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Southside struggles with parking woes The scarcity of undeveloped land in Southside Village leaves it without a solution to its long-time parking dilemma.

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Southside Village businesses face a parking issue that’s fairly simple to diagnose, but coming up with a remedy has been a headscratcher. There are a number of factors that exacerbate the issue troubling the area, but when it comes down to it, there

simply isn’t enough space. With Sarasota Memorial Hospital located to the north and residential areas flanking the village to the south, the district between U.S. 41 and Osprey Avenue lacks open space that might offer relief. City Parking Manger Mark

Lyons acknowledged it was a challenge to figure out where to begin when it comes to implementing a solution. “They’re in a tough area — it’s almost like a mini-St. Armands,” Lyons said. “It’s a busy district and they’ve got

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Parking spaces along Hillview Street fill up quickly during peak hours, forcing some employees and customers to leave their cars in residential areas.

+ Doctors visit Dr. Donal O’Shea, president of New College of Florida, spoke to members of the Sarasota Wellesley Club Jan. 10, at Plymouth Harbor. O’Shea shared his ideas about the value of a liberal arts education and discussed the history and importance of the liberal arts colleges in the country. Club members say they were impressed with O’Shea’s opinion and delighted by his wit and charm.

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+ Best-seller Brant’s Books hosted best-selling author Tim Dorsey for a meet-andgreet Feb. 1. Dorsey signed copies of his novel “Tiger Shrimp Tango,” which is set in Florida. The author and his lime-colored book fit right in with the Lime Avenue bookstore. This wasn’t the first time Dorsey has visited Brant’s; the novelist has been a customer and fan of Brant’s for more than 20 years.

+ Souper heroes Siesta Key Chapel members participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring Feb. 2. The national fundraiser began in 1990 to help feed local families. This year, members of the church donated 169 cans of soup and raised $387. The Siesta Key Chapel has been collecting cans for the event for more than 15 years.

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Wolfy Stadler slays the dragon with his bow and arrow at the 20th annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival Feb. 1. Attendees enjoyed musical and dancing demonstrations and athletic activities. For more photos from the festival, see pages 4-5B.

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by Nolan Peterson | News Editor

Siesta Key Village reaches tipping point Stakeholders on the Key differ in their views on the optimal mix of retail versus restaurants for the popular tourist destination. As Sarasota County’s resurgent tourism industry begins to spur new growth and changes within the Siesta Key Village, business owners, property developers and nearby residents speculate what

the popular tourist area’s mix of retail and restaurants should look like in the years ahead. Some argue a greater mix of businesses is essential to diversify the village and expand its ap-

peal, while others resist changing the makeup of the Village due to concerns about preserving the popular tourist strip’s unique beach community identity. The Sarasota County Commis-

sion’s recent approval of a special permit exception for a building in the Village with both retail and rental units highlights some Village business leaders’ push for more retail establishments. “I think it’s a positive thing,

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the neighborhoods all around them. It’s a difficult situation.” The longevity of the parking issue speaks to the difficulty of solving it. Belinda Coffrin is the owner of Coffrin Jewelers, at 1829 S. Osprey Ave., and serves on the city’s Parking Advisory Committee. Coffrin said the situation is well-acknowledged, but little has changed despite that fact. “I’d say at least the past 10 years, I’ve been listening to people say there’s no place to park,” Coffrin said. Coffrin said the issue starts with a lack of employee parking. With little to no on-site parking for workers at many businesses, employees occupy the street parking designed for customer use. As a result, those spaces fill up quickly at peak hours, forcing customers to either park in nearby residential areas or leave the area altogether. Coffrin said an employee parking lot would be the obvious solution, cutting off the domino effect she described at its head. Unfortunately, she said, that sort of space is hard to come by. As a result of the street-parking shortfall, the businesses that do have on-site lots in the area tend to be fiercely protective of that space, Coffrin said. She believes that’s making matters worse, for individuals who have unpleasant parking experiences in the area, such as getting towed, could avoid village businesses altogether. “All we can do as employers is be kind to other business’s customers, who are our customers, also,” Coffrin said. “I think people sometimes tow customers away because they don’t want them in their lot — those could be your customers, too!” Élan Skin Spa, located at 1806 S. Osprey Ave., has 10 on-site parking spaces available for its customers. Monee Arpin, the store’s owner, says that wasn’t an accident — she sought out the location specifically because her patrons would have secured spots. As a result, she hasn’t dealt with the parking woes plaguing other businesses. The spa only allows for its own customers to park in the lot, which Arpin said was

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typical of businesses in the area. When the store closes at 6 p.m., the lot is chained off for the rest of the day. Arpin hasn’t received any requests from other merchants to keep her lot open, and believes the onus should not be on businesses with parking to accommodate the shortfalls of other shops. “The reason we came in here was because we had parking for our clients,” Arpin said. Eddie Morton, owner of Morton’s Gourmet Market, says parking has been an issue in the area since he began working at the store in 1969. Morton’s has its own parking lot and attendant, which it shares with Libby’s Cafe, but Morton has worked with the city over the decades to try to address the larger issue. Historically, attempts to add parking have failed to resolve the problems. The city added angled parking to Hillview Street in the ’90s, and the hospital allows for the use of its garage for special events. The effects of the parking shortage extend beyond the borders of the Southside Village, for employees who want to avoid the hassle of moving their car when the on-street time limits expire occupy nearby residential streets. “The employees infringe into the neighborhood areas,” Morton said. “Some neighbors are fine with it, some don’t like it, but we’ve lived with it.” Lyons agreed with Morton’s assessment, saying that residents closer to businesses are tolerant of the parking overflow, but that they receive complaints when cars park in front of homes three or four blocks away. Lyons said the city’s parking division is looking for areas where on-street parking can be added, with a report expected in a few weeks. The area will also be addressed in the Parking Advisory Committee’s comprehensive city parking report, due later this year. Still, he said, the situation would remain a challenge as long as the characteristics of the village remained constant. “Those are the resources that are available, and we’re just trying to maximize them,” Lyons said.

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Strong mayor supporters justify their stance A portion of the latest charter proponents used the word ‘dysfunctional’ to describe Sarasota’s current council/manager form of government. Supporters of a recent push for a new city charter and an elected mayor position say a diverse group helped kickstart their efforts. Regardless of their background, they seem to have found common ground when it comes to articulating their support for the proposal. It’s Time Sarasota, the political group attempting to put a new charter on the November ballot, recently published a list of 18 individuals who helped draft that charter. If voters approve the new charter, an elected mayor would oversee city staff and serve as the executive of the municipal government. Although the members of the “Revised

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On the advantages of an elected mayor: In most successful bureaucracies, there’s a go-to guy that you can pick up the phone and call somebody. If I want to do something in the city of Bradenton, I can get in touch with (Mayor) Wayne Poston and he’ll point me in the right direction and he’ll make sure things will happen. Here, you have somewhat of a bifurcated system where the city manager is being asked to be a leader. By sheer nature of the word manager, the manager is a manager. On the concerns surrounding mayoral power: It’s a much healthier system they’ve come up with. The mayor doesn’t have a vote — he has to govern by consensus; he has to get buyins and support.

Charter Caucus” were not acting on behalf of any particular group, the list details their associations with a variety of organizations. Members of seven neighborhood associations and three downtown organizations contributed to the new charter, as did two county commissioners, two members of the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange and a former city auditor and clerk. Linda Holland, chairwoman of It’s Time Sarasota and president of the Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association, said the effort to institute a new charter is a diverse, grassroots effort — a characterization at which people outside of the group have bristled.

Either way, the supporters of the new charter have hit on some commonalities to bridge whatever gap may exist between them. “Dysfunctional” is a popular word, used almost universally to describe Sarasota’s council/manager form of government. “Vision” is another, which they argue the elected mayor would be in a better position to implement. St. Petersburg and Bradenton are commonly pointed to as cities in which the government is less cumbersome. In their own words, here is why some of the individuals that helped draft the proposed city charter decided to support the cause:

// PETER FANNING President, Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association On the current versus proposed government: I thought we could do better if we had an executive branch which functions in coordination with the legislative branch. I thought that would be a better situation than having an employee work for a legislative branch and carry out the orders of the legislative branch. On the people behind the current proposal: I don’t see it as a developer or non-developer effort. I see it as another piece

of government that serves as a check and balance. We really don’t have a checks and balances system right now — the legislative body has no check on it. On how a mayor could benefit downtown: I believe the new charter will benefit every citizen in the city, not just downtown. It will help to have an avenue and an ear to bend regarding improving the quality of life and opportunities downtown.

// MARY DOUGHERTY-SLAPP Executive director, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange

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On her organization’s support for an elected mayor: Obviously, a lot of our members build things in the city and the county. How the government functions is critically important to us, and we don’t feel that the city of Sarasota is functioning at its optimal level. When we look at St. Petersburg, how (former mayor) Rick Baker was in there and able to at-

tract quality business and quality growth, we feel it’d be the best thing here in Sarasota, as well. On competition with other municipalities: I think Sarasota is a really great place, but, if it’s not careful, the dysfunction that we see — if we don’t get a functioning government and an elected mayor, we could see things pass us by.

// CHRIS GALLAGHER Board member, Downtown Sarasota Alliance On his support for the new charter: For me, the biggest thing is just effectiveness. I’ve been here 20 years, and I’ve been heavily involved in downtown for several years. I attend a ton of commission meetings; I’m on the plan-

ning board. There are incredible challenges to trying to make a decision with five people. You start to see the wisdom, on a state and federal level, of why we use an executive and legislature.

On how an elected mayor would affect downtown: Activity happens downtown, and you need someone who’s genuinely focused on carrying out the will of the voters to continue forging ahead with the visions we have.

GUILT BY ASSOCIATION When it comes to the recent push for an elected mayor, members of city neighborhood associations say their organizations are being inappropriately used for political purposes. On the website for It’s Time Sarasota, seven city neighborhood associations are used to identify some of the 18 people who helped draft the new charter. On Saturday, the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations requested that the group remove the names of neighborhood associations that have not taken a position on the charter. CCNA members said the use of neighborhood association names was misleading, even considering It’s Time Sarasota’s disclaimer that all participants were acting on their own behalf. “It says they’re not representing organizations in an official capacity, but they’re giving the impression that the neighborhood is behind the idea,” said Jude Levy, a Laurel Park Neighborhood Association board member. Levy argued that It’s Time Sarasota was using these neighborhood organizations to make the campaign for a new caucus seem like it had more widespread support than it actually did. “What’s happening is they’re labeling this a grassroots movement because they’re naming your neighborhoods,” Levy said. “The board asked that our Laurel Park name be taken off the list, and it hasn’t.” Linda Holland, chairwoman of It’s Time Sarasota and president of the Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association, said she would take their concerns back to other members of It’s Time Sarasota. As of Wednesday, no references to neighborhood associations had been removed from the group’s website.

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NEWSBRIEFS + State Street parking garage costs surprise commissioners During Monday’s Sarasota City Commission meeting, city staff told commissioners the anticipated cost of the State Street garage construction is more than 50% higher than the original budget. The budget, approved in 2009, allocated about $7.2 million for the completion of the garage. Today, the estimated costs have risen to around $11.3 million, leaving the city potentially responsible for finding an additional $4.1 million to cover the increased expense and finish the project. Chief Planner Steve Stancel said the project site reduced efficiency; the shallow depth of the lot required fewer parking spaces on more floors than industry standards. As a result, the projected cost per parking space is more than $10 higher than the national average. In April, staff will return to the commission with the winning bids for the engineering and construction of the garage. If the commission is unhappy with the costs at that time, it can reject the winning contractor. If the bid is approved, construction at the garage is expected to begin in May, with final completion in March 2015.

+ SKVA takes official stance on Big Pass Dredge project The Siesta Key Village Association has joined a growing chorus of Siesta Key groups stating its formal opposition to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to mine the Big Pass shoal to replenish Lido Beach sand. SKVA unanimously passed a motion Tuesday authorizing the group, which represents more than 50 Village businesses, to draft an official statement outlining its official opposition. “The Siesta Key Village Association would

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like to notify the County Commission that, based on the evidence available to us today, that we are against dredging the shoal and Big Pass,” said Siesta Key architect Mark Smith, who initiated the motion at Tuesday’s meeting. SKVA’s move comes two weeks after the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce passed a similar statement, and one month after the Siesta Key Association led the way by being the first Siesta Key group to formally oppose the Army Corps project.

+ Arlington Park Pool set to close for major renovations The Arlington Park Aquatic Center, located at 2650 Waldemere St., will undergo renovations and close for six months beginning Monday, Feb. 10 according to a Sarasota County press release. The renovations are focused on the pool’s pump room. The pumps, heaters and filters will be replaced with new equipment. The city of Sarasota, which owns the park, is funding the project at a cost of $1,156,500. The gymnasium, workout room, basketball courts, tennis courts and racquetball courts at Arlington Park will remain open as renovations are ongoing.

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Realtors return home to Sarasota market were about properties in Sarasota.” And so last summer, lured by Sarasota County’s recovering economy and resurgent property values, as well as the area’s quality of life, Milligan returned with his family to Sarasota. Milligan’s story parallels a larger trend in the Sarasota real estate industry. The Sarasota Association of Realtors reports that its membership jumped from 3,328 to 3,650 in 2013 — a 9% increase — compared with a 2.8% membership increase in 2012 and a 0.5% increase in 2011. “There is a distinct parallel between the rebound of the market and the influx of Realtors back to the area,” said Kathy Roberts, Sarasota Association of Realtors CEO. In the years leading up to 2008, droves of Realtors flocked to Sarasota County, enticed by booming home prices and an affluent economic base. But the 2008 economic collapse and the ensuing recession pummeled the area real estate industry, instantly erasing years of rising property values. Sarasota County’s property tax base, for example, which is determined by home values, dropped by 40% during the recession. Many area Realtors were forced to leave the area for better opportunities in areas less affected by the crisis — some left the profession altogether. The ranks of the Sarasota Association of Realtors, in particular, were hit hard by the economic downturn; the group’s total membership dropped by about 19% from 2007 to 2010. “It was a mass exodus,” said Thomas Hedge Jr. of the Hedge Team at Premier

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In 2011, three years after the 2008 housing market crash, Sarasota Realtor Robert Milligan knew what he had to do. He needed to expand his business into a new market to offset revenue losses from the economic downturn, which had dried up Sarasota real estate sales and sent property values in a tailspin. The Sarasota native and his wife, Crystal, planned on raising their two children in Sarasota, but Milligan, who is Florida president of Allison James Estates and Homes, made what he called a “tough decision” to uproot his family and Courtesy move to Orlando. “I never quit Robert Milligan on Sarasota,” said Milligan, who began working in Sarasota real estate at 16 and was licensed by the time he was 19. “We did still have some business here. But I was kind of looking for greener pastures in Orlando. We were looking to cast a wider net to offset a loss of revenue in our narrow area in Sarasota.” Milligan spent two years in Orlando, still running his Sarasota office remotely, while he courted new business in the Orlando market to survive the recession. But starting around January 2013, Milligan’s phone started ringing again with prospects in the Sarasota area. “For a couple years there was almost nothing going on in this region,” Milligan said, “and suddenly all my phone calls

Sotheby’s Realty. One advantage of the downturn, according to some, was that it purged many opportunists looking to make quick profits by turning over properties with artificially inflated values. “Just prior to the crash, everybody in the world was in real estate and there was a lot of unprofessional conduct and people who didn’t belong in the business,” Milligan said. “And then people were leaving left and right. For the most part the people doing well now are the survivors.” “You just kind of knew those people weren't made for the business in the long run,” Hedge added. “But you saw the professionals stick around.” Hedge, a licensed Realtor since 1996, and his team stuck with the Sarasota market during the recession, surviving “with a lot of belt tightening.” “I don’t remember taking any vacation at all in 2008,” Hedge said. “But 2009 was the toughest time; we had to significantly cut down spending on our business.” The composition of Sarasota County’s new Realtors indicates that the majority of new arrivals to the area’s real estate industry are returning professionals who moved to other areas during the recession. “About half or a little more of new members are actually returning SAR members,” Roberts said, adding: “We are seeing a lot of younger people coming into real estate for the first time.” The rebounding real estate market, however, has inspired some worry among Realtors with long-term roots in the area. “We're definitely seeing a lot of new

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faces,” Hedge said. “When the going was great, there was an influx of new Realtors. And now there is a real concern for a saturation.” The rapid rise in property values also has some Realtors on edge about investors continuing the same “house-flipping” practices that contributed to the 2008 crash. “Greed is back,” Milligan said. Roberts interpreted last year’s increase in membership as part of a long-term trend. “We've seen a big surge in new members so far in January,” Roberts said. “And I would see it trending upward going into this year.” For Milligan, the decision to return to Sarasota is a permanent one — no matter how much the market gyrates in the future. “In the course of going through periods of fat and thin, I did come to appreciate that a quality lifestyle for my family is more important than downturns in business,” Milligan said. “Luckily the business prospects are good here now.”

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Downtown regulations governing density and design could change under the forthcoming form-based code. Ten years after completion, elements of the city’s downtown code are already past their prime — so the team rewriting Sarasota’s zoning regulations is setting out to refresh them. When the code was approved, it was hailed as a modern approach to managing development that embraced New Urbanist principles. Now, as the city’s Urban Design Studio looks to take a similar approach to zoning in the rest of Sarasota, the designers say the code is in need of adjustment. In developing a new form-based zoning code for the entirety of the city, Urban Design Studio Director Karin Murphy said she and Principal Urban Designer Andrew Georgiadis have an opportunity to assess what’s worked and what hasn’t since the code was put in place. “The code was forward-looking at the time, but it doesn’t keep up with current standards and best practices,” Murphy said. Murphy said the Urban Design Studio would work with downtown stakeholders to gauge how people feel the current code is functioning. Still, they’ve already identified some elements that they feel were missteps by the code’s authors. “The downtown core swoops way down into Burns Square and puts historic buildings at risk,” Georgiadis said. To prevent high-rises from dwarfing older buildings, the studio can’t remove a developer’s right to build that high. Instead, it may offer benefits — such as increased density — to buildings with a desirable form.

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One potential code revision would drop a requirement that forces some buildings to have a setback below the fourth story.

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It must be “season.” The city is alive again with its winter-time residents. But more important, new, good ideas for the improved prosperity of the city have begun percolating, gaining momentum and producing positive steam. It’s nice to hear conversations take place on topics other than parking meters and homelessness. Here are three that bring hope: To start, take the downtown golfcart idea that Peter Fanning and John Moran are pursuing. Fanning is a director of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance, and Moran is operations manager for the Downtown Improvement District. They’re trying to bring to reality a smart, simple downtown transportation system — six-seat golf carts that could shuttle passengers around the city center, say, from hotels to downtown and back or from parking garages to downtown destinations. And the great thing: They’re trying to figure out how to make it work with private funding — no government money. It makes so much more sense than trying to finagle a multimillion-dollar railbased trolley trudging up and down Main Street. Fanning is right. “People say, ‘I park my car downtown. I go see something. I don’t want to drive another mile somewhere else and look for parking again.’” He’s so right. Wish him and Moran the best. The golf carts would be a great, unique and useful addition.

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Another good idea: relocating the downtown county bus transfer station away from one of the city center’s core retail areas — at Lemon Avenue and First Street. It never should have been placed there to begin with. But let’s not go back to that dog of a decision. Ernie Ritz, chair of the Downtown Improvement Distrtict, is right. That location is prime real estate for downtown mid-rise or high-rise housing and more retail. As is, it’s a bad, unproductive use of land. For a city that desparately needs tax revenue and wants to create a vibrant alternative to the upcoming University Town Center Mall, Ritz’s idea makes a lot of economic and aesthetic sense. Predictably, one of the possible sites Ritz and county commissioners suggested for relocating the bus station — near Ringling Boulevard and School Avenue — has opposition. Sarasota attorney Chris Jaensch advises against the station being so close to Payne Park, the surrounding single-familyhome neighborhoods and the vacant Ringling Shopping Center. Writes Jaensch: “It will discourage the redevelopment of the surrounding area for mixed use on currently vacant or unused sites on School Avenue.” Ritz and some county officials think the transfer station makes sense close to the Sarasota County Health Department. But Jaensch is right. Why not closer to, say, the Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Services Center on 17th Street?

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REVISED CHARTER CAUCUS MEMBERS The following participated in the drafting of a proposed revised city charter. The first eight participated in the final drafting committee meeting. Michael Barfield — Vice President, ACLU of Florida Diana Hamilton — Laurel Park Neighborhood Association Linda Holland — Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association Professor Robert Martineau — Revised Charter Principal Drafter Carolyn Mason — Sarasota Board of County Commissioners Billy Robinson — Retired City Auditor & Clerk Mary Dougherty Slapp — Executive Director, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange Chris Gallagher — Downtown Sarasota Alliance Jon Susce — Park East Neighborhood Association Joe Barbetta — Sarasota Board of County Commissioners Andy Dorr — McClellan Park Neighborhood Association David Morriss — President, Indian Beach — Sapphire Shores Neighborhood Association John Moran — Downtown Roundtable Ian Black — Ian Black Real Estate Drayton Saunders — Harbor Acres Neighborhood Association Jason Swift — Chairman, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange Dr. Peter Wish — Commissioner, Sarasota Bradenton Airport Authority Peter Fanning — Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association The key point is: Move it off of its prime downtown development property. The best idea and the one that can have the most lasting, positive effect is the It’s Time Sarasota charter revision campaign. As a way of labeling and overly simplifying it, the proposal’s detractors call it yet another proposal for a strong, elected mayor, noting the idea has failed three previous times. This time, it is time, and it’s different. It’s much more than just an elected mayor measure. For one, the people who crafted this revised city charter proposal brought together for the first time a cross section of people and groups — some who rarely would sit in the same room together (see the list above). What’s more, they enlisted the help of Robert Martineau, of Nokomis, distinguished research professor of law emeritus, University of Cincinnati. If you read his resume and see the depth and breadth of his knowledge and involvement in drafting constitutional amendments, statutes, ordi-

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nances and court rules for federal courts of appeals, state supreme courts, legislatures, judicial advisory bodies, the American Bar Association, and state bar associations, you can be assured that a man of his stature would not involve himself with delusional, wackadoo gadflies. Linda Holland, who is leading the effort to educate voters on the proposed charter, can’t praise Martineau enough for what he brought to the drafting of the proposal. “He was marvelous,” she said. The final product, which can be found at itstimesarasota.com, is far more than electing a mayor to be the chief executive officer of the city. The proposed revised charter also would create a deputy mayor position that would serve as the day-to-day chief operating officer of city operations; it would increase from three to five City Council districts; and it would change the responsibilities of the council members. They would act much like a legislature and governor. The council would pass ordinances, approve budgets, issue bonds, audit the city finances and evaluate the city administration. It would have the power to override a mayor’s veto. There would be checks and balances. And here is another big part: It would move the election of council members and the mayor to November general elections. This is huge. As the system works now, with city elections held in March of odd years, voter turnout has been abysmal. November elections would boost voter participation in city affairs. But, the biggest benefit to the city and taxpayers would be the elected mayor/CEO. For too long, the city of Sarasota has been devoid of vision and focused leadership at City Hall. As a result of the weak-mayor, city manager government, there is no one at City Hall to set a course and an agenda to make something positive happen. Police pension liabilities are choking the city’s finances. City population growth is non-existent. New affordable housing downtown is nowhere to be found. North Trail has hardly changed (except for what Ringling College of Art and Design has built). The commercial tax base has been stagnant. Try naming a major, new employer that has moved downtown. These conditions are not necessarily the fault of the City Commission. But here’s the point: As the city government stands today, there is no one to lead a charge on the issues above. There is no one serving as the champion, top salesman and economic development leader for the city of Sarasota. In contrast, look at Florida Gov. Rick Scott. He devotes every day to improving the economic and business climates in Florida and selling the state to create jobs for Floridians. And it’s working. In Sarasota, the City Commission is too mired in and divided over trying to figure out how to conduct a performance evaluation of the city manager. We should stop here. Writing about the Sarasota City Commission gets depressing. Instead, we want to remain optimistic, optimistic that the three good ideas we’ve discussed here will come to fruition. It’s time.


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+ All paid up Dear Editor: Who would have figured having “Laurel Park Neighborhood Association” next to my name could cause such a stir. But, to file a complaint because I didn’t pay a $25 fee and fill out a form, well that kind of hurts my feelings. I’ve lived in Laurel Park for more than 20 years, served two terms on the board of directors, and for three years was editor of the Laurel Park News, including the Celebrate Sarasota Edition published with city grant money. I represented Laurel Park twice at the Florida Neighborhoods Conference. Those “Historic Laurel Park T-Shirts” were my design. Tour my neighborhood, and all those mature trees growing in the right of way — my project. It took more than two years to get those 181 trees planted; and to get them established Devin Rutkowski, Jack Notestein and I watered them for months out of the back of a pickup truck using five-gallon buckets and Pete DeLisser’s reuse water. Those were

good times. My neighborly function now is to be on-call for my neighbors who need trash taken out, a ride to the doctor or a familiar voice in the dark when the electricity goes out. And for the record, my friends in Laurel Park would do the same for me. It really is sad to think that some people care more about a membership form than the substance of what an association of neighbors truly is. By the way, I’m all paid up. Thanks, Kate, for reminding me. Diana Hamilton Sarasota

+ SCAT station shuffle Dear Editor: In response to your article, “SCAT station could get new home,” I am a downtown resident and a property owner near the suggested alternative bus station at the corner of Ringling Boulevard and School Avenue. I am opposed to this proposed site for many reasons including: 1. It will increase bus traffic on neighborhood streets in Ringling Park, Paver Park and Alta

will not be an improvement on the existing facility. In my opinion, relocating the bus station to this location would be a waste of taxpayers’ money and could potentially reduce the city’s tax base in the future. I propose another location: The the bowling alley site on Fruitville Road and Lime Avenue. This site is large and is located on a main thoroughfare. The property could be constructed so that a new bowling alley is built above the bus station, giving downtown residents a state of the art recreational facility and giving this existing business a new source of patrons (bus riders, including kids, waiting for bus service could use the bowling alley and any adjoining food service facility). The new bowling facility could be designed with children’s safety in mind, such as separate restrooms/changing areas and even separate bowling lanes.  Using this location, in my opinion, could also promote the redevelopment of the surrounding areas with more affordable or mid-market residences and businesses, which is more compatible with a bus station. For example, it could promote the sale of the Vengroff property nearby, help prevent further deterioration of houses in the Park North neighborhood and revitalize the North Lime shopping district. The city beautified this area a few years ago but new

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VILLAGE / FROM PAGE 1A and maybe more retail will be addressed in the future,” said Cheryl Gaddie, president of the Siesta Key Village Association, responding to the recent approval of a special permit request to allow three second-story rental units on top of a firstfloor retail space at 5242 and 5238 Ocean Blvd. (the former site of Napoli’s restaurant). Gidget’s Coastal Provisions, a highend clothing retailer, plans to occupy the ground floor. Siesta Key architect Mark Smith, who designed the new building, said property owners Jim Syprett and Jay Lancer “just felt like they would like to get more retail in the Village,” despite the fact that “they were approached by restaurant owners that would have put in a restaurant on the site in a heartbeat.” Smith argued that the quality of goods sold in the Village is more important than the quantity of shops, pointing to new Village businesses such as Gidget’s Coastal Provisions and Lotus Boutique (a highend downtown fashion boutique, which recently opened a shop in the Village at 5118 Ocean Blvd.) as potential gamechangers for the Village’s appeal to shoppers. “If we get better shops, it might change the perception of the Village as a shopping destination,” Smith said. Some Village business owners, however, see the higher proportion of restaurants to retail as an essential element of the

Village’s character, which distinguishes it from other walkable commercial areas in Sarasota County. “We’re a beach community, we’re not St. Armands,” said Rick Lizotte, who has owned Comfort Shoes in the Village for six years. “We’re not known as a shopping destination.” According to Lizotte, the numerous “family-friendly” restaurants in the Village are an asset to retailers because they draw more foot traffic to the area. Siesta Key Village Association membership indicates the Village’s business ratio is more heavily weighted toward restaurants and bars than retail. SKVA lists 17 member restaurants compared with 13 businesses labeled as retail — making restaurants 1.3 times more prevalent than retail. In comparison, the St. Armands Circle Association, which comprises 19 restaurants and 57 retail businesses, has three times as many retailers as restaurants — sharply contrasting with the ratio in the Siesta Key Village. Although she supports more retail in the Village, Gaddie emphasized that the area should strive to achieve an ideal mix of businesses without prioritizing one use over another. “I really appreciate the bars and restaurants, and I would never want them to not be here,” Gaddie said. “But I don’t think we have enough retail; the addition of retail in the Village is a real positive.” Lizotte echoed Gaddie’s assessment. “It has to be the right mix,” Lizotte

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it,” Kona later said, referring to the donation. “They had talked with us beforehand about what our needs were. And a couple months later they gave us a check for $2,000, with a note saying it was for protective gear. It was totally unexpected.” The Casey Key Association formed the Casey Key Foundation 10 years ago as a nonprofit, charitable arm of the neighborhood association. The Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department serves Nokomis, Laurel, South Osprey and all of Casey Key. Residents within the department's jurisdiction pay voluntary yearly fire dues to fund the department, which comprises 48 volunteer firefighters (including one female firefighter). It also accepts private and public donations and grants. “It gets tight sometimes,” Kona said. “Because we never know what our budget is from year to year, we have to work with what

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racing by Jen Blanco | Sports Editor Ten-year-old Sarah Cripe typically drives between 45 and 50 mph when she’s solo go-kart racing.

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Sarasota High wrestlers Chance Sharbono and Toby Baker (below, right) both won district titles at the Class 2A-District 10 wrestling tournament Feb. 1.

Ten-year-old Sarah Cripe began solo go-kart racing last summer.

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Ryan McMahon scored 28 points to lead the Cardinal Mooney High boys basketball team to a 63-60 overtime victory over North Port Jan. 31.

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Andre Johnson scored 26 points to lead the Booker High boys basketball team to a 59-47 victory over Bayshore Jan. 31 on senior night.

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Booker High wrestlers Eric Cabral and Jeffrey Phillips both finished in the top four at the Class 1A-District 11 tournament Feb. 1 to advance to the Class 1A-Region 3 tournament Feb. 7 and Feb. 8.

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Lisa Hoffman scored 22 points to lead The Out-of-Door Academy girls basketball team to a 41-38 victory over Bradenton Christian in the Class 3A-District 10 semifinals Jan. 30.

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en-year-old Sarah Cripe can’t sit still. Whenever she is at the track, the Bay Haven Elementary fourth-grader is constantly looking for something to occupy her time. She changes the oil. She checks the tire pressure. And she wipes down the windshield of her father, Jeff’s, BMW. When it appears as if everything is finally in order, Cripe hands her father his helmet and settles in to watch him race around the Andersen RacePark in Palmetto. It was here on the track that Cripe got her first taste of racing. After watching both her father and older brother, Austin, 20, road race, Cripe decided she wanted to be a part of the action. “I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps,” Cripe says. “It looked really fun, especially when I watched him pass the cars.” Cripe began solo go-kart racing last summer on the track, where she practices weaving in and out of cones on the roughly onequarter mile course. “I was excited,” Cripe says of learning how to race. “It’s very fun to do.” Cripe constantly focuses on learning new things. One practice session may be dedicated strictly to improving her time, while another session may be dedicated to learning how to maneuver around the corners. “Solo is a great tool for learning great control because you’re not racing other cars,” Jeff Cripe says. “You’re racing against yourself. She’s strictly challenging herself now. When she’s more mastered, then we’ll move into (solo) competition events.” Racing runs deep in Cripe’s blood. Her grandfather was a former professional race car driver, who competed in the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona races and the Cannonball Run, a former car race from

The Bay Haven Elementary fourth-grader often practices at Andersen RacePark. New York to Los Angeles. Jeff Cripe began working on his father’s pit crew at 10 years old and continued to do so until he was old enough to drive. “I was brought up in it,” Jeff Cripe says. “I was the reason they put (age requirements) on pit crews. I used to sneak in. They had no rules until I came along.” Jeff Cripe is involved in the Sports Car Club of America and typically races four to six weekends a year; his daughter is never far from his side. “I think it’s really neat that she’s involved,” he says. “It’s something that’s unusual. Your peers look at it as something they have no idea about. It kind of sets you apart a little bit. “It’s a little nerve-wracking, but I actually enjoy watching (her) race more than I do racing myself,” Jeff Cripe says. Ultimately, Cripe is using solo go-karting as a means to prepare for her future in road

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racing. She currently drives a kart designed for riders 12 and under. She’ll then move up to an adult kart and, eventually, a race car. “I just want to have fun,” Cripe says. Cripe has aspirations of attending racing school and becoming a licensed race car driver before she turns 16 years old. Cripe’s older brother earned his license by the time he was 16 and quickly set several track records and won a pair of championships during his first two years in the sport. During an end-of-the-season awards banquet, Cripe, who was about 7 years old at the time, accepted her brother’s trophy on his behalf. At that moment, Cripe decided she wanted to be the next one in the family to receive a trophy. “I want to beat my brother,” Cripe says. “It’s sibling rivalry. I want bragging rights.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.


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The Sarasota Christian girls basketball team defeated Donahue Catholic 47-34 to win the Class 2A-District 9 championship Jan. 31. McKenzie Lantz scored 18 points to lead the way for the Lady Blazers. Heidi Miller finished with 10 points, and Cheyenne Miller added nine points. Sarasota Christian will host Clewiston Ahfachkee in a regional quarterfinal game Feb. 6.

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with a 56-40 loss to Braden River in the Class 7A-District 10 quarterfinals Feb. 3. The Sailors (12-10) led 16-5 early in the second quarter and held on to a 19-16 lead at halftime, but they were unable to hold off the Pirates’ rally in the second half. Joey Cavallaro finished with 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the way for Sarasota. Shaquese Johnson added 11 points for the Sailors.

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Individual qualifiers include: Connor Steinfeld (second place) John Gow (second place) Billy Sadlo (third place) Xavier Miller (third place) Logan Gow (third place) Dalton Burton (third place) Jake Walker (fourth place) Anthony Salerno (fourth place)

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The Sarasota Military Academy finished fourth out of 12 teams at the Class 1A-District 11 tournament Feb. 1 in Dunedin. Eight wrestlers qualified for the Class 1A-Region 3 tournament Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, at Berkeley Prep in Tampa.

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The Cardinal Mooney High boys basketball team held on to beat Booker High 71-64 in double overtime Jan. 29. Ryan McMahon finished with 26 points, five assists and seven steals to lead the way for the Cougars. Matt Hueston added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Cardinal Mooney.

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The Riverview High softball team defeated Braden River 6-4 Feb. 3 in the season opener for both teams. Alissa Jackson had three hits and two RBIs to lead the way for the Lady Rams. Deanna Stevens threw a complete game, allowing eight hits and striking out seven.

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The number of points Sarasota High basketball player Joey Cavallaro scored Feb. 3 in his final game for the Sailors.

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really proud that they understand the tradition that we have put in place at Sarasota.” Giardina finished with a team-high 24 points. Zharia Grable added 17 points, and Shelby Miller finished with 12 points for Sarasota. With the win, the Lady Sailors captured their second-consecutive district title and will host St. Petersburg Northeast in the regional quarterfinals Feb. 6. If Sarasota wins, the Lady Sailors could face Lakewood Ranch for the fourth time this season in the regional semifinals Feb. 11. “We’ve been there,” Jutras says. “We know what big games are about. We know how to handle it. We don’t get rattled when the scoreboard’s not in our favor. They earned it.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@yourobserver.com.

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by Randi Donahue | Managing Editor Right: Marcos Wilson, of Venezuela, Elisabet Safont, of Spain and Bruce Holst, of Selby Gardens, conduct a botanical inventory in March 2012 on a remote table mountain in southern Venezuela. Photo courtesy Bruce Holst

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t’s easy to admire the beauty growing in three off-site research assistants and 50 volMarie Selby Botanical Gardens. But what unteers also preserve plants to add to a library visitors don’t see is some of the behind- hosted on the garden’s premises. The library of the-scenes work that has not only helped plants, or herbarium, currently contains 108,000 shape the present and future of the garden but plant specimens. also preserved the history of the plants. “The value is that, in the herbarium, there Since the garden’s inception in 1973, Selby’s might be 40,000 species represented in our botany department has conducted 200 inter- collection, whereas in the living collection we national expeditions, mostly to newhave about 5,000 species,” says Holst. world tropical areas in Central and The plants are dried, pressed and South americas — where plant diversi- The herbarium mounted on paper, or they are pickled ty is said to be the highest in the world is not open to in alcohol for 3-D preservation in the — to study and collect plants. The field- the public, but aptly named “spirit collection.” Every work contributes to the department’s the education specimen in the herbarium is intended department botanical inventory, plant classifito last for centuries. provides group cation and conservation. With a The oldest plant in the collection, tours. Call main focus on epiphytes, or plants the Bonamia grandiflora, dates back to 366-5731, that grow upon other plants, Selby’s 1878. Until its habitat was demolished Ext. 237. botanists have, to date, discovered and to make way for urban development, it described about 2,000 new species to could be found growing in scrub habiscience. tats in Sarasota County. Now, the closest natural “Inventory is a basic sort of work, but it pro- population is in northeastern Manatee County vides the baseline for conservation,” says Bruce — the government considers the species threatHolst, Selby’s director of botany. “Knowing ened. what you have in a certain area allows you to According to Holst, Selby’s herbarium is small manage that.” in comparison with others around the world, While on expedition, the botanists collect but the highly specialized collection and the specimens of plants growing throughout a re- other work his department conducts is critigion or designated location. But not all of the cal in meeting the ultimate goal of botany — to fieldwork is far from home. Botanists also con- conserve life on Earth and to protect and enduct inventory locally and receive specimens hance biodiversity. from other gardens and botanists throughout “I encourage people to go out and see plants the world. in their native habitat,” says Holst. “There are And, not all of Selby’s plant collection is alive. plants almost anywhere in the world you go — Holst and his staff of three full-time employees, even in the cracks of the sidewalk.”

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“The Prime Specimens:” Barbara Hansen, Donna Baker, Gundi Pease, Joan Lipsky and Ann Esworthy

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Home in Siesta Properties sells for $1.75 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between Jan. 20 and Jan. 24. A home in Siesta Properties tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Christopher and Maria McCann sold their home at 7647 Sanderling Road to Federico Matheu and Sheba Matheu, trustees, of Sterling, Va., for $1.75 million. Built in 1961, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath, a pool and 3,647 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1,055,000 in 2008.

square feet of living area. It previously sold for $525,000 in 2013.

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Judy Baumgarten, of Christiansted, Virgin Islands, sold her Unit 701 condominium at 1255 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Dixie Lee, trustee, of Sarasota, for $567,000. Built in 1982, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,901 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $198,000 in 1986.

Condominium on the Bay

Akgun Temizer, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 1603 condominium at 888 Blvd. of the Arts to Stuart and Barbara Levine, of New York, for $560,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,555 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $400,000 in 2009.

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Louis Rosen, trustee, sold the Unit 6 condominium at 1330 Main St. to Eric Zampol and Tiffany Pitre-Zampol, of Sarasota, for $1.3 million. Built in 1926, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,954 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.43 million in 2005.

The Landings

Dixie Lee, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 1756 Pine Harrier Circle to Annemiek De Vos, of Sarasota, for $505,000. Built in 1985, it has three bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath, a pool and 2,210 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $485,000 in 2008.

Poinsettia Park

Annemiek De Vos and Mark Dickson, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1855 Orchid St. to Thomas and April Pampalone, of Sarasota, for $840,000. Built in 2005, it has four bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 2,971 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $773,000 in 2012. William Brown and William Zaremba sold the home at 1911 Orchid St. to Holly Barbour, of Sarasota, for $420,000. Built in 1952, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,138 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $445,000 in 2005.

Sarasota Bay Club

Sarasota Bay Club LLC sold the Unit 1120 condominium at 1299 N. Tamiami Trail to Timothy Musios and Serena Macaluso, of Sarasota, for $820,000. Built in 2003, it has two bedrooms, two baths,

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Audrey Kester, trustee, sold the Unit 9 condominium at 5934 Tidewood Ave. to MaryAnn Wolf, of Sarasota, for $465,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,288 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $692,000 in 2006.

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Unit 6 at 1330 Main St. has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,954 square feet of living area. It sold for $1.3 million.

Brian and Deidre Beaudette sold their home at 1530 Blue Heron Drive to Michael and Melissa Long, of Sarasota, for $575,000. Built in 1958, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,688

Stephen Holm sold his home at 4114 Bay Shore Road to Thomas and Carilyn Richardson, of Temecula, Calif., for $390,000. Built in 1926, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 1,048 square feet of

living area. Anita Bartholomew sold her home at 4237 Sarasota Ave. to 4237 Sarasota Ave LLC for $290,000. Built in 1940, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,803 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $154,000 in 1999.

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Frank and Taunia Howell, of Sarasota, sold their home at 361 Avenida Leona to Neil Sauvage and Lynnae Sauvage, of Sarasota, for $830,000. Built in 1968, it has four bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 3,614 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $180,000 in 1996.

Whisperings Sands

Paul and Janice Monsen, trustees, sold the Unit 704 condominium at 19 Whisperings Sands Drive to Theophilus and Iris Fletcher, of Sarasota, for $615,000. Built in 1973, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,282 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $425,000 in 2002.

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S. Richard and Ruth Reece, of Kettering, Ohio, sold their Unit 1323-D condominium at 1323 Siesta Bayside Drive to Roger Shorr, trustee, of Aurora, Ohio, for $285,000. Built in 1988, it has one bedroom, one bath and 959 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $155,000 in 1993.

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Ward and Ruth Mumaw, of Sarasota, sold their Unit 302 condominium at 6727 Midnight Pass Road to Frances Killelea, of Centerpoint, N.Y., for $240,000. Built in 1971, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 900 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $87,000 in 1992.

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3827 Tangier Terrace 3440 Gulf Mead Drive 235 Cocoanut Ave. 1459 Main St. 1453 Main St. 2364 Burton Lane 534 Madison Court 2040 Oriole Drive 3730 Bayou Louise Lane 1836 Orchid St.

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Russell Jordan Jr. Jeffrey Steinwachs, trustee Randolph Coyner Lou Donato Lou Donato Lorelei Michaels William Hasson Ladd Baumann Scott Bradley Brian Grantham

$35,000 $35,000 $19,960 $17,100 $13,650 $12,182 $12,000 $10,323 $7,551 $7,350

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5539 America Drive 226 Van Gogh Drive 328 Pine Ranch Trail 2403 Vaccaro Drive 4452 Staghorn Lane 8537 Park Shore Lane 2014 Tocobaga Lane 4814 Higel Ave. 2513 Vaccaro Drive 8222 Shadow Pine Way

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Kathleen McKown Judith Weisser Sandra Sanzone John Magno Burton Raimi William Ludwig, trustee Richard Alderton Edward Mills Robert Ness Barry Sucher

Amount $157,000 $64,389 $41,400 $34,458 $33,800 $32,890 $32,840 $32,341 $31,659 $30,700

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Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota 211 Robin Dr #A3988043 Brian Loebker

Henry and Kathleen Halaiko, of Osprey, sold their home at 9032 Wildlife Loop to Gary and Eileen Ware, of Sarasota, for $666,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool and 2,820 square feet of living area.

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10018 Reagan Dairy Trl #A3991511 $285,000 Kristen Srur

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4414 Chase Oaks Dr #A3991752 $4,000 David Perkowski

1160 North Casey Key Road #A3988189 $16,900,000 Kelly Quigley & Linda Dickinson

50 Bocilla Dr #D5794481 $299,000 Kevin Mackin

3003 Bispham Rd #A3991490 $239,000 Christina Neff

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-416-0932

5451 Golf Pointe Dr #A3986304 $3,900 Lisa Gullick

8257 Archers Ct #A3988172 $3,495,000 Terri Healey & Nicole Dovgopolyi

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2145 Alameda Avenue #A3989962 $3,385,000 Nora Johnson

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3344 Gulfmead Dr #A3960478 $2,950,000 Karen Chandler

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4027 Roberts Point Rd #A3977688 $2,400,000 Mackenzie Mudgett

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350 S Shore Dr #A3991239 Alison Elizalde

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1366 Roberts Bay Ln #A3956115 $2,385,000 Alix Wexler PA

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-350-2742

726 Siesta Key Cir #A3986991 $2,175,000 Karen Cash Greco

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

464 Golden Gate Pt # 302 #A3972277 $1,895,000 Jennifer Linehan

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-266-7555

1536 Sandpiper Ln #A3990684 $1,795,000 Lenore Treiman

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-356-9642

3806 Redfish Ct #A3974390 $1,100,000 Susan Mitchell

Snead Island 941-951-6660 941-780-5085

ta, sold the home at 7728 Club Lane to Ronald and Julie Milton, of Sarasota, for $600,000. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, three baths, one half-bath and 4,529 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $675,000 in 2011.

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Placida 941-473-7750 941-769-0198

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435 S Gulfstream Ave # 1107 #A3991137 $330,000 Pamela Wall

Anna Maria Island 941-966-8000 941-932-6040

11613 Garessio Ln #A3991390 $291,000 Eugen Aldea

8951 Veranda Way # 622 #A3991666 $217,000 Janet Montgomery

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-223-8889

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-544-7031

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-321-6973

4617 Forest Wood Trl # 8 #A3991766 $2,000 Lisa Gullick

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-321-6973

Casey Key 941-966-8000 941-356-9954

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

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699 Key Royale Dr #A3986818 $3,500,000 B.J. Ratigan

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PALMER RANCH

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-735-4393

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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 ARMOIRE: HAND-PAINTED, beautiful, 72"hx48"wx23"d, adjustable and pullout shelving. a]A must see, $200. 941/359-0197.

TABLES: LIVING room, matching set of 4, early American oak, 1 w/1 drawer, 2 w/3 drawers, 1 cocktail table. Excellent condition, $380. 941-359-8917.

ST. JUDE O holy St. Jude, Apostle & Martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of JESUS CHRIST, faithful intercessor of all who invoke your special patronage in time of need. To humbly beg to whom GOD has given such great power to come to my assistance. Help me in my present and urgent petition. In return I promise to make your name known and need to be invoked. Say 3 OUR FATHERS, 3 HAIL MARYS & 3 GLORY BE’s. Publication must be promised. ST. JUDE, PRAY FOR US ALL WHO INVOKE YOUR AID. AMEN. This novena must be said on 9 consecutive days. Thank you St. Jude for answering my petition. -MGL

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EURO-PRO DUTCH Oven $75. Tommy Bahama Rattan Mirror, Lamp and Picture $125. 941-321-4626 or 941-737-8972. HOPE CHEST: cedar lined, 52"Lx18"Wx22"H. Must see! $90.00 o/b/o. 941-371-3513. 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 HUTCH: NATURAL wood, $150. Armchair, $30. Desk chair, $20. 941-993-8438. NIGHTSTAND: NICE 2 drawer, oak color, $10.00. Good table lamp/ shade, $10.00. 913-432-5566. PHONE CARD: long distance, 1,000 minutes, 3¢ a minutes. Never used. $30. 941-358-7411. REFRIGERATOR: G.E. side by side. Excellent cond. $175.00. Moving, must sell. 941-351-4317. TABLE TOP: old, cement, no base and curved bench w/legs. All need cleaning, $35. 941-586-5672. TRIMMER: GRASS & Weed , Black & Decker, electric, 10" wide cut, $15, 941-371-3376.

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. 2006 LINCOLN T.C. Limited, loaded, leather, all power, electric, seats. Low miles. $13,900 o.b.o. 941-266-7297. 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 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis LS, 61K/miles, like new, $8988 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Premium, 66K/miles $9988 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman, 70K/miles, manual, $12988 2009 Chevrolet HHR LT, 58K/miles, $10988 2010 Hyundai Sonata GLS, 39K/miles, WARRANTY, $10988 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 2003 Nissan Xterra, like new, 70K/miles, $8988 2005 Honda Civic LX, Automatic, Coupe, Special Edition, excellent shape, 85K/miles, $7988 OVER 30 VEHICLES IN STOCK ALL CARS SERVICED “LIKE NEW” Financing Available

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

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Furnishings BRAND NEW Serta Mattress Sets. 50-80% OFF. King, $290. Queen, $150. Full, $140. Excellent value! Won’t last! Call (941)387-4810. PERSIAN AND Tribal carpets from our personal collection acquired over a 20 year period while living abroad. Room size carpets, runners, and smaller carpets. Photographs by E-mail. Carpets can be seen by appointment in Longboat Key. Cash only. E-mail: waa1204@gmail.com or vcabahrain@gmail.com

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales AUCTION MID-CENTURY DESIGN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH @ 1PM Inspection Sunday Day of Sale 11am-1pm The sale will be held at our Auction Gallery located on the Southwest corner of 301N & University Parkway. *****FEATURING: Danish Modern Furniture, Lucite, Signed Modern Art, Retro Lighting Fixtures, Jewelry, Signed Sculptures, Rugs, Glass and Pottery from several local Estates.***** 13% Buyer’s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AU3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: www.auctionzip.com Auctioneer ID#8290 ESTATE SALE Saturday, February 8: 9:00–1:00 (#’s out at 8) Airport Mall, 8251 15th Street East (East side of airport across road from Rectrix) Huge selection of high-end name brand furniture: Pennsylvania House circa 1950’s solid cherry 2 piece hutch & chest; 2 Ikea office cabinets; Victorian Duncan Phyfe couch; Robb & Stuckey as follows: white love seats; sage silk mid-century modern chair w/ottoman; and yellow wood queen bed; Bernhardt dining suite w/glass top table, 6 chairs & pads, hutch & side table; pine chest; modern wood wall unit; woven wicker glass coffee table; Scandinavian design black leather sectional; beige suede lounge chair; antique slipper chair; Broyhill white bedroom set w/headboard, 2 bedside tables, double dresser & high boy; Graco convertible crib w/mattress; and a Tropicana patio set. Additional items include: a custom made Kindel grandfather clock; antique style hall stand w/mirror; costume jewelry; beautiful original art by the late Bill & Lucille Miller; a complete set of Glory dinnerware in Melita pattern; service for 12 CAC china; D&O antique French china; tv, electric equipment; Schwinn bike; luggage; books; linens; crystal; nice kitchen and housewares; etc. Photos: www.thesarasotay.org Sale conducted by Premium Estate Liquidators to Benefit Y programs for at-risk kids THINKING OF DOWNSIZING OR HAVE AN ESTATE TO LIQUIDATE, CALL 951-1336 EXT. 3 TO SPEAK WITH JENNIFER

GRANDMOTHER’S ESTATE SALE. 4141 Oakhurst Circle W., Past McIntosh and Bee Ridge . Saturday 9am-2pm. Park on one side, not on grass. Costume jewelry, sofa, chairs, chrome coffee tables and end tables, Scandinavian modern dining and bedroom sets, china, glass, pictures, kitchen, garage and more. OUR BOOKS 1/2 Price BEE RIDGE BOOKS 4104 Bee Ridge Road Bee Ridge Plaza Trade-In your Paperbacks 941-377-8998 SATURDAY, FEB. 8, 8a.m.-2p.m., 729 Indian Beach Circle, (by Jungle Gardens). Old piano, furniture, some antiques and lots of misc. AUCTION: FRIDAY - 2/7 - 2p.m.-? (Preview at 1:30p.m.) at Spanish Lakes MHP, 1340 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis (Roberts Rd. & 41, behind Clubhouse). Antiques, jewelry, tools, and much more! Rain or shine. SUPER SECONDS SALE - Sat. - 2/8 - 9a.m.1p.m. Spanish Lakes MHP, 1340 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis. Gigantic sale! Furniture, household, linens, jewelry, tools, golf, electronics. Lottery, lunch and bake sale.

Merchandise Wanted CASH FOR Old Military Items. Swords, uniforms, insignia & old guns. Call 941-416-3280. SENIOR LOOKING to purchase precious metals, time pieces, coins, jewelry and antiques. Please call Marc, 941-321-0707.

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The Siesta Key Collection...

8600 Midnight Pass Rd. #701

Looking for a view of the Gulf of Mexico? 2700 SF + 2 car garage on Siesta Key! Penthouse SW corner unit has views from almost every room!! Hidden Lagoon is known as the “Crown Jewel” of Siesta Key condos on 7 acres of lush tropical grounds and nature areas with direct beachfront bordering Heron Lagoon, great for kayaking and enjoying mother nature. $1,349,900

306 Island Circle

The very finest in Island living!! Totally updated top to bottom, no expence spared New pool, roof, seawall, windows and doors, kitchen, baths, the list goes on and on. Just across the street from Siesta Beach and around the corner from Siesta Village Excellent boating water and only one bridge to the bay. $899,900

319 Beach Road

Wonderful rental opportunity or vacation spot or reside full time across the street from world famous Siesta Beach and just around the corner to Siesta Village. Great income producing as well. Some owner financing available. Many possibilities. Small complex with just 4 owners. $599,900

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8900 Blind Pass #108

Direct Beach Front!! Wonderful views from this unique complex featuring water on the front and back with free boat docks, fishing, beautiful pool on quiet Turtle Beach!! This ground floor direct beach front 2BR2BA unit, with your boat slip across the drive, is absolutely the best of both worlds... Beach & Boating!! Great rental potential including weekly rentals. $449,900

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Leisurely Waterfront Living... 1280 DOLPHIN BAY WAY, #402, MLS#A3988958 $825,000 Glorious panoramic bay views like these that go on forever are hard to find at this price range. Congenial complex with 50 units. Heated pool & spa, fitness, tennis, day dock & beautiful clubhouse. Delightful 2 bedroom + den, 1840 sq ft right on the bay with rarely found 2 car enclosed garage.

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1957 LINCOLN DR. MLS#A3984019 $725,000 Charming and unique with a Spanish flavor. Lovely treed lot with huge pool & new dock on Hudson Bayou. Walk to downtown or Southside Village. 3 bedroom, 3 bath in almost 2300 sq ft. Wood floors, fireplace and plentiful glass to let the outside in. Separate office with room a/c off garage. New great price!

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Making Things Happen on Siesta Key... BOB RUIZ & SHERI LASLEY-RUIIZ

The Pointe on Midnight Pass

Impeccably renovated 2/2 with amazing views. Beautiful marble flooring throughout, gourmet kitchen, new baths with vessel sinks, laundry, storage, boat docks and every amenity. $529,000

Exclusive Royal Palm Harbor

Ideal location!!! Short walk to Siesta Beach and minutes to the Gulf in your boat from this charming 3/2.5. Large lot with deep water dock and pool. MLS#A3969984 $999,000

Harbour Towne Yacht Club

Rarely available 3/3 with 2 master suites. Newly renovated, 2,300+ sq. ft. just a short walk to Siesta Beach. Deeded 30’ boat dock MLS#A3985461 $849,000

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

Sleek and sophisticated!

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

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HARBOR ACRES BAY FRONT!

SIESTA KEY DIRECT BEACHFRONT

Stroll down a short path to the sand and walk for miles! This prominent custom home with almost 7,000 sq. ft. of living area and forever sunset views is poised at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. Custom built by the developer of Tortoise Estates, it features a wonderful open floor plan with living room and sun room, large kitchen, dining room, 4 bedroom suites and Gulf views from almost every room. An elevator - style, motor driven “Elevett� serves all 3 levels of the home. Large terraces and a wonderful gulf-side pool are featured. $3,770,000

Enjoy this enviable location on one of Sarasota’s signature streets. Southern exposure, almost 7,000 sq. ft, lovingly remodeled with chic interiors and a smart floor plan. Beautifully landscaped lot, dramatic entry, travertine and wood floors, crown moldings, elevator, gorgeous chef’s kitchen, 4 BR suites that include a master w/17x12 morning kitchen, his and hers baths, two large custom walk-in closets, fireplace and fantastic bay views. There is an additional TV/den area plus loft sitting room. New summer kitchen and landscape lighting. Dock with lift. Extensive downstairs storage + 4 car garage. $5,250,000

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The Grand Club

in the heart of Siesta Key

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

5760 MIDNIGHT PASS RD,#D-605 Fully furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with updated appliances and newer carpet. Great View. Priced at $649,000

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

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

Windward Bay

$379,000

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

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

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This is the one you have been looking for! Seaplace Assoc. Longboat Key Condo (G6 Building) Partially Updated, Move-in ready 2BD, 2BA Seaplace Offers 2 Pools, 1 Kiddie Pool, 2 Hot Tubs, 3 Tennis Courts, and more! MLS#: A3985138

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

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

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West of Trail Vintage Jewel!

2 Bedrooms plus den, 2 baths, 1,532 SF Secure building with 24 hour concierge service  2 parking spaces, gym, and gorgeous pool deck

1863 Prospect Street Looking west towards Library with Bay views. New espresso colored wood floors ordered!  Secure building with 24 hour concierge service

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3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,617 sq. ft. Vintage Home completely Updated Gourmet kitchen w/gas stove, wine cooler

MLS A3989670 $645,000

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What an Elegant, Waterfront Tree House!

Expansive gulf front on Siesta Key 26 Sandy Hook Road

278 feet of Gulf Frontage!

Open Sunday, 1 to 4 PM

Built in 2003 - 5,033 SF Anchor Builders built Home with Custom Quality Amenities, 4BD/4BA +pool bath and powder room, Summer Room/Outdoor Kitchen with Fireplace, Office, Elevator, Open Floor Plan, 5 Balconies, Central Vacuum, Wine Room. Heated Pool/Spa, Fire Pit, 10+ Car Garage, Crown Molding, Elevated 40’ Ceilings, Built-ins, Private Deeded Beach Access, Tropical Plantings, Panoramic view of the Gulf. Seeing is Believing!! MLS#3984182 $6,800,000 Ron Stahl 941 374 1671 Ron Stahl Realty rstahlrlty@aol.com

Less than 3 blocks to Point of Rocks and world famous quartz crystal sand at Crescent Beach. Lush landscaping and tropical fauna, canal with a boat dock only 2 houses from the intercostal waterway! New roof in 2012. New solar hot water heater (with electric back up) in 2013. Lovely remodeled kitchen and baths including granite counter tops. Ceramic throughout. There are almost 2000 feet of decks, lanai and porches. The master bedroom features a huge soaking tub to enjoy after sunbathing on the private master bedroom deck. Owner has lived in and loved this home for over 14 years and it shows in the regular maintenance (power washing home and decks, exterior and interior painting etc...) The living room hosts an unique incredible stain glass window. The garage is oversized and has ample room for toys, kayaks etc..., remember the water is right out back! In addition, Sea Plume is a covenant protected neighborhood that blossoms with true Florida fauna. MLS#A3991198 $870,000

For more information on this or any other property please contact: Cindi Rogers at 941.302.6375 cinrog@gmail.com www.cindirogersre.com Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Owned and Operated by NRT,LLC

SPICE BAY... a gated and maintenance free bayfront community on Siesta Key Only 5 homesites are left in this West Indies style community. Choose your own architect or builder. Boat slips are available.

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Horizons West on Siesta Key. Totally renovated 1 Bedroom, 1Bath unit boasts full Gulf & Beach views. 1,010 sq. ft., 1 car carport. Community offers 2 heated pools, beachside grills, community room, beachfront cabanas & on-site rental office. A3991276 $499,900

306 107th Court West, Bradenton

Perico Shores lakefront home offers a host of exceptional features for refined ease of living. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2,543 sq. ft., private heated pool and spa, large screened lanai with lake and preserve views. A3983717 $545,000

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Trust THE REALTOR WITH PROVEN RESULTS

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“Without a doubt you are the best we have ever worked with. A true professional, you listened to ensure you understood our concerns; you meticulously prepared the necessary information to best present our home

5330 Siesta Cove Drive - $2,500,000

Spectacular bay front pool home in popular neighborhood by Siesta Beach with dock and boat lift. 4 beds/4 baths/2 offices

5831 Riegels Harbor Drive - $1,895,000

7251 Plovers Way - $1,295,000

Boaters paradise custom home, 4 beds/4.5 baths, gated quiet cul-de-sac, private 50’ boat dock, new roof 2010

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Siesta Key home near beach, 154’ frontage on deep water. Gorgeous tropical yard, boat lift. 3 beds/3 baths

5411 Avenida del Mare - $1,039,000

Siesta Key 1.5 blocks to beach. Built 2003, 3,695 s.f. High ceilings, bamboo floors, theater, 4-car garage

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Luxurious Country Club Estate home with lake and preserve views. 4 beds/5.5 baths, Equity golf membership included

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Clockwise from top left: Syd Solomon at 65, (Photo copyright Jill Krementz; a portion of Estate of Syd Solomon photo archives); “Shoretour” 1974 by Syd Solomon on display at Spanierman Modern (courtesy of the Estate of Syd Solomon); “Clearing Gulfstorm” by Syd Solomon on display at Spanierman Modern (courtesy of the Estate of Syd Solomon); “Aprility” by Syd Solomon on display at Spanierman Modern (courtesy of the Estate of Syd Solomon).

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THE LEGACY OF SYD SOLOMON The late Syd Solomon’s colorful history helped build Sarasota as an artist’s colony. It still thrives as an art-centered community today.

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ome children of the ’70s had tiddly winks and barrel of monkeys. Michael Solomon had Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. His father, the late artist Syd Solomon, hosted famous parties attended by movers and shakers in East Hampton, N.Y., and Sarasota, where they split their time. In the winters, they brought their artist friends here and created a vibrant artists’ colony in Sarasota. Michael Solomon sits in the front office of the Estate of Syd Solomon between two large black-and-white portraits of his father. This warehouse off Clark Road houses the archives of the Estate of Syd Solomon. He has been camping out there recently working on a Ken Burns-style documentary film about his father and his legacy. Solomon is a recognizable name in Sarasota. For one, there’s Michael Solomon, a minimalist artist whose work will be on display in an upcoming exhibition at Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art. Then there’s Annie Solomon, Michael’s mother and Syd’s widow, who is giving a talk at The Ringling about her and her late husband’s contributions to the artist colony. But it’s Syd Solomon with whom people are most familiar. The artist died in January 2004, but his contributions to building a vibrant artist colony helped make Sarasota the arts city it is today.

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Top: Michael Solomon thumbs through Estate of Syd Solomon archives. Bottom left: Syd Solomon with author John D. MacDonald, 1963. Bottom right: daughter Michele Solomon, Michael Solomon and Annie Solomon, 1961.

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Syd Solomon’s art, which hangs

in prominent places such as the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, is easily recognizable. Critics classify Solomon as an abstract expressionist due to his energetic gestures and spontaneous raw emotion. But he is more of an abstract impressionist. The areas of smaller brushstrokes exhibit the controlled, technical movements of a baroque painter. “He doesn’t really fit into the boxes with which most of the other abstract expressionists fit,” Michael Solomon says. Though Solomon was very much a part of the abstract expressionist art movement, he never lived in Manhattan, N.Y., with the New York School that includes Pollock, de Kooning and Franz Kline. Plus, his career did not mature in the ’50s like the others’; he started to flourish a decade later. This was something Harold Rosenburg, former art critic for The New Yorker, once cited. Rosenburg told Solomon that he was getting better, while the other artists had hit their peaks. “And that just made it for him,” Michael Solomon says.

Contributions to Sarasota

The couple found Sarasota, a place they had never heard of, following a trip to Miami. When Solomon came across a gallery, or what was the John Ringling collection before the museum opened its doors, he realized this little town had more to offer than they had expected. They

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Jim Dine, Syd Solomon, Phil Guston, Aldolph Gottlieb, Conrad MarcaRelli,1964 settled in 1946. Solomon quickly started contributing to the city. He built a relationship with Ringling College of Art and Design and, by the mid-’50s, he was teaching Saturday morning children’s art classes (local artist Craig Rubadoux was one of his students). The Solomons also opened Sarasota School of Art in 1950 on First Street. He became the first art professor at New College, where he founded the Fine Arts Institute. He brought visiting artists to teach, such as Conrad Marca-Relli, Philip Guston and Larry Rivers. Many of his visiting friends took up residence here. He first built these friendships when he started visiting East Hampton in 1955. The Solomons spent every summer on Long Island, N.Y. In the winters, their friends came here.

Every weekend for three decades, the Solomons hosted parties. Guests such as crime writer John D. MacDonald, artist Jimmy Ernst, writer Joy Williams, director Elia Kazan and writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr. were famous attendees. Newspapers featured interviews with the visitors; gallery openings became big functions because of the visual artists’ presence. The visual-art scene exploded in the ’50s, much in part to Solomon. There are photos of Michael Solomon as a young boy spending time with famous family friends. A lot of it had to do with Solomon’s wife, Annie. She always cooked and reached out to people as the natural host. “I don’t think they would have had the kind of life they had were it not for Annie,” Michael Solomon says.

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And, as much as Solomon impacted Sarasota, the city reciprocally influenced his work. Kevin Dean, now the director of Selby Gallery, then a Sarasota-based arts writer, discusses this influence: “There was this sense of beauty in his work,” Dean says. “Some people thought his work was too pretty … but he responded to where he was, and he was living in two very beautiful places.” Solomon always painted outdoors. In 1970, architect Gene Leedy designed a controversial home and outdoor studio on Turtle Beach — some would argue it was too close to the water. Solomon always painted in the morning light and always with a cigar. He’d take a lunch break when he would watch “Perry Mason” on a small black-and-

Info: Call 366-2454 or visit allyngallup.com for more information. Visit YourObserver. com to read more about this exhibit. white television. Every Thursday for 35 years, he went fishing. Living here, he met inventor Guy Paschal, a seasonal Longboat Key resident. Paschal, known mostly for developing Airwick deodorizers, also helped develop acrylic paint in the late ’40s. Paschal created polymers, and Solomon tested them. Because of this relationship, Solomon was one of the first artists to use acrylic paint. He gained national attention for his Sarasotainfluenced acrylic work.

A legacy lives on

Solomon’s blossoming career was recognized locally when he was the first contemporary artist The Ringling added to its collection in 1962. In the following decades, the Ringling held two major retrospectives of his work. But, more than that, by the

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Syd and Annie Solomon, 1959 time Solomon died in 2004 from Alzheimer’s, he had shows at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Dallas Museum of Art and The Smithsonian, to name a few. His work hangs in the Guggenheim and Whitney museums and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. Feb. 5 marked the close of a month-long show at Spanierman Modern in New York City. This thrills Annie Solomon, who will speak Feb. 11 at The Ringling to share the Solomon story. “He’s getting new recognition (in New York), and it’s really important and gratifying to me,” she says. “It’s a whole new aspect of his work, and I’ve had so many wonderful letters congratulating me. I’m very excited about it.” Solomon’s legacy lives on — both locally and nationally. “I think it’s important that people know of Syd Solomon and remember his history,” Dean says. “He’s very much a part of this town.”

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Chamber Series: ‘East & Middle East’ Sarasota Orchestra 5:30 p.m. at Holley Hall Tickets $29 to $37. Call 953-3434.

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Ringling Underground 8 p.m. at The Ringling Museum of Art Tickets $10. Call 359-5700.

‘Back by Popular Demand’ Magic of Manatee Sweet Adeline Chorus 3 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center Tickets $18. Call 794-0218.

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Kids Komedy Club steals hearts in Valentine’s show It’s 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning at Florida Studio Theatre’s Goldstein Cabaret. Three girls with scripts in hand are on the stage doing a comedy sketch about building the perfect boyfriend, a sketch they helped write. One girl wants to change her nerdy, momma’s boy, putz-of-aboyfriend into someone a little more masculine, so they pump him up with an air pump and turn him from a nincompoop to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Director Adam Ratner (just one of his three titles at FST) founded Kids Komedy Club (the second generation) in 2009. It’s a group of 10 performers ages 10 to 15 that meets every Saturday morning to write, rehearse and perform sketch comedy and improv routines. Some of the children, such as Clarence Dodge, have been involved since the first year the group started. Another, Andrew Stevens, donated $250 of his bar mitzvah money to the theater’s capital campaign. Today, they are preparing for their Valentine’s Day-themed show — they typically perform shows for the public near all the big holidays. Siena Siegel, 15, asks Ratner if she can play around with her character and make her a valley girl. “Try it out and we’ll see if it works,” he tells her. These three girls have not yet experienced the put-the-toiletseat-down nature of the male species, yet their hilarious display of this aspect is spot on during one of the sketches. It’s one example of the quick wit of this particular group of kids. Plus, their

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Above: Kaity Cairo, Adam Ratner, Emma Katz and Andrew Stevens. Right, top: Siena Siegel. Right, middle: Parker McCormick and Andrew Stevens. Right, bottom: Dylan Caruso knowledge of pop culture nearly two decades before they were born is impressive. They make “Kindergarten Cop” references and talk about watching Talking Heads music videos. Back in the ’80s, when he was experiencing these firsthand, Ratner was a member of the first generation of Kids Komedy Club. It’s where the then-7-year-old got his start doing improv. Now he’s made a career of acting and he also performs in the professional adult improv troupe, FST Improv. The whole troupe takes the stage for the next sketch — it’s

YOUROBSERVER.COM // See these talented children in action. all improvised around the audience’s suggestion. For worst mortician ever, one child makes another child pretending to be a dead body dance. For worst juggler ever, one child pretends to not have any arms. It’s so funny, the pianist providing the improvised music for the show, Erik Sumner, can’t help cracking up. In a news sketch, two boys don masks of George Washington and Abe Lincoln with the mouths cut

out. Parker McCormick keeps making Lincoln stick his tongue in and out in a Kiss-like fashion — the move is unrehearsed. The whole room is in stitches. Ratner, a real professional, says he learns from them every day. “They are so funny! They are so quick,” he says. “That’s one of the things — as I get older it’s like some of the things they do, I remember being that funny, I remember being that fast!”

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Singing Valentines explode with love Every year, Chorus of the Keys offers your sweetheart a surprise singing telegram, via a barbershop quartet. The quartet delivers a card, rose and two love songs. One year, four Chorus of the Keys members were going to do an interview promotion on the WSRZ radio show Jones & Crane for Singing Valentines. Someone called in to say WSRZ would receive a package in four parts. Not knowing what this package was, the radio station went into high alert thinking it was a bomb threat. Little did the station know, the threat was four men singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” Singing Valentines can be ordered by calling 371-6644. They cost $40 for daytime performances and $50 after 5 p.m. and can be delivered anywhere in Sarasota.

tract.” The chorus’ ideal member is someone between the ages of 20 and 60 who’s local, who has maybe never sung in a barbershop quartet, but who is capable of singing and willing to work hard. Poore calls it the “Average Joe’s chorus.” Reading music is not a requirement, but carrying a tune is. So, if you’re the type of guy who sings along to the radio or in the shower pretty well — the chorus wants you. The group is implementing a qualification process and working on the musicality of current

Get to know the new leadership: Byron Poore, Director Age: 35 Based in: Land O’Lakes Day job: Financial adviser Favorite Love song: “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Any More” Describe Chorus of the Keys with one adjective: challenging Patrick Kilbane, President Age: 34 Day job: Financial adviser Favorite Love song: “I Never See Maggie Alone” Describe Chorus of the Keys with one adjective: fun Duane Fenn, Assistant Director Age: 68 Day job: Retired manager, IT and technology Favorite Love song: “Little Bit of Heaven” Describe Chorus of the Keys with one adjective: rebirth

members to improve the overall quality of singing for the nearly 60 members. The group also hopes to do more than the annual performance and its Singing Valentines, but details are still in the works. The more they perform at events such as chamber luncheons and community events, the more people they can reach with their new sound. “We want to give back to the community so that Chorus of the Keys flows off the mouths of locals when they think of arts organizations in town,” says Poore.

IF YOU GO ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll:’ This concert is a throwback to the ’50s featuring songs such as “Jailhouse Rock” and “Rock Around the Clock.” In addition to Chorus of the Keys, two internationally renowned groups, all-female barbershop quartet Speed of Sound and award-winning Acoustix, will also perform.

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The Ringling’s R. Luke Dubois exhibit gets gears turning Explaining The Ringling’s “R. Luke Dubois — Now” exhibit with any combination of words wouldn’t properly align one’s expectations. The Ringling members present at the Jan. 30 member opening would probably agree. The exhibit of New York-based artist R. Luke Dubois is the first-ever survey of his work. He’s an interdisciplinary artist who explores society and its culture using film, composition, printmaking and performance, to name a few. For instance, the compositions are less for enjoyment and more for portraying a message about a particular subject. One experience combines 857 Billboard Top 100 songs into one 37-minute song by compressing each song and taking its average tonality. Another series features a print for every President of the United States’ State of the Union address that showcases the words each president used most to the words he used least in the

same layout of a vision-test chart. Much of Dubois’ work uses algorithms, data mining or other purposeful technology he created to look at society. For instance, he created a map of the United States using 19 million online dating profiles (he joined 21 online dating sites for this project) to measure keywords of towns and cities. Can’t picture it? Imagine trying to put it into words. In certain aspects, he’s as much a sociologist and scientist as an artist in the way his work encourages critical thinking about society and time. Although, his interactive commission looking at Sarasota’s circus culture presents a more approachable look at our own history in an interactive video exhibit featuring Circus Sarasota performers. If your curiosity is piqued, you can see the exhibit through May 4, at the Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bayshore Road. Admission is $25 and $10 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Visit Ringling.org for more information.

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MUSIC // Sarasota Orchestra — Masterworks IV with Tito Muñoz and Giora Schmidt Tito Muñoz, who has been assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony, led the Sarasota Orchestra in performances of works by Barber, Piazzolla and Rachmaninov this past weekend and knocked the roof off the Van Wezel. This 31-yearold musical architect is a conductor with a vision of the music and Tito Muñoz a blueprint in his ear that allow him to sculpt, mold and chisel the sound of an orchestra so the music sounds new and, what could be dense becomes clear. Take the monumental Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2. Lasting about an hour, Muñoz was like an architect, building each phrase so it fit, like a mosaic, into an overall blueprint that turned what could have been opaque into a luminous, translucent sound that shimmered with light. The musicians of the orchestra played with a richness and warmth worthy of world-class ensembles. The spectacularly gorgeous adagio was brought to life, particularly by the splendid playing of clarinetist Bharat Chandra who positively sang his solo, making it sound like the composer’s famous “Vocalise,” milking the richness without ever pulling its long line out of shape. The aggregate result Sunday afternoon brought a spontaneous burst of applause from the audience, something that doesn’t often happen after a slow movement. There were solos galore throughout the Rachmaninov, each played with a care that

belied the energy that underscored even the softest passages. Breathtaking, mesmerizing and inspired hardly convey what happened in this performance. It was a short hour. That’s how this all-20th century concert ended. It began with a fresh, clean, colorful reading of Barber’s zesty overture to “The School for Scandal.” Catching the wit, fun and sarcasm of the composer’s nod to the 1777 comedy of manners by Sheridan, Barber wrote everything from impishness to romantic flirtations into his score. With characters like Lady Sneerwell and Snake inhabiting this 18th century play, Barber had to color his music with playfulness. Muñoz and the orchestra caught the color and fun, giving us some beautiful playing, especially by English horn player Michael Austin. In the middle was the fantastic “Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas,” (aka The Four Seasons of Argentina) based on a quintet by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, and arranged for orchestra and violin solo by Leonid Desyatnikov. Giora Schmidt who, like Muñoz, is 31, made a showpiece out of this showstopper, playing with the various fun sounds written for him and the orchestra: slaps, slides, hiccups and zings that were spine-tingling and belly-tickling. It’s a wonderful piece, worthy of more hearings. Schmidt, reading the music from his iPad and turning its pages by stomping on a wireless pedal on the floor, positively lit the music with a tone that was never less than beautiful, while managing to infuse it with a full-bodied richness showing him to be a virtuosic player. I left the hall with four impressions: Schmidt is a terrific violinist; Muñoz, who now has his own orchestras here (Ensemble LPR in New York City) and abroad (Opera National de Lorraine and L’Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy), is headed to the top and probably will be at the helm of a major, big-budget orchestra in the near future; the Sarasota Orchestra is positively blooming; and I can’t get that slow movement theme from the Rachmaninov out of my head. — June LeBell

THEATER // ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ What do you get when you toss “The Cherry Orchard,” “Three Sisters,” “The Seagull” and other chunks of Anton Chekhov’s plays in a Cuisinart and hit frappe? To find out, check out the Asolo Rep’s current production of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Vanya, Sonia and Masha are aging baby boomers living in America, not a dacha on the Black Sea. (Their theatrical parents saddled them with names from Chekhov’s plays.) Vanya and Sonia reside in their shabby genteel childhood home. Their sister, Masha, owns the place and pays for it. She’s a movie star with a fat bank account, thanks to an exploitive series about a crime-fighting nymphomaniac. Vanya and Sonia gripe, feel sorry for themselves, squabble and analyze their own motives in abstract, Chekhovian style. Masha flies into their lives like a selfimportant hurricane. She’s dressed as Snow White for an upcoming costume parody, but comes off as the Wicked Queen. Spike (who was not named after a Chekhov character) comes attached. He’s a pumped-up boy-toy whose chief pride is a near-miss at a role in “Entourage II.” (That, and constantly stripping down to his underwear.) Thus stripped, Spike takes a dip in the lake and returns with Nina, a wide-eyed neighborhood innocent. (She is not in sexual competition for Spike, though Masha does not buy it.) Cassandra is the Jamaican housekeeper. She speaks prophecies of doom, which nobody believes. (Surprise.) Masha plans to cut down the cherry orchard and — sorry. Masha plans to sell the house and toss her siblings out. That and what to wear to the costume party is the play’s core dramatic tension. But, hey, it’s a comedy. Tension is not the

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” runs through April 13, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Call 351-8000 or visit asolorep. org for more information. point. Peter Amster’s start-stop direction keeps the audience laughing. He plays each scene like sketch comedy (which each basically is — more on that later). The comedy kills. The actors do, too. Anne-Marie Cusson’s Masha is always on, a cartoon caricature of an over-the-top diva addicted to the spotlight. (There is madness to her method: Stanislavsky it ain’t.) Peggy Roeder puts in a performance with heart as Sonia, a wallflower who flowers when she plays Maggie Smith at the masquerade. Tyla Abercrumbie is hilariously convincing going into Cassandra’s prophetic trances. (Abercrumbie could easily start her own religion, though I advise against it.) Tori Grace Hines plays Nina as lighthearted, bright and sweet, but not cloyingly so. By rights, her character should hold a magic wand and fly on fairy wings. Jefferson McDonald’s Spike has a lot in common with Tigger. He bounces and grins a lot. To extend that analogy, Andrew Sellon’s Vanya would make the perfect Eeyore. He slumps and frowns a lot — except for his crowd-pleasing comic monologue, excoriating the fractured reality of modern miscommuni-

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FILM // ‘Labor Day’ “Labor Day” is a sexy and sensual love story in which the participants never disrobe. Director-screenwriter Jason Reitman, instead, conveys forbidden love through exquisite performances and a modest approach. Kate Winslet plays Adele, an emotionally wounded mother who lives with her 13-year-old son, Henry (the wonderful Gattlin Griffith). She’s as unkempt as the home in which they reside. Adele has become reclusive, and her relationship with with her son borders on becoming Oedipal. On a necessary outing to the local store, a

man who has blood on his shirt approaches them and insists they give him a ride. His name is Frank (Josh Brolin), and he admits to having been injured while jumping out of a prison hospital window where he’s serving 18 years for murder. When they arrive at Adele and Henry’s home (as ordered), Frank ever so gently ties up Adele, lending credibility to a kidnapping if he’s caught. Soon after, he removes the ropes. The longer Frank remains, the more Adele and Henry want him to stay. He makes repairs on the house, cooks fabulous meals and teaches Henry to play baseball. Over the next five days, Frank’s love and kindness resurrects Adele’s emotions, which she thought were long dead. The three agree to become fugitives by moving to Canada. The plausibility of what unfolds in “Labor Day” depends on the viewer. Set in 1987, in a small town, pre-modern technology, it is not so far-fetched to accept the turn of events. Frequent flashbacks of Frank’s former life shed light on the particulars of his conviction. Reitman skillfully constructs the circumstances that surround the story so as not to let it slip into sentimentality. He’s masterful at taking unlikely situations and morphing them into perfectly acceptable outcomes (i.e.”Juno”). Reitman also sought out actors who could lend immense credibility to the story. Kate Winslet is known for her ability to portray broken women who take great risks (“The Reader,” “Revolutionary Road”). In “Labor Day” she manages to make the transition from abject fear to unconditional love seem extremely feasible. Brolin is also on top of his game balancing his portrayal of a desperate and potentially dangerous fugitive with that of a gentle soul whose past is inescapable. His compelling performance is so convincing we totally understand Adele’s willingness to trust him. “Labor Day” is one of those films you either find utterly outrageous or touchingly graceful. Sometimes it’s nice just to take the ride, ask no questions and take it all in stride. The result can prove to be exhilarating. — Pam Nadon

DANCE // ‘‘Four Temperaments,’ ‘Lux Aeterna’ and ‘Sinfonietta’ Sarasota Ballet continues to astound with every pirouette and leap. This program that featured George Balanchine’s “Four Temperaments,” Will Tuckett’s “Lux Aeterna” and Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Sinfonietta” was technically and athletically challenging for the entire company and most especially the principal dancers who performed in two and, even in some cases, all three of the pieces. There was no ounce of energy or enthusiasm lost in any piece and each was performed to perfection. In short, the Sarasota Ballet dancers are really, really good. It must warm Founder and Chair Emeritus Jean Weidner Goldstein’s heart to see the highest-level caliber of dancing being performed by her very own Sarasota Ballet. “Four Temperaments,” set to music by Paul Hindemith, is one of George Balanchine’s most famous Neo-Classical ballets performed in simple black leotards and tights. The ballet juxtaposes sharp staccato movements with smooth rhythmic lifts; range of motion from turned-in to turned-out and épaulement from croisé (crossed) and effacé (open). One of these juxtaposed segments includes en dedans and en dehors pirou-

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lthough it’s been there a while, we recently discovered JPan, one of the best restaurants around for fresh, inventive sushi. With two branches, one at 3800 S. Tamiami Trail, and the other at 8126 Lakewood Main St., you have a choice of venues. But in either place, you’ll find sparkling, fresh, delicious raw fish, sizzling teriyaki and crunchy tempura. We tend to go to the Lakewood Ranch restaurant for convenience, and we’ve found some spectacularly tender white tuna sushi that simply melted in our mouths. The Dynamite Roll, with tuna, yellowtail, scallions and wasabi is spicy and hot, while the smoked salmon, avocado and cream cheese roll made a terrific, and different, dish for brunch. I think what I like most about JPan, next to the food, of course, is the setting. The modern design of the restaurant gives it a sleek but comfortable atmosphere with extra cushions for your back and

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A new tea house has opened on Hillview, one of several restaurant rows in Sarasota, but Elixir is different. Like some recently established coffee houses in the same neighborhood, Elixir is a place to hang out and enjoy local music while you’re sampling loose teas that are brewed to your specification. There are “orthodox” black and green teas. But, if you like tangy, unusual flavors, there are also leaves like apricot, chocolate truffles and orange cookie black teas, along with Cranberry rose, Japanese cherry and something called “Red Riding Hood” white teas, not to mention white, decaffeinated and flavored fruit blends. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite for a Cup-a, there are “Wellness Herb Teas” such as Feng Shui, and even tea cocktails: ice tea punch and piña colada. Of course, most of us think sweet when we think it’s tea time, and Elixir offers a bevy of pastries from cocoa croissants to raisin rolls. For those who prefer their brews in different categories, there are also numerous choices from espresso and cappuccino to hot chocolates and even a slurpy, molten chocolate fondue. Elixir is the brainchild of Gyula, a Hungarian who knows what a tea (or coffee house) should be. He, his wife and a few of the other employees are new to the U.S. and they seem to love what they’re doing on Hillview. It’s that love that makes their tea house extra special.

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To celebrate the beginning of Sarasota Opera’s Winter Festival, more than 250 guests gathered Feb. 1 for a night of mystery at Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The event, chaired by Carol Brualdi, is Sarasota Opera’s largest fundraiser of the season and was held exactly one week prior to opening night of “Il trovatore.” “Everything looked beautiful, the food was wonderful, everyone had a great time and we raised money for the opera, which is most important,” says Brualdi. “Overall, it was very successful.”

The ballroom was draped in curtains, sparkling lights and chandeliers and guests were dressed elegantly, many wearing elaborate masks. As the doors opened to the ballroom, the sounds of 42nd Street Band were too tempting to not sneak in a dance before dinner. Mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams and baritone Marco Nisticó both sang during the four-course meal and following the performances and dessert, 42nd Street Band returned to stage as guests danced the night away.

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he people and the place (the Hyatt Regency Sarasota ballroom) never looked better than at the Feb. 1 Sarasota Opera Masked Ball. Edie Chaifetz and Jacqueline Morton were even more glamorous than usual in red. Stephanie Shaw was a lesson in good design with a large mask in an inverted V shape echoing the V of the skirt of her gown. Perhaps the most fun garb was a black mask, white hat, bolo tie and star badge on Bud Shapiro, who wisecracked, “Haven’t you ever seen a Jewish sheriff?” Naming a “best mask” would be impossible, but Wendy Feinstein would have been a contender; she and hubby, Jerry, went mask shopping in New Orleans on their annual New Year’s visit. It was great to see Jerry cutting the rug as though his miserable summer of back sur-

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well … Not so fast there … Photographer Cliff Roles passed his citizenship test Jan. 29 and mentioned it to Sen. Nancy Detert at the Gulfcoast Builders Exchange awards banquet Jan. 30. She marched him up to Gov. Rick Scott, who not only congratulated Roles on his accomplishment, but also announced it to the crowd. Just one teeny problem: It isn’t quite true until Roles is sworn in at a yet-to-be-determined date … Blue suede shoes … Dan Babcock and Miqui Lora’s shoes were event appropriate at Child Protection Center’s Blue Ties and Butterflies preview party Jan. 30. Babcock brought out his blue Prada loafers

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Wayne and Mindy Rollins Becker and Lesley France, hosted a party in his wife’s honor at Star Keeper Café. Special (and pink!) details filled the quaint restaurant, and more than 50 guests enjoyed the celebration, including parents Frank and Emily Buskirk, in-laws Bob and Pam Morris and friends Julie Dooley, Colleen Shoemaker, Ariane Dart, Ashley Carson, Heather O’Neill, Stephanie Kempton and Katie Hollingsworth, to name a few.

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Dan Babcock and Miqui Lora for the event and Lora found these L.L. Bean duck boots in her car. “I had on my Gucci loafers but it started raining and so I put these on — and they’re blue!” she said. See more photos on page 21.

This year’s Super Bowl party was Joan Mendell’s 20th and the fourth cohosted with beau Bob Coppenrath. Mendell had 26 guests at her first party; this year, there were more than 80. That’s called going-out with a bang because the couple has decided, “This is our finale.” … Howard Millman and Carolyn Michel hosted another longstanding get-together for the same guys who gather in their pool house on Sundays all season long. That gang includes Bruce Rodgers, Stan Jacob, Len Gumley, Jimmy Hoskins, Alan Kurland and more. For the Super Bowl, they bring their women, but they had to do without Michel this year — she was at the Asolo rehearsing “Grapes of Wrath.” Allen and Stephanie Hochfelder hosted a dual-purpose event to introduce local friends to visiting friends Iris and Marty Gradman as well as watch the game. At L’Ambiance, social committee Chairwoman Sylvia Pastor with help from Betty Ewing and food contributions from Marion Levine and Connie Cotros once again put together a full feast for more than 60 guests. This, too, was a double-header; it also celebrated the 60th wedding anniversary of Sherman and Joyce Cooper.

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event and also offered styling advice to those shopping the new collection. In regards to transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring, Tucker suggests pairing a sweater with a pair of shorts, such as a solid sweater with the Callahan short in a new spring print. “For people who want something that they can just walk out of the store wearing, I always suggest a print with a solid,” says Tucker. Many of the tunics and dresses are also easy “ready to wear” items that can be found in the store. For more styling advice from Tucker, visit sarah-tucker.com.

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Verdi’s American Home

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 Amanda Morris is excited about her purchases at the Lilly Pulitzer Sarasota Spring 2014 Launch Party.

Winter Opera Festival

 The Spring 2014 collection is featured at Lilly Pulitzer Sarasota.

February 8–March 23, 2014 International Soloists | Historic Opera House | Tickets start at $19

Il trovatore

The Barber of Seville

VERDI part of the verdi cycle

Feb. 8–Mar. 22

ROSSINI

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The Flying Dutchman WAGNER Mar. 1–23

Jérusalem VERDI part of the verdi cycle

Mar. 8–22

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 Jeanne Paulus, hostess Sarah Tucker with Nan and Molly Morrison

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