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Sarasota Little League celebrates 75th opening day. PAGE 1B

by Nolan Peterson | News Editor

Noise ordinance strikes a chord After noise complaints continue at a couple county restaurants, County commissioners consider changing the noise ordinance, a move that some business owners call unfair.

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Phil Hurwitz brought his daughters, Emma and Katie, to the dance.

+ Dancing duos Temple Emanu-El held its annual Daddy-Daughter Dance Feb. 9. More than 120 fathers and their daughters enjoyed an evening of dining and dancing. A professional makeup artist helped the girls look their best with hair, nails and makeup. After dinner and root beer floats, the dads and daughters danced underneath the disco ball to classic songs such as “My Girl.”

An ongoing spat between Bob’s Boathouse and nearby neighborhoods over the restaurant’s noise has spurred the Sarasota County Commission to consider modifying its noise ordinances countywide. The move, however, has some restaurant and bar owners claim-

ing it will unfairly punish establishments that have been playing by the rules, and it will burden them with new subjectively enforced regulations. Residents in neighborhoods near Bob’s Boathouse, as well as residents living near Walt’s Fish Market, which has an out-

door “chickee hut” featuring live music, claim the existing rules make life unlivable near these noise-emitting sites. According to a public records search, at least 15 residents from neighborhoods near Bob’s Boathouse have emailed commissioners requesting a change in the county noise

ordinances. The problem with current noise measurement standards in the case of Bob’s Boathouse, commissioners explain, is that the restaurant sits on a waterway across from private residences.

SEE NOISE / PAGE 10A

PUPPY LOVE

+ Souper Stars Pine Shores Presbyterian Church came first in Florida and second in the nation in this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring. Twenty young people from Pine Shores Presbyterian Church raised more than $11,000 and 2,600 cans of soup for the annual fundraiser. The funds and canned goods will be donated to All Faiths Food Bank.

+ Host families needed for students STEP of Sarasota is looking for families to host students from Spain this summer. The four-week program is a chance for Sarasota residents to open their home to foreignexchange students interested in exploring the area. Hosts and their guests will be able to go on sightseeing tours and fieldtrips with other members of the program. For more information, call Patricia Hershoring at 441-6801 or email SarasotaPam52@ gmail.com

Harriet Sokmenseur

Sara Smith shares the love with a puppy at the The Humane Society of Sarasota County’s kissing booth at the Phillippi Farmhouse Market Feb. 12. Volunteer Lynn Billi made the Valentine’s Day-themed booth.

BUS-T A MOVE

by David Conway | News Editor

Businesses weigh in on SCAT relocation More prominent downtown figures have stepped forward to ask the county to consider moving the city’s SCAT bus transfer station, but not everybody is on board with the proposal. On Feb. 12, a trio of downtown leaders appeared before the Sarasota County Commission to pitch an idea that was gaining momentum: The county should look into moving the downtown Sarasota County Area Transit transfer station.

What started as a proposal from Downtown Improvement District Chairman Ernie Ritz has quickly garnered the support of two other key organizations. Downtown Sarasota Alliance Chairman Mike Beaumier and Sarasota Downtown Merchants

Association President Ron Soto appeared alongside Ritz to prod the county to further investigate moving the station. Soto, owner of Soto’s Optical and also a member of the Downtown Improvement District board, said he surveyed several

Main Street businesses to gather feedback on the current location. The response he received was overwhelming, he said. “I was surprised to find out that not one person out of all the mer-

SEE SCAT / PAGE 10A

INDEX Opinion.................8A Classifieds ........ 12B

Cops Corner....... 11A Crossword.......... 11B

Permits................ 9B Real Estate.......... 8B

Sports................ 20A Weather............. 11B

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Workers at the Siesta Beach Improvement Project begin renovating the parking lot as part of the project’s first phase of construction.

Cost savings permit Siesta beach renovation options Unused funds may allow the Siesta Beach renovations project to include dune walkovers, a new west pavilion and 10 pole shelters without increasing the project’s overall cost. At the Siesta Beach renovations worksite, Sarasota County taxpayer dollars are doing something unusual — they’re going further than expected. Siesta Beach renovations are projected to cost less than expected, which allows the project manager to consider adding elements to the project, based on a ranked list of options the County Commission approved last year. Sarasota County Public Works Project Manager Brad Gaubatz said initial cost projections indicate there will be enough money leftover to include two and perhaps three additional options to the $21.5 million project. The four-phase, two-year Siesta Beach Park Improvement Project will add parking at Siesta Beach; revamp and expand the beach pavilion and restroom facilities; add a new east concession and restroom area; and make the park more environmentally friendly. The price of the project is fixed, preventing any possible cost overruns, but also requiring the county to spend every dollar it allocated for the project. When cost estimates put the project $375,303 below its allotted price tag in August, project managers presented county commissioners with a list of eight optional additions to round out the already set aside $21.5 million. (See sidebar, right.) Project managers were able to pick up options one and two — dune walkovers and a new west pavilion —when the contract was signed in October. At a Feb. 6 Siesta Key Association meeting, Gaubatz announced that his staff was eyeing the inclusion of two more optional add-ons from the commission-approved

The Siesta Beach Park Improvement Project will add parking, revamp and expand the beach pavilion and restroom facilities, add a new concession and restroom area and make the park more environmentally friendly. list due to additional cost savings. “It's good news,” Gaubatz said. “It's very good news.” Options three and four include upgraded tree species at the park and 10 additional two-pole shelters — coming in at a combined price of $332,780. Gaubatz added that there might even be enough money left over to include portions of option five —an upgraded esplanade. “It isn't accurate to say the project is coming in under budget,” Gaubatz said, explaining the the guaranteed maximumprice contract. “The cost of the contract isn't changing, but we may be able to pick up more options for the same amount of money we have always intended to spend.” The rules of the guaranteed maximumprice contract obligate the contractor to cover any expenses exceeding the project's $21.5 million budget. “The contractor works hard to not exceed that budget,” Gaubatz said.

ORIGINAL LIST OF RANKED AND APPROVED OPTIONS 1. Dune walkovers...................$214,500  2. West pavilion.......................$241,697  3. Ten additional two-pole shelters......................$142,780  4. Park tree size and species upgrade................$190,000  5. Upgrade esplanade concrete to standard pavers...................$124,609  6. Concrete paving at maintenance yard..................$86,130  7. Covered maintenance building................$73,689  8. Parking lot tree size and species upgrade.........$140,000

Sarasota County commissioners continue to present a unified front in the local push to address homelessness, while the Sarasota City Commission remains divided on the issue. Although city commissioners argued Monday about the potential placement of a homeless shelter and consultant Robert Marbut’s strategies to address the problem, the board ultimately voted 3-2 to extend his contract through Nov. 30 and pay for a portion of feasibility studies for proposed shelter locations. On Tuesday, county commissioners quickly discussed the topic, and in less than 10 minutes unanimously approved the contract extension. The county and city will pay roughly $86,000 to extend Marbut’s contract while he oversees implementation of his Homeless Strategic Action Plan. Municipal officials initially agreed to hire Marbut for four months beginning in August, but extended his contract through Feb. 28. “This will keep the momentum moving forward,” said Sarasota County Homelessness Coordinator Wayne Applebee.

+ FDOT tweaks Stickney Point Traffic rules A new traffic sign aimed at improving pedestrian and cyclist safety recently appeared on Stickney Point Road at a busy Siesta Key intersection. This month, the Florida Department of Transportation installed a “no turn on red” sign at the turn lane directing traffic northbound onto Midnight Pass Road. Drivers previously had the option of turning right during a red light when there were not any pedestrians near crosswalks. “We had a citizen who called and said that cars weren’t stopping,” FDOT spokesman Robin Stublen said. Instead of coming to a complete stop and yielding during a red light, drivers had been rolling through, prompting several complaints from residents. FDOT engineers studied traffic data to ensure that despite a busy season ahead, the change would not greatly affect trip times.

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 Events include archery, basketball, shooting, bocce, bowling, cribbage, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, 5K road race, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field. The Gulf Coast Senior Games is a local qualifier for the 2014 Florida Senior Games State Championships — scheduled for Dec. 6 to Dec. 14 in Lee County.
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+ Fit2Run coming to Five Points areas off Main Street The building at the corner of Main Street and South Pineapple Avenue has found a tenant — the running store Fit2Run will move into the Five Points location later this year. Fit2Run General Manager Parks Robinson confirmed the business plans to open a store at 1400 Main St., the former home of Floribbean and Patrick’s restaurants. The building is undergoing interior demolition; Robinson said the company is producing renderings for the store and is targeting a June opening date. Fit2Run currently has 10 locations, all in Florida, including a Sarasota/Bradenton location at 8249 Cooper Creek Blvd. The company’s corporate headquarters is located in northern Manatee County. Property investor Chris Brown purchased the building at 1400 Main St. in May, with Floribbean closing shortly afterward. In October, the City Commission held a public hearing for a proposed second-story gallery deck on the property that would intrude into the public right of way. At that time, plans called for a restaurant to occupy the building. Ultimately, the commission denied Brown’s application in a 3-2 vote.

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Laurel Park begins focusing on new code Laurel Park residents, attached to the zoning regulations they have spent years building, are hesitant to embrace the city’s forthcoming form-based code. In writing a form-based code for the city, the Urban Design Studio has to work with residents with different levels of familiarity regarding the rules and principles that guide zoning. After decades of working to build desirable regulations for their neighborhood, Laurel Park residents tend to land on one end of that spectrum. “We have a fairly educated group here,” Laurel Park Neighborhood Association President Kate Lowman said. On Tuesday, the Urban Design Studio spoke at a Laurel Park Neighborhood Association meeting to begin implementing a new code in an area that has fought to establish its current code. Laurel Park sits on the edge of one of the group’s catalyst areas — segments of the city in which form-based code will be more immediately implemented, so residents can develop a familiarity with the concepts in play. Presently, Laurel Park has a residential zoning designation unique to the area, with regulations governing elements such as porch and fence design. Most recently, the group successfully pushed for the creation of a Laurel Park Overlay District, which requires developers to hold public workshops before gaining approval for site plans that exceed zoning regulations. Urban Design Studio Director Karin Murphy recognized the challenge in getting a neighborhood satisfied with current regulations to embrace an entirely new code. She assured residents the goal was not to change how Laurel Park looked and functioned, but to establish an easierto-use and more consistent guideline for achieving similar results. “We want to preserve the DNA, but we also want to share with you best practices

that the current code lacks,” Murphy said. In the short-term, the Urban Design Studio is focusing on improving the connection between the neighborhood and Payne Park across U.S. 301. Murphy said the group would work with the Florida Department of Transportation to gain approval to make changes to the roadway, to ultimately create a better pedestrian experience. The changes would go beyond just adding crosswalks. Murphy and Principal Urban Designer Andrew Georgiadis criticized the shared left-turn lanes in the center of the roadway. The wider street encourages speeding, they said, and drivers do not use the turn lanes in a consistent manner. Getting changes approved on a highway would be a protracted process, but the urban design team had confidence it would be able to work toward creating a tamer roadway. “We need to have more crossing opportunities between Payne Park and what's on the other side,” Georgiadis said. “There are a lot of obstacles to that, but there's nothing we can't handle.” Although that specific proposal went over well with the audience, there was still a reluctance to whole-heartedly accept the idea of change. Resident Jolie McInnis said the changes presented at the meeting sounded good, but that the status quo was good, too. “I think Laurel Park has worked very hard on our current zoning,” McInnis said. “It’s desirable, it’s walkable, it’s pedestrian friendly.” Lowman, too, was wary about what future changes might have in store for the neighborhood. She acknowledged the cur-

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rent code was relatively convoluted, but said it worked for Laurel Park. She wanted assurance from the Urban Design Studio that any changes would emphasize maintaining the elements the residents liked, rather than starting over from scratch. “There could be improvements, but it's kind of a delicate agreement that's been reached,” Lowman said. Murphy said that is exactly what the Urban Design Studio intended to do. “We want to do it right for each neighborhood,” Murphy said. “We love all the good stuff about Laurel Park, but we'd like to get you in a more uniform code, because the old one is very broken.”

PROBLEM SOLVING After a series of complaints regarding illicit activity such as drugdealing, Laurel Park residents were frustrated with their available options — so they are pushing to create new ones. The Laurel Park Committee to Fight Back Against Nuisance Properties was created last year to see if there was something residents could do to address consistently problematic tenants in the neighborhood. Headed by Chris Jaensch, the group has begun fighting for the creation of a process that would allow private citizens to bring cases in front of the city’s Nuisance Abatement Board. “The board seems to prefer that the police drive that process, but it's hard without evidence,” Jaensch said. Officer Tyler Rossnagle acknowledged it was often difficult for the police to make arrests based on residents’ complaints, but said it was important not to be discouraged by a lack of immediate progress. “Just call us every time,” Rossnagle said. “With nuisance abatement, if you call and call and call, and they have a bunch of case numbers, they're going to take note of it.” The committee aims to eventually provide a handout for residents with information about what to do when they have a recurring issue with a neighbor. The group is still in its earliest stages, but they’re optimistic about making progress. “Hopefully we'll be able to come up with more answers as the year goes by,” Jaensch said.

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already commonly used for more active recreational purposes. Todd Kucharski, the city’s parks general manager, verified that claim. “We have a green space that the community has been utilizing for other activities — rugby, soccer, football,” Kucharski said. That fact received a mixed reception at a December public forum, designed to elicit community feedback as the city develops an update to the Payne Park master plan. Some of those who spoke at that meeting endorsed using the open space for sports, but others said the original plan should be upheld. “We did agree on this plan as a passive park,” one commenter said. “We didn't agree for lacrosse; we didn't agree for soccer; we didn't agree for these fields that need upkeep and maintenance.” That comment touched on another potential hurdle to allowing more active uses of Payne Park. Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown said the current grass at the park would need to be replaced — potentially with turf — due to maintenance costs and the wear on the field. City Manager Tom Barwin said another public meeting regarding the Payne Park master plan should be held soon and that the future usage of the park could be part of the agenda. The city is also seeking other proposals from similar groups before coming to a decision regarding Suncoast Sports Club’s plan.

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A long slog to power in D.C. It’s a mid-Monday morning, and Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, and two of his aides have arrived at the Observer Media Group’s downtown offices. Buchanan looks casual in his open-collared blue dress shirt and dark slacks. He’s relaxed and smiling as he shakes Observer staffers’ hands. But he is walking gingerly. He’s still recovering from lowerback disc surgery on Jan. 14, a 25-year malady that flared up and could be put off no more. That came on the heels of his wife, Sandy, undergoing an emergency appendectomy over the Christmas holidays. She’s doing well, Buchanan MATT says. WALSH The 62-year-old congressman is anxious to get back into his daily bicycling routine — 20 miles a day, five or six days a week, starting at sun-up. He lets us know he rode 4,000 miles last year. Staying fit is important for Buchanan. “I like to eat,” he says. The bike rides help him regulate his weight. He’s noticeably thinner than when he started in 2006. Buchanan has lost about 25 pounds since he was first elected. He says his heart rate is 43 and his blood pressure pumps at 115 over 75. Buchanan has agreed to chat for about an hour. Any topic is fair game. We cover many of them — flood insurance; Obamacare; the farm bill and unemployment benefits; tax rates; Benghazi and IRS investigations; immigration reform; whether Republicans can win the U.S. Senate next November. But the topic saved for last is Buchanan’s career in the U.S. House of Representatives. Buchanan began his political career in 2006 when he beat Democrat Christine Jennings by 369 votes. And since then, Buchanan’s legislative career hasn’t exactly made a lot of national news. He’s not the household name of, say, Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio. You don’t see Buchanan on the Sunday talk shows or Fox News’ nightly lineups. In his seven years in office, Buchanan clearly has not established himself as a policy bomb thrower who lives in the media spotlight. Nor is he a policy wonk, flooding the House with proposed bills that are intended to change the world. Among Florida’s 26 U.S. House members last year, Buchanan

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If he is re-elected in November, Congressman Vern Buchanan sees “a good possibility” that he can be appointed to a Ways and Means subcommittee chairmanship. ranked 11th in terms of number of bills he introduced (10), according to Govtrack. U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson led with 45. Buchanan co-sponsored 143 bills, 17th among Florida’s 26 House delegation. If he is known for any legislative agenda, it’s his annual filing of a bill to create a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “It’s the only way we’re going to get our deficit under control,” Buchanan tells us. The closest he has come to having the bill pass was in November 2011; 272 members voted on the House floor in favor of Buchanan’s bill, just 13 votes shy of what he needed for passage. Buchanan acknowledges it’s frustrating trying to get anything accomplished legislatively. When he was first elected, Democrats ruled the House and Senate, rendering junior Republican House members as sideliners. Two years later, after Barack

Obama took the presidency and Democrats held the House and Senate, Buchanan and his fellow Republicans became even more emasculated. And even since 2010, with a Republican House, Democratic Senate and Democratic president, the partisanship has made it even more difficult to show legislative accomplishments. There’s another aspect that inhibits congressional ascension and effectiveness: the seniority system that is so cemented in Congress. House Speaker John Boehner, for instance, was elected to Congress in 1990. It took him 11 years before he became a committee chairman. It took him 16 years to become House Majority Leader. It took him 20 years to become speaker-designate. There are always exceptions, of course. When Adam Putnam, a Republican from Polk County, was elected to Congress in

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BUCHANAN ON THE ISSUES … In his nearly eight years in Congress, Rep. Vern Buchanan has stuck to the same legislative mantra: legislating to create jobs and economic opportunity; help small businesses; cut federal spending; and end annual deficit spending. He can’t stop at those issues. Last year, House members cast 641 votes on a wide variety of issues. Here’s what Buchanan had to say about some of those issues in the public eye today: • FLOOD INSURANCE: Lately, Buchanan has been focusing much of his legislative time on staunching a flood — the flood of opposition in Florida to the Biggert-Waters Act, the now-infamous legislation that is threatening the state’s property owners with skyrocketing floodinsurance rates, some of which will force Floridians to give up their homes unless amended. The U.S. Senate late last month adopted a measure to delay the Biggert-Waters Act for four years for primary home owners; it does not help second-home owners, home buyers or commercial property owners. House members, meanwhile, are expected to introduce a vastly different version of a fix late this week. Says Buchanan: “We’ve talked to (Speaker John) Boehner, and he’s open minded.” Buchanan, who like most of

Congress voted for the original bill, did not offer any specifics. “There are a lot of moving parts,” he says. • FARM BILL: A nemesis of fiscal conservatives, this is the bill that perpetuates subsidies to farmers and appropriates $76 billion a year for food stamps and uninsurance benefits. This year, Buchanan and other House members from Florida, Texas and California secured in the farm bill $125 million over five years for research on citrus greening, the disease threatening the nation’s citrus industry. Asked why the industry should have taxpayers cover its research costs, Buchanan says: “They convinced us they don’t have the money, and the disease is putting the whole industry at risk.” For Florida, that means 76,000 jobs and $9 billion annually in economic activity, according to Buchanan. • EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: “I’m against extending them,” he says. “There’s a better way to create small-business jobs and get the economy growing.” • AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: “Health care is going to bankrupt this country,” Buchanan says. The Affordable Care Act, he says, “is bankrupting the middle class. Obamacare may have helped the poor, but the middle class is paying for everything.

The whole thing is going to implode. He says House Republicans are expected to introduce this month more legislation as an alternative to Obamacare. “I think the answer is more a community-based solutions,” he says. • REPEALING THE MEDICAL-DEVICE TAX: “We haven’t gotten Democrats there yet.” • LOWERING CORPORATE TAX RATES: “I’m on the committee for that. We’re pushing for going to 25% from 35%.” • IRS / BENGHAZI INVESTIGATIONS: “Our committee (House Ways and Means Committee) is still pursuing the IRS very aggressively. (Benghazi) is still being very much worked on.” • IMMIGRATION REFORM: “I’m against amnesty. We need to enforce the laws on the books. I don’t think the issue will be pursued” in the House before the November elections. • WHY HE KEEPS PROPOSING A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT: “It’s the only way we’re going to get our deficit under control. It’s immoral to put this on the backs of our kids. And it’s not ‘if’ we’re going to go bankrupt as a country, it’s a matter of when.” • WHETHER REPUBLICANS WILL TAKE THE U.S. SENATE IN NOVEMBER: “I’m hopeful.”


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2000, he was only 26. By the end of 2006, at age 32, he was chairman of the House Conference Committee, the third-highest ranking Republican in the House. For most of the 435 members of the House, it’s a long slog of dues paying and being a team player to get to positions of influence and leadership. Buchanan has stuck to that strategy. He, like all of his colleagues, knows that votes that buck the party leadership can mean banishment to the House basement and a legislative career of obscurity and little accomplishment. But one area that has won Buchanan favor among House leaders and where he has shown particular skill is in fundraising. In 2012, Buchanan chaired fundraising for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the arm of the party that raises money for congressional races. “There are very few people in Congress who have the business track record that Vern does and the ability to raise money like he does,” says Joe Gruters, chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota County. “The most important thing in politics is raising money. He has the relationships from business and the ability to make the ask.” Before seeking public office, Buchanan developed an extensive address book of business connections through his quick-print franchises and auto dealerships; his association with the national business group, Young Presidents Organization; his directorship on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and as chairman of the Florida and Greater Sarasota Chambers of Commerce. Gruters says Buchanan is often able

to bring in six-figure checks and millions of dollars to the NRCC. Buchanan doesn’t flaunt this side of his congressional work in his district. But it increasingly is earning him access to and the attention of the Republican House leaders — and moving him up the ladder of influence in Congress. That was evident this past weekend when the members of the National Republican Congressional Committee held their winter meeting in Sarasota, including a dinner at Buchanan’s Longboat Key home, instead of its traditional location in Naples. Among the guests: Speaker John Boehner and Reps. Darrell Issa of California and Greg Walden of Oregon, who chairs the NRCC. Buchanan’s fundraising prowess also played a role in his appointment in 2011 to the House Ways and Means Committee, arguably the most powerful committee in Congress. It controls all federal taxes, revenues, borrowing, trade and social-spending programs, including Obamacare. He also serves on the Ways and Means’ subcommittee on trade and oversight and is co-chair of the Florida House delegation. Buchanan is the only Florida House member on Ways and Means. If he wins re-election this year to his fifth term, Buchanan says “there’s a good possibility” of chairing one of the Ways and Means subcommittees. That would put him just about on schedule for being on the House leadership track — 10 years. How long does he see himself wanting to stay in Congress? He’s not sure. “I like the idea of doing public service,” he tells us. “It’s the way I can give back.”

LETTERS TO THEEDITOR + Eizenstat is wrong about Israel Dear Editor: I recently attended a speech Stuart Eizenstat gave at the Jewish Center. When he said Israel was alone, except for the United States, in its affairs, several Canadians who were present hooted and hollered, saying no, Canada was with Israel. Eizenstat replied, “But there’s nothing Canada can do because it’s such a small power in the world.” How stupid! Eizenstat said this just as Canada’s prime minister was visiting Israel and many Canadian government officials were publicly deriding Oxfam’s attempts to delegitimize Israel. There is no place for arrogance in dealing with potential allies of Israel. The little country of Costa Rica was the first at the U.N. to recognize the new state of Israel. Eizenstat needs to be retired. He doesn’t know anything about the future of the Jews. David M. Selcer Sarasota

+ Homeless were cooperative Dear Editor: I would like to personally thank the homeless who gather at Pineapple Park for giving up the fountain for the children and families that have been using it during the farmers market on Saturday mornings. When I asked them if they could find another spot for a while last Saturday, they were very cooperative even to the point of mentioning it needed a little cleaning up. I let them know that was fine and we would sweep up a bit. I commend these folks for doing something good. When it comes to kids, they have a big hearts. Phil Pagano Operations manager / Sarsota Farmers Market

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Dear Editor: As a retired Sarasota Police sergeant I applaud the efforts of Chief DiPino and the officers at SPD for reaching out to all citizens in a social setting such as this. I think a majority of citizens feel the same way and look forward to meeting and talking to many of the officers this way. However, I do not appreciate the article taking a small but effective shot at a negative stereotype, which many people flaunt toward all uniformed officers, and that is, of course, the “donut” comment. You may think it’s funny, but the officers don’t. Just because they are public servants and work for the taxpayers is not an excuse to take a cheap shot at being funny. Think about it, would you do the same if the group were black, Hispanic or gay? This type of perceived humor is expected by people on the street — it’s not supposed to come from local media. Bob Gorevan Sarasota

+ Scrooge and the workhouse Dear Editor: Your opinion regarding jobless benefits sounds like Scrooge talking about the workhouse. The labor participation rate is the result of decades of “corporate welfare” that began with Reaganomics. The American labor market has been destroyed by this policy, which enriches the wealthy American aristocracy at the expense of the middle class. People want to work, but the wages they get are lower than the benefits! The solution would be to raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour. That’s what you should be calling for! That would lower benefit and food stamp usage. Ray Castle Sarasota Mr. Castle: Why stop at $20 an hour for the minimum wage? Why not go all the way — guarantee everyone a job at $100 to $200 an hour and eliminate poverty altogether. — Editor

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NOISE / FROM PAGE 1A So, although noise levels at the property boundaries may technically be within limits, the amount of noise echoed across the water and subsequently received by private residences exceeds reasonable expectations. “The existing ordinance measures noise at the emitting property,” County Commissioner Nora Patterson said. “But Bob’s Boathouse is so close to the water, you can’t get a measurement at the property line unless you can walk on water.” On Jan. 14, the County Commission asked staff to research changing the noise ordinance to lower the threshold for an infraction by five decibels and adjust the times when indoor and outdoor live entertainment are allowed. Limits on decibel levels and live entertainment hours vary by a property’s zoning. The noise ordinance amendment would also change the way the county measures noise. Enforcement officials will have the discretion, under certain circumstances, to measure noise from the property receiving the noise rather than the property emitting it. The existing noise ordinances, last amended in 2004, are set to expire in November, which opens the possibility of changing the law. The commission’s move to alter the noise ordinances is welcomed by homeowners living near restaurants such as Bob’s and Walt’s, which are examples of isolated noise-emitting establishments near residential areas. Some area restaurant and bar owners, however, claim the conflicts are due to improper zoning decisions, not failures in the existing sound ordinances. Changing the noise ordinances, they claim, will ultimately affect their businesses. “We’re making the law harder because one guy made a mistake,” said Rami Nehme, owner of Blasé Café in the Siesta Key Village. “Bob’s Boathouse shouldn’t be everybody else’s problem.”

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The 2004 amendment to the noise ordinance called for measuring sound at the real property line of the generating property, except for industrial uses, which may also be measured from the receiving residential property line of a complainant. The Bob’s Boathouse property is zoned as a commercial property, requiring noise measurements to be taken at the property line under the current rules. “They’re trying to deal with a zoning mistake by adjusting the noise ordinances,” Nehme said. “We need to look at how we zone areas and not just adjust the noise ordinances.” Siesta Key Village restaurant and bar owners are concerned that enforcement officials will not be able to distinguish what percentage of total noise received at a residence is coming from a particular establishment when there are multiple bars and restaurants, as well as heavy pedestrian traffic, in the vicinity. “You measure whatever is appropriate, as long as you can prove where the sound is coming from,” County Commissioner Nora Patterson said, adding: “A lot of communities measure at the receiving site. But that way is very hard to enforce; it’s hard to prove the origin of noise.” County code enforcement staff, however, insist that the technology exists to precisely identify and isolate different sources of sound at a receiving location — allowing officials to accurately determine if an establishment is in violation, even if a bar next door is in compliance with the law. “I don’t think it’s fair,” Nehme said. “It’s a broken law from the beginning to the ending. And they’re just putting duct tape on it.” According to county documents, the Sheriff’s Office and County Code Enforcement Office both endorse the proposed changes, agreeing “the additional measures will assist in future control of sound within the county without any added burden on existing personnel.”

SCAT / FROM PAGE 1A chants said it should stay there,” Soto said. “The reason, they said, is because they felt it created a cluster right there on First Street and Lemon.” This logic is the newest argument in favor of moving the station. If it were replaced with a mid-rise development, Soto and Ritz said, the property at First Street and Lemon Avenue could extend the retail experience for people walking through downtown. As a result, they said, overall pedestrian traffic will increase. “Right now, your shopping experience ends at First Street,” Ritz said. “That bus transfer station ends it.” Not everybody downtown is on board with moving the station, however. Downtown Economic Development Coordinator Norm Gollub spoke at Tuesday’s DID meeting about the value of a centrally located transfer station, particularly if SCAT activity increases in the future. “A bus station that has the ability to carry half a million people through downtown should not be located inconveniently,” Gollub said. Lisa Charnicharo, co-owner of P.J.’s Boutique on Main Street, likes the current location of the station. She says it has helped her business — she has customers she lets out the back door of her store so they can more easily catch their bus. “We think it brings people downtown, so we would be sad to see it move,” Charnicharo said. Robert Bicola is also dependent on the transfer station for his business. Bicola operates a hot dog cart kitty-corner from the station, which says leads to about 50% of his sales. He objected to the argument that the station’s current location exacerbated downtown’s homeless problem. “They do a good job trying to keep people from loitering around,” Bicola said. “I don’t care where you move it, you’re going to have the same problems.” Ritz is currently working to schedule a meeting with County Administrator Tom

WHAT YOU SAID ON THE WEB Readers shared their thoughts on YourObserver.com. “The bus station should never have been built in the downtown location on prime retail/residential real estate. Move the station out of downtown, sell the land to a private developer and reap the profits.” — Milan Adrian “The present location was chosen by the RIDERS of the bus service as the one that was most convenient for them to access downtown businesses and services. This decision should defer to those who USE the services not to those who just want more money for their coffers.” — Deborah Markaverich “ … The reality is where do the riders head for when the bus ride is over. The partner in this is SCAT, and they should survey all riders for a week. I would think that a large percentage do in fact seek the courthouse or the county officers at Ringling and Main, because those are unique facilities not elsewhere. Employment locations/ commuting would also be likely … a new location needs to better serve the public and not the ulterior motives of a minority of downtown residents.” — Dennis Gries

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KICKING GLASS 1:14 p.m. — 130 block of North Orange Avenue. Criminal Mischief. A business owner reported someone had broken one of the business’ windows. The incident was caught on video surveillance, which showed a male walk by the window and kick it, breaking the glass. Two officers, familiar with the area’s homeless, were able to independently identify the suspect.

NAIL IN THE COFFIN 8 p.m. — 4100 block of Fruitville Road. Suspicion General/Unknown. A woman reported that a nail had punctured her car’s tire. The woman said she believed someone was intentionally targeting her vehicle and that her neighbor had also found two nails in his car’s tires. The woman requested extra patrol between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. in her neighborhood to monitor for suspicious activity.

YARD SIGNS 11 p.m. — 2300 block of Wood Street. Criminal Mischief. A woman reported someone took a number of signs advertising a garage sale at her house, tore them up and threw them in her front yard. The woman had no idea who was responsible for the vandalism.

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CYNTHIA MCMULLIN Cynthia McMullin has three passions in life: architecture, art and helping women. As a volunteer at Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC), a Sarasota nonprofit organization that works to end domestic and sexual violence, McMullin says she’s grateful for the opportunity to fulfill one of those passions. After working as an architect all of her adult life, McMullin moved from Maine to Sarasota 12 years ago. She had previous experience working with nonprofits benefiting women in Maine, and when she arrived in Sarasota, she says she quickly began seeking opportunities to continue her volunteerism. She also hopes to eventually help establish a women’s fund in Sarasota. “It’s something that’s very close to my heart,” she says. “I was raised in a home with domestic violence, and it’s always been a goal of mine to help other women.” When she discovered SPARCC, she remembers being impressed with the organization and its staff. The nonprofit provides services including a 24/7 crisis hotline, community outreach, counseling, resource refer-

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speed off to the next incident, meeting or noteworthy event that popped up on our long spit of sand,” wrote Joe Bird in a comment on Anna Maria Islander’s website. “His appreciation for his island and state had him traveling and writing wherever a relevant topic needed to be put out into the sunshine, in words and pictures.” “He was the consummate one and we all looked Paul Roat in the ‘70s at the beach. up to him,” Joy Roat was involved in environmental issues and added. “His influwas the first staff member of the Sarasota Bay Estu ary Program. ence was to maintain the standards and environmental issues. that he learned in From 1984 to 1987, Roat served college. News was at his core.” as a legislative aide to District Roat graduated from Manatee 70 state Rep. Jim Lombard, High School and earned a R-Osprey. In 1989, he became scholarship to the University of the first staff member for the Florida from then-publisher of Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, The Islander, Don Moore, who contributing to the fundraising gave Roat his first job out of coleffort that enabled the program lege. to flourish as well as numerRoat covered some of the area’s ous publications related to the most notable moments durgroup’s environmental advocacy ing his career, for which he was work. recognized and honored by the Roat’s colleagues praised him Florida Press Association. for the high standards he set for His work for The Islander his work as a journalist, as well as newspaper in the 1970s and his passion for and dedication to 1980s included his photos from the community in which he lived the Skyway Bridge disaster and and worked. photos in August 1993 from a “He was serious about every- small craft shortly after a threething island related, poised to ship collision, which resulted

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FRIDAY, FEB. 21, THROUGH SATURDAY, FEB. 22 Rabbi Burton Visotzky Presentations — take place at 7 p.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave. Professor Rabbi Burton Visotzky, Ph.D, will present, “I was a Spy for God or What the Stories of the Rabbis of Old Teach Us Today” during the Friday evening Shabbat service. On Saturday morning, during the Shabbat service, Visotzky will speak on “From Cairo to Qatar, Oman and Beyond: Recent Developments in Muslim-Jewish Dialogue.” Afterward, Visotzky will be available for a question-and-answer session. For more information, call 955-8121.

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.

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 SFF Moonlight Movies: ‘Mary Poppins’ — takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Tatum Ridge Elementary, 4100 N. Tatum Road. Enjoy the 1964 Disney classic with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke at this free screening. For information, visit sarasotafilmfestival.com. March for Babies Citywide Kickoff — runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Libby’s Café and Bar, 1917 S. Osprey Ave. March of Dimes kicks off its March for Babies with a luncheon. This event is free, with registration required. For information and to register, call (772) 766-3392. Speak Out Sarasota Toastmasters — runs from noon to 1 p.m. at BMW of Sarasota, 5151 Clark Road. Polish your speaker abilities at this public speaking meeting. Admission is free. For information, call 923-9355.

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Selby cultivates interest in Plant and Garden Festival Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will host the 39th annual Plant and Garden Festival Saturday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 23. The festival, which spans Selby’s 15 acres, invites floral fans of all ages to learn about familiar and rare plants. Attendees can also purchase new additions for their personal gardens. The two-day event will include live

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The Cardinal Mooney High boys basketball team defeated Clearwater Central Catholic 67-36 in the Class 3A-Region 3 quarterfinals Feb. 13.

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Sarah Beth Wengerd hit a grand slam and finished with five RBIs to lead the Sarasota softball team to a 9-4 victory over Manatee Feb. 13.

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The Out-of-Door Academy boys and girls tennis teams defeated Tampa Catholic 6-0 and 4-0, respectively, Feb. 12.

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The Cardinal Mooney baseball team defeated Sarasota Christian 3-2 to win its season opener Feb. 11.

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MONUMENTAL MILESTONE Sarasota Christian basketball players Heidi Miller and McKenzie Lantz both reached the 1,000-point milestone in their careers last week.

SARASOTA — Heidi Miller and McKenzie Lantz knew this day would come. The moment had been etched in the back of their minds every since they started playing basketball for Sarasota Christian in the seventh grade. But even as their points continued to accumulate this season, and Miller, a junior, and Lantz, a sophomore, learned the time had come for them to join an elite group of players who had come before them, the two refused to get caught up in the excitement. It wasn’t until Miller and Lantz both reached the 1,000-point mark for their careers last week that they finally acknowledged the accomplishment. “It’s kind of just another point for me,” Miller says. “It feels good, though, because it’s something my sister (Heather) achieved. It’s never been on my mind, though, because I kind of assumed I’d reach it.” Lantz agrees. “It means a lot but, honestly, I don’t even think about it,” Lantz says. “I just enjoy playing with the team. It’s a lot of fun.” Miller reached the milestone during Sarasota Christian’s regional semifinal game versus Donahue Catholic Feb. 11. Miller learned the day of the game that she needed just five points to reach the 1,000-point mark. Miller finished with 16 points while helping lead Sarasota Christian to a 59-20 victory. “I just told myself to keep playing the game,” Miller says. Following the game, Miller was acknowledged in front of her teammates, family and friends and given the game ball, which all of her teammates signed. Three days later, Lantz, who sat at 983 points, scored 17 points to reach the milestone while also leading Sarasota Christian to a 49-14 victory over Berean Christian Feb. 14. With the win, the Lady Blazers earned a berth in the Class 2A Final Four for the first time since 2009. It’s a moment the two won’t soon forget, but, for Miller and Lantz, this season is not simply about them and their individual accomplishments. It’s about coming together as a team and hopefully walking away with a state championship. Miller and Lantz advanced one step closer to their goal with a 6859 victory over Academy at the Lakes in the Class 2A state semifinals Feb. 18 at the Lakeland Center. Lantz finished with a teamhigh 21 points, and Miller added eight points. “That first half I wondered where (Heidi) went, but in the second half she came alive and provided leadership,” coach Brett

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Sarasota Christian junior Heidi Miller and sophomore McKenzie Lantz will play for their first Class 2A state championship Feb. 20. Morrow says. “But it was a new stage, and she’s been very good all year. “McKenzie — is there anyone who plays with that much heart and that much passion?” Morrow asks. “And the good thing about it is she gets two more years of this.” “It just shows that things are possible because we’ve never got-

ten (this) close,” Miller says. “We were fortunate to have a really good bracket to play in. We’ve had a much easier road than we had last year.” With the win, Sarasota Christian will play for the Class 2A state championship at 3:35 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Lakeland Center. The Lady Blazers will face the winner of

the other state semifinal between FAMU and Grandview Prep. “We just can’t let (up),” Lantz says. “We just have to come out strong and don’t let up the intensity. Our defense has been huge, and if we don’t let up then they can’t stop us.” Contact Jen Blanco at jblanco@ yourobserver.com.


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GOLDEN GRAPPLER Sarasota High senior Tobias Baker won the 220-pound weight class at the Class 2A Wrestling Championships Feb. 14 and Feb. 15.

+ SMA Eagles send two to state tournament The Sarasota Military Academy had two wrestlers qualify for the FHSAA Class 1A Wrestling Championships Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 in their first season of postseason eligibility. Junior Connor Steinfeld became the school’s first state placer with a sixthplace finish in the 152-pound weight class. Steinfeld injured himself during the tournament, but stuck out his last match to make the podium. “I was excited to make it, and I felt I did well because I medaled and placed, which is a big honor,” Steinfeld says. “I was disappointed, though, because if I would’ve won my next match, I would have taken third.” Junior Billy Sadlo competed in the 145-pound weight class, but was unable to advance to the podium after two opening-round losses. “I felt honored to be there,” Sadlo says. “I was disappointed that I didn’t wrestle to my ability, but I was in a very tough bracket.”

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Sarasota High freshman Chance Sharbono and senior Tobias Baker both had 61 wins heading into the Class 2A Wrestling Championships Feb. 14 and Feb. 15. into his arms. “I felt proud of all he accomplished,” Sharbono says. “He has been like a son to me for three years now, and seeing the joy on his face was amazing.” Joining Baker at the wrestling championships was Sharbono’s son, freshman Chance Sharbono, who made his first state championship appearance. “I’ve been there to watch ever since I was 7 years old, and it’s always just been the coolest thing looking down at the floor from the stands,” Chance Sharbono says. “This year I (wasn’t) looking down at the floor. I (was) looking back up at the stands.” Chance Sharbono fell short of his quest for a medal in the 113-pound weight class, falling in the match that would have sent

him to the podium. Chance Sharbono finished the season 63-7 with 33 pins. “Chance went out and fought his heart out, but came up a little short,” Cezar Sharbono says. “And even as he came to me after his last match, with tears in his eyes, I could not have been a more proud father and coach. I saw how much he has grown over this season, and I know he will experience much success in the years ahead.” Baker finished the season with a 65-1 record and 45 pins while becoming Sarasota’s first wrestling state champion since 2005. But Baker’s road to a state championship did not come without its share of obstacles. Baker, who finished third in the heavyweight class at last year’s state championships, broke his fibula during football

season. He missed the majority of the season and began wondering whether he would be able to wrestle his senior season. Baker made it back in time for the Sailors’ first meet of the season, but after having spent the previous several months only occasionally lifting weights, Baker’s legs weren’t nearly as strong. He decided to drop down to 220. “I was a little hesitant and scared when I got back,” Baker says. “I wasn’t going to let (my injury) hold me back. You don’t notice it that much when you’re wrestling because your adrenaline is going.” The moved paid off for Baker, who plans to wrestle in college — possibly at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. “I (could) see it,” Baker says. “I just had to go out and get it.”

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+ ODA swings past Braden River The Out-of-Door Academy girls tennis team defeated Braden River 6-0 Feb. 11. With the win, the Lady Thunder improved to 2-0 while the Lady Pirates fell to 1-2. Mary Ann Rompf, Maria Ross, Sydney Sforzo, Morgan Woods and Megan Jones all earned singles victories for ODA. Ross and Savannah Jones teamed up for a victory in No. 2 doubles. On the boys side, ODA defeated Braden River 7-1. Daniel Pivonka, Ethan Eckhart, Marcus Buffett, Vaughn Garcia and Jose Juncose all earned singles victories for ODA. Braden River’s Stan Greslo and Race Arande were victorious at No. 1 doubles while ODA won at No. 2 doubles.

+ Sarasota Christian rolls into semifinals The Sarasota Christian boys basketball team cruised to a 91-40 victory over Seacrest Country Day in the Class 2A-Region 3 quarterfinals Feb. 13. Holton Irwin led the Blazers with 17 points.

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+ The Concession to hold golf classic The fourth annual Archie Griffin Celebrity Golf Classic will be held March 3 and March 4 at The Concession Golf Club. Joining Griffin at this year’s event will be football greats Robert Smith, Eddie George, Derrick Brooks, Keith Byars and Henry Lawrence, among others. In addition to meeting Griffin and other celebrities at the Golf Classic March 4, participants can join them at the Pairings Party, silent auction, dinner and live auction March 3. Proceeds from the event support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. For info, visit concessioncharities.org or contact Melissa Wenzel at 9070018.

+ Sarasota High Girls Basketball The Sarasota High girls basketball team held on to defeat Lakewood Ranch 50-44 in overtime of the Class 7A-Region 3 semifinals Feb. 11. Zharia Grable finished with a game-high 18 points to lead the way for Sarasota. Madison Pack scored 11 points. Camille Giardina finished with 10 points. Shelby Miller added nine points. With the win, the Lady Sailors advanced to their first regional final since 2011.

Sarasota played host to Fort Myers Feb. 15, overcoming an 11-point deficit to defeat the Green Wave 61-56 in overtime. Giardina finished with 18 points. Ja’da Bennett scored 14 points, and Grable added 10 points. Sarasota will now move on to the FHSAA Class 7A state semifinals in which they will face Harmony at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Lakeland Center. The winner will face the winner of the other state semifinal between Apopka Wekiva and Palm Beach Lakes for the state championship Feb. 22.

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The number of goals The Outof-Door Academy scored in its season-opening victory over All Saints Academy Feb. 17.

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The number of singles victories the Cardinal Mooney girls tennis team posted in its 5-2 victory against Manatee Feb. 11.

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The number of Cardinal Mooney boys basketball players who scored in double figures during the Cougars’ 67-36 victory against Clearwater Central Catholic in the Class 3A-Region 3 quarterfinals Feb. 13.

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The number of goals Kimmy Comito scored to lead The Out-ofDoor Academy girls lacrosse team to a 15-10 victory over Sarasota Military Academy Feb. 18.

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The number of events out of 122 that the Sarasota YMCA Sharks won to finish first at the 2014 Florida YMCA State Championships Feb. 14 to Feb. 16 at the Selby Aquatic Center.

The number of points Miller scored to help lead Sarasota Christian to a 68-59 victory over Academy at the Lakes in the FHSAA Class 2A state semifinals Feb. 18.

The number of wins Miller and the Lady Blazers need to win a state championship.

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Amanda Simon’s fourth-grade class transforms into Pine View Post Office At Pine View School for the Gifted, Valentine’s Day is about more than flowers and chocolate — it’s a learning experience. This year, the school’s fourth-grade classrooms were transformed into working post offices, where students delivered more than 12,000 valentines to each other. Each classroom was assigned a zip code, which was used to sort the mail. Student “runners” collected the mail and brought it to their classroom’s post office, where each letter received a sticker, stamp and signature confirming its delivery. Fourth-grade teacher Amanda Simon formed the first post office 10 years ago in her classroom. Since then, it has grown to involve every fourth-grade student in the school. Simon says, at first, students may find their job uninteresting, but by the end of the day, they walk away with appreciation for their role and a fun lesson in teamwork. Sarah Wallace’s mailbox

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SCIENCE RULES Sarasota High School’s Rebecca Elsishans and Cardinal Mooney’s Courtney Alexander Astore will represent Sarasota County at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) May 11 through May 16 in Los Angeles. The students earned the highest scores at this year’s Regional Science Fair, held in January. The Regional Science Fair included work by third- to 12thgrade students from public, charter, virtual and private schools, as well as home-schooled students.

Sarasota High School teacher Gina Barresi was named the school district’s High School Teacher of the Year Feb. 6. The announcement came as a surprise to Barresi, who teaches English and reading at Sarasota High. Taylor Ranch Elementary’s Lisa Figuero was awarded Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and Ian Ackroyd, from Venice Middle School, is Middle School Teacher of the Year.

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Chamber embraces entrepreneurial spirit at breakfast The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce held its annual kickoff breakfast Feb. 13, at the Polo Grill and Bar. Members enjoyed breakfast while learning about the chamber’s upcoming projects and events. Keynote speaker Michael Burcham, president and CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, talked about the importance of creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Sapphire Shores home sells for $1.15 million The following residential real estate transactions took place between Feb. 3 and Feb. 7. A home in Sapphire Shores tops all transactions in this week’s real estate. Robert and Jayne Savage, of Sarasota, sold their home at 315 S. Shore Drive to Alan Kesten, trustee, of University Park, for $1.15 million. Built in 1970, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,414 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $1.3 million in 2003. Also in Sapphire Shores, Fernando and Agata Gobic sold their home at 4924 Brywill Circle to Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri-Webb, of Sarasota, for $870,000. Built in 2000, it has four bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths, a pool and 3,593 square feet of living area.

Desota Park

James Pippen, of Sarasota, sold his home at 1904 Hyde Park St. to Gloria Rigopulos, trustee, of Sarasota, for $640,000. Built in 2002, it has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 3,121 square feet of living area.

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Ronald and Kari Moroz, of Montgomery, Texas, sold their Unit 1002 condominium at 1771 Ringling Blvd. to Gary Besemer and Susan Berg-Besemer, of Sarasota, for $472,500. Built in 2006, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,440 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $389,900 in 2012.

John and Mary Murray, of Sarasota, sold their home at 7791 N. Holiday Drive to Gary Toye and Jeanne DeBeer, of Sarasota, for $520,000. Built in 1978, it has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 2,132 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $975,000 in 2004.

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Timothy and Jessica Rodgers sold their home at 1717 Hillview St. to Bruce Wagner and Janet Baublis, of Ann Arbor, Mich., for $503,000. Built in 1954, it has four bedrooms, two baths, a pool and 1,502 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $239,000 in 2010.

David Baker, of Osprey, sold his home at 2612 Mulberry Terrace to Gary Garnjobst, of Sarasota, for $470,000. Built in 1949, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,148 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $66,000 in 1986. Robert and Cynthia Widman, of Sarasota, sold their home at 1625 Quail Drive to NXT Generation Real Estate of Florida LLC for $425,000. Built in 1973, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,888 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $58,500 in 1977.

$300,000 in 2001. Henry Asher, of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Janice Asher Kenty, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., sold their Unit 145 condominium at 1531 Clower Creek Drive to Murry and Leona Brochin, of Sarasota, for $320,000. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,635 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $108,400 in 2013. Betty Schoenfeld and Eric Singer, trustees, sold the Unit 217 condominium at 1607 Boathouse Circle to John and Ursula Ferguson, of Potomac, Md., for $250,000. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,320 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $140,000 in 1992.

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Gary and Susan Besemer sold their Unit B-407 condominium at 100 Central Ave. to Primo and Mary Lombardi, of Oak Bluffs, Mass., for $420,000. Built in 2005, it has one bedroom, two baths and 1,180 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $345,000 in 2010.

Ernest and Vicki Webb, of Sarasota, sold their Unit E-42 condominium at 1310 Old Stickney Point Road to Edward and Barbara Spier, of Murrysville, Pa., for $1 million. Built in 2002, it has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and 2,467 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $900,000 in 2003.

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Raymond Vecci, of Bradenton, sold his Unit 1510 condominium at 800 N. Tamiami Trail to William LaSpina and Barbara LaSpina, trustees, of Sarasota, for $389,000. Built in 2007, it has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,323 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $478,500 in 2007.

Pelican Cove

Fay Brooks sold her Unit 108 condominium at 1529 Pelican Point Drive to Norman and Freda Scotch, of Sarasota, for $350,000. Built in 1979, it has three bedrooms, three baths and 1,635 square feet of living area. It previously sold for

George and Deloras McLain, of Sarasota, sold their home at 311 Island Circle to George and Barbara McLain, of Sarasota, for $750,000. Built in 1953, it has four bedrooms, four baths, a pool and 3,146 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $97,500 in 1983.

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Carole Ingratta, trustee, of Sarasota, sold the home at 9117 Midnight Pass Road to Mark and Deborah Yoder, of Denver, for $650,000. Built in 1971, it has three bedrooms, four baths and 2,798 square feet of living area. It previously sold for $300,000 in 1993.

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COUNTERTOP IRONING Board, excellent condition. $15. 941-925-0746. 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. INDUSTRIAL MOP Bucket & Mop, like new. $35. Two Danforth Boat Anchors, choice, $20. 941-923-3317. MEMORY FOAM : 3” mattress topper, for single bed, used 2/months, sell 1/3 of value, $85. 941-343-3630. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS: 1983 through 2008. $60. 941-922-2247. POWER TOOLS, storage cabinets, Romex wire, lots hardware, guitar & amp. $150. 941-586-6565. STERLING PENDANT: “Nana”, 7/8” x 1/2” by silversmith designer. $75. 941-925-0905. TUXEDO, MEN'S: Size 42 long, Stanley Blacker, worn twice, $60.00. 941-914-6524. WET/DRY VAC: Ridge 9 gallon, $75. Hoover upright steam vac, $75. 941-923-4347.

Appliances G.E. BUILT-IN ovens, white, 240V, Advantium, $300. 240V 30” oven with convection, $300. 2 for $500. 941-966-9377.

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. Hawley Motors II 5741 Pinkney Ave. 941-312-5890 2005 Volkswagon Beetle DIESEL, manual tans. 76K/miles, $9988 2005 Mazda 6S, 5/speed manual, 91K/miles, $8988 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis LS, 61K/miles, like new, $8988 2005 Honda Civic LX, Automatic, Coupe, Special Edition, excellent shape, 85K/miles, $7988 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman, 70K/miles, manual, $12988 2010 Hyundai Sonata GLS, 39K/miles, WARRANTY, $10988 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Premium, 66K/miles $9988 2003 Nissan Xterra, like new, 70K/miles, $8988 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

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

Boat Slips For Rent/Sale LBK MOORINGS: 73ft. Boat Slip $165,000. Easy in and out, unobstructed bay view, water, cable, wireless included. Owner Financing. Other slips available 45ft. to 194ft, from $1,274 per ft. Bettie R. Perry, Broker/Owner. Associated Realty LBK. 941-961-0372

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Garage/Moving/Estate Sales BAY OAKS Estate: Community Sale. 20+ homes. Saturday, 2/22, 8AM-1PM. 2 Miles South of Sarasota Square Mall, 1 mile East of 41 on Preymore St. Tools, furniture, jewelry and more. COMMUNITY SALE at Lake Tippecanoe Clubhouse: McIntosh & Wilkinson Rds. 7:30a.m.2:30p.m., Saturday, February 22nd. Golf, jewelry, and household. ESTATE AUCTION ART & ANTIQUES SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD @ 1PM Inspection Sunday Day of Sale 11am-1pm The sale will be held at our Auction Gallery located on the Southwest corner of 301N & University Parkway. Quality Estate Auction Featuring: Victorian, Country, and Custom Furniture, Jewelry, Paintings & Sculptures, Pottery, Oriental Rugs, Asian Decor, Antique Clocks & Baseball Memorabilia. 13% Buyer’s Premium 3% Discount for Cash or Check Elliott Bernstein Auctions AUG3504 - AB2545 Gallery Phone: 941-351-3002 Photos & more: www.auctionzip.com or www.ebauctions.com Auctioneer ID#8290 ESTATE SALE Friday, February 21, 9:30a.m.-3p.m. 8240 Barton Farms Blvd. Laurel Lakes, Sarasota 34240 (East on Bee Ridge past I-75 to the end, turn north to Laurel Lakes) Teak: queen bed set and chest. Dinette, bar stools, contemporary king bed set, leather sofa, mahogany table, desk, Lenox, Waterford, artwork, pool box, grill, some patio including benches, golf clubs, tools including saw, kitchenware, linens, decorative accessories and more. Sale Conducted by Palma Sola Sales Numbers at 8a.m.

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LIQUIDATING/REMODELING. Unique Designs, 2716 Stickney Point Rd. Friday, Saturday 8am-2pm. All contents 1/2 off.

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

Furniture, lamps, pictures, rugs, fabrics, accessories, display and holiday decor. OUR BOOKS 1/2 Price BEE RIDGE BOOKS 4104 Bee Ridge Road Bee Ridge Plaza Trade-In your Paperbacks 941-377-8998 RUMMAGE SALE. Good Shepard Lutheran, 5659 Honore, (corner of Honore & Clark Rd.) February 22nd, 8AM-2PM. SATURDAY, 8A.M.-2P.M. MULTI-FAMILY SALE. Clear Creek Dr. (Woodlands at Rivendell, off Old Venice Rd., Osprey). Computer equipment, 18/ft. boat, bicycle, furniture, hockey equipment, electronics, collectibles, bedding, books, plants, and more!

Lost & Found LOST CAT: black, long haired, almost blind since birth. Micro-chipped. Nokomis, near Lyons Bay Rd. and Albee Rd. Reward. 941-485-5836.

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Decorative Accessories: Dutch style 19th century paintings, still life, paintings by Henner, Bendell, early Florida watercolors by Linus Park, a 42" X 67" Spanish nautical painting, a Sully type portrait, sterling by Tiffany, Cartier, Whiting, Gorham, International, Reed & Barton; 3 sets of flatware, coffee & tea set, s/s horticultural trophy presented to Egbert Reasoner, coin & English silver, plated trays & more, 3 sets of china, desert plates, Royal Worcester, Haviland, Colebrookdale, Steuben, flow blue, Staffordshire, Schumann, Syracuse, Minton, Wedgwood, Pickard, Spode & others; a lot of stemware, Durand, Steuben & cut glass, diamond & gold jewelry, silver & costume jewelry; Furniture: English tall case clock, leather sofas & chairs, 1830 cherry drop leaf table, 1850 walnut table, mahogany sideboard, lowboy, desk, Queen Anne game table & chairs, Chippendale set of 6 chairs, coffee table, end & coffee tables & more; antique trumeau mirror, pair of French chairs, wing chairs Other: oriental rugs, paperweights, lamps, sofa, needlepoint, swords, brass andironsaa & tools, bookends, wheelchair, croquet set, polo mallets, saddle, Mikassa dishes, old pool table, washer, dryer, lady's clothes, queen bed, day bed, botanical & other books, a lot of pottery & glass pots & vases, army uniforms & blankets, stereopticon, TV stand, trunks, table linens, other linens & kitchenware. Sale by Julie McClure Pix: www.estatesales.net

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

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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 Rick 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.

Auctions ESTATE SALE Friday, February 21- 8:45a.m.-2p.m. Saturday, February, 22 - 8:45a.m.-2p.m. Sunday, February, 23 -1p.m.-4p.m. 5030 18th Ave. W. Bradenton Between 43rd St. & 51st. St. Home of gracious living: the Rae Reasoner Estate.

SIESTA KEY: 2BR/1BA, furnished, waterfront, pool, laundry, all amenities. No pets. Non-smoking. Beach, shopping. $1500/mo. Annual. $2200/mo. Seasonal. Avail. March, April, 2014. 941-349-5417, E-mail: shirley@cros.net

SUPER INVESTOR AUCTION. Great cap rate on 3 homes & duplex on two different lots. 3/1/14 one at 10a.m. other 12:30p.m. Call for info & terms. AB923 AU1333. 941-746-5355. www.arfaac.com All Florida Realty & Auction Co.

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

Storage STORAGE FACILITY Boat/ RV/ Trailer. Secure facility, low monthly rentals, Clark Rd area. 941-809-3660, 941-809-3662. STORAGE FACILITY: Boats, RV’s, Trailers. Secure, lighted facility. Low rentals. Whitfield area. 941-920-1377.

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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

Lots/Acreage For Sale WATERFRONT BUILDING SITE South facing canal lot five lots from bay on Jungle Queen Way. Plans for 2600 ft. custom home included. For sale by owner $310,000. Call 612-723-6437 N #1

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The Siesta Key Collection...

8600 Midnight Pass Rd. #701

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

306 Island Circle

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

777 Beach Road

Enjoy breathtaking views from this 4th floor, updated 2BR/2BA, like new Siesta Key jewel located in Siesta’s primiere rental complex, Crescent Royale. New kitchen & baths with no expance spared. Furnished & ready to go! Tremendous rental potential in this Beachfront condo featuring weekly rentals, on-site management and rental department. Views, Views, Views! $579,900

Benny Kimsey 941.400.7212

8900 Blind Pass #108

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

Don’t Miss Benny Kimsey’s BLUEGRASS PICNIC at Turtle Beach, March 1, Call Benny at 941.400.7212 for details!

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SIESTA KEY - 1 ACRE GULF FRONT ESTATE 26 Sandy Hook Road

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OPEN by Appointment 278 feet of Gulf Frontage!

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

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The Grand Club

in the heart of Siesta Key

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

5790 MIDNIGHT PASS RD,#A-409

Completely furnished completely updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath beachfront condo overlooking pool Priced at $759,000

Sales Office Open Sundays 12-4PM Monthly Rentals Available

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5750 MIDNIGHT PASS RD,#E-406

2 bedroom, 2 bath condo just redone with new appliances, new paint, window treatments, furniture and A/C Priced at $784,500

LLC Licensed Real Estate Broker

5730 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242

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Thomas Fastiggi

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KimOgilvie@michaelsaunders.com 1801 Main Street Sarasota, Florida 34236

SAN REMO Expansive views and deep water dock, minutes to Siesta Key. Gated, landscaped courtyard entry with fountain. Smart floor plan, tile floors, newly renovated baths, 2 fireplaces, formal dining, and light and bright kitchen with granite counters and white wood cabinets. Possible separate quarters for help or mother-in-law suite. Banks of windows and sliders overlook the 62 x 28 screened pool area with summer kitchen. Boat dock plus floating dock for jet skis. Southside School district. $1,495,000

OYSTER BAY ESTATES Gated and walled, this Georgian manse is one of Sarasota’s trophy properties, with its point lot and 200+-’ of bay front. This home sports three bedrooms, over 6,500 s.f., a play pool with swim-up bar, another deep pool and spa, dock w/lift plus larger slip, deep water and immediate Gulf access. Garages for 10+ cars, wine cellars, and a mahogany poker room add appeal. A gym with bay view and pool bath complete the picture. $6,750,000

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For Buyers & Sellers

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

Anna Maria

$1,250,000

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

Windward Bay

$379,000

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

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Unit is priced to sell! Two bedroom, Two Bath unit Boat Slips available for rent on property. Perfect for an Investment Property, Second Home, or a Vacation get away. Windward Bay Assoc. Longboat Key Condo MLS#: A3990197

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$499,000

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

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Direct Gulf View!

$430,000

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

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8600 Midnight Pass Road #204

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1,617 sq. ft. Vintage Home completely Updated Gourmet kitchen w/gas stove, wine cooler Gorgeous Private Courtyards Lagoon Pool with Stone Waterfall Art Studio Potential in 2nd Bldg. MLS A3988499 $679,500

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3 Bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,738 SF, and 2 Car Garage Stunning Gulf views and Spectacular Sunsets Completely renovated with marble floors Updated Kitchen with SubZero, Thermador and Bosch appliances Kitchen has 7’x6’ Stainless Steel island and 9’ breakfast bar Hidden Lagoon offers heated pool and tennis courts MLS A3990077 $1,475,000

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

“We cover the Key” ...and we’ve been doing it for 20 years! SIESTA KEY

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OUTSTANDING FULL GULF VIEWS Windward Passage #W-2 $799,900

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

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Leisurely Waterfront Living... 1280 DOLPHIN BAY WAY, #402, MLS#A3988958 $825,000 NOW a terrific opportunity at $779,000 Glorious panoramic bay views like these that go on forever are hard to find at this price range. Congenial complex with 50 units. Heated pool & spa, fitness, tennis, day dock & beautiful clubhouse. Delightful 2 bedroom + den, 1840 sq ft right on the bay with rarely found 2 car enclosed garage.

The Pointe on Midnight Pass

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

Your Resident Siesta Key Realtors~~~

Summer Cove Luxury

Enjoy the best of Siesta Key in this 3/2½ with outdoor living on 2 decks. One of the newest developments on Siesta Key, with best finishes. MLS#A3985197 $795,000

Bob Ruiz ~941.544.3299 RobertRuizRR@aol.com

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

SEA VILLAGE, J2 4660 Ocean Blvd. MLS#A3976322 $459,000 Absolutely gorgeous views of gulf, south Lido & Longboat Key, plus boats going by in New Pass. Updated 2 bedroom unit in quiet and low density complex with loads of green space. 2 pools and fishing pier make for a perfect setting.

Kristina & Tom Rain, GRIs 941-349-3444 (Office) 941-320-2639 (Cellular) Kristinarain@michaelsaunders.com Tomrain@michaelsaunders.com KristinaRain.michaelsaunders.com

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1320 Point Crisp Road, Sarasota

Contemporary waterfront living in exclusive Point Crisp. The tranquil setting unites complete privacy with breathtaking views and direct access to Sarasota Bay. 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, 5007 sq. ft., 2 car garage, private pool, 0.58 acre lot, 100 ft. of waterfront, boat dock with 10,000 lb. lift A3989653 $3,250,000

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1435 Westway Drive, Sarasota

British West Indies style waterfront home in Lido Shores. 5 Bedrooms, 6 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths, 5,759 sq. ft., 4 car garage, 47ft. private pool, 80 ft. of waterfront on New Pass, boat dock and private beach access. Adjoining waterfront lot available. A3960472 $6,500,000

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Trust THE REALTOR WITH PROVEN RESULTS “Without a doubt you are the best

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we have ever worked with. A true professional, you listened to ensure you understood our concerns; you meticulously prepared the necessary information to best present our home 458 Island Circle – $1,295,000

5303 Cape Leyte Drive – $925,000

5450 Shadow Lawn Drive – $795,000

A Palm Island beauty, this Key West-style waterfront home offers 4 beds/3.5 baths, hardwood floors, pool and boat dock.

Siesta Isles meticulously maintained waterfront home, 4 beds/ 3 baths, extra-large lanai and pool, 1.5 blocks to Siesta Beach.

Remodeled Siesta Key waterfront home near the beach on the Grand Canal. Coastal-inspired interior with 3 beds/2 baths

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and you offered us valuable knowledge all the way through the process. You were splendid! As good as you are at all the other Realtor skills; you absolutely shine as a negotiator. Thank you for all your help.”

Peter & Mary Gravelle Siesta Key, FL and Plymouth, MA Shadow Bay Way - $695,000

Exclusive Custom Executive “Oxford” model home 4 beds, 3 baths, pool & spa with nature preserve views.

13211 Palmers Creek Terrace – $1,695,000

Luxurious Executive Country Club Estate Home on private preserve lot. 5-6 beds/5.5 baths, spectacular pool & spa

Top producer on SieSTa Key - premier SoTheby’S inTernaTional realTy a leader in SaraSoTa reSidenTial SaleS VoTed SaraSoTa magazine’S FiVe STar agenT “beST in clienT SaTiSFacTion” 7 yearS in a row Specializing in luxury marKeTing and negoTiaTion diScreeT conSulTaTionS

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

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HOMESOFSARASOTA.com Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Each office is independently owned and operated. Equal Housing Opportunity.

Peter G. LauGhLin has built a stellar reputation providing one-of-a-kind opportunities in Sarasota’s luxury home market since 1990. He consistently assists buyers and sellers in making choices that positively impact their lifestyles and wealth. ContaCt Peter at Peter.LauGhLin@sothebysreaLty.Com or 941.356.8428

Connecting people to their lifestyle dreams. innovative, creative marketing puts more $$ into my sellers pockets. introducing our new lifestyle video: a Day in the Life – 1350 main street, 604 This is part of our innovative marketing to showcase our listings to a larger target audience through social media and Youtube. Scan the code with your mobile device and go to our website to see the video: peterglaughlin.com/1350-main-street-604. Call or email me now to get the extra edge when i list your home.

1350 main street, 604 $669,000 The owner’s favorite aspect about the condo is that you have access to everything. You can step outside and

instantly be in the heart of downtown Sarasota with the festivals, restaurants, arts and culture all around you. Walk to the bay front or dock your boat at Marina Jacks just two tenths of a mile away. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo is located on the best floor of the building, just steps from the pool and the fitness center. This level also features the highest ceilings and the largest terraces providing spectacular views of the city, Marina Jacks and Sarasota Bay. Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Each office is independently owned and operated. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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“You never know what might happen tomorrow or if there’s even a tomorrow, so do it now — if you want to tell someone you love them, just do it,” Ricardo Graziano says, explaining the concept of his ballet. Graziano, right, choreographs a lift with Juan Gil and Kristianne Kleine.

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CHOREOGRAPHING WITH Ricardo Graziano prepares to debut a world premiere, his fourth piece for Sarasota Ballet.

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Ricardo Graziano choreographs a lift in the moment in an early rehearsal for “After Night Falls” with Kristianne Kleine, Juan Gil, Ellen Overstreet and Ian Tanzer.

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ancer Kristianne Kleine walks backward gracefully toward the front of the studio as her dance partner, Juan Gil, watches from a distance. The accompanying piano music is simple, like a slow heartbeat. She pirouettes to a forward-facing position as Gil gently lifts her and affectionately carries her to the front of the studio. Faint orchestral music joins the piano. The rhythm and movements swell, and the heartbeat gains intensity. It’s as if the dancers are demonstrating the act of falling in love. Love is precisely the message Ricardo Graziano intends to send with his abstract ballet, “After Night Falls.” It’s the second week of February, and the first full week of rehearsal for the world premiere by the 27-yearold choreographer, whom most would know as a principal dancer of Sarasota Ballet. The dance will make its debut in the fifth program of Sarasota Ballet’s season, Feb. 28 through March 3 at FSU Center for the Performing

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Graziano choreographs a lift with Kleine. Arts. This particular pas de deux, or partner dance, they’re working on today is the second of four pas de deux and three partner dances in the 30-minute ballet that incorporates seven couples. After nearly two minutes, Graziano stops the music; the dancers have not learned the choreography past this point. He demonstrates the next section counting an eight count as the dancers follow behind him. Once they get the move down, they perfect it — trying different hand positions for the lift or separating the legs at the perfect angle. He puts himself in the place of Gil to work with Kleine on how to best achieve his vision, then he even puts himself in place of Kleine and works with Gil. Along the way, he makes sure nothing feels strange and that everything looks and feels right. If something does not work, they change it. This portion of the slightly more than two-week process of staging his ballet is like watching the inner workings of Graziano’s brain. He explains his process following the rehearsal. For the most part, he does a lot of the choreographing before he gets to

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Graziano’s “Shostakovich Suite” (2011) the studio. He only adapts moves when they might not work as planned. “Things might be one way in my head and then when they try it, it’s like, ‘Oh, I forgot I don’t have a third arm or that I’m not The Hulk,’” Graziano says with a laugh. But, for the most part, the music (which he has listened to hundreds of times) gives him the cues. It always starts with the music. For this piece, he’s using various contemporary instrumental compositions by the Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. After selecting the music, he played it for his friend, fellow principal dancer, Ricardo Rhodes. Rhodes said the music made him feel like living life to the fullest. Graziano liked that concept; that’s what “After Night Falls” is about. “You have to live 100%, love 100% and dance 100%,” Graziano says. “You never know what might happen tomorrow or even if there is a tomorrow.”

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Graziano’s “Pomp and Circumstances” (2013)

But, as of today, he has his choreographing process down. This will be his fourth choreographed piece for Sarasota Ballet. It started in October 2011, when he made his debut with “Shostakovich Suite.” Graziano intended to create something for the dancer-choreographed program at the end of the 2011/12 season, when Iain Webb, director of Sarasota Ballet, asked him if he’d like to open the 2011/12 season instead. Webb was taking a risk. Graziano had never choreographed before, and all Webb had to go on was the idea for the concept (a neoclassical piece with tutus, no plot and movements with long lines) and the music. It was spring 2011, so Graziano had the summer to prepare. “I spent all summer on it in my bedroom in Brazil,” he says. “My parents saw me jumping around the house, and I said, ‘Don’t bother me I have to create something!’” He wanted it to be good.

And it was good. One woman told him after the performance that his piece taught her how to love ballet again. And it wasn’t only good according to the audience, the process worked well for him — he enjoyed creating it. He choreographed his next piece, the contemporary, abstract “Symphony of Sorrows,” in May 2012. It portrayed the stages of grief. Webb was so smitten with the piece, he told Graziano it was a treasure. This gave Graziano the idea that it would resurface another season. And it will — April 4 and April 5 in Program 6. So, what’s next for Graziano? For the immediate future, there are no set plans for his choreography. But, if he’s asked, he hopes to do something classical again. It’s likely that this is not the last Sarasota will see of Graziano’s work. “If the opportunity is there and if the inspiration is there, then I think I’d love to choreograph in the future,” he says.

Kristianne Kleine and Juan Gil in an early rehearsal for “After Night Falls”

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Sarasota Cuban Ballet students prepare for exciting summer It’s a week before the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix semifinals in Atlanta, the world’s largest pre-professional dance competition. That means Ariel Serrano and Wilmian Hernandez, former professional dancers and husband-and-wife co-owners of Sarasota Cuban Ballet, are feeling the pressure. Last year, they sent three of their pre-professional students to the competition: their son Francisco Serrano, Allie Burman and Adriana Baez. All three made it to the finals in New York City. This year, they are taking six students to the Feb. 21-22 competition. Serrrano and Baez will return, with newcomers Lenin Valladares, Emma Town, Gabriella Stilo and Cecilia Hitchcock. Plus, they’ve got a lot of other news. “That’s why I’m a little …” Serrano says, making a crazed facial expression and moving his hands frantically above his head in a nervous-but-proud parent type of way. “But, they’re ready.” Each student will dance two classical and one contemporary variation. They’ve been practicing them five hours daily since the beginning of January. That’s dedication for the 14- to 17-yearold students. Each student goes through his or her variation for the Sarasota Cuban Ballet school faculty, who then give the student a few notes. A week before competition, the dancers’ routines are polished. Town, 17, finishes her variation. “How do you feel?” Serrano asks her.

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Top: Francisco Serrano, 17; Emma Town, 17; Adriana Baez, 17; Cecilia Hitchcock, 14; Gabriella Stilo, 14; and Lenin Valladares, 17. Right, top: Adiana Baez. Middle: Lenin Valladares. Bottom: Gabriella Stilo. See more photos online at YourObserver.com. “Good,” Town says. “You should feel like a million bucks,” Serrano says. He’s impressed with her control; he tells her to be proud of her accomplishment. Baez, 17, finishes her variation. She looks a little frustrated and explains that she didn’t perform as perfectly as she wanted. But Serrano is still proud. “These kids are a little too hard on themselves sometimes,” he says. He reassures the whole

group following the rehearsal. You can see them shake off the tension. He tells them to smile more — he’s already proud of their accomplishments. The finals are in April in New York City. But YAPG isn’t the only thing making this year exciting. From April 20 through April 27, the faculty is taking the students on a trip to Cuba. It’s a nice reward for all their hard work. The students will take classes with the National Ballet School

of Cuba as part of a cultural exchange program. And then in June for the school’s Summer Intensive, Cuba will come to them. Ramona de Saa, director of the National Ballet School of Cuba, and three of her students will come for the Summer Intensive. Saa taught Serrano to dance, and she’s never traveled to the United States. “It’s big news!” he says. And it’s surely not the only big news to come.

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Low-budget theater performs big-name production The Comic Shack is the last place you’d expect to see theater. Nestled in a strip plaza between Joyland (a country dance hall), and a nearby adult store is a small comic book store. One has to traverse rows of comic books, a table of guys playing computer games and shelves of collectors’ paraphernalia to the very back; it’s very much a “Am-Iin-the-right-place?” experience. But, low and behold, through a makeshift curtain of tattered fabric is a black box theater, or The Courtyard Blackbox, which seats 50. Currently, the theater group composed of 18- to 43-year-olds (or Avant Guard, as they call themselves) is presenting “Rent,” for which they are proud of obtaining rights. This popular show is their first big-name production. The rest have been cabaret shows, improv by in-house troupe Shack of Fools and original works, such as “Dusk of the Dead,” a zombie parody musical. The group is as unassuming as the location. Co-owner of The Comic Shack Mark Wolfking explains that it all started in 2011 because they kept getting calls to the business from confused people asking them who their opening comedy act was — they had no clue it was a comic book store. “It made me think, ‘You know what? We should do a comedy show!’” Wolfking says. He’s the token oldest member of the nearly 15-member cast, at a mere 43 years. It started with monthly improv shows. But, when The Comic Shack moved to a new location in January 2012, he realized the back room of the comic shack perfectly

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Co-owner Mark Wolfking plays Collins and Artistic Director Alex Beach plays Angel. See more photos online at YourObserver.com. lent itself to black box theater. It’s small, with cement walls, and it already had a quasi, built-in proscenium made of lattice. He decided to go for it and build a stage, calling it a roll-the-dice-situation: “It was kind of like, ‘We’re going to do this, so don’t make fun of us,’” he says “And now, 40 people show up on a regular basis.” Wolfking is in the improv troupe, was the co-writer of the zombie musical and plays Collins in “Rent.”

He grew up in Temple Terrace doing community theater. The rest of the gamers, comic-book lovers and employees who work at his establishment (it has the tagline “Bradenton’s Sanctuary for Geeks”) are also community-theater buffs. They are mostly involved at Manatee Players. It all made sense, and Wolfking realized he had a market for theater, so he agreed to let Alex Beach, a 24-year-old State Farm agent, be the artistic director.

Beach (who is also playing the role of Angel in “Rent”) will direct three musicals a year, but wanted to start with a big-name production to get The Courtyard Blackbox on the map. Plus, it’s “Rent.” “We all love ‘Rent,’” he says. “A lot.” The love is apparent. You can see it on their faces when they sing. They might be low-budget, using flashlights as spotlights, stapling bed sheets together instead of

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The roar of laughter and joy from the crowd at Saturday’s opening of Sarasota Opera’s production of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” sounded more like a deliriously happy Broadway audience than a staid assemblage of operagoers. That was as it should have been and a fine tribute to one of the best showings of this well-loved staple we’ve seen in years. William Gustafson’s staging was energetic, smart, sassy and stylistically spot-on with just enough shtick to keep smiles on our faces and guffaws gushing out, but never overshadowing the music or the composer’s intent. He had his cast on the move, doing those little things that make them individuals and characters, rather than cardboard singing sticks. This was his third, and finest, “Barber” with Sarasota Opera, and he seems to have grown into the work. He gives Rossini’s musical cues every bit of theatricality for which the composer intended. His superb cast helped, starting with a Rosina, played by Chrystal E. Williams, who was so strong and so assured — vocally and dramatically — she pretty much stole the show. Williams, a fourth-year resident artist at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, is a mezzo-soprano who seems destined for great things. Although the bottom of her range is still a little raw, the timbre of her voice has an energy and brightness that carried her easily through the coloratura fanfare of “Una voce poco fa,” and everything else Rossini tossed in her path. That made her a spitfire Rosina with a twinkle in her eyes and the kind of sparkle her suitor, Count Almaviva (in multiple disguises), would pur-

sue to the ends of Andalusia. Hak Soo Kim, the Rosina-doting Count, is a glistening tenor who sings, delightfully, on the top of the pitch, with just enough “squillo” (penetrating resonance) to make every Rossini-style turn and trill sound just that much more exciting. His last-act aria, a piece that is usually cut because it is not only impossibly difficult to sing but also adds little to the storyline of the piece, was both a pleasure to hear and an amazing feat of vocal calisthenics worthy of the operatic Olympics. Rossini, who was a little like the Stuart Woods of the 19th century opera world, not only turned out three or four massive operas a year, he also stole from himself and, in Almaviva’s final aria, we heard huge swaths of Cinderella’s “Non piu mesta,” which actually was written in 1817, the year after “The Barber of Seville.” (He also recycled Rosina’s famous “Una voce” from “Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra” an opera seria he’d written the year before. And even the famous overture to the “Barber” had been heard, not once, but twice, in varying forms as an overture, first in “Aureliano in Palmira” and then in “Elisabetta.” So, self-plagiarism was nothing new to Rossini.) Back to the cast, Steven Condy’s Dr. Bartolo, Rosina’s guardian and suitor, made a believable person of this sometimes doddering but wily old man, singing with humor, warmth and style. Matthew Burns was a brilliantly duplicitous Basilio whose “La Calunnia” was biting and colorful. Berta, the old housekeeper, was portrayed by the lustrously voiced Studio Artist Alexandra Batsios, who may have sung like an angel but epitomized a tired old woman, world and bone weary. Marco Nistico took on the galvanizing role of Figaro, the barber who orchestrates all the shenanigans that unfold in the course of the opera. While singing well — his famous “Largo” was fine but not mesmerizing — he was more careful with his music

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but always keeping the tempos brisk and stylistic. In fact, he brought out the ever-present Champagne bubbles that make Rossini the sparkler of a composer he was. He and Gustafson seem to make an excellent pair, adding all the little details that make an opera come alive. This “Barber” was very much an ensemble piece with every note and character taking on an individuality that breathed freshness into an old friend. If you’ve seen this Rossini icon before, you’ll adore this one. If this is your first “Barber,” it will turn you into a full-fledged operavore. — June LeBell

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FASHION TRENDS: HOME EDITION Fashion at home is just as flux as fashion in a closet — trends come and go and some turn into long-standing staples. We stopped in a few local interior shops to see what’s trending in the home décor world, and we found great tips and items to keep your home in style.

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o to Caragiulo’s website and you’ll not only see family photos, you’ll hear a transcription of the Bach-Gounod “Ave Maria” for piano and violin. Over the music, the text tells us that everything is made fresh, even the mozzarella, and “the biscotti is still baked by Mrs. Caragiulo, herself.” Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Caragiulo’s is a familiar hangout for singers on their way to or from a chorus rehearsal, families who want a good, home-cooked Italian meal, and singles who are looking for a fun place, indoors and out, where they can catch up on some reading, people watch and have something cooked specially for them. Last week, when the internationally renowned Curtis Institute of Music — the most selective conservatory in the country — brought a quartet of singers from its opera division for a concert at First United Methodist Church, there was a dinner and post-concert reception at Caragiulo’s for donors and Sarasota Friends of Curtis. There’s something fun and relaxing about Caragiulo’s. The artful decorations are fun and the drinks are good. They have some interesting infusions like espresso and citrus bourbon, and caballero (Spanish orange liqueur) and

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rum. But it’s their pastas and sauces that really turn one’s head. Garganelli and lobster carbonara is tempting. So is the variety of linguine, penne, tortelloni and capellini. Every shape and size of pasta, but the texture is always al dente and the sauces are inspired. A good way to start, and end, a performance.

THE SERVING SPOON SERVES UP MORE THAN BRUNCH

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’ve been going to the Serving Spoon almost since I moved to Sarasota, first to the branch on Clark and, after that restaurant closed, I followed it to its mainstay on Osprey, near Hillview. My husband and I love it, not just for the food — to which we’ve become addicted — but also for the friendship of the wait staff and the owners. Natasha and Craig, who shepherd the place in the kitchen, out front, at the tables and, well, just about everywhere you look, are our friends away from home. When I was diagnosed with

ovarian cancer two years ago, Craig was right there, sharing his experiences with cancer and, you should excuse the pun, egging me on with his wonderful courage and wisdom. And Tasha always has a smile and open arms for hugs, sitting with us when she has a few moments, and sharing stories, asking questions and telling us what’s new. We’ve followed at least two of their kids as they’ve entered college and come home for holidays to work in the restaurant. And we’ve been

or reasons we’ve not yet understood, Sarasota seems to be a magnet for great Peruvian restaurants. Darwin’s on Fourth, Selva Grill, and now Jalea, at 1532 Main St., are serving up some incredibly inventive dishes that taste like a wonderful mix of Spanish and South American recipes with splashes of Asian je ne c’est quoi. Last week, Jalea went all out in its celebration of Valentine’s Day with a prix-fixe dinner that was filled with love bites. From its creative salad that combined spinach, berries, garbanzo beans and pine nuts with a passion fruit dressing, to the pan-fried grateful to them when they’ve posted flyers of our upcoming performances on their bulletin board and in the windows. The Serving Spoon has been our favorite breakfast-lunch place because it feeds us — body and soul. When we’re not dieting, we go for its soft scrambled eggs with bacon, tomato and swiss rolled into a toasty tortilla. The menu calls it the B.E.S.T sandwich, and it is. We drool as pancakes float to other tables and are awestruck as others down those carbs and stay slim. (Someday …) We’re addicted to Craig’s New Favorite: soft scrambled eggs with feta and scallions, but

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white fish with a seafood and aji Amarillo sauce served over white rice, and the luscious dulce de leche with whipped cream and strawberries, Jalea was one of the best bets for a heart-felt and loving celebration. Fortunately, Jalea is always celebrating something in its intimate downtown space. There are hot and cold tapas running all day. Ceviche, paella, empanadas, slowbraised lamb and a great assortment of seafood are beautifully served with a great collection of wines. And happy hour starts at 3 p.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. Very happy hours. we ask them to add bacon to the mix and revel in the textures and tastes. The chicken club salad is also a favorite, but we ask for it chopped and tossed with toasted pita on the side. In fact, this is one of the best salads we know and, when we want something a little lighter, we get just a half and that does the trick. The Serving Spoon is open only until 2:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. on Sundays) and sometimes we wish, for a light dinner before a concert, it was open for dinner. But we’ll take what we can get: great mid-day meals served by dear friends.

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Denise Barker, Jean Wheeler and Lois Kiehl

by Heather Merriman | Black Tie Assistant Editor The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota was packed with more than 700 guests Thursday, Feb. 13 for Safe Place and Rape Crisis Centers’ 28th annual fashion show and luncheon “SPARCCLE on the Runway.” Guests, the majority of whom were women, enjoyed shopping designer labels from the Treasure Chest prior to gathering in the ballroom for the luncheon and fashion show. The checkout line seemed to never end as women shopped before and after the luncheon, raising more than $27,000 in sales alone for SPARCC programs and services. Fuzión Dance Artists performed contemporary dance (covered in white lights) while the guests took their seats. Co-Chairwoman Diane Muldoon and SPARCC President and CEO Olivia Thomas

welcomed the crowd and made announcements. “It’s always gratifying to see so many people turn out to show their support of SPARCC and the services we provide,” says Thomas. “It’s a great time to share updates on our services, like building a kennel at our shelter and a forensic facility at our outreach center.” Co-Chairwoman Nancy Wingerter introduced fashion coordinator Dori Zingmond to the stage prior to the fashion show. Zingmond gave an overview and explained the 1960s inspiration of the show came from five vintage dresses she found at the Treasure Chest. “If you like one of these dresses, and it doesn’t fit, buy it anyways and hang it on your wall — they are that beautiful,” says Zingmond.

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or the past few years, Sarasota interior designer Carrie Riley has had the unique opportunity to work with ProTour Productions, a Tampa-based company owned by Sandy Charboneau. ProTours brings a little piece of home to U.S. troops all over the world with various entertainers, NFL players, cheerleaders and mascots. Riley, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader, recently traveled with a group to Camp Zama, in Japan. “It was my first time in Japan and one of the NFL cheerleaders’ first time ever leaving the US,” says Riley. “What an honor for us to em-

bark on such a journey and show our support for our military. Year after year the pure joy from the troops and their families amazes me.” Riley was also enthralled with the cultural experience in Japan. “One of my favorite parts was the amazing vending machines they have throughout the country of Japan,” she says. “It has hot canned or bottled lattes, hot teas, hot coco, etc. in their vending machines — such a brilliant idea we should incorporate here in the states. I was like a little kid trying all the different varieties they had to offer.”

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Top: Hostesses Montana Taplinger and Nikki Sedacca Left: Jan Gaudreau’s standout shoes $300,000 to kick off construction of the hospital ARC plans to build … Are we getting cures as fast as we could? That is the provocative title of the third annual Women & Medicine Luncheon. It is a big issue: If you have been following the news, you know that the FDA just denied a drug to treat MS that has been approved by 30 other countries. Dr. James Schumacher, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System neurosurgeon and Parkinson’s researcher; Dr. Kirk Voelker, the system’s director of clinical research; and special guest Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, chairman of the Manhattan Institute’s Project FDA, will headline this interactive luncheon benefiting the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Feb. 28. For more information, call 9171286.

Remember the Rainbow Room? You have the opportunity to relive it or experience it for the first time at the Asolo Rep’s 2014 annual gala on March 1. Co-Chairs Nikki Sedacca, Nikki Taylor, Carol Phillips and Chris Cogan are transforming the The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota ballroom into “A Night at the Rainbow Room” with help from Bay Stage Live out of Tampa. This will be the first Asolo gala in memory without a live auction, set aside in favor of a paddle raise, for which Carole Crosby and Larry Wickless have pledged to match the first $15,000 raised. And there will be a silent auction; online bidding is going on now at asolorep. org/annualgala. Sarasota loved Marissa McGowan as Magnolia in the Asolo production of “Show Boat,” and it was recently announced that she’s coming back to perform two songs at the gala — one from “Show Boat” and the other a surprise. For tickets or more information, call 3519010, Ext. 4712.

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Scenes from SPARCS Cle … Some women TIDBIT were in quite the tizzy when the Ritz-Carlton ran out of white wine at the Feb. 13 SPARCC luncheon, after going through 185 bottles. Luckily it soon came to the rescue after switching brands. Susan Lanier was the lucky winner of the Just Gents gift basket, which she laughed about after announcing to emcees Ken Sons and Les McCurdy that her husband is bald. Prior to attending the luncheon together, Kyla Weiner treated her mom, Judith Yaeger, to a spa day for her birthday … Celebrating friendship … The theme was love and friendship at Nikki Sedacca and Montana Taplinger’s annual Spirit of Friendship luncheon Feb. 11, at 530 Burns Gallery. Standing out among the crowd was Jan Gaudreau’s beautiful high heels. She reports they actually belong to daughter Lauren, but she currently lives in cold weather, so Jan decided they now belong on her feet … When Irish toes are tapping … at the Irish Rovers concert last week at Van Wezel, 10 of them belonged to Feng Shui expert and Asolo Rep board member Diana Armbrust, who owned up to being 100% Irish and the survivor of many years of Irish dancing instruction … Unconditional love … Joanna Pace-Brackett is the new chair of the Animal Rescue Coalition board. At the Feb. 15 “Unconditional Gala,” she and her husband, David, donated

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February 8–March 23, 2014 | Tickets start at $19 | Simultaneous English Translations Above the Stage

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Sarasota Exotic Car Fest Concours WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22

Saturday, March 8, 2014

WHERE: Downtown Sarasota

Sarasota Polo Club, Lakewood Ranch

3:00 pm 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 7:30pm

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COST: Free

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Crawford describes her style as being “Soho, West Village mixed with laid back California.”

“Going to school in Alabama (the fashion-savvy tech graduated from Auburn University), you’d notice that if there is a trend, everyone is just killing it,” she says. “I try to steer away from trends — I have more of a city style.” — sticking to basics and clean staple pieces, while adding a few accessories here and there.

Crawford’s everyday style is typically a pair of J. Brand skinny jeans paired with a casual, no-frills top and either a pair of flats (probably tieks) or wedge sandals. Her style is versatile and can be changed and altered for each occasion. “I typically wear jeans,” she says. “I never know if I’ll be meeting with a client or having to crawl under the desk to fix something.”

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WORKOUT STYLE Crawford, who has always been into sports —she started playing tennis at age 4 — has been a Mantra instructor for a year. She typically works out five days a week. So how does this fashionable working woman transition from everyday work attire to workout wear? “A lot of times I’m not going to straight to the studio or heading home right after. I throw on scarves, stacked bracelets and always have a variety of shoes to throw on if I’m going to grab food or run errands in between. Sometimes I’ll even wear a beanie,” she says.

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 Crawford loves the look of stacked bracelets. She collects bracelets when she travels to other countries, using them as travel keepsakes as well as fashion statements.

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