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Save Our Sand déjà vu surfaces

The creation of a Facebook page called ‘Save Our Siesta Sand 2’ foreshadows a potential sea change in the movement against dredging Big Pass for Lido Beach sand.

Officer Linda Senior, with the Crime Prevention Unit, and Tom Berry, founder of the Blue Alert Foundation

+ Cops of joe Sarasota police officers spent the morning catching up with Sarasota residents over coffee Wednesday, Feb. 5 during “Coffee with a Cop.” Sarasota’s finest socialized with guests at Word of Mouth. Like the coffee, the conversation flowed as guests asked questions and shared concerns. “Coffee with a Cop” is a national initiative geared toward creating and improving relationships between police officers and community members. No word on whether donuts were served.

Opposition to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project to mine the Big Pass shoal for Lido Beach is gathering momentum on Siesta Key, provoking a push to resurrect a grassroots movement that successfully blocked a 1992 grab for Big Pass sand. On Dec. 3, someone created a Facebook page dedicated to op-

posing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to mine the Big Pass shoal. Its title — “Save Our Siesta Sand 2” — references a 1992 movement on the Key called Save Our Sand, which derailed an effort to take sand from Big Pass to renourish Venice Beach.  The original Save Our Sand movement’s tactics ranged from

forming human chains along Siesta Beach to litigation to stall and eventually block the dredging project. Big Pass has never been dredged, and Venice Beach was eventually renourished using offshore sand sources. The creator of “Save Our Siesta Sand 2” remains anonymous, despite listing the Siesta Key Cham-

ber of Commerce’s website as the group’s contact information. The chamber was caught off guard by the page and disavowed all knowledge of or connection to the group. The Facebook page, which has 64 likes, still remains relatively obscure. When brought to the at-

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Members of the Bay IslandSiesta Neighborhood Association with the new sign

+ Sign me up If you went over the north bridge to Siesta Key Saturday morning, chances are you saw the Bay Island Siesta Neighborhood Association put up its new sign. The association funded the new sign with a matching grant from the city. The old sign was designed and constructed in 2003.

+ Tax talk Members of the Women’s Republican Club met to discuss school referendum and the tax levy Wednesday at Michael’s On East. The discussion took place at the club’s monthly luncheon and included a debate between Rod Thomson and Jane Goodwin, with Anthony Sawyer acting as moderator. Members of the club participated in the debate, which became heated, according to club President Carol Sawyer. She said it’s important for everyone to explore tough issues, such as taxes.

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Lily Thiron and Ashlyn Shelson take a break from riding their tricycles at the Early Care Center of First United Methodist Church’s annual St. Jude Trike-A-Thon Feb. 7. See more photos on page 2B.

SHOPPING DESTINATIONS

by Kurt Schultheis | Staff Writer

New mall shops for Circle merchants St. Armands BID Chairman Marty Rappaport said Benderson officials are willing to buy Circle merchants out of their leases if they commit to moving to the Mall at University Town Center.

The Mall at University Town Center currently consists of mounds of dirt, beams of steel and tons of concrete that are poured at the interchange of University Parkway and Interstate 75. But St. Armands Circle and

downtown Sarasota officials worry that it’s already a threat to their retail destinations miles away. Even though Benderson Development and Taubman Centers don’t expect to complete the 888,000-square-foot, high-end

Mall at University Town Center until October, officials say time is of the essence to preserve their established shopping destinations near the Gulf. That’s because St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District

Chairman Marty Rappaport and Ernie Ritz, chairman of Sarasota’s Downtown Improvement District, say that leasing agents for the mall are actively pursuing their tenants

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CIRCLE SOLICITATION ISSUE IS NOT VIOLATING CODES

Study names potential St. Armands garage sites Businesses on the Circle say additional parking is badly needed, but residents are worried about how the garage will affect them. City staff and the consulting firm behind a parking study for St. Armands held a meeting Feb. 6 to get feedback from people in the area — something St. Armands residents were more than willing to provide. Eight months ago, the city began work on a parking feasibility study as part of an attempt to mitigate the parking issues around St. Armands Circle. Kimley-Horn and Associates, the consulting group hired to complete the parking study, recently completed its first draft and presented its findings to the community at the meeting. Mark Santos, the project manager with Kimley-Horn, said there were some nonstructural methods the city could implement to ease the parking woes. That included adding signage directing drivers to two public lots on Adams Drive, which were sometimes under capacity even during peak hours. Most of the conversation, however, pertained to the potential construction of a parking structure at those two lots. The parking structures, up to four levels in height, could add between 200 and 500 additional spots to the area. Studies conducted in 2008 and 2013 suggest the district’s parking shortage is anywhere between 20 and 450 spots currently. Estimated construction costs for the garage, which are still preliminary, ranged from about $5 million to $13 million. At the meeting, residents said they were concerned about the building’s size, aesthetics and layout, as well as potential traffic and noise issues created by a garage. Residents said they felt the report, as it stands, was primarily concerned with the

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establishments in the future. In October, both BID and DID agreed during a joint meeting they should hire a consultant to evaluate whether there really are too many restaurants downtown. Downtown Economic Development Coordinator Norman Gollub said he expects to hire a consultant soon to complete a study regarding the future of the retail mix in both locations. That study could be completed for the City Commission to review this summer. “Parking is not the magic bullet,” Rappaport said. “If you fix the parking issue, but these districts continue to morph from tourism districts to restaurant and entertainment districts, I predict you will still see the Circle and downtown’s shopping districts go so fast downward it will make your head spin. I’ve seen it happen on the east coast of Florida, and it will happen here unless we take measures to correct the problem.”

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St. Armands Circle Business Improvement District (BID) board of directors learned from city staff Tuesday that a woman who has been soliciting donations for Haitian children and their families since October around St. Armands Circle isn’t doing anything illegal. In January, BID board members expressed concern with the woman, who sets up card tables and a cooler in various locations around the Circle. Circle merchants take issue with the solicitation because they pay $1,500 a month or more to lease Circle space and receive if a fine if they make a homemade sign or solicit business directly outside their shops. The woman doesn’t have a permit and the Sarasota Police Department and Director of Neighborhood and Development Services Tim Litchet confirmed she doesn’t need one.

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ants and trying to get them to pack up and head east. “Benderson (leasing agents) has already gone around to St. Armands Circle merchants, and they are trying to get them to fill up the stores in their new mall,” Rappaport said at Tuesday’s BID board of directors meeting at Sarasota City Hall. Benderson Leasing Director Mark Chait said mall leases were being handled by its partner, Taubman Centers. John Eggert, Taubman’s development director at the mall, said he could not comment on the details of lease discussions. “At the end of the day, retailers make up ther own minds on where they want to be,” Eggert said. Rappaport said some Circle stores have already committed to the new mall, although he doesn’t know if merchants will open second locations or leave the Circle for good. Rappaport declined to disclose the stores that are leaving or considering leaving for the new mall. “I know of one tenant who has three years on his lease and Benderson has offered to buy his lease out if he makes the move,” Rappaport said. “You can’t compete with that.” Ritz has informed DID board members of his concern about the mall, informing DID board members more than a year ago that Benderson leasing agents “are already actively recruiting some of our downtown tenants and asking them what it would take to move them out of downtown.” Both Rappaport and Ritz have urged their districts and city officials to realize it’s time to combat the problem now with plans for new parking structures. Rappaport wants a parking garage on the Circle, and Ritz thinks the State Street parking garage is needed to plan for future shoppers and to keep Main Street a viable shopping destination. But Rappaport and Ritz are worried about more than parking. They believe it’s crucial to address options for managing the tenant mix in both locations to reduce the number of eating

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interest of businesses on the Circle. “These structures are both in the neighborhoods; they're not in the Circle,” St. Armands resident Graeme Malloch said. “I think it needs to be as invisible as possible.” Diana Corrigan, executive director of the St. Armands Circle Association, said the residents’ concerns were legitimate, but that it was too early to focus on a design. The lack of parking is the preeminent concern on St. Armands, she said — and there’s only one way to address that issue. “The only thing we can do to solve that problem is that we've got to put in a parking garage,” Corrigan said. Mark Lyons, the city’s parking manager, said the city’s primary concern was to protect the neighborhoods. Jay Sparr, the president of the St. Armands Residents Association, asked the city to hold another public meeting to provide more detailed information regarding the study. Sparr said the parking study needed to better incorporate residents’ interests. “What I saw is not what I thought we deserved,” Sparr said.

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Medical marijuana the hot topic at Tiger Bay A debate between Sarasota’s sheriff and a prominent Florida attorney highlighted stark differences of opinion.

GPS gives green light Emergency vehicle response times are down, thanks to a technology in place at 200 stoplights throughout Sarasota County. with the required GPS unit. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office as well as Sarasota County Area Transit (in a limited capacity) are both reportedly seeking to integrate the technology into their vehicles. Officials identified the 200 most heavily trafficked intersections in the county, mostly along the U.S. 41 corridor, for the initial installation of the network. The system is also integrated with the pedestrian crosswalk signals to avoid mishaps. “If a pedestrian has hit the button to cross an intersection, then we don’t get pre-emption,” Hoag said, explaining the complexity of the criteria used to allow pre-emption at affected lights. “The holy grail of traffic engineering is pedestrian crossing.” Another potential benefit of the system, Hoag said, is a reduction in fuel and maintenance costs for emergency vehicles, due to the reduced need to brake and re-accelerate at every stoplight. Despite Sarasota County’s extensive network of pre-emption-equipped traffic signals, the network still only accounts for 200 of Sarasota County’s 268 total stoplights, requiring emergency vehicle drivers to memorize which lights will automatically turn green. “You still treat every intersection like it doesn’t have pre-emption,” Hoag said. “We have a master list, and these guys know their areas pretty well. It’s pretty easy to stay on top of it.” The $2.1 million program is paid for by revenue from the countywide penny surtax, which is used to fund capital projects. Hoag would like to

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TRAFFIC SIGNAL PREEMPTION TECHNOLOGY: Acoustic: Microphones at traffic signals detect the sound coming from emergency vehicles' sirens. Line-of-sight: An emitter transmits visible flashes of light or invisible infrared pulses at a specified frequency to traffic signals ahead of the vehicle. Global Positioning System: GPS units determine vehicle speed and position based on satellite signals, and then automatically alert receivers at traffic signals to change the flow of traffic ahead of the arriving emergency vehicle. Localized Radio Signal: A local, short-range radio signal in the 900 megahertz band is emitted by the incoming emergency vehicle transmitting its location and velocity, which is detected by receivers at traffic signals. expand the system to have pre-emption in place at every stoplight in Sarasota County. “For every minute lost there is decrease in survivability form a heart attack,” Hoag said. “The size of a fire can double in three to four minutes. But the real advantage of this system is not only response time, but it makes the insertion safer for us. All the opposing traffic is being stopped, and that makes it a lot safer for us and for citizens.”

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Despite a 6% uptick in emergency calls in the last six months, Sarasota County has slashed its emergency responder response times — a divergence that, according to some officials, indicates the effectiveness of a new technology in place at traffic lights throughout Sarasota County. Sarasota County Assistant Fire Chief Bill Hoag touted the county’s traffic light pre-emption network — in place at 200 intersections — as the reason for the reduction in response times. The system went operational in June, and is the second-largest countywide network of pre-emptionequipped traffic lights in Florida, and, according to Hoag, “one of the biggest on the East Coast.” Hoag declined to offer the exact percentage by which response times have decreased, saying he would rather wait until the system has been operational for at least one year before releasing such data. He did report, however, that since the program’s inception last summer, emergency vehicle response times “had definitely decreased” and are continuing to “trend down.” Traffic light pre-emption consists of a GPS unit aboard an emergency vehicle, which transmits location, turning patterns and velocity data to receivers at stoplights. Signals are then turned green in the direction of travel for the emergency vehicle, and red for other directions. The system is completely automated, unlike earlier versions of traffic light pre-emption technology, which required drivers to hit a button to turn a light from red to green. Every fire truck and ambulance in Sarasota County is now equipped

At a Tiger Bay Club event Wednesday, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and Tampa attorney John Morgan sparred over the merits of legalizing marijuana in Florida for medical use. In front of a sold-out audience of 400 at the lunchtime event at Michael’s On East, Senior Circuit Court Judge Nancy Donnellan moderated the debate between Knight and Morgan over a proposed Florida ballot initiative, which would legalize doctor-prescribed marijuana for chronic conditions such as pain and anxiety. Knight, a Republican, opposed the move, citing its potentially negative effects, including easier access to the drug for children, increased crime rates and decreased property values. "It's not a moral or political argument,” Knight said. "I believe if this amendment passes there will be negative consequences." Knight referred to the 38% drop in Sarasota County's crime rate since he took office in 2009, saying, "I'm not willing to risk that." Morgan is pushing for the ballot initiative. He is a founder of the Morgan and Morgan law firm, which employs 260 attorneys out of 1,800 staffers in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Manhattan, N.Y., and he is an adviser to former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign to take back the state's top office as a Democrat. Morgan referenced personal reasons for supporting the legalization movement, explaining how marijuana helped relieve his dying father's suffering during cancer treatments. "I'm for it because it works; medical science has proven that," Morgan said. "I've seen it work for a lot of people, a lot of really sick people." Both sides agreed they did not want to see a repeat of the amendments passed in Washington state and Colorado, where marijuana is legal for recreational use, or California, where medical marijuana is legal. "We don't want to be California or Colorado," Morgan said, defending the regulatory safeguards built into the proposed ballot measure. "But talking about dispensaries on every corner like food trucks is a folly. Try and get a permit to get a wall built in downtown Sarasota — good luck."


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The company tasked with removing artwork from the Sarasota Chalk Festival believes it has a solution for scrubbing the streets in Burns Square without causing damage, and is waiting for city approval to begin. Gorilla Kleen has sponsored the Chalk Festival and removed the artwork from the streets for the past three years. This year, artists created a challenge for the company by using water-resistant binders and sealers to protect their artwork from the rain. Some of the art was removed in December, but others remained as Gorilla Kleen worked with the city to develop a plan to clean the streets. Gorilla Kleen president John Cloud said he tested a potential cleaning technique to remove some artwork on Sunday morning, with positive results. He said the city was pleased with the outcome, but would run a friction test to ensure that it did not affect roadway safety.

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+ Downtown circulator test drive sees improved results Undeterred by a disappointing initial test drive, a group examining the viability of a downtown circulator gave a potential vehicle a second try on Tuesday — with vastly improved results. The six-passenger golf cart-style electric vehicle, provided by the Sarasota company Cruise Car Inc., lasted about 10 hours during its test drive along a proposed circulator route this week. Bill Kics, a contract manager with Cruise Car, said the company was able to make the vehicle last nearly twice as long as the original test earlier this month after adjusting its computer system and electric motor. The circulator is the brainchild of Downtown Sarasota Alliance board member Peter Fanning and Downtown Improvement District Operations Manager John Moran. The proposed 4.5-mile route focuses on servicing people staying at hotels adjacent to downtown, which includes covering Main Street from U.S. 301 to the bayfront, and Palm Avenue from Ringling Boulevard to Cocoanut Avenue.

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This property on Boulevard of the Arts is the targeted site of a high-density apartment project in the Rosemary District, but an expansion of a proposed overlay district could cause delays in the development process. to the district, Merrill said — The Players Theatre at 838 N. Tamiami Trail, and the Jefferson Center apartments at 930 N. Tamiami Trail. Merrill said the group would gladly expand its proposed map if it were directed to do so, but there are currently no plans to incorporate any other properties. “Our map is kind of already set,” Merrill said. “If we’re told to add them by the city, we will.” Karin Murphy, the director of the city’s Urban Design Studio, has cautioned against the expansion of the overlay district. She supports the concept, but says

the district should be narrowly tailored to facilitate the completion of the Rosalyne Holdings project. That’s because, she said, the Rosalyne Holdings project is in keeping with the new urbanist principles that will govern the city’s forthcoming form-based code. Other properties may not offer a desirable housing type, or be located at a point that could easily link up with public transportation, she said. In the future, Murphy said, she’d like to see a more detailed citywide provision for increased density that was tied to a development’s site plans. Additionally, Murphy said, some prop-

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The group trying to establish new regulations to allow higher-density projects in the Rosemary District has encountered a potential obstacle — the idea may be too popular. For some people, at least, the Rosemary Residential Overlay District is an enticing opportunity. As long as the district’s overall average housing density is at 25 units per acre, individual developments within the area would be allowed to develop up to 75 units per acre. As a result, property owners bordering the overlay district want to expand the proposed boundaries: 10th Street to the north, Fruitville Road to the south, Orange Avenue to the east and Cocoanut Avenue to the west. This may be a problem for Rosalyne Holdings LLC, the developer proposing the overlay district. The concept would allow the group to develop about 450 apartments on 6.2 acres along Cocoanut Avenue. Bill Merrill, a land-use attorney representing Rosalyne Holdings, said the group was interested in building as soon as possible, but any changes to the overlay district proposal could cause a delay. Merrill said a large group of people who wanted to be included had properties with a different land-use designation than the properties in the proposed overlay district. He said many people with property in the downtown core were interested in being added, but soon backed off when they realized they would have to also comply with the district’s five-story height limit. Two other properties with the proper land-use designation have contacted Rosalyne Holdings about being added

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erties may seek inclusion despite having no intention of using the increased density offered in the district. Instead, they’ll benefit from the increased value of a property that would allow a purchaser to build a denser development. If prices increased in an underdeveloped district, the negative effects could be significant. “Our fear, if it inflates the property values too much, is that we’ll have those vacant teeth for another 10 years,” Murphy said. The Rosemary Residential Overlay District still has to go through a series of public hearings and get approval from the city and state, with a projected completion date no earlier than September. That date could be pushed back if neighboring properties successfully petition the City Commission to expand the boundaries. Still, Merrill is focusing on the positive ramifications for the overlay district proposal. “Obviously, it’s getting a very good reception,” Merrill said.

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The truth hurts The truth especially hurts — or in this instance, “annoys” — when you disagree with it. So the expected human response is to discredit. Vigorously discredit the messenger; make the messenger the focal point; and deflect, deny and ignore the truth. Such is the case in response late last year and this month to the Laffer Associates review of and recommendations to implement Sarasota County’s “fiscal neutrality” mandate in the county’s 2050 plan. The 2050 plan, many of you know, is the county legislation that governs development east of Interstate 75. The “fiscal neutrality” mandate requires that any new development that is approved must demonstrate its costs of taxpayer-funded services will not exceed the revenues generated by the development. That, of course, sounds rational. But as the cliche goes, the devil is in the details — on how to implement and measure fiscal neutrality. Suffice it to say developers and land owners have substantive disagreements with county officials and no-growth advocates over the concept and how it is implemented. And perhaps the best way to illustrate their differences is the fact not one developer in more than a decade has put a development shovel in the ground in northeast Sarasota County to create a largescale housing development according to the 2050 mandates. That alone says the county’s “fiscal neutrality” mandate makes no economic or market sense. Apparently unsettled by the slow pace of development under 2050, Sarasota County commissioners began exploring whether to modify 2050 and, specifically, decided to obtain a consultant’s recommendations on how best to implement “fiscal neutrality.” What’s more, commissioners decided they did not want to hire an academic to conduct the study; they feared it would take too long. Instead, they turned to a private-sector consultant — Laffer Associates, the internationally known economics firm founded by Arthur Laffer, Ronald Reagan’s famous architect of supply-side economics and widely known former student and disciple of the late king of free-market economics, Milton Friedman. In other words, they selected the company of an unabashed disciple and proponent of capitalism. And, more specifically, they selected Donna Arduin, one of the partners in Laffer Associates, to conduct the study. She, too, is a widely known proponent of free-market economics, having served as the director of the Office of Policy and Budget for former Gov. Jeb Bush and as an economic adviser to Republican governors in California, New York and Michigan. When Arduin completed her report (go online to YourObserver.com/LafferReport), some of its readers in Sarasota County apparently were surprised and offended that the report expressed explicit opinions and recommendations to reduce 2050 regulations and eliminate fiscal neutrality altogether. Commissioner Joe Barbetta was quoted in the Herald-Tribune: “We didn’t ask for their opinion. We wanted more of an analy-

YEAR OVER YEAR HOUSE PRICE APPRECIATION WITH MORE RESTRICTIVE VS. LESS RESTRICTIVE LAND-USE POLICIES (FHFA MSA indices, quarterly data, YoY growth rate)

The Laffer Associates graph shows how areas with restrictive land-use policies have more volatility in home-price appreciation than areas with less restrictive policies. sis” … “My initial reaction was from the perspective of ‘Was this the political bent of the firm?’ I think they’re more libertarianoriented. I didn’t know that at the time.” For starters, recommendations are opinions; analysis is opinion. To express ignorance of Laffer Associates’ philosophical roots is difficult to believe. The harsher discrediting of the Laffer Associates report came, predictably, from the Herald-Tribune editorial pages and a story discrediting Arduin. Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck, ardent critic of developers and proponent of the slowest growth possible (or none at all), wrote in a commentary: “Hiring Donna Arduin to write the rules on growth management is like hiring the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan to draft legislation on civil rights.” Nice smear. The paper’s 2,130-word story on Arduin started out in the first paragraph saying “some experts” have “dismissed” Arduin’s work as “junk economics.” Seven paragraphs into the story, it said Arduin did, in fact, tell county officials she was not an economist. But for the next 1,869 words the story’s slant was clear — discredit Arduin. Maybe you should read her report. It probably would be no surprise we found Arduin’s revised report just what commissioners and others need to read and hear. We’ve been saying for a decade what Arduin recommended. She wrote: “Economic theory and the evidence dictate overwhelmingly that more restrictive land-use policies lead to a less responsive (more inelastic) supply of homes. The growth-management policies of Florida and Sarasota County simply do not allow market response to occur in a timely fashion. This causes higher and more volatile housing prices, slower population and employment growth and more volatile wages This is true at both the state and local level.” … “Unfortunately, many of the policies of Sarasota 2050 clearly are exhibiting a great deal of harm on the ability to profitably engage in development projects in the county. Making changes in line with these sugges-

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LAFFER’S SUGGESTIONS ZONING/REGULATIONS: We suggest a proactive review of all land-use zoning, regulation and restriction. Zoning restrictions and county power to deny development proposals should be removed to the greatest extent possible … CONCURRENCY: The county should mirror the reduced concurrency requirements of the updated Community Planning Act and not take on any of the optional requirements. [O]nly sanitary sewer, solid waste, drainage and potable water need to provided on a concurrent basis … Concurrency requirements should not be placed on … parks and recreation, schools or transpor-

tation facilities.

FISCAL NEUTRALITY: [T]he fiscal neutrality provision should be removed in its entirety. (It) goes far above and beyond the Florida growth management policies and is a primary reason that land prices in Sarasota have faster and more volatile growth than the state average. tions would position Sarasota County as an economically dynamic county … ” We’ll be blunter. Sarasota 2050 has exacerbated the shortage of affordable housing in north county and stymied economic, job and population growth over the past decade. This has hurt Sarasota’s struggling families. For Sarasota’s anti-growth advocates, 2050 has been a resounding success. For those who would like a rising economy and an expanding middle class, 2050 has been an abject failure. That’s an opinion, to be sure. But it’s also fact. County commissioners don’t need an academic or anyone else to make recommendations on what to do about 2050 or “fiscal neutrality.” Just look around. Investment money — the precursor to increased prosperity — flows where it is welcome. It’s definitely not flowing east of Interstate 75.


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Sarasota County has launched a website dedicated to the $21.5 million Siesta Beach Improvements project, aiming to inform area residents and tourists on how construction at Siesta Beach will impact access to the area’s No. 1 tourist draw. The move comes amid a series of rumors circulating around the Key regarding the Siesta Beach renovations as well as the perpetually delayed Beach Road Drainage Improvements project. These rumors, such as whether all weddings will be canceled at Siesta Beach in 2015, have led some residents to voice their concerns at recent meetings of the Key’s major organizations, including the Siesta Key Association and the Siesta Key Village Association. The intent of the county’s recently launched website, siestabeachinfo.com, is to dispel some of these rumors by keeping Siesta residents up to date with accurate information from daily updates by county staff and the project’s construction manager. The website features a portal for users to access updates on the project as well as a digital map highlighting what sections of the park will be affected by the project’s four stages. The website’s most recent update states that the removal of Australian pines at Siesta Beach Park began Feb. 10. The website, which Sarasota County Communications manages, will remain live for the estimated two-year duration of the project. Construction manager Jon F. Swift Inc. and Sarasota County Parks and Recreation staff provide the information, and county communications personnel

update the website. The website is a joint project between Sarasota County and the contractor, and its $4,800 cost was a line item in the project’s overall $21.5 million budget. At a Feb. 7 Siesta Key Association meeting, Sarasota County Public Works Project Manager Brad Gaubatz touted the website as a means for residents and tourists to keep up to date with the most accurate and timely information regarding the project. “We want this project to be right out there in the Sunshine,” Sarasota County Public Information Officer Curt Preisser later said. “Obviously there will be periods of limited accessibility to the beach, and the county commissioners want the community to stay informed.” Preisser said the project’s original budget included the website, and it was not a move to dispel any specific misinformation regarding the project. “It’s been included in the project since the planning stages,” Preisser said. At the SKA meeting, however, Gaubatz pushed back against several concerns residents raised concerning the Siesta Beach Improvements as well as the ongoing Beach Road Drainage Improvements project, which is also located at Siesta Beach Park, but is a separate project from the beach improvements. Rumors about the cancelation of all 2015 beach wedding permits were not true, Gaubatz insisted. The issue of beach weddings possibly being shut down in 2015 due to construction at the beach was first raised at a January Siesta Key Village Association

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Will events such as the Fourth of July or the Crystal Classic be negatively affected? Disruptions to major events will likely be minimal. The project is divided into four phases to limit construction activities to confined areas and minimize the impact to parking availability and normal recreation activities and park amenities. Crystal Classic organizers reported minimal interference from the ongoing Beach Road Drainage Improvements project at last year’s event. at Siesta Beach by filtering stormwater runoff from nearby parking lots. “This project was engineered specifically to minimize the potential of bacteria in the water causing beach closures,” said County Commissioner Nora Patterson, who attended the Feb. 7 SKA meeting. She added: “We had hoped when we first talked about it that it would alleviate some flooding on Beach Road … but considering how important this beach is for the area economy, and for the recreation of people in the area, this project is well worth doing.”

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CONA discusses proposed U.S. 41 roundabouts Roundabouts at busy intersections along the U.S. 41 corridor could alleviate traffic and promote better safety and walkability, proponents say, and for some they can’t come soon enough. The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) met Monday night at the Sarasota Garden Club to discuss the future of Sarasota County's roadways. Monday night's discussion featured a panel of three experts on roadway safety and design, who focused their remarks on the future of a key stretch of U.S. 41, which runs along the city of Sarasota bayfront, including the frequently gridlocked intersections with Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road. Michael Lasche, a bike and pedestrian safety advocate who has been pushing for safer roadways since 1985, began the discussion by focusing on the importance of improving the "walkability" of Sarasota's urban areas, citing increased property values, roadway safety and quality-of-life improvements as the primary benefits. "Walkability means less sprawl, more safety … it's a livable street environment where all of life's necessities are within walking distance," Lasche said. Lasche's comments introduced the focus of the evening's discussions — a series of 10 proposed roundabouts along the U.S. 41 corridor (referred to as the Sarasota U.S. 41 multimodal

section connecting Clearwater Beach Island to the mainland into a two-lane roundabout. Warner said the intersection of U.S. 41 and Gulfstream Avenue maxes out at about 41,000 cars a day, below the Clearwater Beach roundabout's tally. Warner also touted the safety record of American roundabouts, referring to the fact that there has never been a pedestrian fatality at a roundabout in the U.S. — a claim that has not been independently verified. In reference to the Clearwater Beach roundabout, Warner also cited the dramatic reduction in pedestrian accidents at the intersection, noting that the year prior to the roundabout's completion there were 17 fatalities at the site, compared with none the year after. DavisShaw highlighted another challenge for the city of Sarasota, which factored into the roundabout discussion — how to best improve traffic flow through the U.S. 41 multimodal corridor while simultaneously improving downtown Sarasota's connectivity to the bayfront. DavisShaw outlined the basics of Sarasota's Bayfront Connectivity Plan, part of the Downtown Master Plan 2020, which she said was "designed to increase the walkable connectivity between downtown and the bayfront," adding: "It's not just about traffic flow, but about crossing pedestrians as well." The 10 roundabouts proposed

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Ten roundabouts proposed for the U.S. 41 “multimodal corridor” are estimated to cost $60 million. Of that total, about $25 million could be funded by grants, and the remainder could come from federal and state funding, as well as local impact fees. corridor) running from the Sarasota bayfront north to SarasotaBradenton International Airport. Rod Warner, member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization's Citizen Advisory Council, and Sarasota City Engineer Alex DavisShaw presented the plans to the approximately 30 residents attending Monday night's meeting. Warner advocated for an accelerated move to replace the intersections of U.S. 41 with Gulfstream Avenue and Fruit-

ville Road with roundabouts. He claimed roundabouts could alleviate frequent traffic blockages at the two sites. He cited a roundabout in Clearwater Beach (which, by handling 58,000 cars a day is the most heavily trafficked roundabout in the U.S.) as a case study in how roundabouts can alleviate frequent traffic congestion, improve pedestrian safety and improve "walkability." The Clearwater Beach roundabout was a $12 million project, which transformed the inter-

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for the U.S. 41 multimodal corridor have a price tag of $60 million, of which about $25 million has been accounted for through grant money. The remainder will come from federal and state funding as well as local impact fees. Although the majority of the project is under FDOT control and, therefore, subject to years of regulatory delays, the U.S. 41 intersections at Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road are not federal projects and can be completed on an expedited timeframe by sidestepping some of the federal red tape. According to Warner, local control of the Gulfstream Avenue and Fruitville Road roundabouts means the projects might be complete before the 2017 World Rowing Championships, which will be held at Nathan Benderson Park in north Sarasota County and are anticipated to draw more than 40,000 visitors to the area. Event planners and area tourism industry representatives have been pushing to alleviate gridlock along transportation routes from the site of the competition to area tourism hotspots such as Siesta Key and St. Armands. "The Gulfstream Avenue intersection is the gateway to Longboat and St. Armands; it's the gateway to our community," said Cathy Antunes, CONA vice president. "We have to ask ourselves, 'Are we providing a world-class experience for our residents and our visitors?'"

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The revamped fountain area has been in use for two weekends.

ing more people utilizing the fountain area; it was a good, safe environment for everybody.” Although the area has only housed these activities for two weeks, Pagano already has plans to expand the offerings. Pagano said he’s been working with master gardeners with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences the Sarasota County Extension to offer educational opportunities for children. “We're going to develop some kids’ programs,” Pagano said. “They can learn about how to grow different produce and lot of other agricultural things.” Pagano said the new space would allow the farmers market to expand its services. “It's going to be a family-oriented area along the lines of what the market is,” Pagano said. “The market is a nice, healthy place to be.”

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Pineapple Park, a popular gathering place for the city’s homeless, was transformed to house a variety of activities for children Saturday — for the day, at least. The Sarasota Farmers Market was responsible for converting the area at Lemon Avenue and Pineapple Avenue, anchored by a giant fountain with a painting of a mermaid. The activities offered included rock climbing, coconut painting and trampoline bungee jumping. Phil Pagano, farmers market Manager, said he wants to provide a space for kids with parents who frequent the farmers market. “We've always been in need of an area for families and children to have activities,” Pagano said. “It seemed like a good place.” The farmers market obtained a permit from the city to use the park in August, Pagano said, because construction of the State Street parking garage would limit the available space for vendors. Beyond just moving a vendor toward the fountain, though, Pagano saw the park as an opportunity to offer family-oriented activities the market had lacked. Pagano had the area pressure-washed before the painting and rock-climbing activities were first offered Feb. 1. The ground was also cleared of debris; Pagano hopes to establish a picnic area for those patronizing the market. So far, Pagano said, the work has paid off. “I think, in general, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive,” Pagano said. “People were coming through and see-

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THURSDAY, FEB. 13 THROUGH SUNDAY, FEB. 16 Sarasota County Adult Clay Court Tennis Championships — takes place at Payne Park Tennis Center, 2050 Adams Lane. This event is non-sanctioned and open to all tennis players. Event costs $25 each and includes singles and doubles draws for both men and women; open to A, B and C levels. Call 861-5000 for more information.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13 Winter Concert Series — runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at Five Points Park. Michelet Innocent will perform “Paris in the Park” at the first installment of the series. The concerts take place every Thursday for the month of February. Admission is free.

FRIDAY, FEB. 14 The Power of Love — runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court. Connect with local community organizations that work to empower and end violence against women. A short film, “One Billion Rising,” will be screened. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County. For information, visit wslr.org.

FRIDAY, FEB. 14, AND SATURDAY, FEB. 15 55th annual Auction and Festival — takes place at 5 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Sarasota Christian School, 5415 Bahia Vista St. The event kicks off with a pig roast at 5 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, enjoy games, food, live music, a rummage sale and more. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit sarasotachristian.org.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 15, AND SUNDAY, FEB. 16 Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts — runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Five Points Park. Artists from around the country will display and sell their work at this free annual festival.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15 Go Red Benefit for American Heart Association — runs from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Arlington Park Recreation Center, 2650 Waldemere Road. Help raise money with a lesson in jazzercise. Admission is a $5 donation. For information, call 779-3338.

SUNDAY, FEB. 16 Belles Sing the Blues — takes place at 2 p.m. at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way. Belle Canto, an allwomen’s vocal ensemble, will perform with jazz musicians. Tickets are $12.50 for students and $20 for the public. For information, visit theglenridge.com.

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American Association of University Women — takes place at 2 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Road. Former Loyola University professor Suzanne Dickie presents “Understanding the Affordable Care Act.” For information, call 924-8603. Mary Lou Johnson Exhibit Opening Reception — runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Sarasota Bay Club, 1301 N. Tamiami Trail. Wine and cheese opening reception with book signing by Mary Lou Johnson’s “Lure of Longboat Key.” Email maryloujohnson@ mac.com to RSVP.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 21 Sarasota Federated Music Club Presents Dr. Joseph Holt — takes place at 10:30 a.m. at Eicher Auditorium, Sunnyside Village, 5201 Bahia Vista St. The Sarasota Federated Music Club invites the public to enjoy a performance by Dr. Joseph Holt, with members of his Gloria Musicae Ensemble. Admission is free. For information, call 365-0367.

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by Harriet Sokmensuer | Community Editor

Farmers Market

Location: 1420 State St. Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, year-round Number of vendors: More than 70 About: Visitors can start their Saturdays at the market with outdoor yoga at 8 a.m., followed by fresh coffee. The market has been taking place for more than 30 years and offers patrons 5,000 square feet of produce and plants. Get lost in the colorful creations by artisans, including soap, textiles and home goods. Why go? The market’s yoga class, located by the fountain on Lemon Avenue, is free. Info: sarasotafarmersmarket.com

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Above: The “Orchid Doctor” booth

Location: Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 S. Beneva Road Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, yearround Number of vendors: 13 About: Phillippi Farmhouse Market, which debuted in January, is a lowkey farmers market located in Central Sarasota. Vendors sell baked goods, olive oil, plants, natural bath products and more to neighborhood residents who walk, ride their bikes or drive to the market. Why go? The market is still growing and has a small-town feel. Orchid fans should be sure to meet the “Orchid Doctor,” Jim Roberts, who is happy to help a fellow flora fan. Info: centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com Left: Sarasota native Josh Moffett loves the market’s food and neighborhood feel.

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Siesta Key Farmers Market Location: 5124 Ocean Blvd. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, June through September; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, October through May Number of vendors: 25 This six-year-old market offers patrons a variety of organic, local and handmade items. Visitors can shop for unique clothing and jewelry while enjoying live music. Why go? The market is a short walk away from Siesta Key Beach. Info: siestafarmersmarket.com

Location: Phillippi Estates, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, October through April Number of vendors: 46 About: The market gets its name from the Keith Farmhouse, the first building erected on Phillippi Estates in 1916. Part of the money earned benefits the farmhouse’s restoration. Vendors sell local fruits and vegetables as well as USDA-certified organic produce. There are food trucks with hot food perfect for breakfast or lunch. Why go? The market often partners with the Humane Society of Sarasota to host fun, pet-focused events open to the public. Info: farmhousemarket.org

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The Sarasota Christian boys basketball team defeated Southwest Florida Christian 63-56 to win the Class 2A-District 9 championship Feb. 7.

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Sarasota High wrestlers Tobias Baker and Chance Sharbono both finished in the top four in their respective weight classes at the Class 2A-Region 3 meet Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 to advance to the Class 2A FHSAA Wrestling Championships Feb. 14 and Feb. 15.

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Athletes from Riverview, Cardinal Mooney and Booker high schools made their college choices official during National Signing Day Feb. 5. SARASOTA — Eighteen Sarasota County student-athletes officially announced their intention to play at the next level during National Signing Day Feb. 5. National Signing Day marked the first official day football players could sign letters of intent. Eight athletes signed football scholarships while the remainder signed soccer, softball, swimming, golf and track and crosscountry scholarships. Players signed with a wide range of schools across Florida as well as Georgia, Virginia, Michigan, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, New York and Pennsylvania. Here’s a look at where this year’s National Signing Day athletes are headed.

NICK BERNIER, 17 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Football POSITION: Defensive end and

long snapper

COLLEGE CHOICE: Lyon College DECIDING FACTOR: “I really want-

ed to go somewhere where I knew (at least one) of my teammates,” Bernier says. “Luckily it worked out that four of us could go.” INTENDED MAJOR: Psychology SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s always been a dream of mine to sign on signing day,” Bernier says.

ANNA BRUSCO SCHOOL: Cardinal Mooney SPORT: Soccer POSITION: Forward COLLEGE CHOICE: Florida Atlantic

University

DECIDING FACTOR: Being in Boca

Raton and close to Miami. “I like playing in the heat,” Brusco says. OTHER OPTIONS: Lynn University INTENDED MAJOR: Undecided SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s really exciting to be able to play at the next level and be a college athlete,” Brusco says.

GRACE CASAGRANDE, 18 SCHOOL: Cardinal Mooney SPORT: Track and cross-country COLLEGE CHOICE: St. Louis

University

DECIDING FACTOR: “When I went

on my visit, I automatically clicked with the team,” Casagrande says. “I felt a connection to the team and a connection to the coaches, and I could just see myself there.” OTHER OPTIONS: University of Florida and the University of Mississippi INTENDED MAJOR: International business SIGNING DAY REACTION: “All of the hard work I’ve put in over the past four years has finally come together.”

MASON FOX, 18 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Golf COLLEGE CHOICE: Nova

Southeastern University DECIDING FACTOR: The location, the weather and the chance to win a National Championship “I was contacted by schools all over the country, but I wanted to stay in South Florida,” Fox says. “I’m very happy with my choice.” OTHER OPTIONS: University of Cincinnati, Mercer University and Marquette INTENDED MAJOR: Economics SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s very exciting because I have been working for it for so long ... ”

ALISSA JACKSON, 18

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SCHOOL: Booker SPORT: Football POSITION: Running back and

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Florida

DECIDING FACTOR: The program and

the coaches. “They really want to develop not just good players but also good people,” Jackson says. INTENDED MAJOR: Physical therapy or social science SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s exciting,” Jackson says. “It’s nice to see all of my friends signing, too.”

RICHIE JAMES, 18 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Football POSITION: Wide receiver COLLEGE CHOICE: Middle Tennessee State DECIDING FACTOR: “It’s a great place

to be,” James says. “There are a lot of good people there — the fans, the coaches and the upcoming talent.” OTHER OPTIONS: Georgia Southern INTENDED MAJOR: Sports management SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s a sigh of relief,” James says. “It’s been a long process. It’s been fun and stressful at the same time.”

SAM JOHNSON, 18 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Football POSITION: Linebacker COLLEGE CHOICE: United States Military

Academy at West Point DECIDING FACTOR: “I’ve wanted to go there ever since they first came to see me in the spring,” Johnson says. “It’s a great school.” INTENDED MAJOR: Undecided SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s very exciting, but also very nerve-racking,” Johnson says.

ALEX KATZ, 17 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Swimming STROKE: Freestyle and backstroke COLLEGE CHOICE: University of

Michigan

DECIDING FACTOR: “After my trip there I just knew it was the perfect fit,” Katz says. “It has everything I want in a school.” INTENDED MAJOR: Undecided SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s really special knowing you worked so hard and finally having it pay off,” Katz says.

JACLYN KNAPCZYK, 17 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Soccer POSITION: Center midfielder COLLEGE CHOICE: James Madison

University

DECIDING FACTOR: The major and the opportunity to play soccer OTHER OPTIONS: William & Mary INTENDED MAJOR: Intelligence analysis SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s relieving and also exciting to be able to go on to the next level,” Knapczyk says.

DAVID KNIGHT, 18 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Football POSITION: Guard COLLEGE CHOICE: Lyon College DECIDING FACTOR: “The chance to

play with my teammates again and stick together for another four years,” Knight says. INTENDED MAJOR: Undecided SIGNING DAY REACTION: “When you’re younger, you think about how wonderful it would be to see yourself here doing this,” Knight says. “A weight has been lifted off of my shoulders now.”

COLLEGE CHOICE: University

of South Florida

DECIDING FACTOR: “It felt like home on the

visit,” Mack says.

OTHER OPTIONS: Michigan, Arkansas, Iowa

State, Louisville and UCLA

INTENDED MAJOR: Physical education SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It means a lot,”

Mack says. “I can finally stop worrying about (where I’m) going to college.”

TONY MASCOLINO, 18 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Football POSITION: Defensive tack-

le and punter

College

COLLEGE CHOICE: Lyon

DECIDING FACTOR: “It’s all about my team-

mates,” Mascolino says. “I wanted to follow them and continue playing together for four years.” INTENDED MAJOR: Biology SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s one of the best feelings in the world,” Mascolino says.

MARK MILLER, 17 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Football POSITION: Center COLLEGE CHOICE: Lyon

College

DECIDING FACTOR: “It was

a really good fit and I liked the academics,” Miller says. INTENDED MAJOR: Chemistry SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s a life-changing moment,” Miller says. “This is something I’ll remember forever.”

KATY MIXON, 17 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Soccer POSITION: Center mid-

fielder

COLLEGE CHOICE: The

University of West Georgia

DECIDING FACTOR: The opportunity to move

out of state and experience a different landscape OTHER OPTIONS: Youngstown State University and Florida Southern College INTENDED MAJOR: Undecided SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s relieving and exciting,” Mixon says.

CARLY NICHOLAS, 17 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Softball POSITION: Third base COLLEGE CHOICE: Eastern

Florida State College

DECIDING FACTOR: “It’s like a big family

there and everyone is so hardworking,” Nicholas says. OTHER OPTIONS: State College of Florida INTENDED MAJOR: Undecided SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s a relief off of my shoulders,” Nicholas says.

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NIAMH O’GRADY, 17 SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Swimming STROKE: Freestyle COLLEGE CHOICE:

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Sarasota High falls to Braden River

Washington University in St. Louis DECIDING FACTOR: “I loved the combination of the education and the team,” O’Grady says. OTHER OPTIONS: Johns Hopkins University INTENDED MAJOR: Biochemistry SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s really exciting,” O’Grady says. “I’ve been a high school swimmer for four years and now to be able to come up and do this, I’m just excited to be here.”

Sarasota’s Zach Rowden brings the ball down the court in the second quarter.

SAM PROCTOR SCHOOL: Booker SPORT: Baseball POSITION: Pitcher COLLEGE CHOICE:

University of Pittsburgh OTHER OPTIONS: Texas, Florida, Miami and LSU

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Photos by Jen Blanco

Sarasota senior Joey Cavallaro goes up for a shot in the second quarter against Braden River in the Class 7A-District 10 quarterfinals Feb. 3.

SCHOOL: Riverview SPORT: Football POSITION: Free safety COLLEGE CHOICE:

University

The Sarasota High boys basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 5640 loss to Braden River in the Class 7ADistrict 10 quarterfinals Feb. 3. The Sailors led 19-16 at halftime, but were unable to hold off a secondhalf surge by the Pirates.

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DECIDING FACTOR: “The coaches and

everyone is like a family,” Walker says. “They are more interested in having you graduate than playing football.” OTHER OPTIONS: University of South Florida INTENDED MAJOR: International business SIGNING DAY REACTION: “It’s a big weight lifted off of my shoulders knowing where I’m going,” Walker says.

Sarasota’s Shaquese Johnson was one of five seniors who played their final game in a Sailors uniform Feb. 3.

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Feb. 15, at the Lakeland Center. Connor Steinfeld (152 pounds) and Billy Sadlo (145) finished second and third, respectively, at the Class Riverview High named Carl Williams 1A-Region 3 meet Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, its new girls basketball coach Feb. 6. Williams, who spent the past five sea- at Berkeley Prep to qualify for the state championships. son coaching at Braden River, replaces former coach Alan Hamm, who resigned after one season. + SCSC honored for its Four days after learning Hamm had outstanding service stepped down at Riverview, Williams The Sarasota County Sports interviewed for the position, which he Commission recently received a 2014 later received. Readers’ Choice Award for its outstand+ Sarasota Military Eagles ing professionalism and service in hostsporting events. advance two to state meet ingThe SportsEvent Media Group preIn its first season of postseason eligibil- sented the SCSC with the award. The ity, Sarasota Military Academy will send SCSC was one of only three Florida two wrestlers to the Class 1A FHSSA destinations chosen for the award. Wrestling Championships Feb. 14 and

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The number of points Jacqueline Kulle scored in the Cardinal Mooney girls basketball team’s 46-31 loss to Admiral Farragut in the Class 3A-Region 3 quarterfinals Feb. 6.

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The number of Sarasota County hockey players chosen for the Florida High School Hockey Association Lightning Conference All-Star Game Feb. 9.

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The number of sprint races scheduled to take place during the 5th annual Sarasota Invitational Regatta Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 at Nathan Benderson Park.

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The number of wins The Out-of-Door Academy girls basketball team posted this season after only winning three games last year.

The number of points Pack scored in Sarasota’s 56-30 victory over St. Petersburg Northeast in the Class 7A-Region 3 quarterfinals Feb. 6.

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The number of points Pack has scored in her first season with the Lady Sailors.

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Ashton families raise heartbeats and money Ashton Elementary families ran in the school’s annual Star Sprint Feb. 5. The event is Ashton’s biggest fundraiser of the year and invites parents and students to race around the parking lot. Ashton Principal Chris Renouf told the students to enjoy themselves whether they were walking, jogging or running. “It’s really about keeping yourself moving,” Renouf said. The money raised from the event will go to the school’s technology fund.

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JOANNA FOX Booker Middle School creative writing teacher Joanna Fox’s classroom resembles an underground French poetry café: dimly lit with a mix of kitchen tables and mismatched chairs. Fox says the homey atmosphere fosters creativity and creates a welcoming environment for her students to showcase their work each quarter, when Fox’s classroom is transformed into the Dragonfly Café. Students read their poetry on stage for their families and classmates. “It’s like coming home,” Fox says of the feeling her students and newcomers alike experience when they enter her classroom. Fox’s teaching career began close to home as well — she started by volunteering at her children’s schools. At her son’s

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APPRECIATION

7B Taking a load off your laundry!

by Harriet Sokmensuer | Community Editor

The Jewish National Fund honors members

GRAND RE-OPENING! COME DO YOUR LAUNDRY WITH US!

• Great Location • Clean & Friendly • Fully Attended • New JUMBO Machines • Air Conditioned • New TV’s • Wash, Dry & Fold Service Available!

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Co-Chairs David and Edie Chaifetz with Len and Helen Glaser

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STONEYBROOK GOLF & C.C.

SENSATIONAL FIRST FLOOR 1661 SQ. FT. Abbey Veranda overlooking the 17th green & fairway. 2BD/2BA + Den, beautifully turn-key furnished and decorated. Sprawling tiled flrs, wet bar, enclosed lanai, garage, golf equity incl., tennis, fitness, clubhouse. OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 1-4PM 9590 High Gate Dr. #1916...........$279,900 WONDERFUL, BRIGHT, CHEERY, WELL MAINTAINED 2BD/2BA TURN-KEY 2nd Flr. Condo with great golf views! Condo features tiled flrs, including Lanai, above average furnishings, soft Florida colors, new AC, full golf membership incl., near pool, assumable rental income in place for 2014 season. Tennis, fitness, Clubhouse...................$144,900 FANTASTIC 1661 SQ. FT. END UNIT Abbey Veranda located on the 7th fairway. This beautifully decorated and turn-key furnished Veranda has been extremely well maintained and features tile floors, chair rails, enclosed tiled lanai, dry bar, walk-in closets, new AC system, garage + more. A full golf equity incl., tennis, fitness, clubhouse, walking trails..................................................................................$267,000

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The Jewish National Fund held its annual Guardian of Israel Award Luncheon Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Michael’s On East. The luncheon honored Bruce and Janet Udell and Dr. Norman and Hannah Weinbery for their involvement in the Jewish community. Proceeds from the luncheon went toward the purchase of a firetruck for the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services. “It is an honor for us to honor them,” said JNF CEO Russell Robinson on the honorees. “To have them as a part of our community is a privilege.”

Photos by Harriet Sokmensuer

Grand Opening GOLF COURSE AND NEW GOLF COURSE HOMES

You Could Win a

THE WAIT IS OVER…

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Join us: Saturday, February 15th | Noon - 4:00pm It’s finally tee time at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch! Join us as we celebrate the GRAND OPENING of the golf course and our new golf floor plans and home sites. On February 15th from noon-4pm, enjoy great food, entertainment, prize giveaways and tours of our model homes. See for yourself the unmatchable amenities offered only at Esplanade. Register before 2pm, and you could win a BRAND NEW CAR! It’s a great time to buy a new home while prices and interest rates are still low – and there’s no better place to call home than Esplanade Golf & Country Club at Lakewood Ranch.

• Tour models, our newest golf course home sites as well as our state-of-theart amenities

• Enjoy the party atmosphere with our energetic and talented DJ!

• Entertainment and familyfriendly fun including a balloon twisting, face painting and more…

Directions: From I-75 take SR 70 east to Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Go north (left) and then east (right) at the first traffic light - Rangeland Rd. Follow to community.

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real estate | transactions

By Adam Hughes | Research Editor

Home in Cherokee Park sells for $2.5 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between Jan. 27 and Jan. 31. A property in Cherokee Park tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Charles Johnson Jr. and David Johnson, trustees, and Amanda Johnson, of Sarasota, sold two homes at 1501 North Drive to Bayfront Shores LLC for $2.5 million. The first home, built in 1950, has three bedrooms, four baths and 3,381 square feet of living area. The second home, built in 1950, has one bedroom, one bath and 1,914 square feet of living area.

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Sarasota, sold their home at 7235 Antigua Place to Michael and Cynthia Tolliver, of Rockford, Ill., for $267,000. Built in 1972, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,573 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $230,000 in 2003. Susan Bierker, of Sarasota, sold her home at 7428 Dickens Drive to Joseph Spencer and James Marafioti, of Pittsford, N.Y., for $225,000. Built in 1972, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,228 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $150,000 in 2001. Harriet Sokmensuer

The Tower Residences

Patricia Porter, trustee, of Darien, Conn., sold the Unit 1001 condominium at 35 Watergate Drive to Norman Rau, of Sarasota, for $2.4 million. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,751 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $2.05 million in 2011. David and Kathleen Vrona, trustees, of Goshen, Ky., sold the Unit 601 condominium at 35 Watergate Drive to Pamela Workman, trustee, of New York, for $1,717,500. Built in 2003, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,751 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.8 million in 2003.

The Residences

Jeffrey Sedacca, of Sarasota, sold his Unit 1205 condominium at 1111 RitzCarlton Drive to Jeanette Hyde, of Sarasota, for $1.05 million. Built in 2001, it has two bedrooms, two baths, one half-bath and 2,011 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $945,000 in 2001.

Bay Plaza

Rita Basist, of Sarasota, sold the Unit 908 condominium at 1255 N. Gulfstream Ave. to Howard Berman, of Rochester,

This home at 1501 North Drive has three bedrooms, four baths and 3,381 square feet of living area. It sold for $2.5 million. N.Y., for $810,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 2,055 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $550,000 in 2001.

Harbor Acres

Jeffrey and Christine Johnson, of Ashburn, Va., sold their home at 1520 Harbor Place to Daniel and Erin Manzano, of Sarasota, for $665,000. Built in 1964, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,808 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $465,000 in 2012.

Condominium on the Bay

Michael P. Burger Trust LLC sold the Unit 214 condominium at 988 Blvd. of the Arts to Steven and Susan Gottlieb, of Smithtown, N.Y., for $580,000. Built in 1982, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,729 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $440,000 in 2013.

Sunset Towers

The Bank of New York Mellon, trustee, sold the Unit 702 condominium at 11

Sunset Drive to Nancy Harris, of Milford, Conn., for $386,000. Built in 1980, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,336 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $190,000 in 1997.

Phillippi Landings

Mark Freeman, trustee, and Eugene Parrella sold the Unit 702 condominium at 1921 Monte Carlo Drive to Matthew and Rita Longo, of Verona, N.J., for $382,900. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,706 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $773,100 in 2006.

Whit-Acres

W. Turner Porter, of Stratham, N.H., sold the home at 1713 Fiesta Drive to Margaret Loomis, trustee, for $370,000. Built in 1990, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,638 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $380,000 in 2004.

Gulf Gate Woods

John Skeens and Barbara Skeens, of

SIESTA KEY Sara Sands

George McLain Jr., trustee, and Barbara McLain, of Sarasota, sold the home at 5168 Sandy Shore Ave. to Alison Killelea, of Sarasota, for $725,000. Built in 1963, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,256 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $650,000 in 2010.

Ocean Beach

Victor Benaroya, of Sarasota, sold his home at 536 Ralph St. to John and Dava Stravinsky, of Bellport, N.Y., for $638,000. Built in 1956, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,484 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $440,000 in 2008.

Ocean View

Themistokles Konstantinou, of Sarasota, sold his home at 8338 Midnight Pass Road to Leonard Meyer, of Sarasota, for $476,000. Built in 1957, it has two bedrooms, one bath and 780 square feet of living area.

Crescent Royale

Dennis Wilde and Patricia Wilde, trustees, of Cuyahoga, Ohio, sold the Unit 311 condominium at 797 Beach Road to Fred

LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER

5290 Avenida Navarra #A3978830 $950,000 Mark McCann

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-685-7624

533 E Macewen Dr #A3990294 $895,000 Rosalie Phillips

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-544-4430

8963 Fishermens Bay Dr #A3992285 $880,000 June Howell

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-350-7521

8939 Bloomfield Blvd #A3990467 $799,900 Drew Russell

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-993-3739

749 Freeling Dr #A3989373 $3,600,000 Ian Addy Pa

9008 Midnight Pass Rd # 1 #A3985012 $769,000 Karen Cash Greco

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

864 Macewen Dr #A3990935 $699,000 Nicole Dovgopolyi

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-356-5849

7611 Heathfield Ct #A3991813 $699,000 Linda Driggs

University Park 941-951-6660 941-374-2920

14186 Edsel Dr. #N5782445 $679,900 David Sheptak

Port Charlotte 941-485-5421 941-525-3322

2265 Buckskin Dr #D5796478 $650,000 Bob Lorence

Siesta Key 941-383-7591 941-961-8850

Englewood 941-473-7750 239-682-2106

3290 Charles Macdonald Dr #A3990441 $649,000 Melba Jimenez PA

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-356-3970

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

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-735-4393

1253 Quail Run Trl #A3978391 $549,000 Jennifer Putnam

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-539-6768

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-356-9642

1070 Romano Key Cir #C7052279 $525,000 Jennifer Calenda

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

1709 Starling Dr # 1709 #A3991974 $515,000 Tara Lamb & Judy Greene

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-266-4873

393 N Point Rd # 602 #A3987507 $475,000 Diane Hager

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-918-1977

1794 Cunliff Ln #A3990787 $475,000 Stacy Hanan

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-266-0529

4576 Higel Ave #A3981163 $399,900 Kristine Niehaus

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-376-4950

2827 Bon Air Ave #A3990391 $375,000 Annette Bentley

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-374-0318

435 S Gulfstream Ave # 1007 #A3992279 $350,000 Pamela Wall

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537 Westmount Ln #N5783399 $349,900 Helene Johnston

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TOP BUILDING PERMITS These are the largest city of Sarasota and Sarasota County building permits issued for the week of Jan. 27 through Jan. 31, in order of dollar amounts.

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CITY OF SARASOTA Address

Permit

Applicant

Amount

416 Woodland Drive 3550 Tangier Terrace 1687 North Drive 1381 Harbor Drive 2200 Bahia Vista St. 2489 Davis Blvd. 174 Golden Gate Point 2168 Webber St. 3012 Courtland St. 1931 High Point Circle

Renovations Solar Pool/Spa Enclosure Re-roof Enclosure Windows Plumbing Plumbing Re-roof

Cornelius Murphy Scott Schechter Jistom Wassermam Shawn Davidson Sue Murray Steven Litwack Joseph Hart Robert McArthur Lou Lewis Nada Dishman

$95,946 $44,955 $41,382 $27,000 $17,500 $16,000 $14,535 $10,300 $9,868 $9,500

SARASOTA COUNTY Address

Permit

Applicant

6310 Sturbridge Court 5331 Cape Leyte Drive 413 Waterside Lane 411 Waterside Lane 7529 Sundial Terrace 1080 W. Peppertree Lane 1607 Pine Bay Drive 7782 Holiday Drive 330 Avenida De Paradisio 1815 N. Lake Shore Drive

Repairs Addition Remodel Enclosure Garage/Remodel Remodel Carport/Wall Wall/Boatlift Doors/Windows Pool/Deck

George Pasternack John Medico Jr. Lucy Murse, trustee Howard McNally Daniel Eggbrecht Willis Winters Mary Guyton Ken Larabee Franklin Tugwell Peter Smith

Amount $145,000 $98,000 $98,000 $98,000 $60,000 $58,000 $45,000 $41,985 $40,000 $39,070

7321 Midnight Pass Rd #A3979170 $6,950,000 Michael Hays

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

Source: Sarasota County; city of Sarasota

3514 Tangier Ter #A3989825 $5,500 Lisa Shope

8501 Midnight Pass Rd #A3971591 $8,500,000 Kim & Michael Ogilvie

42 Sportsman Ter #D5795828 $309,900 Marci Storey/Debi Benson

3834 Sunniland St #A3987012 $209,000 Veronika Bajtala

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-320-8022

329 Glen Oak Rd #N5779846 Robin Sullivan

217 Louella Ln #A3992256 Terri Healey

$1,495,000

Nokomis/North Venice 941-966-8000 941-320-0389

571 N Macewen Dr #A3991268 $1,225,000 Betty Mullinnix & Steve Abbe

Osprey 941-966-8000 941-928-3441

11523 30Th E Cv #A3980352 $1,150,000 Ann Moore

Parrish 941-951-6660 941-320-8461

4712 Ocean Blvd # 1 #A3990929 $1,100,000 Alix Wexler PA

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

140 Avenida Veneccia # A #A3991311 $975,000 Kristina Talkie & Judy Arreola

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

6160 N Gator Creek Blvd #A3979777 $899,000 Robert Moffatt

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-232-3370

8905 Bloomfield Blvd #A3991964 $895,000 Janice Perry

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-228-0848

988 Blvd Of The Arts # 917 #A3992198 $895,000 Joan Boltax

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-350-6390

1280 Dolphin Bay Way # 402 #A3988958 $825,000 Kristina Rain

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-320-2639

4712 Ocean Blvd # W-2 #A3991231 $799,900 Harvey & Ethel Lovelace

Siesta Key 941-349-3444 941-586-7390

1350 Main St # 600 #A3990443 $747,500 Bibi-Ann Allard PA

Sarasota 941-951-6660 941-685-0422

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Rotonda West 941-473-7750 941-380-0153

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-544-2134

4398 Legacy Ct #A3992191 $299,000 Beverly Alter

5800 Hollywood Blvd # 123 #A3991479 $195,000 Stacy Liljeberg

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-228-4556

Sarasota 941-349-3444 941-544-6103

Venice $2,600 941-552-4200

3039 Rose St #A3970386 $2,400 Lisa Gullick

Sarasota 941-552-4200 941-321-6973

Siesta Key 941-951-6660 941-376-1717

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

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Port Charlotte 941-639-0000 941-626-4841

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24901 Drumblaire Court #C7051027 $236,500 Thomas Dougherty

Sarasota 941-966-8000 941-321-3696

Siesta Key 941-966-8000 941-356-9954

Raymond Berry, trustee, of Palm Beach, sold the Unit 301 condominium at 8635 Midnight Pass Road to Patrick Reilly, of Livingston, N.J., for $315,000. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,160 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $99,000 in 1988.

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4208 Hearthstone Dr #A3992159 $315,000 Joan Parkinson P A

Bay Tree Club

762 Siesta Dr #A3989976 $1,890,000 Kelly Quigley & Linda Dickinson

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and Angele Braun, of Lakewood Ranch, for $454,900. Built in 1970, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,122 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $316,500 in 1999. Elaine and Carl Sian, of Port Charlotte, sold their Unit 508 condominium at 757 Beach Road to Robert and Sandra Hulvat, of Sarasota, for $335,000. Built in 1970, it has one bedroom, one bath and 816 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $325,000 in 2012.


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YOUR NEIGHBOR | Barbara Miller

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(Located on south side of building).

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IN HER OWN WORDS: “It’s a secure neighborhood in a wonderful location. It’s close to Siesta Beach and has easy access to Sarasota.”

— Barbara Miller

Barbara Miller used to play the role of the picture-perfect, all-American woman. During the ’70s and ’80s, the former model posed as a doting mother, insightful nurse and successful businesswoman in national campaigns for A&W, Linens ’N’ Things and Bayer Aspirin. “It was all part of the job,” says the mother of two. “In a way, you were an actress.” Miller grew up in Cambria Heights, Queens, N.Y., where she commuted an hour-and-a-half to attend the New York City High School of Performing Arts. Miller began dancing ballet, tap and jazz at 5 years old in her neighborhood dance class. By the time she graduated high school in 1962, Miller had performed in shows that highlighted Sammy Davis Jr., Al Martino and Jack Jones. “It was thrilling,” she says. The 5-foot, 5-inch blonde dreamed of performing on Broadway, however, she found success in modeling and appeared on the pages of publications such as The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and Reader’s Digest. Every day after she sent her son and

A 27 Hole Executive Golf Course...

daughter to school, Miller would travel to auditions throughout the city. Although the “go sees” were demanding, it was all part of the job. “It wasn’t easy,” she says. “We would do our own hair and makeup and supply our Neighborhood: costumes, but when Palmer Ranch you got the job out of Your neighbor 30 other people, it was since: 1995 worth it.” Miller also appeared in commercials, soap operas and movies. One of her favorite roles on the silver screen was a silent part as a grieving widow in 1986’s “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” with Whoopi Goldberg. In 1988 Miller followed her parents to Sarasota, where she rented a condo on Lido Key. Seven years later, she built a house in Palmer Ranch, where she resides today. Miller is now a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate on St. Armands Circle and is celebrating her 25-year milestone with the company. With most of her family living in Sarasota, Miller says she’s never been happier. “I’m truly lucky,” she says. — Harriet Sokmensuer

VENICE’S WAT E R F RO N T LANDMARK SINCE 1976.

just 2 miles from Siesta Key’s South Bridge!

This beautiful 27 hole course is a favorite for local golfers. We are family (and kid) friendly, inexpensive, and very convenient. Gulf Gate Golf Club is the perfect place for your next golf outing. Enjoy the beautiful lake views and nature while playing or simply rest at the Bar.

marina restaurant tavern CONSISTENTLY VOTED

Men’s and Women’s rental clubs available.

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Record Temperatures High

Low

High

Low

Wednesday, Feb. 5

80

67

87 (1990)

24 (1996)

Thursday, Feb. 6

78

57

85 (1957)

28 (1996)

Friday, Feb. 7

68

53

84 (1989)

31 (1978)

Saturday, Feb. 8

70

59

85 (1957)

34 (1978)

Sunday, Feb. 9

74

57

86 (1994)

28 (1995)

Monday, Feb. 10

62

52

84 (1986)

32 (1995)

Tuesday, Feb. 11

73

52

86 (1959)

31 (1919)

AVERAGE GULF WATER TEMPERATURE: 62 SUNRISE / SUNSET

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60 Activity for 65-Across 63 MacGraw of “Love Story” 64 Fourth mo. 65 Drunk tank regular 66 Needing a refill 67 Essential point 68 Christmas carol 70 Spain’s Costa del ___ 72 Crafty 74 A third of ninety? 75 Give employment to 76 As many as 77 Color property 78 Common Market letters 80 Hearty laugh sound 82 Always, with an apostrophe 83 Eat like a bird 84 Last word in movies? 85 Victim of the Bolsheviks 86 Fixed attitude 88 No longer squeaky 90 Beginning 92 ___ chi 93 Bristle of barley 95 Suffix of ordinal numbers 96 ET’s craft 97 Things on a list 99 Wet thud 102 Electric car maker 104 Flowing, at the bar 106 Take your pick 107 Lie in wait 109 Like some shoes and drinks 110 Congeal 111 “Fantastic Mr. Fox” author Roald

114 Golfer’s mound 115 Lyrical song style 117 Decorated with gold 120 Wander around leisurely 121 Grazing land 122 Broadway lights type 123 Ali, more than once 127 Like Annie Oakley’s aim 128 Kind of witness 129 Turkey is part of it 130 Equine critter 131 Be bitter about 132 Engaged in a petty argument

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Items Under $200 For Sale

Autos Wanted

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.

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

COUNTERTOP IRONING Board, excellent condition. $15. 941-925-0746.

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

EURO-PRO DUTCH Oven $75. Tommy Bahama Rattan Mirror, Lamp and Picture $125. 941-321-4626 or 941-737-8972. EXERCISER: SPORTRIDER whole body, $75. Thule 2 bike holder, $75. VCR chest, $25. 941-685-4529. GOLF CLUBS and bag: Lady’s Taylor Made. Gently used, nearly new, $195. 941-927-7452. HOPE CHEST: cedar lined, 52"Lx18"Wx22"H. Must see! $90.00 o/b/o. 941-371-3513. HUTCH: NATURAL wood, $150. Armchair, $30. Desk chair, $20. 941-993-8438. INDUSTRIAL MOP Bucket & Mop, like new. $35. Two Danforth Boat Anchors, choice, $20. 941-923-3317. 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. PLANTS (2): Bird of Paradise, white, 4 ft. trees. $25 each. 941-924-9501. REFRIGERATOR: G.E. side by side. Excellent cond. $175.00. Moving, must sell. 941-351-4317. STERLING PENDANT: “Nana”, 7/8” x 1/2” by silversmith designer. $75. 941-925-0905. 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. WET/DRY VAC: Ridge 9 gallon, $75. Hoover upright steam vac, $75. 941-923-4347.

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.

Boats ChitwoodCharters.com Cruise or Fish Hyatt Sarasota Docks 32’/53’ Yachts - 2hrs./2 months 941-383-5232 HOBIE KAYAK: Tandem, peddle powered. Paddles included. $500 obo. 609-709-2824.

Furnishings BRAND NEW Serta Queen Pillowtop Mattress Set. Willing to sacrifice for $150. Need to sell quickly! (941)387-4810.

Garage/Moving/Estate Sales AUNT’S ESTATE SALE. 4155 Oakhurst Circle West, Saturday 9am-2pm. Sofa, chairs, dining table with 8 chairs, full and twin bed sets, full kitchen, glassware, china, lamps, sewing, patio, full garage and more.

COMMUNITY SALE Saturday, Feb. 15th - 8am-12noon Woodside South Clubhouse 7100 Bright Creek off Bispham between 41 & Gulf Gate ESTATE SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 - 8:45a.m.-2p.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 - 8:45a.m.-2p.m. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 - 10a.m.-2p.m. 521 Armada Road S. – Venice 34285 Life long collector: Antiques -165 pc. cut glass, pressed, carnival, crystal, milk & depression glass; oak table & buffet, perfumes, mid century accessories, vintage Dairy Queen & Coke, old cameras, clocks, dishes & wicker; Other-jewelry, set of sterling & other sterling, silver plate, Kirman rug, telephone lamp, standing silver chest, corner cupboard, drop leaf table, cinnabar, bookends, mahogany chest & game table, rattan tables, 2 double beds, collectors plates, stemware, books, yard tools, Victorian style sofa, Hummels, 3 safes, books, washing machine, bikes, tools, linens & kitchenware.

89’ VOLVO 740 GLE: 100,500/miles, white, excellent condition. Great second car. Must sell. $1900 o/b/o. 941-383-5005.

Sale by Julie McClure Pix: www.estatesales.net

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2007 Mercury Grand Marquis LS, 61K/miles, like new, $898 2010 Hyundai Sonata GLS, 39K/miles, WARRANTY, $10988 1998 BMW 323 IC convertible, 79K/miles, $6988 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Premium, 66K/miles $9988 2003 Nissan Xterra, like new, 70K/miles, $8988 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman, 70K/miles, manual, $12988 2005 Honda Civic LX, Automatic, Coupe, Special Edition, excellent shape, 85K/miles, $7988 2009 Chevrolet HHR LS, 82K/miles, $7988 2003 Cadillac DeVille 64K/miles, like new, $7988 2006 Toyota Corolla LE only 43K/miles, 5/speed manual. Reduced! $7988 OVER 30 VEHICLES IN STOCK ALL CARS SERVICED “LIKE NEW” Financing Available

February 14, 15, 16 - 9a.m.-5p.m. Doors open at 9a.m., numbers go out at 8a.m. 3114 Heron Shores Drive, Venice Call 941-356-3318 This estate sale has paintings by listed artists, beautiful French clock and candelabras. Fabulous French Marquetry Vitrine, chest and 2 side tables. 3 Bedroom sets, computer desk, sofa and chairs. Carved Camphor chest on stand. Beautiful array of French glassware as well as other glassware. Nice rugs. Lamps, kitchenware, great decorating items. Bric-a-brac and more furniture. SALE CONDUCTED BY ANTIQUES AND CHATCHKES Reserved Space Visit us online at LP Reserved Space www.yourobserver.com

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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)

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

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

Condos/Apts. For Rent SIESTA KEY Condo: 1BR, furnished, walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. Pool, laundry, on ground floor. Available March and April. Pictures available. 586-344-0020. SIESTA KEY: 2BR/1BA, furnished, waterfront, pool, laundry, all amenities. No pets. Non-smoking. Beach, shopping. $1500/mo. Annual. $2500/mo. Seasonal. 941-349-5417, E-mail: shirley@cros.net

Condos For Sale DOWNTOWN BAYVIEW Built 2007. 2BR/2BA under 1100 sf, 2 garage spaces, all amenities. $245,000. 941-993-3351. FREE! What every Real Estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com PELICAN COVE. Beautiful update just completed on this 2BR/2BA in this highly regarded waterfront community. This ground floor unit comes fully furnished with no spared expense and perhaps is the nicest unit available for $225k. Call Siesta Beach Realty today for your preview @ 941-993-5722. SIESTA SUN ON SIESTA KEY: 2 units for sale, $189k and $199k. Gulf side, fully furnished, heated pool, good rental income, on-site management. Call Siesta Beach Realty, 941-993-5722. SUNRISE COVE: on the bay, turnkey, updated, 2BR/2BA, 2 pools, boat dock, quiet end of Key. Owner, 941-349-4859.

Medical Supplies/Equipment

Homes For Rent

MOBILITY CART, Pride/Traveler (GOGO). 3-wheel, battery charger. A-1 condition. $600. 941-379-3790.

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

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

RENTERS

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

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

Announcements ERA WATERSIDE Real Estate Brokerage in Siesta Beach Village, 5221 Ocean Blvd, will host a celebration of Olympic games and Team USA. Come meet local celebrities and join in the silent auction benefiting the Sarasota County Special Olympics. Friday, February 21, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Celebrities include: Daredevil Performer Nick Wallenda and local Special Olympics Athletes. Prize: 7 day Vacation Accommodations. Please use public parking off Canal Street in the Village. Linda Holley, Realtor, ERA Waterside Real Estate. 941-914-4914. FLEA MARKET/LUNCH/BAKE SALE Sat. 2/15, 8AM-3PM Orange Acres MHP, 5800 Clark Rd. (Exit 205, W of I75) Furniture, Household, Nicnacks, Jewelry, etc.

Personals *ADOPTION*: A Creative Financially Secure Home, LOVE, Laughter, Travel, Baking. Family awaits 1st baby. Expenses paid Jill 1-800-552-0045 FLBar 42311

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TOWNHOUSE, VENICE: Stoneywood Cove. Immaculate, 3BR/2.5BA, beautiful lake view. Non-smoking. No pets. $1200/mo. First and last. Credit refs. required. 941-378-7851.

Homes For Sale PRESTANCIA GRACIOUS Villa at Villa D' Este, three bedrooms and baths, formal and informal living areas, wood burning fireplace, separate office area and private two-car garage. Single family living with maintenance free convenience and gated security. Offered at $439,000. Tom Perkins, Premier Sotheby's International Realty 941-773-7634, t o m . p e r k i n s @ s o t h e b y s r e a l t y. c o m , www.longboatsarasotahomes.com

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

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

Help Wanted ACCOUNTING MANAGER to prep & analyze accounting records & reports; use knowledge of U.S. and foreign regulatory issues to ensure compliance through internal auditing for global herbal supply company in Bradenton, FL. Requires Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, or equivalent, and 2 years experience in job. Send resume to Herbal Powers Corp d/b/a HP Ingredients 707 24th Avenue W. Bradenton, FL 34205 ACT! MODEL! NOW! Looking for new faces for print, motion pictures, TV commercials. Children, adults, senior. 813-902-1722. AUDIO/VIDEO TRANSCRIPTS needed Must type 50+ wpm www.sbsgrp.com P/T SALES position available: 18-24 hours average per week. Gift shop located on Siesta Key. Retiress welcome. 727-244-5906.

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1. Some forest flowers had been cut down and wanted to come back to their stalks. “Tremendous!” they said to a nearby oak. 2. The difference between a yuppy businessman and his dog, Fido, was clear. The businessmen wore suits and his dog only pants.


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Carpentry

GORGEOUS WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA Apartment. Best Siesta. 2 Months Miniumum. Rent Negotiable. Condo Application. 941-350-0947.

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

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

OPEN HOUSE The Hyatt Residences on Siesta Key Beach 915 Seaside Drive Offered at $1,299,000 Top Floor Corner Unit Saturday, February 15 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lic. Real Estate Broker The Sarasota Real Estate Company David Lehrman 941-321-5595

COMPANION TO Elderly: Errands, doctor appointments, light housekeeping and cooking. Monday through Friday 8-2. 941-924-9791. FAMILY CARE. Offering support with after-school activities, pets, errands, companionship to elderly, cooking, light housekeeping. Joan 941-925-0746.

Real Estate Wanted

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

WANTED LUXURY ANNUAL RENTALS For Qualified Waiting Clients Contact - Sarasota Luxury Rentals 941-225-1356 email: info@sarasotaluxuryrentals.com Personalized attention with professional honest advice. 25 Years Experience - References available

Home Improvement/ Remodeling

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

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

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

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

Computer Services

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

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Home Improvement/ Remodeling

Auto Transport

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COMPUTER SUPPORT. Expert Trainer/Consultant for Email and many applications. Senior specialist. U.S. Coast Guard retired. Printer Ink Savings 40% plus. SEE: www.pcselftrain.com 781-789-7847. COMPUTER TECHNICAL Support. H/W & S/W problems solved. Virus/Malware removal; data recovery; Networking/ Internet Issues; Upgrades; A+, Network+ Cert. Tech. Navy trained electronics tech veteran. 941-225-0046. OWN A MAC/iPHONE/iPAD? MacTutor has 21+ years experience teaching Apple products. I speak English, not “Geek”! (941) 812-3887 www.FLMacTutor.com

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PROFESSIONAL TILE & MARBLE INSTALLATION 20 YRS. EXPERIENCE

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

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

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Cleaning BETTY’S HOUSECLEANING Service. Residential and Commercial. High quality cleaning. Reasonable rates. Licensed. References. Call 941-650-6180. BLUE FISH CLEANING INC. 941-705-3812. Insured, Bonded. Affordable reliable home cleaning, $60, 2 cleaners, 2 hours. HOUSE CLEANING, housekeeping, pet sitting, window washing. Excellent services by European couple. 941-350-8072.

MATURE COMPASSIONATE Caregiver to help with cooking, light housekeeping, doctor’s appts., etc. Also, experience in child care. Excellent references. 941-914-3259.

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

DOWNTOWN BAY. Directly on Bay, Sunset Towers, near Ringling Bridge, 2BR/2BA, 1500sf, $3200/mo. 330-757-7849.

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

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

Pressure Cleaning PRESSURE WASHING: Residential and Commercial. ECO Cleaning. Roofs, lanais, pool areas, etc. Roof coating also. 941-756-4570.

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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

777 Beach Road

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Benny Kimsey 941.400.7212

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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Anna Maria Island • Bird Key • Bradenton • Bradenton Beach • Holmes Beach • Lido Key • Longboat Key • Sarasota • St. Armands • Siesta Key

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 T JUS

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Windward Bay

$379,000

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 2,491 SF, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths,  4 Car Garage. Community pool and private walkway  to beach. 15’ x 20’ bonus room! MLS A3983728

Open kitchen with breakfast bar. 1 of 3 freestanding condos that make up Siesta Beach House. Gulf Views! $1,999,000

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Building Bridges ...between European and U.S. Buyers and Sellers 8 Winslow Place Buttonwood Harbor Longboat Key

Stunning 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, light & bright home with huge windows to bring awesome water views from every room. Resort style pool with spa and pergola and wonderful tropical landscaping on beautiful Cranes Bayou. Large boat dock with excellent boating water. Only minutes to the Intracoastal and no fixed bridge to the Gulf. Beach access across the street. Close to the new Publix and only minutes to St. www.8Winslow.com Armands and downtown Sarasota. Price: $2,500,000

2024 Alameda Ave Whitaker Bayou Sarasota

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JUNE LEBELL GOES ON THE AIR June LeBell was the first female announcer on a commercial classical music station in New York City. After 10 years, she is coming back to the airwaves.

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// ARTS&ENTERTAINMENT programs, “Salute to the Arts.” She’ll book, host and produce the program and invite performers and musicians from around the world to speak about their talent. She’ll start the series with Marilyn Horne — her longtime friend, former co-host and world famous mezzo-soprano opera singer. The two have known each other for more than 30 years. The relationship led them to collaborate on a radio program produced by the Marilyn Horne Foundation. The program, “On Wings of Song,” featured a broadcast of live recitals for an audience. It may be fitting that Horne is the first guest on LeBell’s new program, but she’s got a lot more great guests in store as well. “Since I contacted my whole list of email friends and I went on Facebook, I’ve gotten calls from a whole bunch of people who want to be on the program, which is fine by me,” she says. Although LeBell has a pretty face more suited to broadcast television than radio, she has the perfect radio voice. In fact, voice is where it all started. LeBell first studied voice at The High School of Music and Art (the school “Fame” was based on) and later studied voice at Mannes College of Music and at Hartt College in Connecticut, from where she graduated. For two years she sold shoes for Pappagallo shoes. The owner, who was a huge supporter and lover of classical music, only hired young, pretty, classically trained singers. He built a stage in the store and

FAMOUS NAMES June LeBell interviewed five to 10 people a week, 50 weeks a year for 29 years. The following list is a sampling of the famous people she hosted on her show: Chef Julia Child Composer Aaron Copland Conductor Zubin Mehta Met Opera baritone Sherrill Milnes A WQXR Radiothon in 1982. June LeBell is the only female at the table. had a practice room downstairs that the girls had to reserve. The first year, each singer gave a recital in the store, but when The New York Times wouldn’t review the performances because they weren’t in a major concert hall, the owner booked Carnegie Recital Hall. It was exciting, she says. “I wanted to be a classical singer, and I started realizing I had a good voice and I was a very good musician, but I didn’t have the size voice for a major opera house and I wasn’t going to have a major career,” she says. LeBell was working at Lincoln Center, first giving tours and later managing visitors’ services, when someone approached her about the WQXR job. The hiring agent told her the station was looking for a minority announcer. Not knowing that they were approaching her to guage

New York City Ballet star Jacques d’Amboise “Today” show film critic Gene Shalit with LeBell in the 1980s.

her own interest (she didn’t realize minority meant woman), she recommended her black friend, who had an almost identical resume, audition for the job. Her friend trained at the station, but ultimately was more interested in performing than hosting a radio program. LeBell then asked the hiring agent if she could host the program — he replied that was what he wanted in the first place. “I realized I could use everything I had ever learned as a singer on the air,” she says. She could talk for long periods of time without getting a sore throat; she could pronounce the terminology; she could have her friends on the show; and she could use her musical knowledge. For the first seven years, she worked as a relief announcer, filling in when people couldn’t host. In 1980, the station gave her her

first full-time shift. It was the kind of job where she worked 14-hour days, seven days a week. But she loved it — every day was different. LeBell hosted a variety of programming. “Today in New York” was a three-minute program discussing events happening in New York. There was the hourlong program “Salute to the Arts.” “Kitchen Classics” took place 30 minutes a day, five times a week and featured recipes from famous musicians who love to cook and eat. She hosted live chamber music concerts and other live broadcast series. She booked guests, programmed the music, hosted and produced the programs without any help aside from the on-air engineers. LeBell, who says she wasn’t outgoing when she was young, says it was a great job for a shy person because she could ask all

New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow Daughter of Leonard Bernstein Jamie Bernstein Cabaret pianist/arranger Alex Rybeck Jazz pianist Dick Hyman Violinist Itzhak Perlman Met Opera Music Director James Levine the questions she wouldn’t normally feel comfortable asking if it weren’t her job. “You could ask questions you could never ask at a cocktail party,” LeBell says. But it was her love for music and passion for people that ultimately pushed her to venture out of her comfort zone. “Spiritually, God put us on this Earth to do something, and it wasn’t to be shy,” she says.

FOR THE RECORD June LeBell says she will continue her Musical Conversations series with Sarasota Institute of Lifelong Learning. In some cases, she’ll even use portions of her SILL programs on the WSLR program.

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26th annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Downtown Sarasota Alliance 10 a.m. at Main Street Free. Call 746-6615.

Great Escapes Series: ‘Heart to Hart’. Sarasota Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. at Holley Hall. 5:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $29 to $49. Call 953-3434.

Luncheon with Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Bookstore1Sarasota. Noon at Florida Studio Theatre. Tickets $25. Call 366-9000.

‘Shrek: The Musical’ Manatee Players 7:30 p.m. at Manatee Performing Arts Center. Runs through March 2. Tickets $24 to $34. Call 749-1111. ‘Sordid Lives’ 7:30 p.m. at The Players Theatre. Runs through Feb. 23. Tickets $25 to $30. Call 365-2494. Irish Rovers. 8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Tickets $30 to $50. Call 953-3368.

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two wave frequencies lock together to make one waveform) … They studied different kinds of entrainment, and when two different people meet, hearts can actually entrain … This idea became kind of an interesting metaphor for the way in which these layers of marks spawned something in me (how I became entrained to them) … When you work as an artist the way I do, a lot of the work is intuitive as to why you decide to add a color, and I’ve been trying to locate ways to understand that.” Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 7:30 p.m. at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center Tickets $35 to $45. Call 306-1202. ‘Belles Sing the Blues’ Belle Canto. 8 p.m. at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center Tickets $20. Call 552-5325.

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Horse terminology:

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“That’s my life,” Caroline Williams says. “This is it. I get to do my passion and my love and my hobby and my everything.” to the U.S. for what was supposed to be a five-year contract. But, the Williamses never went back and made Venice their winter quarters, along with the rest of the circus performers. By growing up in the industry, Williams has acquired a lot of equine knowledge. For one, the circus stemmed from equestrian acts trick rider Philip Astley developed in 1768. And, sticking to tradition, this is also why equestrian acts lead the circus performances. The circus standard of performing in a ring 42 feet in diameter

also comes from equestrian. But she’s also learned a lot on the job. For one, she’s learned to secure her hair before performances. Once, she was supposed to pop a balloon with her bullwhip. Instead, the whip changed direction and grabbed a portion of her blonde wig. The whip pulled the wig off her head and dangled from the tip of the whip for the whole audience to see. “This performance, I have secured my hair,” she says with a laugh. “You live and learn and live and learn.”

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Caroline Williams has bad days like in any profession. But her worst day is a little different than most — it consists of wearing muck boots in the pouring rain. Even then, she still has a smile on her face. “I’m still there with the horses, so it’s never really that bad,” she says. She recently discussed her background and Circus Sarasota performance on-site at The Big Top, where many of the performers live for the duration of the circus. She commutes between the circus and her home in Myakka, where she lives with her six horses, son and fiancé. She begins talking about her act: She enters the ring on horseback. Williams’ is going for a bad-to-thebone look in a heavy-metal-inspired black outfit with silver studs on her coat and bullwhip in hand. She’s a commanding first act of Circus Sarasota’s “Wonderstruck,” which runs through Feb. 23. She’s performing the first quick-change act on a horse ever. She’ll magically change through four costumes (each change takes 15 to 20 seconds). Each transformation changes the mood of the performance. The equestrian is petite and pretty, and aside from her horseprinted graphic T-shirt and a little dirt under her nails, she does not look like the type who would spend 24/7 in a barn. It’s more than a full-time job tending to, caring for and training her horses — there’s no vacation. But she likes to take her son to Disney World occasionally. She also gives private horse and rider training


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// ‘Daddy Long Legs’ “Daddy Long Legs” began life in 1912 as Jean Webster’s beloved young-adult novel. And, boy, does that novel have legs. There have been umpteen adaptations for the stage and screen, including Shirley Temple’s “Curly Top” (1935) and a vehicle for Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron (1955). Composer and lyricist Paul Gordon and scriptwriter John Caird’s musical adaptation is now striding the stage at Florida Studio Theatre; Caird also directs this two-person play. The plot: A ragtime-era millionaire (who prefers to remain anonymous) pays for a precocious orphan girl’s college education. His only condition? As training for a future writing career, she must write him long letters on a regular basis, expecting no replies. She does — and nicknames him “Daddy Long Legs,” based on a glimpse of his lanky shadow. Jerusha (Penny McNamee), the orphan in question, blossoms at college. Jervis Pendleton (Kevin Earley), the millionaire in question, becomes enthralled by the personality revealed in the orphan’s missives. He arranges to meet her on various occasions but doesn’t reveal that he’s “Daddy.” Jerusha assumes her benefactor is old and bald. He isn’t. So, they meet; flowering feelings are frustrated; complications ensue. Do they get together in the end? Hey, does Oliver Twist get more gruel? This sweet story is served up with deft directing, clever staging and winning performances. In addition to being a fine playwright, Caird wrote the book on directing (“Theatre Craft: a Director’s Practical Companion from A-Z”). He shows a sure hand in this production. On top of everything else, the play is technically demanding. (It’s a touring production, so much expertise came with the tour.) Set and costume designer David Farley inventively builds Jerusha’s transitory life out of rear-

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OPERA // ‘Il Trovatore’

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Soprano Reyna Carguill, tenor Kirk Dougherty and baritone David Pershall in Sarasota Opera’s “Il Trovatore,” which runs through March 22. to be enveloped in sheer sound. Sarasota Opera is one of the few important companies in the country that delivers opera the way the composer envisioned it when it was first written. How do we know what Verdi wanted? Victor DeRenzi, the company’s artistic director and conductor, is a Verdi scholar and he’s gone back in time, figuratively speaking, to unearth original concepts, stagings, costumes, scenery and style. If you want to see and hear an opera as the composer intended it at the time he wrote it, Sarasota Opera is the place to be. As a result, the Sarasota Opera’s opening of “Il Trovatore” was stylistically right on the money. Leading the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, DeRenzi brought clean, controlled and beautifully Verdian sounds from the instrumentalists, offering solid support to the singers while never sagging the tempos or pushing the phrases.

(The fact that we have two orchestras of such excellence in town at the same time never fails to boggle my mind.) Michael Schweikardt’s scenery was perfectly appropriate for the time; it took us into stony castles and dank dungeons with just the right density and dust. Ken Yunker’s lighting captured the right time of day — mostly nighttime — with enough darkness to be somber and enough light in the right places to illumine the characters. And Howard Tsvi Kaplan’s costumes carried the look and weight of the period. Even Director Peter Sellars, who set Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” in a diner, “Marriage of Figaro” in Trump Tower and “Don Giovanni” in Spanish Harlem, would be hard-pressed to update or renovate “Il Trovatore.” Stage Director Stephanie Sundine stuck to tradition and, in doing so, gave us a taste of true 19th century

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To quote Sarasota Opera’s program notes about Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” “Argument raged about the opera’s worth.” They say there was a minority “who found the story absurd, the tunes vulgar and the orchestration too noisy.” Now, almost a century and a half later, some of us still find the story absurd but, oh, the music. The story? That’s another story. In a nutshell, “Il Trovatore” is a tale of mistaken identity and revenge. Azucena, a gypsy woman whose mother was burned at the stake on order of the Count, kidnaps the Count’s son and, in a frenzy, mistakenly throws her own child into the fire instead of the Count’s. (This, of course, is something we can all relate to, having had, at one time or another, one of those hissy fits ourselves.) The story proceeds, disjointedly, scene by scene, act by act, unfolding the lives of the Count, who’s in love with Leonora, who’s in love with Manrico, the nowgrown man who thinks he’s Azucena’s son (but really isn’t). Jealousy abounds. Hatred spurs wars. The Count thinks he killed Manrico but Manrico is not dead. Manrico is captured by the Count, who wants to rekill him, for good this time. And Azucena, also imprisoned, is about to follow in her mother’s footsteps to the stake. Leonora makes a deal with the Count. “Take me but let Manrico go free,” she says. But, before the Count can claim her, she takes poison and dies. The Count, in another rage, sends Manrico to his death (off stage) and, as the Count triumphantly tells Azucena Manrico is really dead this time, the gypsy turns and breaks the news that Manrico and the Count are really brothers and he just committed fratricide. This tale is unfolded through some of the most glorious, tune-filled music Verdi gave us, so, for three or so hours, we are able to suspend our sense of reality and allow ourselves

grand opera, while still allowing the singers a modicum of freedom to express their characters without upstaging Verdi’s stunning music. The men in this cast were, vocally, somewhat superior to the women. Jeffrey Beruan set the tone of the evening with a stalwartly acted, well-sung Ferrando, giving us the background of the past 15 years with bravura singing from the chorus. In fact, the ensemble singing and clanging in the famous “Anvil Chorus” was so overwhelming in sound, I was almost pushing into the back of my seat. David Pershall, making his Sarasota Opera debut as the Count de Luna, was regal and vocally resplendent, vacillating (as Verdi intended) among emotions, from jealousy to love to murder, with the ease of the royal pawn he was fated to be. And, although Kirk Dougherty brought the role of Manrico a smaller voice than usually associated with this difficult part, he also showed a knack for spinning long phrases that almost took our breath away. His “Di quella pira,” while small in sound, was strong in intensity. Both Reyna Carguill as Leonora and Margaret Mezzacappa as Azucena have wide vibratos, verging on flutters. Mezzacappa was the more believable character because the depth and power of her low tones brought a profundity to Azucena’s music, from her opening, “Stride la vampa,” to her final declamation and coup de grace to the Count. Carguill’s Leonora lacked the vocal nuance and floating tones we’ve come to associate with her character’s avalanche of arias toward the end of the opera but, again, the music — which steeps us in one beautiful melody after another — stole the show. The soprano certainly has all the notes and had no trouble singing them, but she lacked emotional subtlety. Studio Artists Tania Maria Rodriguez and Thorstein Arbjornsson, and Apprentices Blake Hudson and Jared Esguerra sung smaller roles. This is an exhausting and exhaustive experience of “Il Trovatore,” but when it comes to grand opera, nothing can beat Sarasota Opera in authentic grandeur. — June LeBell


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of all artwork he could not possess. His enormous hatred for all that was precious is made abundantly clear in the film. Clooney assembles an amazing cast that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett. But the lack of any real character development is bothersome. Moreover, some of the dialogue they’re forced to utter is, at times, lame. And what little action takes place in the movie leaves a distinct craving for more. “The Monuments Men” does soar in its gorgeous cinematography and perfectly pitched patriotic scoring. And Stokes delivers some exquisite and poignant oratories on the nature of art and its necessity to be preserved. A scene in which Matt Damon’s character returns a stolen portrait to an abandoned Jewish residence and hangs it on the wall is so powerful it speaks volumes, wordlessly. “The Monuments Men” does have its brilliant and humorous moments, but they are too few. It does stand as a tribute to the brave men who risked their lives (two died during the mission) to preserve and protect the achievements of mankind. In all, the Monuments Men saved 5 million pieces of artwork, the greatest collection in the history of the world. And that deserves recognition. — Pam Nadon

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THE HOUSE ON THE HILL Frank and Anne Folsom Smith have created an iconic Sarasota lifestyle in one of the oldest homes in town.

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A sculpture by David Windsor suggests the ancient spirits that once lived on the land, considered sacred by the Calusa Indians. Anne Folsom Smith’s second-floor library houses her collection of mysteries and thrillers.

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hour the Smiths decided to buy it. They had not even been inside, but it didn’t matter. The place was clearly a teardown. But as the demolition process began, so did second thoughts. An old plank on which the original builder inscribed the date, 1894, was discovered. Further research in the archives in Manatee County — Sarasota was a part of Manatee County back in those days — revealed the home was part of the almost forgotten Connecticut Colony, a group of Northerners who were Sarasota’s first snowbirds. But the property’s real history goes back much further. For thousands of years, the Calusa Indians considered Indian Beach sacred. Further research revealed an Indian midden on the land. “The ancient spirits spoke to us,” Frank says. “They said, ‘Don’t disturb the land.’” So, the Smiths changed their plans. The result is a home that

honors its past while living in a comfortable and stylish present. *** The Smiths kept the 20-by-30foot two-story farmhouse and, after extensive renovations, it remains the heart of their home. The original heart pine floors gleam under scattered area rugs; there’s a fireplace in one corner and, over by the stairway, a piano. “It’s a good place for an old Steinway,” says Frank. But the Smiths spend most of their time in the family room, which they added during renovations. It’s a large rectangular room, clad in cedar planking, with a fireplace at the north end, set against a wall of windows in a grid pattern — a design element that is used throughout the home. Against another wall is a large triptych by Syd Solomon, an old friend (he died in 2004) who was, perhaps, Sarasota’s most renowned painter during its “artist colony” heyday. The work was featured in the Solo-

An important work by Sarasota painter Syd Solomon adds a jolt of color to the expansive family room. mon retrospective at the Ringling Museum in 1973, and the Smiths bumped the wall out to form an alcove that perfectly framed the painting. Upstairs, a warren of little rooms was combined to form a large high-ceilinged master bedroom, with another large Solomon painting over the bed. Frank’s home office, appropriately cluttered with paperwork and books relating to his current architectural projects, is down a short hallway, but Anne has her own space, too. A corner of the master has been reconfigured as a tiny but deluxe library. No bigger than 9 feet square, its walls are lined with the mysteries and thrillers she devours in her spare time. A window seat overlooking the bay provides the perfect spot for reading, and there’s a fireplace for winter afternoons. The master bath completes the suite, and it is the most glamorous room in the house. The walls and floor are lined with

honed marble and the built-in cabinets reflect the sleek look Anne is known for; they feature the grid format found elsewhere in the home. Pieces of art, small sculptures mostly, decorate the bath’s shelves. The entire home is filled with art, most of it by local artists. There is a small guest room adjacent to the living room downstairs, but most guests — including three children and nine grandchildren — are accommodated in the three outbuildings tucked away behind the house. This way, nothing detracts from the house’s most glorious feature, the beautifully tended lawn that slopes down to a tiny private beach. A modernistic swimming pool — which Frank designed — occupies the top of the slope. Next to it, a woman with her arms outstretched — a sculpture by David Windsor — seems to echo the spirit of the Calusas. At the north border of the twoacre property, John Wheeler —

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by Heather Merriman Black Tie Assistant Editor The Palm Ball, notably one of the most elegant events of the year, lived up to its reputation Feb. 8. Trumpets sounded at the arrival of each car as it drove up to Bay Preserve, where guests were greeted by the receiving line of co-chairs: Janelle Beruff, Mickey Davis, Ariane Dart, Margaret Wise and Honorary Chairwoman Cornelia Matson. The 300 guests — “We had to cap it off at 300,” says Matson — were encouraged to dress in “citrus inspired” black tie attire, reflecting the theme of this year’s “This Land is Your Land” event. “The orange trees, the citrus, it’s a perfect representation of the history of Florida

and the cause that this event is representing,” says Dart. The grounds were beautifully decorated by Affairs in the Air. The tent was decorated using the idea of orange grove décor, which was conceived by the Palm Ball committee — orange light balloons hung from the ceiling with string lights, orange trees lined the perimeter of the tent and oranges were used as the table centerpieces courtesy of Plant Parents and Albritton’s Nursery. Guests enjoyed cocktails, with the sounds of Southtown Fever in the background, on the lawn overlooking Little Sarasota Bay and then were led into the tent for dinner catered by Michael’s On East. Following the dinner, the band took stage again and guests

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danced the night away. The event featured a paddle raise and live auction, featuring 18k white gold and diamond drop earrings with five carats of lemon citrine, donated by June Simmons Jewelry. So far the event has raised more than $350,000 between sponsorships, ticket sales, the paddle raise and the live auction. “Our seventh annual Palm Ball was a huge success — the co-chairs and their committee really out did themselves this year,” says Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast President Christine Johnson. “The theme, ‘This Land is Your Land’ tied our mission beautifully to the evening’s festivities and the guests responded generously.”

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SOCIAL STUDIES: CORNELIA MATSON Cornelia Matson, the philanthropist with an elegant southern drawl, opens up about the important milestones in her life and her insatiable passion for home remodeling.

A FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA,

who was marrying a friend of Dick’s from Harvard, introduced us. They arranged for us to go on a blind date, it was the 14th of July, Bastille Day, and then we married the next year. We bought a home on Longboat Key and moved to Sarasota permanently in 1983.

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along the coast for fundraising positions, but it wasn’t like it was in New York, so I thought, “what can I do?” So I opened a country French antique shop — “Peak of Amou-

IN 1993, I sold my shop and we

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ect. I think the thing I’ve spent my most time working with is Planned Parenthood. I founded High Tide at High Noon 17 years ago — it was High Tea at High Noon until last year because it needed a refresher and nobody was wearing hats. I love hats; why don’t people wear hats anymore?

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someone to invest in something you believe in. When I’m raising money, I’m just asking someone to participate in something that may end up appealing to them, that I believe in. That’s what fundraising really is all about.

WHEN IT COMES TO PHILANTHROPY, I try to balance be-

tween the cultural activities and the human services — I try to do something whether it’s the orchestra or Ringling and the museum as well as those organizations that are directly helping people — and education, of course.

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and wine. We are good cooks; we don’t go out as I think most people do. We cook very simple, French style, but simple and good. We like

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a new home in North Carolina we bought up in Hound Ears, near Blowing Rock. “Rockwood” is the name of this new house. This is going to be “Cornelia’s last hurrah.” I like big houses. I like having the space, and I go visit the rooms — they don’t have to be occupied, I don’t have to live in all of them, but I like to visit them.

I’VE MOVED into my modern period. I’m selling my French furniture and buying vintage original mid-century modern and restoring it. I’m very sensitive to the architecture of a place, I think it

should be decorated and used in the sense that it was meant to be — everything must be correct. I keep all of the family things though, like that great big mirror in my foyer, which is more than 200 years old. It belonged to my great-great grandparents.

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I BECAME VERY ACTIVE with Junior League — it was like a fulltime job. I also went into professional fundraising and was a PR account executive. I then became the development director for the YMCA of New York. That was fun, and at that time Mary Rockefeller was on the board. It was during that time that I met Dick [Matson].

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