, a source of frustration for City Commissioner Susan Chapman. That artwork belongs to a homeless man identifiable at City Hall by just his first name — Ian. Intermittently, Ian sits at the roundabout with a bag of his belongings and five or six drawings, clamped to the notebooks in which they were composed. Chapman said she constantly gets complaints from residents about his presence in the center of the intersection. City Commissioner Suzanne Atwell has also said she’s received inquiries about Ian’s presence, and Chapman thinks the city is falling short in addressing the issue. One problem Chapman has encountered is that, in the eyes of the Sarasota Police Department, Ian is not doing anything wrong. City ordinances prevent people from interacting with vehicles to sell goods or panhandle, but the SPD does not believe Ian is violating those ordinances. To Chapman, Ian’s presence is causing obvious hazards. It’s distracting to drivers she said, and no crosswalks lead to the center of the roundabout because it’s designed for vehicles, not pedestrians. “The apron around the roundabout is not a walkway,” Chapman said. “It’s a traffic circle where bigger vehicles go if they can’t navigate the circumference of the roundabout.” Chapman said she spoke with Ian at the beginning of the year, and he defended

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Ian’s artwork, along with some other belongings, sits at the roundabout at Ringling Boulevard and Pineapple Avenue.

his presence. When Chapman followed up on that encounter with city staff, they informed her that SPD agreed with him. “He told me he’s just selling his product just like Art to Walk on at Palm Avenue,” Chapman said. City Attorney Robert Fournier said if Chapman was concerned about the risks created by his presence at the intersection, there could be grounds to formulate an ordinance to prevent that activity. Chapman said she does not want to see Ian arrested but wants him to be provided with a way to better his situation. As it stands, it appears to be out of her control. “It’s frustrating — it’s difficult,” Chapman said. “Ian obviously needs some sort of supportive environment, which he doesn’t have, which local government has limited ability to deal with.”

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RENTALS / FROM PAGE 1A The new 10,000-square-foot building will feature ground-floor retail space as well as three rental units on the second floor. Gidget’s Coastal Provisions, a high-end clothing and gift store, will occupy the retail space under the ownership of Trudy Wigelsworth, wife of Siesta Key Crystal Classic founder Brian Wigelsworth. The new building’s second story will comprise three transient-use accommodations, which the county classifies as residential units that are allowed to be rented or leased for periods of less than 30 days and are considered a commercial use under the applicable zoning ordinances. The building, which Siesta Key architect Mark Smith designed, departs from traditional property use in the Village — and it also departed from both county and Siesta Key Overlay District zoning rules, which required commissioners to approve a special permit exception for the project to advance. The property is currently zoned under Commercial General and Siesta Key Overlay District restrictions; the retail use is permitted under those rules, but transient accommodations require a special exception. Smith said the permitting process “hit a snag” last summer, but he and the property owners decided to press on with construction, anticipating their special exception request would ultimately be approved. With the building fast approaching completion, however, Smith said that plans were in the works to use the secondfloor accommodations as storage space if the permit request remained in limbo. Village business owners and nearby condominium residents welcomed the County Commission’s Tuesday approval of Smith’s request, citing the benefits of more diversity among Village properties and the possibility of a détente between some Village restaurants and a nearby condominium in a longstanding feud over noise complaints.

Peter van Roekens, a resident of Terrace East condominiums, which border the Siesta Village, praised Smith’s proposal at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting. He said the new structure’s high walls had already dampened the transmittal of live-music from the neighboring Siesta Key Oyster Bar, potentially defusing a perpetual squabble between Terrace East and some Village establishments over noise. “Anytime you can replace a bar with retail in Siesta it’s a great idea,” van Roekens said. “We think highly of this project, and we’d like to support it.” Syprett and Lancer own the two properties on either side of the site, home to the Siesta Key Oyster Bar and the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar. Parking concerns and a prior specialexception permit for the site were the primary obstacles to Tuesday’s request. Napoli’s Pizza operated on the site according to another, separate special-exception permit from 2001, authorizing a restaurant or bar to operate on the site despite inadequate available parking. Smith assured commissioners that the previous special-exception permit would expire following the award of Smith’s latest request. “If for some reason the retail shop went under and a restaurant wanted to go in there, they would need 23 parking spaces,” Smith said. According to the special permit application Smith submitted, the new building will have 10 parking spots — one more than the minimum of nine required to accommodate the rental units. Siesta Key Village Association President Cheryl Gaddie praised the commission’s decision, adding that, although she was in favor of additional retail space in the Village, the new building did not mark a trend toward fewer restaurants and bars along Ocean Boulevard. “I don’t think we have enough retail, and the addition of any new retail space in the Village is a real positive,” Gaddie said. “I also think it would be a bad thing if all the bars and restaurants went away — there’s magic in moderation.”

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COMMUNITYCALENDAR An Evening for Healthy Start — begins at 6 p.m. at Sarasota Architectural Salvage, 1093 Central Ave. Enjoy an evening out with snacks, drinks and friends while benefiting Healthy Start’s work to support pregnant women and new families in the community. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, call 3737070.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 Kiltie Band annual Sousa Concert — runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverview High School’s Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way. Riverview High School’s Kiltie Band will perform the music of John Philip Sousa. The band will perform in full Scottish dress. Admission is a $5 donation. For more information, call 923-1484.

20th annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival — runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd. Celebrate Scotland’s heritage with pipes, drums, Highland dancing and athletic events. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door; and children 12 and under are admitted for free. For more information, visit sarasotahighlandgames.com.

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Booker senior shortstop Pat McKenzie looks forward to playing on campus for home games.

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The Riverview High boys soccer team captured its first district title in 10 years with a 1-0 victory over St. Petersburg in the Class 5A-District 8 championship Jan. 24.

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Lone senior Charles Taylor scored his first points of the season during the Out-ofDoor Academy’s non-district basketball game versus Lakeside Christian Jan. 27 on Senior Night.

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Lisa Hoffman scored 28 points to lead The Out-of-Door Academy girls basketball team to a 49-17 victory over Sarasota Military Academy Jan. 24.

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Ryan McMahon scored 17 points to lead the Cardinal Mooney High boys basketball team to a 50-38 victory over Lemon Bay Jan. 24 on Senior Night.

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This spring, Booker High School will unveil its new baseball and softball fields, tennis courts and rubberized track, among other upgrades. For the past three years, Booker High shortstop Pat McKenzie has bounced around from field to field looking for a place to call his own. Without a stadium on campus, the Tornadoes baseball team has always played its games on the road — using Babe Ruth Little League, Twin Lakes Park and Ed Smith Stadium as home bases, of sorts. But that’s all about to change this season. This spring, Booker will finally have the home-field advantage it has been seeking with the addition of its new on-campus baseball and softball fields. “It’s great,” McKenzie says. “I’ve played at a lot of different fields, and this is the best field I’ve played on for a home field.” For the first time in school history, the Tornadoes will not only be able to practice but also will be able to play their home games at their own school. “I couldn’t wait, and now the wait is finally over,” McKenzie says. “All of our friends can just walk outside and come see us play instead of having to travel across the county to watch us play.” Booker broke ground on its new baseball and softball complexes in September. Formerly the site of the Tornadoes’ makeshift football and soccer practice fields and a Sarasota County warehouse building, the new complexes feature new fields, bleachers, scoreboards, batting cages and dugouts, among

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The Booker Tornadoes will unveil their new baseball stadium during a Preseason Classic tournament Feb. 4 and Feb. 7 at the school. other amenities. In addition, the stadiums are equipped with new state-of-theart lights, which are guaranteed to last 25 years and gradually progress in brightness as it gets darker outside. “It’s pretty neat,” Booker Athletic Director Rod Dragash says. “You won’t even notice the lights came on until you are sitting out here for a while.” The new baseball complex has already had an impact on the players. Last season, 12 players came out for the team. This season, 30 players came out for baseball, allowing Booker to field a JV team for the first time in nearly eight years. “It’s just the opportunity to have their own field on campus and

have other students come out and watch them play finally,” baseball coach Jeremy Schmidt says. “We’ll be able to utilize the full practice time at the facility and have the opportunity to work on the little things that we weren’t able to work on before. “This is probably one of the top fields in the area,” Schmidt says. “They should feel fortunate for what they’ve been given, and now it’s their job to take care of it for the people who come after them and play.” The Tornadoes will unveil their new stadium during a Preseason Classic tournament Feb. 4 and Feb. 7. The tournament will feature Booker, Cardinal Mooney, Southeast and Bayshore, with games slated for 4 and 7 p.m. both days.

Booker High junior David Klos practices on the school’s new tennis courts. Booker will hold its regular season home-opener Feb. 21 versus St. Stephen’s. “It’s definitely nice,” Dragash says. “Everything is brand-new. This is going to help us build up our baseball enrollment because kids will want to play here. These kids all definitely appreciate it.” During the transition, Booker’s football and soccer teams and the marching band all were forced to share practice time on the school’s football field. In addition to the new baseball and softball complexes, Booker also installed new tennis courts, new shot put and discus areas and a scaling wall. Booker also repaved its track. The rubberized track meets the new track standards, specifically for hurdles, which will be implemented in 2015. The school also hopes to have a new pole vault in place by the end of February, which will allow it to host district and regional track meets. “It’s definitely been worth the wait,” Dragash says. “This campus almost looks like a little university now because it’s all open. Not every kid comes here for athletics, but we’re giving them more incentive to come to a beautiful campus. All we can give them is an opportunity and help them make the best choice with their opportunity.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.


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RIVERVIEW VS. PINELLAS PARK SOCCER The Riverview High boys soccer team defeated Pinellas Park 3-0 in a Class 5A-District 8 semifinal match Jan. 22. With the win, Riverview played host to St. Petersburg Jan. 24 in the district championship, where it captured its first district title in 10 years with a 1-0 victory on penalty kicks. Riverview midfielder Greg Atkin scored a goal for the Rams in the second half of their 3-0 victory over Pinellas Park in the Class 5A-District 8 semifinals Jan. 22.

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SARASOTA CHRISTIAN VS. THE OUTOF-DOOR ACADEMY SOCCER The Sarasota Christian girls soccer team edged past The Outof-Door Academy 1-0 in the Class 1A-District 7 semifinals Jan. 16. With the win, the Lady Blazers earned a berth in the regional tournament and advanced to the district championship Jan. 17, where they fell to St. Stephen’s 1-0.

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+ Sailors place seven at Bidwell Invitational The Sarasota High wrestling team finished third at the 20-team Ryan Bidwell Invitational Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 at Lemon Bay. Seven of the nine Sailor grapplers who attended the tournament placed in their respective weight classes. Freshman Chance Sharbono (113 pounds), junior Gerad Ross (182) and senior Toby Baker (220) each won

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+ Lady Cougars advance to region semifinals The Cardinal Mooney High girls soccer team blanked Cape Coral Oasis 5-0 in a Class 2A-Region 3 quarterfinal match Jan. 23. Rose Amato, Anna Brusco, Jill Polk, Lauren Ravazzoli and Alex Byers all scored for the Lady Cougars. Goalkeeper Lexi Barbour recorded the shutout. With the win, Cardinal Mooney played host to Bishop Verot in a regional semifinal match Jan. 28.

+ Sarasota tops Booker in OT The Sarasota High girls basketball team held on to beat Booker 49-42 in overtime Jan. 23. Shelby Miller scored 15 and hauled in seven rebounds to lead the way for the Lady Sailors on Senior Night. Camille Giardina added 12 points, five assists and seven rebounds. Zharia Grable finished with 11 points.

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+ Cougars best the Indians The Cardinal Mooney High boys basketball team edged past Venice 49-41 in a non-district game Jan. 22. Justin Najmy finished with 13 points, four steals and three assists, and Blair Perry added 12 points and five rebounds to lead the way for Cardinal Mooney. Matt Hueston added 11 rebounds for the Cougars. The number of weeks Steinfeld missed with a dislocated elbow during his freshman season two years ago.

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Surrounded by friends, family and neighbors, Charlotte Zwick celebrated her 105th birthday Saturday. Zwick’s party was held at her residence, Bahia Oaks Lodge. Zwick made an entrance into the dining room on her new scooter — an early birthday present from family. Her guests danced, sang and swapped stories. Zwick was born in 1909 in Buffalo, N.Y., and grew up in Cleveland. There she worked in fashion retail at department stores Bonwit Teller and The Halle Brothers. Zwick says her favorite fashion eras were the ’50s and ’60s because the styles were new, exciting and colorful. Zwick is known for her colorcoordinated outfits, love of Ferragamo shoes and scarves and her outgoing personality. “She puts a smile on everyone’s face,” says her niece-in-law Cornelia Matson. In the 1920s, Zwick met and married Cleveland lawyer Ben Zwick, and although they didn’t have any children, the Zwicks remained close to their families. “We had the best time whenever Aunt Charlotte chaperoned,” said her nephew Dick Matson. “She was the ‘cool aunt.’”

Ben and Charlotte Zwick spent summers fishing, sailing and swimming in Cape Cod, Mass. When Zwick moved in 1974 to Sarasota after her husband died, she lived with her sister, Leonore Matson, at Sea Places on Longboat Key and at Bay Plaza. When Leonore died in 1996, Zwick continued to live at Bay Plaza, where she served guests her famous homemade macaroons. She lived on her own at Bay Plaza until last spring, when she moved to Bahia Oaks Lodge. The dark-chocolate-lover looks forward to maintaining her positive outlook on life. “I think your attitude is the most important thing you own,” she says.


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Home in Buccaneer Bay sells for $1.71 million The Landings Treehouse

The following residential real estate transactions took place between Jan. 13 and Jan. 17. A home in Buccaneer Bay tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. U.S. Bank, trustee, sold the home at 7342 Captain Kidd Ave. to Jeffrey and Wendy Cohen, of Sarasota, for $1.71 million. Built in 2005, it has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,184 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3,465,000 in 2005.

Donald and Dorothy Stuart, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 30 condominium at 1497 Landings Lake Drive to Eric Greenstein and Beverly Smith, of Sarasota, for $295,000. Built in 1981, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,912 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $230,000 in 2010.

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Comerica Bank sold the home at 3993 Roberts Point Road to Perrone and Associates Inc. for $1.45 million. Built in 1995, it has five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a pool and 4,151 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $879,600 in 1995.

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Myron Ash, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 43 condominium at 340 S. Palm Ave. to Wayne and Deborah Seitl, of Sarasota, for $1,275,000. Built in 1998, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,437 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $595,400 in 1998.

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Leslie Malkin, of Sarasota, sold two homes at 1742 North Drive to Martin Schlosberg, trustee, of Hollywood, for $630,000. The first was built in 1949, has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,406 square feet of living area. The second was built in 1966, and it has one bedroom, one bath and 364 square feet of living area. They previously sold for $550,000 in 2008.

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John Tassotti, of Sarasota, sold his Unit 128-E condominium at 235 Cocoanut Ave. to Marc and Janet Epstein, of Chicago, for $595,000. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 2,290 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $315,000 in 2010.

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This home, located at 7342 Captain Kidd Ave., has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a pool and 5,184 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $3,465,000 in 2005. condominium at 1301 N. Tamiami Trail to Myron Ash, of Sarasota, for $450,000. Built in 2000, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,546 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $520,000 in 2006.

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Stanley Forwand, of Nokomis, sold his Unit E-2 condominium at 2129 Michele Drive to Virginia Perret-Gentil, of Sarasota, for $352,600. Built in 1985, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 1,583 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $270,000 in 2010.

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Barbara Chase, trustee, sold the Unit 28 condominium at 3685 Square W. Lane to Gerald Kruczynski and Rosemary Ruggiero,

of Sarasota, for $350,000. Built in 2005, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,741 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $459,900 in 2005.

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1016 Caloosa LLC sold the home at 1016 Caloosa Drive to James Burgin and Lynda Burgin-Vahl, of Sarasota, for $320,000. Built in 1951, it has two bedrooms, oneand-a-half baths, a pool and 1,822 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $500,000 in 2009. Robert and Linda Moore, of St. Joseph, Mich., sold their home at 965 Caloosa Drive to C. Joseph and Gael Bilder, of La Grange Park, Ill., for $300,000. Built in 1955, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,480 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $51,000 in 1981.

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Rue Dickens, of Venice, sold her Unit E-11 condominium at 4708 Ocean Blvd. to Debra Garro, trustee, of Sarasota, for $850,000. Built in 1981, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,277 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $332,000 in 1981.

Terrace East

Mark McCann and Donald Paxton, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 502 condominium at 5300 Ocean Blvd. to 502 Terrace East LLC for $800,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,375 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $990,000 in 2005.

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Todd and Lisa Poste, of Naples, sold the home at 6342 Midnight Pass Road to Unit 413 condominium at to White Sands Holding LLC for $742,000. Built in 1977, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,214 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $665,000 in 2011.

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m i c h a eBeacham lsaunders.com Deborah Explore now on your phone or tablet. 440 Gulf of Mexico Dr. • Longboat Key

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Renovations Windows Demolition Re-roof Mechanical Re-roof Fence Re-roof Re-roof Re-roof

Steven Mamus Matthew Miller Larry Steinhart Paula Patecky Laurence Saslaw, trustee Dana Rickard Patrick Cook Catherine McRoyan Handy Wooten Jr. Gilberto Perez

$28,000 $22,175 $14,000 $13,280 $12,300 $10,000 $8,869 $8,780 $7,695 $6,490

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Richard Brown James Mitchell, trustee Chris Pelletier James Fralin Raymond Le Meur Michael Voigt Harry Goodan, trustee Brenda Bryan John Zablackas Sophie Zaloom

$80,000 $63,942 $46,352 $45,107 $35,970 $35,000 $30,000 $29,200 $28,500 $25,150

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2505 Casey Key Road Anthony Bogosian, Dennis Bogosian and Donald Bogosian sold their Unit A-6 condominium at 6140 Midnight Pass Road to Horizons West A6 LLC for $497,000. Built in 1967, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,068 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $48,000 in 1975.

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332 Monet Dr #A3991255 $309,500 Linda Bastian

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4087 Shell Rd #A3987243 Michael Hays

3536 Bayou Louise Ln #A3990510 $13,000 Lisa Shope

1540 Hillview Dr #A3991062 $5,250,000 Kim & Michael Ogilvie

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-228-3518

Siesta Key 941-552-4200 941-320-8022

7375 Mara Vista Dr # 29 #A3971620 $4,800 Lisa Gullick

3262 Savage Rd #A3990533 $264,500 Kristine Niehaus

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

931 Blue Heron Overlook #A3969034 $3,499,000 Nicole Dovgopolyi

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-356-5849

3810 Flamingo Ave #A3986497 $2,525,000 Pamela Charron

Siesta Key 941-951-6660 941-993-3388

7440 Manasota Key Rd #A3989429 $2,350,000 Melba Jimenez PA

Englewood 941-951-6660 941-356-3970

401 S Palm Ave # 301 #A3983343 $1,950,000 Lenore Treiman

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-356-9642

1265 Riegels Landing Dr #A3991014 $1,800,000 Kristina Talkie & Judy Arreola

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-266-8658

9961 Eagle Preserve Drive #D5796239 $1,000,000 Ellen Baker & Michael Hollenbeck

Englewood 941-473-7750 941-268-4999

7014 Dominion Ln #A3991277 $939,000 Karen Cash Greco

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-376-4950

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$4,245,000

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-321-6973

1567 Waterford Dr #N5780320 Robin Sullivan

Venice $3,500 941-552-4200

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-376-1717

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

Lakewood Ranch 941-966-8000 941-504-6927

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Items Under $200 For Sale ADVERTISE YOUR MERCHANDISE with the total value of all items $200 or less in this section for FREE! Limit 1 ad per month, 15 words or less. Price must be included next to each item. No commercial advertising. Ad runs 2 consecutive weeks in 1 Observer. (No phone calls please.) (Please provide your name and address) Email ad to: classified@yourobserver.com Online at: www.yourobserver.com Or mail to: The Observer Group P.O. Box 3169 Sarasota, Fl 34230 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. COFFEE TABLE: 36" round umbertone hardwood, excellent condition, 60 yrs., any decor, $125. 941-922-6468. COMPUTER: DUAL 1.8GHz HT Dell, refurbished $60, 941-756-6728 KEYBOARD: CASIO LK40/LK42. 61 keys. $60 obo. 941-484-2483.

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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. RIVER PLACE, BEACONS COVE, CYPRESS BEND, WALKERS COVE. Located end of Tara Blvd off of SR 70 Exit 217. Saturday, 2/1/14. 8a.m.-2p.m. COMMUNITY SALE: Saturday, February 1st, 8a.m.-2p.m. Glen Oaks Estates. Beneva, just south of 12th Street. TRAVEL - MOVING SALE BY JOHN. Suite 4960, Landings Shopping Center. Behind Sweet Tomatoes. Saturday 8am-2pm. French chairs, desks, bookcases, files, wall cabinets, travel posters, frames, lamps, travel memorabilia.

MASSAGE TABLE, 28" high, with non-adjustable aluminum legs. $30. 941-685-7374.

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MEN’S TUXEDOS: size 44, black, satin collar, blue, notched collar. Excellent. $45 each OBO. 941-953-5222.

CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280.

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. 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 2003 MERCEDES E320. Beautiful classic black, leather, garage kept, 125,000 miles with another 125,000 to go! Call 349-4835 to see, $11,999. 89’ VOLVO 740 GLE: 100,500/miles, white, excellent condition. Great second car. Must sell. $2800 o/b/o. 941-383-5005. Hawley Motors II 5741 Pinkney Ave. 941-312-5890 2003 Cadillac DeVille 64K/miles, like new, $7988 2006 Toyota Corolla LE only 43K/miles, 5/speed manual. Reduced! $7988 1998 BMW 323 IC convertible, 79K/miles, $6988 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. Reduced! $8488 2006 Toyota Corolla LE, 102K/miles, automatic, like new. Reduced! $6988 2007 Nissan Altima S, clean, dependable transportation, $8988, 2005 Honda Civic LX, Automatic, Coupe, Special Edition, excellent shape, 85K/miles, $7988

SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

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

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

Help Wanted ACT! MODEL! NOW! Looking for new faces for print, motion pictures, TV commercials. Children, adults, senior. 813-902-1722. P/T SALES position available: 18-24 hours average per week. Gift shop located on Siesta Key. Retiress welcome. 727-244-5906.

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PELICAN COVE. Beautiful update just completed on this 2BR/2BA in this highly regarded waterfront community. This ground floor unit comes fully furnished with no spared expense and perhaps is the nicest unit available for $225k. Call Siesta Beach Realty today for your preview @ 941-993-5722.

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.

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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

Condos/Apts. For Rent 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. 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 SIESTA KEY Condo: 1BR, furnished, walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. Pool, laundry, on ground floor. Available March and April. Pictures available. 586-344-0020. 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

Condos For Sale BAYWOOD COLONY Apartments. 1BR/1BA. Semi-furnished. Convenient to beach, shopping. Small pet. $55,000. Owner 941-922-3955 or 941-960-3955. BROADWAY PROMENADE: Downtown, Built 2007. Bayview. 2BR/2BA, 2 garage spaces. Furnished. $247,000. Owner occupied. 941-993-3351.

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Open House WATERFRONT: SPECTACULAR VIEWS: Sat., February 1, 11:00a.m.-3p.m., 840 Tarawitt Dr. $1,239,000. 941-650-9761.

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WANTED SEASONAL Rental: 3 1/2 months December 15th, 2014 through March 31, 2015. 2BR/2BA, Internet, land phone. Non-smoking. 317-341-0404, mbfleming05@gmail.com

SIESTA SUN ON SIESTA KEY: 2 units for sale, $189k and $199k. Gulf side, fully furnished, heated pool, good rental income, on-site management. Call Siesta Beach Realty, 941-993-5722.

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4bed/3.5ba full Gulf front home located in the highly sought after Estate area of the key. Lusciously landscaped grounds,dual gates/ driveways, gulf sidepool,newer concrete seawall& more!Full sunset views 365 days a year! (property subdivided into 3 lots for multiple development potential). MLSA3987243 4,245,000

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rtist Tim Jaeger spent a few summers living in a 900-year-old chateau/ vineyard/ and animal sanctuary in southern France beginning in 2008. In a conversation about his career, Jaegar mentions this almost as an afterthought, yet the experience was considerably influential. It’s why he started painting roosters, the series for which he’s most well known. Ah, the mark of a prolific artist. Jaeger posts up on a red chair where he is drinking coffee from a blue plastic cup in his garage-turned-studio-space off University Parkway. Jaeger is a Sarasota-based artist thriving in this city — and he’s proud to paint it red, blue, yellow or any other color he chooses. Behind him are four canvases painted with loose sketches

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“It takes a lot of work to survive as an artist; you have to go triple time in order to go single time,” Tim Jaeger says.

of Sarasota Ballet dancers; he is just beginning to work on them — one of his many projects. Jaeger dons bright yellow flip-flops in 50-degree weather and his gray Tshirt and jeans are as paint-splattered as a Pollock. He explains that the owners of the chateau split their time between France and Sarasota, where they met Jaeger at the now-defunct Canvas Café in Towles Court — Jaeger was the gallery director at the restaurant/gallery. The couple covered his expenses in France as a commission for two of his works and a wine-bottle label. “I was the artist guy walking around the south of France drinking wine and painting animals,” he says with a laugh. His studio was on an overgrown portion of the property in Montret, France. Occasionally, he’d buy a rooster at the market, take it back to his studio and let it roam around while he painted it. The animal sanctuary’s collection of roosters grew to more than 30 while Jaeger lived at what he lovingly refers to as “the most heavenly art jail.” There wasn’t a phone, computer or TV, and Jaeger doesn’t speak French — the

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// ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT perfect parameters for cranking out 40 to 50 paintings a month. This relationship is exemplary of the kind of networks Jaeger has built since moving to Sarasota from Kentucky in 1998, when he started his education at Ringling College of Art and Design. It’s why the charismatic artist’s name is all over Sarasota. “There’s always something I’m doing,” he says. Jaeger just painted one of the six pianos featured in the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County’s public art project. Go figure, there’s a rooster on it. He works at Selby Gallery helping with the day-to-day operations of the teaching gallery. He curated the “All in the Family” exhibit at The Ice House and will curate the David Budd retrospective there this spring. He founded Sarasota Visual Arts, an online visual art news source relating to Sarasota and surrounding communities. He’s represented by State of the Arts Gallery. His work is featured at trendy restaurant Indigenous and at former Sarasota chef Derek Barnes’ new establishment in Bradenton. And he just joined the Public Art Committee. Out of all his activites, Jaeger is particularly excited about his new collaborative series featuring Sarasota Ballet dancers. Jaeger gets up from the chair and flips through a series of black-andwhite photographs he took at their rehearsals for John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker. He points to a photo of two boys snacking on Cheez-Its in the corner during rehearsal. He shows

another of two dancers having a conversation — one is nonchalantly en pointe. He turns these photos into sketches and then into paintings. Right now, he’s working on a painting of one dancer fixing the broken strap of another dancer’s costume. He’s hoping to break down the persona of the perfect ballerina by focusing on their daily lives. He has wanted to do this project combining visual arts with the performance arts for awhile. “I think it’s really all tied together in the end,” he says. “When we work as a community, we can share experiences and ideas and we just get stronger.” Jaegar says it’s difficult to succeed as a fine artist. It’s a myth that someone is going to stumble across your studio and find you — young artists need to do the legwork. Jaeger worked four or five jobs to supplement his income when he first graduated in 2002; he did everything from hanging paintings, to dog-sitting and creating logos for guns. He hates it when people ask him why he doesn’t live in a big city. “We have the resources here,” he says. He advises younger artists to plug in to the arts scene and meet people. He doesn’t understand why they’d want to go to a big city — the blank canvas for success is here. Plus, he says, there is a beach, a nice downtown, impeccable food, the sunshine, a community of enthusiasts and great organizations that support the arts. “Why would I want to move?” he says.

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‘Last Lists of My Mad Mother’ 8 p.m. at The Players Theatre Runs through Feb. 9. Tickets $15. Call 365-2494. Masterworks Series: ‘Colors of Love’ Sarasota Orchestra 8 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center (Thursday) 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (Friday and Saturday) 2:30 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (Sunday) Tickets $30 to $84. Call 953-3434.

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7th annual Grand Ovation Noon at Main Street, Lakewood Ranch. Free. Call 757-1548. Recital Series: Ritz Chamber Players Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 7:30 p.m. at Historic Asolo Theater Runs through Sunday. Tickets $25 to $45. Call 360-7399.

‘R. Luke Dubois — Now’ The Ringling On display through May 4. Call 359-5700.

Winterfest at the Park 10 a.m. at Philippi Estate Park Free. Call 379-0951.

Jazz at Two: Kitt Moran, vocalist The Jazz Club of Sarasota 2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist

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if the painting requires things, when I need them, I go through my sketchbook and find them. (I used sketches) from the corner of Palm Avenue and Main Street where there is an outdoor café. I have lunch there quite often and I make sketches of people going by and I used that in my sketchbook. The trees in the background and some of the architecture is from Santa Barbara, and there’s probably some French stuff in there, too.”

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‘The Prima Donettes’ runs through Feb. 7, at Florida Studio Theatre. ‘Delval Divas’ runs through Feb. 9, at Island Players. ‘Thurgood’ runs through Feb. 22, at Florida Studio Theatre. ‘Other Desert Cities’ runs through Feb. 26, at Asolo Repertory Theatre. ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come!’ runs through Feb. 27, at Asolo Repertory Theatre. ‘Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike’ runs through April 13, at Asolo Repertory Theatre. ‘Poems, Prayers and Promises’ runs through April 20, at Florida Studio Theatre.

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John Goodman passes Sarasota Concert Association baton IF YOU GO East Coast Chamber Orchestra East Coast Chamber Orchestra is a collective of musicians from renowned orchestras and chamber groups from around the world. They play less than 10 concerts a year. When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail Cost: Tickets are $40 to $70 Info: Call 955-0040 or visit scasarasota.org.

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music groups around the country — namely, attracting a younger audience. He also thinks it is becoming more difficult to fill a season with household names in this genre because there is not the same exposure to classical music as 30 years ago. He hopes it can continue without having to sacrifice the original intention of focusing on classical music.

“We shouldn’t sell out,” he says. “Either we have to find an audience for the real thing we are offering or don’t offer it.” He doesn’t think all of the board members agree with him on this aspect, but he doesn’t want to be a backseat driver. For now, he’s content in letting his friend Joy McIntyre run the ship — it’s in good hands, he says. His plea is that people spread the word about what he thinks is an exceptional series. “I think that the (people) who value SCA need to promote it,” he says. “It’s one of the very rich cultural organizations in the city, and I think we’d be very poor without it both for the Great Performers Series and for Munchtime Musicales.”

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Sarasota Orchestra and Gloria Musicae give a behind-the-scenes look All eyes are on Maestro Andrew Lane, Sarasota Orchestra’s Pops Series conductor. He raises his hands cueing Sarasota Orchestra, the three guest Broadway artists and chorus, Gloria Musicae. It’s Thursday Jan. 23, the day before Sarasota Orchestra’s first Pops Series concert “Broadway Bound.” The show is sold out both nights at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. There’s a drum kit, an electric guitar and an electric bass. Musicians don jeans for rehearsal, and musician jokes are cracked between playing and singing. It’s the kind of thing you don’t typically get to see. Every musician learned the familiar show tunes before rehearsing with his or her respective groups (as any professional musician would).

Though, it came a little easier for the guest vocalists who have performed some of the music hundreds of times. For instance, Susan Egan, the original Belle in Broadway’s “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” who also starred on Broadway as Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” sang a few songs from this repertoire. It was the same for the other two guests artists, Gary Mauer and Christiane Noll. The musicians had different scores from the vocalists, who had different scores from the vocal ensemble, who had a different score from Andrew Lane — but with a few little pencil marks, it came together nicely. The hardest part of the process was getting the show tunes out of the musicians’ heads once the concert ended.

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THEATER // ‘Other Desert Cities’

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“Other Desert Cities” runs through Feb. 27, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Call 351-8000 or visit asolorep.org for more information. Call it the boiling-frog trick. Put the frog in the pot and turn up the heat. Do it slowly, and the frog never notices. Baitz’s play starts out in sitcom land. Slowly, slowly, it takes you into the boxing ring — as it should. A good play is like a prize fight. The playwright announces the contenders. In this corner: a liberal writer. In that corner: her oldschool Republican parents. Fight! The fight feels rigged at first. You get the sense the playwright tied Lyman and Polly’s hands behind their backs to make them easy targets for Republican bashing. Lyman is a Hollywood actor who specialized in death scenes and found a second life as a rightwing policy flack. J. Kenneth Campbell plays him with the right note of Ted Baxter slickness. Polly (Lauren Klein) is a Texas fireball with an acid wit and an absolute conviction that the right way and her way are the same thing. Mom and Dad feel like upscale Archie Bunkers; strawmen, designed to be dislikable. And, boy, does Brooke dislike them. Her memoir indicts them for her brother’s suicide — a bomb she drops at Christmas. Brooke’s body language indicts

them, too. Lucy Lavely plays this character as a smoldering mass of need, hurt and anger. But, in her passive-aggressive way, Brooke is just as combative as her mom — and the fight goes on. Brooke’s brother, Trip, and her aunt stay safely behind the ropes while making color commentary. Trip seems to be the only one with any sense in the Wyeth family. Benjamin Williamson plays him with the knowing sneer of a young Jack Nicholson. Brooke’s addled Aunt Silda has her own kind of sense. It’s an intermittent intelligence, flickering on and off like an old neon sign. Caroline Michel gets into this character’s skin. Her performance is a comic, crowd-pleasing delight. The Wyeth bout unfolds in the arena of a mid-century modern manse crafted by Judy Gailen. This family may be miserable, but they live in a really cool house. So, who wins the fight?

That would be telling. At root, fights about politics are fights about philosophy. There’s an obvious philosophical counter to Brooke’s blame: Your brother had blood on his hands. Blame him, not us. It’s the obvious thing to say, but her parents never say it. Strawmen, right? Wrong. What I assumed was dishonesty was a feint. Baitz cleverly tricks you into buying Brooke’s damning judgment of her parents. He gets you on Brooke’s side. He manipulates you into believing the character assassination of a book you haven’t read. Then he hits you with his final sucker punch. I won’t spoil it. But I will say: The arguments of the Left and Right can feel as scripted as championship wrestling. Each has its stock cast of good guys and bad guys. Each has its standard rants. But the human heart is more complicated than that. The human family is, too. — Marty Fugate

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America has been the arena for a running brawl between the Left and Right since before Upton Sinclair was in diapers. For some, the factional fight is a family feud. The Asolo Rep’s production of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities” introduces us to one such family. Meet the Wyeths! They’re an HBO sitcom-worthy grab bag of dysfunctionality. They’re living in Palm Springs — and learning lessons about life and love. Aunt Silda is a happy dry drunk. Mom and Dad are two rock-ribbed Reagan Republicans named Polly and Lyman. Their son, Trip, produces a cheesy reality TV show. Their daughter, Brooke, is a writer who just can’t make it in the real world. Baitz (a Hollywood refusnik) draws us in with happy sitcom rhythms. It’s a trick. You put your guard down — then he hits you. Dark material surfaces, written material. After a long bout of writer’s block and a spell in a mental institution, Brooke is about to publish a tell-all memoir spilling a painful family tragedy all over its pages. Back in the 1970s, Brooke’s older brother, Henry, helped some Weather Underground-variety radicals blow up an Army recruiting center, burning a janitor alive in the process. According to Brooke’s memoir, Henry came to his parents for help. They rejected him, and he killed himself. Brooke’s book blames her parents and their rigid Republican values. Liberal hope fiend that she is, Brooke wants her parents’ approval before she publishes this book. She does not get it. Director Greg Leaming gets it. He unpacks Baitz’s dense text and makes you feel like you’re looking at real human beings interacting in space and time. A good play doesn’t feel like a play; it feels like eavesdropping. In Leaming’s hands, that’s what you feel. That, and a sense of tension. It’s a tough trick to pull off, but he does it.


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Remember the teacher you had in high school who informed the class he was going to “mark on a curve” to put everyone in the best possible light? That’s what I’m going to be doing in this review of the recent Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel concert performed at the Van Wezel. By any standards of musical excellence, this ensemble must be considered a community orchestra; one that hopes to become professional but, for now, is more of an amateur group that loves to make music. Founded in 1950, the orchestra — according to the program notes — “has become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and the north of Israel.” It has several thousand subscribers “of all ages” who attend its six subscription programs. And the orchestra has done great things for the community: reaching out to children, holding master classes and offering the people of northern Israel opportunities to hear the great music they love. Last week’s concert in Sarasota was the orchestra’s first performance of its first American tour, and it tried extremely hard to live up to the sparkling image Americans have of Israeli musicians. The Israel Philharmonic, for instance, isn’t exactly chopped liver. The Haifa musicians succeeded primarily in showing us they are amateurs in the best sense of the word: They love music and they love to play. Led by Professor Boguslaw Dawidow, the ensemble’s principal guest conductor, the program was traditional: overture, concerto, symphony. Starting with Weber’s Overture to “Euryanthe,” the musicians showed little bite in their tone and several problems with intonation as well as entrances in every section. The same difficulties showed up in

Tchaikovsky’s passionate B-flat major Piano Concerto with soloist Roman Rabinovich. The brass was too loud; the strings weren’t together; the forte sections of the work drowned out the pianist; and there was little collaboration between the soloist and conductor. The wonderful pizzicato strings that open the second movement were sloppy and, again, the bite that’s so important in plucked playing was missing. Rabinovich, who seems like a musical young man with a decent technique (he’s listed as having been a child prodigy and winner of a couple of prestigious competitions), was not up to the demands of the concerto and played with little understanding of the style and little musical definition. The orchestra seemed a little more comfortable with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Perhaps it had played it more often or had more rehearsal time with the work. Still, there was little attention to dynamics and a general lack of energy, and there were many wrong notes and inaccurate entrances. Even the rests were perfunctory. Composers write rests into music with the idea that those silences are part of the tapestry of sound. In the hands of Dawidow and the Haifa Symphony, the rests were merely empty spaces, making the music disjointed and superficial. However, the two (yes, two) encores the orchestra played were probably the best parts of the concert. Starting with an excerpt from “Schindler’s List,” featuring the excellent viola soloist Avshalom Sarid, we heard a ravishingly beautiful sound and a sense of style we had not heard in the earlier works. A fun reading of “Stars and Stripes,” though barely audible because of the rhythmic clapping from the audience, encouraged by the conductor, was rousing and heartfelt. It’s terrific that this orchestra has the support to tour. The more its musicians play for different audiences, the more they’ll learn and, we hope, the better they’ll get. Love of music-making is what counts. Should that love be foisted on a public paying top dollar? That’s the subject of a different column. — June LeBell

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BOOKS // ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt

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antiques scamming, love affairs, unrequited love, the anxiety of harboring a stolen painting or the fact that everything in the novel seamlessly leads back to said painting; the events of Theo’s early life are tied inextricably to the life of Carel Fabritius through a tiny piece of art he made in 1654. Near the end of “The Goldfinch,” Theo writes, “Whatever teaches us to talk to ourselves is important: whatever teaches us to sing ourselves out of despair. But the painting has also taught me that we can speak to each other across time,” which is precisely where painting and story merge. — Alexis Orgera “The Goldfinch” is available at Bookstore1, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Call 365-7900.

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I once sat in front of a J.M.W. Turner painting for a good hour — the play of light on light, a glint on the sea, a nostalgic yellow dappling prismatic thunderheads. Something happens in your chest — a tightening or a loosening — when you witness a beautiful thing. I was reminded of this elusive pleasure while reading “The Goldfinch,” Donna Tartt’s third novel, in which a painting by the same name engulfs everyone in its path, including this reader. “The Goldfinch” painting is just that, a tiny goldfinch chained to its feedbox against a pale wall, but it informs the novel’s entire action and ethos — even as the painting, itself, remains hidden for most of the book. “The Goldfinch” novel is a lot more: a boy involved in a tragic museum bombing in which his mother dies. A boy who grows up motherless and confused and in possession of a painting he should not have. A boy who feels the weight of the painting equally to the weight of his survivor guilt. A boy who loses everything, including his way, and meanders into manhood, where he begins to come to terms with his life. I’m making “The Goldfinch” sound pretty lofty, but the story, itself, is plain good, and Tartt’s descriptive powers are stunning. From the moment Theo describes his mother as casting “a charmed theatrical light about her so that to see anything through her eyes was to see it in brighter colors than ordinary,” I was in. Theo’s journey takes him from New York City to Las Vegas, and back. After his mother dies, he lives with the wealthy family of a school friend, then with his scheming gambler/addict father in Las Vegas where he meets an unforgettable and essential-to-the-plot Russian boy named Boris, then back to New York City to stay with a magical character named Hobie, from whom he learns the antiques trade. There is even a stint in Amsterdam. I haven’t mentioned Theo’s pill addiction,

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// HOME&GARDEN: PINK POWER

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Local philanthropist’s home office embraces with a As a city full of self-starters, entrepreneurs, retirees and active volunteers, Sarasota has an abundance of home offices. But the office in Charlie Ann Syprett’s home — from its pink walls to its portraits of Elvis — offers a one-of-a-kind place for creativity. harlie Ann Syprett may have left her days of practicing law behind, but she has by no means slowed down. Currently, Syprett is the Sarasota Film Festival development director and a consultant for Strategic Philanthropy, among other things, so it’s imperative for this busy lady to have a home office of her own. Syprett’s famous pink office is located in the back corner of her and her husband, Jim’s, Old Florida/Key West-style home on Siesta Key. The space, which represents all that makes Syprett who she is, has stunning views of the bay. “It was a no-brainer,” says Syprett about choosing which room would be home to her office. There were two other rooms available to use when she was choosing her office — one definitely had a man-cave feel and the other had a large closet, but good storage space had nothing on the breathtaking view. “Sometimes I even step out on

 The one thing that is sure to always be on Syprett’s desk: a cup of coffee. “Stop me before I volunteer again,” is the saying on this particular mug — the irony. door porch are also useful for airing out the smell of the glue gun when Syprett is crafting. Along with nonprofit management and fundraising, Syprett’s office doubles as a craft room. In fact, in September Syprett put together the 22 auction baskets for Legal Aid’s Lawyers and Legends event, merging both her creative talents and her passion for philanthropy.

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Always on her desk: A cup of coffee and a photograph of her and her husband, Jim Most functional item: Pottery Barn craft table How she describes her office: “Girly girl” Her favorite item: “My Boston terriers”

 Syprett’s girlfriends gave her this “To Charlie Ann, Love Elvis” photograph she has hanging in her office. When making the decision to paint the room pink, Syprett’s husband was in shock, but not as shocked as the painter. “He (the painter) kept saying, ‘This room is pink,’” she recalls. As for Jim, he’s grown to like the room ... sort of. “He likes the fact that I like it,” she says. Photos of her friends and family, Boston terrier collectibles, notes from her grandchildren and gifts friends have given her (such as the life-size Elvis Presley cutout and an Elvis photograph with the words “To Charlie Ann, Love Elvis”) fill her home office as décor but, more importantly, as inspiration. “It keeps you grounded. It reminds me of who I was, who I am and who I will be,” she says.

 “I’ve had Boston terriers since I was in the fourth grade,” says Syprett. Bella is her fifth Boston terrier. Bella’s zebra-print bed is in the office.

 Syprett painted the borders of the walls in her office with chalkboard paint and writes messages to her granddaughters.

The most important aspect of a home office: “Organization — it’s an evolving process. It really can’t be decided how to design your space until you sit in it and use it — you know how you work and what will work for you,” says Syprett. She alters her organization and the overall function of the room depending on the project. In the center of the room is Syprett’s craft table. The table, which she ordered from Pottery Barn Teen, has storage bins on either side — she keeps what she needs for current projects in the three core bins in the table. “From project to project, I tailor my office,” she says. Lighting also plays a big factor in the functionality of a home office. The natural light from the outside coming in through the sliders played a huge part in her choosing the room (along with the view). When choosing the lighting for her office, Syprett experimented with three different fixtures before deciding on one. “It needed to look good and have bright light,” she says. Most important work done in her office: “The work I did for ‘We are Sarasota,’ when I was on the diversity committee — I gave birth to the concept in this room,” she says. Syprett, who tends to become an insomniac when working, created the entire blueprint for the program while working in her office one

 The lighting above Syprett’s craft table is both decorative and functional, producing the bright light she needs for working. night. From that concept, Syprett is now using film as a platform to promote her work with diversity and inclusiveness. Proudest DIY: Syprett loves to paint — along with painting the desk (by herself) in the room, she added a chalkboard border on the walls and to the backboard on her desk. She writes quotes and sayings on the chalkboard relative to what’s going on in the world and what she likes.

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The lights shined brightly as Circus Sarasota’s Big Top transformed into a magical celebration Friday, Jan. 24. The colorful lights and festive centerpieces created by Victoria Bloom set the perfect tone for The Circus Arts Conservatory Gala 2014. Guests paid attention to the suggested attire, “Circus glamorous with sensible shoes,” making this gala one of the most visually fun of the year. Among some of the attire worn at the event, Sally Schule was seen wearing a stunning and sensible coatdress and skirt paired with Stuart Weitzman boots. Suzette Jones added a Tommy Hilfiger bow tie necklace that she found in her 11-year-old daughter’s dress-up trunk to her colorful leggings and blazer outfit and Joseph and Michelle Caulkins

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came dressed as circus ringleaders. During the reception, more than 350 guests enjoyed cocktails and interactive circus fun while listening to The Kara Nally Band. Joey Panek emceed the evening after Co-Founders Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs-Reis welcomed guests. Lauren Walsh chose the winners for this year’s costume contest — The Rev. James and Nikki Nilon won best costume, left. The circus entertainment throughout the evening, including The Poema Family, Sailor Circus students and The Alexis Brothers, was mind-blowing, and guests also enjoyed a video showing old footage of “Queen of the Air” Dolly Jacobs-Reis and her father, Lou Jacobs, adding a touch of sentimental history to the evening.

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Larry and Shane Hietbrink walk theFLASH: catwalk FASHION PERSPECTIVE HOT A collaboration of fashion, jewels and footwear, hosted by local style experts, took place for three days last week at Diamond Vault. “The Perspektive Trunk Show” is an annual event, brought to Sarasota by fashion stylist Kelly Augustyniak. This year, Augustyniak approached Tatyana Sharoubim (T. Georgiano’s) and Michael Chokr (Diamond Vault) about collaborating for the event. Sally Trout, Suzette Jones and Laurie Jenkins were spotted at the VIP reception Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Diamond Vault. Debbie Maltese, Shelley Sarbey and Karen Nylinger all made purchases during the trunk show.

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They know where they’re going … The Observer has exclusively obtained the names of Girls Inc.’s Celebration Luncheon “She Knows Where She’s Going” honorees. The April 3 luncheon, chaired by Lindsey Nickel de La O and Kristine Nickel, will honor Ariane Dart, Susanne S. Wise, Courtney Wise Snyder, Erika Wise Borland and Whitney Wise Verdoni and “Girl of the Year” Rachel Mallett. For more information,

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ho dat? … More than one of her friends totally failed to recognize Nikki Nilon in her spectacular clown costume at the Circus Arts Conservatory gala, though she says she and hubby, Jim, only decided to dress up at the last minute. Heads up! … There were two men with extraordinary hairdos at

the gala: the carrot top Bello Nock who we all know and love, and a young man whom he mentors, Johnny Rockett. Nock knockout … The hottest item in the lively live auction was the “Exclusive VIP experience with Bello,” which went for $12,000 — not once, but twice.

call 366-6646, Ext. 207 … A good name is worth more than riches … Community AIDS Network is naming its Sarasota facility in honor of Mary Ann Robinson, celebrating her many years of unstinting generosity to the organization going back to the days when HIV/AIDS was feared and misunderstood. The official naming event is private — a by-invitation-only reception March 26 at the clinic … The curious case of Nancy Markle … Many of the guests at Nancy Markle’s Jan. 25th birthday party asked

her, “What birthday is it?” They all got the same answer: “I decided to count backwards and I am now 1 year old.” BFF Lillian Richman, who threw the party, was fully aboard and put a large candle in the shape of that numeral on the cake shared by more than 30 friends and family. Guests included Renee Sheade, Harold Ronson, Julie Tanner, Cheryl Loeffler and Len Garner, Elaine Keating and Sid Katz, Joy Server, Ralph and Nancy Cohen and the recently wed Doug and Marcy Greer.

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